Oyster Reef Constructed at Punta Rassa


A large reef (200 cubic yards, 1 acre) was constructed this week at Punta Rassa. The reef was an idea that SCCF Marine Lab Director, Eric Milbrandt, discussed with Mike Campbell of Lee County Natural Resources over the past several years. The benefits of oyster reefs are to provide habitat and filtration of water, but the added benefit of this particular reef is that it is in a high traffic area with high education impact. Several educational signs and a video will be produced to inform visitors and others using the Punta Rassa ramp about the benefits of oyster reefs and the importance to our ecosystem. The site was permitted by SCCF in 2015 through the state of Florida and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Funds and equipment for the construction were provided by Lee County, Lee Reefs, and Kelly Brothers Marine Contractors, along with other partners.

Enjoy the Holidays on Conservation 20/20 Preserves


Lee County voters spoke volumes about continuing the Conservation 2020 program with 84% support for the local referendum.

On this long holiday get outside with your friends and family to discover and experience our fabulous preserves.  And mark your calendars to join  an upcoming guided walk to learn more,  see schedule of upcoming walks and map below.



Native Landscapes & Garden Center Internship


Tgc-catalog-6308he Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) Native Landscapes & Garden Center seeks an energetic and hardworking intern to assist in day-to-day nursery operations and work with our landscape installation and maintenance services.  The Native Landscapes & Garden Center offers a unique working environment, as it is a non-profit retail nursery dedicated to landscaping for the improvement of native habitat and wildlife on and around Sanibel and Captiva Islands.

Internship responsibilities will include all aspects of retail nursery operation and plant care, including watering, potting, pruning, weeding, plant propagation, landscape installation/maintenance, and customer service.  The internship offers the opportunity to obtain in-depth knowledge about South Florida native plants and gain firsthand experience in all aspects of an environmentally-friendly nursery and landscaping business.

Applicants should have a strong interest in plants and conservation, preferably possessing a Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, biology, environmental science, ecology, or a related field.  The intern should also be able to lift 50 pounds and be prepared to work outdoors in subtropical conditions, including hot temperatures, humidity, and insects.  Please send a cover letter indicating your interest, resume, and references by email to:  jevans@sccf.org; by mail to:  Jenny Evans, SCCF, P.O. Box 839, Sanibel, FL 33957; or by fax to: (239) 472-4747.

Starting Date: January 2017

Duration:  Six months

Deadline:  Open until filled

Stipend: ($275/week) and on-island housing provided

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


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


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.

SCCF Awarded Grant for New Sea Turtle ATV

atvThis year the SCCF Sea Turtle Program was selected as an award recipient for the Sea Turtle Grants Program (STGP) to purchase a new All Terrain Vehicle (ATV). The STGP, which is funded by the sale of Florida’s “Helping Sea Turtles Survive” specialty license plate, awarded over $300,000 to 24 Floridian Sea turtle Programs in the 2016/2017 funding cycle.

atv-grant-recognitionFull funding for this ATV allowed SCCF staff to monitor the westernmost stretch of beach on Sanibel, which has become impassible with larger beach vehicles due to erosion. The ATV was equipped with all the necessities: screens, buckets, stakes, mallets, nest signage, and a toolbox added to the rear rack. Ninety-seven loggerhead nests and one green nest were laid on this two mile stretch of beach, and without the use of the ATV these nests would not have been documented or protected with anti-predator screens.  These surveys allowed us to maintain spatial continuity in a valuable long-term dataset and also provided important information about coyote behavior in this area of high nest predation.

Learn more at www.helpingseaturtles.org


Unveiling Ceremony Kicks Off New Marine Laboratory Construction


The long awaited construction of SCCF’s new Marine Research Laboratory is set to start this fall. A September 30 ceremony to unveil the construction signage was attended by the building donors who funded the project in partnership with the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Among those in attendance was Gretchen Valade, the primary underwriter of the Lab’s 2002 initial 5-year operating plan.

