Push Poling or Everything Old is New Again

There are many ways to see and experience the wonder and beauty of the south Florida everglades and coastal islands and I have been fortunate in the variety and richness of the opportunities that have come my way. As a nature photographer I have ridden and trekked the glades, gingerly stepping into the unknown, sporting my genuine Kevlar lined Chippewah ... Read More »

Eagle Eyes Over Marco Island

Conservation works and it is working in our back yards. One of the most beloved and symbolic birds in America was saved due to past and current conservation efforts. Conservation efforts that banned the use of certain chemicals, used habitat protection and regulation over development allowed the American Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) to regain its glory and repopulate its native ... Read More »

Earning an Eagle Scout Merit Badge

The Boy Scouts of Troop 234 on Marco Island traveled to Sarasota’s Mote Marine Laboratory to obtain their required Eagle Scout merit badge for Environmental Science on March 14, 2010. We camped in Arcadia on Friday night after driving through a torrential rain storm. The boys toughed it out and set up camp in the darkness. The scouts rose early on Saturday, prepared a ... Read More »

GreenFest Expo at Edison State College

Dr. Kirk Otto of Marco Island is leading the way to more sustainable solutions for our community. He is one of the organizers of GreenFest Expo at Edison State College, Collier Campus. The Saturday March 27 event, located on the college campus just off SR 951 on Lely Cultural Parkway will feature demonstrations by local businesses, government agencies and experts ... Read More »

Please Don’t Kill Pelicans with Kindness

Would it surprise you if you were told feeding pelicans the bones and heads of your catch-of-the-day is killing them with kindness? It was surprising to me years ago when I first became involved with rescuing local wildlife. Many pelicans, hundreds in fact, are sick and injured every year because of the cumulative effects of feeding on fish carcasses and ... Read More »

Sustainability and What Does it Mean to Me?

The Sustainable Furnishings Council is a 400-member coalition of furniture industry leaders and visionaries formed to promote sustainable practices. Members assist in accomplishing this goal by increasing their purchases from suppliers that show continual improvement toward meeting high standards. The Council offers  interior designers a course focusing specifically on environmentally friendly furnishings themselves and other interior design issues. There is ... Read More »

Time to Recycle

Confused about what to recycle and what not to recycle?  The Marco Recycling Center at 990 Chalmers is open Tuesday thru Saturday, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. The recycling center accepts these items: Cardboard, electronics, scrap metal, fluorescent bulbs, HID lamps, ballasts, batteries-lead,acid , rechargeable and Freon. Latex paint, pints, quarts, 1 and 5 gallons, ... Read More »

What’s not to Love About Warm-Hearted Alligators?

February is the month for romance and Valentine hearts, so who would have thought an alligator would make headlines as warm-hearted?  This cold-blooded reptile is a topic for St. Valentine’s Day?  You bet!  The American Alligator (Alligator missippiensis) that we see in the Everglades, and occasionally in the canals of Marco Island, like all crocodilians, has a four-chambered heart, a ... Read More »

Did You Get Your Ethanol Quotient Today?

The next time you pump some gas into your car check out the stickers above the price per gallon. The photo shows a typical pump on Marco Island indicating that the gas “contains less than 10% ethanol”. Florida decided to mandate blending ethanol into our gasoline supply so that by the end of this year all gasoline consumed at conventional ... Read More »

Edison GreenFest 2010

Edison State College – Collier Campus Community Sustainability Expo March 27th, 2010  10am – 4pm Showcasing Sustainable Solutions The goal of the Edison GreenFest is to raise the environmental awareness of Edison State College Students and the larger Collier County Community.   Ecological Literacy can help prepare individuals, families, businesses, and governmental organizations to better manage and prosper in the changing ... Read More »

2010 SW Florida Wildlife Photo Contest

Eligibility The “Southwest Florida Native Flora & Fauna” photo contest is open to all amateur photographers that reside full or part time in Collier County, FL from the age of 14 years and older.  Entrant must be an amateur who has not received monetary compensation for photography whether in exhibits, by sale or through any facet of journalism.  Photos can ... Read More »

The Sands of Time

Marco Island’s beach is the jewel of our community. With approximately 6 miles of beach from Hideaway Beach to Sand Dollar Island to the main (Tigertail Beach Park to Cape Marco) beach, it gives walkers, fishermen, shell collectors, sunset (and sunrise!) gazers, both residents and visitors, so much enjoyment.  The beach has experienced changes, as any barrier island’s shoreline, over ... Read More »

Want to save Money? Harness the Sun’s Energy

The amount of energy we receive from the sun is spectacular by any measurement. It’s hard to imagine, but the earth only receives one two-billionth of the sun’s total energy. In a year even this miniscule amount of solar energy represents about 10,000 times the world’s current energy use. Another way to look at it is the amount of energy ... Read More »

Diggin’ Into Another Burrowing Species

You may know we have sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico, pond sliders, cooters and snapping turtles in our lakes and ponds, but did you know that Marco Island has a very healthy and active population of Gopher Tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus)?  They are like our own miniature dinosaurs; okay, they are not as old as dinosaurs, but first observed ... Read More »

Top 10 Tips for the Home Gardener

From South Florida Water Management District;   1) Water infrequently, deeply and thoroughly – Most lawns need about 3/4 to 1 inch of water once per week, or once every two weeks when the weather cools. Water can come from rain, or from irrigation. Infrequent but deep watering will encourage deep rooting, healthier and hardier plants with a greater tolerance ... Read More »

Plentiful Precocious Pelicans

The Reason for the Pelican By John Ciardi The reason for the pelican Is difficult to see; His beak is clearly larger Than there’s any need to be. It’s not to bail a boat with – He doesn’t own a boat. Yet everywhere he takes himself He has that beak to tote. It’s not to keep his wife in – ... Read More »

A Moving Experience

You have just purchased or built a fabulous home or condo on Marco Island, Naples or the surrounding area and after the initial excitement wears off, with keys in hand, the big questions arise! How do I personalize, decorate and finish my new home with style and panache? What is my style? And, oh yes, which pieces should I bring with me ... Read More »

It’s the Buzz – Bee Aware

According to City of Marco Island’s environmental expert Nancy Richie, you can discourage aggressive Africanized honey bees (AHBs) from building a hive on your property. Recent correspondence from Scott Krueger, (Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry, Bureau of Plant Inspection) contains the following information. The population of Africanized honey bees continues to grow in Florida ... Read More »

The Florida Burrowing Owl

(Speotyto cuniclara floridana) This familiar Marco Island resident is named from the Greek words speo meaning cave and tyto meaning owl and, cuniclara derived from the Latin word cuniclarius meaning little miner. As the name suggests, the Florida Burrowing Owl digs caves or burrows and is the only owl species that nests underground. The Burrowing Owl, found from Canada to ... Read More »

Project Greenscape Training Offered

Does your lawn service carry this decal?  This shows that he is certified in the Green Industries Best Management Practices. Nancy Richie, City of Marco Island Environmental Specialist notes that as of March 31st, all licensed professional lawn and landscape contractors need to be certified in the Green Industries Best Management Practices (BMPs) class to register with the City of ... Read More »