Conservancy CONNECTION: How the Chokoloskee chicken got its name

Entering The Conservancy of Southwest Florida grounds, it is not unusual to see small groups of white, medium-size, stilt-legged birds walking along the sides of the road, heads pointed downward, fever­ishly poking their long, curved reddish-orange b More...

Posted 1/17/2018 11:25 AM

Koreshan CLOSE-UP: Park drops ‘historic’ name, but not its rich history

To many people, Koreshan State Historic Site sounds like an intriguing place to visit and explore. More...

Posted 1/17/2018 11:25 AM

Vineyard SPOTLIGHT: Basque sports country is wine country, too

Spain’s rugged Basque region is known in the country, and worldwide, for sports prowess, including the indigenous game jai alai. More...

Posted 1/17/2018 11:25 AM

Our NEIGHBORS: Local author’s dolphin and manatee books celebrate sea life

Author Rosalie Tagg Masella knows quite a bit about dolphins and manatees, the main characters in her two enchanting children’s books, “Adventures of Dingle Dee & Lingle Dee,” and “I Am A Manatee. More...

Posted 12/26/2017 08:16 PM

Tech SAVVY: School’s program is a model for digital safety

I’ve covered many features of the iPhone in this column, including ways to get the most out of your device, but in this column I’m taking a different approach: Safety among school-age kids regarding issues such as cyberbullying, over-sharing, privacy More...

Posted 12/26/2017 08:16 PM

Discover Lovers KEY: Lovers Key hosts concerts of Americana music

The Friends of Lovers Key and the Americana Community Music Association are hosting the third season of Songwriters at Sunset at Lovers Key State Park. FOLKS is a non-profit organization formed to support, protect and preserve Lovers Key State Park. More...

Posted 12/26/2017 08:16 PM

Highland Woods Taking Care to see that ‘community’ includes employees

Highland Woods Golf & Country Club in Bonita Springs is proud of being a generous and caring community — and Hurricane Irma gave residents another reason for that.  More...

Posted 12/13/2017 01:08 PM

Our Best FRIENDS: Emotional support dog is Bundles of joy

Bundles has spent the past 15 years as a bundle of joy for her owner, Lisa Kelble, who spends seven months in Bonita Springs but also leads a hectic life in Milan, Ohio. More...

Posted 12/13/2017 01:08 PM

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Posted 12/13/2017 01:08 PM

Our Best FRIENDS: Dalmatians have a place in the firetruck and in the heart

For Frank Sullivan it takes only one Dalmatian to bring back his memories of firehouses and all the beautiful Dalmatians he had as mascots before he retired after 25 years of service. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 09:25 PM

Tech SAVVY: Video doorbell offers security and convenience

Your front door is where you transition from the safety of your home to the outside world. Many comers are welcome, like friends, neighbors, delivery services and contractors, yet some are not. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 09:25 PM

Discover Lovers KEY: Gumbo limbo, anyone?

When I excitedly told a group of friends that I had encountered plenty of gumbo limbo at Lovers Key State Park, one woman piped up with a ques­tion. She mentioned that she loves plenty of seafood in her gumbo — is that how they make it at Lovers Key? More...

Posted 11/15/2017 09:50 AM

Corkscrew SIGHTINGS: Florida is home to two turkey subspecies

As the sun broke on the horizon, a thick-bodied bird drifted down from the trees overhead. Six more birds followed. More...

Posted 11/15/2017 09:50 AM

Vineyard SPOTLIGHT: Organic wines: Easy on the Earth and your head

Some of us will care more than others that organic farming puts less strain on the environment. But everyone hates hangovers, and organic wine is less likely to make your head hurt. More...

Posted 11/15/2017 09:50 AM

Tech SAVVY: Social media – magic or madness?

Whether you use social media apps like Facebook and Twitter and Instagram or if you scoff at the all-consuming use, one thing is for certain. It is not going away anytime soon. More...

