SANIBEL, Fla. (March 9, 2021) – The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) weekly Virtual Speaker Series presented by LCEC continues on Tuesday, March 16 with “Citizen Science & Invasive Lionfish Removal” by Madalyn Mussey, Education & Outreach Program Manager for Reef Environmental Education Foundation.

More than 37 non-native marine fish have been documented in Florida coastal waters, most believed to be released aquarium pets. Invasive lionfish, first sighted in Florida in 1985, are the only one of these species to have become established and are now causing severe problems throughout the western Atlantic, Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico. Learn about the threats invasive marine fish pose to their non-native environments and what is being done to combat one of the most infamous invasive fish species.

Virtual Speaker Series programs begin at 4:00pm and are approximately one hour in length. The talks will be presented using Zoom and are limited to 100 participants so advanced registration is required. Admission per device is $10 plus applicable taxes and fees. To register, please visit or CROW’s Facebook page under the “Events” tab.

CROW’s 2021 Virtual Speaker Series presented by LCEC 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:

Madalyn has been part of the REEF team for 2 years now, first arriving as an Intern in January of 2019. Accepted into her full-time position in November 2019, Managing REEF’s Education and Outreach Programs allows Madalyn to apply her dedication and experience in hands-on conservation education to give those around her an appreciation for the natural world and instill a long-lasting devotion towards marine conservation.