“Captain Brian Holaway is well versed in the intricacies of our unmatched locale. He can guide to and through a multitude of out-of-the way tidal creeks, bayous, keys and islands. More important is his passionate interest and respect for the region. With unique insights from his many explorations and his studies, not only does he identify the birds and wildlife that inhabit our semi-tropical watery land, but he explains their interconnectedness to their environment and each other. In addition, he shares the fascinating history of rugged people who came long before us: Florida Native Indians, the Calusa, the Spanish, the Cubans, early homesteaders, and the wisdom evident in the growth of their culture.

You will come away with great enjoyment and a new understanding of this beautiful place and its history.”

Historian, Betty Anholt
Author of Sanibel’s Story

Sunday, May 9, 2010

A Pleasurable May Evening At The Mound House
This year the 62nd Annual Florida Anthropology society held its annual meeting in Fort Myers, Florida. The opening reception was held at the mound house on Estero Island. Construction began on this mound in 100B.C. The ancient Calusa occupied this mound as well as the Spanish and Cuban fisherman. A great time was had meeting new people, visiting with old friends and former students. A highlight was discussing the possibilities of going to Cuba in the future with a volunteer group from St. Augustine. The great thing about this historic site is you can reach it by land OR by water. The back dock is 45 minutes from Captiva Island. The pictures here were taken on top of the mound.