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Respect the wildlife of Little Estero Island

June 4, 2014
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

To the editor:

I have the pleasure of living on the south end of Estero Island. My building is lush with landscaped sea oats, sea grape, beach daisy and calusa.

We do what we can to have a lush beach line that offers beauty to our property and sanctuary to wild life. We get many compliments on our property from both owners and visitors. When we have storm surges, this landscape helps protect the property. Mother Nature has put the seagrass and oats and bushes and trees on the beach and she changes their location constantly. These dunes and grasses protect our homes & property. How bland it would be to look out and see only sand.

I'm a bit of an amateur photographer and the Little Estero Island wildlife area affords me many opportunity to photograph the birds that flock down this end. Now turtle season and bird nesting season is upon us. What a photo op it has been! Soon the spoonbills will flock down in the evening and their pink feathers will stand out amongst the crowd! When the sun hits them just right, you can see the red in their wings. They are a sight to see! Where else can you see eaglets and eagles soar over the beach or just be along the shore line sharpening their hunting skills ? Herons, egrets, night herons, great blue herons or even the occasional wood stork, not to mention pelican, swim and fish in the water basins that change constantly with mother nature. No where else on Estero Island can you see so much beauty, entertainment and be intrigued all at once.

Little Estero Island is CRITICAL for our birds and turtles. They have come to this island for many many years and have also made it their seasonal homes. We should respect them and welcome them. It wouldn't be a special place anymore if it all disappeared and it would be sadder even still if man caused their disappearance, not Mother Nature. Remember, don't mess with Mother Nature!

Next time your on the south end of the island, really take a look and I hope you'll be happily surprised at the beauty of it all.

E. Fernandes

Fort Myers Beach



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