Our fine feathered friends can often be seen pecking for food in Marco’s green spaces, nesting in empty lots and lining up like ancient Roman sentinels on building rooftops. They are a constant in our daily lives (even without a visit to the Everglades) but what do we really know about them? Master Naturalist Bob McConville is the man with the answers and on April 12, at 7 PM in Rose History Auditorium, he will share what he knows about these special species of wildlife. All are welcome to attend his lecture.
On display that evening will also be several paintings by award-winning Goodland artist Tara O’Neill. O’Neill is a talented multidisciplinary artist, known for her vivid oil interpretations of the Florida environs. Her work is a part of private and corporate collectionsaround the world.
After the lecture, McConville will be signing his recently published book, “Beyond the Mangrove Trees,” which documents the wild side of South Florida in photographs. Earlier that same day, at 4 PM, he will also hold a book signing at Sunshine Booksellers on Marco.
McConville is the owner of Stepping Stone Ecotours, conducting boardwalk tours at the Big Cypress National Preserve, and is one of the scientists working on the 10,000 Island Dolphin Project, which tracks the distribution, movement and behavior of dolphins in Marco waters. He also contributes a regular column, Stepping Stones, to Coastal Breeze News.
The McConville lecture is free to members of the Historical Society and $10 for nonmembers. Rose History Auditorium is located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive across from the library.
For more information, call 239-389-6447 or visit www.theMIHS.com.