Environment

New Trees Donated & Planted on Arbor Day

Leigh Plummer Park on Barfield Drive was established by Marco Island as a pocket park and in 1984, Calusa Garden Club undertook, with the help of Marco Island, to plant native plants and trees throughout the park. In 2017, the Garden Club installed a plaque in the park to commemorate their contributions to its diversity. Seasonal resident Gay Smith walks […]

BYO Reusable Bag to Marco’s Farmers Market


What is a reusable bag? They are shopping bags that are used multiple times. With more and more communities introducing plastic bag bans, here in Marco Island that conversation has started at the Farmers Market. For the 2018-19 Farmers Market season, Samantha Malloy, Manager of Parks, Culture and Recreation, sent a letter to all the vendors advising them of a […]

Orchid Care: Tips from the Experts


The Calusa Garden Club (CGC) reached out to two orchid experts for a presentation on orchid care. Linda Shockley and Charlette Roman have been growing orchids for 18 years with over 300 orchids in their collection. Both are founding members of the Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance in Naples and recipients of orchid and cultural awards. When Charlette first started growing […]

Artemis and the Secrets of Shark Survival


Submitted PhotosMay 22 was the last evening of sampling for the month. In Fakahatchee Bay, Pat O’Donnell, a fish biologist at Rookery Bay Research Reserve, and his team of volunteers caught only one shark, but that small newborn bull shark was the one he was hoping to find. As his study area is directly affected by hydrologic restoration in the […]

Prescribed Burns Planned


Resource management staff at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve have released plans for their first prescribed burns in 2019. Prescribed burns will commence each day around 9 AM as weather permits starting January 19 through the end of March.  Fires are planned for the following areas: west of Collier Boulevard and south of Henderson Creek, along Powerline Road (adjacent […]

Burrowing Owls Need Good Homes


According to Alli Smith, the lead researcher for the Audubon of the Western Everglades (AWE) the biggest threat to the burrowing owls in Marco is habitat loss. Alli manages the research program for the burrowing owls in Marco Island and presented the second segment of the Island Speaker Series for AWE at Mackle Park to a full audience. With owls […]

Water Policy Summit Gathers Regional Experts


With newly elected officials now sworn in, representatives from Captains for Clean Water, the Conservancy of SWFL, the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF), the Center for Biological Diversity, Everglades Wetlands Research Park and Calusa Waterkeeper assemble for a summit to lay out actionable policy intended to cure the ills besetting our waterways. Florida is suffering from a wholesale water quality […]

From Tall to Small…Some Area Birds

Stepping Stones

Go There, Do That What: Presentation on white pelicans, bald eagles and burrowing owls. Where: Rose History Auditorium/Marco Island Historical Society, 180 S. Heathwood Drive, When: 7-8 PM on January 21, 2019. Cost: Free for MIHS members, $10 non-members. South Florida is host to a large variety of birds, some of which are here all year long and others that […]

Meet Darwina

Meet Your Area Dolphins

This adult female is easily identified by the unique markings on her dorsal fin. Congratulations are in order as this lady just gave birth a few months ago to her fifth known calf. This one is named Ginger. In the past she has born Bouncer, Gumbo, Omni and Rose. You can usually find Darwina and Ginger in the Marco River and […]

Participants Enjoy Breakfast and Birds at Tigertail


As part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, Tigertail Beach and Sand Dollar Spit provide extensive exposure to a variety of birds throughout the year, attracting birders from around the world. Saturday, January 5 was a perfect day for bird watching, and 39 area residents and visitors took advantage of a free “Breakfast and Birds” presentation at the beach, sponsored […]


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