Visiting A Rocha in Titusville, Florida

Dec 26 – Jan 1, 2020

The Scholtens family, creation care enthusiasts and long time friends of A Rocha, spent a week in Titusville, FL. We stayed with the Sluka family. Bob and Cindy Sluka are working to establish an A Rocha centre for A Rocha USA to highlight conservation issues in the Titusville / Cape Canaveral area. We spent our time exploring the area and enjoyed 20-25C weather (in December).

While not the warmest, it was warm enough to allow us to enjoy manatee and dolphin sightings and swimming in the surf. We learned a great deal about the area, and helped Bob Sluka with his research work. We looked for plastic nurdles on the sand on Playalinda Beach. (A nurdle is a very small pellet of plastic which serves as raw material in the manufacture of plastic products.) While hiking, we spotted a young gopher tortoise crossing the path in front of us. We enjoyed a ribbon of at least a thousand migratory robins, lounging alligators, a bobcat at dusk, breeding horseshoe crabs, a feeding armadillo, and snorkeling in a natural spring.

Our sightings list included, among others: 98 species of birds, 10 species of reptiles, 21 species of plants, 23 species of molluscs, and 13 species of insects. You can check out I-Naturalist for a list and photos of our non-bird sightings.

Much thanks to the Sluka family for fitting all us into their busy home during the Christmas holidays, for shared meals and accommodations, and bringing in the new year together. If you are interested in connecting with A Rocha USA’s project in Florida, please contact Bob Sluka at

– The Scholtens Family, Friends of A Rocha

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