Title: Florida Master Naturalist Program newsletter
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April 2005

Florida Master Naturalist Program


Volume 5, No.2

FMNP 2005 Update

The Upland Habitats module is available! (whew). Several Master Naturalist graduates
have completed all 3 modules and are truly Master Naturalists or maybe they're "super
naturalists!" We've listed those individuals on page 4. Congratulations!
Other news: We're in the final process of having official FMNP shirts and hats available for
purchase. Watch the FMNP web site for details!
The FMNP Job/Volunteer Opportunities web page has been updated. Check it out
and encourage organizations to go to the FMNP web site and post jobs/opportunities that are
of interest to FMNP graduates. By the way, thanks to all of you who filled out the annual
FMNP survey. Master Naturalists reported 14, 826 volunteer hours during 2004!
FMNP graduates are forming local chapters!
For example, Pinellas County has formed an FMNP chapter whose goals include community
outreach, personal growth, and socialization. Sounds great! If you form a local chapter, we
want to hear from you, so send us a note: info@masternaturalist.org.

Marty Main, FMNP Program Leader
Marty Main, FMNP Program Leader

FMNP Instructor Spotlight: Charles Fedunak

Charles Fedunak,

How long have you been an environmental educator?
For more than 20 years. The last 10 years have been with the
University of Florida as an Environmental Horticulturalist.
What is your most memorable EE moment?
In 1986, working with Oklahoma State University. Grant funds
were used to build outdoor classrooms at several public schools.
The excitement and wonder expressed by the children as they ex-
perienced the wonders of nature has continually inspired me. The
most memorable moment was a note a 2nd-grade student wrote:
"Thanks for teaching me; now I can teach others." Currently I

LaKe County environmental conduct the Master Naturalist programs for adults and critter
programs for 2nd-grade students. During the youth program, they
get to touch a young American Alligator, Rat Snake, and Gopher Tortoise. For many of them
this is their first time to see, much less touch, these animals.
What is your vision for Florida's future?
These children are our future and my vision for Florida. Education of current and future resi-
dents is crucial for stopping, not just slowing down, the destruction of critical habitats.



Inside this issue:

Program Update

Environmental Education
and Conservation Events

Wild Eye, Interpretive

Honor Roll of Florida
Master Naturalists

Class Information,

Track Trivia
What makes these tracks?

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Spring Environmental Education and Conservation Events

