SCCF’s Conservation Forum to Show Deepwater Horizon: Dispatches from the Gulf

SCCF is presenting a documentary on the Deepwater Horizon, Dispatches from the Gulf at the Sanibel Community House. Followed by brief presentations and panel discussion about the findings and current research in the Gulf related to the Deepwater horizon.  Panelists are Dr. Michael Parsons, Professor, Florida Gulf Coast University; and Dr. Marie DeLorenzo Research Toxicologist, NOAA, Charleston, SC.  Thursday, March 23. Doors open at 6:30 pm; program begins at 7 pm.  At Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way.

Narrated by Matt Damon, “Dispatches from the Gulf” is a one-hour documentary that investigates the environmental health of the Gulf of Mexico six years after the Deepwater Horizon blowout in April 2010. That is when the world’s ninth largest body of water became a place where thousands of communities and millions of citizens were put in jeopardy by a single incident – the biggest oil spill in U.S. history.

The event initiated an unprecedented response effort and mobilized the largest, coordinated scientific research endeavor around an ocean-related event in history – orchestrated through the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI).

Dispatches from the Gulf shares the first-hand accounts from fishermen, scientists, and activists on how the Deepwater Horizon spill impacted their lives. Researchers from the University of South Florida, University of Miami, University of Georgia and others study the fishes, deep sea corals, and currents impacted by the oil spill, all of which are highlighted in the documentary.

A panel discussion of researchers working on the effects of oil and dispersants on Gulf of Mexico flora and fauna will follow the hour-long documentary. The panelists will present their findings and answer questions about the ongoing research related to the spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

A trailer can be found here: https://youtu.be/p_yD9ABHWdA

Thursday, March 23
Doors open at 6:30 pm; program begins at 7 pm
Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way
Free

Please call 239-472-2329 with any questions.

Presenting Sponsor set for SCCF’s First Farm to Table Dinner

SCCF Executive Director Erick Lindblad and President Gwenda Hiett-Clements raise a toast with Sanibel-Captiva Trust Company Executive Vice President Robin Cook and Founder and Chairman Al Hanser

SCCF is proud to announce The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company is the Presenting Sponsor of their first ever Farm to Table Dinner. The event will take place at the SCCF Bailey Homestead Pavilion at 1300 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel. It is set for Friday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m.

“We are delighted and grateful that the Trust Company has generously agreed to sponsor our newest fundraising event,” said SCCF Board President Gwenda Hiett-Clements. “Al and his team do so much for so many island non-profits year in and year out. Without their support, many worthwhile initiatives wouldn’t be possible.”

Proceeds from the Farm to Table Dinner will benefit SCCF’s Native Landscapes & Garden Center, also located at the Bailey Homestead. “If you haven’t stopped by yet, please do. The Garden Center is a tremendous resource for home gardeners and a magical place for all visitors,” said Hiett-Clements.

SCCF also announced that the event will be co-chaired by Trustees Linda Uhler and Sandra Gross. Guest chef for the evening will be Frances Kroner of Cincinnati. Chef Kroner’s credentials include working for James Beard award winner and Iron Chef Michael Symon and opening one of Cincinnati’s first “pop-up” dining experiences.  She is currently the Executive Chef for the Sleepy Bee Cafes where she is known for her menus that promote local meat, dairy and produce with a creative edge. Chef Kroner will bring her culinary talents to the islands, designing a dinner featuring the best of Southwest Florida.

“We are so grateful that Sandy Gross, whose family owns the Sleepy Bee operations, was willing to underwrite Chef Kroner’s participation in this event, “ said Uhler. “It has been so interesting working with her and local purveyors to plan the menu and other details for the 31st. It will be a wonderful evening.”

This year’s event is currently sold out, but SCCF is hopeful it can be presented again in 2018. You can join the wait list through this link.

SCCF’s 25th Annual Tennis Tournament

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Join SCCF on the 28th and 29th at the Dunes for our 25th Annual Tennis Tournament! Register here for the event (payments and registration online only). Deadline for entries is Thursday, Jan. 26.

Located at the Blackwood Tennis Academy at the Dunes; 949 Sand Castle Road, 472-3522

Schedule:

Friday, Jan 27:

  • 9am Call for start times and court assignments
  • 5-7pm: Tournament Check In and Happy Hour at the Dunes Clubhouse

Saturday, Jan 28:

  • 8am: Play begins

Sunday, Jan 29:

  • 8am: Play Continues
  • 1pm: Raffle drawing and Silent Auction

Tournament Format

  • Double Teams competition
  • First round consolation
  • Winners advance to finals

Divisions

Mens and Ladies

  • 4.5-4.0
  • 3.5-3.0
  • 2.5-2.0

Mixed

  • 7.5 and Above
  • 7.0 and Below

All league players will compete at team level of highest ranked partner.  Non-league players will be placed at USTA rating &/or at discretion of head teaching pro.

