Category Archives: Wildlife

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 »

Ding Darling Update

In case you haven’t heard yet Ding Darling Wildlife Drive will be closed for repaving and other improvements from May 20 until October.  They have scheduled lots of other activities and programs to keep you busy including Family Beach Walks, Biking the Indigo Trail, Estuary Exploratory Tram rides, Natural Wonders, and lots more.  For more information on their summer programs,... Read More »

Top Seaside Towns

Coastal Living Magazine has just announced its top seaside towns in America and our own Sanibel Island came in third.  The green spaces, lack of high rises, wildlife, sunny weather, beaches and seashells were just some of the things that helped rank out island  We know this is paradise, now the world knows! Read More »

Captiva Cruises

Captiva Cruises has a variety of boat trips on their schedule.. One popular one is called the Historical Cruise to Pine Island. It will give you a close look at the historic fish houses of Pine Island Sound. It will also cover the history of commercial and sport fishing of the area. Lunch will be at the charming 1926 Tarpon Lodge after which... Read More »

Sanibel School and Ding Darling

One of the really nice things about the island is the relationship between the school and the refuge. The two are right next door to each other and the refuge has consistently worked with the school. They put together programs that let the kids participate in activities that develop an understanding and appreciation of our conservation minded lifestyle. Now the... Read More »

Sanibel Beach Walks

Located at 3111 West Gulf Drive, ths Island Inn will be hosting SCCF (Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation) beach Walks on Tuesdays at 10AM. The guided walks will teach beachcombers to identify and learn about the local tides, currents and winds and their effect on our beaches. Walks are currently scheduled for February 12 and 26, March 5 and 19. Call... Read More »

Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation

There are some great talks scheduled at SCCF this weeK. I have been to several and they are always very informative. Here are a few that look interesting this week: The Alien Invasion Over 500 fish and wildlife species, 1,180 plant species and who knows how many insects that are not native now live and multiply in Florida, after being... Read More »

Osprey Cam

Check out the new osprey webcam at They have recently updated their equipment for a stronger feed with higher resolution. Ospreys mate for life and the pair at Oceans Reach have nested there for 5 years. It’s a great opportunity to get a “birds eye view” of the nest. We hope to see some eggs appear in the next... Read More »

Captiva Cruises

If you are looking for something to do on Tuesdays, hop on the boat at McCarthy’s Marina on Captiva and take the “Discover Southwest Florida History” tour. The trip departs at 10AM and travels through Pine Island Sound focusing on the fishing tales and traditions of our local waters.  You will cruise past the iconic Fish Houses and eventually end up at... Read More »