Panther Sign Identification Workshop: Saturday April 30 Sunday May 1, 2005
From: Rookery Bay National Estuarine Reserve; Field Trip to Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Naples, Florida.
Defenders of Wildlife and Keeping Track, Inc. are hosting a workshop and field trip to train volunteers to respond to citizens
who report panther sightings. Participants will be prepared to respond to inquiries, recognize and preserve tracks and other
signs, and report findings and evidence to Florida Wildlife Commission experts. The cost of the workshop, materials, and field
trip is $15. Funding is available for accommodations and travel expenses, if needed. Interested participants should provide a
short note indicating their interest to efleming@defenders.org or call 727-823-3888.
Farm and Forest Festival School Days-Morningside Nature Center, Gainesville, FL. Li ip .natureoperations.org/
April 21st and 22nd, 8:00am-1:00pm April 23rd and April 24th, 10:00am-4:00pm
The Living History Farm provides an opportunity to step back to a turn-of-the-century festival or market day. A variety of au-
thentic Southern food will be available, from snacks to full dinners. For more information, call 352-334-2170.
FYN Landscaping Workshop: April 28, 2005, 1-4:30 pm, Lake County Extension Office, 20305 SR 19, Tavares, FL
Seating Limited! Call 352-343-4101 to register, http://cfyn.ifas.ufl.edu/
Florida Water Resources Conference, Water Essentials: Conservation Reuse Management
April 24-27, 2005, Jacksonville, FL. Li i-1 . .fwrc.org/
Shark Conservation Seminar: Thursday, April 21, 7:30pm-8:30pm, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.
Gary Adkison is known as the "shark whisperer" because of his ongoing, on-location study of shark behavior. Gary is dedicated
to educating divers and the public about shark conservation. Fee: $5. ii I I- I .gumbolimbo.org/
Lakes & Ponds Education Day: Apr 23, 9 am-12pm, Pinellas Co. Extension Auditorium. http://coop.co.pinellas.fl.us/
Environmental Management and Extension staff educate citizens on managing their stormwater ponds.
Green Thumb Festival: April 23rd & 24th, 9 am 4 pm., St. Petersburg
Two-day event at Walter Fuller Park features dozens of vendors selling plants and garden items, plant giveaways, youth activi-
ties, educational programs, exhibits, and flower show. II. I1 .stpete.org/fun/parks/greenthumb.htm
The Conservancy of SW Florida: Earth Day 2005: April 23, 2005 (9am-3pm). Fee: $1 per person.
Enjoy over thirty environmental booths, an eco-carnival for kids, a Farmer's Market, nature trail walks, electric boat rides, and
Docent tours. Visit the new ('I:. I.- Butcher photography exhibit. "Visions of Florida," and tour the Wildlife Art Studio to meet
Chris Murray (Artist-in-Residence). LhI I.. .conservancynaturecenter.org/
Nature Writing Workshop: Saturday, May 14, 10 am 12 pm, Crowley Museum
Nature writing is learning about and from nature; it is both an exploration and a reflection, and provides interconnection be-
tween nature, the writer, and the reader. Participants in this workshop with Carol Mahler, Director of the Peace River Center
for Writers, will discuss and practice techniques of close observation and how to use it to write about nature and themselves.
The workshop is open to beginning and advanced writers, including middle and high school students.
$10 per person ($5 per Crowley member and $5 per PRCW member). Call 941-322-1000 to register.
Hydric Soils Specialized Training for Wetland Specialists, May 3-5, 2005.
Details and a course brochure are posted on the UF Soils Department web site located at: http://soils.ifas.ufl.edu/. Enrollment is
limited, so register early to secure a seat in the course.
Society for Ethical Ecotourism (SEE SW FL) Annual Membership Meeting: Saturday, June 11th
To be held on Fort Myers Beach. The schedule includes a program on the past season hurricane effects and restoration efforts, a
new nature trivia game, a back bay boat tour, a program at the Mound House, lunch, and a walking tour of Matanzas Pass Pre-
serve. For more information, contact: John Kiseda, at 239-461-7472.

New Educational Media

Educational Guide: Right Tree Right Place, publication by Florida Urban Forestry Council, l'. 4 .fufc.org/.
Each Selecting and Planting Guide unfolds to a 22x34-inch poster, which features beautiful full-color artistic representations of
30 recommended, regional trees. The folded guide provides step-by-step illustrations on how to plant the right tree for the right
place. Posters from each region (Central, North, and South) may be ordered.

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Wild Eye Watch & on:

Hooded pitcher plant (Sarracenia minor) 8-20"
Identifiers: tubular, green, plants with purple hoods; white spots near top;
yellow flowers
Adaptations: lure, catch, digest insects and small prey
Status: State Threatened
Range: North Carolina to central Florida
Reproduction: Pollinated by bumblebees, wasps, moths
Habitat: Sunny, moist, nutrient-poor acid soils
Fun Facts:
- takes up to 12 years to mature
- tubes are modified leaves
Six species of Pitcher plants are found in North and Central Florida. Several adapta- Larry Richardson, USFWS
tions enable the plant to lure, catch, absorb and digest insects. Flies, moths, beetles and other insects are lured to the plant via
nectar secreted around the plant's hooded "mouth." Once in the mouth, overlapping hoods keep insects from flying out. Also,
hairs inside the tube point downward, inhibiting captured insects from crawling out. The whitish spots on the upper part of the
plant are translucent windows that allow sunlight to enter the darker tubes in order to help lure insects inside. As insects fall
into the base of the plant and die, digestive enzymes break down their carcasses into proteins, which are absorbed by the plant
for nutrients. The insects allow pitcher plants to survive in nutrient poor soils. Unfortunately, habitat loss is taking its toll on
pitcher plant populations.
Article by: Lynn Lisenby, Professor of Biological Sciences, Florida Master Naturalist Instructor

