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IJuly 2007


FMNP 2007 Annual Conference


It's almost time for the 2nd annual FMNP conference! This year's meeting is at the same
great location near Haines City. The 3-day conference is scheduled November 9, 10 and
11, 2007. All FMNP graduates (any module), Instructors and adult guests are welcome.
This is your opportunity to meet program participants and Instructors from around the
state. For conference details and registration, visit www.MasterNaturalist.org.
Registration is $125 for FMNP students and Instructors and $150 for guests. Registration
includes meals, educational workshops, guided field trips, entertainment and skill build-
ing and a goody bag. The awards banquet will recognize special achievers, instructors,
and regional chapters. Workshops will showcase some of Florida's best educators. Guided
field trips will include a variety of Central Florida habitats, from scrub to longleaf pine.
Please consider contributing items to the FMNP silent auction and be ready to bid often
and excessively ;).
Over 100 FMNP naturalists gathered together last year and enjoyed great food, atmos-
phere, and gaining new insights and new friends. They left the conference naturally su-
per charged. So please join Ginger, our Pinellas County Chapter conference organizers,
all your fellow FMNP classmates, and me at the meeting in November! See you there!
Marty Main, FMNP Program Leader


FMNP Instructor Spotlight: Brandon Smith,
Environmental Program Coordinator, Brevard County Riverwalk Nature Center
How did you get started in Environmental Education
(EE)?
I fell into it. I was assisting with sea turtle research at
the Archie Carr Refuge when a volunteer told me of an
Erna Nixon Park job. With her recommendation, I was
hired in 2000 as naturalist. In 2004, I became supervi-

Swalk. I was eager to get into marine education and
had a blast designing exhibits and programs.
a What is your most memorable EE moment?
The first was during a public sea turtle nesting walk.
I was one of two scouts sitting at the turtle's front
flippers to keep observers back. As she finished Lay-
ing, we stood up. HatchLing turtles from an older nest
started to erupt from where the other scout had been
sitting. As we tried to keep hatchlings from falling in the new turtle nest a young boy exclaimed, "I
thought it takes two months for eggs to hatch." The other moment answered why we do EE. A young
blind girl joined our ocean program. Part of the program involves beachcombing. I stayed back with the
girl and collected shells for her. I described the animals that had Lived in each shell as she carefully felt
each one. Her questions and enthusiasm reassured me that I was in the right career.
What is your vision for Florida's future? Mixed. Palm Bay is the fastest growing city in Brevard and one of
the fastest in the state. I see constant development engulfing natural areas, and much of it is sitting va-
cant. At the same time, I appreciate the area that my county put aside for conservation. ALthough many
of our natural areas don't have the connectivity needed to sustain wildlife populations, many people are
trying to fix that. I hope some children I provide education to will be inspired to keep Florida green.


UF UNIVERSITY of
UFLORIDA
IFAS Extension


Inside this issue:


Program Update
Environmental
Education Events
Wild Eye,
Interpretive Tracks
Honor Roll of Florida
Master Naturalists
Class Information,
Graduate Story



Track Trivia
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Florida Master Naturalist Program


