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IOctober 2006


Florida Master Naturalist Program


Newsletter Volume 6, No.4


FMNP 2006 Update
2006 Florida Master Naturalist Program Statewide Reunion and Awards Ceremony
The FMNP Reunion is planned for November 3-5, at Haines City. We look forward to
meeting our fellow Master Naturalists at this fun-filled event, where we'll be offering
interesting workshops and field trips, recognizing some special achievements, and pro-
viding lots of opportunities to socialize with friends both old and new. Workshop topics
include sensing wildlife, Florida butterflies, plant identification, sharks, fire, inter-
pretation techniques, birds, and an overview of the Fakahatchee Strand in our Dis-
covering Florida lecture. Local field trips provide a variety of opportunities in both
aquatic and terrestrial systems.
I wish we could recognize every Master Naturalist Graduate and Instructor displaying
award-winning talents and making an educational impact in Florida. We obviously can't
do that, but know that we all appreciate the important work you are contributing to the
education of Florida's citizens and visitors. There are certain individuals and groups that
have made tremendous contributions, and the names of Master Naturalist Graduates,
Instructors, Chapters, and partners who will receive awards at the reunion are listed on
page 2. A special congratulations to them from all of us.
More than 100 participants have registered for this event see you there!
ffr, Marty Main, FMNP Program Leader


FMNP Instructor Spotlight: Dolly Cummings
How did you get involved in Environmental Education?
It started with my daughter's girl scout troop in 1988.
While the other troops were coloring and pasting, ours
were hiking in the woods-learning that the outdoors
is not a frightening place and setting a good example
of how to tread lightly in the environment.
What is your most memorable EE moment?
w My husband, one of those people who likes to drive
through parks, was mesmerized by a cooter laying
eggs alongside a dirt road. With fascination, he
watchedd the whole 30-minute process and then asked,
Is that why you spend so much time at Camp Bayou
Outdoor Learning Center?" He knew the answer.
Dottlly Cummings, Campbayou.org What is your vision for Florida's future?
Even though it is hypocritical for me to say we should slow growth, since I myself come
from another state, I'll say it. While most wildlife is very resilient, there is a point of no
return. Even with all the warnings about habitat loss and degradation, folks are going to
wake up one day and say, "where did it all go, and why didn't we do something?" It
would be nice to wake up now. I'd like to see more proactive solutions that don't get
bogged down by lobbyists rather than the reactive practices that have been the general
policy.


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UF FLORIDA
IFAS Extension


Inside this issue:

Program Update 1
Winners: 2006 FMNP 2
Achievement Awards
Environmental Education 3
and Conservation Events


Wild Eye, Interpretive
Tracks
Honor Roll of Florida
Master Naturalists
Class Information,
Contacts


Track Trivia




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2006 FMNP Regional Instructor Achievement Awards


Northwest Region
Scott Jackson, Co-Leader
Okaloosa, Walton County
Sea Grant Extension
Sheila Dunning, Co-Leader
Okaloosa, Walton County Extension


North Central Region
Angela Yau, Leader
Morningside Nature Center


Northeast Region
Carol Wyninger, Leader
Duval County Extension


Central West Region (tie)
Jeanne Murphy, Leader
Pinellas County Extension


Karen Pate, Leader
Crystal Springs Preserve


Central Region
Charles Fedunak, Co-Leader
Lake County Extension


Teresa Watkins, Co-Leader
Orange, Lake, and Seminole County
Extension


Central East Region
David Griffis, Leader
Volusia County Extension


Southeast Region
Steve Bass, Leader
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center


Southwest Region
Sally Stein, Leader
Audubon
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Awards were based on number of
instructor classes from 2001-2005


2006 Florida Master Naturalist Individual Achievement Awards by Region


Lesley Cox
Northwest Region


Thomas Southern
North Central Region


Jamy Rose
Northeast Region


Jean Challis
Joan Klimm
Central East Region


Neta Villalobos-Bell
Central Region


Warren Blodgett
Central West Region 2006


Margaret England
Southwest Region


Shawn McCall
Southeast Region


Master Naturalists were nominated by
their instructors for outstanding
education & conservation efforts


