1. Tuesday: Humanities Speaker Series gets underway
Peggy MacDonald presents “Marjorie Harris Carr, Defender of Florida’s Environment” from noon until 1 p.m., Jan. 9 at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. Cost is $15 and includes lunch (Friends of Rookery Bay members receive a 10 percent discount). Advanced registration is required. Preregister at rookerybay.org/calendar.
Subsequent presentations in the series include:
- Feb. 20: “Doc Anna: Swamp Doctor of Florida” recounts the life of Dr. Anna Darrow who, in 1909, became only the second woman doctor licensed in Florida, portrayed by FHC Chautauqua Scholar Carrie Sue Ayvar.
- March 20: “Lighthouses of the Sunshine State: Sentinels of History along Florida’s Coast” is a journey across Florida with Brendan Burke, Maritime Historian at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum.
- April 10: “Innovation and the Transformation of Seminole Culture” features Andrew Frank, Allen Morris Associate Professor of History at Florida State University, who explains Seminole Indian culture from the 1700s to today.
2. Wednesday: Florida residency workshops
The Law Offices of William G. Morris, P.A. will conduct a series on the potential benefits of Florida residency including establishing and maintaining Florida residency, taxes and related Issues, homestead exemption, qualifying for in-state tuition rates and creditor protection.
As attorney William G. Morris explained, “There’s more to becoming a Florida resident and maintaining that status than living in the state six months and one day out of the year.”
These free, one-hour workshops will spotlight those issues and more. Kevin O’Fee of Edward Jones, also on Marco Island will serve as moderator.
The sessions are Jan. 10, Feb. 21, March 14 and April 11. The Wednesday sessions will start at 5:30 p.m. at Keller Williams Realty, 830 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island. RSVP: Kathy Ansted, 239-394-2412.
3. This weekend is for the birds
Festival of Birds: Formerly known as the Southwest Florida Nature Festival, the Jan. 12-14 event encourages exploration of the local environment through dozens of guided field trips to wildlife hot spots around Southwest Florida and lectures at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. Field trips, including birding walks, buggy rides and boat tours, are offered by local partners. Field trip prices range from $20 - $140, and registration is required. The Saturday evening Keynote Presentation is by Dr. Ken Meyer with Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI) and is entitled “Data-driven Conservation for Florida’s Imperiled Raptors and Water Birds: 20 Years of Discovery Through ARCI’s Remote Tracking Studies.” Admission is $25 and includes light refreshments. Registration is required. Information: rookerybay.org/calendar.
Breakfast and Birds: Friends of Tigertail is hosting the 14th Breakfast and Birds on Tigertail Beach, 8:30 until 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 13. Bring your own breakfast and binoculars. Meet other birders interested in learning how to identify wading and shorebirds that forage in the Tigertail lagoon during the winter. Birding ID cards, hats and T-shirts will be available. FOTT memberships are tax deductible and benefit a scholarship program. Free to the public. No reservations required. Information: FriendsofTigertail.com.