Happy Holidays from the Hundred Acre Hollows Inc. Board and all the creatures that live in HAH!
HAH will be open from 3 to 5 p.m. on December 15 and January 5 and 19. It is a beautiful time of the year for a lovely nature walk. Please join us!
This past year, volunteers worked to restore the habitat by planting two native plant gardens. The gardens still have many flowers. The bees, butterflies, birds, and gopher tortoises come to eat.
We will have a work day to restore the habitat on Dec 14 from 9 a.m.to noon. We have an FWC permit to measure and survey the gopher tortoise burrows. We will GPS tag the burrows. 249 burrows were identified 4 years ago. This survey will update our information with the size of the tortoises which is an indicator of their age. Please let us know if you are interested in working in the gardens, cutting back Brazilian Pepper trees, or helping with the burrow surveys.
Protect the wildlife: On one walk recently around the 2 mile perimeter of HAH, there were 13 tortoises out of their burrows! The tortoises are thriving. A brand new gopher tortoise study of 3 different habitats at Archbold Biological Station near Lake Okeechobee was just published in the Journal of Wildlife Management. It found that tortoises living in an open, mowed, grassy area lived longer, were larger, and the females laid more eggs. That is one reason why there are so many tortoises in HAH.
We engaged the public by participating in “Hoot in the Park” sponsored by the Florida Wildlife Hospital. It was in Wickham Park on Nov 23. We talked to many people about HAH. We met some groups that may be interested in helping on our work days.
The HAH community continues to grow. We have a Meetup group of 287 members. There are 691 people who follow our Facebook page. We have 65 active memberships now. We recently applied for a grant for informational signs, but we didn’t receive the grant, so we need your support. We invite you to join our cause if you haven’t already. HAH now has a GOLD level on Guidestar which rates nonprofits.
Please join HAH, Inc! Annual Membership suggested donation: Student/Teacher $10, Individual $15, Family $25. You can join online or checks can be sent to: Hundred Acre Hollows, Inc. 1170 Ida Way Melbourne, FL 32940. Our website link goes to PayPal which is a secure site. Hundred Acre Hollows, Inc is a 501c3 nonprofit foundation formed to be caretakers of 114 acres of Brevard County land in north Suntree. Please visit our website: www.hundredacrehollows.org and our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HundredAcreHollows/ Our email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org HUNDRED ACRE HOLLOWS, INC IS DULY REGISTERED WITH THE STATE OF FLORIDA AS REQUIRED BY ITS SOLICITATION OF CONTRIBUTIONS ACT. OUR REGISTRATION NUMBER IS CH52596. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.