10th annual Southwest Florida Nature Festival keynote address
Dr. Elizabeth Forys, Professor of Environmental Science & Biology from Eckerd College will be on-site giving the lecture: “Trying to reverse a “downtern:” Creative management ideas for least terns.” Lecture description: The least tern is a small, colonial nesting seabird which breeds along portions of both the eastern and western coasts of North America. Currently, least terns face many obstacles to successful nesting on their open beach habitat including development, disturbance from people and pets, and sea-level rise. In this lecture, Forys will describe how we are managing alternative least tern habitat (rooftops), trying to create new alternative habitat (rafts) and experimenting with novels methods to discourage people from disturbing nesting least terns (using cameras). Cost is $15 to attend the lecture. Cost includes refreshments.
Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
300 Tower Road, Naples, FL 34113