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Audubon to present ‘Climate & Birds: Their Future & Ours’

By Staff | Jan 10, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Julie Wraithmell

The Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society will host Audubon Florida Executive Director Julie Wraithmell for a presentation, “Climate & Birds: Their Future & Ours,” on Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at The Community House, at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

Like no other state, Florida’s prosperity is tied to its natural resources through its tourism industry, property values and public health, to name a few. At the same time, it is vulnerable to the effects of climate change: sea level rise, warming ocean temperatures, increasingly frequent and intense storms, and changes to temperature and rainfall. Wraithmell will discuss the latest in predictions about what the climate future holds for North America’s birds, what symptoms Florida is already experiencing and how local actions add up to global impact.

Joining Florida Audubon in 2005, Wraithmell has led statewide conservation and wildlife policy initiatives, built its coastal conservation program, coordinated Audubon’s response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster, and helped secure millions in funding for protecting Florida’s land and water resources. In 2015, she received the Callison Award, National Audubon Society’s highest staff honor.

Prior to Audubon, Wraithmell served eight years as a biologist at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. While at FWC, she created the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail, a Florida network of over 500 premier wildlife viewing sites. Wraithmell holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Duke University and a Master of Science from Florida State University.

This is the second of eight Sanibel-Captiva Audubon lecture to be held this season. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and parking is available at The Community House, as well as at BIG ARTS Strauss Theater.


A $10 donation per attendee is appreciated, with the proceeds after costs being used to promote conservation on Sanibel and in Florida.

For information, call Bill Jacobson at 239-395-1878 or visit www.san-capaudubon.org.