This Week at SCCF: March 14th

Landscape 1Monday

  • 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.