Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April Membership Meeting Thursday, April 24

The April Membership meeting of Turtle Coast Sierra Club will take place on Thursday,April 24, 2014, at the Friendship Fellowship Hall of the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3115 Friendship Pl, Rockledge, FL, off Rt 1, just north of Suntree Blvd.  The meeting will start at 7:00 PM, with social time 6:30 to 7 pm, light refreshments will be served.  

The speaker at this meeting will be Carissa Kent, and her topic will be gopher tortoises and construction projects.   

“While many residents are completely unaware, one species of reptile is often buried alive during construction projects, sometimes taking up to a year to die, experts said. … The Florida gopher tortoise, scientifically known as gopherus polyphemus…”  A recent article in Hometown News noted that despite a 2007 State of Florida requirement that gopher tortoises must be removed and relocated before construction, they can still be buried alive by construction projects that are grandfathered in before the 2007 law. Carissa Kent stated in the paper that "there are a total of 216 (projects) with over 3,500 tortoises listed on them, based on permitted numbers, in Brevard County…" 


Carissa is working on a project to relocate as many as possible on sites where they are threatened not only in Brevard County but around the state.  She has been involved in gopher tortoise rescue relocation efforts since 2006 when she started a project in collaboration with HSUS to save tortoises off of sites that had permits to bury them. Carissa completed the Ashton Biodiversity Institute gopher tortoise relocation training and has assisted Nokuse Plantation and The Humane Society of the United States in the rescue and relocation of more than 4,000 gopher tortoises and thousands of commensal species from incidental-take permitted sites. She works closely with FWC, developers, environmental consultants, non-profits and citizens in outreach, permitting, field operations, rescue, transport, data collection, and release. 

She is a caretaker for the Seminole County Natural Lands program where she helps maintain the Econ River Wilderness Area and monitors gopher tortoise populations on-site.  She also served on the board of Keep Seminole Beautiful from 2008-2012 and was elected President. She has volunteered with Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge since 2004 and served on their Executive Board of Directors until December 2013, including being their Director of Marketing/Fundraising/Grants. She works with the full spectrum of tortoise issues including injured tortoises, waifs, rescue relocation projects, citizen concerns, backyard tortoise habitats, EcoCamps, education and conservation and FWC Law Enforcement situations. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

May 14th-Tour of the County Landfill



Join the Turtle Coast Sierra Club on Wednesday, May 14th at 8 am for a one hour tour of the Brevard County Landfill. Many bird species are typically seen on these tours so bring your camera! The tour is free and conducted in a county van but we must have a minimum of 5 people. Call Leslie or Dan Maloney at 321-432-4346 or email maloneyL731@gmail.com to reserve your spot! You will never see your garbage quite the same way again!
The address is 2250 Adamson Rd.-Cocoa, FL 32926 You will take the second left as you enter the property and look for a green tiled roof.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Spring Outings

                
Spring Outings
Join Turtle Coast Sierra Club for three service outings this spring. We will be concentrating our efforts on EELS property located in the south part of the county. See below for more details.
April 26th/Malabar Scrub West/9am-12pm-We will hike and continue with trail maintenance in the west end of the Sanctuary.
May 17th/Jordan Scrub Sanctuary/9am-12pm-More hiking and trail maintenance!

The EELS program has equipment and tools. If you bring your own, please make sure your name is on it. Don’t forget your water and sunscreen. Call Leslie or Dan Maloney to let us know if you are coming out to help.  All ages welcome! (321-432-4346)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Protect Environment by Proper Drug Disposal

You can protect yourself, your family, and the environment by properly disposing of drugs--both prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications!  When you are finished taking a medicine, or see that it has expired, the next step is proper disposal of what is left in the container.

The best way to do this is by taking advantage of a National Take Back Initiative, which will be coming up on Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 10 AM to 2 PM.  The following sites in Brevard County will participate:

Brevard County Sheriff's Office    1) Viera Hospital, 8731 Wickham Rd, Viera 32940
                                                       2) Hobbs Pharmacy Plaza Parking Lot, 133 N Banana River Dr,
                                                            Merritt Island 32953

Indialantic Police Dept                   Police Dept, 220 5th Ave, Indialantic 32903

Cocoa Beach Police Dept              Cape Canaveral Hospital Medical Plaza, 699 W Cocoa Beach Cswy
                                                       Cocoa Beach 32931

If you are unable to take advantage of the National Take Back Initiative, check the directions and paperwork that came with the medicine, for possible disposal instructions.  Or ask your pharmacist, if it is a prescribed drug.

If neither of these can give you disposal instructions, the last resort is to throw the medicine in the household garbage.  But, before you do, take it out of the container and mix it with something like used coffee grounds or kitty litter , something that will make it unattractive to young children or pets who might get into the trash.   And, before recycling or otherwise disposing of a prescribed medicine container, scratch out all identifying information on the prescription label to make it unreadable. This will help protect your identity and the privacy of your personal health information.

Drugs such as powerful narcotic pain relievers and other controlled substances carry instructions for flushing to reduce the danger of unintentional use or overdose and illegal abuse.  Unless directed to do so for such a drug, never throw any medicine down the toilet!