JULY 2018
The 2018 year continues our stewardship of America's National Parks. The “Friends” urge support of Canaveral Seashore National Park, as your Park, and discover its recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs in your own backyard.
Dear Friends,

Thanks to Friends of Canaveral for attending the unveiling of our beautiful new exhibits in the Apollo Beach Visitor Center. (and for the cake) It made a great impression on our Assistant Regional Director, Ed Buskirk, who happened to be here from Atlanta. It was a great showing off our new exhibit and having so many Friends and volunteers there made it very special.

Still time to reserve your spot for the Friends of Canaveral Turtle Watch on July 17, at the Apollo district. Email me at laura_henning@nps.gov to let me know you are coming.

Friends, thanks for all that you do, we couldn’t do what we do without you.  

See You at the Seashore,
Laura Henning
Canaveral National Seashore
June 26, 2018
Thank you to all of the Friends of Canaveral members who showed up at the celebration of the new interactive exhibit at the Visitors Center, Canaveral National Seashore. This exhibit is truly beautiful. You must stop in to see the amazing detail! (The photo with the National Park Service logo is the floor!!!)
Sea Turtle & Shorebird Nest Counts
2018 Sea Turtle Nest Counts (7-2-18)

• Loggerhead (Caretta caretta):
Apollo ( 941 ) .......... Playalinda ( 1363 )
• Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas):
Apollo ( 15 ) .......... Playalinda ( 13 )
• Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea):
Apollo ( 5 ) .......... Playalinda ( 9 )
• Kemps Ridley (Lepidochelys kempii):
Apollo ( 0 ) .......... Playalinda ( 0 )

Total nest counts:    2,346

2018 Shorebird Nest Counts (7-2-18)  
Wilson's plover  ( Charadrius wilsonia )  :
Apollo ( 29 ) .......... Playalinda ( 5 )
FYI: End of June 2017 TOTAL NEST COUNT: 2831
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
We will be holding our annual members only turtle watch on Tuesday, July 17th.
Please be through the gates at Canaveral National Seashore no later than 7:30 pm. Gates will be closed and locked until after the turtle watch. We will meet at the Visitor's Center and have light refreshments while we await the chance to see a nesting turtle. Bug repellant and sneakers are suggested.
No children under the age of 8. Members can bring up to two guests.
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A Message From
Our President

"Summertime Blues"
The hazy, lazy days of summer are upon us. It is the summer that sees much in the way of human interaction with nature: camping, hiking, boating, or simply sprawled on a blanket stretched out in the noonday sun on a sandy beach. As much as we humans need re-creation, we must recognize our responsibility as stewards of nature and protect and preserve her wildness. 

Activities like camping and hiking pose hazards to plants and animals by leaving trash and disrupting animal trails.  Boating, whether motor, canoe, or kayak threaten many animal species (oyster, manatee) and impact shorelines by wakes or drags. The clearest impact of humans on nature is the beach – especially around the holidays. 
Trash left on the beach ends up in the ocean and poses a direct mortal threat to marine life. Plastics kill when ingested, bags and ropes injure and impede movement and feeding, fireworks and holes disrupt nesting sea turtles. 

Enjoy your summertime life, but consider how your actions affect nature. Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints. See you at the park!  

Terry Bledsoe
President, Friends of Canaveral
  Fireworks can harm sea life and explosions disturb nesting sea turtles. On many holidays, local organizations hold inland fireworks displays for your enjoyment.
Under Florida law, recreational use of fireworks is illegal. Most fireworks are sold through a loophole that allows them to be used for agricultural purposes to scare birds away from farm and fish hatcheries. In years past, bills have been introduced to try to close the loophole, or make the explosives fully legal, but those efforts have fizzled out.

And so a little ritual plays out with every sale: Customers must sign a waiver stating their intent is to use their purchases for agricultural purposes.
Although there are no crops growing on the beach, that’s where a good portion of displays can be seen every year. The celebrations can cause problems for nesting or hatching sea turtles, disturb nesting shorebirds, leave behind piles of garbage on the beach and terrorize pets in nearby neighborhoods.

See the article published July 2, 2016 in the Daytona Beach News Journal by Dinah Voyles Pulver & Casmira Harrison.


Canaveral National Seashore is still taking telephone reservations for this year’s summer Turtle Watch programs. The number to call is (386) 428-3384 ext. 223.

The programs are open to all persons eight (8) years of age and older. Programs are limited to thirty (30) persons per night with a maximum of six (6) persons per reservation call. The fee for this program is $14.00 per person ages 16 and above, 15 and under are free. Persons with Access or a Senior Pass receive a 50% discount for the cardholder only. While visitors are not guaranteed a view of a nesting sea turtle, the 2017 success rate exceeded 90%. Fees will not be refunded if a sea turtle is not found; however unfavorable weather conditions may be cause for a refund of fees if the program is canceled.  T he programs will be presented in both districts and run from 8:00PM until midnight on July 5,6,7,11,12,13,14,18,19,20,21,25,26,27,and 28 Please have several dates in mind when you call and we ask that you keep your calls brief.

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