Holiday Open House & Turtle Derby
Join the fun as 500+ rubber turtles swim to the finish line for a $500 prize. All money raised from this fundraiser will be used to support environmental education programs at Canaveral National Seashore. Turtles will be released in the lagoon at approximately 3pm on December 15th in conjunction with our Holiday Open House (cookies, desserts and refreshments will be served).
Dear Friends,

We are so thankful for our partners, Friends of Canaveral and Atlantic Center for the Art and Daytona State College, for sponsoring Canaveral NS first Artist-in-Residence program. The unique recording artists Bernie Krause and Jack Hines were a great addition to the annual Shore event and to public events at the seashore and at Stetson University. We are learning about our soundscape and how issues within and outside the park effect what we all hear.

Join us for our annual Holiday Open Houses, Seminole Rest Holiday Open House on Dec. 14 and the Eldora Holiday Open House and Turtle Derby on Dec. 15. Please everyone come out and support the Friends of Canaveral, enjoy a glass of punch with Friends and staff to celebrate another successful year.

Stay Safe & See you at the beach!
Laura Henning 
Soundscape 2019
Thanks to the support of ACA donors, Friends of Canaveral, CANA, Stetson University, ShORE, and the City of New Smyrna Beach, the ACA Soundscape Field Station artist residency program is off to a wonderful start!
Photos courtesy of Craig Miller / VoxTerra
Above: Jack Hines
L-R: Jack Hines, Dr. Bernie Krause
On November 17th, Friends of Canaveral hosted a welcome reception for the inaugural artists in residence, Dr. Bernie Krause and Jack Hines of Wild Sanctuary. Jack Hines will be on-site at the Leeper/Schultz house until mid-December working to map several sites for audio recording. These sites will be continually monitored by Stetson University students led by Dr. Nathan Wolek, professor of Creative Arts. In addition, Mr. Hines and Dr. Krause will use their audio recordings of the park for a creative work that the public can access online. Atlantic Center for the Arts is thrilled at the positive public reception of this program, and has high hopes for the future. Community outreach for this program will continue throughout the year to share the value of protecting natural sound and facilitating a deeper experience of the park for visitors.
L-R: - Jack Hines, Nancy Malmberg, Laura Henning, Dr. Bernie Krause, Jay Grass,
Eve Payor
The inaugural events were well attended, and included several public presentations by Dr. Krause and Mr. Hines around Volusia County during the first half of the residency program. Daytona State College, ACA, and Marine Discovery Center hosted the artists at its annual ShORE environmental symposium as the keynote speakers in front of a crowd of 300 scientists, students, and community members. Stetson University welcomed Dr. Krause for an artist talk about translating soundscape field recordings into a ballet, symphony, literary work, and a gallery exhibition. In addition, Jack Hines led two interpretive field presentations - one for the public, and another for local high school music students in the park, sharing listening skills and background on the history of soundscape research within the parks service.
L-R: Jack Hines, Dr. Bernie Krause
TIS' THE SEASON -Memberships for 2020
A Membership would make a great gift!
If you have any questions about the renewal process, please don’t hesitate to contact our membership chairperson, John Peel, at
928-978-1214 or go to email us.
FRIENDS Of CANAVERAL, INC. hopes to achieve even more in 2020; except, we couldn’t do it without you. Please join or renew your membership for another successful year. You can submit your application and payment by clicking the membership link below.

We are contacting you for the 2020 Memberships prior to the year-end, because your early membership renewal may be deductible for your 2019 income tax purposes. And, new members receive an extra month or two membership for the remainder of this year.

As always, we thank you for your continued dedication to our mission. We look forward to serving you for another year!
From learning about endangered sea turtles of Canaveral National Seashore, to exploring plankton from Mosquito Lagoon, see what amazing programs are available at your National Park!


Why is Rudolph's nose red & other Reindeer facts!
Caribou stamp art. Photo credit: Charles Frace
Measure for measure, reindeer are pretty awesome creatures. They are also threatened by global warming, oil exploration and other human-caused pressures. They will surely need our help and appreciation for many holiday seasons to come.

The secret to Rudolph's rosy schnozzle is a dense network of blood vessels in his nose. In colder climates the increase in blood flow in the nose will help keep the surface warm. Since reindeer don't sweat, the nose helps regulate body temperature.

Male reindeer lose their antlers in November, but females keep theirs much longer. This means that Santa Claus' reindeer must have all been female, since they are depicted as having horns on December 24.

They can't fly, but they can run up to 50mph. Some claim the classic story of Santa and his flying reindeer has its roots in ancient ceremonies: reindeer would munch on hallucinogenic mushrooms and Sami shamans would then drink the filtered reindeer urine..the resulting "high" made them believe the animals were 'flying'.

Source: National Wildlife Federation

  1. They are also called caribou.
  2. Both males and females grow antlers
  3. Sandals to boots - their hooves expand in the summer when the ground is soft, and shrink in the winter when the ground is hard.
  4. Their knees make a clicking noise when they walk so they can stay together in a blizzard.
  5. They migrate over 3,000 miles in a year. The most of any land mammal.
  6. Golden eagles are the leading predator of caribou calves in the late spring and fall.
  7. They swim like pros from 4-10 mph.The reindeer’s fur coat not only traps air to keep the body insulated, it also acts as a flotation device when it enters the water.
  8. They are vegetarians, but sometimes they eat lemmings and magic mushrooms.
  9. Come Christmas, their eyes change color. In summer, the eyes golden due to higher light reflection, but in the fading light of winter, their eyes have a blue appearance.
  10. They live in large herds, anywhere between 50,000 & 500,000. They live mostly in northern Scandinavia, Russia, and Iceland.
  11. Within 90 minutes of being born, a baby reindeer can run. Within a few hours, it is able to run several miles.
  12. Reindeer are listed as vulnerable on the list of Threatened Species.

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