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FSSR Newsletter, March 2007

OSPREYS OF PELICAN ISLAND

    Our program this month is a photo documentary entitled "Ospreys of Pelican Island: An Exploration into the Life of the Fish Hawk."  The presentation is a production by Bob Montanaro who is a local outstanding wildlife photographer and environmental enthusiast.  Bob started OspreyWatch - "a multi-year project to document the lives of the Ospreys at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge through photography."
    "Ospreys of Pelican Island" follows the nesting attempt by a pair of Ospreys throughout the 2006 nesting season. Over 100 days were spent at the Refuge with almost 30,000 photographs being taken to chronicle the lives of the Ospreys. The program covers not only the Osprey nesting attempt but also shows encounters with other wildlife in the Refuge---everything from River Otters and a family of Pileated Woodpeckers to fighting Red-Shouldered Hawks! For more information, visit www.ospreywatch.org.
    Following Bob's presentation, Paul Tritaik, Manager of the Pelican Island and Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuges will give us a brief overview of the "Workforce Management Plan" for the southeast region of the National Wildlife Refuge System and the effects it will have on the local refuge.
    The program will be on
Tuesday, March 27, 7:30 PM at the North Indian River County Library on Sebastian Blvd. in Sebastian.  Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served following the presentations.
    Also available at our meeting are raffle tickets for a 27-inch canoe model.  The canoe is hand-made out of wood and includes paddles and a display stand.  Tickets are $1 each and the drawing will be held at our next General Meeting in May.  You do not need to be present to win.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

    Well you've heard us say it before and we'll say it again - we are always looking for folks who want to be more involved and help out.  The Friends are looking for anyone interested in helping us out with various functions such as activities, merchandizing, publicity/newsletters, programs, fundraising, etc.
    The Marine Resources Council (MRC) has also solicited us to help out with setting up a visitor's/education center for the St. Sebastian River.  In the last few years, the MRC has acquired a large piece of property on the South Prong of the river and is renovating the structures on the property.  One will eventually serve as a visitors and education center for the river.  There is lots of work to be done to make it more accessible and useable by the public.  There are lots of exciting possibilities for use of the property and we hope to be able to be of assistance with the development of this project.  There is work to be done on both the landscaping and house itself.  If you are interested in helping out with any of these issues, please contact Tim Glover at 772-589-0636 or send us an email to the address at the top of this page.