Dinner and a Speaker
Then at 9:30, Dr. Harvey Lillywhite took to the podium. He is the Director of the University of Florida Marine Research Lab on Seahorse Key. He spoke to the audience about how he and his graduate students have researched the symbiotic relationship between the world's only white cottonmouth snakes and the five species of birds that form a rookery on Seahorse Key which is part of the Cedar Key National Wildlife Refuge.
It was a fascinating and educational presentation highlighting the rookery and how the over 600 cottonmouth snakes that are isolated on the island depend on the fish that fall out of the nests, and not the birds themselves, for food.
After the presentation was over, the audience stood and applauded, cleared their tables, expressed their thanks to the event coordinators and speakers and then headed back to their sleeping quarters for a good night