Guest Column: News from the Nest - Improvements, fundraising continues

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Dennis Goodman/Submitted

There are no eaglets in the nest this season at the Marco Eagle Sanctuary, but there is still plenty of eagle activity and visitor interest.

Resident eagles Paleo and Calusa are on the sanctuary property every day year round as they do not migrate. The most ideal eagle viewing times are early morning, approximately 7 a.m., and early evening, 5:30 p.m., until dark. They are occasionally seen in the nest tree enjoying a late afternoon snack but more frequently seen in other trees in line with the park benches on the north and south end of the sanctuary.

Many out of town visitors and nature enthusiasts are seen daily at the sanctuary with binoculars, long lens cameras, or just sitting on the park benches enjoying a few quiet moments.

To further preserve the sanctuary as an eco-park, the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation (MESF) has begun planning the Phase I Planting Phase to take place during the rainy season. Florida Friendly flowering shrubs will be planted on the sanctuary to enhance the view for homes bordering the sanctuary. The shrubs selected will attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

On Saturday, April 6, MESF will host the Third Annual Nest Festat the Island Country Club on Marco Island. Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m. (cash bar) and sit down dinner at 6:30 p.m. Hot Damn will provide musical entertainment and dancing. Prizes will be awarded to the three most outstanding feather attired and a 50-50 raffle drawing will be held.

This is a fundraising event for the preservation of the Marco Eagle Sanctuary as an eco-park and to protect the resident Bald Eagles, Paleo and Calusa (so named by Tommy Barfield Elementary Students).

Tickets for $70 per person may be purchased at the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce, Shear Play Hair Design, or charged on the website at www.marcoeaglesanctuarfoundation.org. MESF is a 50l (c) (3), 100 percent volunteer organization.

Additional information may be obtained by calling (239) 394-9285.

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