Awards

  • T-shirts
  • Winners & runners-up receive Lucas Century etched wine glass
  • Consolation match awards

Refreshments

  • Breakfast & Lunch Saturday & Sunday
  • Friday Night Happy Hour at Dunes Clubhouse

Raffle

Tickets available until Drawing on Sunday, at 1 pm

Sponsorship Levels

  • Major $5,000
  • Tournament $2,500
  • Championship $1,200
  • Match $500
  • Set $250
  • Game $150

Sponsors receive:

  • press release & sponsor board recognition
  • SCCF acknowledgement letter
  • Attend all tournament events
  • Major & Tournament sponsors on T-Shirts
  • T-shirt and SCCF membership

To be a sponsor call Dee at SCCF 472-2329, dserage@sccf.org or Lisa Newmeyer-Cochrane at 472-8875

Register here for the event. 

First SCCF Evenings at the Homestead to feature Clyde Butcher – SOLD OUT

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EVENT SOLD OUT

SCCF kicks off its new program series “Evenings at the Homestead” on Wednesday, December 14 with acclaimed environmental photographer Clyde Butcher. Event tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.sccf.org or by calling 472-2329.

This sure-to-be-sold out program will take place at SCCF’s Bailey Homestead Pavilion at 1300 Periwinkle Way. The evening begins at 6:30pm with refreshments followed by Mr. Butcher’s presentation at 7pm. His books and calendars will be available for sale and Mr. Butcher will sign copies before and after his presentation. He is graciously sharing sale proceeds with SCCF.

Recognized as both a legendary photographer and a national treasure, Clyde Butcher has been creating exquisite black and white photographs of the untouched natural landscapes for more than 50 years. Internationally renowned, his stunning photography transports the viewer into the primordial beauty of expansive horizons, endless vistas, and seldom seen splendor of the wilderness. His powerful images explore not only his own personal bond with the environment, but beckon us to our own personal communion with the natural world. Clyde has been called the next Ansel Adams by Popular Photography magazine, awarded as a humanitarian for acting for the betterment of his community, and recognized as a conservationist for bringing issues to the forefront of public consciousness through his art. His photography transcends political boundaries, challenging us to work together to protect natural places across the globe.

“We are so honored that Clyde agreed to be the first presenter for Evenings at the Homestead,” said SCCF Executive Director Erick Lindblad. “During SCCF’s Annual Membership Meeting, Mr. Butcher is being recognized as the 2017 Prize Recipient of the SCCF J.N. “Ding” Darling Brush of Excellence Environmental Art Program. It’s just great he can stay on another day to make this presentation the night of the 14th.”

During the Evening at the Homestead presentation, attendees can also purchase drawing tickets to win a signed and framed piece of Mr. Butcher’s art. The black and white photographic composition is valued at $1,500. Drawing tickets are priced at $10 each and three for $25.

2016 Wines in the Wild Auction Items

wines-in-the-wild-1These one-of-a-kind items will be up for bid on Saturday evening.  Pre-auction bids and Buy It Now purchases can be phoned in to Wendy at SCCF at 472-2329.  You do NOT need to be present to win.

Silent Auction:

Designer Donuts

Here’s your chance to unleash your creative side with a PRIVATE DONUT PARTY FOR TWELVE people.  Bennett’s Fresh Roast will provide each person with a dozen donuts, warm and fresh from the fryer, to decorate, create and festoon with  their choice of icing and assorted toppings.  Enjoy coffee while you are working plus take home a 1/2 pound of Bennett’s fresh roasted java to enjoy with your decorated dozen.
To be redeemed at a mutually agreeable time

Buy It Now: $450

Bird Quest

This package is for the birds, those that we find here on our beautiful islands.  4 people will join Ken Burgener of Carefree Birding on a HALF-DAY BIRDING TRIP.   Ken, who has led tours all over the world, will provide binoculars, a spotting scope and fascinating stories about the life and times of the species you find.  SCCF’s shore bird expert, Audrey Albrecht,  will join you for part of the tour to highlight those species.  Recount your adventures as you finish the trip with lunch at The Island Cow.
To be redeemed at a mutually agreeable time.  Not available January 6 – February 22 or April 2 – May 20

Buy It Now: $600

Bailey Basket

The merchants at Bailey Center have put together a great array of goods and services for the winner of this item.  Enjoy tasty treats from Joey’s Custard and Beach Piez, take in a show at Island Cinema, look sharp thanks to Island Cleaners, find unique wearables, gifts or art at Whims and dig into a colorful beach bag chock full of beach necessities and a certificate good for $200 towards a 7 day rental from Select Vacation Properties.

Buy It Now: $550

Wine and Roses

img_4545If you love the beautiful arrangements that Floral Artistry crafts, you’re sure to love this item.  Jana Telecka will share some of her secrets during this FLORAL ARRANGING CLASS FOR SIX.  She’ll bring enough materials so that each participant will take home an arrangement.  To make the gathering even more special, Cip’s Place will deliver a delectable LUNCH for all to enjoy.
To be redeemed at a mutually agreeable time

Buy It Now: $900

Fish Fantasy

Join fisherman extraordinaire Billy Kirkland on the “Ally Cat” for an OFFSHORE FISHING EXCURSION FOR FIVE.  Billy will supply bait and tackle for your choice of a day or night time trip.  Use the gift certificate included in this package for George and Wendy’s Sanibel Seafood Grille and have their chefs prepare your catch for you.
Fishing trip to be redeemed at a mutually agreeable time

Buy It Now: $675

Meet You on Tarpon Bay

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille, author Randy Wayne White’s favorite island hang-out, will host DINNER FOR FOUR including 2 rum tasting flight boards.  While we can’t guarantee that you’ll spot Randy, you’ll take home 2 signed copies of his just-released Seduced, and a t-shirt or hat for each person.

