Shell museum to present new exhibit on local water quality | News, Sports, Jobs – SANIBEL-CAPTIVA

ANDREW WEST Red macroalgae off Sanibel in 2006.

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum will unveil a new exhibit, “RED, BLUE, GREEN: Introduction to Water Quality in Southwest Florida”, January 15 which will be on display until June 12.

Produced in partnership with the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation and The News-Press / Naples Daily News, it will serve as an introduction to the dynamics of water quality in the region, from Lake Okeechobee to the Everglades and the Gulf of Mexico. Through photographs, maps, timelines and more, the exhibition will illustrate phenomena such as the red tide and blue-green algae, the legacy of water flow management and the impacts of water. of good and poor quality on ecosystems, wildlife and the economy.

“Water is one of the most universally appreciated attributes and the thorny challenges for our region”, said executive director Sam Ankerson. “With so much good work and local expertise on water quality, this is an opportunity to present these often complex issues to a wider audience, many of whom are new visitors to the region.”

Most of the photographs were taken by award-winning News-Press / Naples Daily News photographer Andrew West, who for more than 20 years has documented changes in Southwest Florida’s ecosystems and their associated problems.

The exhibit will also highlight the work of local organizations to improve water quality and raise awareness of critical issues in Southwest Florida. In addition, it will include a children’s activity table with art projects related to the exhibition.


“The SCCF and other organizations have worked for decades to study and advocate for water quality and to protect and restore ecosystems throughout South Florida. SCCF CEO James Evans said. “This exhibition offers a new platform to educate and raise public awareness of these challenges for the health of tomorrow in our region.

The exhibit was made possible by a donation from Joe and Jo Anne Orndorff, with additional support from the Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club.

On April 6 at 5:30 p.m., West will present a related program at the museum, titled “Paradise Considered: Photographs of Nature and Change in Southwest Florida”. Joined by Ankerson, he will share some of his most fascinating photographs and the stories, events and issues behind them. The cost is $ 10 or free for members. To register, visit

Residents of Lee County receive half-price admission to the museum on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m., thanks to a donation from an anonymous donor. Other special exhibits on display at the museum this season include “Blackwater Moments: Night Photography of Deep Sea Molluscs” until May 30.

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The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is located at 3075 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel.



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