L to R Karen Jusseaume, Jim Stephenson, Lee Amos, Steve Black, Ray Jusseaume, Cathy Davis, Deb Comeau, Debi Osborne

On May 6, 2020 after months of negotiations to insure that the interests of our members are best served, MCAS president Ray Jusseaume signed the contract assigning a Conservation Easement to the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast.

Under the terms of the contract, Felts Preserve must remain a preserve forever. There has been a tremendous surge of property being sold for both residential and commercial uses around the preserve. This will, in time, drive more and more wildlife into the preserve as well as bring more and more visitors. The Foundation has already started to help us in our ongoing battle with invasive plant varieties and is giving us advice on both land and water management on the property. Our partnership is starting out on a high note! Your Board of Directors welcome the Foundation to Felts Preserve.

Karen and Jim Watch as Ray Signs Felts Preserve into the future.

Monthly Conservation Roundup

State Level: FWC approves State Reef Fish Survey extension

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission just approved the new State Reef Fish Survey. This survey will be an extension of the highly successful gulf reef survey to help scientists better understand Florida's fish populations across the state. The reef fish populations impact our seabirds, shorebirds, and overall ocean habitat. See the full article here:

County Level: 6,000+ acres preserved

Orange Hammock Wildlife Management Area, is the new designated name for the recently purchased 6,000 acre ranch in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Gov. Ron DeSantis just approved teh purchase from the Florida Forever funds and outlined the importance of this site to the Myakka River watershed. This new conservation area will be managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. See the full article here:

State Level: captive bred, endangered Florida grasshopper sparrow are breeding in the wild!

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the US Fish and Wildlife Service have released 150 captive bred Florida grasshopper sparrows between 2019 and 2020. For the first time, scientist have observed captive bred individuals defending territories and attempting to breed on the dry prairies. See the full article here: