Nature Speaker Series

Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium proudly announce our 2022 Nature Speaker Series.
Join us on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 pm in the Planetarium.
Non-Members: $15 | Members: Free

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.

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NATURE SPEAKERS SERIES

BLACK SPINY-TAILED IGUANAS

Use of Gopher Tortoise Burrows in Southwest Florida

Speaker: Josie Rivero, FGCU Graduate, and CNCP Employee

September 14th, 2022 • 7:00 pm

Members: Free • Non-Members: $15

Black spiny-tailed iguanas were introduced to Southwest Florida in 1979. Since then, they have become established in several areas and may be a potential threat to endangered gopher tortoises. Josie will discuss her research documenting burrow sharing between black spiny-tailed iguanas and gopher tortoises. She will discuss the potential modification by iguanas to the burrows, and what this could mean for gopher tortoise populations.

Space is limited, please register today!

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NATURE SPEAKERS SERIES

THE SNAKES OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

Speaker: Matthew Metcalf

M.Sc. Visiting Instructor I, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Florida Gulf Coast University

September 14th, 2022 • 7:00 pm

Members: Free • Non-Members: $15

 

Matthew Metcalf will discuss the variety of native snakes that make Southwest Florida their home. From the tiny ring-neck snake to Florida’s largest native, the eastern indigo, Mr. Metcalf will share photos and stories of his time spent studying them, including radio tracking eastern diamondback rattlesnakes. He will also talk about the four venomous snakes you could find locally, and what to do if you find one in your yard. In the end, audience members will get the chance to meet the five-to-six-foot eastern indigo snake CNCP displays in their museum, on loan from the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation.

Space is limited, please register today!

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NATURE SPEAKERS SERIES

CAT TALE: The Wild, Weird Battle
to Save the Florida Panther

Speaker: Craig Pittman

NY Times Best Selling Author, Four-Time Winner of the Waldo Proffitt
Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism in Florida

October 12th, 2022 • 7:00 pm

Members: Free • Non-Members: $15

 

Learn about the fight to save the Florida panther from extinction from one of the state’s best-loved storytellers. It’s not often research studies, government bureaucracy, and data are combined into an engaging story, but Mr. Pittman did so with his book, Cat Tale. For fans of the book, this is a great chance to hear directly from the author. For those who haven’t read the book, you’ll be entertained and informed, coming away with a greater understanding of the history of Florida’s state animal. Mr. Pittman will sell and sign books after his talk.

Space is limited, please register today!