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Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife set December-February events, meetings

December 4, 2018
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Friends of Wildlife

The Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife have a number of upcoming activities and meetings:

* Nature of Cape Coral Bus Tour/Holiday Gift Sale, Dec. 8

Are you a nature lover, or have a nature lover on your gift list? Don't miss Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife's Nature of Cape Coral Bus Tour and Holiday Gift Sale set for Dec. 8. Support your local non-profit while checking a few items off of your Holiday "to do" list. See burrowing owls, manatees, osprey and eagles on a bus tour, led by a knowledgeable guide from our organization.

Details:

Tour: $15 per seat, Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife members $10

Saturday, Dec. 8, 8 a.m. - noon

Rotary Park Environmental Center

5505 Rose Garden Rd.

Cape Coral, FL 33914

* Monthly Meeting for December, Dec. 11

Wondering about our neighbors, the nile monitor, tegus lizard and iguanas? How many of us see them every day and yet don't know where they came from, why they love Cape Coral and what you can do about these creatures? Dan Quinn from Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission will enlighten us about these invasive species at the next meeting of Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife on Dec. 11. Stay a bit after if would like to learn how to create a burrowing owl starter burrows on your property.

Details:

Tuesday, Dec.11, 7 p.m.

Rotary Park Environmental Center

5505 Rose Garden Road

Cape Coral, FL 33914

* January Monthly Meeting, Jan. 8

Our Gulf waters are home to five species of sea turtle and nearly all are endangered. Red tide alone claimed the lives of hundreds of these fragile creatures recently. Kelly Sloan, biologist and Sea Turtle Coordinator for the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation will be speaking about the turtles at our first monthly meeting of the new year on Jan. 8. Stay for a bit afterwards to learn how to create a burrowing owl starter burrow in your yard.

Details:

Tuesday, Jan. 8, 7 p.m.

Rotary Park Environmental Center

5505 Rose Garden Road

Cape Coral, FL 33914

* 17th Annual Southwest Florida Burrowing Owl Festival, Feb. 23

Cape Coral is home to the largest known population of the Florida burrowing owl, which is a threatened species. These pint sized birds burrow underground where they nest from early February through mid-July and are now the official city bird of Cape Coral.

The family fun filled event celebrates the start of the burrowing owl nesting season and all of Cape Coral's natural wildlife treasures. Festival highlights include environmental and wildlife organizations with educational exhibits and live animals, bus tours to local burrowing owl burrows, demonstrations on burrowing owl burrow maintenance and starter burrows. There will be on-site speakers with wildlife presentations and live birds of prey. Enjoy a tour through the live interactive butterfly house and learn about their host and nectar plants. Artists, photographers and craft vendors of all things natural, native and wild will have lovely items for sale. Children will enjoy the free arts and crafts activities at the Children's Creative Corner. Also on site will be music and food vendors so plan to spend the day.

Details:

Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Rotary Park Environmental Center in Cape Coral

5505 Rose Garden Road Cape Coral, FL 33914

A $5 donation requested over age of 16. Event proceeds will go toward local wildlife protection, preservation and education.

 
 

 

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