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I October 2007

Florida Master Naturalist Program

Newsletter Volume 7, No.4

FMNP 2007 Annual Conference

This year's conference is scheduled November 9-11. We look forward to meeting our fel-
low Master Naturalists at this fun-filled event, where we'll be offering interesting work-
shops and field trips, recognizing some special achievements, and providing lots of oppor-
tunities to socialize with friends both old and new. The success of the FMNP is due to the
outstanding students and instructors. I wish we could recognize every Master Naturalist
Graduate and Instructor displaying award-winning talents and making an educational im-
pact in Florida. We obviously can't do that, but know that we all appreciate the impor-
tant work you are contributing to the FMNP. We will be recognizing regional master natu-
ralist students, instructor organizations, and graduate chapters. See page 2 for the com-
plete list of 2007 FMNP Award recipients.
Educational Workshops will showcase some of Florida's best educators. Workshop topics
include fish conservation, gopher tortoise interpretation, invasive species, coastal resto-
ration, global climate and Florida, and earth education. Guided field trips will include
boating excursions and guided trips to area preserves showcasing a variety of Central Flor-
ida habitats, from wetlands to scrub to longleaf pine.

We expect 100 FMNP naturalists to participate in the learning, camaraderie, and discov-
ery. A..

Marty Main, FMNP Program Leader


IFAS Extension

Inside this issue:

Program Update 1
2007 FMNP Annual Award 2

2007 FMNP Annual
Conference Agenda
Honor Roll of Florida
Master Naturalists
Fall Environmental
Education Events
Class Information,
Graduate Story

Silhouette Identification

2006 FMNP Conference attendees at Lake Kissimmee State Park.

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2007 FMNP Annual Award Recipients

1) Regional Student Awards
Josephine Scott
Northwest Region 2007
William Rossley
North Central Region 2007
Elizabeth Smith
Northeast Region 2007
Dorothea (Jody) Owens
Central West Region 2007
Joel Wooster
Central Region 2007
Robin Dunlap
Central East Region 2007
Edward Selby, Jr.
Southwest Region 2007
Debra Canney
Southeast Region 2007

3) Chapter of the Year Award

FMNP Northeast Region
Chapter Achievement Award 2007

4) Special Recognition Award

Ginger Allen
Florida Master Naturalist Program
State Coordinator

2) Regional Instructor Awards
This year's criteria were based on the results from
the FMNP student evaluations for the last 3 classes
given by the instructor organization (2004-2006). An
average number was determined for question num-
ber 10.....Overall Rating of Instructor. We are
pleased to announce the winners for 2007.
Scott Jackson, Co-Leader
Okaloosa, Walton County Extension
Northwest Region 2007

Sheila Dunning, Co-Leader
Okaloosa, Walton County Extension
Northwest Region 2007

Lorraine Williams, Leader
Alachua County Extension
North Central Region 2007

Jose Nunez, Leader
University of Florida, The Whitney Laboratory
Northeast Region 2007

Jeanne Murphy, Leader
Pinellas County Extension
Central West Region 2007

Loisa Kerwin, Leader
FAU's Center for Environmental Studies
Central Region 2007

Brandon Smith, Leader
Brevard County Parks E& Recreation
Central East Region 2007

Sally Stein, Leader
Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Southwest Region 2007

Susan Elliott, Leader
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Southeast Region 2007

Shelby Sowder
Florida Master Naturalist Program
Conference Coordinator

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2007 Florida Master Naturalist Program Annual Conference Agenda

Day 1,
Nov. 9th


FMNP Instructor Workshop, Florida First Detector
(details/separate registration to follow)
Energy Break (snacks, beverages)
Instructor Organizational meeting

Conference Check in, Silent auction check in
Booths; University Press books, Florida Organizations
Team Naturalist Outdoor Scavenger Hunt. Open to all par-
ticipants and guests.
Silent Auction Begins
Energy Break
Social hour with hors d'oeuvres, Non-alcoholic beverages

BBQ, Pork ribs, Program Welcome
General Session: Protecting our Night Environment by
George Fleenor, International Dark-Sky Association. Light
pollution and its effects on natural and man made environ-
Bonfire, folk music by Carey Hamby, Star gazing
Check in, Continental breakfast for on-site participants
(baked goods, fruit, juice, coffee),

5:00 p.m.

