Halichondria sponge

A diet of glass for Kemp’s ridleys

By Dr. Jeff Schmid | Conservancy Environmental Research Manager Some marine turtles have a “diet of glass”, but this is not the eating disorder of hyalophagia or a circus sideshow…


Invasion of the Atomic Sunfish

By Conservancy Research Manager, Dr. Jeff Schmid The atomic sunfish has invaded our coasts! Not in the sense of a nuclear disaster followed by a monstrous creature emerging from the…

Capture Conservancy Of Southwest Florida Wildlife Biologists Ian Bartoszek Ian Easterling And Volunteer With A 110 Pound Female Burmese Python Located With A Scout Snake On 26DEC19

Help us battle invasive species in Southwest Florida

Invasive species are a top-tier environmental issue here in Southwest Florida. Burmese pythons are eating their way through the wildlife in the Greater Everglades Ecosystem; cane toads outcompete their native…

Storm over the Gulf of Mexico

Sea turtle nesting: Ways you can help

How often, alone, do we expose ourselves to the midnight hour? To the boundary of civilized and savage? A ribbon of sand between the tame and turbulent, the known and…

Nesting loggerhead sea turtle

Sea turtle numbers from Keewaydin Island

Over the years, sea turtle nesting on Keewaydin Island has started off with a bang or sometimes with a whimper. This year is the 39th year of Conservancy biologists monitoring…

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…

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.

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…

Doodler heading home in 2015 with her second satellite tag

Adventures of Doodler and a Hobbit

A biologist’s recap on deploying a satellite transmitter on a sea turtle In 1995, the Conservancy’s sea turtle biologists first encountered Doodler, a loggerhead sea turtle. Her carapace (shell) measured…

This image shows eight dead birds - all victims of window strikes admitted to the von Arx Wildlife Hospital in one week.

On a Collision Course

By Melinda Schuman | Conservancy of Southwest Florida Biologist On a sunny morning in the spring of 2020 I was walking toward a research site in the heart of Naples,…