Shell Point named Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation


Shell Point is home to many varieties of birds, from anhinga and herons to pelicans and cormorants. 

 FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 21, 2021) – Shell Point Retirement Community has been designated by the National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Wildlife Habitat. By employing sustainable practices and offering wildlife opportunities for natural sources of food, water for drinking and bathing, cover from weather and predators, and places to raise young, Shell Point satisfied the essential elements required to earn the wildlife habitat distinction. 


With its location on the Caloosahatchee River, Shell Point attracts dolphins and manatees. 

“Residents and staff alike appreciate the great beauty that surrounds Shell Point,” said Adam Hinds, Vice President of Operations at Shell Point. “Achieving this designation reflects our commitment to honoring the wildlife who also call Shell Point home.” 


Shell Point offers a welcoming environment for otters and an array of wildlife. 

Located on the Caloosahatchee River, Shell Point is surrounded by mangroves, trees and lakes that attract numerous wildlife, including a variety of birds, otters, turtles, dolphin, manatee and fish. 


Shell Point was named a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. 

“The natural setting of Shell Point’s 700-acre campus is a welcoming habitat for a robust wildlife population,” said Shell Point Director of Landscape Operations, Steve Morton. “We were named a Certified Wildlife Habitat because of our conscientious planning and sustainable approach to landscaping, with plenty of native plants and planted littorals along our water areas.” 


Flocks of white pelicans delight Shell Point’s avid birders. 

A sign commemorating Shell Point’s status as a Certified Wildlife Habitat was placed near the wetlands area across from Tribby Arts Center, Shell Point’s new state-of-the-art visual and performing arts facility designed to nurture the creative spirit and the engaged minds of the community’s residents. Additional lifestyle amenities include a championship 18-hole golf course with an elegantly appointed clubhouse, free boat docks with deep-water access to the Gulf of Mexico, and miles of scenic walking and biking trails. For more information, visit www.ShellPoint.org. 


Herons find Shell Point’s golf course particularly appealing 

About Shell Point Retirement Community 

Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers, Florida. Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing for its 2,500 residents in an active, resort-style environment. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access with free dockage, a championship 18-hole golf course, an arts center, coastal-inspired restaurants and outdoor cafes, salons and spas, fitness centers, tennis and pickleball, along with miles of scenic walking and bike trails and other recreational and educational activities. To learn more, visit www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131 


Shell Point is Florida’s largest continuing care retirement community. 

MEDIA CONTACTS: 

Shell Point Retirement Community 

Lynn Schneider: 239-454-2150 | lynnschneider@shellpoint.org 

Kara Hado: 239-454-8245 | karahado@shellpoint.org 

SHELL POINT ACADEMY OFFERS CLASS ABOUT HURRICANES

FORT MYERS, Fla. (August 14, 2012) – Shell Point’s Academy of Lifelong Learning invites the public to attend a class presented by Kristie Anders, Education Director Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation, about hurricanes in Southwest Florida on September 18 at 10:00 am. This free presentation will take place in the Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands in Shell Point Retirement Community; however space is limited, so reservations are required to attend. To reserve your spot please call (239) 489-8472. 

Anders experienced her first hurricane at age 6, and that was the first of many hurricanes and tropical storms that this island dwelling educator has lived through. In addition to her personal experiences, she will share the scientific information that will help us better understand this phenomenon.

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SHELL POINT PRESENTATION ON TURTLES, TORTOISES, AND TERRAPINS

FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 31, 2012)

Shell Point’s Academy of Lifelong Learning welcomes the public to learn about turtles, tortoises, and terrapins in a presentation by Kristie Anders, Education Director for Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation. This free presentation will take place at 1 pm on Friday, July 13 in the Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands in Shell Point Retirement Community. Space is very limited, so reservations are required to attend, please call (239) 489-8472 to reserve your seat.

What are the differences between turtles, tortoises, and terrapins? The most common of these reptiles living among us are the Gopher Tortoises, Kemp’s Ridley, and Loggerhead Sea Turtles. However, most people are unaware that the only known species to live in brackish water, the Diamondback Terrapin, is right in our backyard. Anders will share with attendees her experiences with sea turtles over the last 25 years, including stories and facts regarding these animals, which can literally be traced to the age of the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago.

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