NOVEMBER 2017 ~ In this issue
Dear Friends,

We have much to be thankful for as the holiday season comes into our view.  Canaveral has taken up a collection of non-perishable items to be shipped to our friends in Puerto Rico that are still very much suffering the aftermath of a catastrophic hurricane season.  The donations were collected throughout the seashore and shipped by our partners at the Kennedy Space Center.

Speaking of the space center, if you have not been to the Playalinda district to view one of the many SpaceEx rocket launches, please put it on your schedule.  The Playalinda beach is as close as you can get to Launch complex 39A to view this exciting event.  The seashore is planning to remain open for all launches that fall within our normal operating hours.  Come and join us for a countdown.  Nature and technology connect in Canaveral National Seashore like nowhere else in the universe!!

Stay Safe & See you at the beach!
Laura Henning currnets

October 25, 2017

Apollo Playalinda
1791 2765
Green Turtle
2192 5544
7 16
Kemps Ridley
0 0

TOTAL:  12,315

New Smyrna Beach Paint Out 2017
Thanks to all the many merchants, patrons, sponsors, hosts, artists and volunteers who supported another successful plein air paint out.  The week was filled with beautiful art being created around our community, the middle school art students enjoyed a wonderful day at Canaveral National Seashore painting en plein air, a lively auction was hosted at Outriggers Tiki Bar & Grille, the plein Air Gallery was truly 'plein air' and many folks enjoyed the  Saturday  Gala in a wonderful setting by the Indian River Lagoon.  Congratulations to our lucky raffle winners, Christopher Pandolfo and Mary Daust!  The 2017 NSB Paint Out ( formerly Canaveral Seashore Plein Air Paint Out ) was hosted by New Smyrna Marina and Outriggers Tiki Bar & Grille and directed by Mary Sue Weinaug...beneficiaries included Marine Discovery Center and Friends of Canaveral.

Thank you,
Friends of Canaveral Board & Volunteers

By: Terry Bledsoe
Secretary,  Friends of Canaveral

Every time you go to the beach, take an empty trash bag.
Canaveral National Seashore is my happy place. I go there and remember what my home state was like before development of the coastline. "At the beach" is a short phrase that brings to mind all kinds of images: Mellow yellow sun on blue-green waters, whispering waves, the smell of Coppertone, salty breezes and solitude - mostly (the shorebirds and occasional walkers nod as they pass). You would think that this federally protected, undeveloped, no-drive beach would be empty and pristine as far as the eye can see. Alas, no. The seashore was hit hard by Hurricane Irma. Pounding waves and high surf of the storm's aftermath egregiously eroded the beach which became a deposit field for tons of human and natural debris.

(As reported in the Daytona Beach News Journal)

Looking for Membership Chairperson
Membership is an important activity that provides essential funds to meet Friends of Canaveral's annual mission.  The current Membership Chairperson, after serving six years, is moving to another fundraising position.
FOC is looking for a qualified person to volunteer for the 2018 calendar year. The basic duties are:
  • Billing the existing membership for current year renewals,
  • Depositing renewals payments received to the bank,
  • Sending thank you notices and membership cards to members,
  • Maintaining and updating the membership records, and
  • In charge of new membership development.
The past chairperson will be available to provide assistance, past records and guidance, if needed.

If you are interested, call John Peel at 386-423-8275.

Join The Friend's Team!

December 1, 2017
Brannon Civic Center
105 S. Riverside Drive
New Smyrna Beach, Florida

  • Increase opportunities for high school and undergraduate students to present STEM research proposals and findings in a collaborative setting that will foster mentoring relationships with educational institutions and scientists
  • Provide a forum for scientists to share their recent findings and management strategies
  • Create greater public awareness about the state of the IRL and its watershed and how the community can contribute to a healthy ecosystem
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

Sunday, December 10
Eldora State House - Canaveral National Seashore
Refreshments, music and holiday crafts as a gift to your continuing support of Canaveral National Seashore from the Friends of Canaveral.

3:00 PM - Turtle Derby
Tickets can be purchased in person (cash only) at Pink Flamingo at Petals & Southern Trends on Canal Street, NSB or online.

All proceeds will be used to support environmental education programs at Canaveral National Seashore. (501(c)(3))
Training Sharks to Eat Lionfish?

L ionfish are native to the Pacific and Indian Oceans. With no natural predators in the Atlantic, lionfish populations have exploded throughout the waters of the Caribbean and U.S. in recent years. Biologists and scientists all around the Caribbean are working with the local Marine Parks trying to find a solution for stopping this impending epidemic. On the Island of Roatan in Honduras, local divemasters are even trying to train sharks to include lionfish in their diet. Although endangered themselves, sharks in the Caribbean may help keep the population of lionfish under control, providing yet another reason to protect the beautiful predators.

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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. 

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New Smyrna Beach, FL ~ 386.424.6931