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IJuly 2006

Florida Master Naturalist Program

Newsletter Volume 6, No.3

FMNP 2006 Update

2006 Florida Master Naturalist Program Statewide Reunion and Awards Ceremony
The FMNP Reunion is planned for November 3-5, at a lakeside lodge in Central Florida.
Don't miss out on this opportunity to meet with fellow Master Naturalists and Instruc-
tors, to have fun and attend great workshops and field trips. To see the agenda and reg-
ister, go to the FMNP website (www.MasterNaturalist.org) and click on "2006 FMNP
Annual Meeting," but don't wait, because registration is limited.
As many of you know, I've been on sabbatical at University of Cambridge, England, dur-
ing the last year, but am returning to Florida in August. I owe a huge thank you to Ms.
Ginger Allen for planning the FMNP Reunion and promoting formation of regional FMNP
Chapters during my absence, in addition to all her normal FMNP duties. Quite frankly,
the FMNP would not be the program it is were it not for the hard work of Ms. Allen.
Likewise, I owe a huge debt to UF/IFAS videographer Al Williamson and assistant Robert
Annis for their countless hours spent creating the FMNP videos, which have recently
been converted to DVD with optional subtitles. The Upland videos recently won an
award, bringing the FMNP tally to 8 national and 10 local awards. Awards are nice, but
more importantly, our collective efforts and successes have caught the eye of other
states, and I am working with Minnesota, Utah, and others to establish similar programs.
It looks as though we've started a grassroots movement, and that's thanks to you.
MA4f Marty Main, FMNP Program Leader

FMNP Instructor Spotlight: Joanne Semmer

How did you get involved in Environmental Education (EE)?
Nature and the environment have always been a special love of mine. I taught my chil-
dren and now my grandchildren, and it then evolved into teaching others. I just intro-
duced my two-year-old grandson to bugs, and he can't get enough of them.

What is your most memorable EE moment?
I was teaching at a camp in the woods, when early
one morning at sunrise, we swore we could see
the breath of a sable palm.

L-. __ What is your vision for Florida's future?
Florida needs balanced planned development pro-
viding homes and a better standard of living for
both people and wildlife.
Joanne is the President of Ostego Bay Foundation
Son Fort Myers Beach. Click on
www.Ostegobay.org to learn more.
Joanne Semmer



Inside this issue:

Program Update 1

Environmental Education 2
and Conservation Events
Wild Eye, Interpretive 3
Honor Roll of Florida 4
Master Naturalists
Class Information, 5

Track Trivia
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Florida Summer Environmental Education and Conservation Events

Artificial Reef Workshop, Escambia County UF/IFAS Extension, 3740 Stefani Road, Cantonment, FL. August 1-3.
Times: TBA. Andrew Diller (apdiller@mail.ifas.ufl.edu); phone: 850-475-5230.
Friday, October 6, and Saturday, October 7, 2006. 6th ANNUAL FLORIDA PANHANDLE BIRDING & WILD-
FLOWER FESTIVAL. The festival headquarters will be at the ST. JOSEPH BAY STATE PRESERVES CENTER, 3915
Hwy C-30A, located in Northwest Florida on St. Joe Bay, just 4 miles southeast of Port St. Joe.

North Central
Project Learning Tree Educator Workshop, Austin Cary Memorial Forest, Gainesville, Sept 16, 2006 (Saturday).
Hands-on, six-hour workshop. Receive the Pre-K-8 Activity Guide. For additional information on the benefits of this
workshop, please contact Jenny Seitz at jacohen@ufl.edu. Preregistration is required.

Central West
August 5 (Saturday), Pinellas FMNP Continued Ed Canoe/Kayak Trip, 9:00AM-3:00PM-ish
Trip is 4 hours, Hillsborough River-John B. Sargent Park to Trout Creek. RSVP with check by July 20 to Joanne Ma-
son, woodchikjm@aol.com, 813-977-1157, 16121 Ann Croft Court, Tampa, FL 33647. Tandem Canoe/Kayak is $47
+ tax, $23.50 each; Solo $40 +tax. Bring your own, pay a $20 shuttle fee.
Compost Workshop: Pinellas County Extension,10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 22, 2006. Attendees will receive a
FREE 7.5 cubic feet plastic compost bin. Phone (727)582-2673 or to register.
Pinellas Wildlife Safety Program: Living and Working Safely near Alligators, Snakes, Coyotes, Raccoons. Pinellas
County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo, July 24, 8:30- 9:30AM, or August 8, 11:30AM-12:30PM. To Regis-
ter: 727-582-2673.
Get to know Unusual Neighbors like coyotes, Cuban tree frogs, and exotic snakes: July 28, 10am-4pm at Pi-
nellas County Extension workshop, 12520 Ulmerton Road in Largo. Register at (727) 582-2673 by July 21. Five Ex-
perts will discuss how we are fighting back the tide of invasive animal species and what individual homeowners can
do. A $20 workshop registration fee includes lunch, conference materials, and snacks.

