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Nature Speaker Series

Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium invite you to attend our Nature Speaker Series.
Join us on the second Wednesday of each month (Oct-April) at 7:00 pm in the Planetarium.
Members: Free | Non-Members: $15

This monthly series will feature experts from many different wildlife, conservation, and environmental fields. Each speaker is unique and will bring fascinating stories of their work and passion to our guests.

Cuban Rancheros

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Speaker: Adam Knight, Museum Manager, Mound House, Ft. Myers Beach

The Cuban Fishing Industry on the Florida Gulf Coast consisted of fishermen from Cuba setting up camps, first seasonal and then year-round, on the Gulf shores to fish its mullet, pompano, sea trout, redfish, and sharks. Known as the rancho fishing industry, the ranchos (pescadores ranchos) exploited the marine resources for the Havana market, starting around 1765 with the industry expanding during British rule (1763-1783) and ending by1840 during the Second Seminole War (1835-1842). The ranchos were profitable, complicated communities of diverse peoples. The legacies of that era are found with geographic names throughout the region. Reserve your ticket here

Drying Up: The Fresh Water Crisis in Florida

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Speaker: John Dunn, Author

Why is America’s wettest state running out of water? Florida—with its swamps, lakes, extensive coastlines, and legions of life-giving springs—faces a drinking water crisis. Mr. Dunn will discuss his book, Drying Up, a wake-up call and a hard look at what the future holds for those who call Florida home. Reserve your ticket here



The Nature Speaker Series will go on hiatus following the April 10 event.

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