Wild Amelia Nature Festival
May 15-17, 2015
Plans are underway for the 2015 festival. Info on the Nature Photo Contest is online - deadline is April 3, 2015. This year you will be able to upload your entries online or mail them in on a thumb drive or CD. Check out the new Categories and rules changes here.
Do you have a digital camera and want learn how to use your camera to create great pictures? Is so, don't miss this opportunity.Sign up for all day class on January 24. More info
You can pick up the new Photo calendar at the Atlantic Rec Center, First Federal Bank, Kayak Amelia (downtown Fernandina Beach or Talbot State Park office) or order online. Each month highlights one of the photos from last year's contest entries. A beautiful mix of critters found around Amelia Island.
"I always so enjoy opening it up and going through month by month to admire the various photos. And during the year, it's like a little gift each time I turn the calendar to a new month!" - Sian
Monday, December 1 and Wednesday, December 3 from 4:00 - 5:30
This topic was an idea generated by Hannah Phillips, one of our Junior Naturalists, and promises to be one of the best ones yet! Here are the details: This two-day camp will be held at Book Loft. Participants will create a lap book to take home; this book will contain actual shark's teeth (the seven kinds most commonly found on Amelia Island). Participants will also receive a copy of the Junior Naturalist booklet "The Seashore" and a nice poster on sharks. The cost is $20 for the two-day camp.
Highlights of this camp will include a short presentation on sharks by underwater photographer Rick Scott, a Wild Amelia board member and excellent photographer! If any of you have seen the News-Leader with the promotion for this camp, the photo is one of Rick's. Another highlight will be a short guided tour of the Maritime Museum here on the island; details of this short tour will be given on the first day of our camp.
To register, call the Book Loft at 904-261-8991. The camp is limited to 10 participants. I hope to see some of you there!
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, 2013 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.
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You can now become a member of Wild Amelia Nature Festival. Your support allows us to expand the programs we offer.
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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