January 13, 2022
Ruth Brooks Propagation Facility to Blossom Soon
SCCF is pleased to announce the upcoming construction of Ruth Brooks Propagation Facility at the Bailey Homestead Preserve, which was generously funded with the help of the Brooks family. The facility will allow the nurturing of the next generation of native plants, particularly species that are not commercially grown, are rare, or at risk of extinction.  Plans for the facility are currently under permit review. READ MORE
2022 Florida Legislative Session
The 2022 Florida Legislative Session began Jan. 10 and is scheduled to end on March 11. SCCF will closely track and engage in legislation that impacts our community and our environment. Each Monday, we will post the week’s committee hearings on the SCCF legislative tracker. As legislation progresses, expect Action Alerts to engage in the process. Sign up to receive Action Alerts at SCCF Action Alert Sign-up. SCCF looks forward to working with you again on quality-of-life issues.
Slow Down and Look Around: Vessel Strikes Among Top Causes of Sea Turtle Mortalities
In 2021, SCCF documented a total of 43 stranded turtles (40 dead and 3 live). The majority of the strandings (29) were loggerheads (Caretta caretta), followed by 8 Kemp's ridleys (Lepidochelys kempii) and 6 greens (Chelonia mydas). Definitive vessel-strike injuries were found in 11 strandings. Boaters, please abide idle-speed zones and keep eyes peeled for turtles near the water's surface. Boaters, please abide idle-speed zones and keep your eyes peeled for turtles near the water's surface. READ MORE
SCCF Staff Assist Southwest Florida Turtle Project in Collier County
SCCF staff working on the Terrestrial and Freshwater Turtle Project visited Collier County in December to assist the Southwest Florida Turtle Project, headed by Florida SouthWestern State College Biology Professor Jordan Donini on the Naples campus with a large survey. This gathering included turtle biologists, volunteers, graduate students, and professors from Florida and out of state. READ MORE
Evenings at the Homestead: A Season of Change – A Two-Part Conversation

Join us for a two-part series that takes the pulse of the islands’ natural systems and local efforts to keep them healthy. SCCF Marine Laboratory Director Eric Milbrandt, Ph.D., and SCCF Research Associate Leah Reidenbach will be the January speakers. SCCF Coastal Resilience Manager Carrie Schuman, Ph.D., and hydrologic modeler Paul Julian, Ph.D., will present in February. The Evenings take place 7pm-8:30pm on Tuesday, Jan. 18 and Tuesday, Feb. 15 at Bailey Homestead Preserve (1300 Periwinkle Way). Tickets are $10 and there is a virtual option. January Event Registration
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 first two walks are Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 2pm, and Tues., February 1 at 10am. Pre-registration is required Register Here; a $5 donation is suggested. Regular Welcome Walkabouts will occur every two weeks so check the schedule Here
Weeds ‘n’ Seeds Botanical Journeys
Free, weekly botanical journeys organized by Weeds ‘n’ Seeds are held each Monday, 9am-11am, at various locations on Sanibel. Next week’s, on Jan. 17, is at the “Ding” Darling Botanical Site. Pre-registration is required; group size is limited. Register here.
Note: Registration for each week's walk will open on the previous Tuesday at 8am. To learn about Weeds 'n' Seeds programs, contact SCCF Adult Education Director Jenny Evans at jevans@sccf.org.
Lindblad Preserve Trail
Participants get an up-close look at the Sanibel Slough and rare plants each Tuesday and Thursday at 10am. No registration is required; a $5 donation is suggested.
Bailey Homestead Preserve Shipley Trail
Learn about SCCF’s mission-driven work on the historic property, along with stories about its history each Wednesday and Thursday at 10am. No registration is required; a $5 donation is suggested.
Catch Up on Presentations about SCCF-UF Collaboration
In 2021, SCCF brought in visiting researchers, post-doctorate and graduate students, and technicians in partnership with the University of Florida Center for Coastal Solutions (UF-CCS). The cohort analyzed the causes, drivers, and transport of algal blooms in Lake Okeechobee, and the watershed and estuary. A graduate course called Coastal Policy Lab—combining science, engineering, and policy—examined issues such as mangrove trimming, dredging, and the Sanibel Plan. Watch two November presentations about this collaboration at UF-CCS partnership and UF Coastal Policy Lab.
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