Richard S. Kern, Executive Director or Encounters in Excellence, has a BA in Literacy and Cultural Studies from the College of William and Mary, where he graduated in 2002. His interested in nature and art and his experiences with his filmmaking parents have equipped him to take the helm of the Encounters in Excellence team. Last year, he presented his film The Siren and the Springs to almost 30,000 public school students. Kern takes viewers on a journey through the river, the wetlands, and the upland habitats of Fisheating Creek. This is a wilderness area brimming with biodiversity and, for Richard, decades of memories. Along the way, we’ll learn about the ecosystem engineers like gopher tortoises and woodpeckers. We’ll meet the world’s longest-studied bird, the gregarious Florida scrub jay, and we’ll have an encounter with one of Florida’s most elusive mammals: the critically endangered Florida panther.
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