COASTE - Summer 2018

take five

“Four Record Breaking Seasons the Last Four Years” Southwest Florida’s remarkable quality of life is defined by our area’s many unique assets and attributes — prominent among them, the variety and beauty of wildlife that inhabit our coastal paradise, from sea to land to air. From May through October, nowhere are these efforts more visible than along the beaches of Sanibel and Captiva, where literally hundreds of sea turtle nests appear almost daily, identified by organizations and volunteers who quickly flag the nests to protect them from inquisitive humans, and guard them as best they can from animal predators. The Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF), along with the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW), are two very cooperative partners in this mission (along with similar local and national organizations). Led by biologist Kelly Sloan (right), Sea Turtle Coordinator at SCCF, along with Dr. Heather Barron (left), Hospital Director at CROW, Southwest Florida’s barrier islands are seeing record numbers of sea turtle nestings now four years in a row. Together, they TAKE FIVE with COASTE and share their enthusiasm over this very positive conservation story, and how all of us can help.

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Photo by John Sprecher

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