I know the summer can be quite busy for most of you especially those in the informal realm. I know I’m deep into summer camps along with many other summer programs for libraries and the like. I am coming up for air to give you a quick update on a few things of interest in the near future with the first two coming up this weekend. Hope you enjoy the update.
Tour de Turtles
The Barrier Island Center is hosting their must attend soiree this Saturday followed by a sea turtle release on Sunday. The also have guided sea turtle walks offered throughout the the end of July. Find out more information on the flyer here. Also, check out their August events here for “Shark Week, Every Week.”
Oysters on the Half Shell (or Maybe That Was Shoreline)
Seminole Rest Living Shoreline Event: July 25 & 26, 2014 Help with planting native vegetation, laying oyster mats and shell bags in Canaveral National Seashore. Schedule • 8-11 Am each day @ Fellers House making shell bags (see directions below) • 11 AM – Noon each day, transport to Seminole Rest (Need people with trucks to meet at Fellers house to help transport) • Noon – 3 PM each day, deploy bags and plants (Seminole Rest, see directions below) Wear old clothes and closed toe shoes that will get wet. Bring water, food, sunscreen, insect repellant and good spirits for hard work!!! No RSVP required, Half or full day volunteers welcome Fellers House directions from UCF • Go West on University BLVD to SR-417 (Greenway) • Follow north to Lake Mary Blvd Exit • Right onto SR-427. Then right again @ light onto Lake Mary Blvd. Follow to end at SR-46 (light) • Cross SR-46 onto SR-415, follow North to light at SR-44. Turn right onto SR-44 to New Smyrna Beach • Follow SR-44 across bridge over ICW to where it changes to SR-A1A. Follow along beach south to ending at park entrance. At park gate, Identify yourself as An Oyster Volunteer Fellers House once inside the park • Follow park road south to Eldora Road, turn Right • Just past Eldora parking lot, turn right onto dirt road (look for the sign the says UCF Research Facility) • Take 1st right on driveway to Fellers House Seminole Rest (Noon – 3 PM) Located in Oak Hill on River Road just south of Goodrich’s Seafood Resturant From New Smyrna Beach • Follow US-1 South turn left at Oak hill Flea Market onto Canal Ave, • OR Left in downtown Oak Hill onto East Halifax Ave. Follow east to River Road and the park. From Titusville or Mims • Take US-1 North, turn right in downtown Oak Hill onto East Halifax Ave • OR right onto Canal Ave at the Flea Market, follow east to River Road and the park If lost call 407-443-6943 (Paul)
Get Your Name in Lights (Or At Least on a Calendar)
There is still time to enter the Indian River Lagoon Photo Contest. Your work could be featured on next year’s Indian River Lagoon Calendar. The calendar is quite the hot commodity as we can’t seem to keep them on the shelves when they come out. Be one of the people who’s pictures shows up on office walls throughout the state. Find out more information below.
Wish for a Fish
Would you like to use fish and invertebrates for education. Learn the how and why to collecting and keeping species in your classroom in an upcoming aquatic species collection workshop. Upon completion of the workshop you will receive a permit from FWC that will allow you to collect and keep live specimens for educational purposes. The cost of the course and permit good for 3 years is $25. Several classes are upcoming in our region: Brevard County: Riverwalk Park, Rockledge, FL, August 9, 11:00 am-2:00 pm. Find more details and register at https://www.regonline.com/ascw-riverwalk_140809 Volusia County: Volusia County Agricultural Center, Deland, Fl, September 10. More details and registration link coming soon.
Go Beyond Green
Sure you put out recycling every Tuesday and you are now driving a Prius but do you know what it truly means to live sustainably? Find out the ins and outs of sustainable living and how it relates to our water resources and coastal areas of Florida during the upcoming Sustainable Floridians class offered by the Brevard County Extension Service starting on August 20.
What Can 4H Do For You?
Learn all about the programs offered by 4H in this open house in Brevard County on September 5.
Our sister region (West Central) is having a regional outing on Saturday August 30, 2014 at 10 a.m. though if you are interested in attending you are more than welcome. This outing will be held at Canterbury School of Florida. 990 62nd Ave NE, St Petersburg, FL 33702 They will be viewing the documentary Shark Water: For filmmaker Rob Stewart, exploring sharks began as an underwater adventure. What it turned into was a beautiful and dangerous life journey into the balance of life on earth. Driven by passion fed from a lifelong fascination with sharks, Stewart debunks historical stereotypes and media depictions of sharks as bloodthirsty, man-eating monsters and reveals the reality of sharks as pillars in the evolution of the seas. Filmed in visually stunning, high definition video, Sharkwater takes you into the most shark rich waters of the world, exposing the exploitation and corruption surrounding the world’s shark populations in the marine reserves of Cocos Island, Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. The running time for the film is 89 minutes. After the film viewing they will have a lesson plan sharing session with everyone in the Cousteau Center for Marine Studies. Refreshments will be provided. To RSVP for this outing please click on the link below: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/11flV3BDWTgIKkgRWOvV_rmUSXbm05B9lQIcpMf6dT9Y/viewform?usp=send_form That’s all for now but remember if you have any items you think would be of interest to our members don’t hesitate to pass them along to me at email@example.com. We also have a board meeting coming up on August 2-3, if there are any topics you’d like me to bring up to the board please let me know.