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FSSR Newsletter - November 2008


    Christine Rush, Marine Mammal Biologist with the Florida Marine Research Institute, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at the Indian River Field Lab in Melbourne, will be our guest speaker this month.  Christine knew from the age of 5 that she wanted to be a marine biologist and now considers this her "dream job" since joining the FMRI office in Melbourne last year.
    The FMRI Field Lab in Melbourne is the busiest in the state and they are involved in all kinds of manatee research, monitoring and rescue, including necropsies to attempt to determine the cause of death of each manatee found.  Their office also conducts aerial surveys of right whales that linger off Florida's east coast during the winter season.
    The meeting will be Tuesday, November 25, 2008, 7:30 PM at the North Indian River County Library, 1001 Sebastian Blvd in Sebastian.  The meeting is free and open to the public.


    Rep. Stan Mayfield passed away suddenly on September 30, 2008.  He will be fondly remembered by the Friends as he was a great supporter of, and assisted with the funding of the muck-dredging project of the St. Sebastian River, for which we are grateful.  He also gave a very generous donation to the Friends a few years ago.
    As requested by his family, we gave a donation of $100 to the Fisherman's Landing Sebastian foundation, which is working to preserve the "working waterfront" history in our community.  The State Legislature just this year created the "Stan Mayfield Working Waterfronts Florida Forever" grant program, in honor of Rep. Mayfield's dedication to this cause.
    We send our condolences to Stan's wife Debbie and their family and wish them the best.


    The Friends is hosting a kayak trip on the South Prong of the St. Sebastian River in December.  The trip will be on Saturday, December 13, 1:30 PM at Dale Wimbrow Park in Sebastian.  Kayaks, Etc. of Vero Beach will provide kayaks and all necessary equipment.  The cost of the trip is $15 for Friends members and $25 for non-members.  The trip is appropriate for anyone ages 2 to 102 and will be guided by a Florida Master Naturalist.  Reservations are required and can be made at our next general meeting on November 25 or by calling Kayaks, Etc. at 772-794-9900.