The 25th Annual Lecture Series
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- January 13 CAUGHT BETWEEN A ROCK AND A SOFT SPOT: SEA LEVEL RISE AND PEAT COLLAPSE
- Stephen Davis
- January 27 THE KEY LARGO WOODRAT: NEAR EXTINCTION AND RECOVERY OF A SPECIES
- February 3 THOSE THAT CREEP SLITHER: SNAKES AND LIZARDS OF THE FLORIDA KEYS Adam Emerick
- February 10 VULTURES: NATURE ’S CLEAN -UP CREW
- February 17 HOW INTELLIGENT OUTDOOR LIGHTING CAN PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT Charles Fulco
- February 24 THE SURVIVAL OF QUALITY FISHING: ARE MARINE RESERVES A GOOD IDEA
- March 2 LIONFISH: MANAGEMENT OPTIONS TO LIMIT THEIR IMPACT ON REEF ECOSYSTEMS Mike Allen
- March 9 INVASIVE PLANTS: WHAT TO DO NEXT WITH NATIVE GARDENING
- March 16 FLORIDA TREE SNAILS: JEWELS OF THE HAMMOCKS Sara Hamilton
- March 23 A HISTORY OF JOHN PENNEKAMP CORAL REEF STATE PARK
- Elena Muratori
The 25th Annual Lecture Series
WEDNESDAY evenings from 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at JOHN PENNEKAMP CORAL REEF STATE PARK
Visitor Center & Aquarium Building at MM 102.5 Oceanside Overseas Highway. Park gate opens at 7 p.m.
Admission is free. Seating is limited. Bring a cushion for your added seating comfort. Please help us to
accommodate those who are chemically sensitive by not wearing fragrances and other scented products.
For more information call the Visitor Center & Aquarium at 305-451-9570.
CAUGHT BETWEEN A ROCK AND A SOFT SPOT: SEA LEVEL RISE AND PEAT
The process of peat soil collapse has shaped south Florida’s coastline, and with continued
sea level rise will shape the future of this area. Stephen Davis, Wetland Ecologist with the
Everglades Foundation, will discuss potential remedies, including Everglades restoration.
University’s Center for Underwater Science, has long
cooperated with agencies locally on underwater archaeological treasures. His research was
instrumental in the establishment of several underwater historical preservation sites in the
Florida Keys. He will reveal the importance of protecting our cultural heritage underwater
sites, with lasting environmental and socio-economic benefits to the Keys.
The Key Largo woodrat is an indigenous species that once lived throughout Key Largo, but
now only resides on conservation lands in North Key Largo. Jeremy Dixon, Refuge Manager
of Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge,
will tell us the tale of this charming animal’s
journey from near extinction to recovery, through volunteer support and applied management.
the lower Keys, will talk about different species of reptiles found in the Florida Keys.
Florida has two vulture species, the turkey vulture and the black vulture. Betsy Evans, a
Ph.D. candidate at Florida Atlantic University, will address common misconceptions, human-
vulture conflicts, and threats to vultures, both in the U.S. and worldwide.
Port Chester Middle School Planetarium Director, will speak about the importance of dark-sky
and the use of proper artificial exterior lighting. He will
explain how “bad lighting” can
adversely affect human as well as wildlife health and safety, and what constitutes “good
THE SURVIVAL OF QUALITY FISHING: ARE MARINE RESERVES A GOOD IDEA?
Marine reserves have been studied extensively in many countries around the world. The
presenters are Martin Arostegui, Trustee and holder of 440 International Game Fish
Association (IGFA) fishing world records,
Capt. Randolph “Bouncer” Smith,
Captain” in the IGFA Hall of Fame,
and Capt. Gil Muratori, IGFA Representative for South
Florida. They will discuss how reserves can increase the numbers and sizes of fish, as well
as the number of species, benefitting both the environment and fishing.
LIONFISH: MANAGEMENT OPTIONS TO LIMIT THEIR IMPACT ON REEF
lionfish ecosystem-modeling workshop in 2015 with students and faculty from several U.S.
institutions and various disciplines. His talk will summarize their evaluation of how strategies
for reef fish management could mitigate the impacts of lionfish on reef ecosystems.
INVASIVE PLANTS: WHAT TO DO NEXT WITH NATIVE GARDENING
Florida Keys’ homeowners often ask what
native plants could replace the exotic ones
currently in their yards. Cara Abbott,
the Institute of Recreational Conservation’s Outreach
Coordinator, will give us tips for native habitats that will attract native birds, butterflies, and
other wildlife, and can lower maintenance costs for the owners.
FLORIDA TREE SNAILS: JEWELS OF THE HAMMOCKS
Coordinator, will introduce a variety of tree snails native to south Florida hardwood
hammocks. She will describe the habitat, life cycle, range, and threats to their existence.
While the idea to preserve the coral reefs offshore of south Florida dates back to the time of
ational Park’s conception, it did not become a reality until President
Eisenhower’s era. Park Services Specialist
Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, along with some present day changes.
FLORIDA KEYS REEF LIGHTS
Sanctuary, and lighthouse historian Larry Hearlth will illuminate us on the history of the
Florida Keys reef lights.
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