SPEAKERS SCHEDULED FOR FRIENDS 2018 GATHERINGS
By Charles O’Connor

We are excited about the range of topics for our Friends’ Gatherings in 2018. We’ll investigate what happens in natural systems in a hurricane, learn about snakes that live here in Florida, walk down Memory Lane with the Slough’s Land Steward, and appreciate new discoveries about our original native Floridians.  Please join us at 6:30 p.m. to socialize prior to the 7 p.m. presentation.  Reservations are required to prevent overcrowding. Call 239 533 7557 or email troake@comcast.net

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – Edwin Everham, Hurricanes – Misunderstood Harmony
Dr. Edwin (Win) Everham is a professor at Florida Gulf Coast University where he is the program leader for Environmental Studies.  He will be discussing what happens in natural systems during and after hurricanes.  Dr. Everham has a Ph.D. in Environmental and Forest Biology from State University of New York.  His research interest is unraveling how ecosystems respond to disturbance events.  

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - John Herman, Large Snake Ecology (Rattlesnake and Indigo)
John Herman, a professor at Florida Gulf Coast University will be discussing his research on our native rattlesnakes and indigos and addressing questions on wildlife management and conservation.  Dr. Herman has Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Toledo.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018 – Robert Repenning, A Fond Recollection of My Life in the Slough
Robert (Bob) Repenning  is Land Stewardship Coordinator for Lee County and he will be giving an overview of his time here at the Slough.  Bob has a Master’s Degree in Wildlife Conservation from the University of Florida and has spent his career helping to preserve and restore natural lands. The Slough alone has increased from 2200 acres to 3500 acres during his time in Lee County.  Our beloved Bob is retiring this summer and this will be his final presentation as Land Steward.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - Cindy Bear, Calusa Culture, New Discoveries in Lee County
Cindy Bear is Coordinator of Programs and Services for Randell Research Center (RRC).  RRC is a permanent facility on Pine Island dedicated to the archaeology, history and ecology of Southwest Florida.  Cindy will be discussing what we’ve recently learned about our native Calusa.  She has a Master’s Degree in Science Education.  Prior to joining RRC, Cindy spent over 20 years as a resource teacher with the Environmental Education Program in the Lee County School District.
 

 

Open Category - 1st Place - Photographer, Landon Snider

Open Category - 1st Place - Photographer, Landon Snider

 

 

Plant Category - 1st Place - Photographer, John McConnell

Plant Category - 1st Place - Photographer, John McConnell