The speakers were SCCF Executive Director Erick Lindblad, J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge Manager Paul Tritaik, and Dr. Eric Milbrandt, the Marine Lab’s Director. Milbrandt spoke of the work that will done in the new facility, including:

RECON sensor array water quality monitoring, seagrass and oyster reef restoration and research, fish toxin studies,  red tide monitoring, surface and ground water studies on Captiva and Sanibel, and other projects to inform better water management and land use practices.

52-083in-x-45in-marine-lab-signWhen completed in the fall of 2017, the new Lab will be an elevated 2,800 square foot space with wet and dry lab space, under-building tank lab, and storage for the boats and scientific gear. The new facility will provide new research capabilities, safety for the staff, and increase collaboration with local and visiting scientists.

Lindblad closed the ceremony by announcing a new $440,000 capital campaign to fund the interior build-out and equipment costs to complete the effort to establish a state-of-the-art Marine Research Laboratory and noted that in the 14 years since its inception the lab staff has developed a very well respected scientific presence in the region, statewide and nationally.

While the base building construction is fully funded, the new fundraising campaign will make it possible to turn the structure into a scientifically sophisticated marine research operation essential in fulfilling the SCCF mission.

SCCF supporters interested in helping with this unmet capital funding need are asked to contact Cheryl Giattini at 239-395-2768 or cgiattini@sccf.org.


Multi-organization effort leads to successful capture and rehabilitation of Reddish Egret on Sanibel

shorebird-release-5517SCCF has once again teamed up with the Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI) to capture a juvenile white morph reddish egret at Blind Pass. This individual was previously captured on September 7th to remove a small amount of monofilament from its foot. On that day the bird was banded and released. SCCF’s shorebird biologist continued to check on the bird while conducting routine surveys, and on September 26th noticed monofilament hanging from the left wing. The bird was amazingly still able to fly despite its entanglement. On Sunday October 2nd, researcher Amanda Powell from ARCI and SCCF’s Audrey Albrecht were able to successfully capture the bird again.

20161002_132452Upon capture, they discovered there was more than just line hiding under the wing and the bird was taken to CROW (Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife). Once at CROW the hooks and line were successfully removed and the laceration sutured. After a week of rehabilitation the bird was ready for release. SCCF staff released the bird on Monday October 10.

This bird’s story serves as a reminder of the danger that monofilament poses to all types of coastal wildlife. Monofilament can be recycled, and should be disposed of properly in the collection bins located near beach accesses and boat ramps. If you accidentally hook a bird while fishing, please reel it in and release instead of cutting the line! This bird is also an example of an individual who has lost its fear of humans and habitually begs for bait fish.  Please do not feed wildlife.

SCCF is grateful to the assistance from ARCI and CROW in the successful capture, rehabilitation, and release of this reddish egret.


More Information:

FWCs monofilament recycle program

 Reel and Release Brochure

ARCI Tracking Studies

Vote Yes on Conservation 20/20 & No on Amendment 1 November 8th!


Whether you vote absentee or in person your vote is crucial in this year’s general election.

For the past 20 years the Conservation 20/20 program supported by taxpayers in 1996 has been hugely successful in protecting 25,000 acres of wild spaces all across Lee County. These preserves provide vital quality of life, environmental and economic benefits by helping to protect waterways and drinking water supplies, preserving wildlife habitat and offering recreational opportunities for residents and visitors that drive our tourism economy.

The willing seller program was conceived in the early 1990s when Lee County had the lowest percentage of conservation lands of all Gulf Coast counties. Lee County continues to be one of Florida’s fastest growing counties but ranks only 39th of 67 counties in total conservation land and ranks 61 of 67 in acres preserved per person.

Lee County’s tourism generates $3 billion dollars per year for our local economy. An economic study of the program concluded that tourist spending funded one full time job for every 2.6 acres of land conserved. Visitors report that Lee’s clean unspoiled environment is a key reason for choosing Lee County. This election we vote to continue this hugely successful program that balances conservation preserves with developed areas to provide and protect our clean economy.

Let’s Continue the Success! On November 8 Vote Yes on Conservation 20/20 – Learn more here!

