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Conservancy President and CEO Rob Moher hosting the Magic Under the Mangroves virtual gala live from Keewaydin Island

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s annual fundraising event, Magic Under the Mangroves, brought in $1.4 million to support the Conservancy’s longstanding mission of protecting the water, land, wildlife and future in Southwest Florida. This year’s event, themed “The Magic Hour,” was chaired by Katrina Lundmark-Kash with Carol Walter serving as vice-chair.

Held virtually this year due to the pandemic, the event was livestreamed from Keewaydin Island where the Conservancy first started in 1964 when a new road was planned to run right through the heart of Rookery Bay. Those who understood the importance of Rookery Bay knew it was time…


An eastern screech owl and an eastern spotted skunk were among the 82 animals admitted to the von Arx Wildlife Hospital at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida this past week. Other admissions include a chuck-will’s-widow, a red-bellied woodpecker, a northern gannet, a marsh rabbit and a Florida snapping turtle.

A renter in north Naples brought the eastern screech owl to the von Arx Wildlife Hospital after finding the owl partially coated in spray foam insulation. Dried foam covered areas of the owl’s head, feet, legs and wings leaving her unable to fly.

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The owl was extremely stressed and in shock…


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Public hearing Thursday, March 4

Collier Enterprises is planning for two more villages in primary panther habitat, and they want US to pay for some of it. How can this happen, you ask? Well, it can and will happen if the Collier County Board of County Commissioners approves two new 1,000-acre villages, Longwater and Bellmar, within the Rural Lands Stewardship Area (RLSA). In addition to causing devastating impacts to the endangered panther’s last remaining habitat, the developer proposes to pass on to the County many of the costs necessary for providing the new villages with the required infrastructure and services.

How does this affect all…


A burrowing owl and 26 eastern cottontail rabbits were among the 86 animals admitted to the von Arx Wildlife Hospital at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida this past week. Other admissions include a belted kingfisher, a royal tern, a sora, a wood stork, three big brown bats and a Florida softshell turtle.

While the 26 eastern cottontail rabbit admissions were due to a variety of causes, the most common cause of admission was active nests being disturbed by dogs and cats; 15 of the 26 admissions were rabbit kits injured after dogs and cats unearthed the kits in their nests.

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New Burmese python ambassadors join Conservancy’s Education team

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A great horned owlet and a banded watersnake were among the 162 animals admitted to the von Arx Wildlife Hospital at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida this past week. Other admissions include a northern cardinal, 83 royal terns, a broad-winged hawk, a palm warbler, a ring-billed gull, a black racer and six Virginia opossums.

The great horned owlet was found on the ground late one evening; von Arx Wildlife Hospital Volunteer Critter Courier, Lauren Malinowski, transported the owlet to our facility. The owlet received a physical exam; the owlet was alert, reactive, bitey and trying to defend itself with its…


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The Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Environmental Science Director Kathy Worley was featured in the most recent issue of Naples Illustrated.

Talking about the Conservancy’s longstanding nesting loggerhead sea turtle monitoring work on Keewaydin Island, Kathy highlights the hard work and dedication that has gone into this 38-year project.

To read more about the Conservancy’s sea turtle work and to hear more from Kathy, check out the full article here!


Written by Senior Environmental Planning Specialist April Olson

Collier Enterprises is planning for two more villages in primary panther habitat, and they want us to pay for some of it. How can this happen, you ask? Well, it can and will happen if the Collier County Board of County Commissioners approves two new 1,000-acre villages, Longwater and Bellmar, within the Rural Lands Stewardship Area (RLSA). …


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Give Where You Live Collier was an amazing success. After 24 hours, more than 2,600 donors contributed more than $6.4 million!

Thanks to all of you, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida raised more than $507,000! Thank you for supporting the Conservancy and our community.

Click here to see the results on the Give Where You Live Collier leaderboard.

If you missed participating during the Give Where You Live event and would like to donate to the Conservancy, please go to www.conservancy.org/donate to support our mission of protecting Southwest Florida’s water, land, wildlife, and future.

Thank you for all of your support!


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Growing Climate Solutions: Path to Positive Southwest Florida has announced a new speaker series to address the changing climate and its impact on the region.

The SWFL Climate Compass Series will feature prominent national speakers discussing critical aspects of the changing climate, including politics, maritime activity and real estate. The Climate Compass Series is free to attend and will start as a three-part virtual event:

· Feb. 24: A Conservative Approach to Solving Climate Change (presented by former U.S. Congressman Bob Inglis)

· March 24: The Nexus of Our Climate, Oceans, and Security: Challenges and Opportunities (presented by Ret. …

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