Cape Coral Wildlife Trust
Photo Credit: Steve Russell
Photo Credit: Barney Bontecou
Photo Credit: Cheryl Anderson
Photo Credit: Cheryl Anderson
Photo Credit: Barney Bontecou
Cape Coral Wildlife Trust and the Friends of Wildlife successfully defend the City’s strict eagle ordinance
On Monday June 4, the Cape Coral City Council voted by a 7-1 margin to retain the city’s strict eagle ordinance.  The current ordinance creates an “Eagle Protection Zone” of 1100 ft. around an eagles nest during the nesting season.  The national and state standard is 660’. The Wildlife Trust members, Cheryl Anderson, Pascha Donaldson, Lori Haus, and Carl Veaux all argued that the Cape Coral Eagles were different from rural eagles which were used in the studies.  “ Our eagles are urban eagles who deserve more protection because of their close proximity to humans and human habitat “.   Allessia Leathers of the Friends of Wildlife also provided some very compelling evidence to suggest that the reason Cape Coral has the largest (by far) population of eagles in any city in the state of Florida is because of our larger protection area. Our mayor, Joe Coviello, spoke in favor of the larger zone saying that eagle habitat and hunting areas needed to be protected also. After a lot of hard work and research, the concerned citizens spoke for the eagles and they won.  A good day for the wildlife in Cape Coral.
About The Cape Coral Wildlife Trust
The Cape Coral Wildlife Trust, Inc. was formed in order to acquire land for education, research and preservation of Cape Coral’s indigenous wildlife, i.e. threatened burrowing owl and gopher tortoise. The designation of “Threatened” is given to species whose prospects of survival are in jeopardy due, in part to commercial and residential development. Did you know that Florida statutes state that any intentional killing or wounding of a listed species incurs a third degree penalty? The government needs help from residents in order to enforce these statues. Our first purchase was a lot at 305 NW 7th Terrace where more than 38 active tortoise burrows surrounded by nature-loving home owners. Those precious creatures and future generations of tortoises will now live there forever! We are currently looking for burrowing owl and/or gopher tortoise lots to acquire. There are dozens of pieces of land with multiple owl and/or tortoise burrows. When the right one comes along, CCWT will require funds to purchase it. This is where you come in… Do you own a lot where burrowing owls have taken up residence? Would you like to consider donating an owl lot? How about leaving a property to CCWT in your will? A simple cash gift would also be extremely important. If you are interested in supporting this cause, please contact us on how you can help. You can be powerful and important part of our quest save Cape Coral’s wildlife in the fact of nationally recognized* rampant development. *Forbes magazine recently reported that Cape Coral is the fastest growing city in the country. Cape Coral Wildlife Trust, Inc. is A Registered 501 c3 Organization.

NEWS PRESS: Cape Coral Wildlife Trust finding homes for gopher tortoises, burrowing owls

Cape Coral Gardeners Support the Wildlife Trust.
The Native plant sale was held this Saturday at Rotary Park in Cape Coral. The Cape Coral Wild life Trust had a table to inform the local gardeners about our mission of buying lots to preserve land for the wildlife in the Cape. The gardeners were asked to buy a “tortoise plant” (a native plant that gopher tortoises eat) which would be planted on one of the 2 tortoise conservation lots in the Cape. The Wildlife Trust owns a tortoise lot in northwest Cape, near Tropicana, and another local wildlife lover has a tortoise lot near Oasis Woods. The response was wonderful. Thirty people purchased 36 plants for the tortoises. Some people even bought tortoise plants for their homes since they had gopher tortoises living near them. Everyone seemed happy about helping the tortoises. The gardeners were also glad that land was being preserved or the tortoises and owls. The Cape Coral Wildlife Trust will again be looking for plants for the conservation lots at the next Native Plant sale in late July.
Thanks to all who donated time and plants!

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Contact us with any questions on how you can help us and the wildlife of our beautiful community of Cape Coral, Florida.  Thank You for Your Help!

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