Friends of Refuges
News Brief, June 2016
June Board Meeting on Thursday
10:00 to Noon at the Refuge Headquarters
All are welcome at the Board Meeting. We will spend time planning and discussing next year's goals and actions.  We would love to have you share in the thinking about the future.

Seahorse Key Open House Coming
Can You Help?
July 2, 9:00 3:00
Friends members are needed to help greet visitors arriving on the island and help staff the lighthouse. Refuge Biologist Vic Doig will be working with Friends volunteers and would greatly appreciate having your help. This is an opportunity to be an advocate for the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge. Email or if you can help. As an update: Some of the nesting birds have returned to Seahorse Key this year, but most have not. More are nesting at Snake Key. Nevertheless, our colonies continue to be diminished in size since the abandonment in April 2015.
Upgrading Membership Records
Friends has moved its 450 membership records into a cloud-based data management system, NeonCRM. Great fun! If you are curious about how the software works and what it can do, we could sure use some extra hands on this project! Be in touch with Maria Sgambati or email All the work can be done from home.

Lukens Tract Signs and Nature
The Lukens Tract is owned by the Suwannee River Water Management District and managed jointly by the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge. It is a beautiful natural area where Friends have held nature walks and picnics with other local residents. Check the stories from June 14 and June 6 in Cedar Key News.

New Library Facility in Suwannee
The new building will have Friends brochures and other Refuge information.

Advocacy and Information Links
Peg Hall, editor
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