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IJanuary 2007


FMNP 2006 Update


2006 was another great year for the Florida Master Naturalist Program!
Kudos to FMNP Instructors and Master Naturalist graduates for their accomplishments.
Highlights during 2006 included:
A total of 45 FMNP courses were completed in 24 locations throughout Florida
(14 Coastal Systems, 16 Freshwater Wetlands, and 15 Upland Habitats courses).
640 Florida Master Naturalist students were awarded FMNP Certificates of
Achievement during 2006, which increased our total to approximately 2,800.
109 FMNP Grads completed all 3 FMNP modules and became "Master Naturalists."
The number of local or regional FMNP Chapters grew to 9 (read more about FMNP
Chapters on page 2 of this newsletter).
We hosted the first FMNP statewide conference and reunion in November. The
conference was attended by more than 100 participants who attended workshops
provided by FMNP Instructors, met and socialized with other FMNP Grads and
Instructors from around the state, and had opportunities to go on local field trips.
Because our first event was so successful, we've scheduled the 2007 FMNP Annual
Meeting at the same location. So mark your calendars for November 9-11, 2007, and
this time bring a fishing pole!


FMNP Instructor Spotlight: Randy McCormick, Rookery Bay NERR
How did you get involved in Environmental Education?
I've been exploring nature since I learned to walk.
In my 40s, I left a business career and obtained an
M.S. in environmental education at the Audubon
Expedition Institute. My education philosophy in-
cludes the premise that information without experi-
ence is trivial. The combination of the two is pow-
erful. My job is to facilitate a connection between
people and places. When you do that well, you are
doing something that matters.
What is your most memorable EE moment?
I treasure small moments. Like the time when the
little boy held my hand at the end of our nature
walk. Or when a high school senior said, "Look, the
Gulf of Mexico! I've never seen it before."
Randy McCormick, www.rookerybay.orq
What is your vision for Florida's future?
Aldo Leopold said, "The penalty of an ecological education is the realization that we live
in a world of wounds." I see Florida's wild places becoming smaller, fragmented, man-
aged "units." I hope that the people living around these lands will learn to love and care
for them like their lives depended on it (indirectly, it does). Rachael Carson said, "Those
who dwell as scientists or laymen among the mysteries of the earth are never alone or
weary of life. Those who contemplate the beauty of earth find reserves of strength that
will endure as long as life lasts."


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Inside this issue:

Program Update 1
Regional Chapter News 2
Environmental Education 3
and Conservation Events
Wild Eye, Interpretive 4
Tracks
Honor Roll of Florida 5
Master Naturalists
Class Information, 6
Contacts

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FMNP Regional Chapter News
The formation of Regional Chapters will provide direct benefits to FMNP Instructors and Students as they continue their
life-long learning and discovery process. Below is a listing of current FMNP Regional Chapters.
The effort to develop more chapters is currently under way. FMNP Graduates are always welcome to join in.

Northwest Florida FMNP Regional Chapter
(Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Northeast Florida Chapter
Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Liberty, Frank- (Nassau, Baker, Duval, Clay, Putnam, St. Johns, Flagler)
lin) FMNP facilitator: Carol Wyninger
FMNP facilitators: Chris Verlinde, and Denise Williams Phone: 904-387-8850 Email: wyninger@comcast.net
Chapter website

Alachua C y F P C r Central Florida Chapter (Volusia, Marion, Sumter, Lake,
P facitat: B ne, NCpSeminole, Orange, Polk, Osceola, Hardee, Desoto, High-
FMNP facilitators: Bill Rossey, Lorraine Williams, l
Patti Anderson lands); FMNP facilitator: David Griffis,
Patti Anderson
Email: dgriffis@ifas.ufl.edu, Phone: 386-822-5778

Nature Coast Chapter Pasco County Chapter
(Levy, Citrus, Hernando) Crystal Springs Preserve
FMNP facilitators: Warren Blodgett, FMNP facilitator: Karen Pate, Email: karen8948@aol.com
Vicky and JD Mendenhall Phone: 813-715-9707