Clyde Butcher (famous landscape photographer) will host his annual Swamp Muck-About, Ochopee Sept. 2-4.
Festivities include, live Florida folk music, preview of Clyde's America the Beautiful exhibit, large format camera dem-
onstrations, environmental booths, cartoonist, old Florida story telling, food, and much more. $20 per person
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED Go to: http://clydebutcher.com/journal.cfm and click on 2006 Swamp walk to register.
Marco Island-Tiger Tail Beach. Saturday, September 16, time TBD, Ocean Conservancy Coastal Clean-up.

Hatchling Releases: Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. Watch as sea turtle hatchlings
take their first journey into the sea. $3 Tickets go on sale July 8. Open to all ages. Mondays-Thursdays, July 17-
August 17, 8:00pm; August 21-Sept. 7, 7:00pm.
Sea Turtle Day: Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton, August 12, 10am-3pm. This event
is the celebration of 30 years of Sea Turtle Conservation. There will be activities for all ages, including special guest
speakers, booths, prizes, a silent auction, crafts, and tank feedings. Carl Safina, author of Song for the Blue Ocean
and Voyage of the Turtle, will be present. Free; donations accepted to support sea turtle research.

New Educational Media

AmphibiaWeb is an online system created in conjunction with the Digital Library Project at the University of
California, Berkeley, enabling search and retrieval of information relating to amphibian biology and conservation.
Go to........http://elib.cs.berkeley.edu/aw/

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Wild Eye Watch <*on:

Rhinocerous Beetle (Strategus antaeus) 2"I
Identifiers: black, males have 3 horns, females 1, clubbed antennae
Adaptations: strength and defensive horns
Status: throughout Florida
Range: eastern U.S.
Habitat: woods or gardens where it can burrow
Diet: grasses, leaves, fruits, and flowers
Fun Facts: z
- also known as a leaf chafer; belongs to the "scarab beetle" family Z
- the scarab was a symbol of great power in Egyptian mythology
- Egyptians mounted scarab beetles and wore them as valuable jewels
Rhinocerous beetles are one of more than 30,000 species of scarab beetles (Order Coleoptera, family Scarabaeidae)
found worldwide. About 1,200 of these species are found in the United States. Strategus antaeus is found in the east-
ern United States. Scarab beetles were portrayed in Egyptian hieroglyphics along with man, woman, health, life,
power, and kings and queens, indicating the importance of this insect to Egyptian people.
Plant-eating scarab beetles, like Strategus antaeus, lay their eggs in the ground so that the larvae can feed on roots
while the adults are feeding on the above-ground plants. Some scarab beetle larvae feed on animal dung, and are
known as dung beetles. The large horns of the male Rhinocerous beetle are used in contests over females, and al-
though they look ferocious, Rhinocerous beetles are harmless to people.

Interpretive Tracks S $

What to Expect from an Ecotour
May 2006 Greentips Newsletter, published by the Union of Concerned Scientists
The Internet has given people an opportunity to learn more about exotic locales around the world, and many entrepreneurs are
more than happy to help people visit these remote destinations. Unfortunately, adventure-seeking travelers can have a negative
impact on local ecosystems and communities, in the form of natural resource depletion, soil erosion, air and water pollution, habi-
tat loss, decreased biodiversity, and heightened vulnerability to forest fires.
A growing awareness of these problems has fueled a more sustainable approach to travel: ecotourism. Ecotours are typically
geared toward destinations with abundant flora and fauna and a rich cultural heritage, but unlike typical sightseeing tours, these
packages emphasize interaction with local peoples, volunteerism, personal growth, and education.
The International Ecotourism Society has outlined guiding principles (below) that both trip organizers and participants should fol-
Minimize impact, Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect
Provide financial benefits and empowerment for local people, Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts, Provide di-
rect financial benefits for conservation
Raise sensitivity to the host countries' political, environmental, and social climate
Support international human rights and labor agreements
Buyer Beware
Don't assume every travel package labeled an ecotour is truly good for the environment. Some tour
organizers use the term as a marketing gimmick to promote traditional sightseeing packages in re-
mote locations--even to large resorts built in sensitive areas, with few or no benefits for the local
ecosystem and community. The International Ecotourism Society maintains an online directory of
member organizations that follow the tenets of ecotourism (www.ecotourism.org). Before booking a
trip with companies not listed in this directory, it's important to read the fine print. Thoroughly
research any organization with which you are considering traveling, and ask whether it follows the Scrub Jay,
principles listed above. from Archbold Biological station,
"Discovering Florida Scrub."

