Immerse in an ECO-Tour and Experience Southwest Florida Islands by Boat

“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, August 25, 2013

Exploring Shells and Wildlife

The weather was perfect for exploring with  Margaret, Manny, Matt, his girlfriend and their niece.  We traveled to an isolated stretch of beach and walked to the sound side where we observed roseate spoonbills, willets, snowy egrets, horseshoe crabs, a raccoon, and kings crowns having lunch on a crab. The time seemed to fly by. While the anchor was being pulled, dolphins appeared off the bow of the boat. It was the perfect ending to a perfect trip.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Kip, Kerri and Crew


Kip, Kerri and crew went on two trips with me recently. The 1st day was Kip and crew.  We explored the flats and found whelks, more whelks than I have seen before. We left many on the flat.  Day 2 was Keri and the girls. With the girls we traveled to a beautiful place on the island where the water was clear and we found many sand dollars. They had an underwater camera and were able to capture some awesome photos in the water.  The afternoon showers rolled in early, so we headed back to Captiva.  I enjoyed both trips with Kip,  Keri and crew.

NY NOW Gift Show Displays Fossil Designs by Karen Robertson

I'm proud to share with you again Karen Robertson's Design "Wonders Of The Sea" featuring a fossil photo by myself on display at the NY NOW Gift Show in New York City through today. If you have not had a chance to check out the Karen Robertson Collection, she's a lovely and talented designer specializing in marine-life designs and nautical theme decor.  Karen says her brand reflects a lifestyle "to anyone who loves an ocean view" and I couldn't agree more.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Capt. Brian Working Behind The Clouds

I am very excited to let you  know about the classes I have been participating in. The Florida Marine Science Educators class was a  great learning experience.  I look forward to learning more from other classmates on other excursions. Florida SEE... My goal is to reach platinum level . It is the highest level you can obtain. I met with a Florida SEE evaluator this week to review the expectations to achieve this.  This week  was a week of goals. I look forward to reaching these goals and I will update you when I reach these goals.
             Capt. Brian

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Texas Sheller Teresa and Family

It was great seeing the Texas Sheller Teresa again. She brought her son and grandson with her on this trip. Teresa is always fun to talk with as we shell. I always learn something new from her. This time was no exception. She gave me great ideas on how to store and display shells with antique shelves. According to her grandson she has shells all over her house.  On this trip she added a few more to her seashell collection. It was a beautiful day on the water. Thank you Teresa for another fun trip and thank you for the boxes of shells. They are amazing and have a special spot on the back porch. 
                                                        Capt. Brian

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Fun Day of Shelling and Photography

Rebecca and her kids were out with me last summer. This summer it was Rebecca, her sister Kathy and her kids. We explored the clear water on the out islands for sand dollars and other treasures from the sea. Then it was off to the flats to explore and observe live shells in their habitat. On the way to the flats we encountered a newly formed island that had just appeared as the tide went out. We dropped anchor and set out on this new piece of land .  After walking the newly formed island we made our way to the flats. Rebecca spotted three roseate spoonbills where we anchored. She climbed over the side of the boat barefoot with her camera and started taking photos. The stay on the flats was a short one because of the weather coming in, but we were both able to take numerous photos of the clouds and spoonbills. Thank you Rebecca, Kathy Jamie, Preston and Colin for a fun trip!
                                                                                            Capt. Brian