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Now at the Marco Island Historical Museum

Pirates say, ‘Arrrrrrrrrrr!’ SUBMITTED photoS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff History buffs are never at a loss when it comes to things to do and programs to see at the Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM) and Rose History Auditorium. After his highly successful Jan. 13 program with John Ruthven, renowned wildlife artist and conservationist John Agnew has generously allowed his work to remain on display at MIHM until mid-February. Agnew’s career began in natural history museums and zoos where he designed amazing exhibits, produced illustrations, and painted murals and dioramas in the US and as far away as Moscow. His paintings now hang in collections ... Read More »

Angling Styles

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LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com Although there are many different techniques used in the sport of fishing, there are generally only two types of angling styles or approaches to angling. The first approach is more proactive in nature, and the second is more reactive. The proactive angler is a hunter, constantly seeking signs of fish activity and active water. Other promising signs that proactive enthusiasts seek are areas holding structure, such as mangrove edges, oyster beds, dead branches, docks, wrecks and bridges, as well as emergent and submerged cover which is comprised of grasses and plant materials. Fish gravitate ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Announces New Lectures, Workshops

Scott Sherman at Cathedral Rock. SUBMITTED photoS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff With the new year comes new programming at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The organization recently announced a new lecture series, birding workshops and landscape training schedule. Rookery Bay’s 2015 Amazing Adventures lecture schedule will be hosted at the Environmental Learning Center January through March with evening presentations narrated by a local naturalist, researcher or explorer providing destination ideas, natural histories, travel tips and insights. The lecture schedule begins Friday, Jan. 30 at 6 PM with “Westward Found, the American Southwest.” National Park Service Rangers Amy Washuta and Luke Gommerman will take attendees on ... Read More »

Art, Conservation Discussion at MIHM

John Ruthven, center, with President and Mrs. Bush.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Rose History Auditorium will become a classroom on Tuesday, Jan. 13, when renowned artists John Agnew and John Ruthven speak about how they have used their art to shape conservation efforts throughout the United States and the world. The program is sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society. Agnew’s career began in natural history museums and zoos throughout the world where he designed exhibits, produced illustrations and painted murals and dioramas. He expanded his work beyond museum and zoos and began painting full time in 1983. Now, his paintings hang in collections around the ... Read More »

SWAMP Programs Begin at Big Cypress

Mike Owen on Swamp Walk. FILE PHOTO

Submitted A new season of environmental education programs for Collier County’s sixth-grade students has begun with student field trips to the Big Cypress National Preserve. Programs began in October and are scheduled through the end of March. They are supported this year by the South Florida National Parks Trust (SFNPT), the official nonprofit partner of the Big Cypress National Preserve. More than 3,000 students, teachers and parents are scheduled to explore the Big Cypress Swamp this season on ranger-led field trips while participating in the Swamp Water and Me Program (SWAMP), the preserve’s hands-on environmental education program. The program gives ... Read More »

PRESCRIBED BURN

If weather conditions permit, a one day prescribed burn will be executed sometime between Dec. 1 and Feb. 1, 2015, by the Florida Forest Service on the Conservation Collier Redroot Preserve, located 15 miles east of 1-75 north of Immokalee Road, east of Sanctuary Road and south of Limpkin Road in Section 23, Township 47, Range 27, Collier County.  The property is owned by Collier County under the Conservation Collier Program.  The burn is a part of on-going Forest Service fuel reduction and forest management programs and follows the Redroot Preserve Management Plan in place to benefit the natural resources and ... Read More »

December filled with holiday hunting traditions

There’s finally a chill and certain festiveness in the air as most of us try to take time off from work to enjoy spending quality time with family and friends and reflect on the passing year. Children will be out of school on winter break soon, and while the holiday season is upon us, so are several traditional hunting opportunities. The second phase of waterfowl and coot season comes in statewide Dec. 6 and runs through Jan. 25. In addition to the usual hunting license and permit requirements, duck hunters also must have a Florida waterfowl permit ($5) and a federal duck stamp ... Read More »