Buy It Now: $450

Dinner and A Show

Pair TWO TICKETS TO THREE of this season’s HERB STRAUSS THEATER productions with DINNER gift certificates from Traders, Jacaranda, and Fish House and you have three evenings out on the town.
Tickets provided by Sanibel Captiva Trust Company

Buy It Now: $675

Find Your Inner Artist

sissis-painting-partyWell known for her bright and lively tropical paintings, island artist Sissi Janku will help you create your very own masterpiece at this PAINTING PARTY FOR SIX.  Held at SCCF’s Nature Center, the class will include wine and appetizers to help fuel your artistic talent.  No experience necessary!
To be redeemed at a mutually agreeable time between February and May, 2017

Buy It Now: $450

All Aboard

Here’s a new perspective on our waterways.  Yolo Board Adventures is offering a STAND-UP PADDLE BOARD ECO-TOUR FOR FOUR.  The tour begins with a land tutorial on the fundamentals of paddling before heading on to the waters teeming with an abundance of sea and bird life.  Departs from Port Sanibel Marina.
Minimum age to participate is 9 years old.  Under 16 must be accompanied by parent or guardian

Buy It Now: $350

East End Fun

There’s lots to see and do on Sanibel’s East End.  Base yourself at the Colony Inn for a TWO NIGHT STAY.  Then head out for a CRUISE on the Sanibel Thriller and LUNCH at Gramma Dot’sThe Lighthouse Cafe will be the perfect spot for DINNER.   An AFTER SUN SKIN CARE package from Solar Recover will ensure an enjoyable get away.
Colony Inn valid until December 14, 2016 or from May 1, 2017 to December 14, 2017 except for holidays.  Thriller not valid February – April or holiday weeks.

Buy It Now: $900

Butterflies Fly

Butterflies are among everyone’s favorite creatures.  Share the wonder of a BUTTERFLY RELEASE FOR a group of EIGHT as newly hatched lepidoptera take flight for the first time at the Bailey Homestead.  SCCF Environmental Educator Dee Century will share fascinating butterfly facts.  Cap off the outing with refreshments on the porch.
Donated by Diane and Leroy Neitzel

Buy It Now: $200

The Artist at Work

bigsugar“Big Sugar” is one of critically acclaimed artist Myra Roberts’s most interesting conservation works.  Not only will the winner of this package take home a signed limited edition GICLEE of the painting, Myra will give them a PRIVATE TOUR FOR TWO of her island studio with tea.
Tour to be redeemed at a mutually agreeable time

Buy It Now: $1,500

 

Wine and Dine

Stilwell Enterprises invites you to enjoy DINNER at one of their establishments, including the new Summerlin Jake’s.  Also for your enjoyment, a bottle of 2006 PINE RIDGE MERLOT and a bottle of ROSENBLUM ZINFANDEL VINTNER’S CUVEE XXXVI.  TWO TICKETS to a HERB STRAUSS THEATER production round out this package.
Tickets provided by Sanibel Captiva Trust Company


Buy It Now: $300


Farm to Table: SOLD

Rosy Tomorrows Heritage Farm is situated on just over 100 picturesque acres in North Fort Myers.  Healthy, good quality delicious food awaits behind the farm’s white picket fence. Tonight’s winner will enjoy a FOUR COURSE DINNER FOR FOUR including a bottle of wine from Rosy’s Stash (their private collection) in the farm’s beautifully renovated pole barn.
To be redeemed at a mutually agreeable date

SOLD

Out of the Kitchen I

Dine around the islands with DINNER GIFT CERTIFICATES from Timbers, Sandbar, and Il Cielo.

Buy It Now: $450

Out of the Kitchen II

More island dining awaits with GIFT CERTIFICATES from Sunset Grill, Sanibel Sprout, Sundial and Over Easy Cafe.
Some restrictions may apply

Buy It Now: $450

Collaboration

Rothschild and Mondavi.  Two of the great winemaking families in the world joined together in 1979 to make OPUS ONE, America’s first ultra-premium wine.  The collaboration continues today with the latest offering, the 2013 bottling, an extraordinary vintage.  Take home this elegantly balanced wine, courtesy of Bailey’s General Store.

Buy It Now: $550

Pamper Her

Gift your favorite lady – or yourself – with this lovely NECKLACE handmade from surf tumbled genuine sea glass by Sanibel artist Kathee Jones.  Wear it in a relaxed state after a 60 MINUTE MASSAGE from Walk This Way massage therapist Tamee Ferguson.  A GIFT CERTIFICATE from LaFrance Dry Cleaning will ensure that your clothes look perfect as you step out in your new jewelry.

