By Samantha Joseph
MARTIN COUNTY -- A presentation by the Treasure Coast Wildlife Center will introduce attendees to some of their animal neighbors.
The center is hosting a presentation on reptiles and birds native to the region and Florida.
The presentation is set for Saturday, Dec. 15 at 11 a.m., and will feature species such as box turtles, gopher tortoises, alligators, a crocodile and a Florida king snake or indigo snake. Also set to make an appearance are raptors, such as great-horned or barn owls, a red-shouldered hawk and a crested caracara.
"Most people aren't from around here and even if they are, they aren't close to nature. This gives everybody a chance to get to know their neighbors," said Tim Brown, director of education at the Palm City-based Treasure Coast Wildlife Center.
"It's just a reminder that we're not only ones on the planet. Actually, the animals were here first. It behooves us to be well-behaved, good neighbors."
Organizers said, "This presentation, held (outdoors) at one of the gems of the Martin County park system, will allow the audience an opportunity to view some of the original inhabitants of Martin County."
Saturday's presentation is free of charge and open to the public.
"It's interesting for anybody in the family," said Joe Pilla, park supervisor at Phipps Park Campground, located at 2175 S.W. Locks Road, Stuart.
The interactive presentation provides attendees an up-close look at the animals and a chance to interact with them. Mr. Brown also provides a question-and-answer session as part of a fun, casual information session.
"Outreach is important to us," said Mr. Brown, who does hundreds of presentations each year for the group that focuses on "animal recovery and human discovery."
For more information, call (772) 287-6565.