Fernandina Beach Rotary Club welcomes Wild Amelia Speaker
Posted by Tim Wombles
on Jun 03, 2013
Recently, the Fernandina Beach Rotary Club welcomed three board members from Wild Amelia who gave a presentation about the local non-profit organization. First to speak was Kathy Brooks, one of the organization’s founding members. She explained how a group of 35 local conservationists, business owners and nature lovers came together seven years ago to create the organization devoted to educating the public about Amelia Island’s incredible biodiversity. The all-volunteer group with its 10-member board of directors funds numerous programs such as “Wild Nights” and the three-day Wild Amelia Nature Festival through sponsorships, grants, membership dues and donations. She was followed by Kathy Russell, the Aquatics and Greenway Manager for the City of Fernandina’s Parks and Recreation Department, who talked about the city’s partnership with Wild Amelia. She explained how the city’s acquisition and development of the Egans Creek Greenway lead to a strong commitment to local environmental conservation. She noted that partnering with Wild Amelia has helped the city offer more environmental educational opportunities to the public. Robyn Nemes closed the presentation by outlining the organization’s commitment to educating children about the diversity and fragility of Amelia Island’s ecosystem. She discussed the Junior Naturalist program she has developed for young people to learn more about local natural history, noting that the more kids learn about and understand their natural world, the more likely they are to protect the environment.