Buy It Now: $300

Zen on the Beach

What better place to relax than beautiful South Seas Resorts.  Picture yourself there with this THREE DAY/TWO NIGHT STAY.  Picture yourself truly relaxed after attending unlimited Ambu Yoga YOGA CLASSES during your stay.  Picture the perfect island get-away.
Resort package excludes holidays and other periods of high occupancy

Buy It Now: $675


Live Auction:

Yacht into the Sunset

wines-7581A magical end to an island day awaits the winner of this item.  Hosts Melinda Roy and Chris Gourley will welcome you aboard Hatt’s Off, a beautiful 75-foot Hatteras yacht, for a COCKTAIL CRUISE FOR SIXTEEN.  Take in the beauty of the bay while enjoying libations and appetizers aboard this luxury motor vessel.
To be redeemed at a mutually agreeable time

Buy It Now: $4,000

Homestead BBQ

Join us down home, down at the Bailey Homestead that is, for a fun DINNER FOR TWELVE.  Start the evening with a signature cocktail, designed by the Native Landscapes and Garden Center.  Feast on world class smoked ribs and other delectables prepared just for you and served by SCCF staff and board.  A talented group of island blue grass musicians will add to the evening’s fun.
To be redeemed at a mutually agreeable time

Buy It Now: $3,000

Twilight Time

Our islands are known for their gorgeous sunsets and here’s a very special way to enjoy one of them.  Captiva Cruises’s Adventure sailboat will spirit your PRIVATE PARTY FOR EIGHTEEN away for a TWO HOUR SUNSET SAIL with HORS D’OEUVRES, BEER and WINE catered by ‘Tween Waters Inn.
To be redeemed at a mutually agreeable time

Buy It Now: $3,500


Pretty Preserves

witw-auction-9422Here’s your chance to get an up-close and personal look at some of SCCF’s 1,200 preserved acres.  Executive Director Erick Lindblad will be your guide for a PRIVATE JEEP TOUR for 2 or 3 at some of our islands’s hidden treasures.  Top off the tour with an AL FRESCO PICNIC at Frannie’s Preserve.
To be redeemed at a mutually agreeable time

Buy It Now: $3,000


Supper on the (Bailey Homestead) Porch

The Bailey Homestead will be the location for this one-of-a-kind dining experience.  You’ll be catered to with gracious Southern style at this DINNER FOR EIGHT served in the historic Bailey home.  Catering by Leslie Adams will prepare the menu for this truly magical evening.
To be redeemed at a mutually agreeable time

Buy It Now: $2,000

Shellabrate Good Times!

vcb-shellovebug-101-editIt’s been the talk of the town all summer.  You’ll be the talk of your family and friends if you are the highest bidder on this TWO HOUR PHOTO SHOOT with THE SHELL LOVE BUG.
Where do you picture this shell-dazzled masterpiece?  On your family Christmas card?  With a bride and groom?  On prom night?  To celebrate a new graduate?  Capturing memories of an island vacation?  Or maybe she’s the shellebrity for a party where your guests can pose with her.  Brainstorm with Pam Rambo, the creative mind behind this fun vehicle, for a one of a kind experience.
Date of redemption subject to the availability of the car

Buy It Now: $3,000

Pre-auction bids can be phoned to Wendy at SCCF at 472-2329.  You do NOT need to be present to win.

Join Us Friday for a Discussion of Algae Blooms, Our Estuary, and RECON

This Friday at 2 pm, SCCF will host a presentation to discuss SCCF’s RECON and Florida Atlantic University’s IRLON, which both provide real-time monitoring of water quality conditions. In the past, samples were collected manually and analyzed in a lab. It was virtually impossible to capture events as they were happening. SCCF’s RECON, the River, Estuary, and Ocean Observing Network  and IRLON, the Indian River Lagoon Observatory Network of Environmental Sensors, provide real-time data. This new capability gives scientists, water quality managers, and the public the ability to observe present conditions and plan for the future. SCCF pioneered the new technology beginning in 2007, and  manages eight sensors in the Caloosahatchee and around Sanibel and Captiva.

Dr. Eric Milbrandt, Director of the SCCF Marine Laboratory, will be presenting data from RECON to show how freshwater and subsequent algae blooms affected the lower estuary as a result of the 2015-2016 El Nino. The record breaking rainfall and flood control policies caused unusually low salinities and high tannins (colored dissolved organic matter) around Sanibel. At locations in the lower estuary, such as McIntyre Creek, in “Ding” Darling NWR, and Tarpon Bay, phytoplankton blooms occurred when Lake Okeechobee and the watershed flows exceeded 3,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). Other observations from the upper Caloosahatchee by Dr. Rick Bartleson showed the unusual blue-green algae bloom that was prevalent for the past 2 months.

Dr. Milbrandt and the SCCF Marine Lab welcome special guest, Dr. Ian Walsh, who will be presenting an analysis from an observing network on the east coast that was modeled after RECON.

Dr. Ian Walsh, Director of Science and Senior Oceanographer Sea-Bird Scienttic and WET Labs, Inc., will provide a perspective on the recent algae crisis based on the data broadcast from the St. Lucie Estuary (SLE) by Florida Atlantic University Harbor Branch’s Indian River Lagoon Observatory Network of Environmental Sensors (IRLON).  IRLON consists of Land/Ocean Biogeochemical Observatory (LOBO) units and weather stations at 10 sites througout the Indian River Lagoon, including 5 sites in the St. Lucie Estuary (LOBO is the manufacturer’s name for what SCCF named RECON).  Dr. Walsh has relied upon the expertise and work of Harbor Branch Drs. Brian Lapointe and Dennis Hanisak in developing this analysis, demonstrating that live data serves as a coalescence mechanism for team building during a crisis.
The program will be followed by a Q&A session with Dr. Milbrandt and Dr. Walsh.
Where: 3333 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel. SCCF Nature Center.