Pinellas County Chapter
FMNP facilitator: Jeanne Murphy, Central East Florida FMNP Regional Chapter
Email: imurphy@co.pinellas.fl.us (Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie, Okeechobee, *Martin
Phone: 727-582-2461 county folks welcome)
Meetings: 10-11 a.m. second Tuesday of each month FMNP facilitator: Cory Findley
Meeting location: Pinellas County Extension Office

Southwest Florida FMNP Regional Chapter
(Charlotte, Glades, Lee, Hendry, Collier)
FMNP facilitator: Jennifer Crawford


For a full afternoon on October 29th, Dr. George Wilder, an expert in plant
anatomy and morphology, spoke to members of the SW Florida Master
Naturalist Chapter, emphasizing the importance of providing a permanent
herbarium record of local plant life to future generations. (Photo of SW
Florida FMNP student mounting a herbarium specimen)


Speaking in the lab of Whitaker Hall at Florida Gulf Coast University,
Dr. Wilder discussed his mission to preserve a botanical record of Collier
and Lee counties. He stated his work is urgent because the massive, rapid
development occurring in Southwest Florida that often occurs without ade-
quate consideration of the environment will surely extirpate many species.
Herbarium specimens are important botanical records because they best
record the information essential to plant identification.

Tell us what your FMNP Chapter has been learning or contributing to!


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SFlorida Winter Environmental Education and Conservation Events


Southwest
Rookery Bay Reserve, Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples, Saturday, Mar 24, 2007. 10:00 3:00
Southwest Florida History & Archeology Festival
We will focus on Collier County's rich historical heritage. Enjoy presentations by renowned archeological experts, ven-
ture outside for authentic pioneer life. Ages 12 and under, free. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Echo's Mushroom Cultivation Workshop. A 2-day workshop in North Fort Myers. Learn how to grow edible mushrooms
in your home. Learn tissue culture, spawn techniques, growing procedures. Lunch, lab materials, container and home
supplies included. Cost $175. Dates Feb 4 & 11, March 18 & 25, April 8 & 15. Call 239-543-3246 for information.

Southeast
FEBRUARY 17-Florida Yards and Neighborhoods, Demonstration Garden Open House
Palm Beach County Community College and the University of Florida/Palm Beach County Extension Service. Activities
include music, refreshments, Tai Chi and garden tours. Free seedlings and other giveaways. All ages welcome.
Time: 10:00 am 2:00 pm, Fee: Free, Location: N. Side Grassy Waters Preserve. www.grassywaterspreserve.com

Palm Beach County Extension and Grassy Waters Preserve are partnering to provide an exciting continuing education
course, Natural Resource Issues Facing South Florida. This 6-week course (Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. 8:30
p.m.) will begin on February 6th. The meeting location is Grassy Waters Preserve, North Side Everglades Pavilion,
8537 North Lake Blvd., West Palm Beach. Contact Alyssa Dodd, (ADodd@ifas.ufl.edu) or (561) 233-1725.

Central East
Wildflower Festival, March 31. Volusia County Fairgrounds.
Saturday 8:30 am-12:00 pm. Free Admission. Call DeLand: (386) 822-5778 for more information.

Florida Fossiling Fun, Environmental Learning Center, Vero Beach For more information call 772.589.5050
February 16, 10:30 am 11:30 am $12/adult $10/adult member $7/child $5/child mbr
Join a local fossil guide from Paleo Discoveries as we explore our Florida's pre-history with emphasis on local fossils
and geology. Have fun with a hands-on fossil exhibit and an opportunity to find fossils on your own. Ages 6 and up.

