Title: Florida Master Naturalist Program newsletter
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Title: Florida Master Naturalist Program newsletter
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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 2003
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Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

2002: A Big Year for Wetlands
2003: Coastal Systems Offered

Kudos to FMNP Instructors and grads! During 2002, 25
Freshwater Wetlands classes were completed and 349
wetlands naturalists graduated. Our survey of FMNP
graduates revealed that, as the result of FMNP training:

* 12 acquired jobs
* 6 received promotions/pay raises
* 24 acquired new volunteer positions
* 168 (78.5%) more closely evaluate state and local
environmental issues and political candidates
* 148 (69.2%) more closely consider and monitor their own
individual activities (recycling, etc.)
* 185 (86.4%) recommended FMNP to others
* 181 (91.4%) are more interested in volunteering
* Volunteer service reported by FMNP graduates during
2001 = 12,528 hours

We anticipate even greater success during 2003! This next
year will be especially exciting because the new Coastal
Systems module will also be offered. This past fall, we
certified 38 environmental organizations to offer the new
Coastal Systems module. The FMNP Instructor partnership
is now 74 organizations strong, representing 37 Florida
counties. We are truly making a statewide impact.
The Coastal module follows the same course format as
used in Wetlands, with some improvements on workbooks
and presentations. We feel the enhanced class presentations
and expanded student workbooks should provide students
with an even greater learning experience as they study
Florida's coastal ecosystems. We've also been improving
upon notes in the Wetlands presentations in response to
comments from Instructors and FMNP grads, and we'll be
providing those revisions to Instructors soon.
Last of all, I'd like to mention we've posted a mission
statement on the FMNP web site. The mission statement
points out the key roles of Instructors teaching students and
FMNP graduates sharing their knowledge to assist others to
understand and respect Florida's natural world as a
community to which we all belong.
"For in the end, we will conserve only what we love. We
will love only what we understand. We will understand
only what we are taught." -Baba Dioum
BRst wiA1ShP4 for a terrific New Year,

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
Wild Eye ........................ .......... .............. 3
Interpretive Tracks .......................................... 3
Class Inform action ............................................ 4
Contacts ........................ ........................ 4

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2002 Instructor Workshops: Corkscrew (really wet) Swamp walk, and Cedar Key beach seining
New FMNP CertifiedCoastal Instructors/Groups Include:

Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale Stacy Wolfe
Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sally Stein, Rebecca
Bay County Extension Ken Rudisill
Camp Bayou Learning Ctr. Dolly Cummings
Dixie County Extension Jeanette Colle
Duval County Extension Carol Wyninger
Escambia Co. Florida Sea Grant Andrew Diller
Florida Marine Research Inst. Scott Willis, Jennifer
Moore, Jill Trubey, Kathleen O'Keife
Florida Museum of Natural History Patti Anderson
Florida State University Barbara Shoplock
Grande Tours Inc. Marian Schneider

Journey of St. George Island Dayle Flint, Jeanni Mc
Manatee Co. Extension Jane Morse
Morningside Nature Center Angela Yau
Okaloosa Co. Florida Sea Grant L. Scott Jackson
Pinellas Co. Extension Jeanne Murphy, Kat Andrews,
Michael Pettay, Cindy Peacock, Bob Albanese,
Andy Wilson, Brian Lane
Polk Co. Extension John Brenneman, Nancy Smith
St. Martins Marsh Aquatic Pres. J.D. & Vicky Mendenhall
U.S.F.W.S. John Lohde
Univ. of FL-FMEL Bob Zimmerman
Univ. of FL/4H. Lorraine Williams

New FMNP CertifiedFreshwater Instructors/Groups Include:

Apalachicola National Estuary Erik Lovestrand,
Lisa Bailey, Pallas Gandy, Charla Boggs
Apalachicola Tours Gibby Conrad
Aquatic Wonder Tours Ken Brooker
Audubon Corkscrew Swamp -Rebecca Traupman
Bay County Extension Ken Rudisill
Calusa Nature Center Melissa Stakun
Crowley Museum Debbie Dixon
Eglin Air Force Base Jennifer Mathers
Fairchild Tropical Garden Gillian Drake
Florida State University Barbara Shoplock
International Game Fish Assoc. Dawn Miller
Interpretive Concepts Bruce Nolan
Journeys of St. George Island Dayle Flint

Learning Gate Community School Betty Wargo, Seaton
Nature Coast Expeditions Terry Hitt, Dennis Littleton
Rookery Bay N.E.R.R. Randy Mc Cormick
Santa Rosa Florida Sea Grant Chris Verlinde
Seminole Co. Natural Lands Steve De Cresie
Science Eye Diane Vaszily
S. Dade Soil & Water Cons. Bob Carew
The Deering Estate Skip Taylor
The Conservancy of SW FL. Carol Haberkern, Louise
Taylor, Julie Cook, Julie DeMeester, Kathy Prosser, Mark
Howell, Maulik Patel, Nicole Katin, Stephanie Butman
U.S.F.W.S. John Lohde


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.

