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P-F-2.1  Tips and Tricks for Nature Photography
9:00 - 9:50 am
Speakers:  Roger Sheets and Joel Jackson

Come to this class if you want to review the basics of nature photography, improve your picture taking and composition, and capture pictures you've been missing. Depending on attendance and time, Roger and Joel will review your photographs. You are encouraged to bring a few (1-3) pictures on a USB flash drive for review and positive feedback.

P-F-2.2  Camera Equipment
10:00 – 10:50 am
Speaker:  Joe Bailey

When it comes to photography equipment begin with the end in mind. What is your intention when you push that shutter button? Are you simply documenting the moment for your personal records or do you plan on sharing the photo on social media or emailing it to a friend. Or printing the picture for scrape booking or to hang on the wall at home. Or creating a print to be sold at a gallery. So by beginning with your intent in mind and your equipment will follow. This class will be based on the participates needs or intent beginning with photographing nature with the cell phone to using that digital DLSR with interchangeable lens.

P-F-2.3  Uncommon Photos of Common Birds
11:00 – 11:50 am
Speaker:  Jim Caldwell

Uncommon Photos of Common birds – and beyond! Don’t pass up photo opportunities of common birds we see every day such as pigeons, doves, starlings, wrens, etc. Jim will show examples of photos that captured unusual or interesting behavior of birds we commonly see every day. In addition, Jim will give suggestions and techniques to help you improve your wildlife photography – whether you are shooting something common or rare and exotic!


P-F-3.2  Design Your Yard for Wildlife
10:00 – 10:50 am
Speaker:  Tom Heitzman

Native shrubs and perennials for use in the home landscape with an emphasis on plants that attract a variety of pollinators, butterflies and birds.

Sweet Bay Nursery Website

P-F-3.3  Birdfeeding 101
11:00 - 11:50 am
Speakers:  Lucy Polak and Greg Williams

From Wild Birds Unlimited: Make your yard "bird-friendly" in order to attract the greatest variety and number of birds by providing the basics of food, water, shelter, and nesting areas. Learn the elements of a thoughtful bird feeding station, which includes different types of feeders and the foods that will work well in your yard.

Wild Birds Unlimited Website


P-F-1.4  Everglade Snail Kites
1:00 - 1:50 pm
Speaker:  Dr. Paul Gray

Paul will discuss the recent population crash of Snail Kites and the apparent recovery that is now happening. The good news is an exotic apple snail is fueling the recovery and the bad news is our native apple snails seem functionally absent from many south Florida ecosystems. See what this means for Kites and ecosystem management in Florida.

P-F-1.5  Birding in East Africa
2:00 - 2:50 pm
Speakers:  Kevin Shelton and Kelly Holland

In this presentation we will discuss birding in East Africa, primarily Kenya and Northern Tanzania. We will take a virtual safari to the varied environments in this beautiful part of the world and look at the diversity of the birds inhabiting them. Then we’ll look at ways to experience this adventure on a real photo safari.

P-F-1.6  Apalachicola River: Rivers, Birds, and Water Wars
3:00 – 3:50 pm
Speaker:  Todd Engstrom

Increasing human demand for freshwater has affected flow seasonality and volume of rivers around the world. The Apalachicola River drainage with records of over 330 species of birds is examined in detail to document how river health affects birdlife.

P-F-1.7  Helping Barn Owls Recover
4:00 - 4:50 pm
Speaker:  Dr. Richard Raid

Barn owls are supremely adapted for preying on mice and rats, and are one of nature’s most prodigious rodent predators. However, nationwide their populations have dwindled, with the loss of nesting habitat and hunting areas. Featuring the use of nesting boxes on the perimeters of open fields, the University of Florida Barn Owl Program has greatly enhanced barn owl populations in the Everglades Agricultural Area of south Florida. Readily adopted by the agricultural industry, the program has successfully reduced the use of chemical rodenticides by growers and has resulted in some of the highest barn owl densities in North America. Not one to miss an opportunity, Dr. Raid readily enlists the assistance of these raptors for outreach/extension, educating both adults and youths about how wildlife and agriculture cannot only co-exist, but benefit one another. This talk is filled with pictures of cute little owlets, anecdotes about owls and teachers, and graphic descriptions of eeeewwww! …..owl pellets!


