MAY 2020
Dear Friends,

I am sharing with you our National Park Service guidance as we plan to reopen areas of Canaveral National Seashore. We are also working on ways to have VIP’s (Volunteers-In-Parks) help with virtual programs or other things that can be done safely from your homes … stay tuned for that.

President Trump recently unveiled new guidelines for Opening Up America Again , a three-phased approach to assist state and local officials in safely reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives. In accordance with this guidance and that of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local public health authorities, the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service are working to gradually increase access and our services across all units of the National Park System. The NPS will continue to work alongside state and local officials as these changes are implemented.   

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continue to be paramount. At Canaveral National Seashore, our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance. Decisions on a phased resumption of operations are being made on a park-by-park basis and regularly monitored.  

Updates to our operations for Canaveral National Seashore will be posted online at nps.gov/cana .

See you at the beach after the Coronavirus has left us!

Laura Henning 
Junior Ranger Activities
Join Canaveral National Seashore and Atlantic Center for the Arts for a fun Junior Ranger activity exploring the sounds of our local environment! This activity is great for kids ages 6 and up. (Just click on the photo to enlarge)
COMING SOON - Adopt a Sea Turtle Nest
Friends of Canaveral, Inc., will be offering the opportunity to Adopt A Sea Turtle Nest which will support Sea Turtle education and conservation taking place at Canaveral National Seashore. We will be providing further details on Facebook and in our upcoming June newsletter as to how you can support the protection efforts of these threatened and endangered species.

On June 1, 2020, you will be able to go to www.friendsofcanaveral.com to fill out the online form and submit, with your $40 donation. Additionally, check our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofCanaveral/
EXPLORING PARKS - SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO:
CANAVERAL NATIONAL SEASHORE
Canaveral National Seashore is on a barrier island which includes ocean, beach, dune, hammock, lagoon, salt marsh, and pine flatland habitats.

The barrier island and adjacent waterways offer a blend of plant and animal life. Records show that 1,045 species of plants and 310 species of birds can be found in the park. Endangered species include, but are not limited to, loggerhead, green and leatherback sea turtles, West Indian Manatee, Southern bald eagle, wood stork, peregrine falcon, eastern indigo snake, and Florida scrub jay.
Visitors may enjoy walking the nature and historical trails during the cool winter months. Year-round recreation includes fishing, boating, canoeing, surfing, sunbathing, swimming, hiking, camping, nature, and historical trails.
The National Park Foundation supported Canaveral Seashore Paddling Program, which teaches and encourages cone, kayak, and stand-up paddling at Playalinda.
PARKS TO KIDS DAY
MAY 16, 2020
Due to social distancing measures, this year we are bringing the parks to you! Find all of the resources you need to celebrate the day.
  • Buddy Bison's Backyard Bingo
  • Backyard Scavenger Hunt
  • Animals of National Parks Crossword
  • Diorama
  • Learning About the Food Web
  • Coloring Sheets
  • Leaf or Bark Rubbing
  • AND MORE
Thank you for your interest in Parks to Kids Day. Below are at-home activities and distance learning opportunities to help bring the outdoors and parks to you. We love bringing kids to parks and in this case bringing parks to kids!
REPORT VIOLATIONS
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).
DID YOU KNOW?
Alligator mating season is here.
This is what you need to know:
Living in Florida means we share the state with an estimated 1.3 million alligators. As the weather warms and their mating season begins, you should keep these things in mind. Courtship begins in April then mating happens in May or June, according to the FWC.
During spring, alligators become more active and visible. When temperatures rise, their metabolism increases and they begin seeking prey. Although alligator bite incidents resulting in serious injury are rare in Florida, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recommends taking precautions when having fun in and around the water.

Because alligators control their body temperature by basking in the sun, they can be easily observed. If you see an alligator, keep your distance. Also, never feed alligators because it is dangerous and illegal. When fed, alligators can overcome their natural wariness and learn to associate people with food.

Alligators are most active between dusk and dawn. To reduce the chances of conflicts with alligators, swim only during daylight hours and in designated swimming areas.

The FWC also recommends pet owners keep their animals on a leash and away from the water because pets can resemble an alligator’s natural prey.
LAKELAND, Fla. — If you're not a fan of gators and you also hate snakes, these photos will give you the creeps.

Photo by Linda Waring, BirdWalk Photography - "This big guy working on his lunch and his lunch trying to escape!"
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