FMNP 2005 Goals
Sturo Happy New Year! This year will be exciting as we complete the
Upland Habitats module. We are excited about this new module
Z and think you will be too.
Despite the problems the hurricanes caused for Florida last
year, the FMNP still had a very strong showing, with more than
S400 graduates completing freshwater wetlands and coastal
systems courses. The excellent instructors and motivated
graduates continue to generate positive impacts in local
communities throughout Florida. I'm enthusiastic to see what
Great things FMNP instructors and graduates will accomplish
J I) t during 2005.
iI, Marty Main, FMNP Program Leader
FMNP Instructor Spotlight: Rosalyn Kilcollins
UNIVERSITY OF Rosalyn is the Coastal Training Program Coordinator for the
F L OR' ID A Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve.
How did you get involved with environmental education?
IFAS EXTEN SION I was at the first Earth Day while a student at U of Miami.
My first official role was with the Environmental Action
Group at FSU in 1975. Next, I became a Project WILD
facilitator and continued to grow in EE roles for 30 years.
S When I received a letter from a new teacher who had taken
my one-day coastal ecosystems workshop through the
Regional EE Service Project at Tallahassee. She wrote how
the experience had opened her eyes to all that is "under the
surface" of the water. When I showed the letter to the
director, he said, "What did you do, walk on water?"
What are yourfavorite natural history readings?
- ..... Illumination in the Flatwoods by Joe Hutto
Rosalyn Kilcollins (middle row, 3rd from left) with
Apalachicola FMNP Coastal Systems Class.
\ \i, it is y,.,, a Dis :,, for Florida's Future?
There are many great education programs, ecologists, and
Program Update .................................. 1 environmental educators in this state, but we face the
Uplands Module Instructor Workshops/ challenge of keeping ahead of the 900 newcomers arriving
Education/Conservation Events.................... 2 daily. My hope is that the impacts of growth and
development do not reduce too much natural habitat,
Wild Eye ................................ ......... 3 contaminate or deplete water supplies, or degrade the
Interpretive Tracks .................................... 3 quality of fresh and marine waters. Education that creates
Class Information/Contacts ....................... 4 informed leaders and citizens is crucial to good planning for
this growth. My vision is that our leaders, residents, and
visitors will make decisions that protect our environment
for the long term while sustaining our local economies.
Winter Environmental Education and Conservation Events
First Annual Southwest Florida Birding Festival at Rookery Bay, January 22 and 23, 2005
Highlights: Morning guided trips, afternoon presentations, fun crafts and family activities, booths and displays.
Cost for two-day event is $12 for adults, $6 for children 6-12, FREE for kids under 6. Some guided trips will have an
additional fee and all require pre-registration. Contact Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Road, Naples, FL. Call 239-417-6310.
Living History Days- FREE....Every Saturday at the Morningside Nature Center in Gainesville
Living History Farm is open with staff in period dress interpreting-day-to-day life on a Florida farm in 1870. Sample
homemade biscuits cooked on the woodstove, with fresh butter and cane syrup grown and made on the farm.
Morningside Nature Center "Who's Who in the Winter Woods"--FREE
The last Saturday of every month features a naturalist-guided walk at 9a.m. The walk is 1-1.5 hours; wear comfortable
walking shoes. Meet at the education office, 3540 E. University Ave., Gainesville.
Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation's Designing a Native Landscape
This program aids the homeowner in drawing up a landscape design using native plants. When: February 2005 dates
and times TBA. Fee: $10.00/person. Contact Beth DeGrauwe at 239-472-1932 for reservations.
The Conservancy of SW Florida-- "Vanishing Giants: The Endangered Predators of the Sea" by Peter Benchley. He will
share 30 years of diving, marine conservation, and shark expertise. Call the Conservancy at 239-262-0750. January 19,
Gulf Coast High School; January 20, Bishop Verot High School. Fee: $25 members; $35 non-members.
Ostego Bay Foundation, Fort Myers Beach, FL--Wednesday, Jan. 12, 19, 26: 9 a.m.-noon Tour San Carlos Island's
Working Waterfront, Tour of the Marine Science Center and the commercial docks. The cost is $10 per person. Call 239/
765-8101 for reservations.
Environmental Learning Center: Hammock Stroll, January 12, 9:00am 11:00am $3/member, $2/non-member at Indian
River County's Capt. Forster Hammock Preserve. Our naturalist describes the natural features, flora, and fauna. Go to:
Discover the Lagoon with the Marine Discovery Center by kayaking the Indian River Lagoon. Each trip begins with
kayak basics and is accompanied by a Marine Biologist or Florida Master Naturalist. All ages welcome. Sat., Jan. 29, 10
am until noon, 118 N Causeway, New Smyrna Beach. Cost: $25.00/person (includes kayak) Call 386/428-4828.
Saturday, January 15, 2005, 1 pm. Cultivating Organic Herbs at Crowley Museum & Nature Center in Sarasota
Sharon Fitzpatrick will talk about growing organic herbs in your home garden. Learn the best ways to treat and
prevent insect infestations without using harmful pesticides. Free with admission.
Go to: http://crowleymuseumnaturecr.org .
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton, Beachcombing with the Birds--Wednesday, February 2, 2005, 9:30am-
11:00am. Florida Master Naturalist Instructor Nancy Leeds explains Boca's coastal island. Discover: seashells, sea
beans, tracks, and the wrack line of flotsam. View Gulls, Ruddy Turnstones, and Sanderlings. Price $2. Go to:
Oxbow Eco Center, Port St. Lucie-Feb. 5, 10:30 a.m. A Lifetime of Birding in Florida. Wes Biggs will share some of his
birding adventures and vast knowledge. Free of charge. Go to: www.stlucieco.gov/erd/oxbow/.
