Each month during our season, presentations about shells or related nature topics are made by qualified experts, who show visuals and often display some of their "finds". They bring a breadth of knowledge and experience, so a question and answer session follows their program. Refreshments are served and there is an opportunity to interact with the speaker and other attendees. The presentations are free and the public is always welcome.
These seminars begin at 6:00 p.m. and are held on the first Thursday of the month in January, February, and March at Disseler Hall at the United Church of Marco, 320 N. Barfield Drive.
Seminars for the 2017-2018 season are as follows:
Thursday, November 9, 2017 --Two of the club's scholarship recipients will report on their research. Victoria Fields, an undergraduate from Florida Gulf Coast University will explain the value of studying the Anurans (frogs) as indicators of landscape change in Southwest Florida. Stephen G. Hesterberg, a doctoral candidate at Florida South University, Tampa, will speak about his research in creating artificial oyster clumps in an effort to enhance the oyster beds of our coastal area. Stephen's academic advisor, Dr. Susan Bell, will also attend.
Thursday, January 4, 2018 -- Dr. Gary Schmelz, paleontologist, oceanographer and writer, will share stories and photographs of his Australian adventure. His presentation, Exploring Northern and Western Australia will highlight marine life (shells), bird life, wildflowers and habitats of the region.
Thursday, February 8, 2018 -- Shell Club Crafters' First View Of Marine Science--This seminar will be a look at Marine Science through the eyes of a dozen of your fellow crafters who volunteered to spend time on the water and in science lab at Rookery Bay learning about the environment of the animals whose shells we use in our crafting. Each member, along with representatives of Rookery Bay, will share, first hand, their adventure with you.
Thursday, March 1, 2018 --The Beauty and Frustration of Small Shells--Dr. Duane Kaufmann, a retired teacher who will also be one of our Scientific Judges at the Shell Show, will share his adventures with very small shell life.