The Calusa Herpetological Society
Of Southwest Florida

Thursday, February 1, 2007  - 7:00 pm

SPEAKER & TOPIC :     Wayne Hill has been director of the National Reptile Breeders Expo in Daytona Beach for the past 16 years, but unknown to some, he is also a dedicated herpetoculturist whose special passion is turtles.  He’ll come down from central Florida to address us tonight on the Imperiled Bog Turtle.  His presentation will show us the animal in its natural habitat, introducing us to one of the smallest chelonians native to the U.S.  In particular, he’ll emphasize the threats to its survival over most of its range.  Wayne will also focus heavily on the husbandry and breeding of the species, an effort that he and others have been remarkably successful at achieving over the past decade.  He’ll elaborate on bog turtles’ future prospects, including a discussion of how captive breeding can help recovery efforts.

MEETING SITE : In Ft. Myers, Florida at the Calusa Nature Center , near Colonial Blvd. (S. R. 884) and Interstate 75. Get off I-75 at exit #136 (old exit #22) and go west (towards the coast) on 884 (Colonial Blvd.) for one-half mile, then turn right at the first traffic light onto Ortiz Ave., and then left into the Nature Center after only one-quarter mile. The Iona House meeting site is an older dark green house located to the left (as you enter the grounds) at the rear of the complex, back near where the school busses are parked.  The meeting opens at 7:00 pm, and the speaker usually starts no later than 7:15 pm.  Non-members must pay $3.00 at the door to attend the meeting. Click HERE for a map to the meeting site.  After this meeting, all attendees are invited to join "the core" for an informal nightcap at Uno's Pizzeria on Daniels Rd. just west of I-75. We will gather there after this meeting which ends at 8:30 pm.

WHO'S INVITED ? You are! Anyone with an interest in any aspect of herpetology or herpetoculture is welcome to attend, learn, and exchange their experiences with our friendly membership. Come out to meet others who keep, breed or study reptiles and amphibians, and let them share their fascination with you. We average 35 – 70 people attending every meeting.

Cookies and cold soda, a nightly raffle of live herps, herp products, and books follow each speaker's talk, and lots of herp camaraderie, gossip, and fun can be counted upon at all meetings !

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