The Calusa Herpetological Society
Of Southwest Florida

Thursday, June 6, 20247:00 pm 


Speaker Information: This month's speaker will be Roger Young, the Executive Director of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) FWC is the agency given authority by the Florida Constitution to regulate wild animal life. We are honored that Director Young is taking the opportunity to speak to the herp community in a public forum. This is an unprecedented event. You will not want to miss this meeting.


Roger grew up in Miami, where he spent a lot of time fishing and enjoying the outdoors. He attended Florida State university (FSU) receiving a degree in social science with an emphasis on environmental science. He worked in FWC law enforcement in the Southwest Region of Florida since the mid-1990's until he was promoted to Colonel in 2021. Roger is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the National Association of Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Academy, and the FDLE Senior Leadership Program. He was the Director of FWC's Division of Law Enforcement, before he was made Executive Director of all of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), in May 2023. He is also the founding member of the agency's Special Operations Group.


This meeting will be held in the Planetarium at the Calusa Nature Center due to expected high attendance. 

 After the meeting, you are invited to join us at a nearby restaurant (announced at the meeting) for more herp discussions and camaraderie over food and drinks. See you there! $5.00 for non-members per meeting or buy a year membership ($25 individual) or ($30 family/business). The address of the Calusa Nature Center is 3450 Ortiz Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33905.


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 10 - 20 people attending every meeting.

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