EventJoin us on January 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the 2016 Python Challenge™ Invasive Species Awareness Festival! The event will be held at Florida International University’s Modesto Maidique Campus in Miami: 11200 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33199. This free, family friendly event will include presentations, exhibitors, vendors, interpretive walks, kids’ activities and more.

You will also be able to register for the 2016 Python Challenge™ Removal Competition or watch live capture demonstrations. FWC staff will be on-hand to talk about safe capture techniques and how to properly identify nonnative species including Burmese pythons. Enjoy tasty samples of some of Florida’s nonnative species and watch demonstrations on how to prepare nonnative fish.

So join the effort – whether you come for the excitement, the learning or the fun! Bring the family. It’s particularly great to introduce young people to the public events being sponsored by the 2016 Python Challenge™, so they can see first-hand a Burmese python, tegu or an invasive fish and hear biologists give tips on how trained adults can find a large well-camouflaged constrictor snake in the millions of acres of our greater Everglades ecosystem. Everyone can contribute to the conservation of our native wildlife.