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Lee County Master Gardener Kathleen White (center) with Fort Myers Beach Marine Resource Task Force members Jennifer Rusk (left) and Cindy Johnson (right).

The Fort Myers Beach Marine Resources Task Force is looking to publicize its pop-up information booths, which can be found on the island two to three days a week this month.

The task force, which works on environmental issues, runs the pop-up booths with other volunteers, including master gardeners. They distribute information on topics such as using native plants to avoid overusing lawn water or fertilizer.

“We almost always have a master gardener to explain how the native plans are so important so you don’t have to use so much fertilizer and water,” said Cindy Johnson, a member of the Fort Myers Beach Marine Resources Task Force.

There is something for everyone. For kids, there are free backpacks, seashell stickers, and coloring guides.

Ornithological guides are distributed to those wishing to identify the many species of Fort Myers Beach.

Cindy Johnson, a member of the Fort Myers Beach Marine Resources Task Force, speaks to a visitor to the task force’s pop-up booth during the Fort Myers Beach Library’s Giant Book Sale Saturday. Photo by Nathan Mayberg

Volunteers distribute bags of shells and other items to keep the beach clean.

A copy of the fishing regulations is available to fishermen.

For boaters, there are nautical guides.

Other subjects include sea turtles and other island wildlife.

Susan Hughes, visited the pop-up booth during the Fort Myers Beach Library’s giant book sale on Saturday. Hughes, who stays in Fort Myers Beach for four months of the year and spends the rest in Michigan, liked the seashell bags and wants to learn more about bird identification.

“I am a decorticator” said Hugh. “At home, I go after the Petoskey shells.

For those wishing to visit the kiosks, the upcoming dates are:

Thursday, Bowditch Point Park, 9 a.m. to noon

Saturday, Times Square, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Tuesday March 8, Newton Park, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Saturday, March 12, Lynn Hall Memorial Park Shrimp Fest, 9 a.m. to noon

Sunday, March 13, Lynn Hall Memorial Park Shrimp Fest, 9 a.m. to noon

Saturday March 19, Times Square, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Fort Myers Beach Marine Resource Task Force member Jennifer Rusk (left) speaks with Michigan resident Susan Hughes, who also spends part of the year in Fort Myers Beach, during the one of the Task Force information booths at the Fort Myers Beach Public Library. Big book sale on Saturday. Photo by Nathan Mayberg