2017 Speaker Series Schedule

 

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The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) is pleased to announce the return of the 2017 Speaker Series and is generously sponsored by the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club. Lectures will be presented by environmental professionals from Southwest Florida with topics ranging from wildlife photography to conservation medicine.
 

Lectures are approximately one hour and begin promptly at 4:15 p.m. in CROW's Visitor Education Center.

March 28: Story of Ospreys

Presented by Claudia Burns, Volunteer for International Osprey Foundation

Ospreys are large brown and white raptors who breed in southwest Florida from December through April and can be seen diving for live fish in shallow waters throughout the area. Because they build their nests right out in the open, their behavior is easy to observe, but not always easy to understand. This presentation uses photos, videos and recorded vocalizations to explain osprey behavior.
 

April 3: The Feather Wars

Presented by Jim Powers, Research Historian for Southwest Florida Museum of History 

A 50 year War was fought in South Florida 1870-1920 with unfathomable casualties. The world beyond South Florida was slow to recognize the one sided belligerency fought in the swamps and wetlands of the expansive Florida Everglades. Cracker settlers grabbed their shotguns and professional hunters and wealthy tourists eagerly joined exporters to form an army of profiteers. Initially, the opposition army was avian alone and could only scatter or fly away because their plumage was considered fashionable and was of greater monetary value than an equal weight of gold.
 

April 11: Story of Ospreys

Presented by Claudia Burns, Volunteer for International Osprey Foundation

Ospreys are large brown and white raptors who breed in southwest Florida from December through April and can be seen diving for live fish in shallow waters throughout the area. Because they build their nests right out in the open, their behavior is easy to observe, but not always easy to understand. This presentation uses photos, videos and recorded vocalizations to explain osprey behavior.
 

April 17: Snakes of Sanibel & Captiva

Presented by Chris Lechowicz, Director of Habitat Management and Herpetologist for Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation

Sanibel and Captiva islands are home to over a dozen native snakes (plus one exotic). Many rumors and hearsay about snakes can cause fear in people (sometimes resulting in unwarranted killing of snakes) and cloud the importance of the snake’s role in the ecosystem. This lecture will focus on identifying all of the snakes known from the islands, as well as correcting some common misconceptions about snakes. Chris will bring a few live examples of Florida snakes.
 

The 2017 Speaker Series sponsored by

Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club