Suggested Reading List
The Living Gulf Coast: A Nature Guide to Southwest Florida
Author: Charles Sobczak *Lecturer*
Description: The Living Gulf Coast is the first comprehensive nature guide to Florida's Southwest region. The book covers six counties: Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, Collier, Glades and Hendry. There are more than 160 parks, preserves and eco-destinations covered in this work, with sixty-one of them described in great detail. Not only does the book describe these outstanding destinations, it also covers all the major birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians found throughout the region. The bird section includes 291 species with 120 of the most commonly encountered birds covered in exacting detail. It also includes all the major mammals and eighty-eight snakes, lizards, turtles and crocodilans found in the unique ecosystems of Southwest Florida.
Charles will be speaking on the program, and he will be available to sign copies of his book after his lecture. It can be found on Amazon.com
Sanybel Light: An Historical Autobiography
Author: Charles LeBuff
Description: Sanybel Light is a comprehensive, fact-filled autobiography written by long-time Sanibel Islander and author Charles LeBuff. It is an authoritative book about the Southwest Florida barrier island and chronicles an earlier, cherished lifestyle on Sanibel and Captiva. This book is about the creation and operation of the Sanibel Island Light Station, the establishment and management of the J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge. and the birth of the City of Sanibel--plus a host of other subjects. Share the author's intimate knowledge, experiences, and thoughts on the island's ecology, wildlife--especially alligators, sea turtles, and manatees--the live shelling controversy, mosquitos, water supply, red tides, the "Sanibel River," potential dangers, horrific hurricanes, the invasion of exotic pest plants, and the duties of a lighthouse keeper. Come join the author, one of Sanibel's "Founding Fathers," and travel back to those "thrilling days of yesteryear." Appreciate what it was like to live on these barrier islands B.C.--Before the Causeway. Discover the real Sanibel and Captiva, and learn about them from an expert.
Florida's Seashells- A Beachcombers Guide
Author: Blair and Dawn Witherengton
Description: A guide to Florida seashells, including species common to the south eastern United States and the Caribbean. 252 species of seashells, with a color photo of each, as beachcombers are most likely to find them.
Images of America Sanibel Island
Author: Yvonne Hall , Marguerite Jordan
Description: In collaboration with the Lee County Black History Society. The pioneers were a contrasting group of individuals, comprised of diverse ethnic origins and cultures, yet all seemed to share a common goal of using hard work, resourcefulness, and determination to make the island their home. Their efforts and sacrifices greatly contributed to the growth and rich history of Sanibel as we know it today