Category Archives: Wildlife

Upcycle Art Fest on Sanibel

Paintings on palm fronds, jewelry from recycled soda cans, a sculpture from a reclaimed tree stump, pillows from cloth scraps, bowls of recycled paper and fabric, abstract wall hangings from re-purposed gadgets, and magnificent sculptures from old bicycle tires: Upcycle! Art Fest promises a marketplace of creatively re-envisioned art by artists from around the country.  The art fest takes place... Read More »

Things to do at Ding Darling

There are some new programs that started in January at the Refuge. The plan is to run them through the end of April. The programs are free. They start at 8:30 and last anywhere from a half hour to two hours and cover such things as Nature Photography, Plants of the Bailey Tract Tour, Calusa Shell Mound Tours, Craft &... Read More »


 All the cold weather up north has brought down lots of birds.  If you haven’t been through Ding Darling recently, you should go. Bird-watching is at it’s best right now. Read More »

Fly Into Sanibel

 The snow birds are returning! Read More »

New Ding Darling Video

The Ding Darling National Wildlife Preserve has a new video. The project was made possible by a marketing grant from BP-Amoco. It and a shorter, 30-second version will be broadcast in the off-season via in-room hotel networks and Comcast media buys. Here is the link: If you haven’t been through the park lately, you should go.  The cold weather up... Read More »

Ding Darling is Open

Finally…with the government back in business Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge has reopened Wildlife Drive.  It was closed all summer for the resurfacing project so we are glad to have it open again. The Education Center will open for business this afternoon at 1PM.   The tram tours will be operating today.  The 24th annual Ding Darling Days activities will go on... Read More »

Coastal Cleanup

Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 21 for international coastal clean up day.  If you are on Sanibel, go to SCCF between 9:00 and noon and pick up your trash bags and assigned area.  Lunch and snacks will be provided by Baileys on the Nature Center porch.  This is a great way to help remove coastal trash that can harm our... Read More »

Bald Eagle

 Roberta took this picture in our front yard this morning. Great photo! Read More »

Ding Darling NWR Update

On Monday, August 12th at 1:00PM there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the first phase of the new Wildlife Education Boardwalk at the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge.  It connects the Indigo Trail to a gated fence at the side of The Sanibel School and will have a two-level observation deck. Phase 2 will add an animal tracks... Read More »

Sea Turtle Nesting Stats for Sanibel and Captiva

With all the rain and high tides we had earlier this summer, i was worried the nests might be flooded out, but the numbers remain strong. They are down somewhat from the same period last year, but that is a normal trend. Here are the numbers so far this year: Sanibel East End – 42 nests, 0 hatches Sanibel West End... Read More »