Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The three-day event is a celebration of the rich diversity of birds and other wildlife that make their home in and around Lake Apopka. Registration is required for guided field trips on Jan. 20 and 22 that explore sparrows, waterfowl, raptors and other topics suited for enthusiastic birdwatchers and ornithologists. No registration is required to participate in family-friendly activities Jan. 21, which include bird banding, live animal demonstrations, food, music and guided tours for children and adults on the district’s Lake Apopka Loop Trail and Orange County’s Magnolia Park.To learn more about the Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival and Birdapalooza, visit www.birdapalooza.com.To learn more about the Lake Apopka North Shore visit www.http://www.sjrwmd.com/recreation. WHAT: Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival and BirdapaloozaWHEN: Jan. 21 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.WHERE: Lake Apopka Loop Trail and Magnolia Park Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSBirdapaloozaLake Apopka North ShoreMagnolia ParkSt. Johns River Water Management District Previous articleUpdating Breaking News: Deputies respond to home invasion in ApopkaNext articleWhat would Martin Luther King Jr. think of South Apopka? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! Large crowds expected at two Lake Apopka Festivals this weekendFrom the St. John’s River Water Management DistrictVisitors to the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Lake Apopka North Shore should expect additional traffic on select dates, as the area will host several walking and biking tours related to the fifth annual Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival and Birdapalooza.WHAT: Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival (registration required)WHEN: Jan. 20 and 22WHERE: Lake Apopka North Shore LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
“Save the Honeybee” license plates are now available for Georgia drivers to purchase, thanks to the efforts of the Georgia Beekeepers Association (GBA).“The idea of the honey bee tag had been tossed around for over a decade among members of the Georgia Beekeepers Association, but due to the cost and amount of work it would require, the idea was tabled numerous times,” said Jennifer Berry, an apiculture research professional and lab manager for the University of Georgia Honeybee Program.Finally, a group of enthusiastic members of the GBA decided it was time for Georgia to have a tag dedicated to the “beloved honeybee,” Berry said. That was when the real work began, as getting a new license plate in Georgia requires legislative action, which can take years.A couple of GBA members quickly learned the ins and outs of getting a license tag issued, including learning legal and legislative processes and understanding laws and procedures. Then the GBA board had to commit to cover the $25,000 specialty-tag manufacturing fee, a new state requirement due to dozens of specialty tags not selling well. It was a gamble, but the GBA rolled the dice.The breakeven point for the GBA is selling 1,000 tags and this must be done within two years. Only then will the group be reimbursed the $25,000 ($25/tag). Once 1,000 tags are sold, the GBA receives $22 per tag sold. The tags became available for purchase in June 2019 and to date 820 tags have been sold. Unexpectedly, 71% of the tags sold so far were not purchased by GBA members.“This is amazing and, due to the diligence and hard work of so many folks, social media and the marketing campaign, that is still going on today,” Berry said.“Another cool tidbit is that no one had ever gotten a license tag bill passed through the state legislature as fast as the GBA did,” Berry said. The first meeting with the Georgia Department of Revenue administration was on Nov. 17, 2017. The House approved the request on Feb. 1, 2018, the Senate approved it on March 21, 2018, and the Governor signed it into law on May 3, 2018.According to the new law, funds raised by the sale of this special license plate “shall be dispersed to the GBA and used to increase public awareness of the importance of the conservation of the honey bee. Funds are to be used to support association programs, including but not limited to the training and education of both new and experienced beekeepers, prison beekeeper programs, grants to beekeeping-related nonprofit corporations, beekeeping research facilities in this state and projects that encourage public support for the license plate and the activities it funds.”To purchase a honeybee tag, go to the GBA website at gabeekeeping.com and click the link for the “Save The Honey Bee” license plate.