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Dolphin Explorer: 8 Years of Research

PHOTO BY Kirk Gardner

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist Over here is Halfway, an adult female bottlenose dolphin and mom to at least four calves. Over there is one of our dominant male pair bonds, Hatchet and Capri.” These are common refrains by naturalist Kent Morse and marine biologist James Liviccari on board the Dolphin Explorer. With 16 years of experience between them studying the bottlenose dolphins in and around Marco Island, these two professionals not only identify the area mammals but they recognize certain behaviors and traits of many individuals. With eight complete years of survey data in their hands, some amazing ... Read More »

Protecting Beach Birds

Least terns lay eggs in sand scrapes right on the beach.  Eggs and young are extremely vulnerable to sun and heat when adult birds are flushed by people, dogs, or vehicles approaching the nest site. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, in cooperation with the Flor-ida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), has posted a small por-tion of beach on the south tip of Keewaydin Island and part of an emergent sandbar one mile southeast of Cape Romano to protect nesting habitat for least terns, black skimmers and Wilson’s plovers. These areas have been posted an-nually since 2001 to protect beach bird nesting season April-August. “Protecting Florida’s wildlife and natural resources is our first priority,” said Rook-ery Bay Reserve Director Gary Lytton. “Taking steps to protect the least tern on Keewaydin Island during its ... Read More »

Annual SAMI Race Attracts Sailors of All Abilities


By Jeff Johnson On April 13th and 14th the Sailing Association of Marco Island (SAMI) will host its annual Bud Light Regatta. Proceeds from the regatta help to support the Civil Air Patrol, the Marco Island Community Sailing Center (MICSC) and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. The race attracts sailors from all over the area in boats of all sizes. Although racers of top standing will be competing, novice racers are invited and encourage to join in on the fun. Registration and check-in starts at 5:30 PM on Friday the 12th at Stonewall’s Restaurant (551 S Collier Blvd, Marco Island) ... Read More »

Private Keewaydin Club Hosts Party of 200


Over 200 people cruised to Keewaydin Island to attend the Magic Under the Mangroves™ Patron Party celebration on February 10, at the private Keewaydin Club. This year’s Cuban-inspired party is the precursor to the March 7, “Magic” main event, raising funds for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida to protect the water, land and wildlife in the region. “Magic” Patrons enjoyed Latino inspired food, assorted wines, tropical fruit flambé and rum punch. The menu included Latino inspired delicacies, including a Cuban “sundae:” pulled pork, layered with rice and black beans and topped with mango chutney. Mother Nature cooperated perfectly with beautiful weather ... Read More »

The Devil in the Details


from The Enthusiast Newsletter by local John Scott There is no question that one of the cardinal points of successful living is paying attention to the details of any undertaking; and no better lesson can be offered in the art and science of paying attention to those pesky little details than the story of our perfect evening on Keewaydin Island that unfortunately extended late into the night. We anchored in a little over two feet of water just a short distance from the beach. Keewaydin Island is a little used paradise that can only be reached by water. It is ... Read More »

Sea Turtles in distress

By Natalie Strom  Marco Island’s sea turtles are in trou­ble. A recent nest count has revealed that Tropical Storm Debby washed away 14 sea turtle nests on Marco’s beaches. Prior to Debby, the total nest count on Marco Island’s beaches was at 37. Now there are only 23. This isn’t the only troubling news. Evidence of human tampering with nesting sea turtles and reports of people on the beach late at night searching for sea turtles are being blamed for the al­ready unusually low nest count. As Tropical Storm Debby pounded Collier County’s beaches for three days, the Collier ... Read More »

Lessons learned aboard the Dolphin Explorer

By Natalie Strom “Dolphin at five o’clock!” shouts a guest aboard The Dolphin Explorer vessel. Another brief sighting of a dorsal fin and Captain Chris Desmond turns the boat around to get a closer look. Meanwhile, on-board biologist and researcher, James Livaccari, prepares his camera and iPad to track the dolphin by photo and location. The twenty-plus guests on the boat watch in excitement as dolphins jump, play and swim in the wake of the boat. Just another day aboard The Dolphin Explorer of Marco Island. Owned by Sea Excursions, The Dolphin Explorer runs out of the Marco River ... Read More »

Searching for Seymour… the dolphin

By Natalie Strom  Marco Island’s dolphin population is asking for our help. According to researchers on The Dolphin Explorer, a sight-seeing vessel out of Rose Marco River Marina, there is a local population of roughly 60 to 70 bottlenose dolphins. These dolphins roam within the Marco River, around Isles of Capri, Keewaydin Island and down into the 10,000 Islands near Cape Romano. Seymour, an eight-year old “local” bottlenose dolphin, was recently found to have a serious injury to his tail. With help from the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA), a plan is in line to rescue Seymour. That ... Read More »

“Magic Under the Mangroves” Committee “Plants” Seeds

“Magic Under the Mangroves” Committee “Plants” Seeds on the Christopher B. Smith Preserve at  Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center Members of the “Magic Under the Mangroves” committee met recently to continue planning for the March 8, 2012 fundraiser to support the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Since this year’s event is focused on celebrating our natural wild spaces, the committees “plants” the “Blazing Star” (liatrus) seed mix on the Christopher B. Smith Preserve at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. The native Blazing Star’s pink-purple and white flowers are a veritable butterfly magnet, and when mixed with other seeds, provide a foraging feast ... Read More »