Hodges Center to host free lecture on South America’s Pantanal

The Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning at Hodges University will host a free lecture on the Pantanal region of South America. The session will be held at the Hodges University Learning Center located at Homewood Residence, 770 Goodlette Road and 7th Avenue, in the Commons in Naples, on Wednesday, April 14, from 10:00 am to 11:30 am.

The Pantanal is a sparsely populated region in the heart of South America that is also the world's largest wetlands ecosystem, ten times larger the Florida's Everglades. It is home to jaguar, anaconda, piranha, tapir, numerous monkey species and the second largest concentration of wildlife on the planet Earth. While improving, access to this remote region is difficult at the best of times and impossible in the wet season of November through April. Millions of birds and other wildlife concentrate around the rivers and the hundreds of small permanent lakes and ponds during the dry season where they can be viewed and photographed. Conducting the session will be David Southall, a former freshwater biologist, who spent two weeks on horseback, in dug-out canoes, and 4-wheel drive vehicles exploring and photographing the northern portion of the Brazilian Pantanal in the summer of 2008.

Mr. Southall is currently the Curator of Education at the Collier County Museum, a position he has held for the past 10 years. Mr. Southall is a graduate of S.U.N.Y at Buffalo where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He earned his Master’s at Cornell University.

The session is free of charge but reservations are required. For more information, please contact Christine Wheeler at (239) 598-6133.

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