Category Archives: Wildlife


 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 »

Cactus Blooming

The night-blooming cactus has been on full display recently. You have to be up early to see them though as they only bloom at night and each blossom is only open for one night. It’s quite a display. Read More »

Sanibel and Captiva Turtle Nesting Stats

Turtle nesting season runs through the summer months May through October and it has gotten off to a slow start this year.  Here are the numbers as of May 17, 2013: Sanibel East End – 1 nest Sanibel West End – 6 nests Captiva – 4 nests For the same time frame in 2012, the numbers were Sanibel East End –... Read More »