Tag Archives: Wildlife Conservation Commission

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 »

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 »

FWC Chairman Brian Yablonski Recognized for Conservation Leadership

FWC Chairman Brian Yablonski was recognized with Audubon Florida’s Theodore Roosevelt award this weekend for reinvigorating the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) critical wildlife areas (CWA) program. This program protects vulnerable waterbirds from disturbance, ensuring these species can survive on increasingly crowded coasts and waterways. Yablonski accepted the award at the annual Audubon Assembly- Florida’s signature conservation event ... Read More »

Lily to the Rescue

Submitted Don’t be surprised if you see a magnificent black and white Newfoundland in a custom life jacket prancing about on Marco Island. Lily is doing her job to encourage community-wide participation in the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron’s Wear It Campaign. She is, after all, the Power Squadron’s mascot. How can attending the Wear It event in your ... Read More »

Sandbar Closed For Nesting Season

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (RBNERR), in cooperation with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Audubon Florida, has closed the emergent sandbar located one mile southeast of Cape Romano, known as “Second Chance.” The sandbar, which is closed to public access annually from March 1 – August 31, was designated as ... Read More »

2016 Python Challenge

This coming year, with the help of our partners, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida are hosting the 2016 Python Challenge™. This month-long invasive species awareness campaign will again include a public competition to remove nonnative Burmese pythons from public lands in Florida. With expanded participating areas, the lands where participants ... Read More »

SFNPT Approves $44,000 in New Grants for Big Cypress National Preserve

  The South Florida National Parks Trust has approved $44,000 in new grants for Big Cypress National Preserve including $35,000 for the final phase of a restoration project that will improve the flow of fresh water in the Turner River, one of the most popular and scenic paddling spots in Big Cypress, the organization announced this week. The restoration project, ... Read More »

THE NAPLES ZOO AT CARIBBEAN GARDENS HIRES FULL TIME VETERINARIAN

The Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and nationally accredited zoo, has hired a full time veterinarian, Lizzy Arnett-Chinn. Ms. Arnett-Chinn is the first full time veterinarian to be hired at the Naples Zoo. Lizzy Arnett-Chinn stated, “While I have enjoyed my time at Buttonwood Park Zoo, I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with a more exotic collection ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Peggy Reiss, Commander

Letter to the Editor Naples Daily News, MI Eagle, Sun Times, Coastal Breeze One of the most wonderful things about living in our island paradise is the tremendous level of community involvement here on Marco Island. That was truly on display at the recent WEAR IT! event sponsored by the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron. I am deeply appreciative ... Read More »

Marco’s New Environmental Specialist Enjoys Job & Community

By Don Manley Dana Dettmar is a newcomer to Marco and her exposure to the island’s environs and its residents have left her enthralled. The New Jersey native is the city’s new environmental specialist, assuming the post two weeks ago. She replaces Nancy Richie, who occupied the position for thirty plus years, before resigning in January. “It’s just a very ... Read More »

Waterways Committee Addresses Invasive Lionfish

By Pat Newman Wanted! Lionfish! Dead or alive! This invasive species has been spotted in canals around Marco Island, as well as in off-shore waters. The city’s Waterways Committee, chaired by Jim Timmerman, brought the issue before City Council in February, alerting members to the problem fish, and was given the go-ahead to “move forward” in creating a solution. Waterways ... Read More »

GOVERNOR AND CABINET APPROVE TWO FLORIDA FOREVER ACQUISITIONS

Yesterday, Governor Rick Scott and the Cabinet members agreed to acquire two high-valued conservation properties in southwest Florida using Florida Forever funds. Both properties were purchased from the Trust for Public Land. The board agreed to acquire approximately 669 acres within the Charlotte Harbor Flatwoods Florida Forever project located northwest of Fort Myers. The Charlotte Harbor Flatwoods project protects the ... Read More »

The Persistent Ospreys

By Coastal Breeze News Staff In December, a pair of ospreys did what most of their species do that time of year — they began building a nest. Unfortunately, they chose as the location for their new abode the top of a seawall construction crane parked in a local canal. Neighbors reported this event to ever helpful and knowledgeable Nancy ... Read More »

A Record Year for Panthers… But Not A Record to Celebrate

Submitted More of our state’s panthers have been killed on roadways than ever before this year. And when it’s a female, that often means orphaned kittens. And every year, this endangered species also suffer injuries that require biologists and veterinarians to step in and help. Up to this point, however, much of that care involved transporting cats from Collier County ... Read More »

Fireworks: Illegal in Florida, Strictly Enforced on Marco Island

By Nancy Richie City of Marco Island Environmental Specialist As the holidays approach, fireworks will be for sale at stores or in tents set up along the roadway, but in Florida, they can only be used by special permit on farm lands or fish hatcheries to scare off nuisance animals. The only legal fireworks for use by consumers — who ... Read More »

Be On the Lookout for the Kingly American Kestrel

PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com On Marco Island, an urban, intensely developed island, surrounded on three sides by dense mangrove estuary habitat and one side by the Gulf of Mexico, it really is not uncommon to see a variety of wildlife in our yards and along roadways. Driving through several island neighborhoods one recent cold November morning, more than ... Read More »

’Tis the season for gifts to support Florida wildlife

All year long, residents and visitors to Florida can step outside and find places to watch and photograph wildlife as they hike beaches and trails, steer a boat along rivers and coastlines, fish clear waters, or hunt game in one of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) wildlife management areas. This holiday season, the FWC hopes people will ... Read More »