Florida Black Bears: The Bear Essentials - A CREW Strolling Science Seminar
Facilitator: Kathleen Smith, Biologist, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commisssion
Participants will be led on a mystical adventure through the adventurous CREW Marsh trails investigating bear sign, trouncing through bear habitat, and learning to be a bear themselves. The walk will be full of surprises, so watch your step and keep an eye out for the mysterious black bears of CREW.
Florida is bear country and living in bear country can provide a unique and rewarding experience. Black bears are a essential part of the Florida ecosystem and an critical part of the CREW watershed. Considered an umbrella species, black bears use a wide area of habitat therefore protecting them indirectly protects a wide variety of other species that use the same habitat. Protection of black bears protects the CREW watershed for purposes of natural flood control, aquifer recharge, and protection of other fish and wildlife habitat. The seminar attempts to increase participants' understanding about the role and connections black bears play in our ecosystem, particularly at CREW.
What to wear/bring:
Long sleeved shirt
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 going to http://www.crewtrust.org/donate and clicking on the DONATE button 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.