P-F-2.4  Finding Cause for Optimism in Avian Conservation
1:00 – 1:50 pm
Speaker:  Dr. Andrew Cox

Full consideration of the magnitude of conservation challenges that exist at both local and global scales can rightly leave a thoughtful person feeling bereft of hope. However, many professional wildlife biologists need some semblance of positivity in their lives to operate effectively, and support from the general public is reliant in part on positive messaging that effectively conveys conservation successes. Here, I review recent conservation successes and failures that have occurred in Florida to demonstrate how one can develop a pragmatic, empirically-based optimism despite the daunting suite of threats faced by wildlife.

P-F-2.5  From Ag Field to Bird Preserve
2:00 – 2:50 pm
Speaker:  Damon Moore

A thorough explanation on the planning, implementation, and adaptive management for Restoration of Former Agricultural Lands at Perico Preserve in Manatee County. Or in simpler terms, what was done at Perico Preserve and why.

P-F-2.6  Benefits of Translocation of Wildlife Species
3:00 – 3:50 pm
Speaker:  Vivienne Handy

Translocation of protected species is an important conservation tool that has been demonstrated to be effective for select species and habitats. Quest Ecology has participated in the successful translocation of Florida scrub-jay, burrowing owl, Florida mouse, and gopher tortoise, as well as rare plant species. Site selection and management is key to making translocations work and will be the focus of this presentation.

P-F-2.7  Restoring Wetlands and Uplands in Hillsborough County
4:00 – 4:50 pm
Speaker:  Ross Dickerson

Not all of the lands acquired through the Jan K. Platt Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program are in a pristine state. Some were converted to agricultural land and others have succeeded into hardwood forests due to lack of fire. This presentation will show how Hillsborough County’s Environmental Lands Management Section restores these lands to a more natural habitat.


P-F-3.4  Beneath the Surface: The Underwater World of Tampa Bay
1:00 – 1:50 pm
Speaker:  Nanette O'Hara

See the bay from a different perspective – underwater! Explore Tampa Bay’s seagrass meadows, mud flats and reefs. Learn about what lives there, who eats who, and what these communities reveal about the health of our estuaries, and our planet. This virtual photo and video tour will immerse you in an amazing world of seahorses, stingrays, snook and sharks, all without getting wet!

P-F-3.5  Life Histories of Fishes of Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico
2:00 – 2:50 pm
Speaker:  David Westmark

“Some birds eat fish but all fish have ages." The how, what, why, and when of estimating the ages of fishes from the Tampa Bay area and beyond. Includes live demonstrations!

P-F-3.6  Restoration Aquaculture
3:00 – 3:50 pm
Speaker:  Dr. Josh Patterson

Restoration aquaculture is an emerging field that uses cultured aquatic animals or plants to actively restore habitats or populations. In Florida, restoration aquaculture is happening with finfish, oysters, seagrasses, bay scallops, and corals, to name a few. This talk will provide a general overview of restoration aquaculture including examples, legal and ethical considerations, and future directions.

P-F-3.7  Tarpon: Tampa Bay's Silver King
4:00 – 4:50 pm
Speaker:  Kathy Guindon

The tantalizing tarpon has fascinated anglers since the beginning of written history. From an infant with fangs to a shark’s fancy feast, this silver beauty will captivate you with its life history tricks. To learn more about the amazing abilities of Tampa Bay’s Silver King and how the everyday angler can help with the conservation of the resource please plan to attend her seminar. Photo credit: Brian Timmons



P-S-1.1  Dragonflies
9:00 – 9:50 am
Speaker:  Paul Trunk

Dragonflies are commonly seen but may be the least understood of any of our flying creatures. Paul will be presenting a program on the biology and natural history of dragonflies found in west central Florida. He will also show some of the more common species seen in our area.

P-S-1.2  Florida Butterflies
10:00 – 10:50 am
Speaker:  Marc Minno

Come explore the wonderful world of Florida butterflies with the man who wrote the book! What’s here? Where are they? How do you know who they are? Find out!

P-S-1.3  Gardening for Florida's Butterflies
11:00 – 11:50 am
Speaker:  Pam Traas

Learn what plants you need to attract butterflies to your garden.


P-S-2.1  Diamondback Terrapins
9:00 – 9:50 am
Speaker:  George Heinrich

Learn about the natural history and conservation of an imperiled estuarine turtle, the diamondback terrapin. Although terrapins occur in 16 states along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, the coastline of Florida represents approximately 20% of their entire range. Five of the seven recognized subspecies occur in the state’s extensive salt marsh and mangrove habitats, including three endemics. Photo by George Heinrich

P-S-2.2  Saving the Indigo Snake
10:00 – 10:50 am
Speaker:  Michelle Hoffman

"An effort to save the Eastern Indigo Snake." The talk will include population management for the captive breeding program, challenges of breeding and raising Eastern Indigo Snakes, how to operate a reintroduction program, photos of this year's release, and goals of the reintroduction project.

