The Calusa Herpetological Society
Of Southwest Florida

Thursday, June 1, 2006  - 7:00 pm

 TONIGHT’S  EVENT : ’The Black Spiny-tailed Iguanas Ctenosaura similis of Gasparilla Island’ is the topic of tonight’s presentation.  Learn about how this large, exotic iguanid from Central America has become thoroughly established on an island only an hour away from Ft. Myers.   Dr. Jerry Jackson, professor at Florida Gulf Coast University, permitted researcher on the black spiny-tailed iguana, and expert on ivory-billed woodpeckers, will give us a detailed account of this relative newcomer's ability to adapt to a seaside habitat and colonize our shores.  He'll also look at the lizard's behavior and impact on local wildlife based on his ongoing studies in the field.

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 each meeting, all attendees are invited to join "the core" for an informal nightcap at RJ Gator's Restaurant / Sports Bar on Colonial Blvd. where we usually gather following meetings which end 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 !

For more info , call (239) 728-2390 or (239) 481-3525 or  EMAIL:   

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