‘Wetlands, Water and Wood Storks’ To Be Topic Of Next Audubon Program

provided to The Santiva Chronicle

Join the Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10 for a webinar program entitled “Wetlands, Water and Wood Storks” presented by Dr. Shawn Clem, Audubon Florida’s Western Everglades Research Center’s Research Director.

Audubon Florida’s Western Everglades Research Center is located at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary just east of Naples. Dr. Clem is a community ecologist with twenty years of experience in researching and describing the ecology, hydrology, and impacts from environmental stressors on our region, with past positions and projects at Everglades National Park, Audubon’s Everglades Science Center in Tavernier, and Big Cypress National Preserve.

Dr. Clem helped establish Corkscrew’s research center in 2013. Dr. Clem is focused on filling science gaps in order to answer critical questions about Western Everglades’ conservation and restoration. Current long-term monitoring projects include tracking and understanding hydrology, Wood Storks and other wildlife changes at Corkscrew, gauging restoration success on Panther Island Mitigation Bank, and documenting changes in fish communities within the Picayune Strand Restoration Project. Under her direction, Audubon’s research program is focused on better understanding and describing our region’s unique ecology in light of increased environmental pressures, and using this understanding to guide wetland conservation, stewardship, and restoration throughout the boundaries of Corkscrew and beyond. During this lecture, Dr. Clem will discuss what Audubon scientists are uncovering about recent hydrological change in Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary’s wetlands and a possible correlation with declining Wood Stork nesting.

This is the sixth of eight Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society lectures to be held in 2022. Unlike our first two lectures, this week’s lecture’s format will be virtual due to the Omicron variant. To register for our webinar, go to the San-Cap Audubon website up to five days prior to the specific webinar’s scheduled date and click on “JOIN” in that webinar’s description. After registration a link to that webinar will be emailed to you. Save that link until the day of the lecture as you will need it to join. Each webinar will have a different link. All are always welcome to join.

There is no charge to join the webinars. The typical source of San-Cap Audubon lecture support has been the $10.00 suggested attendee entrance donation for the pre-pandemic live presentations at the Sanibel Community House. It is suggested that webinar attendees donate directly by mail to the address on the web site home page or via PayPal. All donations are much appreciated and after costs are used to promote conservation on Sanibel, Captiva and in Florida. For additional information visit the San-Cap Audubon Web site.

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