5:00-6:00 p.m.

6:00-7:00 p.m.
7:30-8:15 p.m.

8:15-10:00 p.m.
7:30-8:30 a.m.

Final chance to submit silent auction items

Welcome- Dr. Marty Main, FMNP Program Leader
Energy Break
1) Interpreting Gopher Tortoises by George Heinrich,
field biologist and environmental educator specializing in
Florida turtles. or
2) Sustainable Yard Practices by Teresa Watkins, UF Flor-
ida Yards & Neighborhoods, environmentally friendly and
sustainable landscaping, with focus on; water conservation,
reduction of stormwater runoff and non-point source pollu-
tion, wildlife habitats, and aesthetics.
Energy Break
3) Cool Coastal Critters off Florida, by Dr. Elsa Haubold,
Species Conservation Planning, Florida Fish & Wildlife Con-
servation Commission
4) Overview of Coastal System Restoration for Tampa
Bay, by Brandt Henningsen, SWFMD, Chief Environmental

8:45-10:00 a.m.

10:10- 11:00 a.m.

11:10 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Lunch, visit lobby booths

10:30-3:30 p.m.

3:40-4:30 p.m.

1:30-4:30 p.m.

1:00-4:00 p.m.

Day 2,
Nov 10th


8:30 a.m.

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Workshops Con-

5) Invasive Exotics, Dr. Steve Johnson, UF/IFAS, Wildlife Ecology assistant
6) Environmental Education for the Disabled, by Brandon Smith, Brevard
Co. Environmental Programs

Energy Break
Regional Chapter Meetings (meet and plan)

7) Fish Conservation, by Brian Lane, Sr. Ecologist, Jones Ed-
munds Assoc. or
8) Earth Education, by John Kiseda, Lee Co. Env. Programs, the process of
helping people live more harmoniously and joyously with the natural world.
Energy Break

9) Nature photography by David Spencer

Energy Break

General Session: Global Climate E Florida, by
Dr. Jyotica Virmani, Florida Institute of Oceanography, USF College of Ma-
rine Science

Social Hour

Veteran's Tribute
Banquet, (Antipasto, Manicotti, Chicken Cacciatore, Tortellini, Italian Sau-
sage) end of Silent Auction

Awards recognizing contributions of FMNP instructor organizations gradu-
ates and chapters.

Optional Night Hike, with Dolly Cummings, Project Leader, Camp Bayou
Outdoor Learning Center. Limit 12.
Bat Prowl, with Jeanne Murphy and Brian Lane

1:00-1:50 p.m.

1:50-2:00 p.m.
2:00-2:30 p.m.

2:30- 3:20 p.m.

2:30-4:20 p.m.
(2 hours)

3:20-3:30 p.m.

3:30- 4:20 p.m.

4:20-4:30 p.m.

4:30-5:30 p.m.

5:30-6:30 p.m.

6:30-6:45 p.m.
6:45-7:45 p.m.

7:45-8:30 p.m.

8:30-9:30 p.m.

Continental breakfast for on-site participants

7:30-8:20 a.m.

Discovery and Adventure Field Trips

Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek State Park, one mile away. Led by
nature photographer, David Spencer. Limit 20.

Lake Pierce Pontoon Boat Trip, (on site), $15 Fee required, 15 person
minimum, 30 persons maximum. Local resident will accompany tour.

Gator Creek Preserve (Polk Co. Environmental Lands), Guided by FMNP
Student Cheryl Graffam, Environmental Educator/Operations Specialist,
Maximum 20.

Highlands Hammock State Park, free entry, Ranger guided trip, Maximum

Nature Conservancy Tiger Creek Preserve, guided trip with naturalist,
free. Maximum 20 persons.

Bok Tower E Gardens, Pine Ridge nature trail, guided tours, cost $13
which includes parking and entry. 15 to 20 people per guide. Multiple
groups possible.

-9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Depart 8:45, trip 9-10:30

9:00 a.m.-11 a.m.