P-S-2.3  Frog Listening Network
11:00 – 11:50 am
Speaker:  Dr. Neil Halstead

Scientists have long recognized that anurans (frogs) are “the canaries in the coal mine,” so to speak. In recognition of this, the Frog Listening Network was established back in the late 1990’s and was created to teach interested naturalists frog calls, with the objective of providing environmental education and generating data that could be used to track the species richness of frogs within the Hillsborough River Basin. This talk will describe all of our endemic frog species, their habitats, and their calls.

P-S-2.4  Tegus: Invasive Lizards
1:00 – 1:50 pm
Speaker:  Dan Quinn

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has many internal programs and interagency projects aimed at preventing, eradicating, and managing priority nonnative species. The Argentine Black and White Tegu (Salvator merianae) is considered a high priority invasive by the state because of their potential impacts to native ecosystems. Breeding populations have been documented in both Hillsborough and Miami-Dade counties in Florida and FWC has been working alongside regional partners to manage these populations. We will discuss the FWC’s current nonnative programs, background and updated information on management of tegus in Hillsborough county, and how others can help.


P-S-3.1  Photography Critique
9:00 - 10:50 am
Speakers:  Roger Sheets, Joel Jackson, George Veazey, and Joe Bailey

This session is for those who participated in the Friday Photography seminars and/or who went on the special Lettuce Lake Photography walk Friday afternoon. Bring 4-6 of your photos from Lettuce Lake on a flash drive to share with the rest of the group, and see what suggestions the professionals can give you to improve your technique or make the best use of the equipment you have. Professional counseling on the spot! Better photographs in a day!

P-S-3.3  What's for Dinner? Photography
11:00 – 11:50 am
Speaker:  Jim Gray

"I am fascinated by animal behavior and I get my best photographs when birds are not responding to what I am doing but are behaving as if I was not there. A point I'd like to make is that some photographers at public places forget that birds still need rest and quiet time. Just because birds are used to people doesn't negate their need to sleep. We should treat and respect animals like family. We are all creatures of mother earth and we should not interrupt birds' meals and sleep. They are more likely to successfully perpetuate the roles they play in the environment if left in peace, and that provides us with the quality of life that we enjoy here in this part of Florida."


P-S-4.3  Water for Florida's Future
11:00 – 11:50 am
Speaker:  Dianna King Flynt

Florida faces major challenges with water supply and getting our diverse and changing population to conserve water. People want to do the right thing but may not know the right things to do. Audubon’s Water for Florida’s Future program will provide practical individual actions for saving water and energy in the home, outside the home and in your community.


P-S-1.4  American Oystercatchers
1:00 – 1:50 pm
Speaker:  Mark Rachal

Mark Rachal will share biological history information about one of Florida’s rarest species, the American Oystercatcher. This handsome shorebird is easily identified by its striking black-and-white plumage and bright orange-red bill, especially designed for prying open oysters. Mark will talk about the fascinating behavior of oystercatchers, their long-term and very strong attachment to their mates, dedication to their semi-precocious young, and territorial defense activities. He will also discuss conservation efforts across the range of oystercatchers, where dedicated biologists from New York to Texas are working to secure a better future for this coastal nester. Photo credit: Patrick Leary

P-S-1.5  Thinking Like a Woodpecker: Understanding the Lives and History of Woodpeckers in Their World and Ours
2:00 – 2:50 pm
Speaker:  Dr. Jerome Jackson

In this presentation I will introduce the diversity of Florida woodpeckers, how they vary within and among species, and their roles in Florida ecosystems. I will especially focus on conservation history and challenges we face in assuring that woodpeckers continue to share our world. Is a Hairy Woodpecker really hairy? What is a "cockade"? Does a sapsucker really suck sap? And whatever happened to the Ivory-bill?

P-S-1.6  Soccer, Shopping Centers, and Florida's Loggerhead Shrikes: An Accidental Conservation Success Story That We Can Improve On
3:00 – 3:50 pm
Speaker:  Bette Jackson

In this presentation, I will introduce the behavior and ecology of Loggerhead Shrikes whose populations in Florida appear to be doing well, while those elsewhere are declining and endangered. What factors have influenced their success? How can we build on these successes to further help this fascinating species?

