Tag Archives: wildlife

An Eco Cruise for Every Interest

Submitted From hidden history to endangered species of the estuaries – the Conservancy of Southwest Florida offers specialty-themed eco cruises of Rookery Bay on select Tuesdays. This relaxing and informative tour is led by a Conservancy-trained Naturalist. This is a perfect way to show your guests a piece of the real Southwest Florida. “The Good Fortune II eco cruise offers ... Read More »

Two MIHS Speakers Not to Miss

Submitted Top off a day of sun and sand with a Marco Island Historical Society lecture at Rose History Auditorium. The lectures, which start at 7 PM, are free to members of the Society and $10 for nonmembers.   February 22: Wildlife of the Everglades Master naturalist Robert McConville is back to give an update on the wildlife of the ... Read More »

Everglades Update: Restorations

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist                                                                                                  Join Bob at the Marco Island ... Read More »

Beach Clean-Ups Show Love for Our Beaches

Submitted Join the Beach Advisory Committee and volunteers at the upcoming February beach clean-ups, which will take place on February 4th and February 18th at 8 AM, at South Beach on Marco Island. For more information click the Boards & Committees tab on the City of Marco Island website (cityofmarcoisland.com), and select “Beach Advisory Committee.” 8 Ways to Love Our ... Read More »

Arbor Day, a Treebute to Trees

By Maria Lamb On a beautiful Marco Island morning, members of the community along with dignitaries from the City of Marco Island gathered at Leigh Plummer Park to celebrate Arbor Day. Leigh Plummer Park is a City of Marco Island “pocket park” located at North Barfield and Piedmont Circle, dotted with beautiful mature native trees providing shade along the banks ... Read More »

Imperiled Species Management Plan Rule Changes Are in Effect

The Imperiled Species Management Plan rule changes are now in effect, including changes in listing status for many species. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved the groundbreaking plan in an effort to achieve conservation success with dozens of imperiled species throughout the state. The plan outlines the steps to conserve 57 species along with the broader vision of restoring ... Read More »

Great Blue Heron in Distress at Tigertail Lagoon

Submitted by Maria Lamb For a couple of weeks now, a Great Blue Heron has been seen on Tigertail Lagoon with a very big fish hook dangling from its long neck.  It does not stray far away and stays on Sand Dollar spit or on the lagoon side.  It has been observed that it tries to shake the fish hook off which hampers ... Read More »

Growing Number of Panthers Killed by Cars

Submitted  A driver hit and killed the 31st panther of 2016 on Tuesday, breaking the all-time record for the number of Florida panther road kills in one year. This breaks the 2015 record of 25 deaths due to vehicle strikes with more than three weeks left in 2016. Florida panther deaths on our roadways are continuing in this upward trajectory. ... Read More »

Screwworm Endanger Key Deer

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On October 3, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam declared an agricultural state of emergency in Monroe County after New World screwworm were found in samples taken from three Key deer. At this time, the infestation seems limited to Big Pine Key, No Name Key, and surrounding areas in the Lower Keys. Although not ... Read More »

‘Beyond the Mangrove Trees’ A pictorial look at South Florida

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Dolphins and gators and birds, oh my! Over the past several years I have had the opportunity to take many pictures of various wildlife in our area. Some of the photos are a matter of being in the right place at the right time and others, believe me, are just luck! I’ve looked for an avenue ... Read More »

Susan Kubat Named Unsung Hero

Submitted The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise presented its Unsung Hero Award for Third Quarter, 2016 to Susan Kubat. Susan was recognized for her services to the Marco Island community and placing “service above self” consistent with Rotary’s aspirations. Susan has worked endlessly to protect our environment. She has served as a volunteer board member and president of Friends ... Read More »

A Day of Gratitude

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” ~ John F. Kennedy There’s something about water that draws us in. The vista of a lake; the intimacy of a pond. Even a puddle can entice the temptation to connect ... Read More »

Talks, Thanks, Tributes and Tears

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist       What makes it rain on Marco Island? Does the Everglades ecosystem play a part in this? Which clouds are rain makers and which are not? These questions will be answered by my guest speaker on November 16th at Rose History Auditorium. A National Park Service Ranger, Luke Gommerman has traveled to ... Read More »

Collier-Seminole Campground

We are pleased to announce the reopening of the Collier-Seminole State Park campground! With new additions and improvements, this park is ready for your Fall or Winter camping trip! Collier-Seminole has some of the most diverse wildlife viewing opportunities in the Florida Park System, with elements of tropical, salt marsh and cypress swamp habitats. Come see what’s new at Collier-Seminole State ... Read More »

Barbara’s Wearable Art – A Canvas of Island Life

By Maria Lamb The photographs of Marco Island’s wildlife photographer and artist, Joe Parisi reflect Southwest Florida’s wildlife and iconic places. He has exhibited his artwork extensively at the Marco Island Center for the Arts, as well as local art fairs. Joe’s most popular photographs are a collection of Marco Island sceneries and wildlife. People form connections to the island’s ... Read More »

Dual Threats to Shorebirds on Sand Dollar Island

Submitted On the plus side, the count on the shorebird nursery on Sand Dollar Island is higher than last year’s. Chicks are skittering everywhere taking cover from the hot sun. According to the Collier Shorebird Stewards, by around this time last year, the crows had wiped out the nesting colony and the birds departed without producing a single chick. It ... Read More »

Art at the Marco Library

Submitted  The Marco Island Public Library and the Marco Island Center for the Arts work cooperatively to provide monthly art shows at the Marco Island Library on Heathwood Drive. The months of June, July and August will feature the photographs of Marco Island artist Joseph Parisi. For more than 30 years, Joe has been a practicing veterinarian, which has fostered ... Read More »

Military Honored with Memorial Day weekend cruises

Pure Florida is honoring members of the U.S. military throughout Memorial Day weekend, offering free cruises May 27-30 for veterans and active duty service members when accompanied by paid adult or child admission. The Memorial Day weekend cruises will set sail from Pure Florida’s Naples and Fort Myers locations at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., with sunset cruises departing one ... Read More »

9th Annual Amateur Wildlife Photo Contes

Submitted  The 2016 City of Marco Island Amateur Wildlife Photo Contest has come to a close, leaving us with a look at nature through different lenses. The creative talent of Marco’s amateur photographers is abundantly clear in their images, as is the beauty of Southwest Florida’s flora and fauna. Despite this year’s late contest start, it did not deter photographers ... Read More »

Oil Exploration in Big Cypress Approved

Submitted South Florida Wildlands Association is deeply disappointed with the decision by the National Park Service (NPS) to allow seismic testing for oil on 70,000 acres of the magnificent Big Cypress National Preserve. The project will involve “vibroseis” trucks weighing more than 60,000 pounds each criss-crossing the preserve and sending out seismic vibrations in the search for oil deposits. NPS ... Read More »