Newsletter Volume 7, No.3







a Florida Summer Environmental Education and Conservation Events



Northwest Region: Jackson County
10:00am 2:00pm, Camp Florida Friendly for Adults
This is a 6-part series of classes on the following dates: July 10, July 12, July 17, July 19, 24, 26. Subjects covered: BMP for FL
Friendly Yards, landscape design, water features, irrigation, rain barrels, trees, propagation, bulbs, grasses, annuals, perennials
and poisonous plants. Cost is $25.00 for all classes or $5 for individual classes. Mail check made payable to DCOHAC to Camp Flor-
ida Friendly, 1010 N. McDuff Ave. Jacksonville, FL 32254. For more information, please call Evie Pankok or Becky Davidson at 904-
387-8850. Location: 1010 N. McDuff Ave. Jacksonville, Fl
Central West Region: Manatee County
August 9, 2007 ( Thursday ) 2:00pm 4:00pm, Home Composting Workshop
Learn how to turn kitchen scraps and yard waste into useful soil amendments. Participants will learn about the FYN principles and
details about how to setup a home compost bin. You will leave with a compost bin to take home. Cost for this workshop is $10.00,
make check payable to "Friends of Extension." Please register at least one week in advance by contacting Cheryl at 941-722-4524 or
941-742-5986. Location: Horticulture Learning Center, 1303 17th Street W, Palmetto, FL
Central West Region: Hillsborough County, September 5, 2007 ( Wednesday )7:00pm, Organic Gardening
Organic Gardening,Master Gardener Ardell O'Neal, Bloomingdale Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico, 33594.
Location: Bloomingdale Library
Central Region: Osceola County
July 27, 2007 ( Friday ), 6:30pm 10:15pm, Woods Walk
Take an evening walk in the woods. View the sunset and observe the woods in the moonlight. Registration is required. Please call
321-697-3015. Location: Sunset Ranch
Central Region: Osceola County
August 4, 2007 ( Saturday ), 9:00am Noon, Low Maintenance Landscapes
Save water and energy, reduce pollution, protect our environment. Register online at www.tohowater.com or call 407-518-2578.
Location: Poinciana Library
South Central Region: Hillsborough County, September 15, 2007 ( Saturday ), 8:30am 11:30am
Compost Happens, Rain Barrel E Water-Wise Workshops
Compost Happens 8:30-9:30. Rain Barrel 9:30-10:30. Water-Wise 10:30-11:30. Hillsborough County Extension, 5339 County Road
579, Seffner, 33584. Pre-registration is required. Location: Hillsborough County Extension Office
South West Region: Lee County
July 21, ( Saturday ) or Aug. 11, ( Saturday ) or Sept. 22, ( Saturday ) 9:00am Noon, Florida Yards E Neighborhoods Class. Join us
in our class and learn the 9 principles that guide the program. Each principle is explored in class so you can apply what you learn to
your own yard. Plant selection and placement, efficient irrigation, proper mulching and techniques to obtain a beautiful and
healthy yard will be discussed. COST: $5.00. To register call 239-461-7515
Location: Rutenberg Facility, 6490 South Pointe Blvd., Ft. Myers, FL
Collier County, Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center! Summer hours: Monday Friday, 9 am 4 pm (June-November
1.) Admission: $5 for adults, $3 for kids 6-12, FREE for kids under 6. Through August 10, the following daily programs will be of-
fered at 10:30 am: Mondays- Coastal Connections program, good for any age. Tuesdays- Native Plants and More Join a Rookery
Bay naturalist on a walking tour of the grounds and discover many of the fascinating uses for native plants. Wednesday Estuary
Tales and Answer Hunt! Estuary Tales; Ages 3-5. Thursdays- Native Plants and More 2:00 pm every day: Fascinating Nature Film/
coastal environment. See amazing underwater photography Kids FREE Friday (10 am 3 pm) Watch as our naturalist feeds our fish,
enjoy an early-afternoon program, and nature film. Learn about manatees, sharks, or even snakes! Ages 12 and under, free. Chil-
dren must be accompanied by a paying adult. Bring a bag lunch to enjoy on our outdoor patio


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 clicking on "Suggest Entry".

Electronic Educational Tools 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 Florida/IFAS.

Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College has an information-packed Web site for teaching earth science:
http://serc.carleton.edu/


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Wild Eye Watch 0

Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) Body 10-12", 9 pounds "
Identifiers: brown domed top shell, golden brown bottom shell, legs and head -
Adaptations: front legs are flipper shaped with sharp claws for burrowing,
- back legs are elephant-like
Range: southern plain states
Habitat: interior scrub, dry pine flatwoods, coastal dunes
Diet: low growing upland plants and fruits
Fun Facts: males have indented bottom shell for mating
- tortoise racing (now illegal) used to be a popular past-time
- eaten for food until protected by law USFWS photo
The gopher tortoise belongs to a group of land tortoises that originated in North Amer-
ica 60 million years ago, thus making it one of the oldest living species. Gopher tortoises can be found throughout Florida, southern
Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama and Eastern Louisiana. Gopher tortoises grow and age slowly, not reaching sexual
maturity until 12-15 years of age.
The gopher tortoise is one of the few tortoises to make burrows averaging 30 feet in length. These burrows protect the tortoise
from cold, drought, fire and provide shelter to other animals. Small animals may live with the tortoise (gopher frogs, inverte-
brates, lizards) and over 250 animal species (commensals) have been recorded using the burrows (burrowing owls, rabbits, quail,
snakes, foxes, etc). The Florida Gopher tortoise is listed by the state as a species of special concern, primarily because of loss of
habitat. We can help by preserving Upland habitat and stopping for tortoises when they are crossing the road. However, you must
never carry tortoises from one area to another as they can carry diseases which can infect healthy groups.