P-S-4.6  Birding in Western North Carolina
3:00 – 3:50 pm
Speaker:  Simon Thompson

Western North Carolina offers some of the finest birding in the Eastern United States. Tree-covered mountains hold over 20 species of breeding warblers and colorful wildflowers carpet the forest floor before the leaves open in the spring. There's "nothing finer" than to be in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western Carolina as life starts to creep into the mountains after the calm and brown hues of winter. Join Asheville, NC resident, Simon Thompson, for an insight into the rich birding of our Southern Mountains.

P-S-1.7  The Communal Kite: How the social nature of the Swallow-tailed Kite is imperative to its survival
4:00 – 4:50 pm
Speaker:  Gina Kent

Unlike many raptors, Swallow-tailed Kites are social throughout their annual cycle, in all aspects of their behavior. By nesting and roosting in neighborhoods, forming large pre-migratory communal roosts, and foraging in large aggregations, they assist each other in locating ephemeral food sources, detecting predators, and synchronizing departures for their long, dangerous migratory flights. Learn just how important this distinctive sociality is to Swallow-tailed Kites, and how vital the undisturbed persistence of pre-migratory roost is to the survival of these amazing raptors.


P-S-2.5  Raptor Adaptations: Birds of prey and their adaptations for success and role in the ecosystem
2:00 – 2:50 pm
Speaker:  Dr. Gabriel Vargo

Several live birds of prey will be used to illustrate aspects of predator-prey relationships, morphological adaptations that ensure success as predators, bioaccumulation of toxins (i.e. their role as a sentinel species), and their role in maintaining healthy, balanced ecosystems. The basic natural history of each species is also discussed along with the impact of humans on their habitats and populations.

P-S-2.6  Florida Bird Detective
3:00 – 3:50 pm
Speaker:  Adam Kent

During this presentation, we’ll explore six clues to bird identification: Body type, distinctive markings, bills, behavior, habitat, and sound. What do these clues teach us about a bird’s identity? What else can we learn about birds from examining these clues? The Bird Detective approach is a useful and fun way to help people of all ages to learn more about birds. Adam Kent designed the program and wrote the guide for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

P-S-2.7  Bird Migrations through Tampa Bay
4:00 – 4:50 pm
Speaker:  Mary Keith

Migration is one of the wonders of the natural world. Not only birds, but bugs, whales, wildebeests and even shrimp migrate. Tampa Bay is a real hot-spot for avian migration. This presentation will talk about some of the most amazing flights known so far, and what we’re learning about why, when, how birds migrate as well as how they navigate. How we can help them on their way is also included.


P-S-3.4  Waterbird Entanglement Prevention: Let's Don't Hook the Pelicans
1:00 – 1:50 pm
Speaker:  Sandy Reed

Learn what you can do to educate anglers and the public to Prevent Entanglement in your community. DON'T FEED THE BIRDS and if you hook a bird, DON'T CUT THE LINE. This program outlines some of the main causes of waterbird entanglement and the simple solutions determined by dedicated brainstorming volunteers! The program is easily replicated, especially with the assistance of educational outreach, signage, and enforcement from FFWCC.

P-S-3.5  Pelican and Seabird Rehabilitation
2:00 – 2:50 pm
Speaker:  Keith Wilkins

Keith Wilkins will give a presentation that will touch upon the various dangers that pelicans and other seabirds face out in the wild every day. He will explain which dangers are caused by man, and what you can do to help reduce the high number of sick and injured seabirds that places like the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary treat. He will also discuss how birds are excellent indicators of when something is wrong in our ecosystem.

P-S-3.6  Injured Birds Rescue
3:00 – 3:50 pm
Speaker:  Nancy Murrah

The volunteers of the Tampa Bay Raptor Rescue, which is a relatively new non-profit, nevertheless have extensive experience rescuing eagles, Ospreys, hawks, owls, and many other species of birds injured in the Pinellas and Hillsborough County region. Nancy Murrah shares stories of some of the dramatic events that have unfolded during rescue work, and talks about what we, as citizens of an avian world, can do for our co-inhabitants.

P-S-3.7  Rehabilitation of Raptors: Hawks, Eagles and Owls - Oh My
4:00 – 4:50 pm
Speaker:  Dianna King Flynt

Raptor Rehabilitation - Come learn about some of the unique abilities a wildlife rehabilitator needs to know about the patients in their care.

Friday and Saturday expo and seminars only tickets:  $20

Field trip tickets (Friday or Saturday trips include expo and seminars):  $30-65