National Shell Museum Curator Presenting Mollusks of SWFL

provided to The Santiva Chronicle

The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife weekly Speaker Series continuesTuesday, April 5 with “Mollusks of Southwest Florida” presented by Dr. José Leal, science director and curator at the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum.

The shell museum is the leading authority on Sanibel and Captiva shells. The museum’s team offers insights into many of the shells playing vital roles in history, culture, art, and design. During this talk you will learn about the feeding strategies, reproduction, growth, and ecological importance of Southwest Florida’s mollusk species.

Speaker Series programs begin at 4:15 p.m. and are approximately one hour in length. This talk will be presented in person at CROW’s Visitor Education Center and will also be offered virtually over Zoom so advanced registration is required. Admission per person or device is $10 plus applicable taxes and fees. To reserve a spot, visit the CROW website or call CROW’s Visitor Education Center at 239-472-3644 ext.#229.

CROW’s 2022 Speaker Series features weekly programs, offered January through April, hosting professionals from across Southwest Florida who engage, educate and entertain participants with information about local conservation initiatives. For a full schedule of presentations and topics in the series, visit the CROW website.

About the Speaker:
Dr. José H. Leal was Director of the Shell Museum between February 1996 and August 2013, and is now its Science Director and Curator. Dr. Leal received his PhD in Marine Biology and Fisheries from the University of Miami. His love for shells and sea life goes back to his childhood years in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Dr. Leal also holds honorary faculty positions at the University of Miami and Florida Gulf Coast University where he is an affiliate member of the Coastal Watershed Institute.

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