Environment

Righting an Environmental Wrong

By Don Manley Restoring the Kissimmee River’s natural pathway has proven to be a resounding success in reviving the waterway’s ecosystem. But more work is required if the river’s terminus, Lake Okeechobee, the Caloosahatchee River and ultimately, the Everglades are to be fully revitalized. That message was a key element of a presentation on the Kissimmee River Basin presented by ... Read More »

Volunteers Are a Valuable Resource

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us With more than 110,000 acres of coastal lands and waters to manage and protect, the small staff at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is very busy, and always happy to receive help. Through a strong volunteer program, hundreds of individuals play a vital role in the preservation, restoration and management of our mangrove estuary, donating ... Read More »

The First 72 Are Up to You! Stay Safe This Hurricane Season

Submitted The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is underway now through November 30. Over the last 50 years, our coastal community has enjoyed many hurricane-free seasons. But in 1960 Hurricane Donna, a strong Category 3 hurricane, swept up the county’s coast from Everglades City to Bonita Beach causing substantial storm surge flooding along the entire coastline. In 2005, Category 3 Hurricane ... Read More »

FWC Meeting for Burrowing Owls Planned

By Chadd Chutsz The FWC plans to hold a meeting with stakeholders on June 15, 2017, from 4-6:45 PM at the Marco Island Library (Rose Hall), 210 S. Heathwood Drive, to discuss development of Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines for the Florida Burrowing Owl.  The public is invited, along with stakeholders from environmental groups, development and economic interests, realtors, environmental ... Read More »

Clean Beach a Priority for JW Marriott

By Maria Lamb On May 23rd, employees from the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort showed up at South Beach for an evening beach cleanup. According to Jeff Hartzler of the JW Marriott and also a member of Marco Island’s Beach Advisory Committee, “The JW Marriott is committed to ensuring that our beaches and environment remain clean for everyone to ... Read More »

Sea Turtle Weekly Update

After digging a nest 18-20 inches in depth, the Sea Turtle will begin dropping her eggs.  The eggs are soft, so they will not break.  They are the size, shape and color of ping pong balls. Read More »

Breakfast With the Birds

By Jesus Calo Season may be over, but a new visitor has made its home here for the hot months ahead: beach nesters. From March to the end of August, these shorebirds depend on Marco Island and the emergent sandbar located southeast of Cape Romano, known as Second Chance, for their survival. From black skimmers to Wilson’s plovers, there are ... Read More »

Marco v. Maui . . . Green Sea Turtles

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist                                                                                                  It’s Wednesday evening, May 17th just ... Read More »

Burrowing Owls are Great Moms!

By Maria Lamb On Mother’s Day, we honor our moms with traditional gestures of love – preparing her favorite breakfast treats, a festive bouquet of flowers, or a box of yummy chocolates. This Mother’s Day, how about remembering your mom with something out-of-the-box – a gift of nature that also helps to preserve Marco Island’s amazing burrowing owls for future ... Read More »

Help Keep Our Beaches Clean

By Maria Lamb The “Love your Beach” Clean-Up is scheduled for Saturday morning, May 13 at 8 AM at Marco Island’s South Beach. Publix Supermarket will be the proud sponsor. Monthly beach cleanups are coordinated by Marco Island’s Beach Advisory Committee. Why is beach clean-up important? Save a marine life. Small pieces of plastic, referred to as “chokables,” are deadly ... Read More »

Helping Sea Turtles, One Nest at a Time

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us An early-morning walk on the beach is routine for some Floridians and a treat for many visitors, but it is also part of an important summer job for a handful of volunteers, interns, and staff at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Just south of Marco Island, the Cape Romano complex is an active nesting beach ... Read More »

Artificial Reef Update

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist                                                                                                  Last fall I had the pleasure ... Read More »

Collier County & Marco Island Team Up for Owls

 By Chadd Chustz  On Friday, April 14, Nancy Olson and I created four starter burrows near the public boat access in Caxambas Park. A male owl had been digging in a precarious spot, and the barrier meant to protect him was getting knocked down by cars trying to squeeze into a parking place. There was ample open space near some ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club Supports Eagle Cam Fund Drive

Submitted  Carl H. Way, founder and chairman of the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation and Marco Island Nature Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary, received a $1,000 donation to the Eagle Cam fund from Calusa Garden Club. The Foundation, the parent organization for the Nature Preserve project, is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to establishing and preserving the Nature Preserve, protecting wildlife ... Read More »

A Father-Son Bromance Nets Big Fish

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist                                                                                                  “I’ve got a big one! ANOTHER ... Read More »

News From The Nest Three Times a Charm!

By Linda J. Turner, Communications Director Marco Island Nature Preserve & Bird Sanctuary In the bald eagle nest at the Marco Island Nature Preserve and Bird Sanctuary are, not one, not two, but three eaglets! This is the first time in many years that more than two eaglets have hatched on this property. All three eaglets appear to be healthy, eating well ... Read More »

WHAT A CROC! Crocodile, That Is

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist                                                                                                  Ah, spring! Love is in the ... Read More »