Friday, September 18, 2020

Man-O-Manatee

The Florida manatee is the subject of a lecture at Rose History Auditorium on March 22.

The Florida manatee is the subject of a lecture at Rose History Auditorium on March 22.

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That gentle, slow moving giant of the sea, the Florida manatee, is the subject of Master Naturalist Robert McConville’s next lecture at Rose History Auditorium. The lecture, which is sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society, will be held at 7 PM on Wednesday, March 22, and is open to the public.

McConville will share the stage with Captain Nancy Anderson, a Master Naturalist who specializes in studying manatees. Did you know, for example, these endangered creatures may weigh between 800 and 1,200 pounds, but are not fat as commonly believed? Like other mammals, their organs and bone structure take up most of their body weight. In fact, they have very little body fat and, depending on water temperature, can easily be the victims of hypothermia.

Captain Anderson works with the Rookery Bay Research Reserve and is the owner of Thunderbird Sailing in Naples. McConville is the owner of Stepping Stone Ecotours, a group of scientists conducting boardwalk tours at the Big Cypress National Preserve, and is one of the scientists working on the 10,000 Island Dolphin Project. He recently published a book, “Beyond the Mangrove Trees,” which documents the wild side of South Florida in photographs.

This 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 Marco Island Public Library. For more information, call 239-389-6447 or visit www.theMIHS.com.

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