American Alligators: Ecological Engineers of the Everglades Ecosystem - A CREW Strolling Science Seminar
Facilitator: Ian Bartoszek, Biologist, The Conservancy of SWFL
Participants will explore the mixed hardwood swamp forest of the Bird Rookery Swamp ecosystem to observe American alligators in their natural habitat.
American Alligators are ecological engineers and a keystone species in the western Everglades ecosystem. Participants will learn how the alligator modifies its environment to benefit wetland dependent flora and fauna during Florida’s dry season.
Ian Bartoszek is a Biological Scientist IV within the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s environmental science department and has worked on a diverse assortment of research projects at the Conservancy for the past twelve years. During this time he has been the primary field biologist on a research project funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service studying the recovery of threatened and endangered species through aquatic refugia in the Picayune and Fakahatchee Strands of eastern Collier County.
What to wear/bring:
Water, snack, comfortable outdoor clothing (long pants, long sleeved shirt), sun protection such as hat, glasses, sunscreen.
To register, select the ticket type above. CREW Members are current members of the CREW Land & Water Trust. Non-members may join CREW (and become eligible to take advantage of the member discount for this workshop) by clicking here or by calling 239-657-2253.
This is part of the CREW Strolling Science Seminar series, a series of six scholarly walking seminars designed specifically for adults to gain in-depth knowledge about wildlife and the watershed.
The CREW Strolling Science Seminars are supported in part by a Public Outreach Grant from the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP). The Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program is a partnership to protect estuaries in southwest Florida from Venice to Estero Bay.
Is there an age limit for the event?
This event is for adults only.
What are the parking/facilities like at the trails?
There is a grassy parking lot at the trailhead. There is one portable restroom at the trailhead.
What are the trails like?
The trails are mostly grassy/sandy ground level trails with some boardwalk sructures over wet areas. Expect seasonlly wet/muddy places on the trails during the rainy season (July - November).
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes. You may give your spot to someone else. Be sure to change the information on your registration page or call us at 239-657-2253.
Can I update my registration information?
Yes, you may update your registration information up to 24 hours before the event.
Do I have to bring a printed ticket to the event?
No. We do not issue print tickets. Simply check in with the event leader at the time of the event.
When & Where
CREW Land & Water Trust
The CREW Land & Water Trust was established in 1989 as a nonprofit organization to coordinate the land acquisition, land management, and public use of the 60,000-acre Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed. We work closely with our partners, the South Florida Water Management District and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to ensure the protection of the watershed. This watershed, the largest intact watershed in south Florida, straddles Lee and Collier Counties and provides aquifer recharge, natural flood protection, water purification, preservation of wildlife habitat, and public recreation. CREW's majestic 5,000-acre marsh is the headwaters for the entire watershed.