What We Do
Our mission is to protect Southwest Florida's unique natural environment and quality of life...now and forever.
Science & Research
Conducting research to enhance our understanding of wildlife populations and the biological communities on which they depend.
Policy & Advocacy
Working to ensure our region's leaders have the proper tools to make informed decisions about the future of Southwest Florida.
From Pre-K through gray, the Environmental Education team teaches all ages about our environment and our impact.
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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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.
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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.
The Nature Center will reopen soon after a $4.5 million renovation and expansion! Check back for updates!
Good Fortune II Private Charters
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