Interpretive Tracks 4


Hook, Meat, and Message
by Vicky Mendenhall, FMNP Instructor, Crystal River Preserve State Park Volunteer Coordinator
Hook, Meat, and Message is an interpretive technique developed by Disney's Animal Kingdom education
department. Disney recognizes that its visitors are recreational learners. Often visitors are racing to at-
tractions and do not always take time to read signs or take advantage of information without prompting.
If you or your organization has a commitment to conservation, education should be taken very seriously.
This tool is designed to get out a conservation message in a fast-paced visitor environment.
Hook, Meat, and Message is conversational, quick, but with purpose. The 'Hook' is usually initiated by
staff, but could begin with a question from a visitor. The hook is that question or comment that draws the
visitor to you. An example used during roving interpretation might be someone holding a baby alligator.
The question, "Have you ever touched an alligator?" would be the 'hook' to draw the guest's attention.
Or holding diamond back terrapin: "Have you ever seen this kind of turtle before?"
The 'Meat' is a few quick sentences that give information. It is tailored to the listener and can be ex-
panded upon by their responses. This requires being familiar enough with the subject matter that you can
be flexible in your approach. "This terrapin is the world's only brackish water turtle."


Diamond back terrapin
drawing by early English
naturalist: John White.


The 'Message' is an appropriate conservation point. Again, it may need to be tailored to the age or cul-
ture. Using the alligator example, an appropriate message for adults could be protection status or safety issues. With a child, the
message could be feeding alligators or wild animals. With the terrapin; "So many were harvested and eaten in the late 1800s and
early 1900s, the species had to be protected by legislation." Some students might say, "I don't see myself involved in formal inter-
pretation." "Yes, but you do talk to others, don't you? How about in the grocery store line?" This is a great, quick, and non-
threatening way to interact with strangers. Are they buying bird seed, fertilizer, camping gear? Turn it into an opportunity.
"I see you are buying bird seed. What kind of birds do you feed?" "Florida is such an important part of the migratory route for birds
that feeding them can add that needed boost to make it to their destination." "I'm concerned about the decline in our migrating
birds." "Did you know that feral cats kill millions of birds every year?" "Power lines and cell towers also kill migrating birds."
Most of us talk to people all the time. Learning this 1, 2, 3, technique can give you the confidence to speak up and find those op-
portunities all around you. Just don't turn this activity into a five-minute presentation, keep it to the point. There's other opportu-
nities for longer, formal interpretive presentations.


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New Additions to the Honor Role of Florida Master Naturalists (Apr-Jun 07)

Florida Master Naturalists that completed Coastal, Wetlands, and Uplands modules

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 State
Auermann Park
Crystal River Preserve State
Auermann Park


Barnes


Lee County Extension


Berry Volusia County Extension

Canney Grassy Water Preserve

Cawthorne Palm Beach Co. Extension
Crystal River Preserve State
Clutter Park


Agnes T. Condon
Roger DeBruler Jr.
Ralph DeCristofaro
Cheryl Devlin
Susan Elliott
Marvin B Fleisher
Holly Genzen

Kandi Harper
Bridget Kean
Martin McGann
Devora Pendleton

Catherine Phillips

Dee Pratt


Richardson
Ruffner
Scott
Siegel
Sippel
Smith
Tadd

Taylor
Trumbore
Urban

Walker
Wilson


Museum Science t Industry
Lee County
Grassy Waters Preserve
Palm Beach Co. Extension
Palm Beach Co. Extension
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Crystal Springs Preserve
Crystal River Preserve State
Park
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Volusia County Extension


Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

Clay Co. Extension Service

Grassy Waters Preserve
Apalachicola NERR
Apalachicola NERR
Grassy Water Preserve
Palm Beach Co. Extension
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

