With roseate spoonbills featured on its front cover, center fold and rear cover the 25th edition of The Sanibel-Captiva Nature Calendar pays tribute to Sanibel's birds. Recently published for 2013, this calendar is dedicated to promoting conservation and preservation of the local natural environment.
"A quarter century of publishing this calendar has been pure pleasure thanks to the support of all the people on Sanibel and all those who love these very special barrier islands," said Publisher Jim Fowler.
This edition of the calendar features the work of some of Sanibel's best known photographers with nine of the images photographed inside the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge.
The 2013 Sanibel-Captiva Nature Calendar pays tribute to Sanibel's birds featuring nine photographs from within the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge.
Included are a prairie warbler by islander Theresa Baldwin; a spoonbill, wood stork and alligator by seasonal islander Cliff Beittel; and a great egret by seasonal islander Don Thompson whose photograph of nesting snowy plovers on one of the Sanibel's beaches was selected for June.
Also photographed inside the refuge is a pair of nest-building anhinga in full breading plumage by Marianne Bargiotti, who frequently travels from her home base in Italy to photograph her favorite islands. Well-known photography couple Dick Fortune and Sara Lopez captured the images of the spoonbills, plus their photos of a gulf fritillary butterfly and a pod of surfing dolphins just off island appear in the calendar.
"Created from an idea that took seed during my island experiences since I first came to Sanibel in the early 70s, I have tried every year to put together a calendar that truly shows the natural beauty of the islands," said Fowler.
Additionally, the calendar features exciting photo narratives by islanders Betty Anholt and Jim Griffith and former islander Charles LeBuff. Each month features a shell sketch by the late islander Sue Stephens and a turtle graphic during the sea turtle nesting months.
"It is the only calendar that truly represents what Sanibel and Captiva are all about nature," said Fowler. "It continues to be my goal each year to publish a calendar that not only is beautiful and useful, but also promotes wildlife conservation through interest, information and education."
Sold only in Southwest Florida, the nature calendar continues to set the standard for other calendar publishers by being the first to include the full-featured narratives by experienced nature writers and help support local and regional conservation organizations, including Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW), Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) and the "Ding" Darling Wildlife Society-Friends (DDWS). Since its initial publication in October 1989, the calendar has generated more than $17,000 in donations.
"During the past 25 years there have been changes on Sainbel, but thanks to the efforts of the people of Sanibel conservation of the local environment and protection of wildlife continue to paramount," said Fowler. "I am looking forward to publishing another quarter century of The Sanibel-Captiva Nature Calendar."
The calendar retails for $13.95 and is sold throughout Southwest Florida in fine bookstores and gift shops. Mail orders send $13.95 plus $2 for shipping and handling to: Sanibel-Captiva Nature Calendar, P.O. Box 356, Sanibel Island, FL 33957.
The 2013 calendar is also available, upon request, with a shipping envelope made from trash. The make-ready sheets from the press set-up were saved and created into custom-fit mailing envelopes. This paper is typically sent through the printing press once then on to the landfill. Now the paper will be reused.