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 A dimensional wall-mounted carving created by Charles LeBuff in 2013.

(On the left is an American crocodile, on the right is an American alligator.)

Charles LeBuff — photo courtesy of Deb Gleason

Welcome to my  site and its associated links — please, take time to explore. I hope you find each of them useful, perhaps as an introduction to Florida's Sanibel and Captiva islands . . . the unique barrier islands where I lived  for 47 years . . . or as a source for special, quality products and services, or factual information.

OUR OPERATIONS

Amber Publishing is a small publishing house  specializing in the production and distribution of a series of regional books, in both  fiction and nonfiction genres.  Our titles pertain to the wildlife and historical values of Southwest Florida. Many are available only in paper, but some have been revised and are available as eBooks for this growing market.  

On our Wildlife Signs for Sale page we offer a variety of small, mostly wildlife-themed, novelty signs. These are durable, high quality, reasonably priced, and are available for your purview and purchase by clicking the link to the left.

We continue to enjoy public speaking and are active on the regional speaking circuit. If your organization needs a speaker for a function who is well-versed and experienced in the human and natural history of Southwest Florida, do not hesitate to contact us. A listing of past and scheduled programs and their subject matter are outlined below.

         Thanks for stopping by . . . take a good look around . . . come back often.

                                                               Cordially,

                                                               — Charles LeBuff   


If you're not allowed to own a live one . . . you make one!

 

A carving of an endangered bog turtle carved from American basswood and

mounted to a Honduran mahogany base by Charles LeBuff.

 


PLEASE REVIEW THE LIST BELOW FOR AN OVERVIEW OF THE VARIETY OF PROGRAMS WE OFFER. PERHAPS YOU CAN ATTEND ONE, OR YOUR GROUP CAN SPONSOR ONE; DON'T HESITATE TO CALL.

2013 - 2015 SCHEDULE OF PUBLIC EXHIBITS & PRESENTATIONS

Grayed-out programs have been completed, please scroll down.

All are open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

March 1-28 — Exhibition of my Calusa Indian weapon and artifact replications at the Sanibel Public Library.

March 7 — Book signing at MacIntosh Books & Paper, Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.  11:30 - 2:30.  Authors Deb Gleason and Charles LeBuff will be autographing their new book, Sanibel and Captiva Islands.

March 24 — Sunset Cruise with Captiva Cruises. “Island Stories with authors Deb Gleason and Charles LeBuff”  Departs dock at 6:15 p.m.  For additional information and reservations call Captiva Cruises at 472-5300.  Autographing of our new book, Sanibel and Captiva Islands, scheduled after sunset.

March 26 — Fort Myers Beach Library, 10:30 a.m.  Deb Gleason and I will discuss our new book, Sanibel and Captiva Islands.

                — The Island Book Nook, Palm Ridge Road, Sanibel, 12:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Deb Gleason and I will be autographing our new book, Sanibel and Captiva Islands.

March 28 — Bailey's General Store, Sanibel, 11 to 1.  Deb Gleason and I will be signing, Sanibel and Captiva Islands.

April 3 — Book signing at Sanibel Island Bookshop, Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.  11 to 1.  Deb and I will be autographing Sanibel and Captiva Islands.

May 4 — Book signing at Costco (Cypress Lake and Cleveland Ave., Ft. Myers).  11 to 2.  Deb and I will be autographing Sanibel and Captiva Islands.

October 22 — A presentation on the History of Sea Turtle Conservation in Southwest Florida for "Ding" Darling Days. 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. at the J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge Education Center.  Come early, seating is limited.

November 19 — Tales of a Different Sanibel. A PowerPoint presentation for members of the Sanibel-Captiva Sail and Power Squadron, Sanibel Community House. 6 p.m.

December 3 — Private presentation for the Roads Scholar program on the history of J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge. 7:00 p.m.

December 5 — Book signing at Costco (Cypress Lake and Cleveland Ave., Ft. Myers).  11 to 2.  Deb Gleason and I will be autographing Sanibel and Captiva Islands. Great Christmas Gifts!

December 9 — Private presentation for the Roads Scholar program at West Wind Inn, on the history of J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge. 7:00 p.m.

