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Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife set meeting schedule, continue planning for annual Burrowing Owl Festival

January 4, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife has a number of upcoming activities and meetings planned.

Monthly meeting:

Tuesday, Jan. 8, 7 p.m.

Our Gulf waters are home to five species of sea turtle and nearly all are endangered. Red tide alone claimed the lives of hundreds of these fragile creatures recently.

Kelly Sloan, biologist and Sea Turtle Coordinator for the Sanibel-Captiva Conser-vation Foundation, will be speaking about the turtles at our first monthly meeting of the new year on Jan. 8. Stay for a bit afterwards to learn how to create a burrowing owl starter burrow in your yard.

Monthly Meeting:

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m.

Burrowing Owl Festival Organizational meeting - All are invited to participate and learn how you can be a part of the most important Festival in Cape Coral!

All meetings are held at the Rotary Park Environmental Center, 5505 Rose Garden Road, Cape Coral

17th Annual Southwest Florida Burrowing Owl Festival, Feb. 23

Cape Coral is home to the largest known population of the Florida burrowing owl, which is a threatened species. These pint sized birds burrow underground where they nest from early February through mid-July and are now the official city bird of Cape Coral.

The family fun filled event celebrates the start of the burrowing owl nesting season and all of Cape Coral's natural wildlife treasures.

Festival highlights include environmental and wildlife organizations with educational exhibits and live animals, bus tours to local burrowing owl burrows, demonstrations on burrowing owl burrow maintenance and starter burrows.

There will be on-site speakers with wildlife presentations and live birds of prey. Enjoy a tour through the live interactive butterfly house and learn about their host and nectar plants.

Artists, photographers and craft vendors of all things natural, native and wild will have lovely items for sale.

Children will enjoy the free arts and crafts activities at the Children's Creative Corner. Also on site will be music and food vendors so plan to spend the day.

The festival will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Rotary Park Environmental Center in Cape Coral at 5505 Rose Garden Road.

A $5 donation will be requested atthje festival for attendees over the age of 16. Event proceeds will go toward local wildlife protection, preservation and education.


For additional information about the Friends of Wildlife, please call 239-980-2593 or online visit



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