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MacIntosh Books and Paper to host meet, greet with LeBuff

By Staff | Jun 29, 2018

“Sea Turtles of Southwest Florida,” by Charles LeBuff

MacIntosh Books and Paper on Sanibel will host a meet and greet with local author and historian Charles LeBuff on July 6 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The event will celebrate the release of his revised classic, “Sea Turtles of Southwest Florida.” LeBuff’s latest book, “The Biology and History of the American Crocodile in Florida,” was published in 2016.

He will be available to sign copies of his books.

LeBuff retired in 1990 after a 32-year career as a refuge biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. During his tenure on Sanibel, he and his family lived at the Sanibel Lighthouse for nearly 22 years when it served as the headquarters for the refuge, later renamed the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. LeBuff was one of the founding board members of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, and he started to patrol the island’s beaches to protect nesting sea turtles in 1959.

In 1968, LeBuff formed the loggerhead conservation organization known as Caretta Research Inc., which he headed until 1991. He received the first sea turtle permit issued by the state in 1972 and held it for 40 years. In the 1970s and 1980s, LeBuff published works on the biology and conservation of sea turtles. He began writing seriously after retiring, and his book “The Loggerhead Turtle in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico” was published in 1990. Out of print, it has been replaced with his new turtle book.

PHOTO PROVIDED Charles LeBuff with a sea turtle.

Some of the other books written or co-authored by LeBuff are “Sanybel Light,” “Amphibians and Reptiles of Sanibel and Captiva Islands,” “Sanibel and Captiva Islands,” “J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge,” “The Calusan” and “Everglades Wildlife Barons.”

Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 239-472-1447.

MacIntosh Books and Paper is at 2330 Palm Ridge Road.