We planned a busy day for today. We attended 2 lectures, one at 10AM and another at 1PM. The first stop was at Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation for a talk by Mark "Bird" Westall about the eagles of Sanibel and Captiva. There are four nesting eagle pairs here. He is an expert on opreys and eagles and also owner of Canoe and Adventure Company. The talk included a bit of history of eagles on the island and a new attempt of using man made nesting sites for eagles.
We made a quick stop for lunch at the house and headed back to our second stop.
The second talk was at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge Education Center by Charles LeBuff about the history of the refuge and Sanibel Island . He was part of the first staff at the refuge and author of "Images of America: J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge".
The talk was very informative and we enjoy hearing about the history of the island.
Charles LeBuff on left and
Refuge Manager Paul Tritaik in center
We then stopped at Timbers to purchase some fresh grouper for dinner. We planned to spend the afternoon on the beach but clouds rolled in and changed our plans. I spent the afternoon catching up with blog postings.
Dinner tonight was Panko Encrusted Grouper served with fried corn and a chopped salad (Bravo Style) with balsamic vinaigrette and hot rolls. This was a great home cooked dinner.
We having been visiting Captiva Island for a number of years and have found it to be a most fun and relaxing place. We started coming one week in February and one week in September many years ago and have added more weeks since we retired. We now come for 6 weeks at a time.