Timucuan Parks Foundation and the National Park Service’s Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve have decided to postpone the Timucuan Science and History Symposium that had been scheduled to take place January 28. At this time, the organizations plan to hold the symposium in the spring but an exact date has not yet been set. The event is designed to showcase the connection between the natural and cultural resources within the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve. The organizations plan to add virtual options to the spring in-person event.
“Unfortunately, the risk associated with the COVID virus transmission has prompted us to postpone the symposium until spring at the earliest,” said Mark Middlebrook, executive director of TPF. “We hope we can retain the majority of the speakers we had lined up for the event to offer a day filled with interesting topics on the natural habitats, environmental changes and the history of the Timucuan Preserve and its inhabitants.”
The organizations had lined up speakers from numerous organizations and universities including the University of North Florida, Auburn University, Villanova University, University of Louisiana, University of North Carolina, and Florida State College at Jacksonville. Experts from the U.S. Geological Survey, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Park Service Southeast Coast Network, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Florida Public Archeology Network were also set to speak.
Sponsorships, which help fund student research grants, are still available for the rescheduled event. Guests may register their interest in attending by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can be found at https://www.timucuanparks.org/symposium/. Anyone interested in sponsorships can also contact Timucuan Parks Foundation at (904) 374-1107 or email@example.com.