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Refuge hires two staffers

This month, two new federal employees clocked in at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel. Avery Renshaw will fill the newly created position of biological technician, and Lindsey Voegele steps in as administrative payroll and travel technician for multiple Florida ...

Bald eagle released from CROW after three-month rehab

The Clinic for the Rehabilitation for Wildlife released an adult bald eagle in Cape Coral today after a three-month stint in rehab. The eagle was rescued on Nov. 8 after it was spotted struggling in the water of the South Spreader Waterway just south of Veterans Parkway. The person who spotted ...

CCP covers MSTU, talks with Ruane

The Captiva Community Panel received an update on the iguana MSTU petitions, had the chance to speak with its new county representative and got a monthly update from the Sea Level Rise Committee. At its Feb. 9 meeting, Administrator Ken Gooderham reported that there are 1,148 total properties, ...

Kiwanis announces cancellation of Spaghetti Dinner

After three-plus decades of serving the public in February, the Kiwanis Club of Sanibel & Captiva announced that it will not hold its annual Spaghetti Dinner this year due to concerns about COVID-19. “We hated to pull the plug on this year’s event since so many people look forward to ...

Scientists record wildlife impacts due to red tide

As the red tide organism Karenia brevis persists in Southwest Florida, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation staff will continue monitoring its potential impact on sea life. Last week, the SCCF documented two dead sea turtles that had washed ashore: one Kemp's ridley and one loggerhead. ...

USACE increases Lake Okeechobee releases

Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Jacksonville District reported that it will increase Lake Okeechobee releases to the west and south beginning Feb. 13 as part of planned deviation approved in September to reduce the risk of lake releases during the rainy season when harmful algal blooms ...

Audubon to present ‘One Swamp, Many Stories’

The Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society will host lecture favorite Rick Bunting for a Webinar program, “One Swamp, Many Stories,” on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Bunting will provide a visual program on the inhabitants and their actions at a swamp near his home in Bainbridge, New York. He has ...