Title: Florida Master Naturalist Program newsletter
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IJuly 2005

Florida Master Naturalist Program


Volume 5, No.3

FMNP 2005 Update

Kudos to folks on the "Florida Master Naturalist Honor Role" on page 4 and also listed
on the FMNP web site are these individuals who have completed all 3 FMNP modules: Coastal
Systems, Freshwater Wetlands, and Upland Habitats. The honor role also lists the instructor
organization where each course was taken. This is a huge accomplishment. Congratulations to
the Master Naturalists, and to all the dedicated FMNP instructors who make this possible.
We'll soon be listing all FMNP graduates on the web site, including the courses you've com-
pleted and the instructor organization that provided training. No contact information will be
provided to protect you from unsolicited email.
"What's next?" I'm going on sabbatical and will be at the University of Cambridge in England
for 12 months beginning August 1. During my absence, I leave you in the capable hands of Ms.
Ginger Allen, with whom I'll be in touch on a regular basis. While on sabbatical, I'll be working
on several research questions, but I'll also be thinking about the future of the FMNP. In par-
ticular, we are investigating developing advanced training opportunities (shorter, focused top-
ics), such as research and monitoring and interpretive techniques. We'll be surveying FMNP
instructors and graduates about what they want and need, so please share your thoughts.

Martin Main, FMNP Program Leader

FMNP Instructor Spotlight: Jeanne Murphy
How long have you been an environmental educator?
I have always been involved in Environmental Education-either as a
learner or a teacher. As the Park Naturalist at UF/IFAS Pinellas
County Extension, I am thrilled that I "must" research wildlife infor-
S mation for the public-I'm paid to do what comes naturally.
My parents were very supportive of my affection for nature, even when
I came home slogging ditch water in my shoes after catching snakes! In
my youth, I began learning about the environment and sharing what I
learned. For me, it is just as important to learn as it is to teach.
What is your most memorable EE moment?
Working at an avian rehabilitation center with volunteers, we rehabili-
tated an Eastern screech-owl with vehicle head trauma. After several months, we were ready to
release it, so I asked a volunteer to help. He chose a river site surrounded by oaks. The owl flew
up and landed in a tree. Suddenly, a hawk swooped down, snagged the owl, and flew off. Smil-
ing, I explained that the owl became part of nature's food web, and not just part of a car's grill.
What is your vision for Florida's future?
I am concerned about our loss of Florida's natural areas, but I am optimistic about her future. I
believe that we each make a difference. Most people need a personal guide to learn about Flor-
ida's beauty, her uniqueness. Using environmental education, we can be their guides.



Inside this issue:

Program Update

Environmental Education
and Conservation Events
Wild Eye, Interpretive
Honor Roll of Florida
Master Naturalists
Class Information,

Track Trivia
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Summer Environmental Education and Conservation Events

