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I April 2008


Florida Master Naturalist Program


Newsletter Volume 8, No.2


FMNP Program Report

Greetings!
The big news is that my trusty sidekick, Ginger Allen, is moving on to a new phase in her
life. She and her husband, Charles, have purchased a restaurant and will be working to-
gether in the beautiful countryside of northwest Pennsylvania, where they have family
and are rapidly making new friends.
Ginger has been my assistant for 9 years and was there at the very beginning of FMNP de-
velopment. I remember telling her about the FMNP vision when she interviewed for the
position, and the rest is history. Ginger will be greatly missed, of course; she has been an
integral part of this effort and won't be easily replaced. Fortunately, Ginger will continue
to work with me part time and will be assisting FMNP chapters to assume management of
their websites and list serves this year and will also help with training of the future Pro-
gram Coordinator. Her email remains active at gmallen@ufl.edu.
Ginger had this statement about the FMNP... "I feel so fortunate to have been a part of
this program's development and success. I have met hundreds of graduates and communi-
cated with hundreds more. They are all true nature enthusiasts who share a common love
of nature, a desire to learn, and a desire to teach others. I doubt I can top this experience
in my environmental career. I will be available to answer your questions, but
please....don't e-mail me all at once :)"
Good luck Ginger, and thanks. /R"4

FMNP Natural Resource Online Publication Depository


The FLorida Master Naturalist Program promotes continued edu-
cation of Master Naturalists and assists them in their efforts to
share information with others. To facilitate this, we were asked
to create a publications depository on the FMNP website where
information on natural history could be easily found.
We have gathered over 400 natural resource documents and
organized them on the FMNP website by appropriate categories
that can be searched by key word (use Control ).
To access these documents, go to Environmental Publications
under Quick Links on the FMNP home page, or go directly to this
URL: http://www.masternaturalist.ifas.ufl.edul
environmental pubs.asp.
At this link, we also provide advice on how to search the inter-
net for information, which is really the best way to find the
information you seek.


Document Categories:
* Amphibians
* Arachnida
* Birds
* Boating
* Conservation/Human Issues
* Ecology/Ecosystems
* Fish Fresh Water
* Fish Salt Water
* Florida History
* Geology
* Hurricane
* Insects
* Interpretation/Teaching
* Invertebrate
* Mammals
* Plants
* Reptiles


JF UNIVERSITY of
UFLORIDA
IFAS Extension


Inside this issue:


Program Update 1
Florida Master Naturalist 2
Logo Product List


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


Track Trivia
What made these tracks?


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Item# 1207, Price $12.00*

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Review photos of the items at: http://www.masternaturalist.ifas.ufl.edu/logo items/


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Wild Eye Watch f *on:


Seahorse (Hippocampus sp.) 1.5-2.5"
Identifiers- light brown, mottled; fan-shaped dorsal fin
Adaptations- long tubular snout, long prehensile tails
Status- throughout Florida waters
Reproduction- seasonal internal fertilization
- females spray 250-650 eggs into male brood pocket
Habitat- sea grass beds, coral reefs
Diet- suck in small crustaceans
Fun facts
- "marsupials of the sea," males carry developing eggs in brood pocket
- life long pairs perform morning greeting dances
- produce clicking noises by tossing their heads
Seahorses are members of the Pipefish family (Syngnathidae) which are elongated fish
with reduced or absent tail fins, long snouts, and bony rings around their bodies. Sea-
horses are poor swimmers. Their coloring helps them hide from predators in seagrass,
which they cling to by their tails. They use their long snouts to suck up small prey.
There are 29 species of seahorses and pipefish in North America. The Lined Seahorse
(Hippocampus erectus) is found in the Atlantic waters from Nova Scotia to the Gulf of
Mexico. The Dwarf Seahorse (H. zosterae) and Longsnout Seahorse (H. reidi) are un-
common to rare in Florida waters. NOAA photo library


