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January 2008


FMNP 2007 Annual Report


Greetings and happy new year! 2007 was a record year for the FMNP in number of
courses completed, number of FMNP graduates, and number of Master Naturalists (139)
who completed their 3rd and final module.


Wetland Coastal


Courses completed 2007
FMNP Graduates 2007
Total graduates 2001-2007


16
250
1443


23
366
1518


Upland
14
220
694


Total
53
836
3655


As the FMNP grows, the good works that FMNP graduates provide in promoting environ-
mental knowledge in personal, professional, and volunteer capacities also grow. Keep up
the good work! As we work to inspire greater appreciation and respect for healthy ecosys-
tems, we should also expect our leaders to do their part to ensure those systems stay
healthy. In this exciting election year, I intend to pay close attention to the position of
candidates on matters of conservation, global health, and policies that will affect not only
us but also future generations, and I hope you do as well. Have a great 2008!
Matfa Marty Main, FMNP Program Leader


FMNP 2007 Annual Conference, Haines City, FL
More than 100 people participated in the November FMNP Annual conference. The event featured numer-
ous educational presentations from Florida environment specialists and provided opportunities for FMNP
graduates and instructors to share information and new ideas. We would like to thank the Pinellas FMNP
Chapter for assisting with organizing the event and all those who provided services and donations.
Marty Main presented annual awards to the outstanding chapter, instructors, graduates and to Shelby
Sowder (FMNP Conference Coordinator) and Ginger Allen (FMNP Program Coordinator, pictured below left
with Marty) for their continued support and service to the program.
Local field trips guided by experienced naturalists capped off the activities on the last day.
Pictured below right is a group touring the Nature Conservancy's Tiger Creek Preserve.


Inside this issue:


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



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Newsletter Volume 8, No.1


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l Florida Environmental Education and Conservation Events


NORTH CENTRAL
FULL MOON CANOE/KAYAK GUIDED TRIP
Saturday, January 20, February 22, March 22, 2008. 7:00 p.m.
The full moon rises with a guided canoe/kayak trip. Participation is limited and based upon first come- first served so arrive early!
Estimated time of paddle is 2 hours followed by refreshments and fire-side program. Don't forget to bring flash light, whistle and
life jacket. For boat rentals please call in advance, (352) 490-9797. These trips are free with regular paid camping fees. Only 10
boats are allowed; DON'T BE LATE. Contact: For more information, call 352-493-6072.
NORTHEAST
FLORIDA FRIENDLY LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE PROGRAM
TUESDAY, Feb. 26, 7:00 PM 9:30 PM, CLAY COUNTY EXTENSION CENTER, 2463 SR 16 W, GREEN COVE SPRINGS
New to the area and want to learn more about how to care for your landscape the Florida Friendly Way? This FREE program in-
cludes 2 1/2 hours of instruction as well as a packet of University of Florida materials that should help you achieve a beautiful
landscape with a minimum amount of chemical, water, energy, and time input. Pre-registration is required. Please sign-up for this
class with our office at (904) 284-6355 by Friday, February 22, 2008

CENTRAL WEST
DISCOVER LAKE MANATEE STATE PARK
February 24, 2008 10am- 4pm
Celebrate our 4th Annual 'Discover Lake Manatee' State Park event with a day of fun for the whole family. Join us for guided na-
ture walks, arts and crafts, junior fishing clinics, live bluegrass and folk music courtesy of Myakka Bluegrass, wildlife exhibits and
much more. Admission to this family event is free. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer at the event, please con-
tact the ranger station. Free to the public. (941)741-3028

CENTRAL
NAI CERTIFIED INTERPRETIVE GUIDE TRAINING
Tibet-Butler Preserve, Orlando, Florida
February 26-29, 2008
This training is designed for people who deliver interpretive programs and for all people for whom public contact is a regular part
of their job or volunteer activity. The training lasts 32 hours and is full of interactive exercises and opportunities for practicing
interpretive techniques. Please call or email Kathy Gross (407)312.8044, kgross2700@yahoo.com.

CENTRAL EAST
STAR PARTY
Date: Saturday, January 19, February 16, March 15, 2008, 6:30 p.m until.....
Description: Join the Indian River Astronomy Society for a Star Party. Telescopes provided, or bring your own.
Free! Contact: Contact park for more information. 321-984-4852

SOUTHWEST
2008 AQUATIC WEED CONTROL SHORT COURSE, Coral Springs Marriott Hotel, Coral Springs, FL. May 5 8, 2008
The short course is designed to benefit those new to the industry and experienced professionals seeking a comprehensive update.
Have questions, contact Jhanna Gilbert at 352 392 5930 or register at http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/aw.

