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November 2004

HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT BLUE CYPRESS LAKE?

    If you have read the book "Reflections of Blue Cypress", you know quite a bit more than most.  If you have not had the chance to read the book, and you have any interest at all in our local flora and fauna, you should!  Not only is there lots of information about the lake, its history and the plants and animals that call it home, it is also full of stunning photos, taken by the authors.
    Our program this month will be a presentation by the authors -
Drs. Richard and Juanita Baker.  You may be familiar with their names, as they are local residents.  Dr. Baker is the retired director of the Florida Entomology Lab and current president of the Pelican Island Audubon Society.  His wife, Juanita is a professor at FIT in Melbourne.  They are passionate adventurers, explorers, canoeists and environmentalists.  The book reflects not only that passion, but also their photography and writing talents.  They "…turn the lake into a work of art, painting a picture of nature, history, local color and atmospheric splendor." (From the book review by Bob Windish in the January 2004 issue of "The Peligram", newsletter of the Pelican Island Audubon Society - you can read the full review in that issue of the newsletter on their website at: www.pelicanislandaudubon.org).
    Our meeting will be on
Tuesday, November 23, 7:30 PM at the North Indian River County Library on route 512 in Sebastian.  The Bakers will have copies of their book available for sale and signing at the meeting.  All are welcome and refreshments will be served following the meeting.

ENVIRONMENTAL ENHANCEMENT AWARD

    This award is given annually by the Friends to an individual or business, that has enhanced the environmental quality of the St. Sebastian River area, by one of the following criteria: 1) Landscaping - using environmentally friendly plants (i.e. mostly natives), or pest plant removal projects; 2) Water quality projects - storm water runoff control, muck removal or pollution reduction (i.e. fertilizers/chemicals, installation of sewers, etc.); 3) Open land conservation - donation or purchase of conservation easement; 4) Erosion control - planting of appropriate plants along vulnerable areas.
    If you know of someone or a business in our general area that has carried out such a project this year, please let us know.  Look for our application forms at our general meeting, on our website, at our display at select public events, send us an email, or call Anne Dann at 772-388-3440.  Nominations need to be received by December 31st.

WANTED - MANATEE OBSERVERS

    Each year the St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park conducts a manatee survey on the C-54 canal.  The work is done by volunteers at the Preserve and the time is now if you are interested in helping out!  Volunteers are needed for every day of the week, both mornings and afternoons.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Joy Coll at the Preserve at 321-953-5004.