Environment

‘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 […]

Rookery Bay & Partners Prepare for Nesting Season


Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, in cooperation with Audubon Florida and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), is working to protect nesting habitat for least terns, black skimmers and Wilson’s plovers at the Second- Chance Sandbar. Beginning March 1 the sandbar, which is designated as a Critical Wildlife Area by the FWC, will be closed to allow […]

A Mangrove Misunderstanding: Silent Guardians of the Coast


I pull, the mud pulls back. For a brief moment we seem to reach an impasse with neither side willing to budge, but like an older brother, poised and ready to release when you’re at your most vulnerable the mud swiftly releases its grip on my boot sending me headlong into a tangle of mangrove roots. Having grown up with […]

Protecting Marco’s Gopher Tortoises



Gopher tortoises (gopherus polyphemus) are the oldest residents of Marco Island. There is a large population of gopher tortoises located in the Estates area on Inlet, Caxambas Drive, Watson, Ludlow Copeland and South Barfield. Tortoises have been around for millions of years. But here in Marco Island, gopher tortoises are no match for speeding cars, drastic loss of habitat due […]


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