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January 24, 2014 — An illustrated presentation,  Sanibel and Captiva: A Look Back in Time, by coauthors, Deb Gleason and Charles LeBuff, featuring their new book, Sanibel and Captiva Islands. There will be two presentations; one at 10 a.m. and another at 1 p.m., at the J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge Education Center.  Come early, seating is limited. The authors will be available after their programs to autograph books.

January 24 — A book-signing by coauthors, Charles LeBuff and Chris Lechowicz, for their new book Amphibians and Reptiles of Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Florida. 3 - 6 p.m. at MacIntosh Books and Paper — 2407 Periwinkle Way  — Sanibel.

January 28 — Private presentation by coauthors, Charles LeBuff and Chris Lechowicz, detailing their new book, Amphibians and Reptiles of Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Florida for the volunteers at J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge. 1 p.m. at the Refuge Education Center.

February 5 — Discussion of my novel, The Calusan, and display of my replicatons of Calusa Indian weaponry at the Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2439 McGregor Blvd., Ft Myers. 10 a.m.

February 6 — A presentation by coauthors, Charles LeBuff and Chris Lechowicz, detailing their new book, Amphibians and Reptiles of Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Florida. 7 p.m. at the monthly meeting of the Calusa Herpetological Society at the Calusa Nature Center, Ortiz Ave., Fort Myers.

February 8 — We'll participate in the "Artists & Authors Afternoon" to be held at the Edison Ford Shoppe at the Bell Tower, on the northeast corner of South Tamiami Trail and Daniels Blvd. between 1 and 5 p.m.

February 13 — Private presentation for the Roads Scholar program at the Sanibel Lighthouse, on lighthouse history. 3:00 p.m.

February 14 — A presentation by coauthors, Charles LeBuff and Chris Lechowicz, detailing their new book, Amphibians and Reptiles of Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Florida. 10 a.m. at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation's Nature Center — Sanibel-Captiva Road.

February 22 — A book-signing by coauthors, Charles LeBuff and Chris Lechowicz, for their new book, Amphibians and Reptiles of Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Florida, at the Paradies Gift Shop at SWFL International Airport. 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

February 26 — A 5th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION at the Island Book Nook on Palm Ridge Road, Sanibel, between 11 and 2. Authors Deb Gleason, Charles LeBuff, and Chris Lechowicz will join with other local authors to autograph their books at this festive occasion.

March 7 — 1 - 4 p.m. — A book-signing by coauthors, Charles LeBuff and Chris Lechowicz, for their new book, Amphibians and Reptiles of Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Florida and LeBuff's Sanybel Light to benefit the Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club during the 77th Annual Sanibel Shell Festival - Sanibel Community House.

March 19 — Private presentation for the Roads Scholar program at the Sanibel Lighthouse, on lighthouse history. 9:30 a.m.

March 24 — A presentation and book-signing by coauthors, Charles LeBuff and Chris Lechowicz, about their new book, Amphibians and Reptiles of Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Florida, at CROW, on Sanibel-Captiva Road. 11 a.m.

March 28 — Private presentation on American alligators featuring a DVD lecture for residents of Eagle Ridge Lakes at the ERL Clubhouse. 7 p.m.  A walk to look for alligator eyeshines is planned after the program; interest and weather permitting.

April 3 — Private presentation for the Roads Scholar program at the Sanibel Lighthouse, on lighthouse history. 9:30 a.m.

April 4 — A presentation by coauthors, Charles LeBuff and Chris Lechowicz, detailing their new book, Amphibians and Reptiles of Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Florida. This book is a new approach to the natural history of the islands and  is the result of a 50-year comprehensive study of the amphibians and reptiles of Sanibel and Captiva islands. Learn about their changing diversity and ongoing research and conservation efforts underway to help these important animals. A PowerPoint presentation is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the J. N. "Ding " Darling National Wildlife Refuge Education Center. Plan to arrive early, because seating is limited. A book signing will follow the program for those who wish to purchase an autographed copy of this remarkable book.

April 5 — Two separate presentations by Charles LeBuff and Chris Lechowicz, at the Florida Herpetology Conference in Gainesville. LeBuff will speak on their new book, Amphibians and Reptiles of Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Florida, and Lechowicz will speak on The Map Turtles of Florida.

