Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation

Description:
The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation owns 1,100 acres of sandy ridges and wetlands on Sanibel Island. There are excellent interpretive exhibits, four miles of loop trails, an observation tower, guided tours, and a native plant nursery and store.

Watchable wildlife:
This is a good place to watch anole lizards along paths and in underbrush, as well as gopher tortoises on the sandy ridges. Marsh rabbits feed along the trails. Look for wading birds in the wetlands, as well as for rails and mottled ducks. Ospreys nest close to the observation tower. Winter brings many songbirds to bolster the resident populations of cardinals, woodpeckers, gray catbirds, rufous-sided towhees, and Carolina wrens.

Ownership:
Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation

Contact:
(941) 472-2329

Directions:
From Fort Myers, take Sanibel Causeway to Sanibel Island.

Related Sites:
Other Southwest Florida Wildlife Sites
Florida State Parks



FWC Facts:
A 2011 survey showed that 49 percent of residents and 47 percent of tourists participate in wildlife-viewing trips in Florida.

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