Title: Florida Master Naturalist Program newsletter
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Title: Florida Master Naturalist Program newsletter
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Publication Date: October 2005
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IOctober 2005

Florida Master Naturalist Program

IVolume 5, No.4

FMNP 2005 Update
Save the Date! We are planning a Florida Master Naturalist Program Statewide Reunion
and Awards Ceremony for Instructors and all Graduates of the FMNP. Whether you've com-
pleted one module or all three, please plan to attend this fun and exciting event, scheduled for
November 3-5, 2006. We plan to host the event at a central location, and registration informa-
tion will be available as the date grows closer.
The event will provide an opportunity for us and FMNP Instructors and Graduates from all
over Florida to meet each other, network, and participate in fun and educational activities.
After 4 years of FMNP classes, there are -2,000 FMNP Graduates and 150 Instructors. We
want to thank everyone for participating in the program and give you a chance to meet kindred
spirits, reward special achievers, and receive input for the future direction of the FMNP. Full
agenda details will be forthcoming, but the event will follow a general plan that includes an
afternoon planning meeting for FMNP Instructors, plus a social mixer/barbecue for everyone on
Friday evening. On Saturday, we'll have FMNP Instructors from around the state hosting a
variety of educational workshops, plus we'll hold planning meetings to assist in the establish-
ment of FMNP regional chapters. In the evening, we'll host an awards banquet. On Sunday,
there will be a selection of optional morning field trips. So, mark the date on your calendar and
spread the word among your FMNP colleagues to attend the FMNP Statewide Reunion and
Awards Ceremony in November 2006!

FMNP Instructor Spotlight: Heather Stapleton
How long have you been an environmental educator (EE)?
S About 7 years. I studied environmental science in college, but
v1 mostly policy. Luckily, when I joined the Peace Corps and served in
West Africa for 3 years, I worked with school curriculum develop-
ment, environmental clubs, and organic gardening. Next, I taught
EE programs in the Outer Banks of NC. And I am an FMNP
graduate and have the FMNP to thank in part for my current posi-
tion as education coordinator at the Environmental Learning Cen-
ter in Vero Beach.
What is your most memorable EE moment?
SWhile in Africa, we held an Earth Day contest. The winners were
taken on a remote 2-day safari. Most of the kids had not ventured
25 miles from their villages nor witnessed the amazing African wildlife. What an experience!
What is your vision for Florida's future?
Florida should limit development and praise environmental stewardship. Citizens should have
an environmental ethic and know the impact of all their actions. Educators must reach out to all
of the population- starting as young as possible. Respect for this state and all of its treasures
must be nurtured. Those in the EE field must be role models so we can affect that vision.


Inside this issue:

Program Update 1

Environmental Education 2
and Conservation Events
Wild Eye, Interpretive 3
Honor Roll of Florida 4
Master Naturalists
Class Information, 5

Track Trivia
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Bat Festival, Saturday, October 22 at Lubee Bat Conservancy, 1309 NW 192nd Ave., Gainesville,
FL 32609. The festival will be from 1 to 4pm. All ages are welcome, and admission is free. You will be able to see live bats, and
there will be several presentations about bats. hup \ \ \ .lubee.org/

1st Annual Quail Management Shortcourse, UF/IFAS Extension, October 13-14, Turner Center Annex, Arcadia, Florida. Are
you a landowner, rancher, wildlife manager, hunter, or quail enthusiast interested in improving your quail habitat and population? If
so, come to Arcadia and experience the First Annual Quail Management Shortcourse! Registration is only $50 and includes an infor-
mation packet, DVD, and meals. Contact Jim Selph at 386-993-4846, iselphkifas.ufl.edu.

October 13, Dr. David Grimaldi American Museum of Natural History, NY, "Why fossils matter: examples from the insects."
Seminar begins at 3:45 p.m. in room 1031, Entomology and Nematology (Bldg. 970), University of Florida, Gainesville.

Saturday, November 5, 2005, 10:30am 12 pm, Florida-Friendly Landscape Pest Management: Brooker Creek Preserve. Join
University of Florida/IFAS Horticulture Extension Agent Pam Brown and learn about common landscape pests and how to combat
them in a way that is environmentally friendly. Workshop is free but pre-registration is advised, phone 727-582-2673.