Posted 10/25/2017 08:26 AM

Conservancy CONNECTION: When the otters pop up, it’s showtime

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Shotwell Wavering Family Filter Marsh has become home to many animals. Fish abound, wading birds visit and feed, and reptiles and amphibians inhabit the marsh grasses. More...

Posted 10/25/2017 08:26 AM

CORKSCREW SWAMP SIGHTINGS: Hurricanes drive ecosystem change

Hurricane Irma was an un­precedented storm that devastated our communities and will con­tinue to impact the lives of South­west Floridians for years to come. More...

Posted 10/4/2017 06:44 AM

CONSERVANCY CONNECTION: Butterflies have evolved to survive severe storms

On any sunny day, visitors to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida will see a variety of but­terflies in flight. More...

Posted 10/4/2017 06:44 AM

KORESHAN CLOSEUP: A river runs through it

The Estero River is a beautiful and peaceful waterway that links the village of Estero with the gorgeous Estero Bay. More...

Posted 8/29/2017 04:28 PM

OUR BEST FRIENDS: Carina Noelle brings joy all year

Donna Riccio saw the puppy photo of Noelle, who looked like a little teddy bear, and fell in love. The love affair between the two became mutual after Riccio took her home to become the first pet Riccio and her spouse shared in 27 years of marriage. More...

Posted 8/29/2017 04:28 PM

MIND & SOUL: Find, or be, a superhero

Who is your hero? We all look in life for role models and people who can inspire us, who we can look up to and model our lives after. More...

Posted 8/29/2017 04:28 PM

VINEYARD SPOTLIGHT: Going ‘Sideways’ to film location

As a wine geek whose favor­ite movies are “Bottleshock” and “Sideways,” I was thrilled to visit the area where the 2004 Acade­my award-winning movie “Side­ways” was filmed. More...

Posted 8/29/2017 04:28 PM

Corkscrew Swamp Sightings: Corkscrew’s ‘super’ ghost orchid delights visitors

As the sunlight filtered through the cypress leaves above, the delicate white pet­als danced haphazardly in the gentle breeze. More...

Posted 7/26/2017 11:45 AM

Tech Savvy: Take better pictures with your iPhone

There are sometimes small differences between good photos and great photos. Here are a few easy steps to improve your iPhone photos. More...

Posted 7/26/2017 11:45 AM

Mind & Soul: Resilience can be built to better cope with hardships of life

There is no human being who does not experience challenges, stress or some kind of traumatic event: loss of a loved one, loss of a pet, financial stressors, health problems. These events and experiences shape us and challenge us. More...

Posted 7/26/2017 11:46 AM

Our Best FRIENDS: Brady is a walking partner and companion

Barbara Weiss was recovering from knee surgery a dozen years ago when her son called to say he bought her a dog. More...

Posted 1/17/2018 11:25 AM

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Posted 1/17/2018 11:25 AM

Mind & SOUL: In life there are lessons and joys

As we welcome the new year, it is important to reflect on the past. More...

Posted 1/17/2018 11:25 AM

Corkscrew SIGHTINGS: Guided swamp walks reveal hidden jewels

Sunlight filters through the canopy overhead, reflecting lazily across the slowly moving waters darkened by tannins. More...

Posted 12/26/2017 08:16 PM

Our Best FRIENDS: Gus is a homebody who protects his family

Gus is a white, fluffy Coton de Tulear, a homebody whose bark warns away strangers and lets his family know someone is coming near. More...

Posted 12/26/2017 08:16 PM

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Posted 12/26/2017 08:16 PM

Architect’s Timeless vision realized in restaurant

Customers at MHK Architecture and Planning ask if his designs are Mediterranean or modern and Matthew Kragh responds, “We don’t design in a genre, but with every design we do we strive for it to be timeless.” Timeless is the design More...

Posted 12/26/2017 08:16 PM

Koreshan CLOSE-UP: Buildings get a facelift at 100 years of age

Koreshan State Historic Site has undergone quite a facelift over the past 12 months. The improvements throughout several areas of the Historic Settlement include structures that are well over 100 years old. More...

