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Friends of St. Sebastian - May 2006

WILDLANDS WILDLIFE - CRITTERS OF THE PRESERVE STATE PARK

    Gayle Heath, Park Services Specialist at the St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park will join us to give a presentation this month on some of the wildlife that you are likely to encounter on a trip to the park.  She will present a slide show with details on life history and biology.  She also has some bones and "other stuff" to show us, and she promises to share at least one live critter - a pet red rat snake - petting optional!
    The program will be on Tuesday, May 23, 7:30 PM at the North Indian River County Library on route 512 in Sebastian.  All are welcome and refreshments will be served.

GEORGE SCHUM MEMORIAL AWARD

    George Schum was a long time member of our board of directors.  He passed away in April 1997 and the award is given in memory of his spirit of volunteering and participation in community service.  The award is given to a Sebastian River High School senior who has participated in similar activities and has shown an interest in environmental issues.
    We are pleased to announce that this year's winner is Phaedra Tinder. Phaedra has volunteered time at the Environmental Learning Center and the Vero Beach Museum of Art.  She also recently won a national journalism award for an article she wrote on the negative environmental impacts of using cypress mulch.
    Congratulations to Phaedra and best wishes for the future!

MEMBERSHIP AND VOLUNTEER HELP

    Recently our Membership Committee sent out a letter soliciting use of contact information and volunteer help.  We want to thank those of you who have had the chance to respond so far.
    Some of you indicated your interest in helping out with our boat survey on the river.  That survey has been ongoing over the past year and will be completed next month.  The information is transmitted to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Research Institute and gets compiled with other data from around the state.
  They have told us that we do not need to continue the survey beyond next month, therefore we will not have an immediate need for new/more volunteers for this project.  We may participate again in this type of survey at some point in the future, as this is the second time the Institute has had us conduct this project.  Therefore we will keep track of your interests and contact you if the need arises in the future.
  Thanks again to all of you who have the time and interest to help out.  Keep watch for other upcoming opportunities as we are working on a couple other possible projects.  We'll let you know if they work out