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.

Wildlife Contacts

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

 

Adopt an Owl Program

Adopt A Burrowing Owl 

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

 

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/

News Articles

CCFW's Annual Burrowing Owl Photo Contest

EPA - Safely Use Rodent Bait Products

Thousands of dollars raised to protect burrowing owls at annual Cape Coral festival

Brewery in Cape Coral launches beer to help burrowing owls

Burrowing owl nest destroyed in Cape Coral

May 3, 2022 Beloved Cape Coral burrowing owl dies from suspected rat poison - NBC2 News (nbc-2.com)

Beloved Cape Coral burrowing owl dies from suspected rat poison

April 30, 2022  Burrowing Owl dies in Cape Coral

April 22, 2022 Fort Myers New Press Amendment would give Floridians "Right to Clean and Healthy Waters"

March 31, 2022 Northwest Neighborhood Association President Promotes CCWT!!!

March 31, 2022 Cape Coral Breeze: State Requires Lizard Habitat Upgrade

March 27, 2022 NBC-2 Save Green Day the Iguana's Life

March 11, 2022 WGCU goes in search of feathered friends by way of the 20th Annual Burrowing Owl Festival (Video)

February 25, 2022 Cape Coral's citizen sanctuary (Print and Audio)

March 21, 2022 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

April 24, 2022  Ding Darling Day at Lake Park

February 25, 2022 NPR Cape Coral's Citizen Sanctuary

February 26, 2022 Gulf Shore Life Burrowing Owl Festival

February 21, 2022 abc-7 Cape Coral Working to Protect Burrowing Owls as Nesting Season Begins

February 19, 2022   Florida Wildlife Federation FWC Extends Gopher Tortoise Waiver Without Public Debate

February 15, 2022  Everglades Trust

January 31, 2022  Cape Coral Breeze  The Pied Piper of rat control 

Punxsutawney Phil? Pshaw. Burrowing owl to predict the brrrr

October 20,2021 Ecowatch   California Vineyards use Owls Instead of Pesticide

January 5, 2022 Floridians and their Scrub Jay: Can they coexist?

https://flyinglessons.us/2020/01/29/floridians-and-their-scrub-jay-can-they-coexist/

December 22, 2021 American Birding Association

American Birding Association:  Burrowing Owl, the 2022 ABA Bird of the Year!

December 13, 2021 Fort Myers News Press

Looking for a unique gift? How about adopting a burrowing owl

November 23, 2021 Wink News Environmental advocates worry gopher tortoises will lose protectons

November 11, 2021 Cape Coral Breeze  Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife Owl Adoption Makes a Great Gift for the Holdiays

 

November 4, 2021 NBC2 Trick-or-Treaters run over, trample several owl burrows, conservation group says

Cape Coral Breeze September 16, 2021 CCFW opposes harvesting saw palmetto berries in 20/20 preserves

Fox4 News July 14  2021, Burrowing owl nests being threatened by developments and natural causes

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  

 

Burrowing Owl Festival Wildlife and Environmental Expo
Burrowing Owl Photo Contest 5-4-22

2022 Burrowing Owl Photo Contest

May 1 - May 21, 2022

Click on "2022 Burrowing Owl Photo Contest" tab above for details

Please help CCFW fund a new cage for me to comply with new FWC requirements.

Click Green Day's Face to see NBC-2 News Story

Special thanks to Author and Florida Columnist  Carl Hiaasen for autographing and donating children books for the 20th Anniversary of the Burrowing Owl Festival and Wildlife Environmental Exposition. He donated the manuscript of the movie HOOT which is in the Cape Coral  Museum of History.
We would also like to thank Nicole Curley from Patriot Nests for her donation of a screech owl box for the CCFW auction.

Help us reach our goal of

500+ Members

before the end of May 2022 !

 

 

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To contact Noela Chocolate & Confections, email:   [email protected]

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

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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, 2021, CCWT owns 50 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

 Here is an important way to help working directly with wildlife. Supplied 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.

ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS!

Make a Donation

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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