Dear Friends,

Happy New Year!! As we enter into 2020 , let’s be reminded to be kind to our fellow humans and to wildlife and our planet as well. The New Year is a great time to renew our relationship with nature and to give back the earth that gives us so much. Small things like recycling, saving water, conserving electricity and alternative power are the gifts we can give to our planet and to future generations.

Thank you to Friends of Canaveral for all that you have done in 2019, the Artist-in Residence, the Turtle Derby, Volunteer Appreciation day and so much more. We look forward to a busy and fruitful 2020.

Stay Safe & See you at the beach!
Laura Henning 
Our 2019 3rd Annual Turtle Derby Winners
A great time was had by all at the Holiday Open House and 3rd annual Turtle Derby!
Food, fun, friends and crafts, plus perfect weather for the Turtle Derby and enjoying time at the Indian River Lagoon!

Congratulations to the winners!
  • 1st - #112 Bev Tucker wins $500
  • 2nd -#39 Geri Hamilton wins $300
  • 3rd -#309 Loanne Sergi wins $150
  • Last-#351 Mike Farmer wins $50 ..Slow But Steady

Thanks to all for supporting Canaveral National Seashore!

We had many inquires about the ingredients in our holiday punch and we promised to include it in our January newsletter, so here it is:

1 Batch Ginger Spiced Punch

2 bottles sparkling apple cider
1 bottle club soda
1/2 can ginger beer
1 cup spiced apple juice
1/2 cup cranapple juice
Add various fruit slices

Adjust to taste...enjoy!

Won't you join us?
Renew or Become a Member
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!
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.
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!

MONDAY, JAN 20TH “FEE-FREE DAY” in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. all entrance fees to Canaveral National Seashore will be waived. 

  • January 8
  • Public interaction with the shore: Runouts, swift current, rips with Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue.
  • January 15
  • Nesting Sea Turtles in NSB with NSB Turtle Trackers
  • January 22
  • Audubon Birding with John Pierce, Mary Schreiber, Don Picard and Gail Domroski
  • January 29
  • Canaveral National Seashore
If you see others disturbing wildlife, politely let them know about the effects of their actions. Many people do not realize that their actions may be harmful to wildlife. If you see someone intentionally and maliciously disturbing a bird colony, contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 1-888-404-FWCC (3922).
We appreciate the beautiful sight of hundreds of birds taking wing as we walk a beach or cruise by an island in our boat or personal watercraft. But repeated disturbances inadvertently threaten the survival of our feathered friends. Why?

By early December most of the northern birds which will spend the winter in Florida have arrived at their destinations. A number of these birds stop at points along our coastline and remain throughout the winter while many more simply stop over for some food and a brief rest before continuing their travels.

These birds have flown hundreds of miles before reaching Florida. Exhausted and hungry, they land on our shores pushed to the very limit of their physical abilities. The simple act of flushing them off their feeding and resting grounds burns up their reserves of energy. Weakened and vulnerable shorebirds with a reduced ability to feed may not complete their journey.

Many places that once were isolated are now teeming with boat and beach enthusiasts (and their pets). When birds are flushed off their nests, eggs and young are exposed to the intense sun, cold of night, aerial predators like crows and gulls, or marauding dogs. On a hot summer afternoon, temperatures at ground level can rise to well over 100 degrees, and unprotected eggs of beach-nesting birds are virtually invisible on the ground and young chicks freeze in fear in a prone position when danger approaches; it's easy for unknowing pedestrians to crush the eggs or kill young birds accidentally.

  • PLEASE keep your distance. Stay at least 500 ft. away.
  • PLEASE do not intentionally force birds to fly. If you see birds on a beach, island, or sandbar, walk or steer around them.
  • PLEASE avoid running your boat or personal watercraft close to shore except to idle to or from a destination point.
  • PLEASE keep pets leashed when visiting the shore and never approach a bird colony accompanied by your dog. One loose dog can destroy a colony of ground=nesting birds in a matter of minutes.
  • PLEASE support posting efforts. Honor these closed areas and encourage others to do the same.

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