9:45 a.m.-12 p.m.

10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

9:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

9:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Adjourn- Thank you for attending!

Day 3,

Nov 11th

Field trips

Travel home

New Additions to the Honor Role of Florida Master Naturalists (July-Sept 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 Data-

Master Natura

















Stuart (Randy)




Freshwater Wetlands Coastal Systems
list Instructor Organization Instructor Organization

Becker Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Rookery Bay NERR &t
Audubon Corkscrew Swamp

Branch Apalachicola NERR Apalachicola NERR


















Grassy Water Preserve Collier County Extension &t
Rookery Bay NERR

Environmental Learning Environmental Learning Center
Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Rookery Bay NERR

Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Rookery Bay NERR

Clay County Extension

Clay County Extension

Environmental Learning

Duval County Extension

Audubon Corkscrew Swamp

Duval County Extension

Clay County Extension

Environmental Learning

Duval County Extension

Grassy Water Preserve

Audubon Corkscrew Swamp

Environmental Learning

Clay County Extension

Duval County Extension

Duval County Extension

Duval County Extension

Environmental Learning Center

Duval County Extension

Rookery Bay NERR

The Whitney Lab

Clay County Extension

Environmental Learning Center

Duval County Extension

Collier County Extension &

Rookery Bay NERR

Environmental Learning Center

Clay County Extension

Duval County Extension

Upland Habitats
Instructor Organization

Audubon Corkscrew Swamp

Apalachicola NERR

Grassy Waters Preserve

Environmental Learning Center

Audubon Corkscrew Swamp

Audubon Corkscrew Swamp

Clay County Extension

Clay County Extension

Environmental Learning Center

Clay County Extension

Audubon Corkscrew Swamp

Clay County Extension

Clay County Extension

Environmental Learning Center

Clay County Extension

Grassy Waters Preserve

Audubon Corkscrew Swamp

Environmental Learning Center

Clay County Extension

Clay County Extension

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4 Florida Fall Environmental Education and Conservation Events

Northwest Region
St. Andrews State Park NATURE'S GALLERY Date: Saturday/Sunday, October 27-28. The Friends of St. Andrews State Park, Inc. will
be hosting this annual event at the park. This event has artist exhibits, historical reenactments, living history, children's activities,
and several different food vendors. The event offers something for the whole family. For additional information, contact the park
office at (850)233-5164. Park entrance fees will be waived for this event.
Florida Caverns State Park
FALL FESTIVAL Friday/Saturday, November 2nd and 3rd 9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
Cast iron cooking, cornmeal grinding, soap making, and cane syrup, Blue Grass music, live animal exhibits and civil war encamp-
ment, country dinner and crafts available for purchase. Fees: Entrance fees waived Contact: (850) 482-1228.
North Central
Wetlands Tour
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
Date: Saturday, November 17 10am 12noon
Description: Explore the area floodplain and learn about the plant and animal life that rely on this environment for their existence.
Make of day of it, with breakfast before or lunch afterwards at the historic Wakulla Springs Lodge.
Fees: Free with Park Admission. Contact: (850) 224-5950
52nd Annual Florida Forest Festival Forest Capital Museum State Park, Saturday, October 27, 2007.
FREE FISH FRY, Live Lumberjack Shows, Live Entertainment, Arts t Crafts Food Vendors, Heritage Village *
This event is FREE. Contact: For more information, call 850-584-3227. 1 mile south of Perry on US 19 South Alternate 27.
Central West Region
Bird Walk, Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
Saturday, October 27, 2007.November 24, 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. (Meet at 7:45 a.m.)
Novice and experienced birders can take a guided bird walk on Pepper Creek Trail. Bring binoculars and field guide if you have
them. Leisurely-paced walk on an accessible paved trail winding through a hydric hammock.
This event is free! Contact: For more information, call 352-628-5343.
Hillsborough River State Park, 2007'A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT', October 27, 2007 11am to 5pm
Experience environmental exhibits, Florida-friendly landscaping, workshops, music, events for youth and adults with fun, nature-
based. Call for more information. 813.987.6771
Tampa Bay Estuary Program's Fifth Annual Estuary Academy. Oct. 27, 9am-2:30pm
Weedon Island Preserve. Estuary Academy is an exciting one-day workshop showcasing the science of Tampa Bay through the eyes
of the researchers who are studying it. Adults and kids older than 12 are invited to attend. Morning sessions will feature brief, en-
gaging lectures by well-known experts, while afternoon workshops provide hands-on learning opportunities. Participation is limited
to 100, and pre-registration is required. The registration fee includes lunch, a goodie bag loaded with great freebies, door prizes,
and a handsome certificate identifying the participant as a graduate of Estuary Academy. For more information, contact Nanette
O'Hara at 727-893-2765 or nanette@tbep.org.
Ocali County Days Silver River State Park
November 10 t 11, 2007 9:00 am 4:00 pm
One of Ocala's favorite fall festivals, there will be sugar cane syrup making, butter churning, quilting and flint napping demonstra-
tions. Fees: $4.00 per person; park entry fee waived.
Contact: deborah.wilson@dep.state.fl.us
Central East Region
Guided Bird Watching Hike
Jennings State Forest Headquarters
1337 Long Horn Road, Middleburg, FL 32068
For information or directions contact Elizabeth Smith at 904.291.5530 or email smithe@doacs.state.fl.us or Frank Burley
904.291.5531 burletf@doacs.state.fl.us.
Come join us for a guided bird watching hike from Jennings State Forest Headquarters
along the Dunn's Farm Hiking Trail. We will leave at various times throughout the morning. A stationary bird watching area will
also be provided at the Headquarters. Information will be available on attracting birds and wildlife to your backyard.
Florida Yards and Landscaping to Attract Wildlife
November 1, 2007 ( Thursday ) 2:00pm 4:00pm
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library,
921 SW 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
Telephone: 542-3953

Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College has an information-packed website for teaching earth science:

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Current Course Offerings

Freshwater Wetlands Module
Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2007 (Pasco County)
Oct. 31-Dec. 5, 2007 (Highlands County )
Feb. 25-Mar. 24, 2008 (Clay County)
Mar. 15-Apr. 19, 2008 (Sarasota County

Coastal Systems Module
Nov. 7-Dec. 19, 2007 (Charlotte County)
Jan. 12-Feb. 16, 2008 (Sarasota County)
Jan. 30-Feb. 25, 2008 (Collier County)

Upland Habitats Module
Oct. 29-Dec. 17, 2007 (Okaloosa County)
Nov. 3-Dec. 9, 2007 (Brevard County)
Jan. 18-Feb. 22, 2008 (Volusia County)
Apr. 2-30, 2008 (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
IFAS Extension

Know your subject, by Vince Lamb,
Indian River County Naturalist

After several years of wildlife photography, I became increasingly inter-
ested in learning more about my subjects, their habits and environ-
ments. I developed great respect for the snail kites, the wood storks
and other species that are experiencing habitat loss. I want to under-
stand the threats to natural Florida and how we can protect Florida
wildlife in the face of massive development.
I discovered the Florida Master Naturalist Program through an internet
search. The overall program appeared well suited for my needs. I took
the Coastal Systems module in Brevard County and, a few months later,
the Freshwater Wetlands module at the Environmental Learning Center
in Indian River County.
I cannot find the words to describe my enthusiasm for this program.
The instructors are exceptional. The classes are a delightful combina-
tion of lectures based upon UF provided materials, interpretive exer-
cises and interesting videos. The field trips are immensely enjoyable -
seining in the Indian River Lagoon and the St. Sebastian River, canoeing
in Blue Cypress Lake, exploring the Fort Drum Land Conservation Area
and other great outings. The students represent another terrific dimen-
sion of this program. Diverse backgrounds and experiences are brought
together to share common interests in natural Florida.
I look forward to completing my third module, Upland Habitats. I plan
to use my photographic skills along with my greatly expanded knowledge
of Florida's ecosystems to share my passion. I want to have the maxi-
mum impact to preserve wild Florida for our children and grandchildren.

Blue Cypress Lake, photo by Vince Lamb
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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