Mission Statement

Dedicated to Protection, Preservation and Education.

Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife is a volunteer organization whose purpose is to preserve and enhance the habitats of protected wildlife species and to educate the community about Cape Coral’s wildlife resources.

Mission Statement Dedicated to Protection, Preservation and Education.

Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife is a volunteer organization whose purpose is to preserve and enhance the habitats of protected wildlife species and to educate the community about Cape Coral’s wildlife resources.

CCWT: Team effort to educate the public with a new sign on a new land purchase
What’s at Stake

The Florida burrowing owl and gopher tortoise are designated a threatened species by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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 the City of Cape Coral has Burrowing Owl and Gopher Tortoise protection ordinances? Those who intentionally harass or harm the burrowing owls/ gopher tortoises or collapse their burrows will be subject to penalties ranging from a $500 fine to 60 days in jail.

Link to City Code:

https://librarystage.municode.com/fl/cape_coral/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=CH23PRSP

Research by Dr. John Herman of Florida Gulf Coast University demonstrated that “the urban gopher tortoise populations in Cape Coral represent a self-sustaining viable conservation unit.” For this reason, Professor Herman “fully supports and encourages the establishment of a land trust of current vacant lots…for the conservation of gopher tortoises specifically and wildlife in general.”

In fact, more than 350 other species – burrowing owls, coyotes, snakes, foxes, mice and more use tortoise burrows to seek shelter and escape heat, fires, and predators. The gopher tortoise is considered a “keystone species.” Conservation Biologist Rachel King of Florida Fish & Wildlife further explained “If they disappear from the environment, the ecosystem will collapse on itself.”

Find out more about Cape Coral Wildlife Trust by visiting here: https://capecoralwildlifetrust.org/

To Report:

Burrowing Owls, Gopher Tortoises: CCFW 239-980-2593

Injured Wildlife: CROW 239-472-3644

Harassment of Wildlife: FWC 888-404-3922

Cape Coral Code Enforcement: 239-574-0613

Rotary Park Wildlife Info: 239-549-4606

Monitor Lizards: CC Environmental Resources 239-574-0785

CROW: 239 472-3644

combo photo contest

Burrowing Owl Photo Contest

Sponsored by Kindness Animal Hospital

Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife

Entry dates are May 1st-May 22, 2021

Open to all amateur photographers.

2 divisions:  Youth age 7-17 and Adult age 18-up

Print Flyer

Grand Prize has photo pictured on next year's official Burrowing Owl T-shirt.
Prizes given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. place in both divisions. A panel of 3 judges including 2 professional photographers and Cape Coral Mayor, John Gunter will judge the entires.

Rules, prizes and entry details available at by clicking below:

Contest Rules    Entry Form.

Winners to be announced on June 5th at Burrowing Owl census at Rotary Park

Current Gallery of Photos submitted

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Robert Bonde, Manatee Researcher, will be our guest speaker at our Tuesday May 11th Zoom meeting from 7:40 pm to 8:40 pm. 

Manatee expert/author Robert Bonde will present a program about his research on manatees. His work focuses on the conservation of manatees through stranding investigations, population monitoring, and manatee health assessment in the U.S., South America, Africa, Belize and Cuba. Dr. Bonde retired from the U.S. Geological Survey, Sirenia (Manatee) Project, where he worked as a research biologist. He has published over 100 scientific publications and co-authored (with Dr. Roger Reep) a book titled "The Florida Manatee: Biology & Conservation," now in its second edition.

Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife (CCFW) Monthly Meeting via Zoom
Tuesday, May 11th
6:00 pm - Board & General Membership Meeting - All are welcome! Join us to learn about our exciting efforts to preserve wildlife, and how you can become an important part of it.
7:40 pm - Program - Dr. Bonde
8:40 - Member awards and recognitions

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 823 4566 0051
Passcode: 672135

Cake Photo long v2

Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife celebrated our 20th Anniversary at the Cape Coral Museum of History Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 10:00 am. We shared information on how the club began in 2001 and had key members from past years speak. Please visit our 20th Anniversary Celebration page for details and photos.

Cape Coral Wildlife Trust celebrates Gopher Tortoise Day on Saturday, April 10th

Photo from dedication ceremony at Paschas Preserve. celebrating Gopher Tortoise Day April 10. Paschas Preserve is located at 3735 Oasis Blvd just South of Oasis High School.

Ed & Pascha Donaldson, Council Member, Jennifer Nelson, FWC Officer Kyle Rogers
Ed & Pascha Donaldson, Council Member, Jennifer Nelson, FWC Officer Kyle Rogers

John Carioscia
Photo: WinkNews

Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife is deeply saddened by the passing of Councilman John Carioscia. He was instrumental in helping create the Burrowing Owl and Gopher Tortoise Ordinances. He recognized that our wildlife is an economic benefit to our city. Condolences go out to his family.

 

CCFW General Meetings will be live-streamed on ZOOM until further notice. You will be sent an email with the link to the Zoom meeting

 

CCFW YouTube Channel

Learn about CCWT and other topics on our YouTube channel

Check out our CCFW YouTube Channel. We have many original and informative short videos with links to news articles.  Click Here for YouTube

Adopt A Cape Coral Burrowing Owl Program

Adopt Me!           Psst… the others are afraid of heights!