Hillsborough River State Park Celebrates the Fall "Spirit of the Woods." Saturday, October 29, 9am 10pm, Hillsborough
River State Park, 15402 US 301 N, Thonotosassa, FL. Contact Hillsborough River State Park at 813-987-6771.
Outdoor Expo, 9am-4pm. Event free. Day program includes vendors and organizations from the local community with a goal of
providing environmental education and highlighting outdoor recreation.
Haunted Woods, 6pm 10pm. Safe alternative to trick or treating, this evening program offers fun for the whole family. Activities
include: "spooky" trail, hay rides, Enchanted Forest, games, and food. Fee: $5/person, children ages 5 and under free.

Sugar Cane Festival, Florida Caverns State Park, Fri-Sun., Nov. 4-6, 9am-3pm. Contact: 850-482-9599.
Celebrate the sights, sounds, and smells of one of the sweetest things on earth: Sugar Cane! Learn how the early settlers of Florida
thrived in the rural areas, as you watch living history interpreted by park staff and volunteers. Park admission is $4.00 per vehicle.

The Endangered Beach Mouse, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, Sat., Nov. 26, 9am. Come and be a part of this Beach Mouse
interpretive program and learn about their habitat and behavior. Park at the Day-Use area on Hwy 30A and take a short walk with
park staff to the clubhouse. Fees: Park admission fee required.

Wildflower Walks, Saturdays in October, FREE! 9am, Morningside Nature Center, 3540 E. University Avenue, 3 miles east of
downtown Gainesville! Meet at Education Office.

Fall Gardening Workshop, Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Wed., Oct. 19, 2005. 9:30 am-noon. Gardening with Native
Florida Plants Workshop. Marion Knudsen will be presenting the program at the Wildlife Park in the Garden Pavilion in the Garden
of the Springs. After the program, tour the Native Florida Plant Garden. Please call 352-628-5343, ext. 116, Monday through Friday.
Space is limited, so be sure to register early. Regular park admission will apply.

Scrub Jay Encounter, Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Fri., Oct. 21, 8am-10:30 am. Join an experienced scrub jay researcher
on a tractor-pulled wagon ride to observe threatened Florida Scrub Jays. No pets, please. Fees: Free admission but there will be a
fee for tour. For Reservations, please call 772-589-5050.

Beach Fall Migration Hawk Walk, Stump Pass Beach State Park, Saturday, October 29, 8:30 am 10:30 am. Avid birder Dave
Smith will lead this field trip as we scan the skies for hawks, falcons, and other raptors that follow the thermals along coastal beaches
in their semiannual migration south. The walk will take 2 hours. Stump Pass is located at the south end of Manasota Key in Engle-
wood, FL. This field trip is free. Advance registration is required. Contact: Call 941-964-0060 to register.

New Educational Media

NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary Program has unveiled a new, free online resource that highlights the diverse marine
life of America's oceans and Great Lakes. The "Encyclopedia of the Sanctuaries" offers photos, video, and important
facts for more than 100 key animal and plant species from each of the national marine sanctuaries.
Available at: http://marinelife.noaa.gov/

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Wild Eye Watch & S on:

Cobra Snakehead Fish (Channa marulius)
Identifiers: elongated brown body, long spineless dorsal
and anal fins, red eyes
Adaptations: toothed jaws, black eye spot, primitive lung
Status: Exotic, Chana argus in Maryland, Wisconsin a
Range: tropical Africa and Asia .
Diet: crayfish C
Habitat: freshwater wetlands
Fun Facts:
- highly valued throughout Asia for its food value
- all snakehead species are illegal to possess live in FL
An Asian fish known as a snakehead or Frankenfish is the most recent addition to Flor-
ida's list of reproducing exotic fishes. Scientists first reported the fish in Broward county in 2001. There are 31
documented exotic fish species reproducing in Florida's fresh waters. The better-known exotic residents include the
Walking catfish, Asian swamp eel, and Oscar and Peacock bass. Exotics are harmful to native fish and are deemed
invasive". It's too early to speculate on what effects the presence of the snakehead will have. The snakehead is an
air-breathing fish (capable of wriggling short distances) and similar in appearance to the native Florida bowfin (or
mudfish). However, there is a distinctive dark spot rimmed in brilliant orange near the base of the tail fin. Please
note the serious ecological consequences that the illegal release of exotic species, including aquarium fish, causes.