Rookery Bay NERR is offering the Summer 2005 Ecotour Operator Stewardship Series
Classes will be held on the third Thursday of July, August, and September. To register or request additional information, please
email ctp@rookerybay.org, call Joy Hazell at (230) 417-6310 ext. 226, or visit il I1 i I 'ookervbav.org/ for updates on workshop
schedules and content.
July 30th, FREE, 9am, "Keeping your cool in Florida" Nature Walk and Talk- Morningside Nature Center
A Naturalist Guided Nature Walk will be held the last Saturday morning every month at 9am. In July, we'll explore Morning-
side from the point of view of thermoregulation-the fancy word for keeping your cool! The walk will run 1-1.5 hours. Wear
comfortable walking shoes and bring binoculars or guides you may like to use along the way. Meet at education office. For more
information, call 352-334-2170 or visit Li ii 1 .natureoperations.org/
SPECIALIZED SHORT COURSE: Geostatistical Analysis of Environmental Data instructed by scientist of theoretical and
applied geostatistics Dr. Pierre Goovaerts, author of "Geostatistics for Natural Resources Evaluation"
COURSE DATES: Monday-Friday, August 8-12, 2005. COURSE LOCATION: GIS Lab in McCarty Hall B on the University of
Florida campus, Gainesville, FL. REGISTRATION: I.i ..... ... .1 .- ul I . ... -. ..- 1 .1 -/
Rain Barrel Workshop Location: Pinellas County Extension, Saturday, July 16, 2005, 9 a.m. 10:30 a.m.
Learn how to collect rain water from your roof. Set-up instructions and booklet included in this free workshop.
Phone 727-582-2673 for reservations and information.
Diamondback Terrapin Workshop-an Estuary Turtle in Decline (2-day) August 20-21, 2005
Provided by: Turtle Biologist George Heinrich. Fee for 2-day workshop: TBA. Limited space available.
Day 1: Saturday, August 20: During a slideshow and hands-on activities and with live turtles, learn characteristics, habitats
and behaviors of the terrapin. Day 2: Sunday, August 21 (all day): Kayak or canoe in the estuary waters that the diamondback
terrapin calls home. Experience one of Florida's most delicate habitats while discovering the secretive lives of the terrapin.
(Canoe rental is paid with your fee; lunch and transportation not included) Registration & fee DUE August 1. To register, call
727-582-2673. For More Information, contact Florida Master Naturalist instructor Jeanne Murphy, 727-582-2100
Gopher Tortoise Workshop-September 17-18, 2005. Provided by: Turtle Biologist George Heinrich. Limited Space Available
Day 1: Saturday: Learn characteristics, habitats, and behaviors of gopher tortoise-a state listed species of special concern.
Day 2: Sunday (all day): Hike through Perry C'1.1. ..1.. - Park in Brooksville, learn the tortoise's natural history, and learn re-
search techniques. (Lunch and transportation not included; drive time to field locations outside of workshop hours.) Registra-
tion & fee due September 1. To register, call 582-2673. For more information, contact Jeanne Murphy, 727-582-2100.
Turtle Tracks, Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. May through September. Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation
Programs begin inside the Nature Center at the sea turtle exhibit. Participants will go to Gulfside City Park for a beach walk.
Fee: Free to members and children; $5.00 for non-members; $2.00 beach parking fee may apply.
Landscaping for Wildlife: Wednesday, July 27th, 10:00am-noon, Extension Services, Osceola Heritage Park.
Call 321-697-3000 to register for free program.
Low Maintenance Landscapes: Discover "Florida-friendly" landscaping. Thursday, August 18th, 6:30pm-8:30pm, or Satur-
day, September 10th, 9:00am-noon, St. Cloud Civic Center, 3001 17th Street. Call 321-697-3000 to register for free program.
Landscape Design: Learn about the landscape design process and how to create a Florida-friendly yard. Call 813-744-5519,
ext. 146, to pre-register for this free workshop at the Hillsborough Extension Service office (leave name, mailing address, and
daytime phone). Visit our demonstration gardens to get some ideas for your yard! Design workshops are from 9am 12pm.
You may choose July 16, August 20, or September 24, 2005.
September 29- October 2, 2005, Cedar Key, Nature Coast Birding and Wildlife Experience
Call 352-543-5600 for more information or go to: il I .naturecoastwildlifeexperience.org/.

New Educational Media

UF/IFAS Extension introduces version 2.0 of the Pests In and Around the Home CD-ROM. This new version contains numerous
new or improved color images, new or updated information in each section, graphical ID keys, morphological images of typical
insect body types, and a new section on vertebrate pests, including one file on the iguanas in south Florida. List price is $25.
Quantity and reseller discounts are available through the online bookstore at: http://ifasbooks.ufl.edu/.

