SANIBEL, Fla. (December 21, 2020) – The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) weekly Virtual Speaker Series presented by LCEC kicks off on Tuesday, January 19 with “Finding the Path to a Sustainably Wild Florida; Saving Florida’s Wildlife Corridor” by Jason Lauritsen, executive director for Florida Wildlife Corridor.

Lauritsen will share the vision of Florida’s Wildest places and their connection to Florida’s growing population.  This is an exploration of the state’s natural beauty and diversity and the threats and opportunities that are shaping its future.  From the beloved Florida Panther to the obscure Avon Park Harebells, Lauritsen will describe how the life history of wildlife and native plants are inextricably intertwined and dependent on habitat connectivity.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, CROW’s annual Speaker Series has gone virtual! The Virtual Speaker Series programs begin at 4:00pm and are approximately one hour in length with time for questions. 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:

Jason has worked in conservation in Florida since 2001; managing land, conducting research, shaping policy and educating diverse audiences.  As the head of the Florida Wildlife Corridor, he is committed to landscape level conservation and long planning horizons to achieve sustainability.  He advocates the pursuit of a deep science-based understanding of our complex and often fragile ecosystem that undergirds the quality of life for both people and wildlife.