Support More Solar in the Sunshine State ~ Vote No on Amendment 1

unnamedAmendment 1 threatens Florida’s solar energy growth even as Florida is already experiencing impacts from sea level rise. We must promote, not inhibit, the use of clean sources of energy.

Here are three reasons to vote No on Amendment 1 this November:

1. It’s funded by Florida’s big utilities to protect their monopolies and limit customer-owned solar.

2. It paves the way for barriers that would penalize solar customers.

3. It promises rights and protections that Florida citizens already have.

Florida Power and Light, Duke Energy, Tampa Electric and Gulf Power created a political committee called Consumers for Smart Solar to craft this deceptive amendment to codify the utility’s ability to limit customer owned solar by imposing fees and penalties on solar customers.

Over 85 organizations, associations, elected officials, and candidates have joined together to oppose Amendment 1! But the monopoly utilities continue to spend millions to deceive voters.

Don’t be fooled. Amendment 1 will continue to move customer-owned solar out of reach for many of Florida’s families and businesses, and drag state solar policy backwards. Vote No.

Learn more here – VoteNoOn1.org

To become law, Amendment 1 would need the approval of at least 60 percent of voters.

Fishing for Alligators

sanibel-do-not-feed-the-gators-2094-03-31-00-18-35-2As the Living with Wildlife educator at SCCF, many stories come my way from residents that are concerned about issues in their neighborhoods that concern wildlife.  Alligators are most often the topic of those stories. A  most concerning recent neighborhood story included children fishing in a fresh water canal.  With the recent death of the child in Orlando by alligator attack the story concerned me even more.

Can fishing in lakes and canals turn into feeding alligators?  If the fishing happens over and over in the same place and if the bait used or the fish caught are thrown into the water…I believe those alligators can become “human fed” gators.  Many years ago blue crab fishing in the refuge was ended for just this reason.  The chicken necks used for bait were attracting alligators whether the fishermen meant to or not.

Although it is not illegal to fish in fresh water lakes and canals where our gators live is it really worth it?  Just like you should not allow your dogs to swim in fresh water, I think children fishing in fresh water is not worth the risk…fish in salt water for their enjoyment and safety.  Playing closer than 20 feet to fresh water edges is not advised.

Alligators catch their natural prey by lunging onto canal edges to catch birds or heaven forbid small children and dogs.  Fishing could encourage that natural behavior,  teaching them to overcome their natural avoidance of humans.

Thinking of the horror of a child being attacked by a gator on Sanibel reminds me of my friends’ death by alligator attack in 2004.  A resident attending an SCCF “Gator Tales” program following that death “confessed” to feeding that gator.  He did not understand how bad it was to feed wildlife.   In the couple of years following that horrible attack, approximately 150 alligators were trapped and killed on Sanibel.  A FED ALLIGATOR IS A DEAD ALLIGATOR.  FEEDING WILDLIFE IS DETRIMENTAL TO HUMAN AND GATOR HEALTH.

– Dee Serage-Century

2016 Sanibel and Captiva Shorebird Nesting Season

A 5 week old plover chick nestled under his dads wing

A 5 week old plover chick nestled under his dads wing

The 2016 shorebird nesting season has come to a close. SCCF’s shorebird biologist and shorebird intern have been monitoring nesting Snowy Plovers, Least Terns, and Wilson’s Plovers since mid-February.  No nesting attempts were made on Captiva this year; all nests were on Sanibel.

The snowy plovers on Sanibel only fledged 4 chicks in 2016.  Of the 28 nesting attempts this year, only 7 nests made it to hatching, producing a total of 17 chicks. The primary causes of nest and chick loss were due to depredation (primarily crows and gulls) and washover events (primarily Tropical Storm Colin).

Wilson’s Plovers fared much better with 4 chicks successfully fledging in 2016. Of the 3 nest attempts, 2 nests hatched a total of 5 chicks. One nest was washed over during Tropical Storm Colin.

