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Speaker Series: Surviving the Storm

April 2 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

While Charles will focus a lot on Sanibel and the affects of large storms there, the information he has to share will be relevant to wildlife in all areas affected by hurricanes or hurricane-like weather systems.

After Hurricane Ian’s devastation on Sept. 28, 2022, Charles Sobczak witnessed firsthand the massive storm’s impact on both the residents of Sanibel and the wildlife that share this barrier island’s ecosystem. Reflecting on the trauma of the deadly storm surge and 145-mph winds, Sobczak investigated how people, properties and wildlife survived the storm and what lessons Ian carries forward in a warming world.

In this PowerPoint presentation, Sobczak tackles questions such as: How does the immobile gopher tortoise survive an eight-foot storm surge? What happens to freshwater fish when their ponds suddenly become filled with saltwater? Why do many native plant species, supposedly adapted to saltwater surges, die regardless? Why do some homes survive these storms unscathed while others are reduced to rubble?

“Surviving the Storms” will also feature an in-depth history of the hurricanes that have impacted. Southwest Florida, from the unnamed storm that struck Punta Rossa on Oct. 7, 1873, with a 14-foot storm surge, through Hurricane Donna in 1960 and all the way to the recent storms of Charley (2004) and Ian. With the threat of “rapid intensification” and the increasing risks posed by climate change, what will be the impact of these powerful storms on our ability to insure our homes and businesses? How can we harden our structures to survive them? This timely presentation will interest anyone living in or visiting Southwest Florida.

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April 2
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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