Tag Archives: Everglades

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 »

EMS Week in Collier County

The Collier County Board of County Commissioners proclaimed Sunday, May 21, to Saturday, May 27, as Emergency Medical Services Week in Collier County. The Board of County Commissioners established the Emergency Medical Services Division in 1981. The division provides emergency medical services for the cities of Naples, Marco Island, Everglades, as well as all unincorporated areas including North Naples, East Naples, Golden ... Read More »

Seminole Tribe Earth Day Celebration

Submitted On April 22nd, the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum hosted Water Warriors—an Earth Celebration to showcase the ways in which water represents life to the Seminoles. Under the perfectly blue sky, Seminole artists and conservationist Samuel Tommie shared the importance of preserving water and resources for the Seminole Tribe. He ended his talk with a musical flute presentation. Museum Management Trainee Daniel ... 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 »

Two MIHS Speakers Not to Miss

Submitted Top off a day of sun and sand with a Marco Island Historical Society lecture at Rose History Auditorium. The lectures, which start at 7 PM, are free to members of the Society and $10 for nonmembers.   February 22: Wildlife of the Everglades Master naturalist Robert McConville is back to give an update on the wildlife of the ... Read More »

Everglades Update: Restorations

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

Journey Across The Greater Everglades

Sandee Harraden is a nationally recognized photographer, published in the National Audubon and the National Wildlife Federation literature. She has spent the last 26 years exploring the greater Everglades to photograph wildlife behavior, specifically birds in flight. She finds inspiration in the swamps and wetlands across Southern Florida to creatively capture exceptional moments through her lens highlighting nature’s astonishing beauty. ... Read More »

‘Paradise Reef’ Documentary Wins Award

Submitted The documentary film, “Paradise Reef” has received recognition from the Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, as the winner of the 2016 Suncoast Regional Emmy Awards in the Topical Documentary category. The winners were announced during an awards ceremony on Dec. 3 in Orlando. The Suncoast Chapter is the regional chapter of The National ... Read More »

Talks, Thanks, Tributes and Tears

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist       What makes it rain on Marco Island? Does the Everglades ecosystem play a part in this? Which clouds are rain makers and which are not? These questions will be answered by my guest speaker on November 16th at Rose History Auditorium. A National Park Service Ranger, Luke Gommerman has traveled to ... Read More »

Islanders Explore Everglades

Submitted Lecture goers spent an evening exploring the fragile Everglades environment not long ago. Their guide on this tour was Rachael Kangas, public archaeology coordinator with the Florida Public Archaeology Network. The lecture was just one in a series of monthly events sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society and held at Rose History Auditorium. Read More »

JRobert Offers Glimpse of Old Florida

By Don Manley Marco troubadour JRobert is taking audiences on a journey to Old Florida through song and spoken word with his new production, “The Florida Fiddler Show.” The longtime Marco Island musician, composer, songwriter and producer will perform what he describes as “a musical monologue,” on September 10 at The Marco Island Players, located in Marco Town Center. “Ever ... Read More »

Crocodiles in South Florida

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Quite often when I’m talking about dolphins on my tours someone will ask the question regarding alligator sightings. I am always happy to respond that gators primarily stay in fresh water or brackish water habitats, and then I mention that brackish and saltwater areas of South Florida are home to many crocodiles and that this ... Read More »

Aerospace and Rocketry at Camp Mackle

Submitted  Excited voices chanting, “10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…Launch, launch, launch!” could be heard at Camp Mackle. On July 28, 2016, Marco Island Civil Air Patrol (CAP) conducted an Aerospace Education and Rocketry Workshop at Camp Mackle for more than 60 children ages 6-12. Captain Jesse L. Baker told the campers about the services that ... Read More »

Paradise Reef Premier

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Has anyone noticed how much traffic there is out there? It’s as busy as during season! Sometimes we can’t even get out of the government parking lot! For the last few years the Governor has been working on growing jobs, jobs, jobs everywhere. Well, with jobs come people and cars and housing and more children. What ... Read More »

Photography by Canoe

Submitted  Nature photographer Connie Mier told her admirers at a recent reception and lecture hosted by the Marco Island Historical Society that she “loves taking pictures of birds,” and she certainly works hard to get them. Along with a large assortment of cameras and lenses, Mier has found one other piece of equipment equally indispensable for her photographs—her canoe. Mier ... Read More »

Mier Photography Exhibit

Submitted  “Wild and Remote: Photographing South Florida by Canoe,” a collection of photographs by artist Connie Mier, is currently on exhibit at the Marco Island Historical Museum through July 26, 2016. Connie Mier is a wildlife and nature photographer who derives inspiration from her canoe explorations of the Everglades and Biscayne Bay. She often spends days at a time canoeing and ... Read More »

O’Neill-Freeman Art Exhibit a Hit

By Barry Gwinn This year, Tara O’Neill teamed up with Jim Freeman for her “13th Annual End O’Season Art Extravaganza” on April 16-17. Tara’s paintings and Jim’s photographs were displayed and offered for sale in the Little Bar’s Papa Ray Room. The Little Bar has hosted the event for all 13 years. Tara did this event solo for 11 years, ... Read More »

Pioneering Women

Submitted A century ago, the first woman to be mayor of a city in Florida was Marian O’Brien, who was elected in 1916 when the little town of Moore Haven, west of Lake Okeechobee, was incorporated. Included in its statutes was the right to vote for women – three years before Amendment 19 was passed in 1919. Marian was a ... Read More »

2016 Python Challenge™ Invasive Species Festival

The 2016 Python Challenge™ is a conservation effort that includes public outreach on invasive species and a month-long competition to remove Burmese pythons from public lands in Florida. Visit PythonChallenge.org for more information about the 2016 Python Challenge™, including information on the unique Everglades ecosystem, and details about the 2016 Python Challenge™ Python Removal Competition, including competition and area rules, how to register, ... Read More »