2020 Speaker Series presented by LCEC

Join us for the 2020 Speaker Series

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March 10: Global Shark Conservation March 17: Shy Wolf Sanctuary: Reconnecting People & Wildlife Through Education*** 
March 24: The Story of Ospreys March 31: Lizards of Sanibel & Captiva***
April 7: Sea Turtles of Southwest Florida                      April 14: The Story of Ospreys

***These programs will feature Live Animal Encounters

Speaker Series Admission:
$10 per adult
$5 per 13-17 year old (teen)
Free for children 12 and under
All Programs begin at 4:15pm,
Check-in begins at 3:30pm
Speaker Series presented by LCEC events have been selling out! Advanced Registration is HIGHLY recommended!
To register, please contact:
Visitor Education Center
phone: (239) 472-3644, ext. #229

Program Descriptions    

March 17

Shy Wolf Sanctuary: Reconnecting People and Wildlife Through Education

Presented by Theresa Schultz, Education Coordinator for the Shy Wolf Sanctuary

Shy Wolf Sanctuary provides refuge and rehabilitation to non-releasable wild and captive-bred exotic canines, including wolves and wolfdogs. Their team works diligently to share the message of the preserving wolves in natural ecosystems, respecting wild and captive-bred exotics and encouraging coexistence with wildlife.

About the Speaker:

Theresa and her husband, Jay, moved from Pennsylvania to Bonita Springs. She discovered Shy Wolf Sanctuary about 10 years ago and began to learn about the animals through frequent visits. After some time, the founder, Nancy Smith, told Theresa she needed to start volunteering and she has never looked back!


March 24 & April 14

The 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.

About the Speaker:

Sanibel resident Claudia Burns has been a Nestwatch Volunteer for the International Osprey Foundation for more than 20 years. In the past she has partnered with Bird Westall to deliver this presentation at both the "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge and CROW.  


March 31

Lizards of Sanibel & Captiva

Presented by Chris Lechowicz, Director of Habitat Management & Herpetologist for Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF)

This lecture will focus on the lizard species, both native and nan-native, commonly found on Sanibel and Captiva Islands. It will also be explained why exotic lizards are more numerous than native species, their introduction methods as well as population control efforts.

About the Speaker:

Chris grew up with a passion for amphibians and reptiles which led him into a career in biology. Chris is the Director of the Wildlife & Habitat Management Program and staff herpetologist at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation where he has worked for the last 14 years. His current research projects on the islands involve eastern indigo snakes (Drymarchon couperi), diamondback terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin), and Florida box turtles (Terrapene carolina bauri) in Pine Island Sound. Chris is also the coauthor of the book Amphibians and Reptiles of Sanibel & Captiva Islands: A Natural History.


April 7

Sea Turtles of Southwest Florida

Presented by Kelly Sloan, Sea Turtle Program Coordinator for Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF)

Sea turtle monitoring on Sanibel originated in the late 1950’s with Charles Lebuff and Caretta Research, Inc., making it one of the longest running monitoring programs in the country. This endeavor was transferred to the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) in 1992, and their team of staff and volunteers now survey 18 miles of beach, from the Sanibel lighthouse to Blind Pass, every morning from April through October. This presentation will discuss the habits of Sanibel and Captiva’s populations of sea turtles, including SCCF’s current research efforts.

About the Speaker:

After receiving a Bachelor’s of Science from Virginia Tech in Biology, Kelly worked as a research technician in a Virginia Tech lab investigating how animals use the magnetic field to orient and navigate. She started working for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) Marine Turtle Conservation Program in 2007. While working at the SCDNR she completed her Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy. Kelly joined the SCCF team in December of 2013.