DING DARLING TARPON TOURNAMENT PICTURES FORT MYERS CAPTAINS MEETING AT DOC FORD’S OF SANIBEL ISLAND TOO!Animals, Beaches, Business, Charity Events, Entertainment, Fishing, Outdoor Activities, Sanibel
Sanibel Island-Captiva Island: The Gators On Sanibel Island-Captiva Island. There’s a lot of people who come to Sanibel Island and Captiva Island to see an alligator and don’t. So I thought I would get a picture of one I saw to show you all that they are here.
Always remember: Don’t Feed The Alligators.
The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island will be closing the parking lot at the Bailey Tract to replace the bridge that leads from the parking lot to the trails on Wednesday April 25.Animals, Charity Events, Entertainment, Fishing, Outdoor Activities, Sanibel
Who loves Sea Turtles?? “Dining for Wildlife” are dishing out proceeds to support the care and rehabilitation of animals at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Wildlife Clinic. On select dates in April and May, the restaurants will donate half of the proceeds from special “Dining for Wildlife” certificates to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Wildlife Clinic.Animals, Charity Events
Who loves Sea Turtles?? “Dining for Wildlife” are dishing out proceeds to support the care and rehabilitation of animals at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Wildlife Clinic. On select dates in April and May, the restaurants will donate half of the proceeds from special “Dining for Wildlife” certificates to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Wildlife Clinic. Local restaurants participating in “Dining for Wildlife” are dishing out proceeds to support the care and rehabilitation of animals at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Wildlife Clinic. On select dates in April and May, the restaurants will donate half of the proceeds from special “Dining for Wildlife” certificates to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Wildlife Clinic. The Clinic treats more than 2,400 injured, sick and orphaned animals are treated annually and approximately half of those animals treated are released back into their native habitats.
Patrons can choose from fixed-price meals at $40, $60 or $80 per person. The price includes a three course meal, non-alcoholic beverage and sales tax. Alcoholic beverages and gratuity are not included.
Dining for Wildlife kicks off April 22 and runs through May 17. To participate, diners must visit www.conservancy.org/dining where they will choose the time period when they would like to dine, select from participating restaurants and price points, and purchase dining certificates. Once the certificate is purchased online, a copy will be sent via email. The diner must make a reservation at the restaurant accordingly and bring their printed certificate(s) to the restaurant. Additional terms and conditions are available online. For more information or questions, email@example.com or call the Dining for Wildlife Hotline at 239-325-2666.
Dining for Wildlife is sponsored by Naples Daily News. Participating restaurants include Alexander’s of Naples, Barbatella, Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar, Bistro 821, Bleu Provence, CaféLurcat, Campiello, ChezBoet, Ciao Ristorante, HB’s on the Gulf at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, M Waterfront Grille, Pagelli’s Rustic Tuscan Grill, Preston’s Steakhouse, Ridgway Bar & Grill, Sam Sneads Oak Grill & Tavern at Lely Resort, Sea Salt, Season’s 52, St. George & the Dragon, The Bay House Restaurant, The Dock at Crayton Cove, The Real Macaw Restaurant, The Turtle Club and Vergina Restaurant.
About the Conservancy of Southwest Florida:
The Conservancy of Southwest Florida began in 1964 when community leaders came together to defeat a proposed “Road to Nowhere” and spearheaded the acquisition and protection of Rookery Bay. The Conservancy is a not-for-profit grassroots organization focused on the critical environmental issues of the Southwest Florida region with a mission to protect the region’s water, land and wildlife. This is accomplished through the combined efforts of environmental education, science and research, policy and advocacy and wildlife rehabilitation. The Conservancy Wildlife Clinic treats more than 2,400 injured, sick and orphaned animals each year and releases about half of them back into their native habitats. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida and Nature Center is located in Naples, Fla. at 1450 Merrihue Dr., off Goodlette-Frank Road at 14th Avenue North. For information about the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, call 239-262-0304 or visit www.conservancy.org.
