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Feb 1st 2018 Meeting

On Thursday, February 1, 2018 Park Ranger Fiona Southwell will be presenting “Seasons in the Swamp” to the South West Florida Astronomical Society.  In an environment where the only constant is change, where birds arrive and depart, where water falls and then recedes, new life will be birthed as the seasons change.  Join Ranger Southwell on a seasonal journey through one of the most interesting and ever-changing ecosystems in the world-the Big Cypress Swamp.  Ranger Southwell’s presentation will begin at 7:30pm at the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium in Fort Myers.  As usual, the monthly business meeting of the SWFAS will follow immediately thereafter.

Janurary 4th Meeting:

Jayne Johnston, Panther Outreach Specialist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, will be the guest speaker at the January 4, 2018 meeting of the South West Florida Astronomical Society. 

The monthly business meeting of the South West Florida Astronomical Society will follow immediately thereafter.

Presentation Summary:

With an increase in both human populations and Florida panther population, FWC wants to ensure the safety of both by spreading the word on what one can do to minimize negative interactions.  Additionally, you will learn about panther biological information, their former and current range, past, present, and future impacts to their population, and how to keep safe on the roads where most panthers are killed.  Also included will be information about interagency, public and private partnerships, and citizen science opportunities. 
About our Speaker:
Jayne was born in New Jersey but grew up in Florida after moving here when she was 1.5 years old.  She graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and is a certified interpretive guide with the National Association of Interpretation.  She has a keen interest in birds and volunteers with Audubon in her spare time.  She enjoys teaching environmental education through public outreach, guided hikes, and afterschool programs.


December 7th Meeting:


As usual, the meeting will be held at the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium in Fort Myers.  Hope to see you there.

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Open to the public. Meetings are held in the Planetarium. Formed to educate the public, school children and Scouts about the wonders of the night sky!

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We are:  The South West Florida Astronomical Society, Inc.  (SWFAS) P.O. Box 100127, Cape Coral, Florida  33910.

We meet the 1st Thursday of the month (7:30 P.M.):  Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium,  3450 Ortiz Avenue,  Fort Myers, FL 33905-7811.

The Southwest Florida Astronomical Society, Inc. was formed in 1980 by amateur astronomers in Lee County, Florida.  Its many goals include educating the public, school children, and scouts about the wonders of the night sky.  S.W.F.A.S. regularly works with the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, as well as Florida Gulf Coast University with public observing events.


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