Tag Archives: wildlife

Keeping Marco’s Beach Healthy is Easy as A-B-C

By Maria Lamb The Marco Island’s Beach Advisory Committee’s (BAC) new educational outreach program, “A Kid’s Guide to Loving Our Beach,” was launched in August 2016. BAC kicked this program off with a presentation and shell-craft with day campers at Camp Mackle. On July 12, BAC returned for crafts and a presentation at the camp’s temporary location at the Family ... Read More »

Righting an Environmental Wrong

By Don Manley Restoring the Kissimmee River’s natural pathway has proven to be a resounding success in reviving the waterway’s ecosystem. But more work is required if the river’s terminus, Lake Okeechobee, the Caloosahatchee River and ultimately, the Everglades are to be fully revitalized. That message was a key element of a presentation on the Kissimmee River Basin presented by ... 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 »

What’s Old is Not Forgotten

Submitted The Marco Island Historical Museum is pleased to present “What’s Old is Not Forgotten” by the Naples Digital Photography Club (DPI-SIG), on display from June 6 to August 26. The exhibit is comprised completely of images captured within Collier County by local photographers. A free opening reception sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society will be held from on ... Read More »

Help Keep Our Beaches Clean

By Maria Lamb The “Love your Beach” Clean-Up is scheduled for Saturday morning, May 13 at 8 AM at Marco Island’s South Beach. Publix Supermarket will be the proud sponsor. Monthly beach cleanups are coordinated by Marco Island’s Beach Advisory Committee. Why is beach clean-up important? Save a marine life. Small pieces of plastic, referred to as “chokables,” are deadly ... Read More »

Conservancy Educates & Celebrates on Earth Day

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On April 22 hundreds enjoyed an all day celebration of Earth Day at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Nature Center in Naples. The annual celebration offered visitors a variety of fun and educational eco-friendly activities, including guided nature trail walks, boat tours and animal shows. Live music, puppet shows, book readings, arts and crafts, and ... Read More »

Help Save Rookery Bay

With the recent news that the White House budget plan recommends the elimination of federal funding for Rookery Bay and the 29 National Research Reserves, the Friends of Rookery Bay has launched a Call to Action on our website. Our campaign is simple: It is Congress that determines the federal budget, and those of us who care about this 110,000-acre ... 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 »

News From The Nest: Keeping An Eagle Eye On Bald Eagles, Paleo And Calusa

By Linda J. Turner Finally! There are two eaglets in the nest at the Marco Island Nature Preserve and Bird Sanctuary. Last week, through a high-powered lens, two small, fuzzy, eaglet heads were seen reaching up for food being delivered into the nest by the adult eagles. One eaglet appears considerably larger than the other, an indication that the two ... 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 »

Big Cypress Draws 1.1 Million Visits in 2016

Big Cypress National Preserve recorded 1,102,148 visits in 2016, the National Park Service’s centennial year. “For four decades, families and visitors have traversed the Tamiami Trail through the Big Cypress National Preserve for a chance to explore the swamp, catch a glimpse of abundant wildlife, or learn more about the region’s rich history and culture. We experienced steady visitation in ... Read More »

The Truth About Red Tide

Submitted Nothing ruins a beautiful Southwest Florida beach day like red tide. But what causes red tide and is there anything we can do to prevent it? Collier County Pollution Control wants to help the public understand the truth about Florida red tide and to debunk some of the myths that are out there about this phenomenon. Rhonda Watkins, principal ... Read More »

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 »