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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SEPTEMBER 2017 ~ In this issue
cleanInternational Coastal Cleanup at Canaveral National Seashore

Saturday, Sept. 16
8am - 11am
On Saturday, September 16, Canaveral National Seashore invites the public to join the International Coastal Cleanup.  Once a year all over the world, millions of volunteers, who love the ocean and want to protect it, take this day to really make a difference.   Plastic is found in 62% of all sea birds and in 100% of sea turtle species.  The park provides important habitat for both, so cleanup efforts at the Seashore are especially importance.
The park's event will be held from 8:00am until 11:00am.  Enter the north entrance and meet at the Visitor Center, 7611 S. Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach.  The first 100 volunteers to arrive will receive a free tee-shirt.  Following the cleanup, lunch will be provided.  Bring water in a reusable container and refills will be provided.  Also bring gloves and sun protection.  On that morning, the park entrance fee will be waived for Cleanup volunteers.
For more information call the Visitor Center at 386-428-3384 ext. 0.

Apollo Playalinda
1783 2750
Green Turtle
1867 4704
7 16
Kemps Ridley
0 0

TOTAL:  11,127

As of 8/31/16 total was:  5345
This Paint Out was formerly known as "Canaveral Seashore Plein Air Paint Out"!

Friends of Canaveral are still involved and helping!  They have changed the name to New Smyrna Beach Paint Out!

This will be this area's 7th Paint Out and will feature professional artists invited from around the country to paint En Plein Air within the National Seashore and around the historic community of New Smyrna Beach.

Please look through the website and check out the list of incredible artists! Quite a few new artists to this Paint Out.  

Canaveral National Seashore

Join the fun as 500+ rubber turtles swim to the finish line for the grand prize of $500.

$10 for 1 turtle
$25 for 3 turtles
1st prize: $500
2nd prize: $300
3rd prize: $150
Slow but steady last: $50

Tickets will be for sale soon! 

All proceeds will be used to support environmental education programs at Canaveral National Seashore. (501(c)(3))
About Dragonflies?
We have all seen these winged, acrobatic flying insects in our backyards, around ponds, rivers and bodies of water.
  • There are over 100 species found in Florida alone. 
  • Groups of dragonflies are called swarms.
  • They were flying more than 300 million years, predating dinosaurs by 100 million years. Prehistoric dragonflies were much larger and could have a wingspan of 2 1/2 feet!
  • When first hatched the larva or nymphs live in the water for up to a year. Once they fly, dragonflies transform into one of the fastest and most agile flying insects, flying at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour.
  • Dragonfiles don't sting and generally don't bite people.
  • Most dragonfly females lay their eggs in mud or water. The nymphs hatch within a few weeks and then live in water for up to two years. Because of this, dragonflies are especially numerous near bodies of water.

    Dragonflies are only one of a few types of creatures who prey upon mosquitoes, and for that, humans should be thankful. In this and other ways, dragonflies play an important role in maintaining the balance of biodiversity in the coastal ecosystem.

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Email Prepared by  Elaine Morin, Dale Smith
New Smyrna Beach, FL ~ 386.424.6931