FMNP Chapter
of the Year Award


FMNP Video Production Awards


Pinellas

Continued Education Committee


Al Williamson
Producer/Director
Florida Master Naturalist Program
Video Series


Robert Annis
Associate Producer
Florida Master Naturalist Program
Video Series


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Florida Fall Environmental Education and Conservation Events


Southwest

Woodworking For Birds

Nest boxes are important for birds and could easily increase the amount of birds you see in your backyard. Learn how to build,
maintain and place bird houses. Join us at Picayune Strand State Forest. 09:00 AM 01:00 PM: Saturday, November 18, 2006.
Registration is required one week in advance to help us plan ahead. For information or registration call Carlos Bustos at
239.690.3500, ext. 123 or email at bustosc@doacs.state.fl.us.



Southeast

UF/IFAS Palm Beach County Extension's Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Bus Tour

Date: Thursday, November 9, 2006, Time: 8:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
Departing From/Returning To: Palm Beach County Extension Office/Mounts Botanical Garden Parking Lot, Mounts Building, 531
North Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL

Registration Fee: $10 (includes lunch) To register: (1) Phone the PBC Extension Office at (561) 233-1725 to ensure a seat is avail-
able and to sign-up for the tour. (2) Mail in your registration and $10 registration fee. Space is limited to 40 participants.



Central East

Celebrate "Make a Difference Day" at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Help the Mosquito Lagoon Oyster
Reef Restoration Project: Saturday, October 28 from 1 pm 3pm.


The plan is to restore reefs across about 40 acres with the help of volunteers. The restored reefs will increase the
numbers of oysters and other wildlife that use oyster reefs for shelter.


We need volunteers to help make 4,500 oyster shell "mats". These mats serve as the building blocks for the oyster
reefs. You need to be 11 years old or older and You need to RSVP please because space is limited to 25 people.
To make reservations: contact Ranger Nancy Corona at 321-861-0668 or email at Nancy_Corona@fws.gov
The Refuge Visitor Center is located on SR 402, 5 miles east of U.S. 1 in Titusville.


Central

7th Annual Great Outdoor Days Fest and Farm City Days This year's event will include activities and exhibits focusing on conserva-
tion, environmental education, hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation organized into a series of villages.

10:00 AM 05:30 PM Weekday(s): Saturday, October 28, 2006 to Sunday, October 29, 2006


Add your event!

We have several calendars for environmental edu-
cation events. Go to www.MasterNaturalist.org
and click on the Master Naturalist Regional chap-
ter near you.

Click the Calendar of Events link.

You may submit new events by clicking on
"Suggest Entry."


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Wild Eye Watch < on:


American Crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) 7-15'
Identifiers: body olive with narrow snout, irregular dorsal armor, o
4 scales at base of head, front 2 teeth penetrate upper jaw C2
Adaptations: silver iris, raised nostrils can be closed by a valve, black
sensory pits around the jaws are pressure sensors for prey detection
Status: endangered species, found only in south Florida .
Range: Extreme south Florida, Central and South America r
Habitat: freshwater and brackish coastal habitats
Diet: mainly fish, some turtles, crabs, and birds
Fun Facts:
- dry season courtship period can last up to two months
- mainly a hole nester, occasionally will build mound nests
- lack of parental care, juveniles move away within a few days of hatching
The endangered American Crocodile has suffered from over hunting during 1930-1960 for the leather market, loss of mangrove
swamps outside Everglades National Park, and human disturbance including poaching, road-kills, gill-netting, and nest distur-
bance. These factors, combined with low breeding rates and lack of parental care observed among alligators, resulted in popula-
tion declines and listing under the endangered species act. Decrease in numbers from 1930 to 1960 was due to demand for the
leather products. The US Fish and Wildlife service formulated a recovery plan for the croc in 1984 that includes habitat protec-
tion, monitoring, mortality reduction through education and highway underpasses, and a potential captive breeding program. In
1993, 34 Florida nests were recorded and the number has been increasing. For more info: i I i. 1 .flmnh.ufl.edu/cnhc/.



