Coastal Resilience & Everglades Restoration
land. water. wildlife.
by SCCF
2w ago
Complementing our previous episode on the Everglades, this podcast focuses on the concept of coastal resilience and its importance in Florida in the face of changing natural and human-driven conditions. The discussion evolves to explore how the Everglades can be viewed through a resilience lens, and why the vast wetland ecosystem is a key component to the future environmental health of the state. Guests include SCCF Coastal Resilience Manager Carrie Schuman, PhD, and SCCF Environmental Policy Director Matt DePaolis ..read more
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How Everglades Restoration Impacts Our Water Quality
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by SCCF
2w ago
SCCF Environmental Policy Director Matt DePaolis and Policy Intern Katie Gretter explore the connection between Everglades restoration and water quality. Hosted by SCCF Communications & Marketing Manager Denise Blough, the conversation delves deeply into how vital restoring the River of Grass is to the health of our waters ..read more
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SCCF Scientists Re-Cap Record-Breaking 2020 Sea Turtle Nesting Season
land. water. wildlife.
by SCCF
2w ago
Scientists from the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF)'s Sea Turtle Program, including Coastal Wildlife Director Kelly Sloan, Research Associate Andrew Glinsky, and Biologist Jack Brzoza share highlights of the 2020 nesting season. As part of the SCCF team for the past three seasons, the trio talk about how this record-breaking nesting season compared to the previous two summers, which saw record-breaking hatchlings in 2019 and record-breaking fatalities due to the catastrophic red tide in 2018. They also re-cap some of the most memorable aspects of 2020, including numerous records ..read more
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Why Releases from Lake O Would be Devastating Now
land. water. wildlife.
by SCCF
2w ago
As the rainy season ends, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expected to release harmful volumes of freshwater from Lake Okeechobee down the Caloosahatchee River into our estuary for the first time since June. SCCF Marine Lab Director Dr. Eric Milbrandt and SCCF Environmental Policy Director James Evans join Host Barbara Linstrom to explain why scientists are recommending that water managers hold off on any releases for a couple of weeks until the watershed runoff from recent rains slows down.  They also talk about the research SCCF’s Marine Lab does that informs weekly reports and recom ..read more
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Biologist Recaps 2020 Shorebird Nesting Season on Sanibel & North Captiva Islands
land. water. wildlife.
by SCCF
2w ago
Shorebird Biologist Audrey Albrecht joins host Barbara Linstrom to talk about the highlights of the 2020 Shorebird Nesting Season on Sanibel and North Captiva Islands. As the leader of SCCF’s Shorebird Monitoring Program that began in 2002, Albrecht reflects on what an unusual season the summer of 2020 was compared to her previous four summers. She also shares her experiences working with plovers and least terns in the prairies of the Dakotas and Nebraska before coming to SCCF and how that helps her more fully understand these species. Albrecht also explains why our islands are such critical n ..read more
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Understanding Why Red Tide Blooms in the Fall
land. water. wildlife.
by SCCF
2w ago
Since it’s the time of year when red tide typically blooms offshore, we asked SCCF Marine Lab Director Eric Milbrandt, Ph.D., and Research Scientist Rick Bartleson, Ph.D., to explain what we can expect this fall. They discuss the seasonal dynamics of red tide and monitoring efforts by the lab to track it once it is detected offshore. The conversation also includes an in-depth explanation of Karenia brevis, the dinoflagellate that causes red tides, and their historical occurrence off the Southwest Florida coast. They also talk about red tide research the lab is assisting with related to sea tur ..read more
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Launching a Shark Conservation Campaign During Shark Week
land. water. wildlife.
by SCCF
2w ago
CEO Ryan Orgera joins host Barbara Linstrom to talk about a Shark Conservation Campaign launched by SCCF to coincide with this summer’s 32nd annual Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. Before Ryan took over the helm at SCCF, he worked with The Pew Charitable Trusts in shark conservation, specifically in the reduction of international trade in unsustainable shark fins. He talks about his international advocacy work as well as his life-long love of sharks, going back to his childhood here in Southwest Florida, where he grew up on Lemon Bay in Charlotte County. Once a devout fan of Shark Week, Ry ..read more
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Planting Native for Pollinators
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by SCCF
2w ago
Podcast Host Barbara Linstrom, SCCF Communications Director, talks with Jenny Evans, manager of our Native Landscapes & Garden Center, about the value and intricacies of pollinators. For the past 15 years, Evans has led the effort to encourage islanders to plant native to support pollinators as well as all forms of native wildlife. With a background in plant biology, Evans gives an overview of what pollinating is and delves into some fascinating details about native pollinators as well as the commercialization of pollination to support agriculture on a global scale. She also talks about th ..read more
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Burn Bosses Share Planning Process for Prescribed Burn on Sanibel
land. water. wildlife.
by SCCF
2w ago
SCCF Burn Bosses Victor Young and Chris Lechowicz joined host Barbara Linstrom for a conversation about the planned upcoming burn at the Erick Lindblad Preserve. On June 21, SCCF and the City of Sanibel announced plans for a prescribed burn in the preserve in the upcoming weeks to preserve the natural ecology of the area and reduce the likelihood of catastrophic wildfires. As designated Burn Boss for the burn of interior wetlands connected to the Sanibel Slough behind the SCCF Nature Center, Victor explains why he is waiting for winds from the south and other factors that need to fall into pla ..read more
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Honoring Bruce Neill's Legacy as He Retires from Sanibel Sea School
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by SCCF
2w ago
The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) bids farewell to a man who leaves quite a legacy on Sanibel and Captiva for establishing a place of learning unlike any other on the planet. Since established in June of 2005, the Sanibel Sea School has earned a national reputation as an informal marine science education center where going barefoot is encouraged, and getting in the water is where the best learning occurs. Inspired by their love of the ocean, their children, and their desire to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time, Bruce Neill and his wife, Evelyn, realized a life-l ..read more
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