Wild Eye Watch 10 on:

Atlantic Leatherback, Dermochelys coriacea
50-84", 600-1,600 lbs
Body: leather-like black carapace with 7 ridges;
long, clawless limbs
Range: Atlantic, Pacific oceans, Caribbean .i
Habitat: open seas, estuaries, beaches 4i ncrasng
Diet: jellyfish
Fun facts:
-world's largest turtle
-spines in throat help catch jellies
-commercially harvested for oils, eggs, meat @Photo by Broward County Sea Turtle Project

This sea turtle is not closely related to the other 4 sea turtles found in Florida waters: Atlantic Loggerhead (Caretta
caretta), Green (Chelonia mydas), Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), Kemp's Ridley (Lepidochelys kempi). Each of
these species of sea turtles has unique physical, behavioral, and feeding behaviors. The Leatherback does not have a hard
shell, instead it has a rubbery skin 1.5 inches thick.
The large size of this sea turtle and thick skin allows it to migrate long distances into Arctic waters. In order to survive
on a jellyfish (low nutrient) diet in these cold waters the Leatherback slows down its movements. Listed as endangered,
leatherback populations in the Pacific are still declining (harvesting) but Atlantic Florida populations (due to
conservation efforts) are stable and slowly increasing.

Interpretive Tracks Q ap t

One way to heighten your sensory awareness of the natural
world, connect to nature in a different way, express what you
see and learn, and maintain a record of your observations is
to keep a nature journal.

The book called Nature Journalling Learning to Observe and
Connect with the WorldAround You by C. W. Leslie & C.E. Roth is
filled with teachings, illustrations, sketchings, photographs,
how-tos and much more. The book will inspire you to
commence nature journalling. If you still don't know how to
start, you may want to read Walt Whitman's Song of Myself.
Focus in on his careful observations of nature from the
smallest blade of grass to a soaring eagle.

If you wish to involve your children or groups of children in
nature journalling, you may follow these tips. Have each
child put together a "nature kit," (backpack containing
sketchbook, pencil, eraser, hat, binoculars, magnifying glass,
Ziplock bags, field guides, bug bottle, water bottle, snacks,
sunglasses, etc). Children can bring small items back to home
base to sketch and return them to the wild or press them for
afternoon journalling. This is science at its best ... hands-on
and exciting. Writing tables will be filled with reference
materials and creativity. The book titled Wild Days- Creating
Discovery Journals by K. Skidmore Rackliffe recommends
children (short attention spans) leave any and all sketching
for another day after field trips. Both methods work, so
choose what you prefer on days you or your children are
outdoors exploring nature.


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Center for Aquatic Plants


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Milkweed (Asclepias lanceolata)
Most members of the milkweed plant family are excellent host
plants for Soldier, Queen, and Monarch butterflies.

Drawing by Ann Murray, Center for Aquatic & Invasive

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Current Course Offerings

2003 Coastal Classes:
January 21-February 13 (Dade County)
January 25-March 1 (Collier County)
February 6-15 (St. Johns County)
February 21-March 28 (Volusia County)
March 10-21 (Collier County)

2003 Freshwater Classes:
January 11-February 22 (Hillsborough County)
January 15-February 19 (Polk County)
January 23-February 27 (Sarasota County)
January 25-May 10 (Broward County)
January 30-April 5 (Alachua County)
February 5-March 22 (Alachua County)
February 22-April 5 (Collier County)
March 6-April 3 (Highlands County)
March 14-April 25 (Palm Beach County)
May 5-16 (Collier County)

Go to www.MasterNaturalist.org
Click on "Course Offerings" for locations and time
schedules. After you have chosen your course, follow
the prompts to register online.

For program details: Click on "Information"

Advanced Training Workshop -
Wetland Tree Identification, and Ecology

Location: Hillsborough River State Park
Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2003
Time: 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
Hosts: Florida Master Naturalist Program Staff
Speakers: U.S. Forestry Service, U. of FL. School of Forestry
Topics: Forestry Service Role in Florida, Conservation and
Ecology issues, Wetland Tree Identification.
Field Trip: Hillsborough River State Park trails
Cost: Free to FMNP participants
Morning Refreshments: provided
Lunch: NOT Provided

This workshop is for FMNP certified Instructors and
graduates only. Space is limited. Please send an e-mail
with your full name to info@masternaturalist.org or call
239-658-3400 to register.

Interested in organizing an advanced workshop for FMNP
Instructors and graduates? The FMNP program office can
help. Contact Ms. Ginger Allen with your ideas at

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

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
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

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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