Posted 12/13/2017 01:08 PM

Vineyard SPOTLIGHT: Vineyards mostly unscathed in wine country fires

The smoke has cleared from California’s wine country, but the toll this year’s wildfires will take on the area’s $1 billion wine crop is still being tallied. More...

Posted 12/13/2017 01:08 PM

Conservancy CONNECTION: Dragonfly is the beautiful predator of the sky

Visitors to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida are able to view or enter a variety of Florida ecosystems. The Christopher B. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 09:25 PM

Our NEIGHBOR: Local author wins award for latest children’s book

Start with a delightful children’s story, add watercolor illustrations, mix in original songs and stir in a lot of love. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 09:25 PM

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Posted 11/28/2017 09:25 PM

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Alligator Amblers Chapter of Florida Trail Association Meetings are held the third T More...

Posted 11/15/2017 09:50 AM

Mind & SOUL: Hurricane Irma can be a path to personal growth

It is still hard to comprehend the devastating impact that Hurricane Irma has had on so many lives. The most obvious is the destruction of our properties. More...

Posted 11/15/2017 09:50 AM

Koreshan CLOSE-UP: An old-fashioned start to the holiday season

Kick off your holiday season off with the fun Florida winter wonderland of an old-fashioned holiday bazaar. More...

Posted 11/15/2017 09:50 AM

Bonita Nature PLACE: Lights, camera, action – again

Four years ago, the Bonita Nature Place was the chosen location for short films competing in the first Bonita Springs Short Film Festival. I so enjoyed seeing the many filmmakers creating their work within the Nature Place grounds. More...

Posted 10/25/2017 08:26 AM

Club Meetings

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Posted 10/25/2017 08:26 AM

Our Best FRIENDS: Father and daughter comfort and entertain

Margot and Bill Hill’s white Jack Russell terriers, Bing and his daughter, Cammy – short for Camellia – had their own “go pack” and were well-prepared to weather hurricane Irma, which occurred right after they rode back to Pelican Bay following a nor More...

Posted 10/25/2017 08:26 AM

TEE BOX TIPS: After Irma, we also saw the best of human nature

As you read this, I hope and pray that your life is back to a “good-normal” after the lingering effects of Hurricane Irma. Just as calamity can bring out the selfish­ness in some people, it can also shine a spotlight on the best of human nature. More...

Posted 10/4/2017 06:44 AM

VINEYARD SPOTLIGHT: Tire family broke new ground in California valley

The Firestone family built a fortune where the rubber meets the road, manufac­turing millions of tires for a growing nation of drivers. More...

Posted 10/4/2017 06:44 AM

CORKSCREW SWAMP SIGHTINGS: Trail cameras track wildlife at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is home to a mean­dering boardwalk where visitors come to enjoy a peaceful stroll through old growth cypress and sight quintessential Florida wild­life from American alligators to zebra longwing butterflies. More...

Posted 8/29/2017 04:28 PM

TECH SAVVY: Make your iPhone photos outstanding

Last month I shared some tips on how to take better iPhone pictures. (If you missed it, find it online at swspotlight.com.) This month we’ll cover edit­ing those photos to make them even better. Even the best photos can need a little help. More...

Posted 8/29/2017 04:28 PM

Club Meetings

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Posted 8/29/2017 04:28 PM

Koreshan Closeup: A few hours makes a lasting impact

If you have ever enjoyed a memorable time at a Florida state park, you can most likely thank a volunteer. Florida state parks’ heart and soul come from the people who care for the expansive 800,000 acres spread among 174 parks. More...

Posted 7/26/2017 11:45 AM

Our Best Friends: Taser volunteers her medic alert services

Taser is full of life-saving surprises. The large black and tan German shepherd has warned owner Linda Lloyd’s mother twice that her oxygen supply was not connected. More...

Posted 7/26/2017 11:45 AM