Nesting Season in Full Swing on Marco’s Beaches

About 300 black skimmers were observed last week hanging out on the mudflats on Tigertail Beach. According to Adam DiNuovo, biologist for Audubon Florida, nesting bird traffic is increasing on Sand Dollar Island. He found least tern eggs in several places and black skimmers are going through their nesting rituals. This area of Sand Dollar Island is a designated Critical […]

Diaphragmatic Breathing to Reduce Stress


Breathing is the basis of both life and all relaxation activities. One of the great ironies of breathing is how important it is yet how little attention we pay to it. Although breathing is our biological and spiritual connection to the universe we usually take it completely for granted. In a sense, every time you breathe you recycle the very […]

Preparing for Nesting Season

Sea turtles are making their way to Marco Island. Between the months of May and October dozens of loggerhead sea turtles return to nest on our sandy shores. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve recently held a “Turtle Talk” presentation at the Marco Island Historical Museum to inform and prepare residents for the upcoming sea turtle season. Sarah Norris, the […]

On the Move…Gators and Crocs

“I went on my morning walk today and saw five alligators in our community lakes!” “Well I was driving my car and saw six, count ‘em, six gators in the canals along Collier Boulevard!” These types of posts and conversations are dominating social media and neighborhood talk these days. Yep, we are in mating season and alligators are on the […]

Nesting Waterbirds Need Space

It’s nesting season for Florida’s waterbirds, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Audubon Florida are reminding beachgoers and boaters to give these birds and their young space to help keep them safe. “This is a critical time of year for nesting birds and their young,” said Craig Faulhaber, avian conservation coordinator for the FWC. “By taking […]

Bye-Bye Plastic Straws!

A single-use plastic straw that you might use for 10 minutes will be on this planet forever. It takes 200 years to break down into tiny toxic particles. Plastic straws are not recycled, and too many end up in our waterways and inside birds, turtles, dolphins, etc. The United States tosses 500 million plastic drinking straws every day. I am […]

Get Ready for Sea Turtle Season

The sea turtles are coming! As the weather warms up and the snowbirds leave, our beaches get some very special visitors: Sea turtles. According to the Sea Turtle Conservancy, about 90% of all sea turtle nesting in the United States takes place on Florida beaches between May 1st and October 31st. It is not uncommon to find early arrivals. From […]

Gopher Tortoise Day Recognizes Marco’s Oldest Residents

The City of Marco Island, through an official Proclamation by the City Council, proclaimed April 10, 2018 as “Gopher Tortoise Day.” The Proclamation memorializes the City’s commitment to the protection of its threatened wildlife. But the Proclamation is not just a symbolic gesture – gopher tortoises need our help and protection. At the April 2nd City Council meeting, the Councilors […]

‘Tis the Season to Watch For Birds

Stepping Stones

Be sure to join Bob on April 16th at 7 PM as he talks about the birds we find in the Marco Island/ Western Everglades areas. His guest will be Jim Murray, formerly with Florida Sea Grant and NOAA, a proficient birder who has identified more than 600 different species. The venue is the Marco Island Historical Society’s Rose History […]

Help Keep Our Manatees Safe

Chances of close encounters between Florida manatees and boaters increase in the spring. For manatees, it is the season when they leave their winter refuges and travel along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and through inland waters. For boaters, it is a critical time to be on the lookout for manatees to avoid colliding with these large aquatic mammals. “Spring […]

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