While summer can be full of road trips and traffic jams, visitors and locals on Sanibel Island experience different kinds of road blocks. For sure, a flock of birds meandering across the street might make for an unusual travel delay in most places, but here on the island, it’s understood, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Sanibel and Captiva Islands are world renowned for their rich, active, and protected wildlife population. The J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, located on Sanibel’s northern end, is one of the largest underdeveloped mangrove ecosystems in the country. Best known for it’s vibrant migratory bird populations, within and beyond the refuge, avid bird watchers can find egrets, herons, ibis, roseate spoonbills, and more.
The wildlife here has an unmistakeable way of taming the usual hustle of our everyday lives. Instead of meetings or deadlines, the turtles, birds, and fish move based on the winds and tides. And while our day may include emails, house showings, kids’ soccer games, and more, spotting a roseate spoonbill, or a striking sunset, is a little reminder that helps us slow down too.
If your day ends with an apology to friends for being late to dinner since the birds held you up – well then, it’s a pretty good day.