Title: Florida Master Naturalist Program newsletter
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Publisher: Southwest Florida Research & Education Center, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
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Publication Date: July 2004
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Steve Bass front right; FMNP Freshwater Wetlands class

Program Update ........................................... 1
Uplands Module Instructor Workshops/
Education/Conservation Events.................. 2
Wild Eye/Interpretive Tracks....................... 3
Interpretive Tracks ........................................ 3
Class Information/Contacts ......................... 4

FMNP Update

The Upland Habitats module is progressing as planned, and 1-
day workshops are planned for November around the state (see
schedule pg. 2). In addition to the new module, other important
business will be discussed, so please plan to attend. A new
column in our Newsletter is "FMNP Instructor Spotlight," which
will provide us an opportunity to feature one of our talented
colleagues in each Newsletter.

Marty Main, FMNP Program Leader

FMNP Instructor Spotlight: Steve Bass

Steve Bass is the manager of Gumbo Limbo Environmental
Complex, a city of Boca Raton recreation, research and
educational facility. The nature center hosts 100,000 visitors
yearly and is widely known for its nature programs, exhibits and
pristine maritime hammock forest. Steve and 9 other staff
members at provide FMNP training. We asked him the following
questions about environmental education (EE):

How did you get involved in EE? From the earliest days, I
remember being outside; either with my parents and
grandparents hunting and fishing, working in the garden or
wandering in my favorite places. These experiences were a big
part of my childhood. In my church I learned that a worthwhile
life includes a larger mission. Mine became sharing the outdoors
I loved so much with everyone. I completed a Masters in Plant
Ecology, studying prairie remnants in Ohio. Along the way, I
learned there were people who taught outdoors all the time.
How many years have you been involved in EE? In 1969 I joined the
National Audubon Society as a Teaching Naturalist at Aullwood
Audubon Center in Dayton, Ohio. Later I spent two years
working in Audubon's Nature Center Planning Division. The very
first Earth Day happened the year after I started my career.
What is your most memorable EE moment? When I was a young
naturalist in Ohio, I had 25 people show up in a sleet storm for a
guided walk on a steep, narrow trail. Three hikers were ladies in
their 80s. I began with a little talk about going at your own pace
and being careful to avoid falls. Turning, I slipped and fell on the
ice. By the time we finished the trip, I had fallen two more times
and nobody else had. The low point was when one of the older
ladies helped me up. I blamed it on my boots.
What are required readings for EE participants? "Ecosystems of
Florida" by Myers and Ewell (for ecology), and "River of Grass"
by Marjorie Stoneman Douglas (for inspiration).
What is your vision for Florida's future? While our generation is
expending energy preserving natural areas, we are assuming
that future generations will appreciate them. If the acres we
have saved are the hardware of our movement, what is the
software needed to perpetuate them? Those of us in EE need to
reexamine our approaches and see where we can provide
deeper encounters.


Volume 4, No. 3 July 2004

Florida Master Naturalist Program

2004 Upland Habitats Module FMNP Instructor Workshops Locations TBA

SW Florida November 9th
SE Florida November 17th
Central Florida November 16th
Northeast Florida December 2nd
Northwest Florida November 30th

