Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Rookery Bay’s Summer Lecture Series is a ‘Whale’ of a Good Time



Following its “Whale Tales” summer programming theme, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center is offering five evening lectures about oceans and marine mammals. Geared to an adult audience, the lectures include a wine and cheese reception at 5:30 p.m. and the speaker’s presentation from 6 to 7 p.m. The cost is $8 for Friends of Rookery Bay members and $10 for non-members. Registration is suggested For more information, call 417-6310 x401.

On June 6, Tampa-based artist Sigrid Tidmore presents “Exploring the Ocean’s Edge through Art.” A combination of artist and citizen scientist, Tidmore studied microbiology and environmental science in college and is a past president of the Tampa Bay Estuary Community Board. In this lecture, she discusses the works in her exhibit, “Ocean’s Edge: The Corridor of Life,” which is on view at Rookery Bay through Sept. 7. She will focus on the small things people do unconsciously that can cause unintentional, long-term damage to animal populations, particularly those that are already endangered. Her presentation will be followed by a gallery tour of her work. The fine art works and illustrations in primarily watercolor but also colored pencils were made during the past five years. The show represents the unveiling of her Galapagos illustrations, inspired by her vacationing on the islands for several weeks during the past few years. This is her first Naples show.

On June 27, Gene Flipse, president of Conscious Breath Adventures presents “Into the Wild with Dolphins & Whales.” Flipse will introduce guests to some of the most iconic marine species of our



sub-tropical corner of the North Atlantic. Join him on a magical and visually stunning journey into their watery realm to learn how to meet them for yourself and the actions we can take to ensure these ocean sentinels are protected for years to come.

On July 11, Denise Boyd presents “Helping Stranded Marine Mammals.” Boyd is a research associate for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Marine Mammal Program in Southwest Florida, and previously worked as a marine biologist for 10 years in Virginia. She has experience working with manatees, whales, dolphins, seals and sea turtles. Boyd works with cetaceans (whales and dolphins) as part of theMarine Mammal Stranding Network. She will discuss her work in Collier County.

On July 25, Wayne Hasson, president of Oceans for Youth Foundation and co-founder of Aggressor Fleet, presents “Fascinating Humpback Whale Facts.” As a United States Marine, Hasson discovered the underwater world during off-duty passes scuba diving in Vietnam, Japan and North Carolina. He has worked in every aspect of the business, from helping build, design and captain dive yachts to serving as an instructor and offering scuba divers a liveaboard experience. His greatest passion is sharing the ocean world with tomorrow’s explorers: children.

On Aug. 15, Kati Therriault presents “Manatee Response, Recovery and Research.” For the past four years, Therriault has worked as a manatee research biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Southwest Field Lab in Port Charlotte, which receives approximately 500 response calls per year. She has participated in and performed numerous rescues and necropsies on manatees, dolphins, and whales. Therriault will talk about her work in Collier County as part of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network.


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