Interpretive Tracks f P d )

Carnivorous Plants by Professor Lynn Lisenby, FMNP Instructor
A variety of carnivorous plant genera are located in most counties of Florida. The majority,
including pitcher plants, butterworts, and sundews, live in acidic wetland pinelands, bogs,
banks, or savannahs. Others, such as bladderworts, are aquatic and have inflated sacs or
bladders on their underwater leaves that catch aquatic prey. All have flowers for pollination.
Pitcher plants use their hoods and hairy tubular structures to capture flies, insects, moths,
etc. Butterworts (Pinguicula sp.) have sticky leaves in a rosette pattern that trap and digest'
small insects. Sundews (Drosera sp.) have tiny pads and tentacle-like leaves. Hair ends con-
tain tiny drops of a sticky substance that first traps, and then encloses, insects for digestion.
Carnivorous plant flowers attract pollinators such as bumblebees that are often able to chew
a hole in the plant to get out. Other insects are not so lucky and as they decompose, carrion
feeders (beetles) arrive, becoming victims themselves. Carnivorous plants provide another // -
link in the food chain. Often, small insects such as ants and ambush bugs steal prey from
carnivorous plants, particularly sundews. Other arthropods such as spiders, mosquito larvae,
true bugs, and small crawfish benefit from the plants. Ants are known to live symbiotically 2
(where both sides benefit from a partnership) on the plant and defend it from herbivores. In
return, their mineral-rich feces are dropped on the leaves or into the pitchers. Various fungi
and bacteria also profit from the captured prey. Sundew (Drosera sp.)
Five native carnivorous species found
Take your child on a carnivorous plant field trip with this activity list: in Florida wetland areas.
USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Brit-
- Are there any bugs on the plant? Make a list of the bugs that you see capturedton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illus-
- Take a small twig and gently touch the hairs on the plant. Does the leaf close up? Does the treated flora of the northern states
leaf open back up right away? How long does it take for it to open up? and Canada. Vol. 2: 204.
- Are there signs of a symbiotic relationship between insects and the plant?
- If the plant is in flower, what kinds of pollinators are present? Are they cautious?
- Does the flower have a pleasant or foul smell?
- Look for other relationships: commensalism (one benefits from the other without consequence) and parasitism (one benefits
from a host which is harmed).

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Honor Role of Florida Master Naturalists

Individuals that have completed Coastal, Wetlands, and Uplands modules

Florida Freshwater Wetlands Coastal Systems Upland Habitats
Master Naturalist Instructor Organization Instructor Organization Instructor Organization
Dennis Chapman Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Rookery Bay NERR Audubon Corkscrew Swamp

Judith Chapman Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Rookery Bay NERR Audubon Corkscrew Swamp

Lesley Cox Audubon Corkscrew Swamp The Conservancy of SW FL Audubon Corkscrew Swamp
Rookery Bay NERR/
Priscilla Higgins Audubon Corkscrew Swamp y B N Audubon Corkscrew Swamp
Audubon Corkscrew Swamp
Herbert Lieberman Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Ostego Bay Foundation Audubon Corkscrew Swamp

Rookery Bay NERR/
Kay Kitchen-Maran Audubon Corkscrew Swamp ookery By N Audubon Corkscrew Swamp
Audubon Corkscrew Swamp
Rookery Bay NERR/
La Raw Maran Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Rookery Bay NR Audubon Corkscrew Swamp
Audubon Corkscrew Swamp
Rookery Bay NERR/
Trudy Rech Museum of Science Industry Rookery Bay N / Audubon Corkscrew Swamp
Audubon Corkscrew Swamp
Phyllis Habig The Conservancy of SW FL The Conservancy of SW FL The Conservancy of SW FL

Robert Neubert The Conservancy of SW FL The Conservancy of SW FL The Conservancy of SW FL

