Join master naturalist Bob McConville on November 19th in Rose History Auditorium for the first in a series of fun-filled lectures on young, bottlenose dolphins in Marco waters. The lecture, which is sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society, begins at 7 PM and is open to the public. McConville will also continue his discussion of area wildlife on January 13, March 16 and April 13, 2016.
Meet the dolphins and their calves, find out their names—Rangle and her baby Bubbles; Giza and her youngest Sammy; Skipper and Flag, among others— and get an update on how they are doing now. Learn about the dangers these dolphins face in the wild and about the scientists working on the 10,000 Island Dolphin Project, an ongoing research study of the distribution, movement and behavior of dolphins in this area.
The Dolphin Project is unique to Southwest Florida and is the only one of its kind in the United States that uses the general public, working hand-in-hand with scientists, to help find, count and confirm dolphin sightings. Since the Dolphin Project began in 2006, over 200 dolphins have been named and cataloguedusing photographs of their dorsal fins as a means of identification or “fingerprinting.”
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 Island), described by some as the “Amazon of the North.” He also is an avid white water rafter, hiker and mountain climber.
McConville is the author of Stepping Stones, a regular column in the Coastal Breeze News, which is a reader-favorite. McConville is also a talented photographer and frequently contributes his photographs of local wildlife to Coastal Breeze.
This lecture is free to members of the Historical Society and $5 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.
If you go:
The Dolphin Project by Bob McConville
When: 7p.m. Thursday November 19, 2015
Where: Rose History Auditorium 180 S. Heathwood Dr.
Tickets: Free for Historical Society members & $5 for nonmembers. 239-389-6447 www.theMIHS.com