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VOL. 23, NO. 8
SANIBEL & CAPTIVA ISLANDS, FLORIDA
AUGUST 14, 2015
Sanibel & Captiva Islands
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Expedition To The Bahamas
With The Sanibel Sea School
submitted by Leah Biery
Each summer, Sanibel Sea
School’s oldest campers
gather their gear and
board a tiny plane to Andros
Island, Bahamas to bond over
the wonders of the ocean and
participate in ongoing coral
reef research. The beautiful
but rustic Forfar Field Station
becomes their home for a
week while they monitor reef
health, count invertebrates and
fish, and explore the island in
their free time.
This year, campers snorkeled
on shipwrecks with sharks,
rays and parrotfish, watched
the sun rise over the Caribbean
Sea, and competed to see who
could spot and identify the most fish and invertebrate species. They also toured a batik
fabric factory, visited freshwater swimming holes, and did their best to avoid fire coral,
hydroids and poisonwood trees.
Group research projects focused on seagrass density, algae species diversity, coral
disease monitoring, lionfish presence and more. Sanibel Sea School campers participate
in the same research year after year, learning real-world skills and helping to build a long-
term database that will be used to better understand the health of Bahamian ecosystems.
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Emily Roudebush poses underwater with a sea hare in
An Evening Of Songs On Sanibel
The Community House is introducing a new event featuring talented singers/
songwriters performing their works. The series, called Songs On Sanibel, will
consist of four songwriters each month that will share their original music. The
format is “in the round,” where all four artists are on the stage together and each
performs one song at a time after telling the story of where each song came from.
The first Songs On Sanibel will be held on Saturday, August 15 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Alcoholic beverages and coffee will be available by donation. Bring your own snacks. A
donation at the door of $5 will be appreciated by these talented individuals. The singer/
songwriters for the kick-off event are Michael King, Tim McGeary, Stephen Plein and
King is the coordinator of the Fort Myers chapter of the Nashville Songwriters
Association and a frequent visitor to Nashville.
McGeary is a songwriter who makes frequent trips to Nashville, co-writing with
Nashville songwriters and visiting his publisher. McGeary recently released his latest CD,
Second Hand Saint, and was featured at the Island Hopper Songwriter Fest in 2014.
Plein is a local Sanibel songwriter with aspirations of a singing career in Nashville. He
sang last year at the Island Hopper Songwriter Fest and has been invited back again.
Thissen is an author and songwriter, who started writing music because of her book,
Immokalee’s Fields of Hope. Much of her music is inspired by stories of people in
Immokalee. Her musical influences include Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell.
The Community House is located at 2173 Periwinkle Way. Call 472-2155 to
Pavilion Built Behind
by Jeff Lysiak
One of the final remaining projects to be completed at the Sanibel-Captiva
Conservation Foundation’s Bailey Homestead Preserve was the addition of a
large, open-air pavilion behind the main house.
Funded through private donations from Paul and Lucy Roth, Deborah and John La
Gorce and Roberta and Philip Puschel, along with funds from the Dorothy Jones Estate,
the pavilion was built over five days during the last week of July. Architectural design
work and construction was completed by Benchmark General Contractors.
“It’s a very basic structure,” explained SCCF Executive Director Erick Lindblad, who
visited the nearly-completed pavilion on July 31. “It’s open on all four sides. It’s made of
pine. It has a cupola with vents on top of the metal roof and it’s been guttered to collect
rainwater for the Native Plant Nursery.”
According to Lindblad, the foundation is looking at a November opening date for the
Native Plant Nursery, which will relocate there from its current home along Sanibel-Captiva
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The completed open-air pavilion at SCCF’s Bailey Homestead Preserve, the final construc-
tion project scheduled at the property
photos by Jeff Lysiak
Inside the Bailey home, SCCF’s Erick Lindblad stands next to a vintage photo showing how
the house appeared in the early 20th century
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