Save the date for inaugural “Ding” Darling & Doc Ford’s Tarpon Tournament
[Sanibel Island—January 2012] A 100 percent purse, cable network coverage, and Randy Wayne
White promise to make the inaugural “Ding” Darling & Doc Ford’s Tarpon Tournament the
hottest competition on the water.
Award-winning Doc Ford murder-mystery series novelist White has already signed on for fishing
the tournament, in which 100 percent of the entry fee ($400 per boat of four, $100 per extra) will
be distributed as tournament awards.
“I’m really looking forward to the tournament,” said White, a former area fishing guide. “It’s for
such a great cause, and a good excuse to get out and meet people and find out if I can still tie a
Mark your calendars for tournament day May 5, 2012. The Captain’s Dinner will take place the
previous evening, May 4, at Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille on Fort Myers Beach.
Doc Ford’s, with locations on both Sanibel Island and Fort Myers Beach, sponsors the
tournament to support the J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge through the “Ding’
Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS).
“This is so exciting!” said Marty Harrity, Doc Ford’s co-owner. “There’s not another tarpon
tournament like it in the area. We’re expecting fishermen from all over Florida.”
“Doc Ford’s has been a faithful supporter of our efforts at “Ding” Darling, helping greatly to
bolster refuge programs and research to balance federal budget shortfalls,” said Birgie Vertesch,
DDWS executive director. “We’re so grateful to them for this huge effort in our behalf.”
For more information on the tournament, please visit www.dingdarlingsociety.org. Anyone
interested in becoming a tournament sponsor should contact Vertesch at 239-292-0566 or
OTHER TOURNAMENT SPONSORS
Presenting Sponsor ($5,000) Diversified Yacht Services, Fort Myers Beach
Gold Sponsors ($1,000)
Dan Hahn Custom Builders
Holiday Inn Sanibel Beach Resort
Silver Sponsors ($500)
Bob’s Machine Shop
Fort Myers Beach Tarpon Hunters Club
Gulf Star Marina
Jensen’s Resort & Marina
Sanibel-Captiva Community Bank
Sanibel Island Fishing Club
As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, DDWS works to support J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife
Refuge’s mission of conservation, wildlife and habitat protection, research, and public education through
charitable donations and Refuge Nature Shop proceeds.
To support DDWS and the refuge with a tax-deductible gift, visit www.dingdarlingsociety.org or contact
Birgie Vertesch at 239-292-0566 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday March 31, Sanibel Sea School will celebrate six years on the islands of Sanibel and Captiva with their annual fundraising party – Octifest on the Beach in a tent on Causeway Island A. Guests can look forward to a sunset that can’t be beat, a gourmet local and sustainable dinner, good music, good friends and a good cause. Proceeds will benefit scholarships to Sanibel Sea School and the gap between tuition and the cost of the programs for all students who attend Sanibel Sea School programs.
Octifest sponsors recently gathered at Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille to celebrate together and enjoy each other’s company, thanks to the generosity of Mark and Heidi Marinello and Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille.
Principal corporate sponsors for the Octifest on the Beach are PURRE and Lily and Co. who will be the key ingredient of a grand prize adventure that involves floating coconuts, glow sticks, and bobbing wishes cast off into the ocean. So, prepare for surprise.
Some highlights of the live auction will be:
There will be opportunities small and large to contribute and even more importantly, there will be opportunities to learn about Sanibel Sea School, a 501c3 dedicated to a world in which all people value, understand and care for the ocean. For tickets to Octifest, call Dina at 472-8585. To find out more about Sanibel Sea School, visit sanibelseaschool.org and take a look at what we do every day!
Sanibel/Captive Island: Even The Cattle Egrets Hang Out On Sanibel.
Scientific name: Bubulcus ibis
The cattle egret, also known as the buff-backed heron, is a white bird that ranges in length from 19 inches to 21 inches. They have a short, yellow bill. Their legs and feet are a light orange color. They have a medium-size length neck. When it is breeding season, the adult birds develop buff feathers on their heads, backs, and breasts. Their legs and bills also become brighter in color.
