You see them sunning themselves along the highway or hear about them visiting a neighbor’s pool. But what do you really know about our Everglades neighbor—the Florida alligator? Master naturalist Bob McConville continues his series of wildlife lectures on January 13th in Rose History Auditorium, this time focusing on the habits and habitat of this formidable reptile. The lecture, which is sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society, begins at 7:00 PM and is open to the public.
Joining McConville will be an expert in alligator behavior, ready to explain how these reptiles function in the wild. Also making an appearance will be a special visitor: A LIVE ‘GATOR! Get up close and personal with this creature, discover what he (or she) feels like, hold him for a while and make sure to bring along your camera. This is a perfect photoop.
McConville is a master naturalist certified through the University of Florida and is a member of the Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism. He is the founder of Stepping Stone Ecotours, a group of environmental scientists, naturalists and biologists who conduct boardwalk tours at Big Cypress National Preserve (on Highway 41 just off Marco), described by some as the “Amazon of the North.” McConville is also an avid nature photographer, white water rafter, hiker and mountain climber, as well as a regular feature columnist for Coastal Breeze News.
This lecture is free to members of the Historical Society; $5 for nonmembers. Rose History Auditorium is located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive across from the Library. McConville will be back again on March 16th and April 13th to continue his discussion of area wildlife. For more information about these lectures, call 239-389-6447 or visit www.theMIHS.org.