SCCF works to support island wildlife in a number of ways.
SCCF has been involved in sea turtle research through the years but formally took over coordination of the islands’ Sea Turtle Conservation program in 1992. About a hundred volunteers help patrol the beaches of Sanibel and Captiva every morning during sea turtle nesting season, from May through October.
Ecological and wildlife studies are conducted by the Wildlife Habitat Management staff, making the most of the 1,800+ acres under the ownership of SCCF. Vegetation studies and mapping, and surveys and studies on gopher tortoises, snakes, frogs and nesting shorebirds are just some of the WHM research projects.