Summer Environmental Education and Conservation Events

Florida Dry Prairie Conference, October 5-7, Sebring, FL, www.ces.fau.edu/fdpc/index.php Cost: $80. The conference
will highlight research that has resulted in numerous ecological and botanical studies. Contact: Doreen DiCarlo; Phone:
561-799-8553, E-mail: ddicarlo@ces.fau.edu
National Association for Interpretation, Certified Interpretive Guide Workshop, Rookery Bay National Estuarine
Research Reserve, October 4th-7th, 2004, Naples, Florida. Cost: $310 for NAI members, $355 for non-members
(includes course materials, 1-year membership in NAI, certification fee). To register, contact Bruce Nolan, at 863-965-
7233 or animalbrother@hotmail.com. Register by September 4.
Cary State Forest, 7465 Pavilion Road, Bryceville, Florida, is recruiting FMNP graduates to volunteer for their
education programs. If you are interested please contact Dave Holley at: (904) 266-5021
Rookery Bay Extended Coastal Training Program: Ecotour Operator Stewardship Series For ecotour operators and
nature guides. Programs are free, and run 6:30-9:00 at Rookery Bay Reserve Learning Center, 300 Tower Rd., Naples.
For details and registration: contact Naomi Crews 239-417-6310, ctp@rookerybay.org
The Florida Museum of Natural History will open its McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Environmental Research at
10 a.m on Saturday, Aug. 14. Facility features a 6,400-square-foot Butterfly Rainforest exhibit with waterfalls and
walking trails. This screened enclosure will support hundreds of living butterflies. www.flmnh.ufl.edu
Discussion Group- Loblolly Environmental Facility, FREE July 11th, Sunday afternoon, 2-4pm Join us for a reading and
discussion group. We will post readings to the webpage and gather once a month to discuss our topic. For more
information call 334-2170 or visit www.natureoperations.org.
Gumbo Limbo, Annual North American Butterfly Association Butterfly count. Learn about these winged artistries
while helping butterfly experts gather data. Date: Sunday, July 11, Time: 10:00am-1:00pm Free www.gumbolimbo.org
Early Morning Guided Nature Walk, Saturday, July 10, and 31st, 8 am Join Florida Master Naturalist Instructor
Debbie Dixon for a leisurely walk through 5 native habitats. Learn the secrets of the pine flatwoods, oak hammocks,
marsh, swamp and river and the creatures that call these habitats home. Perfect for all ages. Bring your camera &
binoculars! Free with admission- no reservations required. http://crowleymuseumnaturectr.org
Nature Walk and Talk- Morningside Nature Center FREE July 31st, 9 am on Saturday A Naturalist Guided Nature
Walk will be held the last Saturday morning every month. The walk will run 1-1.5 hours, wear comfortable walking
shoes and bring binoculars and field guides. Meet at education office. For more information call 334-2170 or visit
Eco Garden Conference Saturday, August 7, 2004, 9 a.m. 3:30 p.m. Topics include: Selecting and Maintaining a
Florida-friendly Lawn, Using Native Plants to Enhance your Landscape, Hazardous Animals, Insects, and Plants,
Ground Covers for Sun and Shade and much more. $20.00 registration fee includes course materials and lunch.
Location: Pinellas County Extension Auditorium, http://coop.co.pinellas.fl.us/
Nature Photography, August 14 & August 28, 7am-10am, Crystal Springs Preserve, Zephyrhills, FL Take a guided
nature tour around the preserve to find the best places to capture wildlife and nature at its most beautiful. Amateur
photography hobbyists will be on hand to help with any technical questions you may have. Capacity: 20 people, Call
813-715-9707 to make your reservations.
19th Annual International Coastal Cleanup (Collier County; www.keepcollierbeautiful.com) For more information and
to register large groups contact litternot@earthlink.net or call 239.352.4344.

Featured Web Site: UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants Images and information about Florida
wetland plants. http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu

Wild Eye Watch 1 on:

Coyote, (Canis latrans), 40"-50", 25-40 lbs.
Identifiers: gray to rust brown coat, long bushy tail; black
tip, long rust/yellow legs
Adaptations: long muzzle, keen eyes/ears/nose
Status: increasing; absent in Monroe/Dade Co.
Range: southern Canada to Costa Rica
Reproduction: 2-12 pups, born in dens
Habitat: pine flatwoods, range/prairie, hammocks, marsh
Diet: small mammals, reptiles, insects, fruit, fish, carrion
Sign: narrow, 4-toed clawed track, 16-18" stride
Fun Fact: breeding related to food supply Larry Richardson, USFWS
Carnivores (Order Carnivora) are mammalian predators with teeth designed for tearing and consuming flesh. However,
some carnivores, such as bears and coyotes, are omnivorous and eat both animal and plant material. Coyotes are a
relatively new predator to Florida. Following the elimination of wolves throughout most of the continental United States
during the last century, coyotes expanded their range into eastern states, including Florida. Coyotes were documented in
the Florida Panhandle during the 1970s and expanded their range into south Florida by the 1990's (more information see
document: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/UW146). Because coyotes arrived in Florida primarily by range expansion as opposed
to introduction, they are technically not an exotic species. More information: http://www.imok.ufl.edu/wild/coyote/.

