On February 18, 2009 guests staying at Ocean’s Reach reported to Guest Services that either Lily & Co.’s jewelry store was having a fire sale or a controlled prescribed burn was in progress in the area known as the Bailey Tract.
I hopped on my bike with camera in back pocket and quickly made my way to the site. The first person I met was Patrick Martin, Deputy Refuge Manager of the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. He explained that the Wildlife Refuge in conjunction with the Sanibel Fire Department was having a prescribed burn over 49 acres of the Bailey Tract.
The purpose of the burn is to remove unwanted growth, reduce risk of a wildfire, and to promote native natural habitat.
I next talked with Don Frye, Assistant Sanibel Fire Chief, who basically confirmed all that I just learned.
The Bailey Tract, located across from the Bailey Center on Tarpon Bay Road is a favorite destination for guests staying at Ocean’s Reach Condominiums. It offers several walking nature trails where the careful observer can see and experience a great deal of the wildlife present on Sanibel.