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CROW presents weekly Speaker Series program

By Staff | Feb 6, 2020

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Presented by LCEC, the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife’s weekly Speaker Series continues on Feb. 10 with “The World Turtle Crisis and its Local Effects” by Chris Lechowicz, director of Habitat Management and Herpetologist for the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation.

The southeastern region of the United States has the second highest diversity of turtle species in the world, next to Southeast Asia. Increasing human population mixed with high demand for turtles for food, traditional medicine and pets has created a high demand on the animals, especially in Asian markets. Several continents, including North America, are feeling the pressure on its native populations due to illegal trafficking. The program will discuss the problem and suggest ways people can help to minimize the issues. It also will feature live animal encounters of turtle species commonly affected by the wildlife trade.

Lechowicz grew up with a passion for amphibians and reptiles, which led him into a career in biology. He has worked for the SCCF for the last 14 years and his current research projects on the islands involve eastern indigo snakes (Drymarchon couperi), diamondback terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin) and Florida box turtles (Terrapene carolina bauri) in Pine Island Sound. Lechowicz also is the coauthor of the book “Amphibians and Reptiles of Sanibel & Captiva Islands: A Natural History.”

Speaker Series programs begin at 4:15 p.m. in the Visitor Education Center, at 3883 Sanibel-Captiva Road, and are approximately one hour in length. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 13-17 and free for children age 12 and under. Space is limited, so advanced registration is highly recommended.

For more information, visit www.CROWClinic.org/articles/2020-speaker-series-presented-by-lcec.