APRIL 2020
"While this virus epidemic is very, very sad on so many levels, the point of this story is that maybe during this challenging time, the best thing any of us can do is step outdoors and listen. The Soundscape recording is a welcome diversion from all the gloom and doom right now. It is glorious and uplifting, especially in this time of crisis." Lisa Mickey
The spring of 2020 may forever be remembered as a season of fear and change when the Corona-19 virus roared across the globe in pandemic fashion and impacted many lives along the way.

Businesses and schools closed their doors around the world, which meant that workers and students isolated themselves at home for weeks out of precaution. After only a short time, that shutdown isolation turned into a quest for safe outdoor activities when possible – preferably away from others and as an escape from potentially unhealthy city life.

And in that pursuit to escape four walls and each other, the irony of the 2020 pandemic has been that more citizens have used the last several weeks stuck at home to go outdoors, to turn off the electronics and to truly listen to the natural world around them.
That has been something pioneer bio-acoustician Dr. Bernie Krause has known and advocated for more than 51 years. Krause founded “Wild Sanctuary,” (http://www.wildsanctuary.com/index.html) an internationally acclaimed soundscape field research and sound arts group whose work has been featured in such places as the Smithsonian Institution and the American Museum of Natural History. The group boasts a catalog of more than 4,500 hours of wild soundscapes around the world, including more than 15,000 life forms.

You will be glad you did!
Photos by Lisa Mickey:
Indian River Lagoon through the Mangroves
At the Seashore
Beautiful Lagoon
Mangroves at Turtle Mound
Canaveral Scenic Photo
Canaveral National Seashore
"The Drive"
Dear Friends,

I don’t need to belabor what we are facing as the human species. Please take care of yourselves and your family and be kind! We are in this together and we will get through it together!

See you at the beach after the Coronavirus has left us!
Laura Henning 
Our Turtles Are Back!
Turtles are back! Alex from USDA Wildlife Services reported our first leatherback nest in Playalinda.
  • Make a nature collage
  • Create a leaf or bark rubbing
  • Take time to listen to nature
  • Go on a backyard scavenger hunt
  • Discover something from nature and take a closer look
Stay tuned! We will be rolling out more ways to bring parks to kids over the coming weeks.
Looking for easy ways to connect with nature from home? We have you covered! Turn your yard, neighborhood trail, or even your windowsill into an untapped educational park experience. Check out these five grab-and-go activities, brought to you by our wooly mascot Buddy Bison, that will help your kids stay engaged with the outdoors no matter where you call home.
Friends of Canaveral National Seashore
Annual Meeting - POSTPONED
Please note that the Annual Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, 2020 has been postponed.

We will notify you when we have a new date scheduled.
Purchase a Platinum Membership & Receive a
Gift from the Friends of Canaveral!
Purchase a Platinum ($100) Membership and receive a set of 8 notecards & envelopes (4.25" x 5.5", blank inside). All 8 designs as shown to the left.

Each are beautifully designed by Jelly Press in New Smyrna Beach, FL.

Each design depicts our Canaveral National Seashore!
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).
Cuban Tree frog -- Annoying Pest
Identification : Body color is highly variable, ranging from whitish to gray, green, or brown, and may be marked with irregular, dark stripes or blotches that fade when the  frog  changes color. Skin is warty (some warts quite prominent). The armpits and groin may be washed with yellow.
The Cuban tree frog ( Osteopilus septentrionalis ) is native to Cuba, the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas. These tree frogs were accidentally brought to Florida in the 1920s, probably as hitchhikers in cargo containers on ships. Cuban tree frogs are considered invasive in Florida (and other tropical areas) because they are likely to harm our native ecosystems and also cause a lot of problems for humans.

Cuban tree frogs eat at least five different species of native frogs, not to mention the occasional lizard or small snake, and their tadpoles compete with native tadpoles for space and food. Cuban tree frogs are common in urban areas, where they hang out near lights on the walls of houses and catch insects. They often poop on walls and windows (leaving ugly stains), take over birdhouses, and lay eggs in fish ponds and bird baths. 

Sometimes Cuban tree frogs even find their way into homes, hanging out in toilets and clogging sink drains. They can grow very large and are known to cause costly power outages by short-circuiting utility switches. Our native tree frogs are all much smaller, and aren't known to cause such utility problems. 

What Can You Do?
If you find a Cuban tree frog, capture it in a plastic bag to avoid contact with the 'slime' secreted by their skin -- it can irritate your nose and eyes, and may trigger attacks in asthma sufferers. After you capture the frog, we recommend that you euthanize them humanely. It is illegal to re-release them back into our ecosystem. The most humane way to euthanize Cuban tree frogs is by liberally applying benzocaine (20%) to the back or belly of the frog. After you apply the benzocaine, the Cuban tree frog will quickly become unconscious. Next, seal the plastic bag and put it into the freezer overnight. By the next day, you can be sure that the frog will not wake up and can dispose of the bag.

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