DISTRIBUTION and HABITAT:
Originally from Africa, the cattle egret is now distributed among six different continents: Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America. In the United States, the cattle egret can be found in every state except Indiana, New Hampshire, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming. The birds have also taken up a migratory pattern, which take them in the winter to Latin America and the Caribbean. The egrets habitat consist of fields, marshes, freshwater wetlands, pastures, livestock pens, swamps, and air strips. The cattle egret can be found near cattle because it eats the insects that associate with cattle.
Cattle egrets live in colonies and are very sociable. Colonies can consist of several hundreds of birds living in one big tree. They also nest with other types of birds. Cattle egret travel daily to foraging areas singly or in flocks. The egrets follow cattle, wild or domesticated feeding on the insects that are disturbed by the cattle. These birds are very adaptable to the new environments.
The diet of cattle egrets consists of insects particularly grasshoppers and they avoid bumble bees, wasps, and yellow jackets. They expend less energy in catching their food by following cattle and farm machinery and catching the insects that are flushed. In aquatic habitats they eat frogs and fish. Captive egrets in zoos are given smelt, mealworms, and crickets to eat.
During the mating season the adult birds start to display their buff plumes upon their head, breast, and back. The male bird collects materials for a nest; the female then creates the nest. The pair mate while on their nest. About 2-6 eggs are laid. The eggs are incubated for about 18-30 days. The mother gives an additional amount of male hormones to the first eggs that are laid. This supplement makes these chicks more aggressive. This may be the mothers way to give an extra push for the survival of the first born chicks. The first born chick may kill the younger ones when competing for food.
Cattle egrets are not endangered or threatened species. In fact, they are highly successful because they feed around large grazing animals. These birds are common. Since the late 1800s these birds have expanded across half the world. The cattle egret was introduced to Hawaii in 1959 and they may be accountable for the decrease in native wetland birds because of their increasing competition for food and nest areas, and directly preying upon young birds.
Sanibel Sea School will host An Evening with Billy Causey on Monday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Sanibel Community House.Animals, Beaches, Captiva, Charity Events, Entertainment, History, Outdoor Activities, Sanibel
National Marine Sanctuaries Director to talk at Sanibel Community House Sanibel Sea School will host An Evening with Billy Causey on Monday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Sanibel Community House. Dr. Causey will be speaking about the value of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) to recreational fisheries.
As the Southeast Regional Director for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Dr. Causey has instrumental in the development of the management plan for the 2,900 square nautical mile Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, which is the third largest marine protected area in the United States. Dr. Causey’s has been observing and documenting the impacts of climate change on coral reefs in the Florida Keys since 1979.
He has participated in and presented at numerous workshops focused on the impacts of climate change to coral reefs, and most recently, has become engaged in ocean acidification issues, as they relate to climate change. Dr. Causey has received numerous awards for his work in coral reef conservation, but is probably most highly recognized for his experience in marine protected area management and policy development.
He was responsible for establishing the first comprehensive marine zoning plan for the United States. Please join Sanibel Sea School in welcoming Billy Causey into our community. Together, we can spark a sea change that will allow enjoyment of our oceans for generations to come. Monday, March 19, 2012 7:00 p.m.
Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel
Please call Sanibel Sea School at 239-472-8585
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A trip to Sanibel Island lighthouse and beachPeople come from all over the world to see this, make sure to stop by Tuttle’s and the Lighthouse Cafe on your way out. See more pictures below:
FUNDRAISER FOR KEVIN JOE STAHL was sadly injured at C.R.O.W. Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Inc Sanibel Island Florida, while working. The Fundraiser will be held at MATZALUNA’S.Animals, Art, Captiva, Charity Events, Entertainment, Health, Music, Restaurants, Sanibel
FUNDRAISER FOR KEVIN JOE STAHL was sadly injured at C.R.O.W. Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Inc Sanibel Island Florida, while working. The Fundraiser will be held at MATZALUNA’S.
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