Title: Florida Master Naturalist Program newsletter
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Title: Florida Master Naturalist Program newsletter
Series Title: Florida Master Naturalist Program newsletter
Physical Description: Serial
Language: English
Creator: Southwest Florida Research & Education Center, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Publisher: Southwest Florida Research & Education Center, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Place of Publication: Immokalee, Fla.
Publication Date: July 2001
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Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences




Florida Master Naturalist
Program Instructor
Orientation Workshops
Big Success in South Florida

Instructors are being recruited to aid in the
delivery of the FMNP to audiences throughout
the state of Florida.
Instructors with environmental education
experience from State Parks, Conservation
Agencies, Nature Centers, and University of
Florida County Extension offices are
The first two FMNP Instructor Orientation
Workshops were held in May at the National
Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
(Collier Co.) and Gumbo Limbo Nature
Center (Palm Beach Co.).
Thirty-seven Instructors representing 20
organizations and encompassing 11 counties
attended the sessions and are now ready to
begin teaching FMNP classes.
"I've been doing interpretive education in
Southwest Florida for quite some time, but I
got a lot out of the Master Naturalist
workshop," explains Joe Cox of the
Conservancy of Southwest Florida in Naples.
"It was well put together and includes a lot of
valuable information, such as some really
great PowerPoint presentations Instructors can
use in their classes."

participate in
a Orientation
Photo by Julie


Program Update ....................... ... 1
Instructor Information ..................
Wild Eye, Interpretive Tracks ... 3
Web Site Information................. 4
Contact Information .................. 4

Volume 1, No. 2 July 2001

Florida Master Naturalist Program

Participating FMNP Instructor Organizations

Southwest Florida
Calusa Nature Center
Collier Co. Parks & Rec.
Conservancy of SW Florida

Hendry Co. Extension
Lee Co. Extension
Museum of Sci. & Industry
Corkscrew Swamp Sanct.

Rookery Bay, NERR

SWFREC, Univ. of FL.

Southeast Florida
Audubon of FL.
Earth Advisors
Env. Learning Ctr.Vero Beach

Env. Learning Ctr., St. Lucie

Fairchild Tropical Garden
Grassy Waters Preserve

Okeeheelee Nature Center
Palm Beach Co. Extension

Palm Net

Pinellas Co. Extension

Riverwoods Field Lab

Laura Greeno
Nan Gerhardt
Joe Cox
Dave Graff
Annisia Karim
Gene McAvoy
Shannon Ruby
Karen Pate
Geoff Robinson
Sally Stein
Leslie Breland
Stephen Theberge
Martin Main
Ginger Allen

Doreen Whitley
Darlene Harris
Richard Wilson
Joanne Findlay
Sandra Bogan
Sam Dorfman
Patti Anderson
Penni Redford
Penny Lieberman
Joyce Thomasson

Heidi Rhoades
Stan Bronson
Carolyn Saft
Steve Bass
Brenda Duffey
Kathleen Brennan
Linda Emerson
Lori Haynes

Jean Murphy
Alexandra Turpin

Loisa Kerwin
Kenneth Huser
Mari Bailey

Advanced FMNP Instructor Training

Registered FMNP Instructors, here is a great chance to learn
more about freshwater ecosystems in the field during two
field trips planned in Southwest Florida.

1) Marsh, Wet Prairie and Hydric Pine
WHERE: Badluck Prairie, Picayune Strand State Forest,
Collier County.
WHEN: Sept. 14, 2001, Friday, 9:00 2:00
WITH: Bethany Storm (DOF Biologist) and
Jim Burch (Botanist, Big Cypress).

2) Cypress Swamp, Orchids
WHERE: Fakahatchee Strand State Park
WHEN: Sept. 21, 2001, Friday 9:00 2:00
WITH: Mike Owen (Park Biologist)

WHAT TO WEAR: Field clothes that can get wet. Mosquito
Repellant and Sunscreen.
WHAT TO BRING: Lunch, Snack, and plenty to drink. Extra
mosquito repellent.
NOTE: Trip is limited to 10 participants, only a few seats are
CONTACT: Leslie Breland, Rookery Bay


Wetlands FMNP Instructor Orientation Workshops planned for Central Florida
interestedd environmental educators can click on the Instructor Information link at
www.masternaturalist.org to read Tlinw ,.r of Becoming a FMNP Instructor?" To apply to become an Instructor,
complete the online Instructor Application. You will be notified with further information.
November Orlando area (Dates and site to be announced)
November Gainesville area (Dates and site to be announced)
Additional Instructor Orientation Workshops will be offered in the Florida Panhandle this winter.

