Randy McCormick, Rookery Bay Reserve Assistant Manager, will discuss how he explored several unique eco-regions in Ecuador this past summer during the reserve’s Amazing Adventures evening lecture series from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9 at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. This presentation takes guests from the tropical rainforests of the Amazon Basin to the spectacular cloud forests on the slopes of the Andes, and then moves above treeline to a world-renowned wetland on top of the mountains. Along the way, McCormick will present some of the wildlife, the people and the geography that makes Ecuador so remarkable. McCormick says he had high expectations for his trip to Ecuador and this visit exceeded them in every way. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for refreshments, while the speaker’s presentation is 6 to 7 p.m. followed by questions and mingling. Admission is $5 for Friends of Rookery Bay members and $8 for the general public and includes refreshments. Pre-registration recommended at rookerybay.org or 417-6310 x401.
Other lectures in the series include Dec. 14 with Dave Graff, Education Specialist at Rookery Bay, discussing the four years he spent overseas with the Peace Corps on a tiny island off the west coast of Africa called São Tomé; Jan. 11 when Paul Moler will discuss Vietnam; Feb. 8 when Mike Owen will discuss Cuba; and March 8 when Ralph Arwood will discuss Bears of the Arctic.