Meetings

Wednesday, November 20, 7 pm

Hillsborough County Extension Service

5339 South CR-579 Seffner, FL 33584

"Gopher Tortoise and Tortoise Relocation"

Speaker : Nicole Cribbs, Environmental Scientist


Nicole (Niki) Cribbs will talk to us about gopher tortoises, their ecology, and why and how they are relocated.Niki Cribbs is a Chief Environmental Scientist at Faller, Davis and Associates.  She is a project manager for environmental contracts related to Florida Department of Transportation projects and an FWC-Authorized Agent for gopher tortoise surveys and relocations.  Niki and her team are responsible for managing gopher tortoises on upcoming roadway, trail, bridge and landscaping projects in the five-county area of the local FDOT district.  The team conducts surveys, determines which burrows are in conflict with construction and applies for permits from FWC for relocating gopher tortoises when they are in danger of being impacted by a project.She is a USF alum and feels fortunate to have had Dr. Richard Wunderlin as a professor for several courses while pursuing her degree in botany.  Niki lives in Plant City and is the proud mother of two boys, one at Florida State University and the other at Plant City High School.  She enjoys being outdoors, running and of course, native plants and gopher tortoises.

 

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