Interpretive Tracks f d* a)

A Picture Says a Thousand Words
We know there are several different ways people learn, and having visual aids of
Florida's unique plants, animals, and ecosystems provides a great resource for every-
one. Visual images are important additions to interpretive brochures, trail guides, and
educational presentations. To this end, we have created the Florida Master Naturalist
Im age Gallery 1,1 .. w, -I. ,I it i i-I i II..1 II ). Please send us your
nature photos so we can build our library of images for all nature lovers to use.
To submit photos online, follow these steps:
* Go to I i.. .masternaturahst.ifas.ufl.edu/gallerv/
* Find the most appropriate category for your photo
* Click on the "UPLD" button* in the upper-right corner of the gallery table
* Fill out the form with as much information as possible
* Your photo will be put into a queue and will be posted soon, if approved

Guidelines for submitting photos:
* If you have more than 5 photos to submit, please send them to
info@masternaturalist.org instead of using the method above Flatwoods PawPaw (Asimina reticulata)
Taken in Corkscrew Marsh by Ginger Allen,
* Make sure you are the photographer-don't send photos from an unknown source University of Florida, IFAS.
* Keep photo dimensions reasonable for online viewing (also note the 400kb limit)
* Filenames should not contain spaces. Instead, use the underscore character.
* To speed the process, also submit a thumbnail version of your photo. Instructions are available on the gallery web page.

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Honor Role of Florida Master Naturalists (August-September 2005)
Individuals who have completed Coastal, Wetlands, and Uplands modules

Florida Freshwater Wetlands Coastal Systems Upland Habitats
Master Naturalist Instructor Organization Instructor Organization Instructor Organization

Duval County Extension/
Joseph Burgess St. Johns Parks & Recreation Duval County Extension Clay County Extension
Duval County Extension/
Jim Golding St. Johns Parks & Recreation The Whitney Lab Clay County Extension
Duval County Extension/
Wayne Lasch St. Johns Parks & Recreation Duval County Extension Clay County Extension
Duval County Extension/
Scott Murray St. Johns Parks & Recreation Duval County Extension Clay County Extension

Duval County Extension/
Curtis Skinner St. Johns Parks & Recreation Duval County Extension Clay County Extension

NEW FMNP Online Searchable Database

To help us and you keep track of all the Florida Master Naturalists and where and when they took classes, we have
placed our FMNP graduate database online. Potential employers can also check FMNP certification status if they deem it
necessary. We have NOT placed any of your personal information on the website. The search feature is still being devel-
oped; for now, you can search by last name.

As you can see, we will have 1,500 students by the end of the year, many of whom have taken 2 or 3 modules (totaling
close to 2,000 certificates). We are very proud of all our students and the instructor organizations that have offered FMNP
classes. If you find any errors or omissions, please send an e-mail to info@masternaturalist.org.

Go to www.MasterNaturalist.org, look under "What's New," and click on FMNP Student Database.

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Current Course Offerings

Freshwater Wetlands
Collier (11/9-11/22/05)

Coastal Systems
Lee (11/1-11/22/05)

Upland Habitats
Alachua (10/14-12/10/05)
Brevard (10/23-11/20/05)

Go to http://www.MasterNaturalist.org/
Click on "Course Offerings" for:
locations and time schedules.
Choose your course and register online.

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



My Travels on the Monarch Butterfly Expedition
By Gwen Thompson, Freshwater Wetlands Naturalist

This summer I feel like I got to fly with the Monarch butterflies as
they flew down to Middle America. I worked in the Florida Mu-
seum of Natural History (FLMNH), in Gainesville, on the Monarch
Butterfly Migration exhibit. The display depicts the yearly migra-
tion of the Monarch butterfly as it travels from the Florida panhan-
dle across the Gulf of Mexico to Middle America. The Monarch uses
air thermals to glide along on its 2,000 mile journey-amazing
when you think they only weigh one gram. The butterflies have
never made this trip before but somehow they know the way. The
Florida migration can be observed from St. Mark's Beach and
Clearwater in late October. Trips to observe the monarchs over-
wintering sites in Middle America from November to March can be
arranged through the FLMNH.
The FLMNH display begins in Powell Hall on the Cultural Plaza
(34th St. & Hull Road). You then follow the migration into McGuire
Hall Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity and the Butterfly
Rainforest (be sure to check out this exhibit too). I took the Florida
Master Naturalist Wetlands class through the FLMNH with Dr.
Patti Anderson. I enjoyed the experience so much, I quickly became
a volunteer at FLMNH, making Monarch butterflies for the new
displays. We used color printouts of actual butterflies, black pipe
cleaner, floral wire, and black glass beads for construction. There
were 20 other volunteers, as we had to make 7,334 monarchs and
then attach them from ceilings with monofilament. It took months
of construction and months of hanging. All this hard work paid off
when I heard visitors remarking "look at all the butterflies." For
more information about butterfly exhibits or directions to the
FLMNH, please visit its website at: hil u1 . .flmnh.ufl.edu

Monarch Roost, Photo by Lucas, N. American Butterfly Society

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