We have two photo classes planned for beginners to advanced photographers.
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This year's festival was a huge success. Over 2000 people participated in the various evnets. These eventsincluded a sea turtle release by the Georgia Sea Turtle Center at Main Beach, ecotours and photography classes throughout the three-day Festival, an EcoExpo at the Atlantic Recreation Center with 30 exhibitors indoors and 15 exhibitors for children outdoors, a spectacular silent auction, and two new events—behind-the-scenes tours and photography shoots at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. This is a quote found at the Zoo, it sums up the motivation of the WIld Bunch.
What we have loved, others will love,
and we will teach them how.
Three years ago a green sea turtle was rescued in the Mayport Naval Basin after a boat strike. The CAT scan revealed that in addtion to damage to his carapace there was also partial paralysis to the hind flippers. Originally Captain had an issue with rear end buoyancy. For the last couple of years the staff at the GA Sea Turtle Center have been providing Captain with weight therapy; Velcroing a pocket with weights in it to the back end of his shell to keep him level in the water.
After 3 years they could not correct the bouyancy issue, Captain could not be released back into the wild since he could not dive under water. He was scheduled to be permanently placed in an aqariium, he could not go back to the sea. Recently when the pocket was removed to give Captain a break from it, he was swimming and diving like a normal turtle! Captain had shown so much improvement that he was now considered a releasable turtle! After three years in rehabilitation, Captain would return home!
On October 21 Dr Norton and staff from the GSTC released Captain at Main Beach on Amelia Island. Many local residents came to wish him Bon Voyage. Kathy Brooks put together the slide show below.
|A free picture slideshow by Smilebox|
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Each year we choose a different local critter to highlight.
Three rehabilitated green sea turtles were released at Main Beach on Saturday Sept. 1. Thanks to the great work of Dr. Terry Norton and his staff at the GA Sea Turtle Center
|This free digital slideshow created with Smilebox|
A big thanks to the entire Wild Bunch board who worked many, many hours to organize this event. Jody Hetchka, John & Kathy Brooks, Cynthia Belowski, Robyn Nemes, Kathy Russell, Janet & Lou Michea, Dawna & Scott Moore, Steve Leimberg.
"The best "festival' on this island is the Wild Amelia fest. Each one of the events is fantastic, well organized and staffed by caring, dedicated people and it is so nice that attention is paid to nature, solitude and quiet places.
Prediction: As our island's quality of life continues to deteriorate, as we become more and more crowded, noisier, those things and places emphasized by this festival will become increasingly important to all of us.
Thank you, Wild Amelia organizers, for highlighting and bringing attention to our natural surroundings and our quiet places."
Ron Sapp, former city commissioner