When: Friday, July 29, at 2 pm.

No need to RSVP.

Your Donations at Work – Celebrating Earth Day!

GlobePellie20in-PressSCCF’s special recognition of Earth Day is a terrific way to encourage the conservation of coastal habitats and aquatic resources on Sanibel and Captiva and in the surrounding watershed. This year, that recognition will have two great programmatic elements.

David headshotPlease join us on Earth Day – Friday, April 22 – at 1pm for the second annual Conservation Conversation in the SCCF Nature Center Auditorium. Dr. Jack E. Davis will speak about our coastal waters and the people who live near them. Dr. Davis is a professor of environmental history and sustainability studies at University of Florida. He spent his childhood on the Panhandle shores of the Gulf of Mexico. His books cover an interesting range of topics including the writings of Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the environmental history of Florida. Since 2011, his research has broadened to other Gulf coastal areas, including our islands, to examine how nature shaped societies and how natural resources developed communities. Come take advantage of the opportunity hear a man whose passion is telling the stories of Florida’s coastal region and the people who call it home.

Thanks to The Donald Slavik Family Foundation for their annual support of the Earth Day Conservation Conversation.

Earth Day will also mark the successful conclusion of the first annual SCCF “Ding” Darling Brush of Excellence Environmental Art Program. The beautiful painting by Jaye Boswell, the program’s first Artist of the Year, has been on display in the Nature Center throughout this season. Entitled “A Darling Cottage”, it will be presented to one lucky drawing winner. Drawing tickets are priced at $10 and remain available this week at the Nature Center. The drawing will take place following Dr. Davis’ presentation as the audience enjoys SCCF’s Earth Day Birthday Cake.

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Please consider celebrating Earth Day by supporting the conservation efforts of SCCF. If you have not yet contributed to SCCF’s Annual Fund Drive, your Earth Day gift will qualify you as a Member in Good Standing for another year. If you have already made a donation this year, we hope you might consider making an additional gift to mark this special occasion. If you have questions, please contact Cheryl Giattini at 239-395-2768 or cgiattini@sccf.org.

Look Who’s Talking Up SCCF’s Beer in the Bushes!

St. Patrick’s Day was off to a great start at the Sanibel Rec Center. As she does every class, spinning instructor Dalia Jakubauskas (in costume) encouraged her spinners to buy tickets for our April 9 event. Watch the video to see why Dalia’s so psyched to be there!

We can’t promise green beer, but craft beer tastings, great food truck offerings, and world-class music make Beer in the Bushes the place to be!

Get your tickets online at sccfbeer.eventbrite.com. Ticket prices are $60 in advance, and $70 day of and at the door. SCCF and Presenting Sponsor Sanibel Captiva Trust Company hope to see you there!

This Week at SCCF: March 14th

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  • Weeds, Seeds, and Birds; 10 am
    SCCF’s Weeds ‘N Seeds and Birding the Preserves will be offered together this season. Since many birders are also plant lovers, the walks this year will combine finding and identifying native plants on Sanibel while also enjoying a variety of birds. The group meets at the Nature Center porch and then carpools to one of SCCF’s preserves. Walks last for two hours. Depending on the location visited, you may need parking money. Please bring a hat, water, sun-block and comfortable enclosed shoes with socks. Meet on the Nature Center porch at 9:45 am. Walks are free but donations to SCCF are welcome.
  • Bailey Homestead Preserve Tour – Making the Land Work; 1pm
    The walk will focus on reclaiming the land for wildlife and how the land has been used through time. For half a century the land was worked as a farm. It also served as home for several generations of the Bailey family. Tour includes a look at the newly planted gardens at the Native Landscapes and Garden Center plus entrance to the Bailey family home which is open by tour only. Mondays, March 7, 14, 21, and 28 at 1 p.m. Thursdays, March 10, 17, 24, and 31 at 11 a.m. Meet at the Gateway kiosk on the Shipley Trail. This program will be offered in April, as well.

Tuesday

  • Butterfly House Tour; 10 am
    A guide will teach you about the life cycle and behavior of butterflies. Tuesdays at 10 a.m. $1 donation. The house is also open to visitors without a guide.

Wednesday

  • Bobcat Tales; 10 am
    “Bobcat: Master of Survival” is how author Kevin Hansen describes Lynx rufus. While other wild feline species are in trouble, bobcats seem to be flourishing through most of their North American range and this adaptable feline’s ability to survive close to humans is one of the reasons for the bobcat’s success. Rats and mice can make up to 40% of the bobcat’s diet.
  • Hurricanes; 1 pm
    Hurricane Charley roared in from the south, skirted the coast and made landfall over North Captiva Island, rushed through Captiva Pass, swept the northern end of Pine Island on Friday, 8/13/2004. Following the warm water of Charlotte Harbor, it made landfall again over Punta Gorda. Wildlife, vegetation and human existence on these islands have always been shaped by tropical storms.