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Wild Eye Watch t on:

Ivory-billed Woodpecker (Campephilus principalist) 20"
Identifiers: mostly black, males red crested (as pictured),
white wing patches, long white eye stripe extends down back
Adaptations: long pointed ivory bill chisels bark, stiff tail,
2 toes forward; 2 toes backward allow upward climbing
Status: endangered near extinction o
Range: once ranged from eastern Texas to North Carolina
Diet: insects, fruit, seeds
Habitat: mature old growth forests and cypress swamps
Fun Facts:
- 30" wing span, largest North American woodpecker
- call: repeated "toots" resembling a child's toy horn
This bird was thought to have been extinct in the U.S. for over 60 years. The common Pileated woodpecker lacks the white
markings on its back and outer wings. A male Ivory-bill's crest is black in front and red in back (female crest is black). A male
Pileated Woodpecker has a red crest (as does female), red forehead, and a red moustache. Historic records along with current
habitat quality predicted that the Ivory-billed could only have been surviving in Atchafalaya Basin (LA), Santee River (SC),
Altamaha River (GA), Yazoo/Pascagoula River (MS), and Suwannee/Withiacoochee/Ochloconee Rivers (FL). But the recent
(April 2005) confirmed sighting of the bird occurred in the Cache River National Wildlife Refuge (AR). The 120-mile-long, 20-
mile-wide preservation area has been dubbed the "Corridor of Hope." Agencies propose that $10 million in federal funds be allo-
cated to protect the bird. Phillip Hoose, in his book The Race to Save the Lord God Bird, wrote many observers, from Audubon to
Teddy Roosevelt, nicknamed the woodpecker "Lord God bird" and Good God bird" because of its impressive size.

Interpretive Tracks P )

Creating Plant Portfolios: by Susan Elliott, Gumbo Limbo FMNP Instructor
Preparing to teach our first Upland Habitats course this spring was really exciting.
While discussing trips and activities for the sites we planned to visit, we came up
with an idea that we thought would get the students more actively involved in
learning in the field. We decided to have them create their own upland plant collec-
tions. There are several ethical points students and teachers need to remember
before and during plant collecting:

*Are we allowed to collect specimens at this location (check with land rii. ...i. -

*Is the species widespread throughout the region in large populations, or do only a
few exist in isolated areas? Rule: if there is only one, leave it in the sun........

*Is it a keystone species? Do other species depend on this plant?

*Is this a state or federally protected species?

*Do I need the whole plant or just a portion--some leaves, flowers, or a clipping?

*Is this a poisonous plant? Are there any toxins that will transfer to my skin? American Violet (Viola sp.)
Illustration by: IFAS, Center of Aquatic Plants,
*Is this an invasive plant? If so, be careful not to spread seeds or roots. University of Florida, Gainesville.
As we explained the assignment on the first day of class, the students did not ex-
hibit the enthusiasm we had hoped for. But once we got to the first site and had them working together in groups, collecting and
identifying plant samples, they really got into it. During the next five weeks, we had them press, dry, and mount both native
and exotic species they had collected. They labeled each sample with common and scientific names and the date and location of
its collection. Plant portfolios were presented to the class on the last day. Besides gaining skills in plant identification, the stu-
dents learned about plant diversity, how to collect research specimens, and how to take careful field notes. The assignment was
so successful, we are adding plant collecting to the coastal and freshwater modules. By applying what they learned in the field,
students became more interested and involved in the class and had more fun than usual!

Volume 5, No.3 Page 3

Honor Role of Florida Master Naturalists (April -July 2005)

Individuals who have completed Coastal, Wetlands, and Uplands modules

Freshwater Wetlands
Instructor Organization

Linda Schneider Duval Co. Extension

M. Maxi-
million Wilson Ostego Bay Foundation

Katharine Smith Crystal River Pres. State Park
Emily Casey Crystal River Pres. State Park

Margaret England Glades Botanical Garden

Rodney Alexander Audubon Corkscrew Swamp
Mary McAuliffe Pinellas Co. Extension
Laurie Brennan Morningside Nature Center
Dianne Busch Crystal River Preserve State

Sandy Malone Morningside Nature Center
Thomas Southern Morningside Nature Center
Gwenyth Thompson Morningside Nature Center

Edie Blair Audubon Corkscrew Swamp

Susan Reece The Conservancy of SW FL



Jennifer L












Crystal Springs Preserve

Crystal Springs Preserve

Crystal Springs Preserve
Hillsborough Co. Extension
Crystal Springs Preserve
Camp Bayou Outdoors

