Fla. Museum hosts lecture on wild orchids by international expert

January 12th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will host a Science Sunday lecture on wild orchids by Connie Bransilver from 2-3 p.m. on Jan. 30. The event is free and open to the public.

Bransilver will highlight her experiences surveying Florida orchids and discuss her book, “Wild Love Affair: Essence of Florida’s Native Orchids.” Afterward, Bransilver will sign copies of her book, which explores the Florida wetlands through 148 colorful orchid photographs. The Florida Museum gift shops will have copies of her book for sale during the signing.

Bransilver is an accomplished Florida author, internationally known wildlife photographer and naturalist. She serves on the board of the Native Orchid Restoration Project, received the African Wildlife Foundation Photographer of the Year Award in 1999 and is widely known for her multimedia music and slide lecture presentations on Florida conservation.

The Florida Museum also will offer a new program for children during the lecture, “Sunday Snoop.” Adults can take a break and enjoy the lecture while museum staff entertain children ages 4-10 for an hour with fun activities and a guided tour. Registration for “Sunday Snoop” is $5 and pre-registration is required. When book signings are held after a lecture, children are returned to parents at the end of the lecture portion of the program. For more information or to register for “Sunday Snoop,” call (352) 846-2000, ext. 277 or visit http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/education/lectures.htm.

Writer: Kristin Ede
Media Contact: Paul Ramey, pramey@flmnh.ufl.edu