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Bobtail squid hatchlings thriving at shell museum

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum reported that it received a healthy brood stock of hummingbird bobtail squid (Euprymna berryi), as well as a cluster of viable eggs, in June. As the eggs developed, they became yellow and started to expand. Prior to hatching, the eggs became swollen, ...

CROW welcomes wildlife and conservation medicine interns

Drs. Charlotte Cournoyer and Laura Kellow recently joined the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife as wildlife and conservation medicine interns. Their year-long veterinary internships began on July 1. Originally from Barrington, Rhode Island, Cournoyer received a Bachelor of Arts in ...

Lee School District to require face coverings for students

With COVID-19 cases spiking in Lee County and the number of positive tests for the highly contagious virus topping 20%, the School District of Lee County will now require masks unless parents decide to opt their children out in writing. This respects "parents’ fundamental rights" to make the ...

Shell Point named Certified Wildlife Habitat by NWF

Shell Point Retirement Community was recently designated as a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. By employing sustainable practices and offering wildlife opportunities for natural sources of food, water for drinking and bathing, cover from weather and predators, ...

Refuge’s lead biologist promoted to regional position

J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge lead biologist Jeremy Conrad has been promoted to regional coastal ecologist for the inventory and monitoring branch of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. While he will remain based at the refuge, the post will take Conrad throughout the ...

Pine Island VFW Post #4353 wins national, state awards

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Tom Ferguson, commander of Pine Island VFW Post #4353, is elated that the post has been named both a national All American as well as an All State award winner for this year. “The post has not made all state since 2006,” Ferguson said. “They have never ...

Early literacy activities and programs offered through library

news@breezenewspapers.com Early literacy is a focal point of the Lee County Library System, especially for children younger than 5 who have not started kindergarten yet. Lee County Library System Youth Service Coordinator Amy McWilliam said a few years ago when she took over the position ...

Multicultural Centre of SWFL serves thousands in annual BIG Backpack event

The Multicultural Centre of Southwest Florida’s 22nd Annual BIG Backpack Event was held curbside at the Skatium in Fort Myers Sunday serving thousands of students and families. More than 150 volunteers worked a combined 1,500-plus volunteer hours over the July 24-25 weekend. On Saturday, ...

Edison and Ford Winter Estates estates receives wildflower grant

The Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers was recently selected as a recipient for a Viva Florida Landscape Demonstration Garden grant from the Florida Wildflower Foundation. It received $1,000 and was one of 11 sites awarded funds. The grant money will go toward expenses for designing ...