Tag Archives: animals

DAS Rescues 51 Dogs 

Acting under the authority of Collier County’s Animal Control Ordinance, Collier County Judge Rob Crown on June 20 awarded the Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) Division custody of 51 dogs found in poor condition at a home in eastern Collier County last month. On May 26, a DAS staff responded to a call reporting several dogs in poor condition at ... Read More »

Help FWC Monitor Fish Kills

FWC scientists monitor and document fish kills and diseases, as well as other aquatic animal health issues and associated environmental events. Many factors can contribute to a fish kill. Weather-related factors are common causes. Sudden temperature fluctuations or extreme temperatures can result in fish kills any time of the year. Hot weather during the summer months can cause fish kills, ... Read More »

DAS to Find Homes for ‘Pocket Pets’

Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) is Collier County’s only open-admission animal shelter. This means no domestic animal is turned away, whether a stray or an owner surrender. For every pet that comes into the shelter, a forever home must be found. DAS works hard to promote the adoption of homeless animals, including holding adoption events, monthly promotions and public. ... Read More »

Name Your Own Price Adoptions 

Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) works hard to find loving homes for all of kinds of animals at the shelter, but this month we are focusing on our feline friends. June is Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month, so we encourage you to make your house a home for one of our many four-legged friends. All adopters can name their own price for ... Read More »

What is the Problem with Palm Oil?

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Palm oil is an ingredient in numerous products we consume every single day; whether it be a bag of chips or your favorite cookies or candy bars. Palm oil is used in your body lotion, shampoo, toothpaste, and even cosmetics. It is so versatile it is used in baked goods and processed foods, too. It ... Read More »

The Zookeeper’s Wife: A True Story of Altruism

REEL REVIEWS By Matthew Mendisana “The Zookeeper’s Wife” is a true story set in World War II. It isn’t the first film to be based around that period, and it probably won’t be the last, but “The Zookeeper’s Wife” not only stands out from the long lineup of WWII films, it stands on its own as this year’s most compelling drama. ... Read More »

Saving One Brown Pelican at a Time

By Maria Lamb Brown Pelicans are always looking for an easy meal and often times they’ll swoop in on a catch just as an angler is reeling it in. According to Jonee Miller, a wildlife rehabilitation specialist at the von Arx Wildlife Hospital, “Pelicans are very adaptable birds and for this reason, they get themselves into big trouble as they ... Read More »

Presentation by Nature Preserve & Bird Sanctuary’s Carl Way

Submitted At the final meeting of the program year, Calusa Garden Club members enjoyed an educational presentation by Carl H. Way, Marco Island resident and chairman of Marco Island Nature Preserve and Bird Sanctuary and Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation, Inc. Way presented a slide show with information and potential plans for the Nature Preserve, and also outlined how the Marco ... Read More »

Big Cypress Bend: Beyond The Mangrove Trees

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

Construction Projects Begin

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala It seems no matter where you go on Marco Island there are friends waiting! What a wonderful place to vacation, to spend the winter or just to socialize! There is always something happening and friends waiting to greet you. The “Islands Town Hall Meeting” went very well, but next year we will have to remember not ... Read More »

‘Fun With Flora and Fauna’ is Fun For Everyone

Submitted Marco Islanders are invited to a community family event “Fun with Flora and Fauna” presented by Calusa Garden Club on Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5 at Marco Island Center for the Arts. The two-day community family event features something for everyone: in addition to displays of beautiful floral designs, Fun with Flora and Fauna features photography of ... 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 »

Projects in the Works

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Our Kiwanis Club is looking for people who can knit or crochet hats for children who have cancer. We’ll do a fundraiser to pay for the hats if we can find the people who can knit them. Who knows? Maybe someone will even want to donate yarn for a knitting group or church group to knit ... Read More »

Guarding Our Planet – Are We in Trouble?

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

Injured Heron Rescued & Recovering

Submitted Recently, the injured great blue heron, which was reported on in the prior issue of Coastal Breeze News, was finally rescued and is recovering nicely. The Rescue It was a rescue of opportunity. The Boros family from Manhattan, Illinois was enjoying their last day on the beach for fishing and shell collecting before heading back home. When the family ... Read More »

Free nature talk series 

If you are looking for something to do that is fun, free and educational, the Naples Preserve is focusing its Spring Nature Talk Series on the natural habitats and ecosystems of Southwest Florida. Speakers will include rangers, researchers, foresters and other subject-area specialists from a variety of the region’s parks, nature organizations and educational institutions. The series will include photographs ... Read More »

I Dream of Africa

By Ewout Rijk de Vries Here I was, face to face with a cheetah. The magnificent animal looked relaxed and happy. Hard to imagine that out of view, but close behind this captivating scene, was a large parking lot, almost filled with cars. It was the first Saturday of the month when Collier County residents have free entry to the ... Read More »

Expanded von Arx Wildlife Hospital Opens

The new outdoor wildlife rehabilitation and guest education areas are now open at the von Arx Wildlife Hospital at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida in Naples. The expansion includes state-of-the-art wildlife recovery areas and new structures that allow the Conservancy staff and volunteers to best serve the growing number of sick, injured and orphaned native animals brought to the Conservancy ... Read More »

Home For The Holidays

Over the weekend, Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) hosted a 33-hour Home for the Holidays Adopt-A-Thon event and found homes for 74 homeless animals. That’s 41 cats, 32 dogs and one hamster. During the event, DAS waived all adoption fees. In an effort to find homes for the remainder of the pets at the shelter, DAS is asking adopters ... Read More »

Homes Needed for Shelter Animals

Submitted  Over the weekend, Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) hosted a 33-hour Home for the Holidays Adopt-A-Thon event and found homes for 74 homeless animals. That’s 41 cats, 32 dogs and one hamster. During the event, DAS waived all adoption fees. In an effort to find homes for the remainder of the pets at the shelter, DAS is asking ... Read More »