Welcome 2018
JANUARY 2018 ~ In this issue

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year!!  As we enter into 2018, 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 give 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 2017 and we look forward to a busy and fruitful 2018.

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


There are many reasons why visitors come to Canaveral National Seashore.  For some it is the solitude along the miles of undeveloped coastline.  Anglers love the rich diversity whether from the bow of a flats boat cruising the Indian River Lagoon, or surf fishing from one of the many access points to the Atlantic Ocean. 

When my husband and I relocated back to my hometown of NSB 10 years ago, Canaveral was one of our first destinations.  It wasn't long before a day at the beach became an educational odyssey as a volunteer.  There are so many wonderful opportunities to experience as a volunteer.  I began in the Visitor Center but soon was pulling a seine net with students in environmental education programs.  I wanted to learn more so my husband John, and I enrolled in the Coastal Systems master naturalist class at MDC.  Soon I felt confident enough to share my historical & coastal knowledge with visitors on the weekly Canoe the Lagoon trips.  There is no better way to view manatees, dolphins and birds than from a canoe or kayak. 

My love for experiencing the Park's many wonders soon led me to volunteer with the sea turtle conservation program.  Canaveral National Seashore is a critical habitat for nesting loggerhead, green and leatherback sea turtles. 

Friends of Canaveral, Inc soon became an important part of our Park experience.  The Friends group is the fundraising partner for the National Seashore.  We are a 501(c)(3) all volunteer organization and participate in many programs that continue our mission to support the Park we all love and want to preserve & protect. 

Our fundraising projects help us to partner with and sponsor other worthy efforts such as:
  • Living Shoreline Restoration through University of Central Florida
  • SHORE - Sharing Our Research With Everyone Through Marine Discovery Center & Daytona State College
  • Summer Student Intern, Celia DeVoss in the Resource Management program
  • A Day At the Beach for many underserved boys and girls from Volusia County
  • Every Kid in the Park Initiative grant through National Park Service
  • Run With The Ranger through Burn Science and Technology School
Friends of Canaveral volunteers also participate in coastal cleanups, support the Volunteer Appreciation picnic, sponsor a members Turtle Watch, decorate and host a Holiday Open House @ historic Eldora.
We all come to Canaveral for different reasons, for me it is the friendships, experiences, personal rewards, fun and camaraderie.  We hope to see you at the Park.

Nancy Malmberg, President
Friends of Canaveral

For more information on volunteering with Friends of Canaveral, contact Nancy @ 602-882-5758.  Visit our PHOTO GALLERY to view friends, fun and projects.

membershipRenew Now for 2018
Memberships provide funding for our mission. And this year, we hope to accomplish even more; however, we couldn't do it without you!  Please join Friends of Canaveral for another successful year.
The following is a summary for year to date 2018 membership receipt: 
Number of New Members:  14                                          
Number of Renewing Members:  6

Attached, you'll find a copy of our membership application form.  Alternatively, you can submit your application and payment on our web site at friendsofcanaveral.com.
If you have any questions about the renewal process, please don't hesitate to contact our membership director, John W. Peel, at 386-423-8275 or friendsofcanaveral@gmail.com.  As always, we thank you for your continued dedication to our cause. We look forward to serving you for another year!

Canaveral National Seashore
Giraffes Face Extinction

The world's tallest animal is at risk of extinction after suffering a devastating decline in numbers, with nearly 40% of giraffes lost in the last 30 years, according to the latest "red list" analysis.

Giraffes have suffered from loss of habitat, disease and illegal hunting for bushmeat. They also face the risk of collisions with vehicles and power lines. But the petitioners argue that the species is facing added pressure from "trophy" hunters who travel to Africa to shoot their big-game quarry. These hunters overwhelmingly come f rom the US.

Giraffes grazing in the Nairobi national park. Photo credit: Grayling Kenya PhotoStuart

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The 2018 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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