MAY 2022
Dear Friends,
What a great day we had at the Volunteers-In-Parks Appreciation Day! Thanks to the Friends we had the opportunity to have a wonderful lunch together face-to-face; not to mention the cake and just the joy of seeing each other at this event after two years! It was very special and thanks for Friends for always supporting us with this event.

As we look to summer, we know that sea turtles are nesting, so that means that it is time to kick off the Friends of Canaveral “Adopt a Sea Turtle Nest” program. This is a fun way to support the seashore’s sea turtle education and conservation program. There are unique gifts and a photo of your nest with the sponsor (individual or business) name on one of our famous turtle stakes. So go online to and adopt yours today!

Thank you to all the Friends and Volunteers-In-Parks for all you do.  
Stay safe & see you at the beach!
Laura Henning
Wednesday, May 25
Annual Meeting - 5:30 - 7pm
All Friends of Canaveral members are invited to attend our
Annual Meeting.

Arts on Douglas
123 Douglas St, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168

Interested in learning what’s going on in the Park? Please join us as we welcome Cinda Waldbuesser, Superintendent @ Canaveral National Seashore. Cinda will share information about herself and the latest happenings at CNS.

5:30 – 6:00p              Lite Refreshments
6:00 – 6:45p              Cinda Waldbuesser
7:00 – 7:30p              Friends Members Mtg
2022 Sea Turtle Nest Counts ​
• Loggerhead (Caretta caretta):
Apollo ( 8 ) .......... Playalinda ( 11 )
• Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas):
Apollo ( 0 ) .......... Playalinda ( 0 )
• Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea):
Apollo ( 3 ) .......... Playalinda ( 5 )
• Kemps Ridley (Lepidochelys kempii): 
Apollo ( 0 ) .......... Playalinda ( 1 )
Total Sea Turtle Nest Counts: 28

Wilson's Plover Nest Counts:  
Apollo ( 2 )..........Playalinda ( 11 )
Total: 13
SUNDAY MAY 15TH - “TURTLE WATCH RESERVATIONS” - 9:00 AM. Starting Sunday, we will begin taking reservations for this year’s June Turtle Watch programs. The number to call is (386) 428-3384 ext. 248. The programs are open to all persons eight (8) years of age and older. Reservations have a maximum of six (6) persons per reservation call. The fee for this program is $14.00 per person ages 16 and above; 15 and under are free. Persons with an Access Pass or a Senior Pass receive a 50% discount for the cardholder only. The programs will be presented in both Districts and run from 8:00 PM until midnight on June 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 24, 25, and 30. Please have several dates in mind when you call and we ask that you keep your calls brief. Further information and instructions will be sent to you within two (2) weeks of your phone call. Turtle Watch programs give park visitors a unique opportunity to see a live sea turtle nesting.

For more activities at the seashore - click the link below:
Klondike Beach of Canaveral
NS Set for Prescribed Burn
Canaveral National Seashore is planning to implement prescribed burn operations in the area of Klondike Beach. This is a twelve-mile stretch of beach located between Playalinda Beach and Apollo Beach. The prescribed burn plan was developed in accordance with Canaveral National Seashore’s Fire Management Plan to support the park’s structural protection plan while allowing the fire to play its natural role in the environment.

Weather permitting, ignition operations are expected in April - May 2022. The target burn window is only an estimate and may change depending on environmental conditions, national preparedness level, Superintendent's approval, and resource availability. The project area includes 2 units for a total area of 3,200 acres.

There may be short traffic delays during the time of the burn. For the duration of the burn, Apollo Beach parking area five and Playalinda Beach parking area thirteen will be closed. No backcountry hiking permits will be issued during the event due to the backcountry hiking area being the primary area of this prescribed burn. 

The burn will employ prescribed fire in order to reduce hazardous fuels in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), protect structures and cultural resources adjacent to the burn unit, and promote a healthy fire frequency. This will be a joint operation with Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. The purpose is to reduce unnaturally high levels of fuel that could ignite from lightning strikes during the summer. The operation will also improve the habitat for protected species such as gopher tortoise, Southeastern beach mouse, and eastern indigo snake. 
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About Armadillos
The striking factor when it comes to armadillos is that they always give birth to identical quadruplets and they always have the same gender. Baby armadillos are not born with their distinctive shell. At the time of their birth, they only have a soft leathery covering that resembles their distinctive shell. But it is not as tough or strong as the shell of an adult.

The shell begins hardening within days after the birth. By the time these babies are weaned, they will have a fully developed shell like adults.
BECOME A FRIEND - 2022 Membership
Friends of Canaveral consists of a small, but a mighty, group of members and volunteers who participate in the tradition of private philanthropy that is designed to enhance Canaveral’s’ federal support. 

  • Membership card to Friends of Canaveral to use to receive a discount of 15% at the Canaveral Seashore Park Gift Shop.
  • Subscription to the Friends of Canaveral eNewsletter
  • Invitation to all fundraising events
  • Invitation to our annual membership meeting
  • Inclusion in all email announcements
  • Volunteer opportunities
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