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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: October 2002
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EXTENSION
Institute of Food and A.iruliuri.l Sciences


Program Launches New
Coastal Systems Module

With the first ecosystem module in our series of 3
(Wetlands, Coastal, Uplands) well underway (386
Wetlands Graduates, 95 Instructors), we are pleased
to announce the release of the second module:
Coastal Systems. Instructor workshops are being
offered this fall, with student classes beginning in
January.
The first Coastal Instructor training workshop
was conducted September 26-27 at the Florida Keys
Marine Laboratory in Long Key. The attendance was
phenomenal, with 30 Instructors. The Coastal
module follows the same design as the Wetlands
module, but with some new improvements we think
Instructors and Students will appreciate. From the
response of Instructors at the conclusion of our
recent 2-day workshop, the first group of Coastal
Instructors agreed.
The biggest change is in format and content of the
Student and Instructor Workbooks. Student
Workbooks now include all slides plus lecture notes,
in addition to supplementary articles. The Student
Workbooks represent a tremendous resource that
totals nearly 1,200 pages.
The emphasis of the coastal module will be coastal
ecology, marine and estuarine habitats, coastal
upland habitats, and coastal wildlife, plus new
presentations on interpretation and environmental
ethics.
We are continuing to expand both the Wetlands
and Coastal modules across the state of Florida.
Thanks to all of you for making the Florida Master
Naturalist Program a huge success!

Sincerely,



Dr. Martin B. Main
FMNP Program Director
UF Associate Professor and Ecologist
Southwest Florida Research and Education Center
Immokalee, Florida


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



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Volume 2, No. 4 October 2002

Florida Master Naturalist Program







FMNP Coastal Systems
Instructor Training Workshop

North Florida Coastal Instructor Workshop
-FMRI Lab, Cedar Key, Oct. 24-25, 2002


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Instructor Beach Seining Trip on Anne's Beach, Long Key, Florida, Sept. 27, 2002.


New FMNP Certified Instructors/Groups Include:
Audubon of Florida Leo Jimenez, Sandy Burns

Brevard Co. Parks/Rec Pat Loll, Paige Divers, Brandon
Smith

Broward County Extension Sacheen Tavares

Conservancy of S.W. FL. Kathy Prosser, Joe Cox, Nicole
Katin, Maulik Patel, Louise Taylor, Stephanie Butman, Julie
Cook, Carol Haberkern, Julie DeMeester, Mark Howell,
Dave Graff.

Env. Learning Center/Vero Rich Wilson, Meloday Ray
Culp

FL. Fish & Wildlife Cons. Corn. Lori Haynes

FL. Keys Ntl. Marine Sanc. Nancy Diersin

Dade County Extension Marella Crane

International Game & Fish Assoc. Dawn Miller


Manatee Observation & Ed. Ctr. Christa Logan

Monroe County Extension Bryant Diersing, Kim Gabel

Ostego Bay Found. Joanne Semmer

Oxbow- Eco- Center Sandra Bogan

Palm Beach County Extension Carolyn Saft, Teri Jabour

Palm Net Steve Bass, Kay Brennan

Rookery Bay N.E.R.R. Randy McCormick, Brian Badley

S. Dade Soil & Water Cons. Bob Carew

Sanibel-Captiva Cons. Fd. Kristie Anders, Rich Finkel

The Deering Estate Skip Taylor

Univ. of FL. /Whitney Laboratory Jose Nunez

Univ. School of N.S.U. Tina Gwaltney


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 on the Master Naturalist Website: www.MasterNaturalist.org under the
"Information" link.