CCFW launches the “Adopt A Cape Coral Burrowing Owl” program to raise money to preserve this endangered species that we share our neighborhoods with. Multiple Levels of sponsorship are available from $25 to $10,000. You can access and print the brochure explaining the program by clicking here

CCFW Meetings

Please look at our Facebook Calendar below for upcoming meetings.
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CCFW's sister organization, Cape Coral Wildlife Trust was formed in 2017 to acquire land for habitat preservation, education, and research, of Cape Coral's indigenous wildlife. As of Sept. 1, 2020, CCWT owns 23 lots where gopher tortoises and burrowing owls live and is actively seeking many more lots.

For information about CCWT and how you can help us acquire and preserve land for wildlife, go to: capecoralwildlifetrust.org

Membership

PUBLIC OUTREACH

Volunteer Opportunity

Every week on Wednesday mornings, weather permitting, Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife members performs maintenance on some of the nearly 2200 Burrowing Owl burrows located in the City. Armed with City maps, weed wackers, safety equipment, and lots of enthusiasm this group of dedicated volunteers trim burrow with high weeds, install PVC pipes and perches on newly found burrows, repair and clean up existing burrows. They also have obtained GPS coordinates for every known burrow and submitted this information to the City of Cape Coral to be put in the City data base.

In the News

CCWT Ribbon Cutting - First gopher tortoise lot
News Articles

April 14, 2021 NBC2 Burrowing owlets rescued from flooded Cape Coral burrow

Burrowing owlets rescued from flooded Cape Coral burrow

Febuary 16, 2021  NBC2   Nesting season underway for Cape Coral burrowing owls

February 7, 2021 - Cape Coral Breeze: Cape’s Ground Owl Day remembers burrowing owls — and their supporter   https://www.capecoralbreeze.com/news/local-news/2021/02/02/capes-ground-owl-day-remembers-burrowing-owls-and-their-supporter/

February 7, 2021 - FOX4 News - Ground Owl will predict the weather for Southwest Florida 

https://www.fox4now.com/news/local-news/ground-owl-will-predict-the-weather-for-southwest-florida

January 22, 2021 - Cape Coral Breeze: Mayor Joe Coviello was a Wildlife Supporter

 https://www.capecoralbreeze.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor-guest-opinions/2021/01/14/mayor-joe-was-wildlife-supporter-will-be-missed/

1. Cape Coral Breeze:  Saving SW Florida One... guest editorial Oct. 2019

https://www.cape-coral-daily-breeze.com/page/content.detail/id/672596/Cape-Coral-Friends-of-Wildlife--Saving-Southwest-Florida--one-animal-at-a-time.html?nav=5005  

2.  News Press:  "On a Mission" CCWT finds homes for gopher tortoises and burrowing owls March 2018

https://www.news-press.com/story/news/local/cape-coral/2018/03/04/cape-coral-wildlife-trust-finding-homes-gopher-tortoises-burrowing-owls/379225002/  

3.  CC Breeze:  Much done, much more to do...Carl - guest opinion April 2019

http://www.cape-coral-daily-breeze.com/page/content.detail/id/670550/Guest-opinion--Much-done--much-more-to-do-to-protect-endangered-species.html?nav=5008  

4.  NBC-2 - Cape Coral could get a park...gopher tortoises April 2019

https://www.nbc-2.com/story/40318431/cape-coral-could-get-an-environmental-park-to-protect-gopher-tortoises 

5.  News Press - CC Designate land...May 1, 2019

https://www.news-press.com/story/news/local/cape-coral/2019/05/01/cape-coral-could-designate-city-owned-land-gopher-tortoise-habitat/3577678002/ 

6.  Fox 4 CC considers preserving wildlife...May 3, 2019

https://www.fox4now.com/news/protecting-paradise/cape-coral-to-consider-preserving-land-for-gopher-tortoises  

7. NBC-2 City gopher tortoise ordinance June 9, 2019

https://www.nbc-2.com/story/40616662/gopher-tortoises-could-soon-receive-protections-under-law  

8. CC Breeze Trust Cuts Ribbon  Feb. 13, 2018

http://www.cape-coral-daily-breeze.com/page/content.detail/id/666037/Trust-cuts-ribbon-on-first-conservation-lot-in-Cape-Coral.html  

 

ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS!

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Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife is a 501 (c) (3) Non-profit organization that relies heavily on donations and fund raisers to support their work.

All monies received by Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife are used to help protect the wildlife of Cape Coral. All members are volunteers, with no paid members.

Donations to can easily made through PayPal, or checks can be mailed to:

Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife

POB 152761

Cape Coral, FL 33915

To Report:

Burrowing Owls, Gopher Tortoises: CCFW 239-980-2593

Injured Wildlife: CROW 239-4723644

Harassment of Wildlife: FWC 888-404-3922

Rotary Park Wildlife Info: 239-549-4606

Monitor Lizards: CC Environmental Resources 239-574-0785

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