Wildlife

Sanibel Wood Stork Sightings

Today, I was surprised to find a pair of Wood Storks lounging in our yard. They let us walk up close to them without concern. Emily, our 15 year old daughter, took these pictures with her new camera.

If Doctor Suess Taught Biology…(video)

Hilarious Ding Darling Refuge Video I wish my biology teacher had this sense of humor. Our friend Mark Meyers produced this one minute cheeky video about a new display at Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge here on Sanibel Island.

Manatee Encounter [Video]

Several years ago, we went on our first kayak outing with the kids. Andrew (then about 6 years old) was in the tandem kayak with me as we drifted alongside what looked like a big log floating in the water. Both of us were startled as the log turned and a huge manatee (dwarfing our […]

PHOTOS: Myakka River Get Away

Florida is full of natural beauty if you escape the sprawl and strip malls. Most visitors miss this as they hurry down the interstate focused on their destinations. But if you exit the freeway and slow down, you can begin to sense it. Myakka River State Park; however, slaps you in the face and says […]

Sanibel Beaches Aren’t For Everybody

I love the beach, but I’m not a sun-worshipper, nor a beach voyeur. Sometimes Susan and I go to the shore to stroll along the border between earth and sea. Other times we bring chairs, sun umbrella, and a chilled bottle of sauvignon blanc to kick back and unwind. Sanibel’s 15 miles of beaches offer […]

Cool Video: Sanibel Rays

I often see Cownose Rays gliding in formation along the shore with their wing-tips lifting out of the water. Sometimes one will jump into the air and hit the water with a loud slap. These rays do have stingers, but they are not at all aggressive. As a kid, my friends and I chased and […]

Sanibel Island Neighbors: Sea Turtles

Sanibel is a haven for nature and nature lovers. As over 60% of our island is protected land, many species thrive here. I’ve always loved turtles and many species of these ancient hard shelled reptiles make their home on Sanibel Island. Today I’ll write a bit about our Sea Turtles. Sanibel Sea Turtles Every year […]