Interpretive Tracks $ '

Interpretive Hardware and Software for Florida Master Naturalists; November 4th, 2006, FMNP Annual Meeting.
By Steve Bass


How many ways can you think of to use a mirror when leading a field trip? A bandana? A plastic bag? Master Naturalist In-
structor and Nature Center Manager Steve Bass will discuss and demonstrate interpretive equipment and techniques for Flor-
ida Master Naturalists. He will present a bag of tools and tricks gleaned from thirty years of outdoor interpretive experience
and invites participants to share their favorites too. Finally, Steve will lead the group outdoors to demonstrate these tools (and
how to use them) in a natural habitat. Discussion topics along the way will be: organizing your trip, picking a field trip site,
prepping your group, modeling environmental responsibility, insect-o-phobia, setting up a dynamic, connecting with the mod-
ule, and much more.


Tips For Working With Children, by Vicky and J.D. Mendenhall; November 4th, 2006
To Maintain Appropriate Behavior; ,
+ Make your expectations clear from the very beginning (e.g., no one may be on the stage)
+ Handle challenges with patience and determination
+ Give them something to do, like holding props
+ Stand next to the child with your hand on their shoulder
+ Ask help from adults
+ Don't lose your temper or yell Wolf Spider,
+ Be an example from Archbold Biological station,
"Discovering Florida Scrub."
+ Don't make empty threats; be consistent on how you handle problems

These are excerpts from 2 presentations that will be given to Florida Master Naturalists & Instructors, Haines
City, Nov. 4, 2006 Please Join Us!

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New Additions to the Honor Role of Florida Master Naturalists

Individuals that completed Coastal, Wetlands, and Uplands modules during July-September 2006

To view the complete list of Florida Master Naturalist Graduates: www.MasterNaturalist.org, click on "Student Database"


Freshwater Wetlands Coastal Systems Upland Habitats
Instructor Organization Instructor Organization Instructor Organization


Florida
Master Naturalist

Frank Adams
Deboran Albritton
Gregory Allard
Tom Anderson
Emilia Arrington
Susan Avery
Diane Bilodeau
Phillip Buchanan
Maria Cleaver
Catherine Eason
Daniel Eaton
Manuel Fernandez
Guy Hickman
Terrell Hickman
Nicole Holmberg
Robert Hughes
Fred Jacobsen
Johnson-
Karen Folsom
Catherine Kearns
Missy Laycock
James Long
Carolyn Luneack
Margaret Maran
Shawn McCall
Kathryn Meaux
Kimberly Mohlenhoff
William Munsey
Pamela Murfey
Gary Nederveld
Ronald Newman
Marilyn O'Dea
Roger Quackenbush
Mariela Rich
William Rossley
Kathryn Rothenburg
Christopher Rusnak
Rachel Ryan
Tom Shay
Janet Surrency
Judith Von Eiff
Keith Welsh
Grant Worsley


Rookery Bay NERR
Crystal Springs Preserve
Ostego Bay Foundation
Crystal Springs Preserve
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Historic Spanish Point
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Rookery Bay NERR
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Crystal Springs Preserve
Sanibel Captiva Conservation F
Crystal Springs Preserve
Env Learning Center
Env Learning Center
Crystal Springs Preserve
Ostego Bay Foundation
Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center

Crystal Springs Preserve


Dade Co. Sea Grant Extension Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Crystal Springs Preserve Crystal Springs Preserve
Ostego Bay Foundation Sanibel Captiva Conservation
Crystal Springs Preserve Crystal Springs Preserve
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Crystal Springs Preserve Historic Spanish Point
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Crystal Springs Preserve Crystal Springs Preserve
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Ostego Bay Foundation Ostego Bay Foundation
Crystal Springs Preserve Crystal Springs Preserve
Ostego Bay Foundation Ostego Bay Foundation
Crystal Springs Preserve Pinellas County Extension
Crystal Springs Preserve Crystal Springs Preserve
Crystal Springs Preserve The Whitney Lab
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Crystal Springs Preserve Crystal Springs Preserve
Crystal Springs Preserve Crystal Springs Preserve
Crystal Springs Preserve Crystal Springs Preserve
Crystal Springs Preserve Crystal Springs Preserve
The Conservancy of SW FL Sanibel Captiva Conservation
Crystal Springs Preserve Crystal Springs Preserve
Duval Co Ext/St.Johns Parks Appalachicola NERR