Ed Selby, Jr. Ostego Bay Foundation The Conservancy of SW FL The Conservancy of SW FL

Susan Snyder The Conservancy of SW FL The Conservancy of SW FL The Conservancy of SW FL

Mary Taylor The Conservancy of SW FL Rookery Bay NERR The Conservancy of SW FL

Rich Taylor The Conservancy of SW FL Rookery Bay NERR The Conservancy of SW FL
Rookery Bay NERR/
James Truluck The Conservancy of SW FL y By N The Conservancy of SW FL
Audubon Corkscrew Swamp
Rookery Bay NERR/
Sharon Truluck The Conservancy of SW FL y B N The Conservancy of SW FL
Audubon Corkscrew Swamp
Joan C. Weber The Conservancy of SW FL The Conservancy of SW FL The Conservancy of SW FL

Florida Master Naturalists

Back row: Rebecca Beck, instructor; Judy Chapman,
Dennis Chapman, Herb Lieberman, Lesley Cox,
Sally Stein, instructor; Priscilla Higgins.

Second row: La Raw Maran, Kit Kitchen-Maran, Trudy Rech

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Current Course Offerings

Freshwater Wetlands Classes:
May 16-27 (Lake County)
October 7-November 11 (Volusia County)

Coastal Systems Classes:
May 31 -June 11 (Volusia County)
September 10- October 15 (Palm Beach County)

Upland Habitats Classes:
April 25- May 14 (Clay County)
April 28- May 20 (Collier County)
May 5-13 (Pasco County)
May 5- June 9 (Lee County)
May 10- June 10 (Citrus County)
May 12- July 9 (Alachua County)
June 13-30 (Palm Beach County)
June 20-24 (Pasco County)
October 29- December 10 (Palm Beach County)

Florida Master Naturalist Program

Program Leader: Dr. Martin Main,
Program Coordinator: Ginger Allen

Southwest Florida Research and Education Center
2686 State Road 29 North
Immokalee, FL 34142-9515
Phone: 239-658-3400; Fax: 239-658-3469
E-Mail: info@masternaturalist.org

FMNP Module funding provided by:

-Florida Fish t Wildlife Conservation Commission
-Southwest Florida Council for Environment
Education, Inc. (SWFCEE)
-Florida Sea Grant, University of Florida/IFAS
-Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute
-U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative State
Research, Education and Extension Service,
Renewable Resources Act

FMNP Newsletter Staff

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




Go to http://www.MasterNaturalist.orgl
Click on "Course Offerings" for: Locations and time schedules.
Choose your course and register online.
For Program details:Click "Information"

See what you started!
By Susan Woods, Freshwater Wetlands Naturalist

A few years ago I took the FMNP Freshwater Wetlands module. I
wasn't sure why at the time, but the program was marvelous and
well worth it. I had no plans for volunteering, and nothing fit for a
while, but then I became aware of some local new development
plans in wetland and karst areas. I got involved when the Council
of 100 threatened to divert Marion County water to the south.
All this led me to create and present the Green Horses/Clean Water
Forum in October 2004 at the Ocala Ag Center. As a horse farmer,
I began thinking about how farmers need to be proactive by adopt-
ing the best possible, low-impact farming methods to protect the
watershed. My plan was to present information and resources
about conserving water, composting manure, biological control, and
using native plants for pastures and landscaping.
The more I got involved, the more I began to see how all conserva-
tion, development, growth, and sprawl issues impact our water.
Water was the one connecting thread that everyone understood. On
day 1 of the forum, we did the teaching format as planned, but on
day 2 I brought together community groups such as environmental
advocates, developers, builders, planners, and inner-city housing
advocates, and asked them to brainstorm ways we can work to-
gether to ensure that the water, the land that supports recharge,
the farms that allow for open space, and future development can
enhance, rather than stonewall, each other. We had a successful
discussion and plan to take the program to every district in the
county for greater input. To support my message, I created a web-
site, li I1 .marionpoliteia.org, which has proved very useful.
See what you started!

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