Interpretive Tracks .i 4 w i
Be a Nature Detective

Many animals go about their business under cover of darkness (if they're
nocturnal), or cautiously in the daylight (diurnal). We may not see the animals
but, instead, see signs that they have been there scat, a track in the sand, a
clump of hair, chew marks or scratches on a tree trunk, scattered feathers, .
dropped antlers, small runway trails, nests, or burrows. All of these signs are
clues that an animal has eaten or been eaten, fought, died, walked, or lives ' .
near where you are hiking. While you walk with your child or nature friends, '
practice being nature detectives. See how many animal clues you can find and
determine what may have happened along the trail.
Think about what kind of animals live in the habitat you are in. Check sandy
trails or muddy banks for animal footprints in the morning. Make plaster casts
of deep track imprints. Does the track have 4 toes on the front and hind feet?
Then the animal is either from the dog, cat or rabbit family. Does the 4-toed
print have claw marks? Then the track is probably a coyote, fox or dog. Cats
retract their claws when they walk. Does the track have 4 toes on the front and
5 on the hind foot, then the animal is a rodent. Does the track have 5 toes on
the front and back? Then the animal is from the beaver, bear, raccoon or
weasel family (weasel, badger, mink, skunk, otter) or if one toe is thumb-like, it's
an opossum. What if the track has only 2 toes? In Florida, this animal is either a
deer (pointed tips) or a hog (rounded tips). Are the tracks far apart as if the
animal were running or close together as if it were foraging? Inspect the sand
near a gopher tortoise burrow for tracks from the tortoise, mice, snakes or
insect inhabitants.
There are many other types of signs you can detect. Look on tree trunks for
where a woodpecker has drilled small holes looking for insects or larger holes
for a cavity nest. Follow a squirrel's trail of discarded pine cone scales. Examine
shrubs and grasses for deer, rabbit or rodent browsing. Search for evidence of
caterpillars or a chrysalis. Look for bones and teeth along trails and in scat. Use Lilium catesebaei (Pine Lily or Catesby's Lily) is a
your sense of smell to locate territory markings from a big cat or an animal showy orange-red flower and state threatened
with musk glands. Did you find a dead animal? Does it have bite marks? What species found mainly in pine flatwoods. Large
numbers of plants typically bloom in the year after a
do you think killed it? Make up a story line using all the facts you can gather. fire
Good resources: the Stokes Guide to Animal Tracking and Behavior,
Peterson's Field Guide to Animal Tracks, Animal Tracks of Florida, Georgia and c Drawing by Ann Murray, Center for Aquatic &
Alabama by Ian Sheldon, Skulls and Bones by Glen Searfoss. Invasive Plants, University of Florida, Gainesville


Current Course Offerings

Freshwater Wetlands Classes:
August 31-October 28 (Indian River County)
October 1-November 5 (Volusia County)
October 5-23 (Pasco County)
October 7-30 (St. Johns County)
October 12-November 13 (Citrus County)
October 30-December 11 (Palm Beach County)

Coastal Systems Classes:
August 20-October 15 (Franklin County)
September 11-October 16 or 23 (Palm Beach Co)
October 4-November 1 (Lee County)
October 15-November 15 (Pinellas County)
October 16-November 20 (Sarasota County)
March 17-April 21, 2005 (Volusia County)

Go to www.MasterNaturalist.org
Click on "Course Offerings" for locations and time
schedules. After you have chosen your course,
follow the prompts to register online.

For program details: Click on "Information"

The Upland Habitats module will be released
in 2005.


FMNP Wetlands Module funding provided by:
-Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission,
Advisory Council on Environmental Education (ACEE)
-Southwest Florida Council for Environment Education,

FMNP Coastal Module funding provided by:
-Florida Sea Grant, University of Florida, IFAS
-Florida Marine Research Institute,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
-Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute

Florida Master Naturalist Program

Leader: Dr. Martin Main, Associate Professor
Coordinator: Ginger Allen, Senior Biological Scientist

Southwest Florida Research & Education Center
2686 State Road 29 North
Immokalee, FL 34142-9515
Phone: 239-658-3400; Fax: 239-658-3469
E-Mail: info@masternaturalist.org
Web: www.MasterNaturalist.org

FMNP Graduate Photo Contest Winner

In April we announced a photo contest for FMNP grads that
wished to contribute photos for the Upland Habitats video
jacket. Congratulations to Maryle Barbe of Bonita Springs. Her
photo of two Caracaras (seen below, taken near Labelle, FL)
will be included on the video jacket.

Maryle described her experience with the FMNP as very
rewarding, especially the group participation. A graduate of
both wetlands and coastal modules, she stated that the
program improved her presentation skills, which she utilizes
on nature tours at Bonita Bay club. On a higher level, Maryle
finds she can now impart an intelligent understanding of the
environment to her audience and friends.

FMNP Newsletter Staff

Editor: Dr. Martin Main
Managing Editor: Ginger Allen
Contributing Editor: Julie Carson
Web Coordinator: Buddy Walker



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