The Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Lecture Series for 2018 has just been announced:
Jan. 4 – “Tanzanian Tails” –Wildlife photographer, educator and guide, Shawn Carey, will share the sights and sounds from his recent visit to Tanzania to include the many unique birds and animals of this exotic region of Africa.
Jan. 11 – “Purple Martin Majesty” – Avian authority, Dr. Jerry Jackson of FGCU and host of WGCU’s public radio show, “With the Wild Things,” will focus his presentation on this unique example of avian nobility.
Jan. 18 – “Images to Inspire: Barred Owls & Hummingbirds” – San-Cap Audubon’s own Bill Heyd returns utilizing his remarkable photographs and research to provide us entry into the intimate activities of these unique bird species.
Jan. 25 – “Pelagic Birding off the SW Florida Coast” – Discover what avid birders David and Tammy McQuade have learned about our pelagic birds by their many trips “Going where no birders have gone before.”
Feb. 1 – “Shorebirds: The Arctic Connection to Florida” – Charles Ewell, veteran Lee County Bird Patrol tour leader, will detail the species that breed in Arctic Alaska and Canada and then migrate through or winter in Florida.
Feb. 8 – “2017 Notes From a Roadside Naturalist” – Rick Bunting returns to again utilize his unique perspective and superb photos to visually elaborate on his favorite location for observing the wonders of the natural world.
Feb. 15 – “20 Years of Data-driven Bird Conservation” – Dr. Ken Meyer, founder of Avian Research and Conservation Institute, returns to visually summarize the exciting results and compelling stories generated by ARCI’s 20 years of remote tracking research of Florida’s imperiled bird species, including their responses to the severe hurricanes of 2017.
Feb. 22 – “The American Crocodile Comeback & the San-Cap Connection” – Charles LeBuff, author, longtime (50 year) Sanibelian, member of Sanibel’s first city council and former career Biological Technician at Ding Darling, enlightens us on this unique reptile and its even more unique local relationships.
Lectures will be held on Thursday evenings in January and February at 7:30 p.m.at the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way.
As always, all are welcome to attend with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.. Parking will be available at the Community House as well as across Periwinkle Way in the Herb Strauss Theater parking area. A $5 donation per attendee is appreciated with proceeds after costs being used to promote conservation on Sanibel and in Florida.
No-one brightens our holidays more than two of our favorite ladies from Jupiter, FL.
Faye and Penny make the trek across the state each December to join us for the island’s Luminary Night. Of course, they need to sneak a candy cane from you-know-who first, but then it’s on to an evening filled with fun, frolic, shopping and refreshments!
The BIG ARTS Concert Band holiday concert will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 at Schein Hall.
The program will include traditional favorites such as “Nutcracker Suite”, “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” featuring the Sanibel Youth Dancing Ensemble, Leroy Anderson’s “Horse and Buggy,” Hanukkah, Festival of Lights”, “Do You Hear What I Hear?”, and vocal solos of the Elvis Presley favorite “Blue Christmas” and Mel Torme’s “The Christmas Song.” A sing-along with the audience will top the evening with the annual presentation of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”
Mike Lamade, conductor and music director of the BIG ARTS Concert Band, promises a program to please young and old.
“We were sold out last March for our spring concert because I think we’re playing music our audiences enjoy and can relate to. We certainly hope to continue that tradition here on Sanibel with our holiday concert,” Lamade said.
We love it!
“We brought my 77 year old mom, Linda, to Sanibel and Ocean’s Reach with us
for the first time in October where she promptly developed a shell addiction.
She turned her shells into Christmas ornaments
and needs to return ASAP to replenish her supply!”
Kim and Robert Y.
Long-time guests from Cincinnati, OH
What a beautiful potpourri of color we recently received from long-time guest Del S., who visits us regularly from Jamesville, IA.
“I have so enjoyed the photos that are posted on the Ocean’s Reach blog. I am attaching a few of the ones I took last year.
Thanks so much and I look forward to taking more later this month when we return to Ocean’s Reach!”
We do, too, Del, and very much look forward to seeing what amazing shots you capture next!
The historic Captiva Chapel by the Sea will hold its annual Community Carol Sing at 6 p.m. on Sunday Dec. 10.
The program will include carols and holiday favorites. Soloists will include Lynne Dugan, Deb Almeida and Missy Calkin. An ensemble from BIG ARTS Community Chorus will also perform. Keyboard and organ will be provided by Lynne Dugan. Guest guitarist will be Jeff Good. Reverend John Cedarleaf will preside.
Much of the program includes the community, of course. Be ready to enjoy the stunning holiday lights and a Captiva tradition. Refreshments will follow the concert.
The Chapel is located at 11580 Chapin Lane, Captiva. All are welcome.