Tag Archives: species

First Art Reef Design Honors the Sea Turtle

By Jodi Pree  On Monday, June 26, 2017, final preparations for the Art Reef installation were being made as the McCulley barge was docked just north of the Jolley Bridge. World-renowned designer, Vito Di Bari, was selected to design the centerpiece of the Paradise Coast Artificial Reef Project honoring a local endangered species. The underwater habitat will become a destination ... Read More »

Summer Fishing & Vacationing in SW Florida

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com The Ten Thousand Islands area of Southwest Florida boasts of tidal rivers, flats, and islands with an abundance of forage and the fish species that most fishing enthusiasts crave including snook, redfish, speckled sea trout, tarpon, snapper, permit, shark, mackerel, and many more. It is not uncommon to fish in this area during the ... Read More »

Images Capture Florida Panther Near Crocodile Nest

By Samantha Husted Last month a group of biologists from the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve shared something remarkable. Images captured on a Reconyx wildlife camera showed a young Florida panther lingering near a known crocodile nesting area on the reserve. According to Rookery Bay, the panther hung around for about 30 minutes. Images of the panther have been ... Read More »

It’s a Matter of Survival

By Maria Lamb On Sand Dollar Island, while some least terns are busy incubating their eggs others are still in courtship mode. Nearby, the black skimmers were observed panting under the harsh sun as they sat on their eggs. The birds have returned to their favorite strand of sand to rest, nest, feed and breed. Across the lagoon at the ... Read More »

The Birds Are Calling

Collier County residents are fortunate to live in an area so abundant with bird life, as well as having opportunities to support local groups committed to the health and welfare of the avian populations and their environment. One such organization is the Audubon Society of the Western Everglades. Now in my second year of volunteering for Audubon as a bird ... Read More »

Health Benefits of Fishing

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com There are so many health benefits that can be derived from fishing. So, while you are sitting at home and planning your next family vacation this summer, why not consider a week-long fishing trip in the 10,000 Islands area with your family. It is an enjoyable way to escape the hustle and bustle of ... Read More »

Eagle Lakes Community Park 

Eagle Lakes Community Park, located at 11565 Tamiami Trail E., has something for everyone. Whether you want to spend some time in nature, play sports or work on your fitness, this is the park for you. Eagle Lakes Community Park is listed on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s birding trail list. The park offers three retention ponds that ... Read More »

Save the Monarch Butterflies

By Maria Lamb Monarch butterflies feed primarily on milkweed plants (asclepias species). But if you are not careful, you could accidentally be poisoning the insects you are trying attract to your yard. According to Donna Kay, a Master Gardener and member of the Calusa Garden Club, “If you are into butterflies, do not buy any butterfly host plants from big ... Read More »

Marco v. Maui . . . Green Sea Turtles

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist                                                                                                  It’s Wednesday evening, May 17th just ... Read More »

What is the Problem with Palm Oil?

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Palm oil is an ingredient in numerous products we consume every single day; whether it be a bag of chips or your favorite cookies or candy bars. Palm oil is used in your body lotion, shampoo, toothpaste, and even cosmetics. It is so versatile it is used in baked goods and processed foods, too. It ... Read More »

Helping Sea Turtles, One Nest at a Time

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us An early-morning walk on the beach is routine for some Floridians and a treat for many visitors, but it is also part of an important summer job for a handful of volunteers, interns, and staff at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Just south of Marco Island, the Cape Romano complex is an active nesting beach ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in May

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Spring is one of the best seasons for fishing, especially if you decide to fish the 10,000 Islands in May. Summer is also fast approaching, and the water is beginning its steady climb to temperatures reaching into the eighties. May, the full moon falls on the 11th and new moon on the 25th. May ... Read More »

WHAT A CROC! Crocodile, That Is

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist                                                                                                  Ah, spring! Love is in the ... Read More »

Marco Recognizes Gopher Tortoise Day

By Samantha Husted The gopher tortoise (or the gopherus polyphemus for all you science folk) is one of world’s oldest living species. The reptile is estimated to have roamed the earth anywhere from 500,000 to two million years ago. Gopher tortoises are native to the southeastern United States and can be found in all 67 counties of Florida. You may ... Read More »

Oil & Gas Exploration to Begin in Big Cypress

Submitted March 27 was the date set for the Burnett Oil Company to begin the process of surveying for oil and gas resources beneath Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida, even as a federal judge had yet to rule whether the work could proceed. The National Park Service approved seismic surveys on 110 square miles of sensitive wetlands in Big ... Read More »

The Python Invasion

By Coastal Breeze News Staff There have been numerous reports of sightings of Burmese pythons, and the efforts to eradicate them from the Everglades has been fierce. Professional snake hunters have even been hired to join in the hunt. Last year the 2016 Python Challenge, presented by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation, resulted in the removal of 106 Burmese ... Read More »

Here Come the Birds

Submitted Our fine feathered friends can often be seen pecking for food in Marco’s green spaces, nesting in empty lots and lining up like ancient Roman sentinels on building rooftops. They are a constant in our daily lives (even without a visit to the Everglades) but what do we really know about them? Master Naturalist Bob McConville is the man ... 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 »