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Florida panther

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…

Old newspaper clipping that says, "Save Rookery Bay"

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…

Loggerhead Night

So, you want to work with sea turtles?

Written By: Leif Johnson The pump shut off with a clang that echoed in the empty gas station, jolting me awake from thoughts of sea turtles I’d seen overnight. At…

Horatiobanner

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…

Close-up Olive's face

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…

Baby alligator finding colored target

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.

Mangroves at sunset

A Mangrove Misunderstanding: Silent Guardians of the Coast

Read just about anything on mangrove forests and you’ll quickly learn how incredibly important these ecosystems are to all forms of life around them. However, it’s precisely the way they deliver this litany of benefits that can make them such a nightmare to walk through. These forests are the ultimate test to your depth of field, troubling even the most nimble of us, and oftentimes, while I myself stumble about; I entertain visions of James Bond attempting a “high speed” chase through here.

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…

Team removes dozes of eggs after capturing large female Burmese python

20,000 pounds of Burmese python removed

A team of wildlife biologists at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, in partnership with the United States Geological Survey, have published peer-reviewed research on the longest and largest tracking study…