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Report Post-Ian Wildlife Sightings

October 26, 2022
If you see any wildlife on the islands, please share your sighting with SCCF.
“It’s a critical time for us to document any widlife sightings on our islands,” said Wildlife & Habitat Management Director Chris Lechowicz. “This post-Hurricane Ian recovery time is a great time for citizen science. We are grateful that our community cares so much about our wildlife and look forward to everyone’s input.”
In the sighting form, you can upload a photo or a video, or you can just report your sighting, including the species (as you are able to best identify), the date, and the location by entering text. We are also seeking reports of fatalities if you see dead animals.
Eastern Ratsnake Sighted
in Sanibel Preserve
This morning, SCCF staff were excited to spot an Eastern ratsnake (Patherophis alleghaniensis) in the Puschel Preserve off Periwinkle Way on Sanibel.
“This is a good example of what we’re looking for with wildlife sightings. It was the first time we’ve seen this species since the hurricane,” said Lechowicz.


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