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Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
Angela Yau's Fall 2003 Coastal Class: Seahorse Key
Program Update ............................. ............. 1
Education/Conservation Events ..................... 2
W ild Eye ........................................ ...... ....... 3
Interpretive Tracks ............................................. 3
Class Inform ation ............................................. 4
C on tacts ........................................................... 4
FMNP Completes Second Year
The FMNP continues to grow as we enter our 3rd year.
During this past year, we released the Coastal module,
increased our family of FMNP Instructors to over 150 in more
than 40 counties statewide, and increased our FMNP graduate
numbers to roughly 1,000.
We have big plans for this next year as well. We plan to
complete the Upland Habitats module and project that Upland
classes will be available in January 2005. With the completion of
the Uplands module, the FMNP will provide training in Florida's 3
principal environments upland habitats, freshwater wetlands,
and coastal systems.
As our graduate numbers rise, we want to promote and
acknowledge the contributions, accomplishments, and success
stories of FMNP Graduates. Two relatively recent developments
on the FMNP web page will facilitate this objective.
Our Volunteer Opportunities web page is evolving to provide
more opportunities for Graduates to contribute to education and
conservation efforts. A page is also being prepared to showcase
those contributions. FMNP graduates that volunteer will be able
to submit their volunteer information online, which will enable us
to document and acknowledge contributions of FMNP Graduates.
We also want to share your success stories. FMNP Graduates
can now fill out comment forms online to share personal
experiences made possible or facilitated by FMNP training.
Many Graduates are now involved in community planning,
conservation and restoration efforts, and environment education
programs. Others have developed new programs, received
promotions, or obtained new jobs. Help us to share these
success stories to show the collective impact we are having and
to inspire others to join us and make their own contributions.
We also are promoting other education opportunities in the
Newsletter. See page 2 for more information, and keep up the
Dr. Martin B. Main
FMNP Program Director
UF Associate Professor and Ecologist
Southwest Florida Research and Education Center
Volume 3, No. 4 October 2003
Florida Master Naturalist Program
Fall Environmental Education and Conservation Events
Submit educational events or conservation project needs by e-mail to email@example.com
A Community Creates
November 8, 2003
A Community Creates is a free hands-on event designed to explore the concept of community through the expressive
arts. Held at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and sponsored by the United Arts Council of Collier
County. For more information, please call Naomi Crews at 239-417-6310 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Pinellas County Extension Office, Call to Pre-register 727-582-2673
Free Rain Barrel Construction Workshop, 8:30 to 10 a.m., Palm Pavilion. Hands-on workshop on how to construct and
use rain barrels to conserve water in the landscape. Rain barrels for purchase $20.
Owl & Bat Prowl, 7:00 to 8:00 P.M., Tropical Pavilion, Family; 30 people maximum; $3 fee.
Crowley Museum, Sarasota
More information: http://crowleymuseumnaturectr.org
Saturday, October 18th, 9:00 a.m., Plant Walk with Nancy Edmondson
Saturday, October 25th, 9:00 a.m., All About Bird Banding with Laura Obiso
DuPuis Management Area/FAU Center for Environmental Studies
All about Barn Owls with Sharon Bennet, call 1-800-432-2045 ext. 3339 for info and to register.
Gardening for Wildlife Workshop
Central Florida Zoo, Lake Monroe
Saturday, October 11, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Cost $5.00 per person. Register by calling 407-323-4450, ext. 122
Each participant is invited to bring plant cuttings or seeds they want to swap. Learn to attract butterflies and birds.
Audubon Corkscrew Swamp
Call Lori Piper for more information or to register at 239-348-9151, ext. 113
Fall Birding at Corkscrew Tuesday, October 14, 8am Noon, and Tuesday, November 11, 8am Noon. $12.
Night Walks nocturnal animals: Oct. 15, and Oct. 22, 7:30 9:30pm, Nov. 12, Nov. 25, and Dec. 10, 7- 9:00 p.m. $18.
