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ISLAND SUN - APRIL 8, 2016
Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation
3333 Sanibel-Captiva Road (one mile west of Tarpon Bay Road)
Nature Center: Open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m . - 4 p.m.
Garden Center: Open Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m .; Sat 10 a.m. - 3 p .m.
SCCF: (239) 472-2329 Garden Center: 472-1932
Explore Our Trails, Nature Center and Observation Tower
Butterfly House – Guided tour Tuesdays 10 a.m .; also self-guided.
Nature Center – live turtles, snakes, videos, 4 miles of walking trails
with an observation tower. $5 adults
Guided Trail Walks - Tues-Fri, 11 a.m . 4 miles of trails to explore $5 adults
The Shipley Trail – Located on the Bailey Homestead Preserve.
SCCF’s Native Landscapes & Garden Center
Come visit our Native Landscapes & Garden Center at at the Bailey
Homestead Preserve, 1300 Periwinkle Way.
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Sat.
Saturday, April 9 6-10 pm
featuring New Orleans
Kermit Ruffins &
the BBQ Swingers
Pick Blueberries in LaBelle — April 12
Carpool to Patty’s U-Pick Blue-
berry Patch in Labelle to hand
pick your blueberries and learn
about blueberry bees. Lunch in
LaBelle and then visit the Curtis
family’s honey shop. Tuesday,
April 12. Reservations are re-
quired. $10. Call 472-2329.
Snowy Plovers — April 14
Have you ever wondered about the staked nests
on the beach or the families of birds with tiny
chicks running around? Join us to learn more
about the Snowy Plover.
Thursday, April 14 at 1 p.m. $5 adults.
Tides, Currents & the Florida Shelf - Apr. 15
Why do the islands sometimes have just one
tide a day? What is the Florida Shelf, where is
it and why is it important? Learn how water
behaves as the earth spins, the moon orbits and
the winds blow.
Friday, April 15 at 1 p.m. $5 adults
Bobcat Tales — April 13
Bobcats seem to be flourishing through most of their
North American range. 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 its success. Rats and mice can make up to
40% of the bobcat’s diet.
Wednesday, April 13 at 10 a.m . $5 adults.
submitted by Charles Sobczak
On Tuesday, April 12, the Sanibel
Island Fishing Club will hold its
seasonal monthly meeting at 6:30
p.m . in the north room of The Com-
munity House, 2173 Periwinkle Way,
There is no admission charge and
the angling public is cordially invited to
attend. Pizza and refreshments will be
available at a nominal charge.
This month’s featured speaker is
former Lee County Commissioner and
water quality advocate Ray Judah. He
served as a commissioner for 24 years
before losing to Larry Kiker. Since that
time Judah has been involved with
several conservation organizations
fighting for clean water in Lee County
and throughout Florida. These include
the Florida Coastal & Ocean Coalition
and Riverwatch. Judah, who has a
bachelor’s degree in zoology and a
master’s degree in natural resources,
has always presented himself as an
He will be giving a PowerPoint
presentation on the current status of the
damaging water releases coming out of
Lake Okeechobee and the impact these
releases are having on local businesses
and tourism. Judah has several ideas
on how to solve these pressing issues
and will offer an extended question and
answer period directly following his
Because water quality issues are
so important to local anglers, this is a
meeting everyone concerned about the
future of back-bay angling should plan
The Sanibel Island Fishing Club
meets monthly through season and
sponsors several group outings as well
as lending support for various fishing-
related charities and organizations such
as START, Lee Reefs and the Sanibel
Sea School. For information on joining
the club, contact Warren Tiegen at 579-
0354 or attend our next meeting.
To learn more about the club and
to view our fishing photos or explore
our fish recipe section, go to www.
For additional information call 850-
Ray Judah speaking on water quality
City Of Sanibel Vegetation Committee
Native Plant Tours
Would you like to attract
birds and butterflies to
your property? The City of
Sanibel Vegetation Committee is
offering guided native vegetation and
landscaping tours of city hall grounds,
planted exclusively with native plants.
Tours are at 10 a.m . Wednesday, April
13 and Saturday, April 23.
Attendees walk the grounds for
ideas on planting native vegetation that
requires no fertilizer and see how to
plant a garden that reseeds itself with
very little maintenance, is good for the
environment and will attract birds and
Vegetation committee members will
provide information on proper planting
and care of native vegetation. The
City of Sanibel encourages planting of
vegetation that is indigenous to the area
as it requires very little maintenance, no
fertilizer and no supplemental irrigation.
Registration is not required.
Attendees meet at the main entrance to
city hall, 800 Dunlop Road, in front of
the main staircase.
For more information, call 472-3700.
The natural resources department
section of the city’s website, www.
mysanibel.com, offers information
and photos of native plants, a listing
of licensed contractors, Sanibel’s
vegetation standards and codes,
and the Environmental Reference
Handbook prepared by the vegetation
Monarch (Danaus plexippus)
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