Interpretive Tracks g I


Observing and Learning about Wetland Habitats
You can explore any type of wetland to learn more about it. You and your par-
ticipants can use a Wetland Scavenger Hunt Observation Sheet as a starting -
point in your discovery. Continually ook for and note adaptations in the plants
and animals that live in this wet habitat. Some examples of adaptations could -
include skin type, bill type, leg length, leaf shape and size, body color and pat- --- .. -
terns. After the participants have finished their scavenger hunt, have them .
share what they saw and heard. i' ~
Wetland Scavenger Hunt Observation Sheet -
Wildlife sign (scat, trails, webs, nests, gnawing, seed husks):
A wetland bird: --
An insect that floats: .
Types and species of insects:
An amphibian:
3 different kinds of aquatic plants (floating, emerging, under the water):
Evidence of a wetland nursery (frog eggs, insect larvae, butterfly chrysalis,
fish fingerlings, reptile/bird nests):
Name 3 kinds of wetland animal/plant adaptations:
List Signs of human disturbance (examine the health of the system,
alterations, restorations, proximity to urban areas):
List signs of natural/other disturbances (invasive species, recent fires,
storm damage, drought/flood effects):
Signs of wetland succession (grasses, shrubs, trees), at what development
stage is the wetland:


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New Additions to the Honor Role of Florida Master Naturalists (Jan-Mar '08)

Florida Master Naturalists who 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


Cynthia Baker

Murray Barnhart
Carolyn Beekman
David Biega
Tracy Booth

Carol Camperlengo


Mary Chaplin-Golio
Bridget Cleary
Lucille Cortese

Gregory Coston
Robert Curran
Roger Darus
Ashlynn DeCosta
Ponnudurai

Janet Diseroad

Stephanie Dupeyron
Winfield Duss

William Ellis
Denise Fairbanks
Simpson
Roger Fulton
Carla Garbin
Stacey Goldring

Randy Havens
Ric Hoover
Denise Jackson

LeRoy Johnson
Vincent Lamb
John (Jack) Lembeck

Kristina MacNicol


Duval County Extension
Audubon of Florida Corkscrew
Swamp Sanctuary
Wakulla County Extension
Consultant
Consultant

Grassy Waters Preserve


Consultant
Learning Gate Community Sch
Duval County Extension Office
Pinellas County Extension
Service
Consultant
Suwannee County Extension

Crystal Springs Preserve
Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning
Center


Duval County Extension

Rookery Bay NERR
Wakulla County Extension
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Florida Oceanographic Coastal
Center
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center &
Florida Oceanographic Coastal
Center
Learning Gate Community Sch
Duval County Extension Office
Pinellas County Extension
Service
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Sarasota County Parks & Rec

Crystal Springs Preserve

Sarasota County Parks & Rec


Ostego Bay Foundation Inc Ostego Bay Foundation Inc
Duval County Extension Office Duval County Extension Office

Sarasota County Parks & Rec Lee County Extension Service


Brevard County Parks & Rec.
Lake County Extension Service
Pinellas County Extension
Duval County Extension Office
Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning
Center
Crystal Springs Preserve
Brevard County Parks & Rec.
Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning
Center
Environmental Learning Center
Environmental Learning Center
Audubon of Florida Corkscrew
Swamp Sanctuary


Environmental Learning Center
Volusia County Extension
Pinellas County Extension
Duval County Extension Office

Apalachicola NERR
Charlotte County Extension
Brevard County Parks & Rec.
Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning
Center
Brevard County Parks & Rec.
Brevard County Parks & Rec.
Florida Sea Grant & Rookery
Bay NERR


Duval County Extension
Audubon of Florida Corkscrew
Swamp Sanctuary
Volusia County Extension
Palm Beach County Extension
Palm Beach County Extension

Oxbow Eco-Center


Palm Beach County Extension
Learning Gate Community Sch
Duval County Extension Office
Pinellas County Extension
Service
Palm Beach County Extension
Sarasota County Parks & Rec

Pinellas County Extension

Sarasota County Parks & Rec
Audubon of Florida Corkscrew
Swamp Sanctuary
Duval County Extension Office
Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning
Center

Environmental Learning Center
Lake County Extension Service
Pinellas County Extension
Duval County Extension Office
Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning
Center
Volusia County Extension
Brevard County Parks & Rec.
Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning
Center
Volusia County Extension
Volusia County Extension
Audubon of Florida Corkscrew
Swamp Sanctuary


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New Additions to the Honor Role of Florida Master Naturalists (Jan-Mar '08)

Florida Master Naturalists who 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


Eve McClintock
Robert McDade
Jami McLaughlin
Tami McNally
Vincent Mercurio
Gayle Mercurio
Michael E. Miller
Mark Mummaw