Thursday

  • Bailey Homestead Preserve Tour – Making the Land Work; 11 am
    The walk will focus on reclaiming the land for wildlife and how the land has been used through time. For half a century the land was worked as a farm. It also served as home for several generations of the Bailey family. Tour includes a look at the newly planted gardens at the Native Landscapes and Garden Center plus entrance to the Bailey family home which is open by tour only. Mondays, March 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 1 p.m. Thursdays, March 10, 17, 24, and 31 at 11 a.m. Meet at the Gateway kiosk on the Shipley Trail. This program will be offered in April, as well.
  • Snowy Plovers; 1pm
    Watch where you walk there are plovers on the beach and nesting is beginning. SCCF has been monitoring and staking the nests of this shorebird on Sanibel beaches for 13 years. Join SCCF biologists to learn about this threatened species and what you can do to protect their small nesting populations.

Friday

  • Restoring the Sanibel River; 10 am
    The preservation of Sanibel’s interior freshwater wetlands has been one of SCCF’s main goals since 1967. SCCF Executive Director Erick Lindblad will talk about the history of restoration and management of the Sanibel River Corridor. These wetlands make us unique as a barrier island. These mini-Everglades protect water quality and are home to otters, bobcats, gators, marsh rabbits and the Sanibel rice rat. Erick will recap the process of Sanibel’s wetland protection through land acquisition, invasive plant control, fire, and the restoration of near-historic wetland water levels.

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Guided Nature Walks are offered Tuesday – Friday at the Nature Center:
Get a guided tour of our almost 4 miles of trails! Please bring a hat, water, sun-block and comfortable enclosed shoes with socks. Walks are free but donations to SCCF are welcome.

All programs for the month can be found here.

Jensen’s Marina Returns as Band Sponsor for SCCF’s Beer in the Bushes

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The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) is proud to announce that Jensen’s Twin Palm Resort and Marina is once again the Band Sponsor for SCCF’s 5th Annual Beer in the Bushes. This outdoor craft beer tasting event is set for Saturday, April 9 from 6-10 pm at SCCF’s Nature Center.

“The Jensen brothers are among the very most engaged conservationists within the island business community,” said SCCF Board President Ron Gibson. “Their generosity for this year’s Beer in the Bushes will have a direct impact on the proceeds we can use to fight for water quality and to provide environmental education that informs the behavior of our residents and visitors.”

The Jensen’s Marina donation of $10,000 is allowing SCCF to bring world-class musical entertainment to Sanibel from the Big Easy. Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers, famous for calling out “We Partyin’!” to sold-out crowds of revelers, are very popular headliners on the New Orleans music scene. Recording on the Basin Street Records label, Kermit is a favorite act at Jazz Fest, has been featured on HBO’s hit show “Treme”, and performed recently on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

“To say our family is proud to support SCCF would be an understatement,” said Jim Jensen on behalf of his brothers John and Dave. “It’s clear to us that SCCF, along with their marine lab, play a huge role in providing the public and our elected officials understandable facts about water conditions in SW Florida and work hard to offer clean water solutions.”

Proceeds from Beer in the Bushes supports SCCF’s mission of conserving coastal habitats and aquatic resources on Sanibel and Captiva and in the surrounding watershed. Pricing for this fun evening is $50 per person for early bird buyers before March 13; $60 in advance; and $70 on the day of the event. Reservations and advance payment are requested; register online (preferred) at sccfbeer.eventbrite.com or call 239-472-2329.

Eight local microbreweries will be offering tastings of their finest craft beers. Four local food trucks will keep everyone happy and full. All tickets include $10 in TruxBux redeemable for dinner choices from any of the trucks. The event takes place at the SCCF Nature Center, located at 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Road on Sanibel.

Jensen’s Twin Palm Resort and Marina is a full-service family-owned resort on Captiva Island’s Roosevelt Channel. To learn more about accommodations, boat rentals, fishing charters and other marina services, please visit www.gocaptiva.com or call 239-472-5800.

And don’t forget – the last day to purchase Early Bird tickets at $50 each is this Sunday, March 13th!

5th Annual Beer in the Bushes Tickets on Sale Now

FB BITBDiscounted early bird tickets are now on sale for SCCF’s fifth-annual Beer in the Bushes. Early bird ticket pricing is $50 through March 13.
Tickets can be purchased online at sccfbeer.eventbrite.com or by calling 239-472-2329. After March 13, ticket prices rise to $60 in advance, and $70 day of and at the door.

This popular craft beer-tasting event is Saturday, April 9, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Join SCCF on the grounds of SCCF’s Nature Center, 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Road, for great craft beer, live music, dancing, and a few surprises.

“Beer in the Bushes has become the unofficial End-of-Season Party,” said SCCF’s Jeff Siwicke, creator of the event. “Whether you’re looking for new craft beer tastings, great food, world-class music or just a chance to catch up with fellow islanders at the end of a very busy tourist season, Beer in the Bushes is the place to be.”

KermitRuffinsThe headliner this year will be Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers. The New Orleans natives are award-winning favorites of Jazz Fest and HBO’s hit show “Treme.” Kermit Ruffins is an unabashed entertainer who plays trumpet with a bright, silvery tone, sings with off-the-cuff charm, and knows how to get the party going.