Lake Co. Extension
Lake Co. Extension

Pinellas Co. Extension
Pinellas Co. Extension
Pinellas Co. Extension

The Conservancy of SW FL

Pinellas Co. Extension
Lake Co. Extension

Coastal Systems
Instructor Organization

Duval Co. Extension

Brevard Parks & Recreation

Crystal River Pres. State Park
Crystal River Pres. State Park

Rookery Bay/
Audubon Corkscrew Swamp

Sanibel Captiva Conserv. Fdn.
Sanibel Captiva Conserv. Fdn.
Morningside Nature Center
Volusia Co. Extension

Morningside Nature Center
Morningside Nature Center
FL Museum of Natural History

Rookery Bay/
Audubon Corkscrew Swamp

Rookery Bay

Crystal Springs Preserve

Pinellas Co. Extension

Crystal Springs Preserve
Hillsborough Co. Extension
Crystal Springs Preserve
Camp Bayou Outdoors

Volusia Co. Extension
Volusia Co. Extension

Pinellas Co. Extension
Pinellas Co. Extension
Pinellas Co. Extension

Audubon Corkscrew Swamp

Pinellas Co. Extension
Volusia Co. Extension

Master Naturalist

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Upland Habitats
Instructor Organization

Clay/Duval Co. Extension

Clay/Duval Co. Extension

Crystal River Pres. State Park
Crystal River Pres. State Park

Grassy Waters Preserve

Lee Co. Parks & Recreation
Lee Co. Parks & Recreation
Morningside Nature Center
Morningside Nature Center

Morningside Nature Center
Morningside Nature Center
Morningside Nature Center

Audubon Corkscrew Swamp

Audubon Corkscrew Swamp

Crystal Springs Preserve

Crystal Springs Preserve

Crystal Springs Preserve
Crystal Springs Preserve
Crystal Springs Preserve
Crystal Springs Preserve

Crystal Springs Preserve
Crystal Springs Preserve

Crystal Springs Preserve
Crystal Springs Preserve
Crystal Springs Preserve

Crystal Springs Preserve

Crystal Springs Preserve
Crystal Springs Preserve

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Current Course Offerings

Freshwater Wetlands Classes:
July 18-August 6. 2005 (Alachua County)
October 7-November 11, 2005 (Volusia County)

Coastal Systems Classes:
August 5-October 14, 2005 (Franklin County).
Sept. 10-October 15, 2005 (Palm Beach County) '
October 3-November 10, 2005 (Citrus County)
November 1-22, 2005 (Lee County )

Upland Habitats Classes:
September 7-November 5, 2005 (Alachua County)
October 29-December 10, 2005 (Palm Beach County)

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

Volume 5, No.3 Pa~e5

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 Et 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



Life's a Beach on Longboat Key!
By Lucinda Hathaway, Coastal Systems Naturalist

Sally Boynton, Mimi Siekmann, Joan Dunn and myself (Lucinda
Hathaway), are volunteers with Longboat Key Turtle Watch and
completed the Coastal Systems module at the Crowley Museum in
Sarasota, FL. Our class final project was to design signs to be
placed at the beach entrances on Longboat Key and to develop a
Beachwalk program. With the permission of our city, we adver-
tised and held guided Beachwalks on Longboat's northern beach
every Wednesday morning at 8 am in March 2005. Our walk began
with an introduction to the ecosystem by explaining and identifying
the coastal plants. We then pointed out the many black skimmers,
royal terns, sandpipers, willets, brown pelicans, and ospreys. Next
we explained how our beach is important for nesting sea tur-
tles. We then spent a few moments talking about the invertebrate
life, including the ever popular sand dollars and interesting sea-
shells. The idea of the project was to get people to know more
about the fragile beach ecosystem so they in turn will want to take
better care of it. We had customers on every walk, and 40 people
participated on the last day. There was a letter to the editor in the
Longboat Observer from a very satisfied customer thanking us for
the wonderful Beachwalk. Success! We plan to do the walks again
in March and April 2006. Longboat Observer Photo: Joan, Mimi,
and Lucinda (white t-shirts first row center) with 15 beachwalkers.

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