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Title: Florida Master Naturalist Program newsletter
Series Title: Florida Master Naturalist Program newsletter
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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 2002
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UNIVERSITY OF

SFLORIDA


EXTENSION
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences


FMNP Receives National
and Local Awards

I'm pleased to report that the Florida Master
Naturalist Program (FMNP) was recently
recognized with 5 awards from the Association of
Natural Resource Extension Professionals (ANREP).
Four were awarded as part of the 2001 ANREP
Educational Materials Awards Program. They
included a Gold Award for the FMNP Freshwater
Wetlands Instructor Media Disc (Slide Set/
Computerized Graphic Presentation category), a
Gold Award for the FMNP Wetlands Video Series
(Video category), a Gold Award for program
materials for the FMNP Wetlands Module (Mixed
Materials category), and a Bronze Award for the
FMNP brochure (Promotional Materials category).
In addition to the awards for educational materials,
a Gold Award was received at the 3rd Annual
ANREP Conference for the poster presentation "The
Florida Master Naturalist Program: A New Model
for Environmental Education."

At the local level, I was honored to be chosen by the
South West Audubon Society as "Environmental
Educator of the Year." This award reflects the success
of the FMNP, which is a testament to the excellent
assistance I have received from Ginger as well as the
superb efforts of the many FMNP Instructors that
have made this program available to Florida's
citizens. Ginger Allen (FMNP Program Coordinator)
submitted the nomination and, among the many
nice things she said, she stated that: "Forming
partnerships with a University of Florida Extension
Program and public/private organizations was a
new approach to environmental education." The
partnerships are the reason for our collective and
continued success thanks to everyone.
Keep up the great work!

Dr. Martin B. Main, FMNP Program Director


Annisa Karim New FMNP Program
Assistant
We are pleased to announce that the FMNP has
hired Annisa Karim as our new program
assistant. Annisa will be assisting in all aspects
of the FMNP, including development of the new
Coastal Module. Annisa comes to us from the
Conservancy of SW Florida, where she was a
naturalist and an FMNP Instructor. Welcome
Annisa!


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


2002 FMNP Freshwater Wetlands
Classes Graduate 209
The Freshwater Wetlands classes were well
attended during the first half of this year. In
central and south Florida, 16 classes were
completed and 209 students graduated.
Congratulations to the newly graduated FMNP
Wetlands Naturalists, and to the Instructors
who trained them!


Volume 2, No. 3 July 2002

Florida Master Naturalist Program







FMNP Freshwater Wetlands
Instructor Training Workshops

Two Freshwater Wetlands Instructor Workshops will
be offered during 2002. The south Florida workshop
will primarily certify additional Instructors within
existing programs. A north Florida workshop is
planned to certify new Instructor organizations.

Workshop Dates

South Florida Wetlands Instructor Workshop
-Corkscrew Swamp, Aug. 28-29, 2002
North Florida Wetlands Instructor Workshop
-Apalachicola NERR, Nov.6-7, 2002


FMNP Coastal Systems
Instructor Training Workshops

Four Coastal Module Instructor Workshops are
planned for 2002. Please submit applications to attend
these workshops on the FMNP web site.

South Florida Coastal Instructor Workshop
-FL Marine Lab Long Key, Sept. 26-27, 2002
Southeast Florida Coastal Instructor Workshop
-Env. Learning Ctr., Vero Beach, Oct. 2-3, 2002
Central Florida Coastal Instructor Workshop
-FMRI St. Petersburg, Oct. 16-17, 2002
North Florida Coastal Instructor Workshop
-FMRI Lab, Cedar Key, Oct. 24-25, 2002


Interested in becoming an FMNP Instructor?


FMNP Instructor Workshops are required for all new instructors and existing, certified instructors who want to teach
a new module. There is no fee for attending Instructor Workshops, but prospective instructors must submit an
instructor application (available on the FMNP web site) and receive approval to attend. Instructor workshops are 2
days long with an optional field trip on the second day. More information about Instructor benefits, qualifications,
and responsibilities can be found at the Master Naturalist Website: www.MasterNaturalist.org under the
"Information" link.







