Wingate University Friends of the Library to host invasive species expert

Contact: Kim Williams
Communications Writer 704-233-8320

Wingate, N.C. – Wingate University's Friends of the Library will host invasive species expert Dr. Michael Dorcas and his 15' python, Carmelita on Monday, Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Batte Center. Dorcas will discuss his research of invasive Burmese pythons in the U.S. He has published several books on the subject, including "Invasive Pythons in the United States" with JD Willson and "Snakes of the Southeast" with Whit Gibbons.

"The Friends of the Library act as a champion of the Ethel K. Smith Library by providing promotional, community and financial support," said Christy Inge, Access Services Manager for the Ethel K. Smith Library. "We're excited about the opportunity to bring Dr. Dorcas and Carmelita to campus to share his research." Admission to the event is free. Questions can be directed to Christy Inge,

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