Red Tide

A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in southwest Florida. Satellite images from early this week produced by the Optical Oceanography Laboratory at the University of South Florida show patches that extend approximately 50 miles alongshore and up to 35 miles offshore, depending on location, between Collier and Monroe counties. More recent satellite images are not available due to cloud cover. Karenia brevis concentrations range from background to medium alongshore and offshore of Lee and Collier counties.  In several samples collected in the Pine Island Sound system (Lee and Charlotte counties), background concentrations have been detected.  ... Read More »

Cooperative Conservation Results in 4,400-Acre Preserve

At the behest of several environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, People for Protecting Peace River and ManaSota-88, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida deeded over the Peaceful Horse Ranch – a 4,400 acre property – to the State of Florida to become a new Forestry Reserve, under the management of the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services (DACS). The total transaction, valued at more than $12 million, represents a significant acquisition of public property for conservation. The agreement is the result of a unique confluence of events and partners. These groups, along with the Mosaic Company, determined that this ecologically ... Read More »

Manatee Rescue All in a Day’s Work

Mrs. Webb, Tony Smith and Ms. Lacks.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff If you’re the city of Marco Island Environmental Specialist, rescuing a manatee or other wildlife can be all in a day’s work. Just as it was during a recent manatee rescue at Tigertail Beach. A manatee stranded itself on a mud flat in Tigertail lagoon due to a strong outgoing tide in a New Moon phase. Walking the beach, Todd Tateo, spotted the stranded manatee and reported it to the Tigertail Beach gate attendant, Lee Gunderson. Todd told Lee the manatee was “high and dry” in the lagoon. Lee called the city of Marco Island ... Read More »

Cooler weather brings more hunting opportunities

Football season is in full swing, and the 2014-15 hunting season is cranking up. Heck, in Zone A, they’re already into general gun season. But for the rest of us, I’d like to cover some things you should know regarding three hunting seasons that are just around the corner: muzzleloading gun, gray squirrel and the first phase of dove. Immediately following the close of crossbow season in each zone, the muzzleloading gun season begins. Season dates on private lands run Nov. 22 – Dec. 5 in Zone B, Oct. 18-31 in Zone C and Dec. 6-12 in Zone D. During muzzleloading gun season, bows and crossbows ... Read More »

Friends of Fakahatchee announce Fall swamp walk schedule

The Friends of Fakahatchee have announced their Fall schedule of swamp walks in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park.  In addition to its five-hour Biologist-Led Swamp Walk, the group is again offering the 3 1/2 hour Tram Tour and Swamp Walk. Both adventures take visitors into the heart of the Fakahatchee Strand, home to more orchid species than any other place on the North American continent.   The Preserve is also a haven for diverse wildlife and migratory birds. For many visitors, a Friends of Fakahatchee Swamp Walk is the highlight of their Florida visit. Led by experienced guides, participants wade in ... Read More »

Stone Crabs are Back!

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By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com The beginning of another Stone Crab season is here! On Wednesday, Oct. 15, crabbers began pulling their crab traps, set just ten days before on Oct. 5. Fresh, delicious stone crab claws will be available until May 15, when they go back out of season. Kirk’s Fish Co. in Goodland expects to be stocked with fresh stone crab claws of all sizes shortly after the boats hit their dock. This year, due to some recent expansion, their store will offer a larger quantity of fresh crab claws and other seafood. They’ve added two new crabbers, and ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: James & Joanne Funk

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To the Editor: My wife and I moved to Marco Island 15 years ago to enjoy this wonderful paradise. As voters, we have the opportunity to vote for a candidate who over the past ten years has been a key advocate for keeping our beaches pristine and intact, while preserving our precious wildlife for the enjoyment of future generations. That candidate is Victor Rios for the office of City Council. During the ten years we have known him, he has demonstrated his continued dedication to community and a willingness to help others. This is easily verified by looking at his ... Read More »

