Weekly Sea Turtle Report


It’s ‘All Hands-on Deck’ for Chamber of Commerce at Beach Clean-up

Just to make it more interesting, the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce, sponsor for the June 8th Beach Clean Up, got very “hands-on.” All 30+ volunteers dumped their buckets of trash into a large blue tarp while the Chamber of Commerce’s Dianna Dohm, Katie O’Hara and Donna Niemczyk sorted and categorized the collection. Recyclable plastics were separated from the general […]

Nesting Colonies Hit Hard at Sand Dollar Island

June marks a magical time on Sand Dollar Island — chick season. Last year around this time there were approximately 400 least tern nests and 600 black skimmer nests at the tip of Sand Dollar Island. It had the largest nesting colony in the entire state. This season the nesting colonies suffered a major setback due to the heavy rainfall […]

Rules for Marco’s Fertilizer Ordinance

Marco Island is surrounded by water. With over 100 miles of manmade canals, water is a major part of island life. All residents should ensure that our waterways are protected from pollution. The City of Marco Island approved its own Fertilizer Ordinance in March 2016 and joined the more than 90 Florida municipalities that have adopted fertilizer ordinances since 2008. […]

Owls on the “Band” Wagon

Have you noticed the colorful jewelry on the legs of some burrowing owls in Marco Island? Researchers from the University of Florida, under the supervision of Dr. Raoul Boughton, are putting these “color bands” on burrowing owls as part of a larger study throughout South Florida. According to Alli Smith, lead researcher for Audubon of the Western Everglades (AWE), banding […]

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Shy Wolf Sanctuary

Reconnecting with Nature

You may be familiar with the story of “Little Red Riding Hood” and the Big Bad Wolf, which gave wolves a bad reputation. The fact is that most wolves shy away from people and are not aggressive toward them by nature. In Southwest Florida, Shy Wolf Sanctuary Education and Experience Center (SWS) has been a sanctuary for wolves and exotic […]

Do Hurricanes Affect Our Bird Population?

Stepping Stones

I’m sitting at my desk, writing this article and looking at the wind and rain outside my window as tropical storm Alberto is passing by South Florida. Mother Nature…what are you doing? It’s not even June and you are throwing tropical rain conditions at us already! Be nice!!! Some humans are still recovering from Hurricane Irma that made landfall on […]

Meet Your Area Dolphins

The Research Team on board the Dolphin Explorer is happy to share information about your area dolphins with the Coastal Breeze News readers. Each edition an individual will be profiled so that you, too, might get to know them. Dolphins can be identified by the nicks and marks on their dorsal fins. Meet Sparky This adult female has been very […]

Keep Our Beaches Beautiful and Safe

Join the Beach and Coastal Resources Advisory Committee and the Chamber of Commerce for a beach clean-up on Saturday, June 9 at South Beach starting at 8 AM. We provide pails, grabbers and gloves. Some of the most common items found during a beach clean-up are cigarette butts. The filters are loaded with chemicals that do not biodegrade over time. […]

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