JULY 2021
Dear Friends,

Happy Independence Day! The staff of Canaveral National Seashore would like to wish everyone a safe and fun 4th of July! Remember that fireworks on the beach can scare sea turtles and damage resources, leave the fireworks to the professionals. There are over 2700 sea turtle nests in Canaveral as of this letter.

I’d really like to thank the Friends for all of their assistance with our first Jr. Angler Internship Program, it has been a great success, and we hope this will become an ongoing program.
Remember, we are in Hurricane Season; make sure all of your plans are in place to have a safe and happy summer.

Friends, thanks for all that you do; we couldn’t do what we do without you.  
See you at the beach!
Laura Henning
2021 Sea Turtle Nest Counts ​ 

• Loggerhead (Caretta caretta):
Apollo ( 742 ) .......... Playalinda ( 1060 )

• Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas):
Apollo ( 110 ) .......... Playalinda ( 203 )

• Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea):
Apollo ( 9 ) .......... Playalinda ( 16 )

• Kemps Ridley (Lepidochelys kempii): unconfirmed until genetics 
Apollo ( 2 ) .......... Playalinda ( 0 )

Total Sea Turtle Nest Counts: 2,142
New Smyrna MDC Records Salt-Marsh Milestone
By: Lisa D. Mickey
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2021 International Artist-In-Residence
We are pleased to announce that our 2021 international artist-in-residence is Félix Blume. This residency program invites musicians, composers, and ecologists to find innovative approaches that help preserve a healthy and balanced soundscape for current and future generations. The sounds of our environment tell a story of wildlife biodiversity and the health of people living in that community.

Félix Blume is a French sound artist who has created installations and sound art throughout the world, including Chile, Mexico, Thailand, Brazil, and Haiti.

We will provide more information on this program which is a collaboration between the Friends of Canaveral, City of New Smyrna Beach, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, as it evolves.
ADOPT A SEA TURTLE NEST is an opportunity for visitors, friends, and nature lovers to participate in and contribute to sea turtle conservation. Your donation of $40 supports the protection efforts of these threatened and endangered species.

SEA TURTLE NESTS - All adoptable sea turtle nests will be located within the 24 miles of undeveloped coastline within the boundaries of the Canaveral National Shore.

  • MAIL-IN FORM: Fill out the form and return it with our $40 donation to Friends of Canaveral, PO Box 1526, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170 (Payable to Friends of Canaveral, Inc.

  • ONLINE: Fill out the online form and submit it with your $40 donation per credit card.

  • Assigned a sea turtle nest with an ID number.
  • Receive a digital photo of your nest ID stake with your selected name, photo, and information regarding species.
  • Receive a custom-designed sea life print buff, a Friends of Canaveral sticker, and a sea turtle ID postcard.
Summer Jr. Angler Surf Fishing Clinics
Canaveral National Seashore - Apollo Beach
There are still some spots available for July
Make your reservations now!
Summer programs are back! Canaveral National Seashore will host an amazing, free summer Jr. Angler program through June and July.  This is an opportunity for youths age 8-15 to learn the art and skill of surf fishing. “How do I cast?” “What do I use for bait?” “Where should I start?”  All those questions and more will be answered.
Youths will learn about knot tying, appropriate tackle, healthy fish habitats, and gain valuable hands-on experience from a team of local college-age environmental students who are committed to sharing their skills in a fun, outdoor atmosphere. All gear will be provided. Surf fishing clinics will be scheduled for Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays through the months of June and July, from 10:00 AM-noon.
Reservations are required, and parents/guardians must remain on the beach for the duration of the program. This program is free; however, all participants are responsible for bringing their own sun protection, hats, sunglasses, snacks, and beverages. Reservations will open on June 1. For more information or to make reservations, please call the Apollo Beach Visitor Center at 386-428-3384 ext 0. 
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Canaveral National Seashore is one of the most critical habitats on the East Coast for these endangered birds.

Each year around Feb/March, WP adults begin arriving at CNS. Mating pairs make a nest by scratching a shallow depression in the sand. Females usually lay 2-4 eggs, both parents help incubate until hatched, approximately 23-25 days later. Downy chicks leave the nest shortly after hatching and take flight 21ish days later. Chicks can stay with their parents for 1 to 2 years with both parents helping care for the young.

Nest counts currently in Canaveral total 54!

Wilson’s Plover is listed as threatened or endangered in some states. The loss and degradation of nesting and foraging habitats have been severe in the case of this species, which favors habitats that attract beachgoing tourists and beachfront development. People or dogs trespassing into protected reserves during the nesting season is a frequent cause of nesting failure. The arrival of nesting Peregrine Falcons in beach areas of the Atlantic coast has caused increased predation of Wilson’s Plovers. Erosion and loss of habitat to rising sea levels are probably the chief conservation threats to this species.

If you suspect a fish, wildlife, boating, or environmental law violation, report it to the FWC's Wildlife Alert Reward Program: 888-404-FWCC (3922).
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