CROW Speaker Series explores environmental issues, species profiles

The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) has announced its 2018 Speaker Series schedule from January 2 through April 17 which covers topics ranging from species specific presentations to water quality on Sanibel to ethical ecotourism.

The featured presentation, with five opportunities to attend, will focus on ‘The Story of Ospreys’, a large brown and white raptor that breeds in southwest Florida from December through April. “They build their nests right out in the open, so their behavior is easy to observe, but not always easy to understand,” says Claudia Burns, a Nestwatch Volunteer for the International Osprey Foundation for more than 20 years. “This presentation uses photos, videos and recorded vocalizations to explain osprey behavior.”

Dana Dettmar, an Environmental Specialist for the City of Sanibel, will address water quality in her presentation “Sanibel Communities for Clean Water”. The program recommends Best Management Practices (BMPs) to improve water quality with the goal that residents and visitors will adopt these voluntary, environmentally-friendly measures to improve the health of our lakes. 

A few programs will focus on ecotourism, inlcluding ‘The Value of Ecotourism’ presented by Nancy Macphee, Program Manager for Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau. She will highlight ecotourism best practices that contribute to the sustainability of natural resources and offer tips for becoming an ethical ecotourist.

All Speaker Series programs begin at 4:15pm in the CROW Visitor Education Center and are approximately one hour in length. Some programs will feature live animal encounters. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for teens (Age 13-17) and free for children age 12 and under. Space is limited, so advanced registration is highly recommended.

Click here for the full schedule, to learn more about CROW’s Speaker Series programs or how to register in advance.