Bike the Loop: Bird Rookery Swamp

Like to bike? Come out to Bird Rookery Swamp on February 27th, 2015 from 9 am- 1pm and  join CREW Trust volunteers Peter Tomlinson and Jan Watson for a guided  tour of the picturesque 12-mile loop. 

View beautiful scenery, great wildlife, and enjoy the company of like-minded souls.

Activity Level: Strenuous-This is a trail ride on uneven, soft, grassy/sandy trails. Ground level with swamp on both sides of the trail.

BRING YOUR OWN BICYCLE: Mountain, hybrid or fat tire bikes are recommended. Not appropriate for road bicycles. CREW does NOT provide bikes for this tour. 

Space is limited to first 20 riders that register, so use the link below and sign up fast:




CREW People in Spotlight: Conservation Educator of the Year & Ellen Peterson Award

jessi and deb with neil
Jessi Drummond, Neil Wilkinson and Deb Hanson at the 2014 Environmental Breakfast

Congratulations to Deb Hanson, CREW Land & Water Trust’s Environmental Education Specialist for being recognized as Conservation Educator of the Year and to Jessi Drummond, CREW’s intern, for receiving the Ellen Peterson Award presented on October 23rd by Audubon of Southwest Florida (ASWFL) at the 17th annual Environmental Breakfast held at Riverside Community Center in Fort Myers.

Senator Bill Nelson congratulates Deb Hanson in this letter
Senator Bill Nelson congratulates Deb Hanson in this letter

ASWFL President Roger Clark presented both awards, saying Deb Hanson has dedicated her career to providing quality environmental education to thousands of southwest Florida’s citizens.  Jessi’s award recognizes her as an active young advocate for the environment. In fitting fashion, Jessi (a recent FGCU graduate) has been hired to replace Deb as CREW’s environmental education specialist when Deb retires from her position in December.

Brenda Brooks and the CREW Board of Trustees are proud of both of these CREW educators and thank you for your dedication and service to CREW. We wish Deb well in her new adventures and welcome Jessi to the team.  Our mission to preserve and protect the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed continues with the support of our members, our partner agencies, and the public.


Strolling Science Seminars New Schedule – and a grant from CHNEP

CREW’s Strolling Science Seminars has a new sponsor. The Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP) has awarded the CREW Land and Water Trust a grant of $1327 to partially fund our new adult education program called Strolling Science Seminars.

Because we got news of the grant just one week before our original seminars were to begin, we have changed the schedule a bit to allow time to advertise and register people for all the seminars. We cancelled the Nov. 5th seminar and added one in April 2012 on Pollinators. The new schedule, descriptions of each seminar, and the registration form can be found  here. It begins with a strolling seminar on Florida Black Bears on December 2nd. Registration is required.

Each seminar is a field-based, hands-on workshop designed to help adults get more in-depth knowledge and skills related to wildlife monitoring and land management as well as a greater understanding of the watershed as  a whole. Our goal is for citizens to return home and feel comfortable engaging in some kind of citizen science on their own.

We’re excited to have CHNEP co-sponsoring this series of adult environmental education workshops with us. We look forward to having many of you join us for one or more of the series.

%d bloggers like this: