Our island is replete with special offers for visitors in August and September. Here’s one we think you will really enjoy– half price soft drinks and popcorn at the Island Cinema in Bailey’s Center during August. While we think having first run movies on Sanibel is special enough, munching on 2 for 1 refreshments is like having extra butter on your popcorn and more coins in your pocket.
Each week of the summer, Sanibel Sea School has special week long camp programs and also half-day and full-day programs for kids, outings for families and groups, courses for adults. Every day is a field trip.
The Sanibel Sea School believes that this shouldn’t be called education. That it’s about seeing, smelling, discovering, feeling and finally, because it’s time – learning. They believe it is the kind of learning that changes people’s lives.
Click here to find out how you and/or your child can sign up! Sanibel Sea School is the best learning experience possible!
Our thanks to the Sanibel Sea School for above information!
The front door to a welcoming smile and the key to your beachfront condo is just around the corner. That’s right! Our new, temporary Welcome Center entrance is on the left or beach side of our building. Just follow the boardwalk we’ve installed that leads you from the “old” entrance to the “new” entrance. We’ll greet you with the same friendly faces and offer the same unequaled five star vacation assistance that you have come to expect from your guest services team.
Stay tuned for updates on the added space, new amenities and remodeled interior we are constructing in the original Welcome Center. More room, comfort and conveniences will provide an added welcome to your vacation experience at Ocean’s Reach. We hope you’ll love our improvements designed for you!
The following was provided by the City of Sanibel.
The City of Sanibel Department of Natural Resources recommends all Sanibel residents and visitors follow these shorebird recommendations from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) asks beachgoers to watch out for and avoid disturbing beach-nesting shorebirds on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the state. Shorebirds build nests out of sand and shells on Florida beaches in spring and summer, hatching chicks that are difficult to see.
Shorebird nests, eggs and chicks are well camouflaged and can be easily missed and even stepped on unless people know to look out for them. The snowy plover, least tern, black skimmer, American oystercatcher and Wilson’s plover are several of Florida’s beach-nesting shorebird species that face conservation challenges and need people’s help to survive.
“People can still enjoy the beach while keeping shorebirds and their chicks safe,” said Nancy Douglass, who works on shorebird conservation at the FWC. “Following a few simple steps while at the beach can have a tremendous positive impact on shorebirds. People’s actions can directly affect the success of shorebird nesting and whether future generations will get to see these iconic birds along our coasts.”
Ways to protect beach-nesting shorebirds:
Keep your distance, whether on the beach or paddling watercraft along the shore. If birds become agitated or leave their nests, you are too close. A general rule is to stay at least 300 feet from a nest. Birds calling out loudly and dive-bombing are giving signals for you to back off.
Never intentionally force birds to fly or run. They use up energy they need for nesting, and eggs and chicks may be left vulnerable to the sun’s heat or predators. Teach children not to chase shorebirds and kindly ask fellow beach-goers to do the same.
Respect posted areas. Avoid posted nesting sites and use designated walkways when possible.
It is best not to take pets to the beach, but if you do, keep them on a leash and avoid shorebird nesting areas.
Keep the beach clean and do not feed wildlife. Food scraps attract predators such as raccoons and crows, which can prey on shorebird chicks. Litter on beaches can entangle birds and other wildlife.
Spread the word. If you see people disturbing nesting birds, gently let them know how their actions may hurt the birds’ survival. If they continue to disturb nesting birds, report their activities to the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922), #FWC or *FWC on a cell phone or by texting Tip@MyFWC.com. You can also report nests that are not posted to Wildlife Alert.
Wildlife photographers also should follow the rules that protect shorebirds:
Remain beyond the posted area, with no part of you or your camera equipment extending beyond the string or signs.
Restrict photography to no more than 10 minutes. Too much time photographing near the nest may stress birds.
Don’t “push” birds around the beach. Stay far enough away so the birds do not change their behavior in response to your presence. They need to feed and rest without disturbance.
For more information, go to MyFWC.com/Shorebirds.
Experience the fascinating history of our islands through a “don’t miss” visit to the Captiva History Gallery.
Sponsored by the Captiva Island Historical Society, the gallery is a unique way to learn more about the remarkable people and events that shaped our past.
From its beginnings as a farming island in the early 1900s, to its evolution into a tropical paradise that attracted artists and writers, fishermen and presidents, Captiva stories are our stories. Anne Morrow Lindbergh wrote “Gift from the Sea” on Captiva, Teddy Roosevelt fished the waters off the island and Robert Rauschenberg called Captiva his home and studio.
The Captiva History Gallery, accessed through the Captiva Memorial Library, is free to the public and features archives rich in photographs, postcards, family letters, newspaper articles and oral histories.
Visitors to the gallery step into a replica of the old Santiva, the mail and supply boat used by islanders before the construction of the causeway in 1963. There they can view interactive exhibits and interpretative panels that bring stories from the past and the lore of the sea alive.
It’s a tremendous collection of island treasures. For more information, visit the Captiva Island Historical Society or call 239-472-2323.
While strolling along the Casa Ybel shared use path, just a 1/4 mile from Ocean’s Reach, we encountered a lonely, still double-crested cormorant in the brush on the side of the road. Fortunately for the large black waterbird, a call for help was made and soon CROW arrived on the scene to provide assistance . Double-crested cormorants are normally found near rivers, lakes and along the coastline and feed on fish by swimming and diving. The bird was incapacitated and passersby on bicycles and in cars witnessed a wildlife rescue in action. The bird was gently scooped up with a large, soft towel fully covering it and then whisked away to CROW where it will receive the finest medical care and comfort and a hoped-for speedy release.
Bottom photo thanks to Audubon!
Birds of prey is the topic of two weekly interpretive programs at the refuge. Credit: Terry Baldwin
For immediate release
Contact: Chelle Koster Walton
Free refuge programs begin Jan. 6
From birding and biking the refuge, to learning about gators and crocs, the seasonal calendar of free programs and tours at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge begins on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, and runs through April 12.
Daily programs begin at 8:30 a.m. and include such diverse topics as Nature Photography, Plants of the Bailey Tract Tour, Calusa Shell Mound Trail Tour, Florida’s Venomous Wildlife, and Family Craft & Story Time.
“We have something for visitors of all ages,” said refuge education specialist Ranger Becky Wolff Larkins. “The free refuge programs and tours last anywhere from a half hour to two hours.”
For a full calendar of programs and tours and descriptions, visit www.dingdarlingsociety.org/programs-tours and the new www.fws.gov/dingdarling. Free educational programs are made possible through support from the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS).
As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, DDWS works to support J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s mission of conservation, wildlife and habitat protection, research, and public education through charitable donations and Refuge Nature Shop proceeds.