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VOL. 24 NO. 8                                                                              AUGUST 2023

      Protecting The Gopher Tortoise

         Abacoa is a 2,055-acre,
      mixed-use community,
      design with open space
      restoration preserving
      environmentally valuable
      land, protecting riparian
      and  endangered  species
      habitat.  The  393  acres
      of preserved open space
      includes parks throughout Abacoa’s neighborhoods and a   A nature trail crosses the creek at the Abacoa Greenway.
      260-acre greenway that protects the ecosystem of wetlands
      and pine woods, 60 acres of which are set aside as an   the tortoise and its burrow are protected under state law.
      endangered gopher tortoise habitat. Leaving preserve gates      Gopher tortoises are protected at the state level
      open creates a serious risk of harm to endangered tortoises   through their listing as a “threatened” species in Florida.
      that call the Abacoa Greenway home.                The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service findings states that
         The gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) is a terrestrial   gopher tortoise conservation at the state level is critical
      species and the only tortoise found east of the Mississippi   to maintaining populations.
      River. Gopher tortoises are found in all 67 counties across      Gopher tortoises are long-lived reptiles that occupy
      Florida and have been on the planet for 60 million years.   upland habitat throughout Florida including forests, pastures,   Game @
      Gopher tortoise populations have declined significantly   and yards. They dig deep burrows for shelter and forage on
      throughout their range. Their populations in the Florida   low-growing plants. Gopher tortoises share their burrows
      Panhandle and southeast coastal regions are severely reduced   with more than 350 other species including the Eastern
      from historical levels.                            indigo snake, rodents, gopher frog, Florida mouse, and
         In Florida, the gopher tortoise is listed as threatened under
      the Florida Endangered and Threatened Species Rule. Both   Protecting The Gopher Tortoise on page 4
      Explore The Indian River Lagoon Aboard

      Boat Tours With FAU Harbor Branch

         Florida Atlantic                                   “The Indian River Lagoon is an amazing ecosystem, home
      University’s (FAU)                                 to thousands of plants and animals,” said Gabby Barbarite,
      Harbor Branch                                      Ph.D., director of outreach and engagement at FAU Harbor
      Oceanographic Institute                            Branch. “We are so excited to share our knowledge, passions
      offers a new public boat                           and important research underway with our community
      tour of the Indian River                           through this new program.”
      Lagoon aboard  The                                   Admission is $40 per person and must be booked in
      Discovery, a 36-passenger                          advance. Private charters and field trips are also available.
      pontoon. Every Friday at                           For more information and to book at tour, visit
      10:30 a.m. and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. tours now   hboi/bookatour or call the Ocean Discovery Visitors Center
      depart from FAU Harbor Branch, 5600 U.S. 1 North, Fort   at (772) 242-2293.                            Abacoa Upcoming
      Pierce. Explorers of all ages can join the 90-minute excursions.   About Florida Atlantic University                                     See Concert
         An expert guide leads participants through an immersive      Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially   Events    and Music
      educational experience as marine scientists on a floating   opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida.         on Page 3
      laboratory with state-of-the-art tools. Activities include   Today, the university serves more than 30,000 undergraduate
      interpreting real-time water-quality data from the Indian River   and graduate students across six campuses located along the   Sept. 2   South Florida PBS Night
      Lagoon Observatory Network of Environmental Sensors,   Southeast Florida coast. In recent years, the university has           – Ball Park of the Palm Beaches
      surveying underwater habitats with a remotely operated vehicle,   doubled its research expenditures and outpaced its peers in   Sept. 16   Free Concert:  Shee Gees – Bee Gees Tribute
      and identifying wildlife of all sizes – from microscopic plankton   student achievement rates. Through the coexistence of access   Sept. 30   DASTOBERFEST 2023
      to sharks, rays, manatees and dolphins.            and excellence, FAU embodies an innovative model where
                                                                                 traditional achievement gaps
                                                                                 vanish. FAU is designated a
                                                                                 Hispanic-serving institution,
                                                                                 ranked as a top public
                                                                                 university by U.S. News &
                                                                                 World Report and a high
                                                                                 research activity institution by
                                                                                 the Carnegie Foundation for
                                                                                 the Advancement of Teaching.
                                                                                 For more information, visit
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