This year's festival was a huge success. Over 2000 people participated in the various evnets. These events included 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 year's critter is the Horseshoe Crab. An ancient animal that has not evolved for over 3 million years but is a vital part of the coastal ecosystem. And, guess what, it's not a crab at all! Find out more about Horseshoe crabs
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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
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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