Environment

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 »

The Many Birds of South Florida

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist                                                                                                  Be sure to join Bob on ... Read More »

The Python Invasion

By Coastal Breeze News Staff There have been numerous reports of sightings of Burmese pythons, and the efforts to eradicate them from the Everglades has been fierce. Professional snake hunters have even been hired to join in the hunt. Last year the 2016 Python Challenge, presented by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation, resulted in the removal of 106 Burmese ... Read More »

Seeing Shorebirds: From Peeps to White Pelicans

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve was designated in 1978 and named for the bay where thousands of wading birds roost and nest on certain mangrove islands. A lot of other birds also rely on this area for survival. Reserve staff and volunteers keep tabs on these bird populations as an indicator of estuarine health. I ... Read More »

Big Cypress Bend: Beyond The Mangrove Trees

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist                                                                                                  Big Cypress & Manatee Presentation Join ... Read More »

The Truth About Red Tide

Submitted Nothing ruins a beautiful Southwest Florida beach day like red tide. But what causes red tide and is there anything we can do to prevent it? Collier County Pollution Control wants to help the public understand the truth about Florida red tide and to debunk some of the myths that are out there about this phenomenon. Rhonda Watkins, principal ... Read More »

Turn, Turn, Turn…

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist                                                                                                  “To everything there is a season,” ... Read More »

What’s Killing the Sea Turtles?

By Chadd Chustz A dead loggerhead sea turtle washed up on Marco Island Beach on Saturday night, February 25th. Maura Krause, Principal Environmental Specialist for Collier County estimated the female loggerhead to be 30 years old. Even more depressing, this loggerhead was one of four sea turtles that washed up on Collier County beaches. Causes of death were not yet ... Read More »

Under the Docks MIA Students Enrich Marco Canals

By Maria Lamb Ocean Habitats, Inc. of Ft. Myers has been hard at work in Marco Island installing artificial reef habitats underneath existing docks. To date, they have installed 108 habitats in Marco Island’s canals with an additional 20-plus scheduled for installation. This is great news for the health of our canals. According to David Wolff, Ocean Habitats’ president, this ... Read More »

Do’s and Don’ts of Recycling

By Samantha Husted  The Calusa Garden Club met recently to discuss the “Do’s and Don’ts of Recycling” in Collier County. Margie Hapke, Collier County recycling coordinator, led the presentation, offering her knowledge and advice on all things garbage. Hapke has been with the Department of Solid and Hazardous Waste Management since 2002. Part of her job as recycling coordinator is ... Read More »

Everglades Update: Restorations

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist                                                                                                  Join Bob at the Marco Island ... Read More »

Finding Neverland…The Marsh Trails

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist                                                                                                  “Second star to the right and ... Read More »

Guarding Our Planet – Are We in Trouble?

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist                                                                                                  I am worried, truly worried, about ... Read More »

Dolphins of Marco Island

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist                                                                                                  Everybody loves dolphins! They always seem ... Read More »

Marco Treasures . . . Under the Sea

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist                                                                                                  May I wish each and every ... Read More »