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Part of the appeal of Sanibel and Captiva is the wildlife.  Birds, racoons, rabbits, alligators (preferably from a distance).  And sometimes they need some help.

For over 50 years, CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife) has been working to save native and migratory wildlife...

One of the major attractions on Sanibel (besides the shells) is the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, a Federal Wilderness Area meant to be a habitat for migratory birds and other area species, especially threatened and endangered.  It’s named after political cartoonist and conservationist...

Hurricane Dorian

Hurricane Dorian is making slow progress towards the East Coast of Florida.  As of today (Thursday, August 29), we do not know where this storm will go once it makes landfall.

At this time, there are no evacuations ordered for Lee County and/or the barrier...

Tween Waters Crab Races

“It’s the stupidest thing you’ve ever seen.” That’s the tagline by self-appointed Crab Racing Commissioner Tim Jardas.  Since 1984, he has hosted his unique style of hermit crab racing blended with comedy at the Crow’s Nest in the Tween Waters Resort on Captiva.

Every Monday...

Sanibel Sea Turtle

From April 15th  to October 31st, beachgoers will be seeing yellow tape and stakes all over the beaches  of Sanibel, but it’s not a bunch of crime scenes.  Sea turtles (particularly Loggerheads) have been coming onshore to lay their eggs, and the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation...

Sea Turtle Nest

Summer is one of the most exciting times for lovers of Florida wildlife, and Sanibel is one of the best places to find it. 

As the Gulf of Mexico gets warmer in the summertime, the chances of seeing dolphins and manatees in the open increase. ...

JN "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge logo

The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is named after Jay Norwood Darling, a political cartoonist. Darling was instrumental in the effort to block the sale of the environmentally valuable land to the developers on Sanibel. At Darling’s urging, President Truman signed an executive order...

It’s that time of year again. Turtle nesting season.

This program was originally started by Caretta Research, Inc. and Charles Lebuff in the late 1950’s. This makes it one of the longest running monitoring programs in the country. The program was transferred to SCCF in...

Woman fishing on the beach at sunset

The beaches of Sanibel are surrounded by warm Gulf waters, a perfect place for fishing. While the waters are filled all year with fish and wildlife, May and October are considered premium fishing months. This is when the water temperatures are more moderate compared to...

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