LIVE Turtle Presentation
Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 10 AM
FYN/FFL WINTER CLASSES
New FREE classes offered through Florida Friendly Landscaping
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Since 1982 the Friends of the Wekiva River have worked to protect, preserve, and restore the natural functions and beauty of the Wekiva River system.
As a result of our
leadership and the cooperation of our river partners, the Wekiva is designated a Florida Outstanding Water, a Florida Canoe Trail, a Florida Wild and
Scenic River, and a
National Wild and Scenic River with over 70,000 acres of state-protected lands in the basin. Despite this ample recognition, the Wekiva River and its
fragile ecosystem face numerous threats.
These include the fragmentation and loss of habitat, declines in spring flow, degradation in water quality, and wildlife mortality on the roads.
Good and Bad Happening Re: Bears in Canada
According to a report on the Public Radio International (PRI), “Two black bear cubs were orphaned earlier this month when their mother was killed for breaking into a meat freezer inside a mobile home in Port Hardy, British Columbia. A conservation officer, Bryce Casavant, was called out to the home when the cubs were discovered clinging to a tree near the place where their mother had been killed. Casavant was ordered to euthanize the 25-pound cubs. Instead, he rescued them.
Casavant phoned the Port Hardy Fire Department for assistance, and after tranquilizing the cubs, Casavant brought them to a vet to be checked out and then to the North Island Wildlife Recovery Association. The association's Julie Mackey has been caring for the bears. ‘They're doing really well. They're feeding for us and their [sic] playing and they're showing no signs of problem behavior at all." The bears are doing well, but their rescuer has been suspended from his job. Read More.
Take a Summer Road Trip: See the Real Florida
The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition team went on a road trip last spring, crossing the state on the most natural type of highway: the proposed Florida Wildlife Corridor. After more than 1,000 miles of hiking, biking and paddling their way from the Everglades Headwaters to the Gulf Islands National Seashore in the Panhandle, the Expedition team members have suggested two locations for families and others to enjoy Florida’s natural beauty: St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge (850-925-6121) and Econfina Creek (850-722-9032).
Seasonal changes do occur in Central Florida, no matter what our relatives up north say about their absence. Keeping track of the subtle changes in the natural landscape over the calendar year is instinctive to me, and a process that I plan to share in a series of articles on the website.
Next Board Meeting: July 9th, 2015 at 6 p.m
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The Friends of Wekiva River have been working closely with the Rotary Club of Seminole County South to form the Wekiva River Promise. The project is to educate on the effects of nitrates and promote personal stewardship to ensure the enjoyment of the River for years to come!