Turtle Walk Volunteer Training

Interested in training to volunteer for the 2013 Sea Turtle Talk & Walk programs?

Anyone interested in participating is required to attend a training session, this includes volunteers who have participated in the past. The training sessions will be held on Friday, May 24th and Saturday, June 1st. Please RSVP to lu.dodson@dep.state.fl.us by COB on May 22nd.

Training Sessions:

  • 8:00 p.m. until midnight (all participants MUST stay for entire training)
  • Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes
  • Bring insect repellant and water

Please review the nesting training materials for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission FWC Nesting Training Materials

Please contact Lu with any questions or concerns.

Lu Dodson
Park Services Specialist
561-776-7449, ext.108

Palm Beach District School Students Chat About Sea Turtles

sea-turtle-talk April 9
Palm Beach District School Students Chat with a Ranger About Sea Turtles – Live

As part of our Natural Science Education Program, Palm Beach School District students will join in on a LIVE-ON-LINE conversation with MacArthur Beach State Park Rangers on Monday, April 8 at 1:15 pm. The discussion will focus on sea turtles which nest on MacArthur Beach.

Everyone is invited to view the presentation by clicking on http://breeze.palmbeach.k12.fl.us/turtles/ as a guest.


Posted in Education, Wildlife | Comments Off on Palm Beach District School Students Chat About Sea Turtles

Guy Harvey Exhibit at the Park

Guy Harvey Works to be Displayed at ParkArtist, researcher and biologist Guy Harvey will show off his iconic artwork beginning March 10, following the grand opening of the freshly renovated interpretive center at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park in North Palm Beach.

The Harvey exhibit will include both originals and prints, and a percentage of any art purchases will benefit the Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park’s Natural Science Education Fund.

“We are once again thrilled to have the very recognized and sought-after artist, Dr. Guy Harvey, exhibiting his paintings and prints in the nature center’s newly designed exhibit hall and theater,” Friends board member Janet Heaton said. “The community is always eager to enjoy and purchase his new images.”

Park visitors can view the colorful, tropical works of art through May 1.
Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Guy Harvey Exhibit at the Park

2012 Photography Contest




 Youth 1st Place Winner was Salt Grass by Serena Carton







Adult 1st Place for the Water Images Category: Waves by Deborah Moroney







Adult 1st Place for the Plant Life Category: Mushrooms on a Log  by Karen Smith







Adult 1st Place for the Landscapes Category: Leaf Litter by Karen Smith







Best of Show and Adult 1st Place for Wildlife Category:

Lovers’ Quarrel by Deborah Moroney




The contest is open to amateur photographers only. If the contestant is under 18, a parent or legal guardian must complete and sign the Release by Photographer portion of the Photography Entry Form.


Youth (18 years and under) | Adult

  • Animals & Insects
  • Wildlife
  • Flowers & Trees
  • Plant Life
  • Beach Scenes
  • Landscape
  • Fun at the Park
  • Water Images


  • Contest entry fee of $5 per image
  • Photography Entry Form (see below)
  • Model Release (if necessary)
  • Images in digital format on Compact Disk
  • All entries must be received by 5 pm on Thursday, March 28, including entry form and release

Download PDF Forms
Rules and Model Release Form

For more information contact:
Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park

Palm Beach County Fourth Graders in Exploration Program

Our fourth grade students participating in the MacArthur Beach Exploration pilot program with the School District of Palm Beach County and John D. MacArthur Beach State Park will be utilizing the following blog to communicate with the Park staff as follow-up for their visits.

You can comment on their postings.
Click or copy and paste:http://weblogs.pbspaces.com/macbeachexplorations/

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Palm Beach County Fourth Graders in Exploration Program

To Spot a Spoonbill – Think Pink!

At low tide, among the great blue herons and white ibis feeding on the mudflats, you just might think you see something pink. Yes, there have been regular sightings of the Roseate Spoonbill in the lagoon this summer.



Sometimes mistaken for a Flamingo, the Roseate Spoonbill is a true Florida native. Like the flamingo, it is believed that the inclusion of carotenoid-rich shrimp in the bird’s diet of is responsible for their bright coloring. The bird’s striking colored feathers made the species a target for plume-hunters, and in the mid- to late-1800s they were driven to the brink of extinction in North America and Cuba. Their numbers also suffered with the draining and pollution of their wetland habitat; by the early 20th century, there were only a few dozen nesting pairs of roseate spoonbills on this continent. Spoonbills received legal protection in the 1940s and their numbers slowly started rebounding in parts of the southern U.S.

Beyond being pink, another distinguishing characteristic is the Spoonbill’s strange and strategic bill shape. The bird’s spoon shaped bill is ideal for feeling for and feeding upon small fishes, crustaceans, mollusks, slugs, and aquatic insects; while wading in the water, the bird swings its head from side to side with its bill slightly parted, snapping shut as it contacts food.

Spoonbills are very social birds. They spend most of their time in the company of other spoonbills, as well as other water birds. Not only do they feed in groups, but they nest in colonies with ibises, storks, cormorants, herons and egrets. So the next time you are strolling across the boardwalk when the water’s low, keep your eye on the mud flats and think pink.

Posted in Wildlife | Comments Off on To Spot a Spoonbill – Think Pink!

Buzz About Bees

Bees are winged, usually stinging insects, characterized by sucking and chewing mouthparts for the gathering of nectar and pollen. The bee obtains its energy by the pollen as a protein source as well as the flower nectar or the oils on plants. It’s the adult females that buzz around and collect pollen, mainly to feed their larvae and create new bees. During the pollen collection bees inevitably lose some as they move from flower to flower, a vital service to the plants. Some of that pollen lands on the reproductive structures (pistils) of the other flowers of the same species. This results in what is called cross-pollination.

Continue reading

Posted in Education | Comments Off on Buzz About Bees