Wildlife Encounters: Mellifluous mockingbird serenades Boca neighborhoods
August 31, 2011 The official state bird of Florida is the mockingbird, which can sing hundreds of songs and mimic the calls of a variety of birds. This small songbird's vocals are extraordinary. more »»
Word on the Island: What are your plans for Labor Day weekend?
August 30, 2011 Annette Poppalardo, Englewood, unemployed: “I don't have plans.” Phil Hill, United Kingdom, retired police officer: “Nothing. I can't equate it to any holiday in the U.K. more »»
Nature Walk: Stump Pass reveals eye-opening nature display
August 26, 2011 While walking from Stump Pass down to our house on Palm Island about 2 miles south of the pass in mid-August, I noticed several interesting thing. more »»
Word on the Island: Are you preparing at all for Hurricane Irene?
August 23, 2011 Ed Glorioso, Venice, formerly of Boca Grande, assisted living employee: “Not really. Usually if it's coming in on the East Coast we don't worry about it. more »»
Are you better off economically this year than you were in 2010?
August 18, 2011 Debbie Morey, United Kingdom, public relations manager: “Last year was better. The cost of living, especially food, has gone up. But we still manage to come to Boca Grande twice a year. more »»
Life cycles delight and concern Lemon Bay onlookers
August 14, 2011 After a two-month absence from Florida it was a treat to return to visit one of my favorite places — the Wildflower Preserve just off Placida Road near Boca Grande. more »»
Word on the Island: What home schedule changes are caused by school starting?
August 12, 2011 Karen Rand, Island School art teacher, South Gulf Cove: “I work off island and my life shuts down at 2:30 p.m. to get here. But it's good to be back in school. more »»
Boca Grande collaborator works to unify not-for-profits
August 11, 2011 Marta Howell is nothing if not a team player. more »»
Word on the Island: When was your last full year as a Boca Kid?
August 8, 2011 Becky (Silcox) Marten, Minneapolis, legal assistant: “1987 was my last year. I got married and moved to Californi. more »»
Wildlife Encounters: Colorful belted kingfisher dives into its Boca meals
August 4, 2011 The belted kingfisher, a medium-sized stocky bird with a large crested head, loves the water. They prefer clear water with trees overhanging giving them places to perch from which to hunt food. more »»
Word on the Island: How do you beat the summer heat?
August 1, 2011 Katie Beckman, Forsyth, Ill., college student: “We swim in the ocean.” Zack Barker, East Prairie, Mo., college student: “Swim.” Rob Barker, East prairie, Mo. more »»
Remarkable wildlife habitat surrounds Gasparilla Island
July 30, 2011 Summer is a time of remarkable abundance in nature all around Gasparilla Island. There is a veritable explosion of life in all its amazing forms. more »»
Word on the Island: Would you ever use an online dating service?
July 25, 2011 Tiffany Amaral, Waterside Inn, Rotonda: “No! You don't know who's using an online dating service. It could be a psycho-maniac. more »»
Wildlife Encounters: Colorful Calico crabs accent Boca Grande beaches
July 22, 2011 The calico crab is brightly colored and covered with a beautiful spotted pattern. They are an aggressive crab. with back legs are designed to help them be better swimmer. more »»
Rainfall's renewal of life inspires critter medley
July 20, 2011 The renewal of the life of seasonal wetlands and the creatures that depend on them by the return of water is one of the truly memorable and inspiring events in nature. more »»
Word on the Island: Is the Boca Grande North iguana situation under control?
July 15, 2011 Conny Spurfeld, USDA employee, on Boca Grande: “We are applying to work for another year to make sure we are in the maintaining stage. more »»