SOUTHEAST
PARTY IN THE PARK, January 26, 10:00 AM 3:00 PM
Ft. Pierce Inlet will host the annual 'Party in the Park' celebration on January 26th. There will be plenty to do with ongoing pro-
grams, food, games, and of course a wonderful day at the beach! For additional information, please call (772) 468-3985.
Free park admission Contact: (772) 468-3985


New Florida Reptile informative book, "Anoles: Those Florida Yard Lizards" (see www.anolebook.com).


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Wild Eye Watch Q

Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia) 1.5-2.5"
Identifiers: Wings brown with large eye spots, 2 orange bars on top fore-
wing, white band on wing tip and surrounding leading large eyespots
Adaptations: eyespots provide misleading targets for predators
- well-sized flying wings
Range: resident along east and west U.S. coastlines, migrants disperse
throughout most of U.S. in spring and summer
Habitat: fields, prairies, scrub, urban gardens
Host Plant: plantain, figwort, Vervain family
Fun Facts: defend territories vigorously
- northern migrants return south in large numbers along east coast FMNP photo
Buckeyes are members of the Brushfooted butterfly family and subfamily Nymphalinae. Bold markings assist Buckeyes when they
are defending their territory. False eye spots trick would-be predators from attacking their vulnerable bodies. There are 3 species
of Buckeyes in Florida: the Common Buckeye, Mangrove Buckeye (Junonia evarete) and Tropical Buckeye (J. genoveva). Of course,
the Common Buckeye is the most common Buckeye found throughout Florida. The Mangrove Buckeye exists in the same range as
the Mangrove forests along Florida's east and west coasts, and the Tropical Buckeye is only found in the tropical region of the ex-
treme southern tip of Florida and the Florida keys.
Brushfooted butterflies are powerful fliers and some are very famous for their mass migrations (Monarch and Gulf Fritillary). When
fall approaches, northern butterflies begin their migration south. Along the U.S. east coast, steady streams of Common Buckeyes
can be seen along with Monarchs. The following spring, offspring of these migrants repopulate areas throughout the United states.



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Nature Programming for Persons With Disabilities
by Brandon Smith, FMNP Instructor, Brevard County Parks Et Recreation
Excerpts from November 10, 2007 Annual Conference Presentation
Relating to Persons with Disabilities:
SDon't assume what they can or cannot do
* Talk to them as you would anyone else
* Use first-person language and thinking
* Define them by their abilities, not disabilities
* Offer assistance but wait until your offer is accepted before helping
Offer programs to serve people with disabilities:
* Example Nature Nite
* Provide environmental education
* Stimulate Learning and appreciation of nature with hands-on activities
* Adapt activities from existing nature-related preschool programs
How to Find Participants:
* County or city Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
* School Board Exceptional Education Department Brevard County Parks and Recreation offers
Nature Programs tailored for persons with disabilities
* Special OLympics Organization
* Agency for Persons with Disabilities



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New Additions to the Honor Role of Florida Master Naturalists (Oct-Dec 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-

