Environment

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 Kaya Born in the fall of 2010, […]

Eco-Cruise Through Rookery Bay


If you are looking for a unique and memorable Southwest Florida experience, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s eco-cruise through Rookery Bay is all that and more.  Located just south of Naples, Rookery Bay is one of the few undisturbed mangrove estuaries left in the U.S., and one of only 28 National Estuarine Reserves. This 110,000-acres of open water, containing interconnected […]

Calusa Garden Club Hosts Butterfly Garden Tour


When Regina Dayton needed to plan a special outing for the “Juliets,” a group of women from The Summit House who socialize together, she called her friend, Susan LaGrotta. LaGrotta is the chair of the Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island’s Butterfly Garden Committee, and the idea for a guided tour was born. Butterfly Garden Committee members Sue Oldershaw and […]

Sea Turtle Activity Update

Breakfast and Birds at Tigertail Beach


Grab your breakfast and binoculars and head to Tigertail Beach to learn all about the variety of birds that frequent Marco Island’s beautiful beaches. Friends of Tigertail will be hosting its popular Breakfast and Birds program for the fifteenth year. The event takes place on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 9 to 11 AM at Tigertail Beach on Marco Island. […]

Rookery Bay to Host Birding Workshops


Ever wonder about the birds around you? Would you like to be able to identify them easier and better understand their behavior? November through April, Rookery Bay will host two workshops each month for birders – Birding Basics and Birds of the Beach. Birding Basics – A fun and informative class designed to help participants identify the birds in everyday […]

More Sand to Improve Marco’s Beaches


Marco Island’s wide pristine beaches are world famous and much enjoyed by its residents and visitors. It is the number one tourist attraction, and the primary economic driver, not only for Marco, but for Collier County. Marco’s beaches are also an active habitat for many endangered species, such as loggerhead sea turtles and migratory birds. According to the Florida Department […]

Experience the Beauty of Big Cypress at Fall Festival


Southwest Florida is surrounded by beauty; however, our minds usually wander to images of white, sandy beaches and glorious sunsets, not a swamp. Well, the swamp at Big Cypress is a thing of beauty. A beauty I had seen captured by the world-famous Clyde Butcher in wall-sized, black and white splendor but had never witnessed in person. All that changed […]

Water Quality as the Key to the Future


The issue of water quality is one that has gathered a considerable amount of interest during this election season. Marco Island was spared much of the terrible impact from the damaging discharges from Lake Okeechobee along with the resulting algae blooms and the strong effects of red tide this last summer season. Over the last several years, those discharges have […]

Marco Island Reef Clean-Up Planned


Divers, boaters, and marine environmental enthusiasts are needed to help with an organized clean-up of debris and trash on our local reefs and wrecks on Saturday, October 20th from 8 AM to 2 PM. Sorting, disposal, pictures and refreshments to follow at the Snook Inn. Objective: To eradicate reefs of plastics and trash focusing on ghost cast nets, fishing, nylon […]


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