Tag Archives: fishing line

Anchors Aweigh!

BOATING SAFETY By Keith Wohltman  Did you know that an anchor is NOT a required piece of safety equipment for boats in the state of Florida? They are “recommended” safety equipment, along with bilge pumps and an oar or paddle. Personally, I would never want to be on a boat without one. I actually have two on my boat. Apart ... 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 »

FWC Law Enforcement Collier County

Investigator White and Lieutenant Mahoney conducted plain-clothes foot patrol within the Big Cypress WMA with a primary focus on the feeding of alligators. Upon arrival, three subjects were fishing from a bridge which is posted as “No Fishing from Bridge.” They saw a juvenile catch a fish and dangle it over the water to entice the alligators located near the ... Read More »

MIA Holds Bridge Building Competition: The Winner Surprises Everyone (Except Mr. Wood)

By Barry Gwinn  Recently, there was a lot of cheering and clapping going on in Marco Island Academy’s (MIA) campus. It was coming from Room 301, where Frank Wood’s engineering students were going head-to-head in the school’s first-ever bridge building competition. Frank Wood, who also teaches physics, chemistry, and solar energy, had his students cheering, groaning, laughing and grimacing as ... Read More »

Young Dolphins of Marco Island It’s All About the Babes

By Maureen Chodaba The Rose History Auditorium was the place to be for the recent Marco Island Historical Society presentation of “Young Dolphins of Marco Island,” by certified Florida Master Naturalist Bob McConville. This renowned speaker is always known to draw a packed crowd, so it was indeed imperative to arrive early. But the audience did not wait idly as ... 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 »

Injured Great Blue Heron RESCUED!

Submitted by: Maria Lamb On Friday at midday, the injured Great Blue Heron was rescued.  Friday was the last day for the Boros family to enjoy the beach and do some fishing and shell collecting before heading back to Illinois.  They headed to the gulf side of Tigertail Beach where they found the injured Heron just hanging around looking for handouts.  It was a rescue of ... Read More »

Injured Great Blue Heron

By Maria Lamb Since Thanksgiving, an injured great blue heron (GBH) has been walking around Tigertail Beach lagoon with a fishing lure three inches long dangling from its delicate, long neck. This heron is unable to swallow food naturally; it has lost weight, its feathers looking dull and matted and is weaker with each passing day. The heron was a ... Read More »

Dolphins of Marco Island

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

‘Tis the Season for Migratory Birds

By Maria Lamb  Just like our “snowbird” human friends, many of the real snowbirds have made their way onto our beaches and are enjoying Marco Island’s warm and sunny weather. Some birds have flown thousands of miles to get here. They are here to rest, eat and gain weight for the next leg of their journey. But, there are risks ... Read More »

Girls in Science Slumber Party

By Samantha Husted  The Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center had been transformed. Pink sleeping bags littered the floor, green ribbons were strewn about decoratively, and in the background the musical styling of Taylor Swift could be heard. On June 11th over 20 girls, ages 8-14, trickled into the Environmental Learning Center ready for a night of learning and fun. This ... Read More »

A Sad Reminder: Dispose Fishing Line Properly

Submitted A dead osprey was reported to be hanging from a pine tree near the fire station on San Marco Road this week. When city staff arrived, the osprey had already fallen to the ground. Its left talon was hooked by a circular fishing hook, and the body was wrapped by the line several times over with braided and monofilament ... Read More »

Annual Shell Show Blends Science and Art

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Nature, science, art and philanthropy; The Shell Club’s annual Shell Show was that, and more. From March 10-12 visitors viewed more than 150 incredible exhibits that filled Disseler Hall at the United Church of Marco Island.  Exhibits were divided as to “Scientific” or “Artistic.” The scientific exhibits included everything from complex, multi-part displays down to ... Read More »

Nesting Sea Turtles, Flashing Cell Phone Photos- A Bad Mix

Submitted Sea turtles digging their nests to lay eggs on Florida’s beaches face a new 21st century hazard: someone snapping a flash photo with a cell phone. March 1 is the official start of the sea turtle nesting season. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds people not to take cell phone flash photos of sea turtles on ... Read More »

A Thankful Year in Review

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The realist adjusts the sails. ~ Wm. Ward   What a fantastic year this has been! I would like to thank the Coastal Breeze News for allowing me to be a part of their team. It has been an honor and I am ... Read More »

A Dolphin Rescue: One Year Later

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist September 4, 2014: The Dolphin Explorer is not open for business. The entire crew is, instead, on the water with one specific goal…find a dolphin in distress. Captain Bob Erickson is at the helm of the Dolphin Explorer with Coastal Breeze reporter Noelle Lowery and a naturalist on board. Captain Michael Tateo and Naturalist Kent ... Read More »

Do Not Disturb Nesting Sea Turtles

Submitted Sea turtles have begun nesting attempts in the area. Good time to post a few reminders about proper sea turtle etiquette. It can be thrilling to watch a sea turtle crawl onto the beach at night and dig a large hole in the sand to lay dozens of eggs. Just remember that “Do not disturb” is the best behavior ... Read More »

A Dolphin Year in Review

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist February 2015 will mark the ninth anniversary of the 10,000 Island Dolphin Survey Team’s work of studying and identifying the bottlenose dolphins that call the Marco Island area their home. In 2014, we were able to recognize five newborn in our waters to go along with five more that turned a year old, seven ... Read More »

Help Keep Dolphins Safe

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist A special thanks to Naturalist Kent Morse for his contributions to this article. Kent has been studying dolphins on Marco for 10 years. The 10,000 Islands Dolphin Survey Team is on the water nearly every day of the year conducting their survey of dolphin activity in the area. It’s unfortunate that many of the ... Read More »

Slow Down as Manatees Swim to Warmer Waters

Submitted The annual migration of Florida manatees to warmer waters begins in November, which is Manatee Awareness Month. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) encourages boaters to help protect migrating manatees by looking out and slowing down for these aquatic mammals that often rest or congregate underwater and can be difficult to see. “During Manatee Awareness Month, the ... Read More »