Wet Swamp Walk. Join Resource Manager Jason Lauritsen in waist deep water for a true swamp adventure.
Saturday, November 15, 9:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m., Saturday, December 6, 9:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m., $30.
The Conservancy's Nature Center
1450 Merrihue Drive, Naples.
Rainforests at the Crossroads. New hands-on exhibit features artifacts from Panama, activities and poison dart frogs.
Orchid Sale November 18: featuring book signing by Jack Kramer, author of "Orchids of the South".
Southwest Florida Museum Bazaar November 22: signing by Clyde Butcher, featured area museum gift shops.
Price: Admission to the Nature Center is $7.50 for adults, $2 for children (3-12) and FREE for Conservancy members.
Morningside Nature Center
Fall Native Plant Sale- Largest Native Plant Sale in North Florida! October 11th- Saturday 8:30 a.m.-12 p. m.
Fall Wildflower Walks FREE, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. every Saturday in October, meet at front office, wear walking shoes.
Naturalist Guided Wildflower Walk, includes basic botany for you to identify plants, bring field guides you like to use.
Thomas Emmel Center Dedication, RSVP by Oct. 15 to Sarah Botto at 954-977-4434 Oct. 18th, 2 p.m. book signing.
Thomas Emmel, "Florida's Fabulous Butterflies," "Butterflies of the Florida Keys".
Featured Web Site:
Florida Nature information and images: www.FloridaNature.org
Send us your favorite environmental education web sites, and we will post them.
New Marine Exotics identification card for divers developed jointly by Chuck Jacoby, Florida Sea Grant, University of
Central Florida, and the Tampa Bay Estuary Program. Go to: http://www.tbep.org/press/pdfs.html to print a copy.
Laminated cards can also be obtained.
Wild Eye Watch 10 on:
Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Picoides borealis 7-8"
Identifiers: black/white back, white cheeks/belly, black cap/
neck stripe, males: red; spot below cap, crown patch
Status: Federal: Endangered; Florida: SSC
Reproduction: 3-5 white eggs laid in tree cavity.
Habitat: old pine forests, prefer Longleaf pines
Diet: invertebrates, fruit
Sounds: tree drumming, song; yank-yank or sripp
- call; short, shrill clear note, heard at a distance
The Red-cockaded woodpecker depends on old-growth pine forests of the southeastern United States to survive. Nest
cavities are drilled into living pines, which are "inherited" by future generations of woodpeckers or used by other
animals, such as chickadees, flying squirrels, and raccoons. Unfortunately, the same century-old trees are also in demand
by timber and paper-pulp industries. There are currently about 12,500 birds throughout their range. Habitat
destruction and fire suppression are the primary threats facing the woodpecker. Recovery methods include; growth of
larger pines, protecting forest corridors, and restoring fire to its natural frequency, intensity, and seasonality, which
spares older trees and opens the understory.
On Sept. 3, 2003, this species was reclassified by the state of Florida from threatened to a species of special concern.
Management efforts will still be in effect to maintain/manage approximately 25% of the surviving population living in
Interpretive Tracks 0r d 4 $
A pioneer of Interpretive Philosophy- Freeman Tilden
One of the main components of the FMNP is interpretation. Simply put,
interpretation is the ability to teach about nature in ways that are
enjoyable and meaningful to your audience.
Freeman Tilden's book, "Interpreting Our Heritage" (1957), is a
resource that describes the philosophy of interpretation in detail. In this
book, Tilden emphasizes that interpreters should consider how their
techniques might help visitors to better understand the relationships
between themselves and their surroundings. Interpretation is more than
knowledge, it is more than knowing names of plants and historical dates,
it is the art of telling a story that piques curiosity and motivates listeners
to care. If the information we share about the natural world is important,
then we should communicate that message to the listener in ways that are
enjoyable and in ways that are easily understood.
