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Sobczak to present invasive species lecture at Fort Myers library

June 6, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Sanibel author Charles Sobczak will present "The Great Florida Invasion - From Pythons to Pepper" on June 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fort Myers Regional Library.

Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

The presentation will be followed by a brief question-and-answer session.

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Charles Sobczak

"The Great Florida Invasion" takes a look at the many invasive species that have arrived in Florida throughout recorded history. Starting with the medieval swine that arrived in circa 1521 through the introduction of Burmese pythons into the Everglades, it delves into the environmental and financial costs of the exotic species. From fire ants to cattle egret, lionfish to green iguanas, Sobczak explores how the species arrived and what might be done to keep their populations in check.

Copies of both "Living Sanibel" and "The Living Gulf Coast" by Sobczak will be available. Much of the material used in the lecture is derived from the two titles, which are now officially out of print.

Sobczak is a featured speaker with the Sanibel Road Scholar program. He has appeared on Book TV and has given lectures to groups like The Harvard Club, J.N. "Ding" Darling Lecture Series and The Cape Coral Newcomers Club.

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The Fort Myers Regional Library is at 1651 Lee St.



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