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: January 2002
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Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences




Program Update .............................. 1
Instructor Information ....................... 2
W ild Eye ................................................ 3
Interpretive Tracks ............................... 3
Class Information ................................. 4
Contacts ................................................. 4

Master Naturalist Program Completes
Successful First Year

Dear Friends:
Best wishes for a happy new year! As we begin
2002, it's appropriate to look back on 2001. Thanks to
many of you, the program's first year was a
resounding success.
Highlights from 2001 included 4 FMNP Instructor
Workshops that certified 74 persons to offer the
Freshwater Wetlands module in south and central
Florida. FMNP Instructors represented 47
educational organizations, including 10 University
of Florida cooperative extension service offices. In
turn, 11 Freshwater Wetlands courses were taught
and 181 persons were certified as Master Naturalists
across south Florida. We are in the process of
reviewing comments from these courses and will
soon share this information with you.
We have great expectations for 2002. Freshwater
Wetlands courses will be offered for the first time
throughout central Florida. Many south Florida
Instructors have scheduled their second round of
courses. We are planning north Florida workshops
and development of the Coastal Systems module is
underway, with Instructor workshops planned for
Fall 2002.
Thank you again for your assistance in forging a
successful partnership with UF/IFAS and creating
this new and exciting environmental education
program. We look forward to a successful 2002!

Dr. Martin B. Main
FMNP Program Director

FMNP Freshwater Wetlands graduates celebrate at the
Environmental Learning Center, Vero Beach.


Florida Master Natrais Program

FMNP Central Instructor Workshop Attendees: "'rft
T7,;l t- ..:it Instructors were certified in November 2001.

Alachua Co. Extension -
Mickey MacDonald, Lorraine S. Williams
Aquatic Wonders Tours, Inc. Ray Robida
Brevard Co. Parks & Recreation. .< 4'-
V. Paige Divers, Brandon Smith. -
Camp Bayou Learning Ctr. Dolly Cummings
Central Florida Zoo Sandi Linn, Terri Beigel
City of Apopka Mark D. Miller
City of Gainesville -Angela Yau
Crones Cradle Jeri Baldwin
FL. Fish & Wildlife C. C. Jonie Ellis
Glades Botanical Garden Phillip Fenner
Hawk's Eye Journeys Lee Solomon
IGFA Glenda Kelley, Gretel McCausland
Indian River Co. Extension Liberta Scotto
Lake Co. Extension Charles Feduna
Manatee Resource Mgt. Peter Quasius .-
Marion Co. Public Schools James Buckner
Nonie's Ark Animal Encounters Nonie Maines
Orange Co. Extension Teresa Watkins
Pandion Systems -
Susan Marynowski, Christine Denny
Pinellas Co. Extension-
Cindy Peacock, Michael Pettay, Andy B. Wilson,
Bob Albanese
Polk Co. Extension John Brenneman
Riverwoods Field Lab Alana Edwards
Seminole Co. Extension Eleanor C. Foerste
Silver River Museum -
Michella Millington, Guy Marwick
Silver River State Park/DEP Art Carton
St. Johns Co. Parks & Rec. Beverly Fleming
St. Lucie Co. Extension -
Ken Gioeli, Edward Skvarch Jr.
UF- Entomology Dept. Robert Zimmerman

FMNP Videos Now on Sale

Videos included in the FMNP Freshwater Wetlands
Module curriculum are for sale. The set of four
videos-Florida's Marshes, Florida's Swamps,
Florida's Permanent Wetlands, and Wetlands in the
Human Landscape-is available for $50 by calling
1-800-226-1764 or online at http://ifasbooks.ufl.edu

Interested in becoming an FMNP Instructor?

Read "Thinking of becoming a FMNP Instructor" by clicking th(
www.masternaturalist.org. To attend an Instructor Workshop,
Application. You will be notified with further information.



"Instructor Information" link at
fill out and submit the on-line Instructor

Wild Eye Watch & ,* on:

Florida Softshell (Apalone ferox)

Body: brown, males 6-13", females 10-20"
Characteristics: skin covered, oval carapace
Range: South Carolina to Florida, southern Alabama
Habitat: lakes, ponds, canals, sand or mud bottom
Diet: invertebrates, aquatic plants, frogs, molluscs
Fun Facts: favored species for turtle soup market; speedy
swimmers; dangerous to handle.

