The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) weekly Speaker Series continues on Tuesday, March 8 with “Invasives and Exotics” presented by Adam Pottruck, Environmental Educator and Wildlife Biologist at Adam’s Animal Encounters.

Florida is home to a more than 700 terrestrial animals, 200 freshwater fish, and 1,000 marine fish. These organisms depend on the productivity of natural habitats and our sustainable recreational practices to survive. Due to the subtropical Florida climate, it is easy for nonnative animals to adapt and establish populations. During this program, Adam will provide some examples of the invasive reptiles of southwest Florida and explain how their presence challenges our native wildlife.

Speaker Series programs begin at 4:15pm and are approximately one hour in length. This talk will be presented in person at CROW’s Visitor Education Center and will also be offered virtually over Zoom so advanced registration is required. Admission per person or device is $10 plus applicable taxes and fees. To reserve your spot, please visit or call CROW’s Visitor Education Center at 239-472-3644 ext.#222.

CROW’s 2022 Speaker Series features weekly programs, offered January through April, hosting professionals from across Southwest Florida who engage, educate and entertain participants with information about local conservation initiatives. For a full schedule of presentations and topics in the series, please visit

About the Speaker:

A native of Florida, Adam attended Florida Gulf Coast University and received a degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Biology and Interdisciplinary Studies. He has always been involved in education and worked as the Education Director for Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium after college. His goal was to enthrall a passion and love for all critters. After visiting many schools, he found hands-on education to be the best route. He founded Adam’s Amazing Animals from 2012-2016 doing education outreach which led him to becoming a science teacher in 2016. He eventually left teaching because he wanted to pursue animal education at full force and make an even greater impact on our youth by teaching in multiple classrooms and reaching thousands of students! With that goal in mind, he is now the owner of Adam’s Animal Encounters.