Patricia Owen
Philip Louis Phillips

Catherine Poli
James M Pratt
Nancy Rad
Leah Ray
Terry Redman
Nano Rush
Betsy Sarginson
Daniel Saskowsky
Jean Schubert
Greg Stanek

Anne Sullivan
Kent Talcott
Ronna Talcott
Karen Voisinet
Robert Voisinet


Christina Williams
Lisa Williams
Jerry Wisner


Duval County Extension /St
Johns County Rec & Parks
Clay County Extension Service
Volusia County Extension
Crystal Springs Preserve
Brevard County Parks & Rec
Brevard County Parks & Rec
Consultant
Duval County Extension Office

Palm Beach County Extension
Sarasota County Parks & Rec
Consultant & Palm Beach
County Extension
Clay County Extension Service
Consultant
Audubon Corkscrew Swamp
Suwannee County Extension
Sarasota County Parks & Rec
Learning Gate Community Sch
Consultant
Clay County Extension Service
Pinellas County Extension
Audubon of Florida Corkscrew
Swamp Sanctuary
Consultant
Consultant
Consultant
Consultant


Consultant
Duval County Extension Office
Clay County Extension Service


Duval County Extension Office
Duval County Extension
Volusia County Extension
Sarasota County Parks & Rec
Brevard County Parks & Rec
Brevard County Parks & Rec
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Duval County Extension Office

Lee County Extension Service
Sarasota County Parks & Rec

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Duval County Extension Office
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Rookery Bay NERR
Sarasota County Parks & Rec
Sarasota County Parks & Rec
Learning Gate Community Sch
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Duval County Extension Office
Pinellas County Extension

Sarasota County Parks &Rec
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center &
Florida Oceanographic Coastal
Center
Duval County Extension Office
Duval County Extension Office


Duval County Extension Office
Duval County Extension
Volusia County Extension
Sarasota County Parks & Rec
Brevard County Parks & Rec
Brevard County Parks & Rec
Palm Beach County Extension
Duval County Extension Office
Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning
Center
Sarasota County Parks & Rec

Palm Beach County Extension
Clay & Duval County Extension
Palm Beach County Extension
Audubon Corkscrew Swamp
Sarasota County Parks & Rec
Sarasota County Parks & Rec
Learning Gate Community Sch
Palm Beach County Extension
Clay & Duval County Extension
Pinellas County Extension

Ostego Bay Foundation Inc
Palm Beach County Extension
Palm Beach County Extension
Palm Beach County Extension
Palm Beach County Extension


Palm Beach County Extension
Duval County Extension Office
Clay & Duval County Extension


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Current Course Offerings

Freshwater Wetlands Module
July 8-Aug. 2, 2008 (Duval)


Coastal Systems Module
May 20-July 15, 2008 (Escambia)
June 2-26, 2008 (Clay)
July 2-25, 2008 (Lee)
August 5-26, 2008 (Duval)


Upland Habitats Module
Oct. 25-Dec. 6, 2008 (Palm Beach)


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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Even a Native Floridian Can Benefit......
Florida Master Naturalist "Alligator Bob" Young
Becoming a Master Naturalist has been one of the highlights of my life.
As a fourth generation Floridian, I love sharing information about Florida
and my experiences in nature with others.
My first FMNP class was at Camp Bayou (Wetlands Module). By the time I
graduated, I was one excited Cracker boy.
Growing up and spending a great deal of time in the upper Hillsborough
River swamp, I knew a little about the swamp and the critters that lived
there. Now I understand more about ecology, watersheds, and the intri-
cate differences between various wetland ecosystems.
Primarily, learning about interpretation and its principals has been the
greatest asset I received from the Florida Master Naturalist classes. Tell-
ing the story is what it's all about-and doing it with such enthusiasm
that your audience will want you to "share the secrets of nature" again
and again.
Secondly, what's helped my business immensely are the continuing op-
portunities to network with fellow FMNs from around the state, keeping
my programs fresh and entertaining.


Master Naturalist "Alligator Bob" Young lets Sun City Residents Barbara
Pfeil And Gladys Slack pet a baby alligator after a presentation on urban
alligators. If you want a fun ecotour in Central West Florida, look up
Alligator Bob: http://gatorbob.com/ecotours/.






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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