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

Sherri Allen Palm Beach County Ex Florida Oceanographic Coastal Ctr Palm Beach County Extension
Diane Alvarez Crystal Springs Preserve Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Ctr Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Ctr
Holly Andreotta Gumbo Limbo Nature Ctr Gumbo Limbo Nature Ctr Palm Beach County Extension
Paul Arena Gumbo Limbo Nature Ctr Gumbo Limbo Nature Ctr Palm Beach County Extension
Courtney Arena Gumbo Limbo Nature Ctr Gumbo Limbo Nature Ctr Palm Beach County Extension
Candace Arnold Pinellas County Extension Pinellas County Extension Pinellas County Extension
James Baldwin Volusia County Extension Volusia County Extension Volusia County Extension
Lawrence H Bearse Jr Crowley Museum Ostego Bay Foundation Inc Sarasota County Parks t Rec
David Brackett Grassy Waters Preserve Gumbo Limbo Nature Ctr Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Linda Bystrak Volusia County Extension Crystal Springs Preserve Lee County Parks t Recreation
Pamela Marie Clouston Palm Beach County Ex Crystal Springs Preserve Crystal Springs Preserve
Elizabeth Dexter Pinellas County Extension Pinellas County Extension Pinellas County Extension
Kathleen A. DiTullio Palm Beach County Ex Gumbo Limbo Nature Center Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Eric Dodson Pinellas County Extension Pinellas County Extension Pinellas County Extension
Andrea Donatelli Okaloosa/Walton County FYN Okaloosa/Walton County FYN Wakulla/Walton County Extension
Mary Dowdell Crystal River Preserve SP Crystal Springs Preserve Crystal Springs Preserve
Edward Eschbach UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant Walton County Extension Wakulla/Walton County Extension
Stanley Fleming Pinellas County Extension Pinellas County Extension Pinellas County Extension
Ronald Frase Pinellas County Extension Pinellas County Extension Pinellas County Extension
Robin Gardner Lee County ParkstRec Lee County ParkstRec Lee County Parks and Recreation
Mary Ellen Goldberg Gumbo Limbo Nature Ctr Gumbo Limbo Nature Ctr Gumbo Limbo Nature Ctr
Susan Gott Gumbo Limbo Nature Ctr Gumbo Limbo Nature Ctr Gumbo Limbo Nature Ctr
Mari Hanley Ostego Bay Foundation Inc Lee County ParkstRec Ostego Bay Foundation Inc
Robbi Hanley Pinellas County Extension Pinellas County Extension Pinellas County Extension
Melanie Higgins Pinellas County Extension Pinellas County Extension Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Ctr
Cathy Holmes UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant Wakulla/Walton County Extension
Bridget Kean Gumbo Limbo Nature Center Gumbo Limbo Nature Center Oxbow Eco-Center
Laura Macgregor Crystal Springs Preserve The Whitney Lab Crystal Springs Preserve
Patricia McClendon Pinellas County Extension Pinellas County Extension Pinellas County Extension
Teresa Nales Palm Beach County Ex Gumbo Limbo Nature Center Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Erin Nocera Palm Beach County Ex Gumbo Limbo Nature Center Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Kathi Rader-Gibson Sarasota County ParkstRec Historic Spanish Point Sarasota County Parks t Rec
Sarah Sigmund Crowley Museum Historic Spanish Point Sarasota County Parks t Rec
Valerie Silidker Palm Beach County Extension Palm Beach County Extension Grassy Waters Preserve
Gary Stephan International Game Fish Assc Gumbo Limbo Nature Center Palm Beach County Extension
Trudi Stevens Gumbo Limbo Nature Center Gumbo Limbo Nature Center Palm Beach County Extension
Jack Stonebraker Pinellas County Extension Pinellas County Extension Pinellas County Extension
Richard Storsberg Sarasota County Parks t Rec Historic Spanish Point Sarasota County Parks t Rec
Sonia Swearingen FL Oceanographic Coastal Ctr Brevard County ParkstRec, FAU's Ctr for Env. Studies
Ron Thuemler Polk County Extension Crystal Springs Preserve Crystal Springs Preserve
Holly Tuxbury Crystal Springs Preserve Crystal Springs Preserve Crystal Springs Preserve
James Wilbers Grassy Water Preserve Florida Oceanographic Coastal Ctr Palm Beach County Extension
Michael Yacovetti Crystal Springs Preserve Crystal Springs Preserve Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Ctr


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Current Course Offerings

Freshwater Wetlands Module
Jan. 29-Feb. 23, 2008 (Palm Beach County)
Feb. 21-Mar. 2, 2008 (Hillsborough County)
Feb. 25-Mar. 24, 2008 (Clay County)
Mar. 15-Apr. 19, 2008 (Sarasota County)

Coastal Systems Module
Feb. 11-Mar. 17, 2008 (Volusia County)
Feb. 25-Mar. 31, 2008 (Charlotte County)
Mar. 12-Apr. 2, 2008 (St. Johns/Flagler Co.)

Upland Habitats Module
Feb. 2-Mar. 1, 2008 (Hillsborough County)
Feb. 4-29, 2008 (Nassau County )
Feb. 5-Mar. 11, 2008 (Sarasota County)
Feb. 25-Mar. 21, 2008 (Pinellas 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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The Mollusk Man, by Joel Wooster
2007 Central Florida Master Naturalist of the Year

I have always considered myself a naturalist but was mainly in-
terested in the coastal environment. I started collecting shells at
15 and have always loved the ocean. When I moved to Volusia
County I became involved with the Marine Discovery Center in
New Smyrna to share that love with others. As I began working, I
saw that I needed to know more. I attended the Wetlands and
Uplands Modules of the FMNP under the guidance of David Griffis
at the Volusia County Extension office. I completed the Coastal
Module at the Marine Discovery center. With the completion of
each module I realized the interconnection of each to the other.

I am presently helping at the Marine Discovery Center with field
trips, leading Shell Walks for Bonnie Carrie with the Volusia
County Land Management, and at the Marine Science Center. To
aid in the shell walks, I am compiling a species list of the shells
at the Ponce Inlet. Being known as the "Mollusk Man" in the
area, I am having a ball doing what I love. I would encourage all
FMNP alumni to get out there and share the wonderful knowledge
you have with others.
Pictured below (far right) is Joel sharing the wonders of a can-
nonball jellyfish (Stomolophus meleagris) with 4-H Kids.


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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