The CDC Covid tracker now rates Levy County as LOW.
Come join us RAIN or SHINE at the Friends Annual Meeting.
Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for registration and for Friends merchandise.
Presentations begin at 10:00.
Updated April 1
Happily, we are meeting at the Refuge, in-person, for our Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 2. We re-scheduled from February to April because of the Covid situation. We know this is likely to make the Annual Meeting smaller, since so many of our members have returned to their other-season homes by now. But despite fewer attendees, our day's agenda is mostly back to pre-pandemic normal.
Wouldn't you know . . . the weather forecast, as of March 28, predicts a rainy day. That has happened before and the forecast improved by our meeting day. Indeed, the weather has tended to be good to us. Regardless, we will meet. Rain or shine.
12:00 Lunch, catered by Ken and Rose McCain. Board Members are bringing desserts. If any members would like to also bring some, they would be welcome. It is hard to imagine "too many sweets."
1:00 Nature Walk to Vista (rides provided for those who prefer them). Annual Meeting participants will be able, in small groups, to walk through the main house at Vista for short visits, if they wish.
Although everything will probably never be fully back to pre-pandemic normal, the great news is that the Covid-19 Community Level in Levy County has moved from High to Medium.
There are no limits on the number of attendees at events at the Refuge. The CDC still recommends wearing a mask if you are at high risk of illness, staying up-to-date with Covid vaccines, and not attending an event when you have symptoms of being ill.
Further changes are possible, of course. If they come up, we will send a News Brief to inform you. We also will post in this blog and on the homepage of this website.
We look forward to seeing you on April 2 at the Refuge.
3/15/2022 05:21:47 pm
Plan to attend Annjual Get-Together. Looking ahead, I would be interested and available to present a lecture at the next meeting or whenever on: 1) The Magnificent Gulf Sturgeon in the Suwannee River, or 2) Finding Florida - Early Settler River Crossings - Fords, Ferries & Bridges. (Vista, Fowlers Bluff, and Cummer Lumber played a significant role at one point)
3/16/2022 10:06:31 am
We are looking forward to this meeting and seeing everyone again.
Ted and sandy palfy
3/17/2022 12:45:08 pm
We will be attending
3/17/2022 12:46:26 pm
It will be great to see you!
3/18/2022 06:32:37 am
We look forward to attending!
4/1/2022 01:07:54 pm
It will be great to see you again!
3/18/2022 04:29:38 pm
Lisa and I will be there. Thanks
3/18/2022 04:32:13 pm
Wonderful. I just updated the information about making purchases, the Covid status, and visits to the Vista house!
3/25/2022 09:18:57 am
I will be there. Anyone know why sturgeon haven't been jumping since August this year?
3/25/2022 09:56:48 am
Great, we look forward to seeing you.
3/25/2022 02:48:54 pm
Gulf Sturgeon migrate out to the Gulf to feed in Oct-Nov, begin to return to spawn and/or hang out placidly (except for jumping) in the river in Spring. Early males come in in Feb-Mar. Females arrive later - late Mar-Apr. Those ready to spawn head upriver 100-150 miles to spawn. All others stay in lower river, but move around. No need to jump when swimming. But in late May through Aug-Sept, all sturgeon settle into one of about 10 small holding areas - and jump to swallow air to refill the swimbladder
3/25/2022 03:11:22 pm
Thanks Ken, that is an excellent explanation.
3/27/2022 07:19:47 pm
Are we suppose to bring something to share for the lunch?
3/27/2022 07:27:42 pm
Hi Lori. Thanks for asking! The board members are each bringing a gallon of tea or lemonade and a dessert. Most of us thought that would be plenty. But, others of us thought there is no such thing as too much dessert. So, if anyone is willing, it would be great to have you join in the dessert parade! Guess which side of the debate I was on teehee. Eager to see you.
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