Friday, May 14, 2021

Sunrise Rotary Works to Preserve Otter Mound

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The Sunrise Rotary Club of Marco Island recently shared a Saturday morning with Interact students from Marco Island Academy working to maintain and protect Otter Mound Preserve. The Rotary team was led by Sunrise Rotary President Tom Wagor, and included Tom and Linda Wagor, Erik and Catalina Condee, John Apolzan and Kevin O’Fee. Melissa Scott, principal and sponsor of the Marco Island Academy Interact Club, coordinated the participating students.

The group worked for about an hour clearing out dead underbrush, followed by about two hours of adding three to four pounds of mulch to the trails that run through the Preserve. As explained by President Wagor, “This is a great project. We do this every year to help maintain this important natural habitat. Working with members of the Academy’s Interact Club makes it even more fun.”

Otter Mound Preserve is a tropical hardwood hammock covering 2.45 acres. It was acquired by the County in 2004 and 2007. Fifty-seven species of birds and 127 plant species have been recorded at the Preserve. Other wildlife observed includes the Florida gopher tortoise, Virginia opossum, armadillo, raccoon and bobcat. 

The Rotarians and Interact students’ efforts are to maintain the property in its natural condition prior to modern development. The trail provides a safe and pleasant visitor experience, consistent with protection of the site.

The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise meets at Stonewall’s American Bistro on Tuesday mornings at 7 AM. To become a Rotarian or for further information about the Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise and its activities, please contact Bill Morris at or visit the Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise website at


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