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For information and to report sightings, call (855) 305-3903 or https://floridadep.gov/DEAR/Algal-Bloom
Calling all Citizen Scientists!
The Cape Coral Citizen Science Bird Walks (CSBW) needs your help. We will be surveying the mangroves of Cape Coral looking for Mangrove Cuckoos as well as other birds. All data will be recorded by City staff and entered into Ebird. All citizen scientists interested in assisting City staff in the surveys should email Katie McBride at firstname.lastname@example.org or Honey Phillips at email@example.com. All citizen scientists are volunteers and will be required to sign waivers and provide their own bird-watching equipment (binoculars, reference books, drab-colored clothing, field shoes, and kayaks for paddle surveys).
The CSBW is a great way to grow as a bird watcher and see areas of Cape Coral you may have never visited!
|Be Alert for Alligators|
Living in Florida means we share the state with an estimated 1.3 million alligators. As the weather warms and their spring mating season begins, you should keep these things in mind:
|• Warm spring weather means alligators are more active and more visible, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said. Courtship begins in April then mating happens in May or June, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC)|
|• Rising temperatures increase an alligator's metabolism, which means they begin seeking prey, according to FWC. It also means they'll be observed basking in the sun as they regulate their body temperature.|
|• FWC warns that although alligator bite incidents resulting in serious injury are rare, keep your distance. Give these animals plenty of room if you see them|
|• If it's a Florida body of water, it can hold an alligator, this includes our stormwater canal system, parks, and even swales|
|• Children playing around water should be closely supervised|
|• For pet owners, FWC say to keep animals on a leash and away from water because they can resemble an alligator's natural prey|
|• Alligators are most active between dusk and dawn, so plan accordingly to reduce the chances of running into them|
|• FWC also warns residents and visitors to never feed an alligator. It's not only dangerous, it's illegal. Feeding them can lead the animals to overcome their natural wariness of people and teach them to associate people with food. Dispose of fish scraps in garbage cans at boat ramps and where fishing at home–do not throw them in the water. Although you are not intentionally feeding alligators when you do this, the end result can be the same|
|• If you encounter an alligator that is believed to pose a threat to people, pets or property, please call the FWC’s Nuisance Alligator Hotline, toll‐free at 1‐866‐FWC‐GATOR (392‐4286)|