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Practicing socially distant environmental stewardship
March 25, 2020

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Coastal Watch invites the public to join it in practicing socially distant environmental stewardship.

Staying at home is challenging, but it is a great opportunity to get outside and connect with the nature in one's backyard. Coastal Watch encourages the community to explore, ask questions, create and make sustainable choices during this time. A few of its favorite sheltering ways for enjoying nature include:

- Take walks and explore the natural world around your home. What animals live there? What plants?

- Pledge to take on a new nature fact of the day. Research some topic and share it.

- Encourage nature to visit your home. Create bird feeders, bird houses or bee hotels. Research native plants to install in the future.

- Create a nature journal to record fun findings, observations and sketches of what you discover while outdoors.

- Pick up litter around your home, on walks and anywhere you see it. Please be safe and use your discretion when picking up objects; dispose of litter properly.

- Adhere to and learn about proper recycling protocols

- Repurpose recyclables when you can to create fun interesting projects.

- Make a pledge to reduce single-use plastics in your life. Encourage friends and family to join you.

- Learn about your watershed and map it. What features surround your watershed? How is it impacted by them? What can you do to improve its health?

- Calculate your family's carbon footprint. How can you challenge yourselves to decrease it?

The public is encouraged to take time to enjoy the fresh air, share its findings and inspire others.

Part of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation family, Coastal Watch creates and implements conservation initiatives that promote and improve the future of marine resources and the local coastal heritage. For more information, visit sancapcoastalwatch.org or contact coastalwatch@sanibelseaschool.org.

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