For more than 25 years, the Friends of Canaveral have supported the National Park Service in its mission to preserve, protect and interpret the 57,000 acres of pristine shoreline, dunes and wilderness that are Canaveral National Seashore. 

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JANUARY 2017 ~ In this issue

See you at the beach!
Laura Henning

Canaveral National Seashore/Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge to Increase Fees 
Ibises, roseate spoonbills, and egrets at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Canaveral National Seashore and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge will increase fees beginning January 1, 2017. The current park entrance fees have been in place since 2011.  Entrance fees at the seashore and refuge are collected according to the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA).  Vehicle entrance fees will increase for both seashore and refuge from $5 per vehicle to $10 per vehicle.  The Canaveral/Merritt Island Annual Pass will increase from $35 to $40 per calendar year.  Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (only) Annual Pass will increase from $15 to $25.  Visitors with a Refuge only pass or a Federal Duck Hunting Pass may upgrade to include the seashore for $15.

January 6
Walking the Wrack with MDC
January 13
Audubon Birding with Don Picard
January 20
Nesting Sea Turtles in NSB with NSB Turtle Trackers
January 27
Beachcombing with Charles "Bud" Doyle

DOWNLOAD Schedule thru May 2017

Keep the Date

We will be holding our annual meeting on April 11, 2017 at 5:00 pm at the Utilities Commission Meeting Room, 2nd floor, Canal St., New Smyrna Beach. 

We will be providing details on the speaker, etc., at a later date.
Time to Renew Your Membership
Support the Park ...
Become a Member - Become a Friend!
We thank each of you for a wonderful 2016 year. Each year seems to fly by quicker than the year before and here we are again getting ready the 2017 Membership Renewal.   It's time to think about renewing you membership in Friends of Canaveral, Inc.
The 2017 year begins the second century of stewardship of America's National Parks.  The "Friends" urge you to continue your support of Canaveral Seashore National Park, as your Park, and discover its recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs in your own backyard. By continuing your membership, or giving a gift membership to your friends or family, helps to assure that our future generations can enjoy this unique, historic recreational area.
Members receive:
  • Informative e-newsletters
  • Invitations to social events
  • Monthly event & program notices
  • Opportunities to help support Canaveral National Seashore through membership drive and fundraising events
Canaveral National Seashore
Climate change affects every corner of the American continent. It is making droughts drier and longer, floods more dangerous and hurricanes more severe.

The glaciers in Montana's Glacier National Park are melting so quickly, they"re expected to disappear in the next two decades. Rising seas are consuming the world's first wildlife refuge - Florida's Pe lican Island - which President Teddy Roosevelt sat aside in 1903.

In 1903, when the Refuge was established, the 5.5-acre Island functioned as a brown pelican rookery with some 10,000 pelicans counted during the peak nesting season. At that time, Paul Kroegel focused on keeping market hunters and egg collectors from decimating the population. One hundred years later, more than a dozen species
 nest on the Island with less than 100 nesting pairs of pelicans on the Island in the spring.

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