April 10 — Private presentation for the Roads Scholar program at the Sanibel Lighthouse, on lighthouse history. 9:30 a.m.

April 16 — A fund-raising presentation by Charles LeBuff: The History and Operation of the Sanibel Lighthouse for the Sanibel Historical Village and Museum. In the Sanibel Schoolhouse at the Village, promptly at 7 p.m. There is a requested minimum donation of $5.00 per person and reservations are required because seating space is limited. Call 472-4648.

May 3 — Book signing at Costco (Cypress Lake and Cleveland Ave., Ft. Myers).  11 to 2.  Deb Gleason and Charles LeBuff will be autographing Sanibel and Captiva Islands.

August 15-17 — Charles LeBuff and Chris Lechowicz will  be signing Amphibians and Reptiles of Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Florida at the National Reptile Breeders' Expo at Daytona Beach. Chris will also be making a presentation on the map turtles of the U.S.

November 11 — Private presentation for the Roads Scholar program at the Sanibel Lighthouse, on lighthouse history. 9:30 a.m.

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January 8 — Private presentation for the Roads Scholar program on Sanibel Lighthouse history. 9:30 a.m.

January 15 — Private presentation for the Roads Scholar program on Sanibel Lighthouse history. 9:30 a.m.

January 18, 2015 — The Other Shells of Sanibel and Captiva — The Turtles. A presentation by Charles LeBuff and Chris Lechowicz for the Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club, at 2 p.m. at the Bailey-Mathews Shell Museum, Sanibel-Captiva Road.

January 22 — Private presentation for the Roads Scholar program on Sanibel Lighthouse history. 9:30 a.m.

January 28 — Private presentation for the Roads Scholar program on Sanibel Lighthouse history. 9:30 a.m.

January 29 — An illustrated presentation, Adventures With Island Amphibians and Reptiles, by island herpetologists Charles LeBuff and Chris Lechowicz, with their "special guest." They are coauthors of the recently published book, Amphibians and Reptiles of Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Florida: A Natural History.  They share over 64 years of studying these interesting and often dangerous animals exclusively on our barrier islands. Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society, Sanibel Community House. 7:30 p.m.

January 31 — A Morning with Calusa Indians: Their Culture, Tools, and Weapons, for the Barefoot Beach Environmental Education Series. In the Chickee Hut adjacent to Parking Lot Number 1, Barefoot Beach.  From the western end of Bonita Beach Road, turn left (south) at Barefoot Beach Blvd., continue past the gate (no need to stop) and follow the road until you reach Barefoot Beach Preserve. Note: there is an $8 charge per car to enter the preserve which is good for all day parking. Starts at 10:00 a.m. Arrive early.

February 3 — 6:30 p.m. — A presentation on the amphibians and reptiles of Southwest Florida by Charles LeBuff and Chris Lechowicz, featuring a discussion about their new book, Amphibians and Reptiles of Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Florida. At the Wa-Ke Hatchee Park Recreation Center, 16760 Bass Road, Fort Myers.

 February 5 — Private presentation for the Roads Scholar program on Sanibel Lighthouse history. 9:30 a.m.

February 11 — Private presentation for the Roads Scholar program on Sanibel Lighthouse history. 9:30 a.m.

February 19 — Private presentation for the Roads Scholar program on Sanibel Lighthouse history. 9:30 a.m.

February 26 — Private presentation for the Roads Scholar program on Sanibel Lighthouse history. 9:30 a.m.

March 4 — Private presentation for the Roads Scholar program on Sanibel Lighthouse history. 9:30 a.m.

March 12 — Private presentation for the Roads Scholar program on Sanibel Lighthouse history. 9:30 a.m.

March 19 — Private presentation for the Roads Scholar program on Sanibel Lighthouse history. 9:30 a.m.

March 25 — A fund-raising presentation by Charles LeBuff: Getting to Know the Calusa People for the Sanibel Historical Village and Museum. In the Sanibel Schoolhouse at the Village, promptly at 7 p.m. There is a requested minimum donation of $5.00 per person and reservations are required because seating space is limited. Call 472-4648 and plan to arrive early.

 

 

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