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Contact: Jorge Acevedo, 305-230-1144, x3035
Biscayne National Park will once again be presenting monthly lectures on the park's diverse resources. The Discovery Series, hosted by the Coconut Grove Sailing Club at 2990 South Bayshore Drive, takes place at 7:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month from January through April 2007. The series is free and open to the public. Topics for this 7th year of the popular series are:
- January 10, 2007
The Days of Biscayne Bay
Presented by Marsha Colbert, Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves
Like a soap opera, daily life in, on and around Biscayne Bay is full of drama and deception, treasure and treachery. Biologist and natural historian Marsha Colbert offers a portrayal of the lives and complex interactions of some of the fish, birds, invertebrates, marine mammals, plants, and people of South Florida’s favorite bay.
- February 14, 2007
Managing Coral Reefs: A Community Experience
Presented by Richard Curry, Biscayne National Park
Biscayne National Park protects the northern reaches of the world’s third-longest coral reef. With coral reefs in decline around the world, join the park’s Chief Scientist Richard Curry for a look at the park’s coral reef nursery project, an innovative effort utilizing researchers and community volunteers to help save coral reefs.
- March 14, 2007
Rare and Endangered Reptiles of Florida
Presented by Joe Wasilewski, Natural Selections
Florida’s climate and diverse habitats make it a haven for a wide variety of snakes, lizards and turtles. With South Florida ranking near the top in the number of imported exotic reptiles, many of these unique animals are becoming even harder to find. Wildlife biologist Joe Wasilewski shares insights from his work with American crocodiles, Eastern diamondback rattlesnakes, diamondback terrapins and more.
- April 11, 2007
Reef Fish: Here and There, Then and Now
Presented by Todd Kellison, National Marine Fisheries Service
We’ve all heard old timers talking about the way things used to be, those stories about what fishing was like in the "good old days," and how much better the fishing was here or there. Is there any truth to those stories, or are they just whale tales? Join Dr. Todd Kellison, a NOAA Research Fishery Biologist, for a look at changing fish populations in Biscayne National Park and nearby areas.
Details of Discovery Series lectures and other events sponsored by the park, including glass bottom boat and snorkeling trips, excursions to Elliott and Boca Chita Key, and monthly Family Fun Fests, are available by clicking on the Events Calendar link on the park's website at www.nps.gov/bisc/, or by calling the park's visitor center at 305-230-7275, extension 0.