LeBuff to release historical novel
Author Charles LeBuff’s newest book, “The Audubon Warden,” will officially be released this month. While it is a historical novel, the book adheres to a factual storyline as it presents the difficult and deadly work these early wildlife officers faced on a daily basis. The wardens saved the plume birds from imminent extinction and some died doing it. Audubon Warden Columbus McLeod was murdered locally in 1908. He joined the first, Guy Bradley, who was killed by feather thieves three years earlier at Flamingo in today’s Everglades National Park. These men were the earliest of Florida’s wildlife conservation martyrs. The time period of “The Audubon Wardens” is set during the Great Depression; at a time Southwest Florida was still wild and nearly totally lawless. LeBuff was once a federal wildlife officer with concurrent state enforcement authority himself. He drew on his keen knowledge of the region and personal experiences for the book. A meet the author and book signing will be held on Dec. 18 from 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at MacIntosh Books and Paper, at 2330 Palm Ridge Road, Sanibel.