March 24, 2022
For Beer in the Bushes sponsorship opportunities, contact SCCF Development Director Cheryl Giattini at (239) 822-6121 or Sponsorship details are also available at Tickets will soon be available through the website.
Coastal Resilience Connections:
Our Essential Mangroves
Mangrove forests that fringe and dot our local island shorelines are vibrant threads in the fabric of our ecological identity in the southern reaches of Florida. Three local species—red, black, and white mangroves (Rhizophora mangle, Avicennia germinans, and Laguncularia racemosa respectively)—provide high-impact, nature-based options for building coastal resiliency. READ MORE
Help SCCF Document Rough Green Snake Recolonization
SCCF’s Wildlife & Habitat Management Program keeps records of extant and extirpated wildlife species on the island. Typically, exotic are species reported as new. However, on rare occasion, a native species has gone undetected or moves to the island from the adjacent mainland. SCCF is asking residents and visitors to help us document rough green snake sightings. READ MORE
The Art of Fishing with Sanibel Sea School
Do you want to learn how to catch a snook from the beach or to tie a fly, or identify the species of fish that can be caught in your backyard pond? Join Sanibel Sea School this summer for a week of sandy feet and tight lines June 13-17 during “Let’s Go Fishing Week” at Sanibel Sea School for ages 13 to 15. READ MORE
Meet the Natives: Prickly Pear Cactus
The prickly pear cactus (Opuntia humifusa) can offer a lot to your landscape if you can live with its large spines. From spring into summer, they put on a display of showy, yellow flowers, which is a nectar source for pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Following the flowers, the purple to reddish fruits can be enjoyed by both humans and wildlife. READ MORE
In Case You Missed the Annual Everglades Update…
…you can watch the panel discussion presented by SCCF and The Everglades Foundation on the current challenges and progress that are taking place with the massive Everglades restoration project: VIDEO
Weekly Nature and Botanical Walks
Lace up your walking shoes for naturalist-guided immersions in nature.
Welcome Walkabout: Island Ecology for New Residents
Are you a new property owner on Sanibel or Captiva? Or would you simply like to learn about what makes our islands special? Join SCCF on a walking tour to learn about unique plants and animals, the island’s steeped conservation history, and current challenges in keeping the islands as a sanctuary. The last one for this season is Wednesday, April 13, at 10am. Register here; a $5 donation is suggested.
Weeds ‘n’ Seeds Walks
Join a group of amateur botanists who look for and identify native plants on the island. Each walk visits a different location on Sanibel, lasts for two hours, and is guided by a knowledgeable leader. Detailed information about the upcoming walk is listed below, and pre-registration is required.

March 28: Oak Hammock Walk
Patty and Jack Wettstein lead us on a very special Weeds 'n' Seeds walk to Oak Hammock. The oaks in this unique piece of J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge are some of the largest on Sanibel and filled with their own, interesting plant communities. Register today here.
April 4: Johnston Preserve Walk
The SCCF Johnston Preserve includes unique habitats and diverse species not seen elsewhere on the island. The registration link can be found at SCCF Events a few days before registration opens on Tuesday morning, March 29.
April 11: CREW Marsh Trail
March is an amazing time to see the wildflowers and others signs of spring at the CREW Marsh Trail. The registration link can be found at SCCF Events a few days before registration opens on Tuesday morning, April 5.
Lindblad Preserve Trail
Participants get an up-close look at the Sanibel Slough and rare plants at 10 am on Tuesdays, March 29, April 5, and April 12, and Thursdays, March 31, April 7, and April 14. No registration is required; a $5 donation is suggested.
Bailey Homestead Preserve Shipley Trail
Join us for a guided walking tour through the natural history of Sanibel and SCCF’s mission of conserving land and preserving water quality. We discuss pioneer life on Sanibel from the perspective if the Bailey family and interesting aspects of nature that we see along the Shipley Trail, ending with a tour of the oldest rooms of the original, 1895 Bailey homestead. These walks take place at 10am on Wednesday, March 30, and each Thursday through April 28. No registration is required; a $5 donation is suggested.
Meet Shorebird Intern Elsa Wilson
The SCCF Coastal Wildlife Department welcomes 2022 Shorebird Intern Elsa Wilson, who started work earlier this month. Wilson graduated in December with her bachelor’s degree in ecology, evolution, and environmental biology from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Prior to this internship, she worked as a technician studying tree swallows and Eastern bluebirds in North Carolina. READ MORE
“SHORELINES” on Display
If you haven’t already, check out the solo Paul Arsenault exhibit organized by the Captiva Civic Association, “SHORELINES...Paintings and Stories of Captiva and her Island Neighbors," It is on display at the Captiva Civic Center through April 18. Since Arsenault arrived in Naples in 1974, he has painted Old Florida nautical scenes and coastal vignettes, including Sanibel and Captiva islands. A portion of the proceeds of sales during this exhibition will be donated to SCCF by Paul Arsenault. Learn more at: Captiva Civic Association.
Fishin’ with a Mission Supports SCCF
Sanibel FlyFishers is holding an online fundraiser, Fishin’ with a Mission, through April 1 to support internships at the SCCF Marine Lab. Make a direct donation or participate in the online raffle and auction. Support this worthy cause and win top-of-the-line fishing equipment, excursions, artwork, and more!
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