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Refuge announces planned pile burn for Friday

The city of Sanibel has been notified by the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge that the refuge plans to conduct pile burns on Jan. 22 starting at approximately 9 a.m. at the Gavin site, located on the north side of Sanibel-Captiva Road. The piles consist of vegetative debris ...

Godsea appointed to lead Southwest Florida refuge complex

Having filled the role of acting refuge manager at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge since 2019, Kevin Godsea is stepping up to the position of permanent project leader at the new Southwest Florida National Wildlife Refuge Complex. It includes Florida Panther, Ten Thousand ...

Sanibel Sea School holds first camp of 2020

The Sanibel Sea School was excited to offer one session of Winter Camp, themed “New Year, New Ocean,” during the last week of December. In order to keep campers, employees and the community safe, staff implemented several COVID-safe procedures throughout the week. The camp was limited to ...

Turner Beach Park reopens

On Jan. 12, the city of Sanibel reported that the Turner Beach Park Shoreline Stabilization Project was substantially complete, and that Turner Beach Park is now open. The city advised park visitors to use caution as workers could possibly be present at times to finish some details. The project ...

Visiting students explore Tarpon Bay, Sanibel refuge

On Jan. 4, students from the First Baptist Academy in Naples journeyed to Sanibel to spend the day exploring the J.N “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. During the winter term, the school allocates a week's worth of time to promote a particular interest of the students. The subject for ...

Outdoor classes focus on freshwater habitats

The Sanibel School’s fourth-grade classes recently visited the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation's Pick Preserve — located across the street — for a Habitat Study Field Trip. Led by SCCF Educator Richard Finkel, students in Julie Wappes’ and Daryl Peters’ classes observed and ...

A different journey: Hiking during wet conditions

The winter months invite increased visitation to the island and more frequent use of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation's hiking trails. In recent years the trails, such as the Erick Lindblad Preserve trails, were either dry or drying out by January. However, as a result of the active ...

The Community House

The Community House, at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, will present the following: PAINTING WITH SISSI Painting with Sissi will take place today, Jan. 20, from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $65 for members and $70 for non-members; includes canvas, acrylic paint, paint brushes and inspiration ...

City dedicates tree to memory of Century for Arbor Day

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation reported that as part of the Arbor Day celebration today, the city of Sanibel planted a pigeon plum tree in honor of Dee Serage Century at the Sanibel Community Park Preserve. Each year, the city celebrates Arbor Day by planting a tree. Century was ...

Rotary to host golf scramble in lieu of annual festival

The Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club will host the Charity Cup on Feb. 13 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Sanibel Island Golf Club. The golf scramble is being held in lieu of the club's annual Arts and Crafts Festival, due to concerns of the public's health during the current pandemic. The goal is to ...