May Program

My name is Bradley Rosendorf. I have been living near the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge since 1993. I have spent tremendous amount of time in my life hiking and photographing at the Refuge.

My discussion with your group will focus on the following:

1. The origins of the National Wildlife Refuge system. What is a public land? The importance of citizen involvement with public lands. The upcoming public meetings at the Refuge regarding current and future public use and management of natural resource.

2. I will provide general overview of range of native and invasive species present at the Refuge and what species can be seen and photographed on a usual day spent at the Refuge trails.

3. The main subject of my discussion will be “Rapid species adaptation in the Everglades”, an exciting discussion about the Everglades Snail Kite biology and the impact of invasive apple snail.

4. The final part of my discussion will be on the really nice and meaningful range of activities the shell club can get involved with at the Refuge including special guided tours for specific species such as Snail Kite, night walks, tram tours, and exciting volunteering opportunities with US Fish and Wildlife.

Our Refuge Rangers are very hardworking people who are a pleasure to interact with. Volunteering can be a very meaningful life experience and i will discuss how much I cherish the opportunity to wear a US Fish and Wildlife volunteer shirt and how my experience of volunteering has been an important part of my life.

The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is a very very special and truly MAGICAL place, i am very excited to meet your shell club and talk about the Refuge!!! :)

Bradley Rosendorf