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January 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

In-Person: An Evening with Kirsten Hines & Dennis Olle


January 11
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Tropical Audubon Society’s Historic Doc Thomas House
5530 Sunset Dr
South Miami, FL 33143 United States
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(305) 667-7337

Books & Books presents…



Wild Florida: An Animal Odyssey

(University Press of Florida, $42)

Thursday, January 11th at Tropical Audubon Society’s Historic Doc Thomas House

Doors open at 6:30 PM, Talk begins at 7 PM


Books & Books and Tropical Audubon Society are delighted to present an evening with nature photographer and author Kirsten Hines discussing her fascinating book, Wild Florida: An Animal Odyssey (University Press of Florida, $42). She’ll vividly recount some of the epic wilderness forays she undertook to capture the compelling photos that fill Wild Florida’s pages.

Attendees will be welcomed by Tropical Audubon Society President José Francisco Barros and Kirsten’s talk will be introduced by Dennis Olle, President of the Miami Blue Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association.

Books will be available for purchase and Kirsten will personally sign your copy!

This event is FREE and open to the public. Seating inside the charming 1932 Doc Thomas House is limited so please RSVP if you plan to join us.

Parking options: Limited free on-site parking via the property’s 55th Avenue auto gate and also along 56th Avenue; metered parking on Sunset Drive; various garage parking options within 1-3 blocks; Metrorail service to South Miami Station.

Pedestrians may access the property via single gates located on Sunset Drive and on S.W. 56th Avenue.

About the Book:

“It is rare to find a dedicated biologist and conservationist who also happens to be a passionate and accomplished photographer. Kirsten Hines is among the best in each of those arenas… In Wild Florida, Kirsten Hines helps to teach us about the wonders of Florida’s wildlife in hopes that we will better understand it and in turn come to love it and protect it for future generations.”

—Ron Magill, Emmy Award-winning wildlife expert and communications director, Zoo Miami

Florida is widely known for its alligators, panthers, pythons, and pesky mosquitoes, but did you know it also has crocodiles, bears, scarlet-striped snakes, and more species of fireflies than any other state? How about a tiny lizard that swims through central Florida’s ancient sand dunes, a red widow spider that hides in palmettos, or that wild flamingos, common two centuries ago, are slowly reappearing. In her latest book, wildlife photographer and writer Kirsten Hines takes audiences on her three-year journey into Florida’s wilds to explore its impressive array of animals.

In WILD FLORIDA: An Animal Odyssey Kirsten Hines shares her ongoing passion for Florida’s incredible array of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects, both native and introduced. Weaving over 200 striking, intimate photos with her personal stories of discovery and fascinating natural history insights, Hines covers over 100 Florida animals, many found nowhere else in the world, as well as ecological concepts such as the “why” behind Florida’s animal diversity – its climate gradient from temperate north to Caribbean-like south, its habitats from Appalachian ravines, to ancient sand hills to the Everglades, and its blending of animals from the tropics with those from North America. Florida and its animals are like no other. And, as Hines makes clear, that very uniqueness makes Florida’s wildlife amazing, and vulnerable.

Bringing her expertise as a biologist, conservationist, and environmental educator along with her firsthand experiences and enthusiasm, Kirsten Hines reveals:

· The unique variety of Florida’s native animals, including such endemics as the red widow spider and the Florida Scrub-Jay that live nowhere else. Florida is the only place in the continental US where tropical birds, such as Masked Boobies, Sooty Terns, White-crowned Pigeons, Snail Kites, and Magnificent Frigatebirds nest. And Florida is the only place in the world where American alligators coexist with American crocodiles.

· Her adventures crisscrossing Florida from Pensacola to the Dry Tortugas to experience its animals in their natural habitats, sharing such stories as how after two years of being evaded by bears she found herself watching a pair mate, how she photographed a gray fox up a tree in Miami’s historic cemetery, and how a large python totally disappeared under water.

· The complexities of having so many nonnative species established in Florida. Some are more commonly seen than Florida’s natives, others are thrilling rarities that draw gawkers from across the country. Some have little to no ecological impact while others, like the formidable Burmese python, wreak environmental havoc.

· Glimpses of Florida’s characteristic ecosystems that are protected in an array of conservation areas and are critical to the state’s wildlife. For example, the thermally-constant waters at Blue Springs State Park that warm manatees on cold winter mornings, or the towering pines at the Blackwater River State Forest where Red-cockaded Woodpeckers nest.

· Examples of Floridians working to ensure the survival of the state’s most vulnerable species, like a University of Florida laboratory breeding Miami blue butterflies to release in the Keys, and the Miami Bat Lab that’s installing homes for the Florida bonneted bat throughout Miami-Dade County.

· Simple steps everyday Floridians can take to help protect their state’s animals. At the top of the list? Use native plants to re-create wildlife-friendly habitats at home, even if the only available space is in a pot on the balcony.

“With a little foresight and strategic planning,” Hines assures, “people can continue flocking to Florida to walk its beaches, snorkel its reefs, fish its waters, kayak its springs, and view its unique array of animals for many generations to come.”


About the Author:

KIRSTEN HINES aims to inspire nature appreciation and conservation action through wildlife photography and writing. Florida-based and globally travelled, she lectures, leads photography workshops, and guides wildlife experiences, sharing insights from her years as a biologist and environmental educator. Her writing and photography have appeared in numerous publications and exhibitions. Her previous books on Florida’s nature and history include three on South Florida’s national parks and the award-winning gardening reference, Attracting Birds to South Florida Gardens.

About the Moderator:

Dennis Olle is the President of the Miami Blue Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association.