Stopping to let a gopher tortoise cross
the street, driving by a group of wild
pigs on a busy road, watching dozens
of pelicans in a feeding frenzy in Placida as
dolphins swim offshore...these are just a few
of the scenes you can expect to encounter in
the Englewood area.
A huge variety of birds and animals call
Englewood home, all or part of the year.
They are a source of fascination, wonder and
entertainment to residents and visitors alike.
This is a place where you can see bald eagles
soaring in the sky in the morning and a
bobcat in your neighbor’s yard at dusk.
The loggerhead sea turtle is the prominent sea
turtle here. This species lays 90% of its U.S. nests
in Florida and the Englewood area is a particularly
popular nesting spot. Sea turtle nesting season runs
from May 1 to October 31 when female loggerheads
lumber up on shore and lay about 100 eggs in
the sand before returning to the water. Sea Turtle
Patrol volunteers mark and track the nests with
those wooden stakes and neon tape you see on the
2019 PHOTO BY MARY LUNDEBERG
PHOTO BY HERB KRANTZ
PHOTO BY TOM NEWTON
PHOTO BY RANDY PFILE