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Our mission is to protect Southwest Florida's unique natural environment and quality of life...now and forever.

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Wildlife Hospital Blog

Heron injured from fishing hook

A concerned resident in North Naples called the von Arx Wildlife Hospital after seeing a great blue heron sitting in two feet of water on the edge of a lake for two days. When one of our volunteer Critter Couriers arrived, it was obvious why the animal hadn’t moved.

As the heron attempted to fly, it was pulled back down in the water. The bird had a treble hook impaled in its leg and the line it was attached to was tangled up in a nearby tree.

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sCIENCE BLOG

A diet of glass for Kemp’s ridleys?

Did you know some marine turtles have a “diet of glass”? No, not the eating disorder of hyalophagia or a circus sideshow performance. Rather, this phrase was coined by Dr. Anne Meylan regarding her research on the consumption of marine sponges by hawksbill turtles.

Dr. Schmid based this blog on a natural history note he co-authored with Dr. Klaus Rützler. It was published in the September 2021 issue of Herpetological Review.

Click below to read it.

Halichondria sponge

EXPERTS & INSIGHTS Sea Turtle Monitoring & Protection with Dave Addison

This video features Dave Addison, a biologist who worked with the Conservancy for more than 40 years and managed the sea turtle program on Keewaydin Island for more than 30 years. Dave sat down to discuss his time working with sea turtles and what life is like for a field biologist. You'll also hear from coworkers and former interns about their own experiences on the island. 

EXPERTS & INSIGHTS Sea Turtle Monitoring & Protection with Dave Addison

This video features Dave Addison, a biologist who worked with the Conservancy for more than 40 years and managed the sea turtle program on Keewaydin Island for more than 30 years. Dave sat down to discuss his time working with sea turtles and what life is like for a field biologist. You'll also hear from coworkers and former interns about their own experiences on the island. 

stay tuned!

The Nature Center will reopen soon after a $4.5 million renovation and expansion! Check back for updates!

Our Impact This Year

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Animals treated at the Wildlife Hospital
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Sea turtle nests protected
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E-Learning students
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Pounds of python removed