CLEWISTON -- The Clewiston Museum is happy to announce the spring speaker series will feature local guests who will be presenting about local interests and issues. The series will open on Thursday, Jan. 20, with a program featuring Ed Metzger from the South Florida Water Management District. He will be talking about the invasive Burmese Pythons’ impact on the Everglades and the efforts being taken to remove them.
Pythons are large, rapidly reproducing, apex predators native to Southeast Asia that have become invasive in the Florida Everglades. Invasive Animal Biologist Metzger will discuss the history of the issue, current management strategies, and the future of the Burmese Python invasion in Florida.
Metzger moved from Orlando to Miami in 2008 to pursue a personal interest in the diversity of snakes in the Everglades. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology with a certificate in biodiversity conservation and management from Florida International University in 2011 and has spent the past 13 years working on a range of taxa from algae to alligators. He currently focuses on Burmese Python management as an invasive animal biologist at the South Florida Water Management District in West Palm Beach.
This program, which is at 7 p.m., is being presented in partnership with the South Florida Water Management District and admission to the program is FREE!
The Clewiston Museum is a private not-for-profit that relies on donations, grants, the support of its members, and fundraising events to remain in operation. It is located at 109 Central Avenue in Clewiston and the hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday hours are by appointment only. Contact the museum at 863-983-2870 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.