Audubon Corkscrew Swamp
Crystal Springs Preserve
Audubon Corkscrew Swamp
Crystal Springs Preserve
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Lee County Parks & Recreation
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Crystal Springs Preserve
:D. Ostego Bay Foundation
Crystal Springs Preserve
Env Learning Center
Env Learning Center
Crystal Springs Preserve
Audubon Corkscrew Swamp
Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center

Crystal Springs Preserve


Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Crystal Springs Preserve
FD. Lee County Parks & Recreation
Crystal Springs Preserve
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Crystal Springs Preserve
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Crystal Springs Preserve
Riverwoods Field Lab/FAU
Audubon Corkscrew Swamp
Crystal Springs Preserve
Ostego Bay Foundation
Learning Gate Com. School
Crystal Springs Preserve
Alachua County Extension
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Crystal Springs Preserve
Crystal Springs Preserve
Crystal Springs Preserve
Crystal Springs Preserve
FD. Audubon Corkscrew Swamp
Crystal Springs Preserve
Clay County Extension


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Ostego Bay Foundation
Crystal Springs Preserve
Ostego Bay Foundation
Crystal Springs Preserve
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Crystal Springs Preserve
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Ostego Bay Foundation
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Crystal Springs Preserve
Ostego Bay Foundation
Crystal Springs Preserve
Env Learning Center
Env Learning Center
Crystal Springs Preserve
Ostego Bay Foundation
Crystal Springs Preserve

Crystal Springs Preserve


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Current Course Offerings

Freshwater Wetlands Module

November 1-December 6, 2006 (Highlands County)
March 10-April 21, 2007 (Palm Beach County)
April 3-28, 2007 (Clay County)

Coastal Systems Module

February 6-27, 2007 (Collier County)
February 12-March 10, 2007 (Duval County)
March 1-April 5, 2007 (Volusia County)

Upland Habitats Module

November 5-December 3, 2006 (Brevard County)
January 6-February 24, 2007 (Palm Beach County)
January 11-February 15, 2007 (Volusia County)
January 12-February 16, 2007 (St. Lucie County)
April 24-May 1, 2007 (Collier County)
Go to http://www.MasterNaturalist.orgl
Click on "Course Offerings" 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 Newsletter Staff

Editor: Dr. Martin Main
Managing Editor: Ginger Allen
Contributing Editor: Julie Carson
Web Coordinator: Buddy Walker
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OUR FRAGILE ENVIRONMENT
by Florida Master Naturalist Mortimer L. Smedley
I recently returned from a journey from a Ft. Pierce Harbor
Branch Oceanographic Institution expedition to Barbados and
Cape Verde, on the Research Vessel Seward Johnson.
I linked up with the ship in Barbados. We left the following day
for Cape Verde. The ship has 11 crewmembers and 26 science
personnel from prestigious schools throughout the United States,
France, Canada, and Germany.
The Chief Scientist was Dr. Joseph Montoya, Professor of Biologi-
cal Oceanography at Georgia Institute of Technology. The project
consisted of performing molecular analyses, time-series sample
collections at sea, experimental manipulations, and some mo-
lecular analyses of certain microorganisms known as diazotrophs.
The productivity of the oceans and, hence, the ability of these
regions to remove CO2 from the atmosphere, is controlled by the
availability of inorganic nutrients. In large areas of the oceans,
inorganic nutrient concentrations are below standard. In contrast
to nutrients such as phosphorus or iron, atmospheric nitrogen is
available to certain microorganisms (diazotrophs). It has been
argued that nitrogen should not limit productivity of the oceans,
since N2-fixation can make up any deficits. Interest in N2-
fixation has intensified over the past decade. Did you know that
in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean there is virtually no food
source for any living creatures until you get down close to the
bottom or near eddies? We left Cape Verde and headed back to
Barbados via a route that took us south of the Equator. We per-
formed scientific operations along the along the entire route. It
was a good trip, very educational, and a great experience.


Research Vessel
Seward Johnson











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


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