Exhibit: "Pythons and Cane Toads and Pepper -- Oh My! Invasive Exotics in Southwest Florida"
Now - September 30, 2023
Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch
From feral hogs to seemingly innocent ferns and insects, some organisms have a destructive impact that those who brought them did not predict. Southwest Florida has been greatly affected by new species following in humans’ wake, whether brought for food like the Spanish hogs or brought to add beauty to a garden or home like many introduced plants. Some of these invasive species have changed our ecosystem so much that it may be irreparable, while some have naturalized, becoming replaced themselves by other invasives. Come explore some of the iconic and often hated arrivals to our landscape at the Immokalee Pioneer Museum. We will delve into their history, their impact today and what our future with invasive species in Southwest Florida might look like.