Useful Links

Southwest Florida Water Management District

Wildlife Specific Organizations

Cape Coral Wildlife Trust

Shady Oaks Butterfly Farm

Southwest Florida Live Eagle Cam

Florida Bat Center

Save The Manatee Organization

Florida Turtle Conservation Trust

Ashton Biodiversity Research and Preservation Institute (Gopher Tortoise)

Burrowing Owl Preservation Society

Live Monarch Foundation

North American Butterfly Association

The Owl Pages

Scrub Jay Trail

Purple Martin Conservation Association

Gopher Tortoises 

Florida Panther National Refuge Center 

Friends of Babcock Ranch

Everglades Coaltion

Caloosa Waterkeepers


National Organizations

Sierra Club

National Wildlife Federation

National Audubon Society

The National Wildlife Federation has a great Native Plant Finder

Environmental America

Eco Voice

Non-Profit Groups

Charlotte Harbor Natural Estuary Program

Birding Groups

American Bird Conservancy

Lee County Bird Patrol

Caloosa Bird Club

Audubon of Florida

Audubon of SW Florida

Nature Centers

Friends of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

Calusa Nature Center

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge

Peace River Wildlife Center

Everglades Trust

Florida Yards and Neighborhood Information

Florida Yards and Neighborhoods

University of Florida Yards and Gardens

Information on invasive exotic plants

Florida Master Naturalist Program

Florida Friendly Plants

Back Ten Feet 

Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council

Information on composting and rain barrels for residential areas:

A Home guide to Composting  –  A great site with all sorts of helpful links about

composting, sent in to us by a young lady in Calif (thanks Rebecca!).

Earthmachine (composting machine)

Envirosystems, another commercial composting product

Information on native plants:                       

Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants

Coccoloba Native Plant Society

Institute for Regional Conservation 

City of Cape Coral

City of Cape Coral Burrowing Owl Information

Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce

Cape Coral Parks Map

Cape Coral Historical Museum

Cape Coral Wildlife Viewing

Cape Coral Interactive Mapping System

Cape Coral Planning Division applications, documents, and information

Cape Coral Searchable Land Development Code

Burrowing owl, gopher tortoise, bald eagle, or mangrove information

Cape Coral protection requirements for burrowing owls, gopher tortoises, or bald eagles

Wildlife GIS data and an interactive map showing locations of listed species in Cape Coral

Lee County

Lee County Parks & Recreation 

State of Florida

Florida State Parks: Beginner’s Guide to Birding

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

FWC Contact

FWC Florida Burrowing Owl Incidental Take Permits

Southwest Florida Water Management District

FWC Wildlife Alert to report violations or sick, injured or dead wildlife

 Rehabilitation Centers


Peace River Wildlife Center

SafeHaven Wildlife Refuge Center, Marengo, Ill

Animal Refuge Center 

Audubon Center for Birds of Prey

Octagon Wildlife Center  

Other Groups

Adam’s Animal Encounters

Bailey Matthews Shell Museum 

Charlotte Harbor Water Atlas 

Southwest Florida Museum of History

Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism

1000 Friends of Florida Members

Citizens for Sensible Growth in Sarasota County – This is a volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization of neighbors concerned about maintaining the quality of life in Sarasota County.

Conservancy of Southwest Florida – The groups had its start in 1964 when plans were revealed to build a road through Rookery Bay. The group now focuses on protecting the quality of life, protecting the environment, and promoting smart growth in the region.

Greater Pine Island Civic Association – This group works to maintain the quality of life on Pine Island in Lee County.

Rainbow River Conservation  –  Through education, conservation, stewardship and advocacy, Rainbow River Conservation works to protect and preserve the water quality, the natural beauty, the riverbed, and the flood plains of the Rainbow River in Southwest Florida.

Responsible Growth Management Coalition – Though it focuses primarily on Lee County, this coalition also works in neighboring Charlotte, Hendry, Glades and Collier counties. It incorporated in 1988 over the siting of Florida Gulf Coast University on 760 acres of primary panther habitat. It now focuses on Lee County’s comprehensive plan and planning issues, the region’s Outstanding Florida Waterways, acquiring sensitive natural lands for the public, and environmental issues.

South Manasota/Sandpiper Key Association – The mission of the SMKA is to provide an action forum for property owners and others with vested interest in the ambiance, economy, ecology, beauty, recreation and culture of the Englewood area, as well as to foster community among residents.

Suncoast Waterkeeper, Inc. – The mission of Suncoast Waterkeeper is to protect and restore the Florida Suncoast’s waterways through enforcement, fieldwork, advocacy, and environmental education for the benefit of the communities that rely upon these precious coastal resources.  The organization also addresses coastal development issues.


Conservation Trust for FloridaIts mission is to work with landowners to save Florida’s wild and working landscapes for future generations.

Other Links of Interest