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Manatee Awareness Month: What You Need to Know

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November is Manatee Awareness Month. It’s time to celebrate the giant sea cows that call Sanibel Island and Fort Myers home. Follow us as we teach you why manatees are so special. This question and answer cheat sheet will serve as a reminder to protect gentle manatees. What Are Manatees? Manatees, sometimes referred to as […]

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Sea Turtle Nesting Season on Sanibel Island

Each sea turtle nest contains more than 100 eggs and just one in 1,000 hatchlings make it to adulthood.

Sanibel Island’s white sandy beaches and gorgeous sunsets attract tourists and residents throughout the year; however, this time of year the serene island also attracts another group of popular beachgoers for the next six months – Loggerhead sea turtles. Sea turtle nesting season officially kicks off May 1 and we’ve got the information you need […]

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Getting Involved As a Nature Volunteer in Southwest Florida

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While many travel to Southwest Florida to enjoy time in the sun and relax, there’s also an opportunity to perform random acts of kindness to ensure the area stays beautiful for all to enjoy. Volunteering may have additional benefits like meeting other like-minded visitors and learning something new. The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society Friends of […]

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Help Protect the Growing Manatee Population

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The population of manatees is at a record high. Help us continue to improve the survival of these endangered species by following these fishing and boating safety tips inspired by the Lee County Natural Resources Division. DON’T Touch Manatees should be appreciated from afar. We understand that they’re irresistibly cute, however, human touch can cause […]

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Manatee Appreciation Day

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Manatees are just one of many species that you will spot swimming in Sanibel’s waterways. From April to October, manatees can be seen throughout the warm shallow waters of southwest Florida. Then when the weather cools down, they begin heading for freshwater springs, where the temperatures remain around 70 degrees year round. Local Manatees In […]

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Sanibel the Sanctuary

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Protecting nature and wildlife is a mission of the Sanibel Island community and city leaders. Part of the City of Sanibel’s mission statement describes Sanibel as the community’s sanctuary, “one in which a diverse population lives in harmony with the island’s wildlife and natural habitats.” Furthermore, the City strives to “be vigilant in the protection […]

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