St. Lucie River Tour, February 17th & March 17th, 9am to 1pm. St. Lucie Oxbow Eco Center.
Guided Canoe/Kayak Tours. Join an Oxbow naturalist for a leisurely paddle down the North Fork of the St Lucie River.
Where a hat and sunscreen, bring some water and pack a lunch or snack to eat when we dock midway through our
journey. Fee is $10 per person. Children 5-7 are free. RSVP & prepayment is required. Call 785-5833.
Central
Everglades: An American Treasure Workshop, Riverwoods Field Lab on March 31, 2007, from 9am-4pm for this excit-
ing workshop. Download the registration form http://riverwoods.ces.fau.edu/and fax it to: 863/462-5331.
Northeast
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society Bird Walk
Bird Walk in Sandestin. Meet at Mid-Bay Bridge Walgreens, Destin 7:30 AM. Call Thelma Phillips 218-9620
"Right Whales"-Frank Gromling of Flagler Beach is an educator and a writer. His book, Frank's Whales, is a story of
Right whales. His presentation will be about his experiences with these fascinating animals. OWC Niceville campus in
the Learning Resources Center (LRC), Room 131. www.choctawhatcheeaudubon.org


Add your event! We have several calendars for environmental education events. Go to
www.MasterNaturalist.org and click on the Master Naturalist Regional chapter near you. Click the Calendar
of Events link. You may submit new events by click on "Suggest Entry."


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Wild Eye Watch 'on:

Southern Yellow Jacket (Vespula squamosa) 1 /2"
Identifiers: smooth body is black with yellow mark-
ings,
see http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu
Adaptations: venomous, stinging social insect -
Range: eastern United States, parts of Mexico and
Central America
Habitat: urban areas, open woods a
Diet: other insects
Fun Facts:
- colony is initiated by a single orange queen that is larger in size
- workers construct colony out of chewed vegetable fiber
Yellowjackets are hornets. Two of the 16 Nearctic species of Vespula are found in Florida. They include the eastern
yellowjacket (V. maculifrons) and the southern yellowjacket (V. squamosa). Another hornet found in Florida that be-
Longs to a different genus (Dolichovespula) is the baldfaced hornet (D. maculate). The picture above of a southern
yellow jacket nest was taken on Pine Island in southwest Florida. The gray papery material is some 4 feet across and one
foot high. Nests often are built underground, but if the nest becomes too large or partly filled with soil, the nest may
expand to the surface. Large nests may last several years and contain thousands of hornets and numerous exit holes,
so be cautious around nests because hornets are aggressive when disturbed and each hornet can inflict multiple
stings. Important nest predators probably included bears historically.


Interpretive Tracks 0 P d *

5 Principles on How to Interpret Nature to Children
Adapted from Sharing Nature with Children by Joseph Bharat Cornell
1) Teach less and share more
Share your own observations about the tree, animal or bird and how its unusual features
help it survive; make them wonder
2) Be receptive
Listen carefully to their comments and questions and watch their expressions
3) Focus the child's attention without delay
Some children are not used to watching nature closely, so find interesting sights and sounds
4) Look and experience first; talk later
Let the child become absorbed in the moment before you inter-
rupt; remember to use multiple senses-seeing ,hearing, touching
and smelling-while exploring
5) A sense of joy should permeate the experience
Keep the outing happy and enthusiastic; your enthusiasm will be
contagious
Rhino Beetle,
from Archbold Biological station,
"Discovering Florida Scrub."
Underlying these principles are basic attitudes of respect and reverence
for nature and children.


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New Additions to the Honor Role of Florida Master Naturalists

Individuals who completed Coastal, Wetlands, and Uplands modules during October-December 2006

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

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


Crystal River Preserve
Blue-McLean State Park
Crystal River Preserve
Coffee State Park
Crystal River Preserve
Olsen State Park
Crystal River Preserve
Sullivan State Park
van Voorthui- Crystal River Preserve
jsen State Park
Audubon Corkscrew
Findley Swamp
Audubon Corkscrew
Gonzalez Swamp
Audubon Corkscrew
McGrath Swamp
Audubon Corkscrew
Rogers Swamp
Audubon Corkscrew
Ritas Swamp
Jacobs Pinellas County Extension
Malo Pinellas County Extension
Stalbird Pinellas County Extension
Duval Co. Extension/
Walker St.Johns Parks


Crystal River Preserve State
Park
Crystal River Preserve State
Park
Crystal River Preserve State
Park
Crystal River Preserve State
Park
Crystal River Preserve State
Park

The Whitney Lab
Sanibel Captiva Conservation
FD.
Sanibel Captiva Conservation
FD.

