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Sobczak to present lecture on ‘The Great Florida Invasion’

By Staff | Jun 8, 2018

Included in the informative lecture will be the Burmese python, in a National Park Service photo, tangled with an American alligator.

Sanibel author Charles Sobczak will be presenting his lecture, “The Great Florida Invasion From Pythons to Pepper,” at the Fort Myers Regional Library Monday evening, June 18. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

The presentation gets under way at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by a brief question-and-answer session.

The library is located at 1651 Lee Street, Fort Myers.

“The Great Florida Invasion” takes a look at the many invasive species that have arrived in Florida throughout recorded history.

Starting with the abandoned medieval swine that arrived in Florida circa 1521 through the recent introduction of Burmese pythons into the Everglades, this presentation delves into the environmental and financial costs of these various exotic species.

The Brazilian pepper photographed by Sobczak.

From fire ants to cattle egret, lionfish to green iguanas, Sobczak will explore how various species arrived to the Sunshine State and what might be done to keep these invasive populations in check.

If you live in Southwest Florida this is a PowerPoint presentation you won’t want to miss. As is typical of all of Sobczak’s lectures, this one combines the serious issues surrounding this topic along with plenty of eco-humor to lighten things up.

For this special event, copies of both of Sobczak’s publications “Living Sanibel” and “The Living Gulf Coast” will be available immediately following the presentation.

Much of the material used in this lecture was derived from these two titles, which are now officially out of print.

Sobczak is a featured speaker with the Sanibel Road Scholar program. He has appeared on Book TV and has given lectures to such diverse groups as The Harvard Club, The J.N. “Ding” Darling Lecture Series and The Cape Coral Newcomers Club.

For a complete list of where you can see this and other forthcoming lectures by Sobczak, please go to www.indigopress.net.

For more details about the June 18 lecture, visit the Friends of the Fort Myers Library on the web at fortmyers friends.org.