Wild Eye Watch < on:

Ursus americanus floridanus

Florida Black Bear
Body: black, brown muzzle, 50-80" tall, up to 3001bs.
Other Characteristics: white chest spots
Distribution: most of U.S., absent in plains
Habitat: swamps, forests, tree hammocks
Diet: meat, fruit, nuts, reptiles, insects, plants
Fun Facts: Florida black bears do not hibernate;
excellent swimmers, climbers and runners; excellent
sense of smell; highly intelligent Photo by Gene McAvoy, Univ. of Florida

It is estimated that there are somewhere between 400,000 and 750,000 black bears distributed
throughout North America. The range extends from the northern tree limit of the Arctic through most of
Canada and the United States. Black bears are found as far south as the Sierra Madre Mountains in

The Florida black bear is the largest mammalian predator in Florida.
U. a.floridanus once occurred throughout Florida and on some coastal islands. Habitat loss and
fragmentation, bear-human conflicts, and poaching have resulted in population declines.
Identified as one of 16 subspecies of black bear in North America, U. a floridanus has been listed
since 1994 as a threatened species by the state of Florida. The main populations of black bears in
Florida occur in the National Forests (Osceola, Apalachicola, Ocala) and the Big Cypress Swamp.

Interpretive Tracks 1 1 a) *
Interpretation is an art or technique used to discover
the meaning or significance of plants and animals
around us.
Plants adapt to their environment and have similar
defense and survival mechanisms to animals. Pitcher
plants, for example, have adapted to nutrient poor,
acidic soils and obtain nutrients by digesting insects.
Plants may also have to compete with other plants,
which is evident in areas where plants have diverse
height, leaf structure, and root systems. Plants also
develop adaptations to survive grazing by insects and
animals. To avoid being eaten, plants may produce
prickly hairs, spines, or distasteful saps.
Drought or fire also influence plants. Many grasses
have rhizomatous root systems (finger-like) that send
up new shoots following fire.
Seed dispersal strategies include edibility, wings or
wind parachutes, and hooks for catching rides.
Look closely for plant adaptations during your
interpretive walks. Take along a small magnifying
glass and mirror. You can use the mirror to reflect
light on the plant and hold it under plant leaves.



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Saw-grass is found throughout the Everglades. The plant
was used to make woven baskets and medicinal blowing
tubes by early Indian tribes.

drawing by Ann Murray, Centerfor Aquatic and Invasive
Plants, University ofFlorida, Gainesville


Want to know more?

Click on "Information" for:
* Thinking of becoming a Florida Master
* FMNP-Freshwater Wetlands Course
How do I find out when and where
FMNP classes are being conducted?
FMNP has partnered with the University of
Florida, Office of Conferences & Institutes
On-line registration, Instructor registration,
Student, Class sites, schedules, and registration
information is available from the main FMNP
web site.
Look under "Course Offerings" for locations
and class schedules. After you have chosen
your course, follow the prompts to register
online. Classes are limited to 20 students.

Training in Freshwater Wetlands is
currently being offered. Classes in Coastal
Systems and Upland Habitats are
anticipated to be available during 2002.



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FMNP funding provided by:

* Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission, Advisory Council on Environmental
Education (ACEE)

* Southwest Florida Council on Environment
Education, Inc. (SWFCEE)

Florida Master Naturalist Program
Director: Dr. Martin Main, Assistant Professor and
Wildlife Ecologist
Southwest Florida Research & Education Center
2686 State Road 29 North
Immokalee, FL 34142-9515
Phone: 941/658-3400; Fax: 941/658-3469
E-Mail: info@masternaturalist.org
Web: www.MasterNaturalist.org.

FMNP Newsletter
Editor: Dr. Martin Main
Managing Editor: Ginger Allen
Contributing Editor: Julie Carson
Web Coordinator: Buddy Walker


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