Dear Friends,

Enjoy the change in weather, no matter how slight, keep yourselves safe and healthy. We are looking at another turtle nesting season in the rear-view mirror.  Since 1984, Canaveral has had the sea turtle conservation program that is still in place today. Thank you to hundreds of volunteers and Kristen and her team, Mike, Sean, Sarah, and Russ. 

Thanks to all the volunteers that participated in the annual International Coastal Clean-up. You can always do your own beach clean-up with the CleanSwell App. Check it out!

Thank you to all of the Friends and Volunteers-In-Parks for all you do.  
See you at the beach!
Laura Henning
Public Lecture: Sea Turtle Conservation
Thursday, October 21 - 7pm
Sea Turtle Conservation at Canaveral National Seashore will be the topic of the Marine Discovery Center's October public lecture, set for Thursday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. Eastern.
Kristen Kneifl, the chief of resource management for Canaveral National Seashore, will be the guest presenter at the free webinar.
Kneifl will provide an update on the 2021 sea turtle nesting season and she will discuss the park’s conservation program over the years. Canaveral National Seashore has been documenting and protecting sea turtle nests since 1984. During that time, CNS staff and volunteers have recorded more than 160,000 nests, producing over 16 million eggs.
Sea turtle nesting season on Florida’s east coast traditionally takes place from May to the end of October. Volusia and Brevard County beaches are some of the most productive nesting habitats in the world for at least four different species of sea turtles.

Successful International Coastal Cleanup
The International Coastal Cleanup here at Canaveral National Seashore was the perfect time to connect with family and friends while helping
collect trash that pollutes our waterways, making our coast cleaner and ocean healthier after cleaning up, some of the volunteers took advantage of the beautiful day by taking a dip in the Atlantic Ocean. between the Apollo and Playlinda districts, we had 122 volunteers and they collected 1,860 pounds of trash. A huge THANK YOU to everyone that volunteered. 
Annual Plein Air Paint Out
 October 19-23, 2021
New Smyrna Beach Paint Out - Marine Discovery Center

Artists have long painted out­doors, but in the mid-1800s paint­ing land­scapes and other scenes on loca­tion finally became prac­ti­cal due to two impor­tant inven­tions: paints in tubes and the box easel. The high point of plein air art came...

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Our Beautiful Seashore
For most first time visitors, a stop at the Apollo Visitor Center is the best place to get orientation, find out about ranger activities, historic sites, and the best beaches. With twenty-four miles of them, that's likely a subjective opinion, but it will take you a while to check them all out on your own so a little subjectivity might be welcome. This area was home to the Timucuan Indians and remnants of their shell middens can be seen on several trails. If that's of interest, ask where's the best locations are to witness that history. One hint, if you came in from the north, you've probably already seen, or at least, passed the largest, Turtle Mound.

Photo above: Apollo Visitor Center. Courtesy National Park Service/S. Anderson.
Fossilized Footprints Reveal Human Habitation of North America Thousands of Years Earlier than Previously Thought
WHSA_Fossil - Office of Communications (U.S. National...

News Release Date: September 23, 2021 Contact: newsmedia@nps.gov ALAMOGORDO - New scientific research conducted at White Sands National Park in New Mexico has uncovered the oldest known human footprints in North America. The discovery reveals...

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What's the Difference?
Octopus vs. Squid
What's the Difference? Octopus vs. Squid - National...

You wouldn't be alone if you thought the octopus and squid were the same animals. They are cousins-both part of the group cephalopoda-a group of marine mollusks that include squid, octopus, nautilus, and snails. The largest cephalopod is the...

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