Thanks to generous donations from the Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island and from many Marco Island citizens, over $46,000 has been successfully raised to purchase and install a full nature camera program at the Marco Island Nature Preserve and Bird Sanctuary located on Tigertail Court.
Marco Island VFW Post Commander, David Gardner, made an outstanding, generous donation in honor of his late wife, Anne. David pledged and personally matched donations up to $22,500 for the funds needed to purchase and install the high tech cameras and equipment.
Installation of the equipment has begun and is expected to be completed and operable by October 1, 2017, the start of the next bald eagle nesting season. The cameras will be camouflaged by trees and will not be visible to humans, and more importantly, not to the eagles either. Anyone with internet service will be able to view the Nature Preserve’s bald eagle nesting activities from anywhere in the world. The eagle cams will provide students, nature enthusiasts, artists, residents and tourists of all ages opportunities to enjoy close up, educational viewing of wildlife.
The objectives for the Nature Preserve are to preserve green space for future generations, protect the Preserve’s wildlife, and to educate on the need for conservation and protection of wildlife. The preservation will include planting of additional native trees and plants to attract new bird species, butterflies, and wildlife. Walking paths will be installed for guided tours for bird watchers when the eagles are not nesting.
Raising funds for annual eagle cam operating expenditures will be ongoing. The Marco Island Nature Preserve and Bird Sanctuary is a 50l(c) (3), non-profit, 100% volunteer organization. Tax deductible donations for all Nature Preserve projects are always appreciated and can be sent to P.O. Box 983, Marco Island, FL 34146 or charged to a credit card by visiting the Preserve’s website, www.MarcoIslandNaturePreserve.org.
The Marco Island Nature Preserve and Bird Sanctuary expresses sincere gratitude and heartfelt appreciation to David Gardner, the Calusa Garden Club and to all the citizens who contributed to the Eagle Cam Project. Linda Turner, Communications Director Marco Island Nature Preserve and Bird Sanctuary