Come and vote for your favorite beer as eight local craft breweries compete for the SCCF People’s Choice Award:  Point Ybel Brewing Company (the defending champs of 2015), Ft. Myers Brewing Company, Momentum Brewhouse, Old Soul Brewing, Naples Beach Brewery and Palm City Brewing, Bury Me Brewing, and Cape Coral Brewing Company.

Four local food trucks will keep everyone happy and full. All tickets include $10 in TruxBux redeemable for dinner choices from any of the trucks.

“Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor – The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company – as well as the Host Committee and other corporate sponsors, we’re able to keep ticket pricing down,” said SCCF Executive Director Erick Lindblad. “We couldn’t make Beer in the Bushes the good time it is without their generous support.”

Guests will have a great evening while helping to support SCCF’s mission of conserving coastal habitats and aquatic resources on Sanibel and Captiva and in the surrounding watershed.

Reservations and advance payment are requested; register online at sccfbeer.eventbrite.com.BITB logo music color

 

 

Special Screening of The Forgotten Coast: Return to Wild Florida – March 8th

National Geographic Explorer and Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition founder Carlton Ward Jr paddles Crawford Creek in the Chassahowitzka River Delta where Florida's Nature Coast meets the Gulf of Mexico. 

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Everglades Headwaters to Gulf Islands #Glades2Gulf 
Expedition Day 10 - Rest Day 2. 
"The Swamp" owned by Pat & Marly McMillan 
Carlton Ward

This mission of the Florida Wildlife Corridor is to protect a functional ecological corridor throughout Florida for the health of people, wildlife and watersheds. Learn more at FloridaWildlifeCorridor.org. Photo by Carlton Ward Jr / CarltonWard.com As Florida’s human population has expanded, conservation lands have become increasingly isolated from one another, causing problems for numerous species of wildlife. The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition shows that a statewide wildlife corridor is still possible and important for the future of people and wildlife. The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition team includes executive director Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, conservation photographer and project founder Carlton Ward Jr. and biologist Joe Guthrie whose Central Florida black bear research was the inspiration for the campaign. Beginning January 10, 2015, the team embarked on 925-mile trek to highlight a wildlife corridor from Central Florida to the Gulf Coast, through the Big Bend, and across the Panhandle all the way to Alabama. The original Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition was a 1000-mile trek through peninsular Florida, from the Everglades on South Florida to the Okefenokee Swamp in southern Georgia.

National Geographic Explorer and Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition founder Carlton Ward Jr paddles Crawford Creek in the Chassahowitzka River Delta

Join SCCF for the presentation of The Forgotten Coast: Return to Wild Florida. Celebrate an amazing trip by three intrepid adventurers – Conservationist Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, biologist Joe Guthrie, and photographer and National Geographic explorer, Carlton Ward, Jr. – who traveled 1,000 miles in 70 days on foot, kayak and bike from the Everglades headwaters, across the Panhandle to the Alabama border. Mallory Lykes Dimmitt will present guide us throught the adventure.

This free event continues our tradition of bringing information and science about Florida’s natural places to Sanibel. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments, program begins at 7 p.m. at the Sanibel Community House, 2137 Periwinkle Way.  We urge you to arrive early to get a good seat. Call 472-2329 for information.

You can learn more about the project here.

The Florida Wildlife Corridor is a conservation advocacy organization focused on connecting, protecting and restoring corridors of conserved lands and waters essential for the survival of Florida’s diverse wildlife.

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mallory-staff-bioMallory Lykes Dimmitt is a seventh generation Floridian whose childhood was partly spent exploring the lands and waters of central Florida. She pursued her passion for the outdoors by receiving her B.S. in Natural Resources from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. She was also awarded a Doris Duke Conservation Fellowship at Duke University’s Nicholas School of Environment where she earned a Master’s of Environmental Management.

Some of Mallory’s projects include protecting river corridors and large landscapes in Colorado with The Nature Conservancy, research in Sri Lanka for the International Water Management Institute and strategic planning and organizational development with Legacy Institute for Nature & Culture (LINC). She currently serves as the Executive Director for the Florida Wildlife Corridor.

 

This Week at SCCF: February 22nd

Landscape 1Monday

  • Weeds & Seeds & Birds; 9 am
    Since many birders are also plant lovers, the walks this year will combine finding and identifying native plants on Sanibel while also enjoying a variety of birds. The group meets at the Nature Center porch and then carpools to one of SCCF’s preserves. Walks last for two hours. Depending on the location visited, you may need parking money. Please bring a hat, water, sun-block and comfortable enclosed shoes with socks. Meet on the Nature Center porch at 9:45 am.

Tuesday

  • Butterfly House Tour; 10 am
    A guide will teach you about the life cycle and behavior of butterflies. Tuesdays at 10 a.m. $1 donation. The house is also open to visitors without a guide.
  • Pollinator Walk; 11 am
    Join Dee for a “Wildflower and Pollinator Walk” at the Native Plant Nursery’s new pollinator garden at the Bailey Homestead Preserve. See who is nectaring on the hundreds of wildflowers and learn the native butterfly host plants. There is no charge but advance reservations are required. Call 472-2329.

