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500 Million Years at Weedon Island
Have you ever looked at a gopher tortoise or a roseate spoonbill and thought “man, they look like living dinosaurs!”? Have you ever seen fossils and thought they looked similar to creatures still around today? And what about Florida specifically - when did all of the animals and plants we see here actually get here? This webinar will take a 500 million year journey through evolutionary history, looking at the origins of many of the creatures that call Weedon Island home. We will find out that dragonflies haven’t changed much since before the dinosaurs, but that just 15,000 years ago (the blink of an eye in geologic time) Florida was full of enormous mastodons and mammoths, saber-toothed cats and giant ground sloths!

This program is sponsored by the Friends of Weedon Island.

Jul 1, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Brian Magnier
Brian Magnier is a naturalist and wildlife photographer originally from Springfield, Massachusetts. He studied ecology and evolutionary biology at Cornell University, where his passion for the natural world flourished. He has conducted research on birds in Borneo and Papua New Guinea, mammals in Alaska and New York, and lionfish in the Caribbean. Brian has worked as an environmental educator in New Jersey, a kayak and hiking guide in Alaska, and a snorkel tour guide in Indonesia.