Grassy Water Preserve
Crystal Springs Preserve
Volusia County Extension
Palm Beach Co. Extension
Crystal River Preserve State
Park
Volusia County Extension


Crystal River Preserve State Park Crystal River Preserve State Park

Crystal River Preserve State Park Crystal River Preserve State Park
The Whitney Lab Osceola Co Extension


Volusia County Extension
Florida Oceanographic Coastal
Center

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center


Volusia County Extension

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center


Gerry

Rolf
Michael
Raleigh

Debra

Marilyn

Marcie


Duval County Extension Office
Florida Oceanographic Coastal
Center
Apalachicola NERR
Apalachicola NERR
Crane Point Museum
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Florida Oceanographic Coastal
Center
Crystal Springs Preserve
Volusia County Extension
Palm Beach County Extension


Clay County Extension Service
FAU's Center for Environmental
Studies
Apalachicola NERR
Apalachicola NERR
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Palm Beach County Extension
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

Oxbow Eco-Center
Crystal Springs Preserve
Volusia County Extension
Grassy Waters Preserve


Crystal River Preserve State Park Crystal River Preserve State Park
Volusia County Extension Volusia County Extension


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Crystal River Preserve State Park Crystal River Preserve State Park

Crystal River Preserve State Park Crystal Springs Preserve
Collier Osceola Co Extension
Brevard Parks t Recreation Oxbow Eco-Center
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Volusia County Extension Crystal Springs Preserve

Crystal River Preserve State Park Crystal River Preserve State Park
Oxbow Eco-Center Oxbow Eco-Center
Volusia County Extension Volusia County Extension
Volusia County Extension Alachua County 4-H
Florida Oceanographic Coastal
Center Grassy Waters Preserve


Barry
Ted
Josephine
Robin
Barbara
Audrey
Sharon

Sean
Rory
Nancy

Diane
Susan


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Current Course Offerings

Freshwater Wetlands Module
September 8-Oct. 13, 2007 (Palm Beach County )
September 30-Oct. 16, 2007 (St. Johns County)
October 3-November 7, 2007 (Osceola County)
October 5-November 9, 2007 (Volusia County)
October 29-November 2, 2007 (Pasco County)
November 1-30, 2007 (Collier County )
November 1-Dec. 13, 2007 (Martin County)

Coastal Systems Module
September 10-14, 2007 (Pasco County)
October 1-17, 2007 (Collier County )

Upland Habitats Module
August 20-September 20, 2007 (Clay County)
October 27-December 15, 2007 (Palm Beach Co.)


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 Alien

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 Alien
Contributing Editor: Julie Carson
Web Coordinator: Buddy Walker
F UNIVERSITY of
UF FLORIDAEi
IFAS Extension


Keep on reading, by Barbara Sippel,
newly graduating Florida Master Naturalist

My friends kept asking me..."You're busy this Saturday too? Is
it worth it?" My answer was always an enthusiastic YES! I was
happily involved taking all three modules of the Florida Mas-
ter Naturalist Program.
When I registered for my first module, Upland Habitats, I had
no idea what to expect. Instructor Steve Bass welcomed us,
and we dove right in with the first video. I was hooked.
Later that day we explored upland plants at Mounts Botanical
Garden. We talked about native plants and learned some ba-
sic botany. He taught us something about every "critter" we
encountered on our field trips. We watched the educational
PowerPoints, and Steve added fact after fact to the huge
amount of material already in our workbooks. After 8 hours
of class, I couldn't wait to get home and start reading all the
supplementary material. I was never disappointed. While it
may not be mandatory that one read each and every article
provided, my advice to all FMNP participants is
read...read...read! The study materials are extraordinary, and
the more you read the more benefit you will get from your
classes. You will see and understand more when you venture
out in the field. I really
benefited from the field in-
terpretation instruc-
tion...short stops...keeping
the sun out of the partici-
pants eyes...and all the guide
tips. And while I learned
about seizing a teaching op-
portunity when it presents
itself, I also know how to be
prepared.
Thank you, Florida Master
Naturalist Program, for one
Sof the most enjoyable ex-
periences of my life!



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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