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The Living Gulf Coast – A Nature Guide to Sanibel & Captiva Islands 

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The Great Florida Invasion takes a fascinating look at the many invasive species that have arrived in Florida throughout recorded history. Starting with the abandoned medieval swine that arrived in Florida circa 1521 through the recent introduction of Burmese pythons into the Everglades, this presentation delves into the environmental and financial costs of these various exotic species. With much of the information derived from Sobczak’s award winning book, The Living Gulf Coast – A Nature Guide to Sanibel & Captiva Islands, this lecture provides and in-depth look at everything from lionfish to nutria, Brazilian pepper to iguanas. As is typical of Sobczak’s power point presentations, this lecture is both informative and humorous at the same time. The author’s recent presentation of this same lecture was given to a standing room only crowd at the Elsie Quirk Library in Englewood where it was very well received. Sobczak is a featured speaker with the Sanibel Road Scholar program. He has appeared on Book TV and has given lectures to such diverse groups as The Harvard Club, The J.N. “Ding” Darling Lecture Series and The Cape Coral Newcomers Club. For a complete list of where you can see this and other forthcoming lectures by Mr. Sobczak, visit

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