The Third Annual Burrowing Owl Festival, Saturday Feb. 12, 2005 from 11am 4pm at Rotary park in Cape Coral. A
celebration of Cape Coral's natural resources: live animals, owl burrow tours, nature trail walks, and lots of exhibitors.
Contact: Susan Scott, Planning Tech, City of Cape Coral, Phone: 239/573-3128.
New Educational Media:
The UF/IFAS Extension Bookstore has Pests in and Around the Home. The CD provides complete habitat,
life cycle, damage, and management information for the many pests that live in our homes, our
landscapes, or that bite and sting. There are over 300 color photographs, 150 line drawings, and thousands
of links to definitions of scientific terms. Go to http://ifasbooks.ufl.edu. List price is $25.
Wild Eye Watch 1 on:
Banded Cleaner Shrimp, Stenopus hispidus, 2"
Identifiers: red bands, white antennae
Adaptations: large pinchers
Status: common in Florida waters
Range: tropical waters
Reproduction: eggs adhere to female underside
-hatchlings adhered for 6 weeks, becoming free plankton
Habitat: coral reefs
- wave antennae to attract fish to cleaning stations
- male and female pairs may eat single shrimp
- carnivorous eaters in addition to "cleaning"
Shrimp are decapod crustaceans characterized by five pairs of legs; large, well-developed eyes; large swimmerets; and
long antennae. Members of "Boxing Shrimp" family (Stenopodidae) have large pinchers on their third set of legs. They often
hold these pinchers up like a boxer ready to fight, but these claws are actually used to clean (glean) parasites from fish or
There are 2 other species of boxing shrimp found in Florida waters: The Crimson Coral Shrimp (Microprosthema semilaeve)
and Golden Coral Shrimp (Stenopus scutellatus). However, the Banded or Barber Pole shrimp is the most common of the 3.
Interpretive Tracks r an ,
Behavior is the manner in which an organism interacts with its environment.
Observing animal behaviors can be fascinating and educational and is an important
part of being a good naturalist. The manner in which animals forage, play, build nests,
attract mates, and fight for survival showcase an animal's skills and adaptations.
The study of animal behavior is called ethology. Many great ethologists, such as
Diane Fossey and Jane Goodall, have contributed much to our knowledge of the natural
world. The 2 basic questions that ethologists ask when studying animal behavior are:
* How does an animal carry out a behavior and what are the sensory, motor, or genetic
mechanisms that cause it?
* Why does an animal behave a certain way and what is the origin of the behavior and
its impact on natural selection?
You can become an amateur ethologist by following these steps:
* Choose an animal in the wild that you would like to observe.
* Conduct some initial research to gain a general understanding of its habitat, food
preferences, social structure, and habits.
* Create a data sheet to record the animal behaviors (date, time, location, duration).
* Observe the general characteristics and behaviors of the animal that you have
chosen. Observe how it finds food, eats, moves, interacts with other individuals of the
same species and different species, and grooms.
* Record your observations and other pertinent information, such as date, time,
location, and weather conditions on your data sheet.
* Choose one behavior and develop an in-depth question. Examples:
- How often does a turtle raise its head to breathe air?
- When does a male fiddler crab wave his claw? Swamp Loosetrife (Decodon verticillatus)
When and how often does a male deer need to defend its female herd? Aquatic shrub. Seeds of this plant are
eaten by waterfowl, and muskrats may
* Compare your observations to the information you acquired. eat the stems. Only Decodon native to
* Do they reflect the animal's normal behavior? Florida.
* Share your observations and research with other naturalists. Drawing by Ann Murray, Center for
* Learn more about animal behavior by doing a topic search on the internet. Aquatic & Invasive Plants, University of
Current Course Offerings
Upland Habitats Classes:
Palm Beach (4/2/05-5/14/05)
Freshwater Wetlands Classes:
Palm Beach (1/29/05-3/12/05)
Palm Beach (2/7/05-3/9/05)
Coastal Systems Classes:
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"
The Tale of the River: By Skip Mace
Coastal Florida Master Naturalist
I had the privilege of guiding a young group of teens in the
Upper Manatee River Rye Wilderness Park. After taking an
hour-long hike through the scrub, we waded waist-deep into
the river to cool off. But the exciting activity of dip netting
lured us further. When the first fish was caught and placed in
the holding tank, everyone became enthused. The students
wanted to out-do their classmates as if they were prospectors
panning for gold. Most of them were not familiar with Mother
Nature; they would have rather been under air conditioning
tapping on their computers. So, this was great.
Up river, forty-five minutes later, the enthusiasm of dip
netting was waning. I told the group to set aside their nets and
take a swim break. I thought to myself that Mother Nature
herself was keeping them enthused instead of their guide. As
we turned back down the river toward our bus, I waited for
Mother Nature to do something spectacular for the kids. The
long, massive gray bulk of a manatee came closer, swimming
toward us. It glided mere inches away from us! As the great
manatee swam by, it created an enchanting spell, because not
one of the kids moved as it swam upriver. Suddenly, the
manatee turned back toward us-its gray mass of a tail
undulating, propelling the giant mammal swiftly by; its huge
eyes peering back at us. I told my group, now devout Nature
lovers, this was just another typical day of dip netting in the
Upper Manatee River. I also assured them that anywhere
they go to enjoy the great outdoors for a visit with Mother
Nature, things like this happen always. It might not be on as
big a scale as seeing a manatee up close and in person, but
Mother Nature always is as great.
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
Leader: Dr. Martin Main, Associate Professor
Coordinator: Ginger Allen, Senior Biological Scientist
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
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