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Conservancy of Southwest Florida members and the public are invited to the next Evenings at the Conservancy environmental education lecture series on Tuesday, July 14  from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Joanna Fitzgerald, director of the von Arx Wildlife Hospital at Conservancy of Southwest Florida is presenting “Wildlife Rehabilitation: An insider’s look at the von Arx Wildlife Hospital” inside Eaton Conservation Hall from 6:30-7:30 p.m. with an opportunity for questions and answers. 

Fitzgerald has worked in the wildlife hospital at the Conservancy since 1994 and was named director in 1999. With decades of experience and personal anecdotes, she will provide attendees with stories on the daily operations of the von Arx Wildlife Hospital, and highlight some of the most interesting and memorable cases with captivating images and video.

Fitzgerald will also show attendees what they can do to help cut down on the number of injuries to Southwest Florida wildlife, as well as what how to respond and what to do with an injured animal.

The event is open to the public and all Conservancy members are encouraged to attend.  Light refreshments will be available. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required as seats are limited. To make a reservation, call 239-403-4207 or email Sophia Navarra at sophian@conservancy.org. For more information on upcoming events, visit www.conservancy.org/evenings.

Conservancy of Southwest Florida began more than 50 years ago when community leaders came together to defeat a proposed “Road to Nowhere” and spearheaded the acquisition and protection of Rookery Bay. The Conservancy is a not-for-profit grassroots organization focused on the critical environmental issues of the Southwest Florida region, including Glades, Hendry, Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties, with a mission to protect the region’s water, land and wildlife. Conservancy of Southwest Florida and its Nature Center are located in Naples, Fla. at 1495 Smith Preserve Way, south of the Naples Zoo off Goodlette-Frank Road. For information about the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, call 239-262-0304 or visit www.conservancy.org.