APRIL 2019
Dear Friends,

Thank you to the Friends for assisting the seashore with the “Walking the Wrack” Exhibit and for hosting a lovely reception on St. Patrick’s Day. Several hundred visitors came to see the exhibit throughout the month.

Please join us on for two special events on Wednesday, April 17. Dr. Don Spence, author of the Plants of Canaveral National Seashore, will speak for a Brown Bag presentation at 11:00 am at the Apollo Visitor Center. Please bring a lunch and enjoy the presentation. Also later that day, the annual Friends of Canaveral Membership Meeting will be held at the New Smyrna Beach Historic Museum with a guest speaker from the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Please join us for both of these awesome events.

See you at the beach!
Laura Henning 
APRIL ACTIVITIES AT APOLLO & PLAYALINDA
SATURDAY, April 20 th – FEE FREE DAY
Come out and celebrate National Park Week!


From brown bag lunch presentations to a beach treasure hunt, see what amazing programs are available at your National Park!
A Message From Our President

Celebrate Earth Day
Protect Our Species

On Monday, April 22, 2019, Earth Day will be observed in 193 countries to promote environmental awareness and calls for the protection of our planet; this year’s theme is Protect our Species. Gaylord Nelson, the U.S. Senator from Wisconsin credited with founding Earth Day in the US, said “There is a great need for the introduction of new values in our society, where bigger is not necessarily better, where slower can be faster, and where less can be more”. First celebrated in 1970, President Nixon planted a tree on the White House South Lawn to commemorate the event.  Earth Day has been recognized by many Presidents, including Clinton, Bush and Obama.  

Here in Florida we need to give special attention to our endangered (West Indian Manatee, Florida Panther, Everglades Snail Kite, Red Wolf, Florida Scrub Jay, North Atlantic Right Whale, Sea turtles (Leatherback, Kemp’s Ridley, Hawksbill) and our threatened (Sea turtles (Green and Loggerhead), Gopher Tortoise) species.  Canaveral National Seashore is home to several of these endangered and threatened species, including beach mice.   What causes danger to these animals? Humans –destroying native habitats for development, illegal poaching, and run-off poisoning from insecticides and fertilizer. Humans dump nearly 9 million tons of plastic refuse into the world’s oceans every year, causing death and destruction to marine life and waters.

How will you participate in Earth Day? Pick up trash in your neighborhood; read a book about the environment to your students; take your children to the lagoon and explain the importance of estuaries; create memories with friends and family by walking in the woods and geo-cache; donate money to one of many Florida non-profits engaged in protecting the environment; do not use single-use plastics; email your elected officials encouraging their help on protecting the environment; or VOLUNTEER your time and talents to Canaveral National Seashore. 

Terry Bledsoe
President, Friends of Canaveral
2019 ANNUAL MEETING
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
5:30-7:30pm - New Smyrna Museum of History
5:30 - Refreshments & Meet & Greet
6:00 - Guest Speaker: Eve Payor, Director of Community Programs, Harris House

  • From urban design to wildlife ecology, the acoustics of our environment are a vital key to understanding how to live a balanced life, in accord with nature. The ever-changing sounds of environments that we are surrounded by every day is known as the soundscape of a location…and is unique. Artists, scientists, and local governments are grappling with the impact of human development on the natural world. There are many problems that surface from a disjointed soundscape, such as increased stress on humans and animals from industrial noise. Mammal, bird, and marine life migration patterns are interrupted by sound from power grids, highways, air and boat traffic, and manufacturing plants. This problem is now one of the greatest challenges of our age. Director of Community Programs at Atlantic Center for the Arts, Eve Payor will share exciting new information about how Friends of Canaveral can be a part of the solution.

6:30 - Annual meeting of the Board of Directors and members
7:30 - Adjournment
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TURTLE WATCH RESERVATIONS
TURTLE WATCH RESERVATIONS
Join us for Turtle Watch and get a chance to view a nesting loggerhead sea turtle. Reservations begin May 15th.

Call the visitor information center to make a reservation, (386) 428-3384 ext. 223, 9am-5pm.
VISITOR CENTER
Visitor Center Hours
9am-5pm Daily
Canaveral National Seashore's Visitor Center is located in the Apollo District at 7611 S. Atlantic Ave, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169. There you will find a short film about the park, brochures, activity schedules, tide charts, and souvenirs. For more information call (386) 428 - 3384 extension 0. (more)
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CANAVERAL NATIONAL SEASHORE
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS
FREE Learn to Fish Clinic - Sat., April 27th
Eldora Dock, Canaveral National Seashore
Sponsored by the International Game Fish Association
10am-4pm
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