Free lecture at Deering Estate to discuss snakes in Everglades

In partnership with the Archaeological Society of Southern Florida, the Deering Estate at Cutler presents a free lecture on the second Thursday of each month. The next lecture is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m., in the Visitor Center Auditorium at the Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72 Ave. The lectures are free and open to the public.

The Sept. 13 topic is “Snake in the Grass: An Everglades Invasion” with presenter Larry Perez.

Snake-eating alligators and alligator-eating snakes might seem like a science fiction story line, but those battles are playing out in Everglades National Park where the invasion of non-native pythons threatens to upend a rich and diverse ecosystem that includes the largest tract of wilderness east of the Rockies. Perez skillfully explores this astonishing assault — the repercussions already tallied and those lying in wait — in a book that reads almost like fiction, but which is only too factual. Perez, a lifelong resident of Miami, is a graduate of Florida International University. He has been an interpreter and park ranger for Miami-Dade County Parks and the National Park Service while achieving numerous professional awards. He is both a writer and producer, authoring Words on the Wilderness: A History of Place Names in South Florida National Parks and Journal of Florida’s Watchable Wildlife: Reptiles and Amphibians.

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