Wild Eye Watch g 4 on:


Yellow Rat Snake, Elaphoe obsoleta quadrivittata


Body: yellow with four dark stripes, 42-to 72"
Characteristics: light belly with faint blotches
Range: throughout Florida, except Everglades








underground. While rodents (rats) are the yellow rat snake's favorite meal, it has been reported to eat young chickens,
and has been called "chicken snake." Carnivorous mammals and raptors are the snakes primary predators, particularly
the gray-colored juveniles. Large adults have few predators other than humans. Rat snakes are relatively slow moving
and may remain stationary when threatened, which makes them particularly vulnerable to becoming roadkill. For more
information about Florida snakes, visit the "Online Guide of the Snakes of Florida":
www.flmnh.ufl.edu/herps/fl-guide/onlineguide.htm.


Interpretive Tracks Q ap t

FMNP presentations break wildlife and plants into separate
groups to focus discussion on particular taxa. However, it is
important to explore plant/animal and animal/animal
relationships, as these are critical to ecosystem function. Field
trips provide opportunities to enlist student participation to
explore these relationships.

Here is a suggested activity prior to your next field trip,
divide students into small groups and have them select a
category of plants or wildlife, such as birds, woody plants,
reptiles, etc. Be as specific or broad as you like. Students
should prepare to discuss 2-3 components of their category
during the trip, and how these components interact with
other plants/wildlife. For example, a group may describe a
butterfly's life history, including host plants, predators, and
defense strategies. Have students keep their discussions short,
which is good practice for leading nature walks.

Finally, ask students to provide you with short summaries of
the information they've prepared which you can use to your
benefit and the benefit of future FMNP students.


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Water Hemlock (Cicuta mexicana)*


*This Common wetland plant is highly toxic and can be fatal:
Look but don't touch!

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







Current Course Offerings

Charlotte (January 27-February 8, 2003)
Collier (November 11-November 22, 2002)
Indian River (October 8-December 5, 2002)
Lee (September 23-October 5, 2002)
Lee (December 2-December 21, 2002)
Lee (January 6-January 18, 2003)
Pinellas (October 21-November 15, 2002)
Seminole (September 19-October 17, 2002)

Class locations, schedules, and registration
information is available from the main FMNP Web
site:

www.masternaturalist.org

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:
Tl, i ;i 11 i of becoming a Florida Master Naturalist ?
FMNP-Freshwater Wetlands Course Description















Instructor workshops for the Coastal Systems
Module will be offered in fall 2002.

FMNP Newsletter Staff

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

UNIVERSITY OF

e FLORIDA

EXTENSION
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences


Advanced Training Opportunity for FMNP
Instructors and Certified Graduates

Topic: Native Bromeliad/Orchid Identification and
Conservation Concerns
Date: September 21, 2002
Location: Sarasota's Selby Gardens
Time: 10am-4pm
Cost: Free

REGISTRATION: E-MAIL (info@masternaturalist.org)
or call Annisa Karim (941-658-3414)
Space limited. Register by September 1, 2002
Brought to you in conjunction with the Florida Council of
Bromeliad Societies (http://fcbs.org) and UF/IFAS,
Department of Entomology and Nematology
(http://savebromeliads.ifas.ufl.edu)
The workshop will provide an overview of the
Bromeliaceae and Orchidaceae plant families, with an
emphasis on identification and natural history of Florida's
native bromeliads and orchids. Following discussion of
each family, participants will have the opportunity to
observe specimens in the Selby Gardens collections.

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
(SWFCEE)

FMNP Coastal Module funding provided by:

-Florida Sea Grant, University of Florida, IFAS

-Florida Marine Research Institute,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

-Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute

Florida Master Naturalist Program

Director: Dr. Martin Main, Assistant Professor and
Wildlife Ecologist
Coordinator: Ginger Allen
Assistant: Annisa Karim

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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