Friday, January 1, 2010

Sanibel Island Florida and the Ding Darling Bird Sanctuary

The above picture is of a female crocodile in the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island Florida. It is the only crocodile there but there are many other alligators around.
1/27/2010 We just got word that this crocodile just died. Maybe the cold weather recently had something to do with her death or maybe it was just old age.

Sanibel Island is a small island off the coast from Ft. Myers, Florida. We first went there in 1976. It has not really changed much since that time. Most of the small island is the Ding Darling Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary. Sanibel is a special place. No high rise development is allowed. There are no fast food places or chain stores on Sanibel. Well there is one Dairy Queen that has always been there that was allowed to stay. And there is one Starbucks on Captiva. But that is it. The rest are small stores and restaurants that are very much not chain stores or restaurants. The local residents work very hard to keep them out.