Category Archives: Wildlife

SCCF MARINE LAB CONSTRUCTION

The $1.6 million dollar SCCF marine laboratory’s construction is well underway. The first week of June should see the first level floor being installed and framing should start around July 4th. The anticipated completion date is December. The new building includes an outdoor experimentation area with tanks and running sea water which will allow staff to conduct on site research. Read More »


Go To The Movies At Ding Darling

The fifth annual Ding Darling Wednesday Film series is continuing through April, 2017. The films are shown bi-weekly at the Visitor and Education Center starting at 1 p.m. There are a full range of topics covered in the films. Seating is limited and on a first-come basis, so get there early. A full description of the schedule and the films... Read More »


BIRDING ENTHUSIASTS FLOCK TO “DING” DARLING

A rare Great White Pelican was spotted at “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge the morning of February 1st, 2017. The news quickly spread and hundreds of visitors migrated to the Refuge in hopes of seeing this unique bird which is native to Africa, Europe and Asia. This same species was spotted at “Ding” last February creating quite a stir. “Ding”... Read More »


GO WILD FOR “DING” WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 8TH, 2017

The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society is having it’s annual fundraising event “Go Wild for Ding” Wednesday February 8th at 5:30pm. This year’s wildlife theme – GIVE A HOOT – concentrates on Florida’s five species of native owls: Barn, Barred, Burrowing, Eastern Screech, and Great Horned. This season’s event takes place at the Sanibel Community House and features a buffet, live... Read More »


CROW SPEAKER SERIES BEGINS

The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife is offering a series of speakers now through April to promote wildlife appreciation. Lectures begin at 4:15pm in the Visitor Education Center. Prices are $10 for adults, $5 for children 13 to 17 and children under 13 are free. Visit www.crow-clinic.org for details on all of the upcoming speakers. Read More »


CRUISE TO TARPON LODGE AND CALUSA INDIAN MOUNDS

Captiva Cruises is offering a look at the historic fish houses and fishing culture of the Pine Island Sound. This cruise departs at 10am on Tuesday December 27th and will return at approximately 3pm. Lunch will be served at the 1926 Tarpon Lodge. Call Captiva Cruises at 239-472-5300 for more information. Read More »


SCCF Provides World Shorebird Day Talks

Tuesday September 6th is the third annual World Shorebird Day. This holiday was created to increase public awareness regarding the need to protect shorebirds and their habitat. In honor of this occasion, SCCF’s shorebird biologist will present three talks for the public relating to shorebirds and their presence on Sanibel. The first lecture is at 10am and the topic is... Read More »


SEA TURTLE NESTING SEASON TIPS

Sea turtle nesting season is underway and Sanibel’s 11 miles of Gulf shoreline have more nesting activity than any other beach in Lee County. The following guidelines will help ensure the survival of our adorable hatchlings. 1. Turn off or shield lights near the beaches. 2. Remove furniture or any items that may act as a barrier from dusk until... Read More »


National Seashell Day

Sanibel celebrated it’s inaugural National Seashell Day June 20th, 2016. National Seashell Day was created to educate the public about mollusks, the creatures who create and live in seashells. ABC’s Good Morning America interviewed The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum Executive Director Dorrie Hipschman who shared information about the museum and did a live shell demonstration. Read More »


RARE GREAT WHITE SOUTH AFRICAN PELICAN SPOTTED ON SANIBEL

A very rare Great White South African Pelican was spotted at Ding Darling on Sanibel Island.  Photos were taken on February 29, 2016 between 2:30pm and 3:00pm by Roberta Schuldenfrei. Read More »