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Speaker Series 2022

Our popular
Speaker Series continues this season with a variety of topics. Presentations will be on Thursday evenings at 7:00 PM in the spacious Bonita Springs Lion Club Hall, 10346 Pennsylvania Ave. They are free for BSHS members and $5 for nonmembers (and you may join at the door).
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CANCELLED - January 13, Stephanie Erickson will discuss the challenges facing the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve.

Estero Bay: How Threatened?  Guest speaker Stephanie Ericsson from the Florida Department of Environmental Protect will discuss the past, present and future of our local waters. 

Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve was designated Florida’s first aquatic preserve in 1966, thanks to a grass roots citizen initiative that saved it from future development. The bay is now one of Florida’s 41 aquatic preserves and is home to many of the state’s endangered and threatened species and supports colonies of nesting and migratory birds. The bay borders two state parks and contains archeological and historical sites including Mound Key, the capital of the Calusa. 

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How healthy is this irreplaceable natural resource today? The bay is under threat from run off nutrients and altered freshwater flows from developments that harm aquatic plants and native species. Fortunately, people are still passionate about the bay’s future. Stephanie will describe the research, monitoring and restoration efforts underway by her and others to preserve Estero Bay for many generations to come.

Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve was Florida’s first aquatic preserve, designated in 1966. From vast seagrass beds and mangrove islands to tidal flats and oyster bars, Estero Bay is home to diverse ecosystems in this shallow estuarine system and are managed by the Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Coastal Office. Learn about the natural resources, the management practices, and recreational activities. To learn more about Florida’s aquatic preserves, visit  

Stephanie Erickson has been the manager of the DEP’s Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve office since 2016 and has been with the Department of Environmental Protection for more than 15 years.


CANCELLED - February 10, David Rahahe:tih Webb will discuss the ancient inhabitants of Southwest Florida – the Calusa and their customs.


SCHEDULED - March 10, Jim Sernovitz will discuss a Different Look at Florida. Florida is a world unto itself.  Join us as we go from the glamour and excitement of Miami Beach thru the primitive Everglades and follow the beautiful beaches of the Gulf Coast all the way north and west to the Panhandle.  We will then head inland, where most visitors, and many locals never venture, to visit the many unique agricultural sites that make Florida famous such as sugar plantations, orange groves, orchid greenhouses and other very interesting places.

2021- 22 History Walks

Custom History Walks for small groups…
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Tea & Tours & Private Meetings

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McSwain Tea & Tour