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.

The club plans to hold seminars in January, February, and March 2022.  Details and dates for February and March are in the planning stages.

JANUARY 13, 2022- 3:30 until 5:00 p.m.  in Rose Hall at the Marco Island Public Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco                                                                          Island, FL

                                 MOLLUSKS IN CULTURE--Speaker, Tony Mauriello, Florida Master Naturalist 

Mollusks play a variety of roles in culture, including but not limited to,  arts and crafts and literature, with both practical interactions, whether useful or harmful, and symbolic uses. Stories from around the world, related to the use of mollusk shells as money, personal adornment, and musical instruments will be presented along with supporting photos.

FEBRUARY 24, 2022--3:30 until 5:00 p.m. in Rose Hall at the Marco Island Public Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco                                                                              Island, FL

LIVING AND WORKING UNDER THE SEA--Lucy and Bert Williams

Lucy and Bert Williams will present a program about their experiences “Living and Working Under the Sea” on Thursday 24 February 2022, at 3:30 PM at the Marco Island Public Library. Called “saturation diving”, this is a unique method used by scientists to study the undersea environment for extended periods of time and depth. Come and find out how this is possible and what that experience was like. Lucy and Bert are Marine Biologists. Both received PhD’s from Auburn University and worked at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus for 38 years. They studied fish parasitology, coral reef bleaching, major marine ecological disturbances, and others. As a part of their research, they were granted 5 missions in the NULS 1 - Hydrolab Underwater Habit located in St. Croix US Virgin Islands.