Protecting our water, land, wildlife and future.


The Conservancy Science and Research Department works to enhance our understanding of ecosystems and associated wildlife in Southwest Florida.

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The Conservancy Environmental Policy and Advocacy Department ensures that our local, state and federal leaders have the tools to make informed decisions.

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The Conservancy Environmental Education team at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida is active with all ages. 

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Wildlife Hospital

The Wildlife Rehabilitation team works to protect and rehabilitate native wild animals and, when possible, reintroduce them to their natural habitat.

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Latest News

Sea turtle nesting: And ways you can help

With single-minded determination, females, like the one in front of you, emerge from the ocean every 2–4 years. This migration from their foraging grounds further exposes them to risks they ordinarily encounter; entanglement in fishing gear, boat strikes and poachers on their nesting beaches. Learn More

FAQs: Red tide vs. blue green algae

What are the differences between red tide and the blue green algae seen in so many local waterways? Are they related? We wanted to clear up some misconceptions by answering some questions that have come into our experts here at the Conservancy. Read More

Too little, too much: The Calooshatachee Paradox

Since June 2, the focus of the regulatory agencies, the public, and the environmental community has been on the damaging high volume discharges to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie from Lake Okeechobee. Click to read more

Latest Photos

Photos from the Conservancy team

See photographs taken on a daily basis from around the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center. You'll also see photos from the von Arx Wildlife Hospital, the Science Department, the Education Department, and the Policy Department.