The Least Terns did not succeed at producing any fledglings on Sanibel this year.  They formed a nesting colony west of Bowman’s beach in mid-May.  A canine predator depredated the majority of the 23 nests in late-May, leaving only 6 nests remaining. At least 2 of those nests hatched and 3 chicks were observed in the colony prior to Tropical Storm Colin. All remaining nests and chicks were lost during the storm. The terns did not return to Sanibel to nest in 2016, but likely formed a new colony elsewhere. Many fledglings were observed on the island during July and August.

SCCF Marine Lab Internship Open

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This position has been filled – thank you

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) is a private not-for-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of coastal habitats and aquatic resources on Sanibel and Captiva and in the surrounding watershed (http://marinelab.sccf.org). The SCCF Marine Laboratory is a member of NAML/SAML and the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) and has 6 resident staff, two of whom are Ph.D. Research Scientists.

Description: The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) Marine Laboratory, situated on Tarpon Bay in the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is seeking an energetic and hardworking intern who is looking for hands-on experience in marine and estuarine research. We are looking for detail-oriented individuals who will assist on research projects. The intern will gain direct experience working with lab staff to determine the influences of disturbances on estuarine and coastal ecosystems of southwest Florida. The intern will develop an independent project with guidance from the Lab’s Director and staff with submission of a written work plan and a summary presentation to a scientific audience. Preference will be given to applicants considering the field of marine science as a career. The SCCF is a drug-free workplace. http://marinelab.sccf.org/research/intern-research-projects/

Requirements: Applicants should have a strong undergraduate background in the aquatic and/or marine sciences, including additional coursework in biological, physical, chemical, or related sciences. The intern must be able to swim in water of various temperatures and have a mask, fins, booties and a snorkel for field work. The candidate will be evaluated by the strength of undergraduate curriculum, academic metrics, and relevant research experience. The successful applicant will be required to participate in daily work at the lab, sometimes involving long hours (potentially evening or weekends), often under difficult field conditions (must be able to lift 50 lbs.). The intern should also be prepared to work in subtropical conditions, including typical south Florida’s hot and humid conditions.

Stipend: A weekly stipend of $275/week plus on-island housing will be provided, along with limited travel support for relocation. IRS form 1099 will be issued by SCCF.
Eligibility: Recent graduates with B.S. from a marine program or with appropriate experience (see above) are preferred.

Please send: 1) a cover letter; 2) resume/CV with a summary of relevant coursework; 3) transcripts (unofficial are acceptable); 4) contact information for two references whom we may contact to: emilbran@sccf.org; or to: Dr. Eric Milbrandt, Director, SCCF Marine Lab, 900A Tarpon Bay Rd., Sanibel, FL 33957.

Starting Date: September 15, 2016

Anticipated Duration: 6 months

SCCF Sea Turtle Nest Numbers Break Records on All Island Beaches

SCCF Nests and LighthouseIt has been a banner year for loggerheads nesting on Sanibel and Captiva! As of August 4, the nest numbers for the East and West End of Sanibel were 164 and 430, respectively. The previous records for these beaches were 120 and 376 (both set in 2015).

184 nests have been laid on Captiva to date, also breaking their previous record of 179 nests laid in 2000.

With 722 total loggerhead nests on the two islands combined, and scattered nesting continuing into August, 2016 has shattered the all-time record of 622 nests for the two islands combined!
While we’re breaking records on Sanibel and Captiva, the Statewide numbers won’t be totalled until the end of the season in October.

At least for the SCCF Sea Turtle Program, these numbers show that decades of coordinated conservation efforts are starting to pay off, including nest protection, reducing fisheries interactions, and limiting artificial lighting in coastal communities.

Here are the nest counts as of  August 4, 2016:

Sanibel East Sanibel West Captiva Total
Loggerhead Nests 164 430 184 778
Loggerhead False Crawls 332 803 283 1418

3 Ways to Have Your Voice Heard on Clean Water

From our partners at the Sanibel Captiva Chamber of Commerce:

Follow the links in the PDF to take action on letting our elected officials know how important the health of the water is to all of us, and sign the Now Or NeverGlades Declaration.

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And Thank You to everyone who’s signed!

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.