Rookery Bay NERR

The Conservancy of SW FL
Pinellas County Extension
Pinellas County Extension
Pinellas County Extension

The Whitney Lab


Crystal River Preserve State
Park
Crystal River Preserve State
Park
Crystal River Preserve State
Park
Crystal River Preserve State
Park
Crystal River Preserve State
Park

Brevard County Parks

Audubon Corkscrew Swamp

Ostego Bay Foundation

Audubon Corkscrew Swamp

Audubon Corkscrew Swamp
Pinellas County Extension
Pinellas County Extension
Pinellas County Extension

Alachua County Extension


Electronic Environmental Education Tools

The DVD "Mollusks in Action" is available through Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum. Cost is $22.50 plus postage charge.
http://www.shellmuseum.orR/ and must be ordered by phone toll free 1-888-679-6450.


The Southeast Climate Consortium released this month its latest climate outlook for the agricultural and natural re-
source management. In it you can find discussions about the current conditions in the SE US, a general climate out-
look for the next few months. To view details, go to www.agclimate.org.


MASTER WILDLIFE 2005 DVDs, TAPES AND MATERIALS NOW AVAILABLE AT: http://masterwildlifer.org/.
Background: Master Wildlifer was a satellite broadcast, Clemson University Extension short course for landowners and
land managers across the southeast who are interested in integrating wildlife considerations into their current land
use. Farmers, forestland owners, and others interested in wildlife will find Master Wildlifer to be a wealth of practical
information that will serve as a guide to develop and improve wildlife habitat on their land. Special emphasis is
placed on wildlife species (game species) that offer landowners additional sources of income through recreational
access fees.
Disclaimer: announcement of educational materials is provided as an informational service and does not constitute
either endorsement or evaluation of products by the Florida Master Naturalist Program or the University of
FloridallFAS.


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Current Course Offerings

Freshwater Wetlands Module
February 27-April 24, 2007 (Santa Rosa County)
March 2-April 6, 2007 (Lee County)
March 10-April 21, 2007 (Palm Beach County)
March 19-April 6, 2007 (Palm Beach County)
April 3-28, 2007 (Clay County)

Coastal Systems Module
March 1-April 5, 2007 (Volusia County)
April 14-May 6, 2007 (Brevard County)
May 7-June 25, 2007 (Citrus County)

Upland Habitats Module
February 26-March 2, 2007 (Pasco County)
March 19-March 29, 2007 (Lake County)
April 18-May 23, 2007 (Osceola County)
April 24-May 1, 2007 (Collier County)


Go to http://www.MasterNaturalist.org/
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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There is a silver lining
by Florida Master Naturalist Instructor Lynn Lisenby,
Professor of Biological Sciences, Florida Community College, Jacksonville
Tree Hill Nature Center (www.treehill.org) is a Jacksonville non-
profit organization and is where all third-graders in Duval County
go to receive hands-on science applications. Field trips are led
over its 55-acre natural setting, and children roam and learn
what nature is really all about. There is a small but wonderful
nature/interpretive center there that contains live snakes, tur-
tles, frogs, etc. Tree Hill hired Jamy Rose, a Florida Master
Naturalist, when it finally received funding for a full-time natu-
ralist. Many volunteer and part-time teachers work for Tree Hill,
and even with all of their experience, Jamy was selected out of
50 applicants because of the knowledge gained from her FMNP
certification. Once she began working there, she expressed so
much enthusiasm for the FMNP that her employer wrote a grant
and received funding to send 10 part-time employees and volun-
teers through the FMNP training.
I watched Jamy deliver a public program on reptiles and am-
phibians. She fed the animals, discussed their lifestyles and al-
lowed the children to touch each one. For four hours, she enter-
tained children and adults alike. I was fascinated with her
knowledge and delivery. Both had increased so much, and it all
started with FMNP!
Jamy actively promotes the FMNP and embodies all of the values
that we have instilled in our students. For all of the above rea-
sons, I nominated her for the 2006 Northeast Florida Master
Naturalist of the Year Award. When she received her award at
the 2006 FMNP Annual Meeting (picture below) Jamy said, "thank
you for helping me obtain my dream job; I am truly fortunate."


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


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