Wednesday

  • Lighthouse Beach, Bay, and Birds; 9 am
    Meet your SCCF guide beach-side at the covered picnic pavilion at Lighthouse Park. Take a walk, beach-to-bay, keeping your eyes open for resting, nesting and migratory birds. Program is free to all but you must pay to park.
  • Bees of Sanibel and Captiva; 10 am
    Even though honeybees get all the credit for pollination, some experts believe that the native bees may be doing 60% of the work. Join Dee for an up close and personal photographic story of the lives of native and non-native bees of Sanibel and Captiva.
  • Hurricanes; 1 pm
    Wildlife, vegetation, and human existence on these islands have always been shaped by tropical storms.

Thursday

  • Rosy Tomorrow’s Heritage Farm at SCCF’s Native Landscapes and Garden Center; 9 am – noon
  • Sea Turtle Tracks; 10am
    Sanibel Island had one of the first sea turtle monitoring programs in the country. Learn about the life cycles and habits of the sea turtles and shorebirds that nest on our beaches, SCCF’s monitoring activities, and what we are doing to protect them.

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Guided Nature Walks are offered Tuesday – Friday at the Nature Center:
Get a guided tour of our almost 4 miles of trails! Please bring a hat, water, sun-block and comfortable enclosed shoes with socks. Walks are free but donations to SCCF are welcome.

All programs for the month can be found here.

SCCF Open House Monday

aquariumMeet the scientists, field biologists, and others that make SCCF leading experts for water quality, snakes, sea turtles, shorebirds, freshwater fishes, prescribed burning, and more. SCCF is opening its doors on Monday, February 15, from 11-1 pm.

Along with exhibits, aquariums, and casual conversations, SCCF will once again be cooking up its famous hot dogs and other snacks while supply lasts.

As a cornerstone of the celebration, the 30th annual Nature Sounds Contest will take place at 11:45. Started originally as a bird call competition, this event has been expanded to include all sounds of nature. Elephants, babbling brooks, Rhone Island Red roosters, cows, cats and monkeys have all been part of the fun.

The tables get turned when ten-year-olds are encouraged to have their parents participate at well. For a two year old it may be the first time to be heard with a microphone. For a fifty year old it may be the first to publicly and unapologetically give their best for their elephant call. The contest is divided into age groups where everyone is a winner. It makes for great entertainment.

All of SCCF’s Marine Lab staff will be on hand to answer questions. With recent issues about our beaches and water, this is an opportunity to speak one on one with those who have been studying the issues for almost a decade. Our 24/7 River, Estuary and Coastal Observation Network monitoring “robots” can be demonstrated. There will also be nature crafts and other interactive activities.

WHM Indigo 9-15 (2 of 7)At 1 pm Habitat Manager Chris Lechowicz will be doing a talk in the auditorium about one of his most passionate topics, the Eastern indigo snake. The exhibit hall’s normal, captive bred indigo is off for a while, but there is now one similar to the two-year-olds that were hatched here thanks to Chris’s skills and understanding of how theses snakes live and grow. The snakes raised here at SCCF eventually are given to other educational institutions around the state. The captive bred snake may not be released into the wild. The last sighting of an indigo in the wild on Sanibel was 1999. Ask Chris about the Pine Island Sound Indigo Snake project and success in identifying indigos on North Captiva and Pine Island. Viable populations there still exist. Come learn why this animal is in peril.

Join us from 11 am to 1 pm on Monday, February 15. Then plan to stay for Chris’s talk.
It’s a holiday, Presidents Day!

Cruise the Historic Caloosahatchee – 20 Years of Oxbow Tours

devils elbow300dpiTour the historic upriver Caloosahatchee on a two and a half hour Caloosahatchee Oxbow & Riverlore Cruise, departing from the W.P. Franklin Lock at 1 p.m.  Explore the meanders of the Caloosahatchee back to a time when a waterfall served as the headwaters of the Caloosahatchee and settlers braved living amongst the wilderness.

Celebrating our 20th year, cruises will be available the following dates:

  • Feb. 14 (Sunday)
  • Feb. 28 (Sunday)
  • March 13 (Sunday)
  • April 10 (Sunday)
  • May 8 (Sunday)

The 2.5-hour adventure begins by locking through the W.P. Franklin Lock in Olga.  Heading east toward Alva, we enter the historic bends of the river and revisit the activities of the pioneers who traveled the same river to find paradise.  Stories of the settlements and their adventures are blended with an understanding of the river’s oxbows, the wild creatures that call it home and the challenges the river faces.

Rae Ann Wessel, a river researcher, long-time river advocate, historian and SCCF (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) Natural Resource Policy Director, guides the tour.  Our vessel is the stable and spacious 41-passenger River Queen pontoon boat that features daily Manatee tours.   All seats have a great view for photographs and bird watching.

WaterQualityTimeless-noCaloosInset-PressCruise departs 1 at p.m. for each trip from the W.P. Franklin Lock & Dam off SR 80 in Olga.  Private group cruises can be scheduled by appointment.

Advance reservations required and payment is due at time of reservation.  Cruises depart at 1 p.m. and return by 3:30 p.m.  Tickets are $45 per person. Please note that reservations must be made by noon Friday, May 8  for the May 10 cruise.   Please call SCCF at 239-472-2329.  Space is limited.  We look forward to taking you back in time!