Evenings at the Homestead: Pythons in SouthWest Florida

07:00 pm-08:00 pm Bailey Homestead

Please join well-known Herpetologist and SCCF Wildlife & Habitat Management Director Chris Lechowicz and acclaimed Wildlife Biologist Ian Bartoszek as they talk about all things PYTHON!

Ian Bartoszek is a Wildlife Biologist and the Science Coordinator within the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Environmental Science Department and has worked on a number of exciting research projects at the Conservancy for the past seventeen years. During this time he has been the primary field biologist on a research project funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service studying the recovery of threatened and endangered species through aquatic refugia in the Picayune and Fakahatchee Strands of eastern Collier County. In addition he has been working extensively on biological monitoring for the Picayune Strand Restoration Project under the comprehensive Everglades restoration plan since 2001.

He recently served as the invasive animal lead for the Southwest Florida Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) and is the principal investigator on a radio-telemetry research project tracking Burmese pythons in Southwest Florida. Ian grew up in south Florida and graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science.

The presentation will focus on the initial results of five years of radio-telemetric tracking efforts on Burmese pythons in Southwest Florida. This ground breaking study has uncovered new information about this invasive apex predator and their impact on native wildlife.

Program begins at 7:00 pm, with refreshmentst at 6:30. Tickets are $10.
Please call SCCF at 239.472.2329 with any questions.