Leading the way in landscaping to conserve our water resources

Landscaping with Water Conservation is top priority in Demonstration Project at City Hall. The Water Symposium of Florida Inc., in partnership with the City of Marco Island and Big Cypress Basin, held a Ribbon Cutting for the Florida Friendly Landscape Median Demonstration Project at the Marco Island City Hall campus on Monday, May 17.  The City, with the participation of ... Read More »

Florida Actively Coordinating and Responding to the Deepwater Horizon Incident

With 110,000 acres of sensitive mangroves, estuaries and fish hatcheries to protect, the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is paying close attention to the developments related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Here, the Friends of Rookery Bay provides a brief overview of plans, how you can help, and where to get more information. ... Read More »

Sea Turtles return to nest on our beaches

Changes in latitude, changes in attitude: May is typically a month of changes on our Island – reduction in traffic congestion, weather is variable, and many of our busy schedules just slow down. It is also the month the protected Loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) will soon begin to return to our beach. Adult female sea turtles will begin nesting ... Read More »

Summer is coming . . .

Well, summer is on its way and the Florida heat is coming upon us, so now is a good time to get some key landscaping chores out of the way. Start by cutting back any leggy or overgrown plants, and remove dead or dying branches from trees and shrubs. If you haven’t fertilized your lawn yet, do it now (following ... Read More »

Temporary Posting of Shorebird Nesting Locations

The City of Marco Island is part of the Florida Shorebird Alliance, a partnership that includes Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), City of Naples, Collier County Government. and Sherriff’s Office, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (RBNERR), Sea Grant, The Conservancy of SW FL, Inc., Friends of Tigertail and Collier Audubon Society. The goal of this Alliance is ... Read More »

Florida Friendly Landscape Demonstration Garden

Landscaping the Florida-Friendly way means using low maintenance plants and environmentally sustainable practices that also can save money. South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and the University of Florida (UF-IFAS) are leading the effort in the State of Florida to incorporate Florida Friendly Landscaping (FFL) to protect natural resources, specifically ground and surface water ... Read More »

These beachcombers pick up more than shells…

By Joe Giannone, Jr. Are you ready to plant a tree or clean a sandy beautiful beach on Earth Day? Earth Day is coming soon, on April 20th, and organizations from all around the country are taking part in a National cause to raise awareness about sustaining the environment and taking part in beach, bay, and various other environmental clean-ups. ... Read More »

Pesky Woodpeckers Could Be Knocking

Out of the twenty-three woodpecker species listed in my Field Guide to the Birds of North America, eight of these species are seen in southwest Florida. Some are more common than others. Belonging to the scientific Family of Picidae, these birds have strong claws (tow toes forward, one toe back), short legs, and stiff tail feathers for tree trunk climbing ... Read More »

Simple Rules to care for your Bougainvillea

Light & Temperature Bougainvilleas are tropical plants, being native to Brazil, that thrive in areas outdoors with low rainfall and intense heat. For maximum blooming, they need direct sunlight for at least 5 hours per day. Bougainvillea thrives in hardiness zones 9 and up (Marco Island is a perfect setting for just that). For you seasonal residents, Bougainvillea can be ... Read More »

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 »