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All programs take place at Green Cay Nature Center on select Fridays at 1:00 p.m. See below for dates.
Ages: 50+ | Cost: $5.00 per person/per program
Reservations are required. Sign up at the front desk or call 561-966-7000.

“Green Cay vs. Wakodahatchee” |  November 3
Dr. Thomas Poulson, Florida Atlantic University
We kick things off with an engaging lecture evaluating the hypotheses for why Green Cay and Wakodahatchee are similar and different. They are both biodiverse wetlands meant to remove plant nutrients, yet differ in the prevalence of nesting birds and diversity of mammals.

“Volcanic Oceanic: Birth of a Sea” | November 17
Kayla Caldwell, Assistant Naturalist, Green Cay Nature Center
Ever wondered how our oceans were born? Turns out, the deepest, darkest ocean floors aren’t so empty after all! Come explore the deep sea to learn about how oceanic volcanoes and hydrothermal vents have shaped the world as we know it today.

“The Quest to Save the Vaquitas” | December 1
Rebecca Weeks, National Marine Mammal Foundation
The vaquita is a small porpoise that lives in the waters within Mexico’s Gulf of California. They are regarded as the world’s most endangered marine mammal, with an estimated 30 left in the wild. Join former Green Cay manager, Rebecca Weeks, coming all the way from the National Marine Mammal Foundation, in San Diego, California, to share with you the work being done to save the vaquitas and the resulting translational research.

“Who is Related to Whom at Green Cay?” | December 15
Jonathan K. Waage, Retired Emeritus Professor of Biology, Brown University 
Which two of the following are most closely related: Alligators, birds, Iguanas? How can the closest relative to grebes in Florida be the flamingo and not ducks? Herons, egrets, bitterns and night herons are close relatives; what about wood storks? Hint: Their close relatives are also black and white but live where it is cold. How do we know the answers to which animals are each other’s closest relatives? We will explore how comparing morphology and DNA can help us.