EFFECTS OF HURRICANES ON THE INDIAN RIVER LAGOON
Our guest this month will be Troy Rice, Director of the Indian River Lagoon Program, which is a division of the St. Johns River Water Management District. Troy will give us an update on the effects the hurricanes had on the Indian River Lagoon this past season. The effects are numerous and not all bad, as these storms are a part of nature. But the effects they produce are changed by impacts people have had on the surrounding environment.
Troy will also give us a brief description and status report on the recently completed stormwater park in the southern part of the City of Sebastian. This park was created with the cooperation of the city and will be operated for the first year by St. Johns to make sure that it is functioning properly.
This is also our annual business meeting and we will be conducting a vote for this year's candidates for our Board of Directors. It is not too late to be a board member! If you are interested, send us an email, or call Tim Glover at 772-589-0636.
The meeting will be on Tuesday, January 25, 7:30 PM at the North Indian River County Library on route 512 in Sebastian. All are welcome and refreshments will be served following the meeting.
SAVING FLORIDA'S SPECIAL PLACES
"The year 2004 will be remembered for the four hurricanes that chewed through Florida and reshaped parts of its shoreline. The destruction of human life and property is well documented, but Audubon has also examined the storm's effects - positive and negative - on shorebirds and their habitats. In response, Audubon of Florida is making protection of coastal habitat a primary conservation priority for 2005."
"Audubon is putting increased emphasis on policies, programs and funding for land acquisition and management in order to restrict destructive human impacts, restore seasonal freshwater flows and improve water quality, control non-native species and restrict inappropriate development…."
"Recognizing that coastal habitats include reefs, shoals, islands, beaches, marine waters, mangrove swamps, estuaries, marshes, wetlands, floodplains, rivers, streams, coastal hammocks and maritime forests, Audubon is retooling its conservation strategies to put more pressure on government to protect these resources. We will also ask you, our members to do more. As local Audubon groups and our scientists and stewards monitor and study shorebirds, they need your help. If you live in a coastal area, consider volunteering." For information, visit the Audubon of Florida website at:
www.audubonofflorida.org or call 305-371-6399.
source: "Florida Naturalist", Winter 2004-05, Audubon of Florida