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.

January 10: Living with Burrowing Owls 

Presented by Beverly Saltonstall, Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife Volunteer

Cape Coral has the largest population of Burrowing Owls (Athene cunicularia floridana) in Florida, with an estimated 1000 nesting pairs and an upwards of 2500 burrows within the city limits. While the owls are quite tolerant of humans, their homes are still being threatened. Come out to learn about their habitat and hunting characteristics so you can cohabitate with this remarkable species. 
 

January 16: Wildlife on the Great Calusa Blueway

Presented by Mike Hammond, Coordinator for Great Calusa Blueway

The Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail is a 190-mile marked canoe and kayak trail that meanders through the coastal waters and inland tributaries of Lee County, Florida. It attracts everyone from first-time kayakers to advanced paddlers and is home to abundant marine life, shore birds and crustaceans. This presentation will cover the history of the Blueway, points of Interest for paddlers and wildlife commonly seen along the trail. There may be live animal encounters during this presentation.

January 24: 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.

January 30: Edible and Medicinal Plants 

Presented by Jessi Drumond, Environmental Education Specialist for CREW Land and Water Trust 

Come learn about the wonderful medical and edible plants that we have here in Southwest Florida. Jessi Drummond from CREW Land & Water Trust will highlight the CREW hiking trails, as well as some of the plants you can see during your adventures. Medicinal and edible plants are an easy way for you to step out your door and improve your life. We have such an array of plants here in Southwest Flordia and this is your chance to learn more about them. You will get to use all of your senses during this information talk, so come prepared to be involved.
 

February 7: Secret Life of Sand Dollars

Presented by J. Bruce Neill, Ph.D., Co-Founder and Executive Director for Sanibel Sea School and Johnny Rader, Marine Science Educator for Sanibel Sea School

Dr. Bruce Neill and Johnny Rader will summarize the findings of Sanibel Sea School's long-term study of Sanibel's sand dollar populations, including what we have recently learned about the reproduction, movement, habitat, and predators of these fascinating and beautiful creatures.
 

February 13: Amphibians and Reptiles of Sanibel & Captiva Islands: A Natural History

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

The Amphibians and Reptiles of Sanibel & Captiva Islands: A Natural History was published in late 2013. It is a culmination of work conducted by Charles LeBuff and Chris Lechowicz spanning the period from 1959-2013. The book is a field guide as well as a history of Sanibel and Captiva from the aspect of amphibians and reptiles written in easily readable format.  The lecture will focus on a few topics covered in the book, as well as an overview of these beautiful animals on the islands. Books will be available at this event.
 

February 21: Changing Face of Nature

Presented by Charles Sobczak, Author

Critically acclaimed Sanibel author Charles Sobczak will provide a thoroughly entertaining, beautifully illustrated discussion on how the wildlife in our area is adapting to us, and we to them - from the sea, land and sky.  

March 2: Story of Ospreys

Presented by Claudia Burns, Volunteer at 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.
 

March 7: Amazing Manatee

Presented by Nancy Kilmartin, Manatee Park Programmer for Lee County Parks and Recreation

Learn all about the biological characteristics and habitats of the Florida Manatee. Discover where they live, what they eat, and the challenges they face in the shallow coastal waters of Florida. Learn all about the biological characteristics and habitats of the Florida Manatee. Discover where they live, what they eat, and the challenges they face in the shallow coastal waters of Florida.
 

March 13: Introduction to Wildlife Photography

Presented by Pam Jones-Morton, Ph.D., Volunteer for Koreshan State Park

People flock to Southwest Florida for outdoor recreational activities, and photography is an area that both young and old can enjoy! To be a successful wildlife photographer, you must become a wildlife observer. Knowing your subject thoroughly helps to anticipate interesting behavior so that you’ll be prepared with the right settings when the action begins. It takes patience, persistence, and practice to capture memorable snapshots. In the effort to get that perfect shot, it’s easy to forget that wildlife photography should be fun.  This program is meant for introductory level photographers and will conclude with a photo opportunity at the end with some of CROW’s animal ambassadors.
 

March 20: Soaring into the Future of Conservation Medicine

Presented by Heather Barron, DVM, Dipl. ABVP-avian, Hospital Director for Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW)

CROW has a growing responsibility and commitment to the one world, one health concept which emphasizes a cooperative approach to the interrelated health of animals, people, and the ecosystem. Conservation medicine addresses these growing disease challenges through interdisciplinary collaboration and CROW plays an integral part. Come talk with Dr. Barron about what CROW has done for wildlife health lately and what this could mean for the health of you, your children, your pets,  your food supply, and the earth.   

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