Our fine-feather friends: A lecture by master naturalist Robert McConville

B. Elaine Michaelis
Special to the Eagle

Our fine feathered friends can often be seen pecking for food in Marco Island’s green spaces, nesting in empty lots and lining up like ancient Roman sentinels on building rooftops. They are a constant in our daily lives (even without a visit to the Everglades) but what do we really know about them?

Master naturalist Robert McConville is the man with the answers and at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 12, at Rose History Auditorium, he will share what he knows about these special species of wildlife.

Master naturalist Robert McConville will discuss birds at an upcoming lecture.

On display that evening will also be several paintings by award-winning Goodland artist Tara O’Neill. O’Neill is a multidisciplinary artist, known for her vivid oil interpretations of the Florida environs. Her work is a part of private and corporate collections around the world.

After the lecture, McConville will be signing his recently published book, “Beyond the Mangrove Trees,” which documents the wild side of South Florida in photographs. Earlier that same day, at 4 p.m., he will also hold a book signing at Sunshine Booksellers.

McConville is the owner of Stepping Stone Ecotours, conducting boardwalk tours at the Big Cypress National Preserve, and is one of the scientists working on the 10,000 Island Dolphin Project, which tracks the distribution, movement and behavior of dolphins in Marco waters.

The McConville lecture is free to members of the Historical Society and $10 for nonmembers. Rose History Auditorium is located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive across from the Marco Island branch library.

If you go

“Great Blue,” a painting by Tara O'Neil.

What: Bird lecture

When: 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 12

Where: Rose History Auditorium, 180 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island

Information: 239-389-6447 or