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FMNP Freshwater Wetlands
Instructor Training Workshop

North Florida Wetlands Instructor Workshop
-Apalachicola NERR, Nov.6-7, 2002







Wild Eye Watch 4 on:

Gulf Fritillary, Agraulis vanilla 2 1/2 3 4"

Wing: Upperside--bright orange with black markings; three
black/white dots on forewing edge. .
Underside--brown with orange at base of forewing, many s "
large silver spots
Range: Southern United States, Mexico, Central America,
West Indies, and South America
Habitat: Hammock edges, open sunny areas
Host Plants: Passion-vines (Passiflora sp.)
Host Plants: Lantana (Lantana camera),
Bushy Aster (Aster dumosus, see photo)

The Gulf Fritillary is a member of the Brushfoot butterfly family (Nyniplialidac), so named because they have reduced
front legs covered with a "brush" of long scales. Don't be fooled: they may appear to have only four legs, but they are true
insects with six. The Gulf Fritillary is in a subfamily (Heliconiinae) with Variegated Fritillaries (Euptoieta claudia) and
longwings, but is the only species in the genus Agraulis.
Oftentimes, the Gulf Fritillary is seen flying over the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico--hence the name. October is a
peak month for sighting this butterfly throughout the state, so keep a wild eye out!
For more information on butterflies, go to: http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/
To order Florida Butterfly ID Card decks or Tutorial CDs, go to: http://ifasbooks.ufl.edu


Interpretive Tracks g- W 4a c

Interpretation is an art which, if performed properly, will
spark appreciation for the natural environment. That is not
to say you have to give your audience a song and dance, but it
does require the mastery of three simple tools: 1) Know your
material well, and make sure it is current and accurate; 2)
Present this information in an articulate way; 3) Appreciate
different learning styles of your audience. The first two tools
require preparation, but the third is often difficult to master.
Many interpreters don't always know who will attend their
programs, so audience assessment may be difficult.

However, learning styles play a key role in how people 1
absorb information. The three general learning styles are i
auditory, visual, and tactile. If you are speaking to someone
who is a tactile learner, presenting materials they can touch
optimizes their learning experience--e.g. touching the back of
a rusty lyonia leaf to feel the protective hairs. For your next
tour, try to incorporate activities for people of all learning
styles--visual props, smelling a leaf, drawing a tree, etc.
Presenting information in different ways will help to make
you a more effective interpreter and increase learning across
the board. For more information on learning styles, go to: Yellow Eyed Grass (Xyris spp.)
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/WC042
*Not a true grass, this common wetland plant group is eaten
by many species of wildlife.

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



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Current Course Offerings

Wetlands Classes:
October 21-November 15, 2002 (Pinellas County)
October 23-December 4, 2002 (Collier County)
November 11-22, 2002 (Collier County)
December 2-21, 2002 (Lee County)
January 6-17, 2003 (Lee County)
January 27-February 8, 2003 (Charlotte County)

Coastal Classes:
January 4-February 8, 2003 (Lee County)

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 Editors: Julie Carson, Annisa Karim
Web Coordinator: Buddy Walker

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Responsible Interactions with Wildlife
By Stuart Stauss
Since I became aware of how fragile some of Florida's
wildlife and its unique habitat are, I have been concerned
about how best to protect them. I have observed how easy
it is to disturb certain wildlife species or to damage their
habitat without even realizing that we may be degrading
their ability to feed and reproduce. My major concern has
been to discover a helpful way to get the message across as
well as how to get it to the widest audience of residents
and visitors.
I welcomed the opportunity to contribute to the ethics
presentation of the new Coastal Module of the Florida
Master Naturalist Program. Having graduated from the
first module offered, Freshwater Wetland Systems of
Florida, I see the Florida Master Naturalist Program as a
great opportunity to reach a wide audience. It is also an
excellent opportunity to provide a helpful message of how
best to observe wildlife and to enjoy wildlife habitats
while sustaining both.
I anticipate that the information developed for the ethics
section will be useful reference material for the
development of criteria and standards for members of the
Society for Ethical Ecotourism in Southwest Florida and
look forward to continued involvement with the Florida
Master Naturalist Program.

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, Associate 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: 239-658-3400; Fax: 239-658-3469
E-Mail: info@masternaturalist.org
Web: www.MasterNaturalist.org




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