Hodges University Center to host free lecture on threats to the Everglades

The Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at Hodges University will present a free lecture about the current invasion of exotic species on the Florida Everglades. The lecture will be held on Wednesday, August 10 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Hodges University Science and Technology building, 2655 Northbrooke Drive, just off I-75, in Naples. 

Recent news reports have highlighted the dangers facing the Everglades with regards to new, exotic species being introduced to the ecology of the region. Fifteen foot pythons, walking catfish, and giant snails have all invaded the Everglades. This lecture will focus on how these species got there, and what is being done to stop the alteration of this most precious natural resource. 

Conducting this informative lecture will be Susan Reece, a park ranger at Everglades National Park. She has been with the National Park Service since 1992. She began her career as a seasonal park ranger in Big Bend National Park in West Texas. Like most rangers, she moved from park to park experiencing and learning about different natural and cultural areas. From Texas, she headed home to New York to work at Fire Island National Seashore, Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, and Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island National Historic site. She relocated to Theodore Roosevelt National Park in Western North Dakota. Five years later, she transferred to Everglades National Park. Sue lives in Naples and works in Everglades City at the Gulf Coast Visitor Center.

This session of the CLL is free of charge and open to the public, but pre-registrations are requested. For more information, please contact Christine Wheeler at (239) 598-6210.

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