3The Conservancy of Southwest Florida has partnered with Naples Beach Brewery to host Pints & Pythons, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12 at Naples Beach Brewery, located at 4120 Enterprise Ave., Suite 116, in Naples. Raising awareness of invasive species in Southwest Florida, the event will feature live music, food, games and more information on the Conservancy’s work. The event will feature Naples Beach Brewery’s specially created, original draught beer, “Python Saison,” available for $6 a pint. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida has been active 1within the Southwest Florida community to address the concerns of invasive species, most recently involved in the removal of more than one ton of pythons from Collier County. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida and partners are working to study and address the ecological problem of pythons in Southwest Florida by locating pythons in the wild, working with public and private land owners where the pythons have been discovered, and removing the invasive species. Researchers are also tracking pythons through the surgical implantation of radio tags within captured pythons that are then released into the wild, allowing researchers gain a better understanding of their movement patterns.

“The python tracking study has already yielded valuable insights into the seasonal movements of Burmese pythons in Southwest Florida,” said Ian Bartoszek, Conservancy of Southwest Florida biologist.  “Additional public awareness and support will help us advance our efforts to minimize the impacts of this invasive apex predator on our ecosystem.”

2The Conservancy of Southwest Florida python research is in collaboration with Dr. Paul Andreadis of Denison University, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, United States Geological Survey and the Naples Zoo. For more information on research efforts, visit www.Conservancy.org.

About the Conservancy of Southwest Florida:

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is a not-for-profit environmental protection organization with a 50-year history focused on the issues impacting the water, land wildlife and future of Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Conservancy accomplishes this mission through the combined efforts of its experts in the areas of environmental science, policy, education and wildlife rehabilitation. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, world-class Nature Center and von Arx Wildlife Hospital are headquartered in Naples, Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, south of the Naples Zoo off Goodlette-Frank Road. Learn more about the Conservancy’s work and how to support the quality of life in Southwest Florida www.conservancy.org.