Tag Archives: Everglades

Talks, Thanks, Tributes and Tears

Photo by Bob McConville, Master Naturalist:
Clouds gather over the mangrove trees in Big Cypress Preserve. Will it rain? Come find out
on November 16th!

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

Peggy and Charlie Carswell with Sharon and Bill Fiedlar.

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

JRobert and Martin play for the Florida Conservancy. Submitted Photos

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

Photos by Bob McConville

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

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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

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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

Ron Rutledge, Kathryn Hunt, and Pat Rutledge, of the MIHS.

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

Photo by Connie Mier

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

Jim was photographing mangroves at sunset, when he saw this summer storm developing and quickly set up for it. Jim makes forays with his sloop, living aboard, when he photographs the Ten Thousand Islands.

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

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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

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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 »

Learn how to catch a python with free hands-on training in Fort Myers, Naples

People who live in southwest Florida can learn to identify and safely capture Burmese pythons at upcoming 2016 Python Challenge™ in-person training sessions in Lee and Collier counties. Training for Lee County is on Dec. 20 at the Olga Community Center in Fort Myers, with both morning and afternoon sessions. Can’t make it to the December training? You can still sign up ... Read More »

FWC ‘releases’ snakes throughout Florida as part of 2016 Python Challenge™

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is conducting a Virtual Snake Finding Mission, “releasing” toy snakes near popular Florida landmarks in an effort to raise awareness about nonnative species in Florida. The search for the toy snakes ? which are superimposed on pictures of Florida landmarks  ? is part of the 2016 Python Challenge™. The project allows people ... Read More »

Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s 2015 RedSnook Tournament

A total of 52 teams participated in the 2015 RedSnook Catch and Release Charity Tournament that took place Oct. 23-25, generating $82,000 to benefit the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s juvenile game fish studies, water quality research and estuary protection. The Beacon Group at Morgan Stanley and RGM Capital were the presenting sponsors of the 2015 RedSnook Catch and Release Charity ... Read More »

Conservancy of Southwest Florida partners to present Florida Fracking Summit Oct. 27 and 28

Visitors and locals alike will converge in Florida’s Paradise Coast – NAPLES, Fla. (Oct. 9, 2015) – The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Natural Resource Defense Council, Earthjustice, Center for Biological Diversity, and Earthworks will present the 2015 Florida Fracking Summit to promote public awareness regarding extreme oil extraction in Florida. The Summit will be held on Oct. 27 and 28 ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY CREATES NEW COMMISSIONER PORTRAIT GALLERY

The Collier Board of County Commissioners has completed the first phase of the creation of the Collier County Commissioners’ Portrait Gallery. Under the direction of the current commissioners, county staff had 15 of 59 former Collier County Commissioners portraits reprinted, reframed and rehung in the hallway adjacent to the Board of County Commissioners’ chambers, located on the third floor of ... Read More »

Fire… a Necessary Function of Nature

Mobile wildlife such as deer, bear and bobcat can flee a wildfire quickly. Nesting birds such as eagles, herons, egrets and storks could be more at risk. PHOTO BY BOB MCCONVILLE

As I watch the evening news, I see that another wildfire is burning out of control somewhere across the United States. Reports proclaim that it is 40% contained, and then 60% under control. Attention is drawn to the number of structures that are at risk, then saved, because of the quick action taken by mankind’s actions. It’s good that homes ... Read More »

Brand Names Sam’s Club, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby and More, Coming Soon!

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Soon the County Commission will be in recess for six weeks, and possibly some of you have wondered why we have a summer recess while others already asked. It started back in the 90’s when unhappy residents felt the Commissioners were approving land use issues and new developments while the residents were away on vacation or back ... Read More »

“Giants of the Everglades” Dennis Goodman Exhibit at Marco Island Historical Museum

Dennis Goodman (in front of  sunset) answers questions during the reception for his show “Giants of the Everglades”.

By Steve Gimmestad On June 2, the opening reception for “Giants of the Everglades,” by photographer Dennis Goodman, was held at the Marco Island Historical Museum. The event, along with hors d’oeuvres and wine, was sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society. Dennis Goodman is an award winning photographer, and has appeared in numerous publications throughout Florida and elsewhere. He ... Read More »

Collier Tourism Industry Off to a Roaring Start

First Quarter Results Presented at Industry Briefing Event Prior to Southwest Florida Travel Rally Celebrating National Travel & Tourism Week  Florida’s Paradise Coast – Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades – saw big increases in tourism visitation and spending during first quarter 2015.These numbers continue the trend of strong growth in visitation, economic impact to Collier County and tourism-related employment ... Read More »