Three species of softshell turtles (Apalone sp) occur in Florida the
Florida, Gulf Coast spiny, and Gulf Coast smooth. The carapace of
softshell turtles is covered by thickened skin and softshells are more
vulnerable to injury than hard-shelled turtles. Softshells are among
the fastest swimming turtles, which enables them to pursue prey
and escape predators. Their powerful legs and jaws, sharp claws,
and long necks make them dangerous to handle. Softshelled turtles
are important both in the pet and food trade and are harvested in
Florida for local and export turtle soup markets. The Florida Fish &
Wildlife Commission regulates turtle harvest, which is dosed for
softshell turtles and their eggs during May 1 through July 31.

@Photo by Ginger Allen, University of Florida

Interpretive Tracks 0- p g~

FMNP Instructor Rich Wilson of the Environmental Learning
Center in Vero Beach uses "Naturalist Bingo" as an interpretive way
for students to learn vocabulary words and get to know each other!
During the initial class, a syllabus is presented with a list of 21
vocabulary terms, the number of students in the class. The students
are asked to review the list and acquire a working definition for
each term by the next class.
During the following class, each student is given a score card and
two small bags of M&M chocolate candies to use as cover chips.
Rich used Pavilion Deluxe Bingo, complete with a professional type
bingo cage (Bingo games are available at toy stores for about
$15.00). The caller (FMNP Instructor) rolls the cage and removes the
call. A student's name is now drawn from a cup, along with a
vocabulary term from a second cup (have your students take turns
drawing the names and terms). In order for the call to be
announced, the term must be defined accurately. There is a
tremendous amount of class participation in the form of questions
and discussion, which results in a "universal" working definition
agreed upon by the majority. By the time you have defined all the
terms, somebody will have called "BINGO"! A small prize is
certainly in order. B
The benefit of "Naturalist Bingo" is that a collateral foundation is li
built from the group's interaction. The students are now on the so
same page with respect to course terminology. Plus, apprehensions wi
are thrown aside as levity draws personalities to the surface. The
ice is broken, and the class is ready to move forward together. 0
Thanks, Rich, for a great suggestion to get the class rolling! P1

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ittonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)
und along wetland edges, it gets its name from the button-
e balls of flowers and fruits. The white flowers are a nectar
urce for bees, moths and butterflies. Red fruits are eaten by

Drawing by Ann Murray, Center for Aquatic and Invasive
ants, University of Florida,Gainesville



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Current Course Offerings

January 12-February 16, 2002 (Collier County)
January 22-February 14, 2002 (Collier County)
January 23-February 27, 2002 (Polk County)
January 26-March 3, 2002 (Highlands County)
February 5-March 23, 2002 (Dade County)
February 9-23, 2002 (St. Lucie County)
February 19-March 23, 2002 (Broward County)
February 23-April 6, 2002 (Collier County)
March 9-April 20, 2002 (Hillsborough County)
April 3-May 8, 2002 (Seminole County)
May 6-17, 2002 (Collier County)

Class sites, schedules, and registration information is
available from the main FMNP web site.


Click on "Course Offerings" for:
Locations and time schedules. After you have chosen
your course, follow the prompts to register online.

Click on "Information" for:
T, l iI i, i of becoming a Florida Master Naturalist?
FMINP-Freshwater Wetlands Course Description

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Training passes in Coastal Systems and Upland
Habitats will be offered in 2002.

FMNP Newsletter Staff

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



Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences


Video Notes

By Dr. Marty Main, FMNP Program Director

The Wetlands in the Human Landscape video has
generated much discussion during Instructor Workshops
and, undoubtedly, is generating much discussion with
students as well. A few comments on content and direction
of the video, which focuses on restoration of the Everglades
as a case study, are in order.
Everglades restoration is the focus of the video because it
is the largest and most complex attempt at wetland
ecosystem restoration ever undertaken, and because the
root causes of degradation in the Everglades are essentially
a case study for wetlands degradation everywhere. These
causes include drainage, agricultural and urban runoff,
invasive non-native species, land use practices and
development that cause habitat loss and fragmentation.
The video generates controversy in that no groups are
portrayed as villains. The objectives are to portray how
perceptions, past and present, led to land use decisions that
caused degradation of the Everglades, what is being done
to repair the damage, and where we need to go in the
Knowing that we all require food, water, and shelter
requires we recognize that these needs create impacts on
natural systems. Society's challenge for the future is to
devise ways to satisfy basic human needs while protecting
natural resources both for the ecological functions needed
to sustain our existence and for maintaining the connection
to nature and wild things that many of us need to make
our lives whole.

FMNP Wetlands Module funding provided by:

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

Southwest Florida Council on Environment Education, Inc.

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

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