Join us to learn about what is being done to control invasive reptiles and how you can help! National Park Service (NPS) and University of Florida’s Invasive Reptile BioCorps interns will share a presentation about the adverse impacts of invasive reptiles in south Florida, how to identify them, and what you can do to make a difference. NPS has partnered with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and U.S. Geological Survey to train and enlist scientists and the public to detect these species and remove them from the wild. NPS runs a Python Removal Authorized Agent program which authorizes volunteers to catch invasive pythons and remove them from the environment.
Following the presentation, participants may join a FWC Python Patrol Training and take an important step towards becoming an authorized agent and removing pythons from the wild. The location for the hands-on portion of this training is to be determined.
Schedule and Details
Location: REEF Interpretive Center (98300 Overseas Hwy. Key Largo, FL 33037.)
Cost: Free to attend. Suggested $10 donation to REEF at the door.
FWC Python Patrol Training
Location: Key Largo Ranger Station (98710 Overseas Hwy. Key Largo, FL 33037)
Time: 11:00-1:00pm (approximate)
The Python Patrol Program educates the public on Burmese pythons and what is required to capture and transport them (permits, regulations, capture techniques, etc.). Anyone attending the training will get hands-on experience catching live pythons (to be provided by FWC.)
Important Information: All participants must wear closed-toed shoes and long pants. It is suggested to wear clothes that you don't mind getting a little messy. The training will last at least one hour and will be held outdoors in a grassy area, so it is highly suggested to bring water, sunscreen, and sun protection (hat, sunglasses, etc.)
Members of the public should not bring their own pythons to the training.