Tag Archives: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

DEP, FWC TO ACCEPT PUBLIC COMMENT ON GULF COAST ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION COUNCIL PLAN

~The State will be accepting ideas for Florida’s projects~ TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection will host a public meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 in Panama City Beach to gather input on the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council’s Path Forward document and Florida’s projects to be submitted to the Council for its consideration. The meeting will be co-hosted ... Read More »

Bumper Crop

PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com It is common knowledge on Marco Island that Florida Burrowing Owls (Athene cunicularia) are present, popular and so abundant that they are found in almost every neighborhood on the island. Not only do our residents enjoy these charismatic birds of prey, but people travel from all over the world to see them. Professional photographers charge ... Read More »

Calling ALL Ladies… Let’s Learn to Fish AND Kayak in Matlacha/Ft. Myers March 9-10, 2013

An incredible mini-event is being offered to women for the first time by the award winning “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!®” University Series. The Matlacha/Ft. Myers University is March 9-10, 2013 at Matlacha Community Park. “We have chosen to host our Gulf Coast event at Matlacha – a beautiful part of the state with bountiful fishing,” commented Founder, Betty Bauman. “It’s a refreshing location perfect ... Read More »

School Security by the MIPD

Along with the nation, the Marco Island Police Department mourns the tragic and senseless loss of children and educators in Newtown Connecticut. This horrific event reminds us that no community, regardless of location or demographic is immune to crime, even criminal acts as unspeakable and dreadful as demonstrated on December 14th. Those who research school violence remind us that these events have ... Read More »

Women’s Wild Fishing Weekend

By Natalie Strom “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” is an award-winning University Series coming to the Everglades area for the first time this October. Avid female anglers will settle in at the Port of the Islands Everglades Adventure Resort for a weekend of education, hands-on fishing activities, habitat conservation and local recreation. Founded by Betty Bauman in 1997, the Ladies, Let’s ... Read More »

Wild Everglades Womens Fishing University Announced for Oct. 13-14, 2012

 Women’s-only Everglades getaway offers fishing, rigging, conservation and more! New Venue! An incredible Everglades adventure is offered for women for the first time by the award winning “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!®” University Series. The Everglades Adventure University is Oct. 13-14, 2012 at Port of the Islands Everglades Resort, with optional Everglades excursions offered on Friday, Oct. 12. “This is a great ‘out-there’ ... Read More »

Women’s-only Everglades getaway offers fishing, rigging, conservation and more! New Venue!

An incredible Everglades adventure is offered for women for the first time by the award winning “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!®” University Series. The Everglades Adventure University is Oct. 13-14, 2012 at Port of the Islands Everglades Resort, with optional Everglades excursions offered on Friday, Oct. 12. “This is a great ‘out-there’ fishing adventure, where women can learn and go fishing in an ... Read More »

Shallow water sharks of the 10,000 Islands

FOLLOW THE FISH  Capt. Pete Rapps  Pete@CaptainRapps.com Our summer water temperatures bring many types of Shark into the shallow waters of the 10,000 Islands. They are here to breed, and arrive in good numbers. Although there are Shark here year round, it is now that they are most abundant. Below is a list of the five most common Shark in our ... Read More »

Saving the Florida Manatee

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com A large grey mass floats in the middle of a canal in Goodland. At first glance it looks like a large, misplaced rock, but upon further investigation, the “rock” is actually Florida’s state marine mammal, the manatee. This manatee, in particular, is in clear distress and has a large pink gash across its back. It has ... Read More »

Bear on Marco

MIPD News Release  Evidence of the presence of a bear was found at a residence on the east end of the Island on Sheffield Drive. This is the first time in recent memory that the Marco Island Police Department has been advised of such an occurrence. While some people believe that seeing a black bear is a very exciting experience, ... Read More »

Sections of Collier beaches to close temporarily for nesting shorebirds

Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will post signs and temporarily close portions of some Collier County beach areas to help protect nesting shorebirds. Sections of Big Marco Pass Critical Wildlife Area, known locally as Sand Dollar Island, will be closed as of April 3. Caxambas Pass Critical Wildlife Area will also be closed on April ... Read More »

Beachgoers can help biologists monitor spawning horseshoe crabs

By Coastal Breeze News Staff As spring arrives, horseshoe crabs converge along sandy beaches throughout the state to mate. Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are asking the public for help pinpointing the sites where these horseshoe crabs spawn. Beachgoers are likely to have the best luck spotting mating horseshoe crabs around high tide, just before, ... Read More »

WATCHABLE WILDLIFE: Let’s respect what we have

PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com Located on the edge of the Everglades and surrounded by Rookery Bay and the Ten Thousand Islands’ unique mangrove and estuarine environment, Marco Island’s subtropical climate and diverse habitat allows many wildlife species encounters. In abundance and not found in many places, wildlife such as, Bottled-nosed Dolphins, West Indian Manatees, Loggerhead, Green, and Kemp-Ridley Sea ... Read More »

Saving Seymour…The Dolphin

By Natalie Strom The news of Seymour the dolphin’s rescue on Friday, March 9th, reached far and wide as a team of 26 people in six boats helped save his life. Locals had come to know of Seymour’s plight thanks to the research of The Dolphin Explorer, a sightseeing vessel that traverses the waters around Marco Island. Seymour, an eight-year ... Read More »

Seymour has been Saved

In a tremendous, combined effort by NOAA Fisheries Service, Sea World Orlando, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Chicago Zoological Society, Mote Marine Lab, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the University of Florida, Seymour the dolphin has been saved. According to Allison Garrett, Communications Specialist for NOAA Fisheries Service’s Southeast Regional Office/Science Center, Seymour, an eight year old bottlenose ... Read More »

The Selfish Gene

By Dennis Giardina  Courtesy of The Friends of the Fakacatchee  My intention was to write an update about the restoration of the cigar orchid, Cyrtopodium punctatum in the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. This has been a collaborative effort between the park and Atlanta Botanical Garden that has been generously supported by the Friends of Fakahatchee. Over the past few ... Read More »

Changes in the season are for the (shore) birds

Nancy Richie  Have you noticed? There is a change in the way the morning and afternoon light hits Marco Island and in the way the air feels lighter on your skin. It must be fall in southwest Florida. To many, it means time for the first “snow birds” to arrive with the Island roads, restaurants and shops getting pleasantly busier. ... Read More »

Coyote Information

The Marco Island Police Department and City of Marco Island Environmentalist (Nancy Richie), in conjunction with our partners at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) have created the following summary of coyote related information to educate Island residents and visitors. As development encroaches upon wildlife habitat, encounters between humans and wildlife – including coyotes – are bound to ... Read More »

Alligators in the Everglades

BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP By Patricia Huff Living in the Everglades we’re used to seeing alligators in our rivers, canals and back bays. Occasionally, we see them up close and personal. On August 31 one of our special ladies, Margaret Webb, was severely injured by an alligator that attacked her in her front yard. Fortunately, someone saw the attack and ... Read More »

Boating booklet for visitors

By Capt. Carl Kelly Many of our visitors, families and friends, who stay a short time would nevertheless like to get oriented to boating on local waters. For those people, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Collier County Environmental Services produced a “Boating and Angling Guide to Collier County.” It touches all the bases. It has a basic ... Read More »