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SB100 signed by Gov. DeSantis

On June 24, 2021, SB100 was signed by Governor DeSantis!  Thank you for all your calls and emails urging him to sign this important legislation. SB100 repeals the Multi-use Corridors…

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Protecting Southwest Florida: It’s what we stand for

Written by Conservancy President and CEO Rob Moher Protecting our quality of life for generations to come is at the core of our mission. In fact, the Conservancy of Southwest…


Horatio — one of the Conservancy’s feathered wildlife ambassadors

Over the past few years, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida has been redesigning and rebuilding its wildlife rehabilitation area, a part of the von Arx Wildlife Hospital facilities. Behind the…

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Meet Olive, our ambassador barred owl

Visitors to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Von Arx Wildlife Viewing Pavilion are greeted by docents happy to discuss the birds that may be found throughout our area. There are…

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Alligator Appetites: Target Training at the Discovery Center

Our juvenile alligators here at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida are fed in a very special way. Targets of different shapes and colors are assigned to each alligator and when tapped with their nose, result in a food reward. As apex predators American alligators are a heavily food-oriented species, so this target training process helps to limit their food aggression.

Pelican at the von Arx Wildlife Hospital

Local angler tries to rescue pelican tangled in fishing line

By Joanna Fitzgerald | Director of the von Arx Wildlife Hospital A brown pelican and an anhinga were among the 141 animals admitted to the von Arx Wildlife Hospital at…

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  • Conservancy of Southwest Florida was founded in 1964 as a small grassroots advocacy group.  Today the Conservancy employs more than 60 full-time staff and is supported by more than 600 volunteers and 25 interns each year.
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