Tilden provided 6 principles of interpretation, each of which is
paraphrased with a brief explanation. Consider these points during your
1) The audience needs to be able to relate or to care about the information -
you are providing, otherwise, you're just spouting facts.
2) The information you provide should result in some type of revelation or
"aha" experience by the listener (...so that's why snags are important...). an .. ,
3) Interpretation is the ability to tell a good story, to deliver a message so -
people understand and enjoy hearing it. There are many forms of good
interpretation. Experiment, have fun, and don't let egos get in the way.
4) Interpretation should motivate people to think or act in new ways 6
because they see the value in doing so. (...I'm going to leave that snag
standing!...). Floating Bladderwort (Utricularia radiata)
5) Interpretation shouldn't just be details, a "bigger picture" needs to be Rootless aquatic flowering plant
included. Also, your audience may have different needs at different times, Carnivorous bladders, attached along the leaf segments, trap
(enthusiasm, quiet moments,...). Respond to the needs of your audience. and digest tiny animals
6) Children are not adults, so don't try to provide the same type of Drawing by Ann Murray, Center for Aquatic & Invasive
program that you would adults. Consider their ages and adjust accordingly. Plants, University of Florida, Gainesville
Current Course Offerings
Freshwater Wetlands Classes:
October 11-November 15 (Sarasota County)
October 22-November 19 (Highlands County)
October 27-November 19 (Collier County)
October 30-December 11 (Collier County)
November 7-December 19 (Palm Beach County)
February 26-April 8, 2004 (Collier County)
May 1-26, 2004 (Glades County)
Coastal Systems Classes:
October 17-November 17 (Pinellas County)
October 21-December 9 (Collier County)
October 28-November 18 (Lee County)
January 5-February 12, 2004 (Citrus County)
January 6-March 23, 2004 (Alachua County)
February 19-March 25, 2004 (Highlands County)
February 20-March 26, 2004 (Volusia County)
March 2-April 13, 2004 (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"
You never stop learning
By Dom Coscia, FMNP Wetlands and Coastal Naturalist and Instructor
As a backcountry kayak tour guide for the past ten years, I rarely took
groups on trips in Florida's Intracoastal Waterway because of the
massive urban development along its shorelines. I've led thousands
of people to pristine areas such as Fisheating Creek, Florida Keys,
Cayo Costa, and the Everglades. I considered myself fairly adept at
knowing the environment and being able to answer client questions.
However, after taking the FMNP coastal and wetlands modules, my
eyes were opened to how much I didn't notice and how much more
there was to learn.
Recently, Nancy Leeds, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center interpreter,
asked me to lead a kayak tour up the Intracoastal to Spanish River
Park. During the trip we passed several areas of undeveloped
shoreline and a flock of feeding Ibis. I explained the difference
between the types of mangroves, their root structure, how they
stabilize the shoreline and provide a habitat for small fish and crabs,
which provide a food source for many larger birds and fish. We saw a
Greenback Heron, an Osprey and many schools of fish and crabs in an
area I had considered devoid of life!
When we landed at the park, Nancy led the group to the dunes to
discuss plant life and the history of the area. Even I was enthralled with
her talk because the one thing the FMNP has taught me is this is a
lifelong learning process. At the end, the guests rejoiced over their
experience and their outlook on how fragile our ecosystem is. It is
my hope they will impart this knowledge to their friends and family,
who in turn will also gain a new respect for the importance of taking
care of nature. Perhaps some of our tour members will become
Florida Master Naturalists and lead their own groups.
FMNP Wetlands Module funding provided by:
-Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission,
Advisory Council on Environmental Education (ACEE)
-Southwest Florida Council for Environment Education,
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
Southwest Florida Research & Education Center
2686 State Road 29 North
Immokalee, FL 34142-9515
Phone: 239-658-3400; Fax: 239-658-3469
FMNP Newsletter Staff
Editor: Dr. Martin Main
Managing Editor: Ginger Allen
Contributing Editor: Julie Carson
Web Coordinator: Buddy Walker