Wild Amelia Nature Festival - May 16-18, 2014
What an amazing weekend! We set new records for attendance at the EcoExpo. The Kid's Niche was hopping all day. The manatees the kids made from old stockings were so creative ( what else can women do with their hose when they move south!). Kevin and Christina were the ultimate tour guides on the Amelia River Cruise Friday night. We saw a mating herd of manatees, a loon, many dolphins and even a rocket launch from Canaveral! The Nature Photo Contest really showed off the many beautiful sights around Amelia. You can check out the winners here. Many thanks to all the visitors and local folks who came out to support all the events, and to our sponsors and partners - we couldn't have done it without you!
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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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