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A Great Migration in the Water

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Leatherback sea turtles can reach 6 feet in length, weigh up to 2,000 pounds and dive more than 4,000 feet below the surface.

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Last month I wrote about one of the great land migrations that takes place on our planet. It wasn’t so much about the long distance of the pattern, but more about the sheer number of animals that participate in this annual trek across Africa’s Serengeti Plain. There are constant comings and goings throughout the year on land and in the air, but what about the sea? Yes, there are tremendous numbers of marine creatures that follow patterns as well. Since we are in turtle nesting season here in our area I thought it might be ... Read More »

Marco Island Makes Top 10, Again

Photos by Scott Schilke

By Coastal Breeze News Staff TripAdvisor has released the winners of the 2016 Travellers’ Choice Awards for Top 10 Islands- United States. Once again, Marco Island has made the list, this year in the number eight spot. The top locations are selected by millions of real travellers who submit their reviews. According to TripAdvisor travellers, the top Marco Island activities and locations include the island’s boat tours, Keewaydin Island, Mackle Park and South Marco and Tigertail Beaches. Marco Island Chamber of Commerce President Alex Parker was not surprised that Marco was selected for the 2016 TripAdvisor Top 10 Islands – ... Read More »

Magic Under the Mangroves™ gala fundraiser set for March 3 at Conservancy of Southwest Florida

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida will host the 12thannual Magic Under the Mangroves™ gala dinner and auction fundraiser on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center. Presented by Northern Trust, the Magic Under the Mangroves™ fundraiser is a recognition of the continuing importance of protecting the natural environment and quality of life in Southwest Florida, and is a key source of revenue for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. All proceeds from the fundraiser support the Conservancy’s mission to protect our water, land, wildlife and future. “Magic Under the Mangroves™ has become one of the ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement Collier County

Officers Despian and Kleis were on water patrol near Keewaydin Island when they observed a United States Coast Guard (USCG) vessel conducting a vessel stop on a center console boat occupied by 3 subjects. The USCG flagged down the Officers for assistance. When they arrived on scene, USCG personnel told the Officers that the operator and both passengers of the vessel were impaired. The USCG had already completed seated field sobriety tasks with the operator and concluded that the operator was impaired. Officer Kleis noticed that the operator appeared to have trouble staying awake and asked the operator to come ... Read More »

LOCAL SPOTLIGHT: Keewaydin Express

Keewaydin Island, a favorite for locals and tourists, is now easier to enjoy with Keewaydin Express.

By Samantha Husted The Keewaydin Express is a locally owned water taxi service that provides transportation to and from Keewaydin Island and surrounding areas. Each trip is completely customizable. Customers are able to choose which bars, restaurants and waterfronts they’d like to visit. The Keewaydin Express takes the stress out of renting a boat, and makes it easier to enjoy and explore Marco Island. The standard fare is $40 round-trip per person, and the 20-foot pontoon boat can hold up to 6 people. They also offer group discounts. The company has been open and operating for about a year. The ... Read More »

10 Reasons to Take a Basic Boating Course


Submitted Boating is a great adventure on any type of boat, and is being enjoyed by many on a daily basis, but with that comes a great responsibility. There are some very good reasons to get yourself informed about the rules of the road. The US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 95 of Marco Island is offering various safe boating courses this fall. Ten reasons to take a course, and some of the things you will learn, include: Safety equipment and what you are required to have on your boat before you undertake any boating excursion. Driving a boat is vastly ... Read More »

Ask Me About the Birds!

A moment between a shorebird and her chick on the beach.

By Renee Wilson Florida’s white sand beaches are a playground for millions of residents and visitors each year. Beaches also serve as important habitat for shorebirds, with many species laying their eggs and raising their young right on the sand. Beaches in and around Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve historically have hosted some of the largest beach-nesting seabird colonies in the state. Audubon Florida and Audubon of the Western Everglades recently partnered with Rookery Bay Reserve to hire Adam DiNuovo in a new position as Shorebird Monitoring and Stewardship Project Manager. DiNuovo is working with research and stewardship staff ... Read More »

An Osprey Rescue, With a Happy Ending

Obviously in distress, this young Osprey was fighting to stay above water. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist It’s Saturday, May 2nd, the Dolphin Explorer’s 9 AM trip is on the water and something special is about to take place. With 19 happy passengers on board, the tour started as usual, with several dolphin sightings of adult males and even a mom and her calf. We passed a few Osprey nests and the guests took interest in the information that we shared about these raptors. As we made our way up the Intercoastal toward Keewaydin Island, I noticed something in the water flapping its wings furiously. Using my binoculars I was able to determine ... Read More »

Join the “Team”


Coastal Connections Renee Wilson Southwest Florida is a great place to live and play because of the beautiful weather, amazing beaches, and great fishing. Forty percent of Collier County’s coastline is protected within the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, with hundreds of boaters visiting on a daily basis. The “Team OCEAN” program at Rookery Bay has a mission to help boaters safely and responsibly enjoy the waters and wilderness around Naples and Marco Island. The boat-based volunteer program got underway at Rookery Bay Reserve in 2007 following a model at the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Team OCEAN (Ocean ... Read More »

Boater’s Local Knowledge: Marco Island


By Laurie Harris Flotilla Staff Officer, Public Affairs There are two types of boaters on Marco Island – those who have run aground and those that will!   The waters around Marco Island are constantly changing. If you are either new to boating or new to Marco Island, the Boater’s Local Knowledge and the Boater’s Local Knowledge – Backwater Edition classes are for you. In the Boater’s Local Knowledge class you will gain knowledge of navigating around Marco Island and the surrounding areas. Since Marco is an island, you need to know when you are returning to port vs. going ... Read More »

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 »