Where Are All The Wood Storks? Naples Wetland Forum, October 14
Huge historic and continuing losses of wetlands is the common link to these ecological and economic threats. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) declared Southwest Florida a "hotspot" for recent wetlands loss. Vital to the health of waterways and communities that are downstream, wetlands trap floodwaters, recharge groundwater supplies, remove pollution, and provide fish and wildlife habitat. Wetlands are also economic drivers because of their key role in tourism, fishing, hunting, agriculture, and recreation.
You are invited to a free important public forum on the role of wetlands in protecting downstream waters and recovering iconic wildlife like Corkscrew Swamp's nesting Wood Storks. "Protecting Wetlands to Save Naples Bay" brown bag lunch-time talk is being held on Tuesday, October 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Conservancy Nature Center, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, in Naples. Please see the flyer below.
Sponsored by numerous environmental and civic organizations, the event features expert speakers from NOAA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, and Florida Gulf Coast University on the importance of wetlands, loss of wetlands, and how their protection is key to saving our coastal waters and our wildlife. During the forum, citizens will also learn how they can directly help to restore our rivers, bays, and beaches - the lifeblood of Southwest Florida's economy and environment. That work is also what will lead to Wood Storks returning to Corkscrew Swamp and the Everglades.
November-April Programs are in the Kapnick Center at the Naples Botanical Garden at 7 pm unless otherwise noted (members free, non-members $3). Seating is limited.
Tuesday, November 18, marks the beginning of the 2014-2015 season of monthly programs. Ted Below will present "The Brown Pelican: The Life History in Southwest Florida."
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The Naples Botanical Garden is located at 4820 Bayshore Drive.
1. From US 41 east, take Bayshore Drive south.
2. Travel 1.5 miles to stop sign at Thomasson Drive.
3. Keep straight, staying on Bayshore and enter the Garden on the right.
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