Floridians hunting deer out of state need to be aware of CWD laws

Florida hunters planning to hunt deer, moose or elk out of state this year need to be aware of certain laws and regulations aimed at preventing chronic wasting disease (CWD) from entering our state. CWD is a contagious neurological disease that has been found in captive and wild cervids (white-tailed deer, mule deer, moose and elk) within 22 states, two Canadian provinces and in South Korea. The disease causes degeneration of the brains of infected animals, resulting in emaciation, abnormal behavior, loss of bodily functions and death. There is no known evidence that CWD can be transmitted to livestock or humans. The disease ... Read More »

FWC furthers lionfish control measures, prohibits lionfish aquaculture

At a Sept. 10 meeting in Kissimmee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) acted to prohibit lionfish aquaculture. Lionfish are an invasive species that have a negative impact on native fish and habitat. The changes will go into effect by Dec. 1. Updates will be available at MyFWC.com/Lionfish. Management changes were developed in coordination with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) and include: Prohibiting the harvest and possession of lionfish eggs and larvae for any purpose other than destruction; Prohibiting the intentional breeding of lionfish in captivity. A scientific research exception will allow permitted research institutions to ... Read More »

Parking Meters on Marco?

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By Pat Newman Parking meters may be making their debut on Marco Island if a proposal to install 10 meters on Elkcam Circle is approved by City Council. The recommendation came after Guy Verdi, owner of the Philly Grille on Collier Boulevard, appealed to the Marco Island Planning Board that his planned expansion was jeopardized by updated parking requirements. “We need to expand, or close our doors. I feel like Marco Island is putting us out if business,” Verdi told board members at their Sept. 5 meeting. City Manager Roger Hernstadt explained that it was his and the Planning Board’s ... Read More »

License-Free Fishing

Action: Saltwater license-free fishing day Sept. 6 Information: Florida residents and visitors can experience Florida’s unique saltwater fishing opportunities without being required to have a recreational saltwater fishing license on Sept. 6. All bag limits, seasons and size restrictions apply. Miss this license-free fishing day? Nov. 29 is also a saltwater license-free fishing day. There are eight license-free fishing days each year including four freshwater and four saltwater. An annual license for residents can be purchased at 1-888-FISH-Florida or at License.MyFWC.com. All fishing license fees are used to support Florida fish and wildlife conservation and help attain additional funding for Federal Aid in Sport Fish ... Read More »

Conservancy of Southwest Florida 2014 Red Snook Tournament set for Oct. 24-26

An angler participates in the 2013 RedSnook Tournament to benefit Conservancy of Southwest Florida water quality and gamefish research initiatives.

This year’s tournament features lower entry fees, new kayak division and honorary chair Oliver White The 2014 RedSnook Catch and Release Charity Tournament will be held Oct. 24-26, and supports the water quality protection and gamefish research conducted by Conservancy of Southwest Florida. New this year is the kayak fishing division, which has become increasingly popular in Southwest Florida for recreational fishing. Anglers will enjoy lower entry fees than in years past.  Also new this year is the honorary chair, Oliver White.  White is a famed salt water fly fisher and entrepreneur. Brands from Costa Sunglasses to G. Loomis have endorsed ... Read More »

Facebook.com/KidsGetAPlan. Black bear curriculum teaches kids about wildlife, meets Florida education standards

Giving schoolchildren a chance to learn all about Florida black bears is a great way to teach them about wildlife, while sharpening their skills in reading, math, science and problem solving. For that reason, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has updated its Florida Black Bear Curriculum, and put it online for the first time atBlackBearInfo.com. The revised Florida Black Bear Curriculum is free, easy for teachers to use, and meets the new Florida Standards for educational curricula. The curriculum offers 10 lessons on topics such as “The Black Bear Necessities” and “Oh Where, Oh Where is the Florida Black Bear?” ... Read More »