September 2020
Dear Friends,

I hope all of you and your families are well! Canaveral National Seashore is moving to increase our public access and is implementing Phase II of the Canaveral Adaptive Recovery Plan. We will resume our normal summer operating hours of 6am-8pm, the Apollo Visitor Center will be open 9am-5pm and backcountry camping will resume. All of this will be done following CDC guidelines in order to keep our staff and visitors as safe as possible.

We will be hosting the International Coastal Clean-up in Apollo Beach on Sept. 19, call Ranger Michell at (386) 428-3384 for details and information on volunteering that day.

Stay Healthy and Safe!
See you at the beach!
Laura Henning
"We had an awesome response"
A big thanks to everyone who ‘showed turtles some love’ during our 1st annual Adopt a Sea Turtle Nest at Canaveral National Seashore. We are so pleased to announce we adopted a turtley awesome 101 nests! The proceeds benefit the continuing education and conservation efforts at the Seashore.

Thanks again, and see you at the Park!
Friends of Canaveral
Sea Turtle Nesting #'s
2020 Sea Turtle Nest Counts (8/28-2020)

• Loggerhead (Caretta caretta):
Apollo ( 1757 ) .......... Playalinda ( 2429 )

• Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas):
Apollo ( 1308 ) .......... Playalinda ( 2304 )

• Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea):
Apollo ( 11 ) .......... Playalinda ( 15 )

• Kemps Ridley (Lepidochelys kempii):
Apollo ( 0 ) .......... Playalinda ( 5 )

Total Nest Counts: 7,829
Saturday, September 19th
Canaveral National Seashore invites you to join the International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, September 19, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The park entrance fee will be waived during the program for all participants. The cleanup will take place in Apollo district of the seashore, Apollo Beach, New Smyrna Beach.. Directions about where to sign in will be posted at the entrance stations.

Make sure to bring your own gloves and sunscreen. Collection bags and water will be provided. T-shirts will be given to the first 100 people to sign in.
Releasing Balloons
Balloons that are released into the air don’t just go away, they either get snagged on something such as tree branches or electrical wires, deflate and make their way back down, or rise until they pop and fall back to Earth where they can create a lot of problems. Many balloons that are not adequately disposed of end up in the ocean and along shores, becoming marine debris...Balloons can be mistaken for food, and if eaten and ingested, balloons and other marine debris can lead to loss of nutrition, internal injury, starvation, and death. String or ribbon that is often found attached to balloons can cause entanglement. String can wrap around marine life, causing injury, illness, and suffocation.
These photos were taken at Canaveral National Seashore where volunteers found many released balloons.
How can we protect silence?
Friends of Canaveral is proud to announce the continuing partnership between Atlantic Center for the Arts and
Canaveral National Seashore.
From urban design to wildlife ecology, the sounds of our environment tell a story of wildlife biodiversity and the health of people living in that community. The World Health Organization has compiled evidence that, “the burden of disease from environmental noise” can cause:
  • anxiety, hypertension, sleep deprivation, and high blood pressure
  • lack of concentration, loss of hearing, and loss of communication

In addition, adverse effects of human-based noise on wildlife cause:
  • changes in animal behavior, including, mating, navigation, migration, and feeding
  • (source – National Park Service Natural Sounds Division)

ACA Soundscape Field Station at Canaveral National Seashore is a:
  • creative studio
  • community classroom
  • audio laboratory

The goal for each artist-in-residence is to find innovative approaches that help preserve a healthy and balanced soundscape for current and future generations. This program invites sound artists, musicians, composers, field recordists, and soundscape researchers to live and work in Doris Leeper’s historic home in Canaveral National Seashore for 4-6 weeks.
How can we protect silence?

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