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New Additions to the Honor Role of Florida Master Naturalists

Individuals that completed Coastal, Wetlands, and Uplands modules during April-June 2006

To view the complete list of Florida Master Naturalist Graduates: www.MasterNaturalist.org, click on "Student Database"

Master Naturalist

Deborah Bahrs
John Bahrs
Terry Bettendorf

Warren Blodgett

Patsy Condray

Mary Crummer
Kristin Ebersol

Victor Edwards

Mary Escoffery
Richard Hoeger

Patricia Hurd

Chris Kardon

Steve Kingery
stance Langmann

Lynda Larsen

Terry Marshall
Renee Peeples

Shelley Roedel

Jamy Rose
Jack V. Shaw
James Taylor

Sara-Nett Wood





Freshwater Wetlands
Instructor Organization

Morningside Nature Center
Morningside Nature Center
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

Crystal River Preserve St Park

Crystal River Preserve St Park

Morningside Nature Center
Clay/Duval Co. Extension

Crystal River Preserve St Park
Crystal Springs Preserve
The Conservancy of SW FL

Morningside Nature Center

Audubon Corkscrew Swamp

Crystal River Preserve St Park

Ostego Bay Foundation

Audubon Corkscrew Swamp

Crystal River Preserve St Park

Grassy Waters Preserve

Crystal River Preserve St Park

Clay/Duval Co. Extension
Morningside Nature Center
Clay/Duval Co. Extension

Morningside Nature Center
Duval Co. Extension/
St.Johns Parks & Recreation

Crystal River Preserve St Park

Coastal Systems
Instructor Organization

Morningside Nature Center
Morningside Nature Center
Brevard Parks & Recreation

Crystal River Preserve St Park

Crystal River Preserve St Park

Morningside Nature Center
Duval County Extension

Crystal River Preserve St Park
Rookery Bay NERR
The Conservancy of SW FL

Morningside Nature Center
Rookery Bay NERR/Audubon
Corkscrew Swamp

Crystal River Preserve St Park

Ostego Bay Foundation

Rookery Bay NERR

Crystal River Preserve St Park

Palm Beach Extension

Crystal River Preserve St Park

The Whitney Lab
The Whitney Lab
Duval County Extension

Morningside Nature Center

Appalachicola NERR

Crystal River Preserve St Park

Upland Habitats
Instructor Organization

Morningside Nature Center
Morningside Nature Center
Riverwoods Field Lab/FAU

Crystal River Preserve St Park

Crystal River Preserve St Park

Morningside Nature Center
Clay/Duval County Extension

Crystal River Preserve St Park
Ostego Bay Foundation
Audubon Corkscrew Swamp

Morningside Nature Center

Audubon Corkscrew Swamp

Crystal River Preserve St Park

Ostego Bay Foundation

Audubon Corkscrew Swamp

Crystal River Preserve St Park
Marion Co. Extension/
Silver River Museum

Crystal River Preserve St Park
Camp Bayou Outdoor
Learning Center
Morningside Nature Center
Clay/Duval County Extension
Marion Co. Extension/
Silver River Museum
Marion Co. Extension/
Silver River Museum

Crystal River Preserve St Park

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Current Course Offerings

Freshwater Wetlands Classes:

August 14-18, 2006 (Pasco County)
September 25-29, 2006 (Pasco County)
October 6-November 10, 2006 (Volusia County)
October 17-November 14, 2006 (Collier County )

Upland Habitats Classes:

September 18-October 14, 2006 (Clay County)
October 20-November 20, 2006 (Pinellas County)

Coastal Systems Classes:
None available for August-September

Go to http://www.MasterNaturalist.orq/
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 Alien
Contributing Editor: Julie Carson
Web Coordinator: Buddy Walker


Traveling Coast To Coast with FMNP
by Margaret England, Florida Master Naturalist

Several years ago, I realized how little I knew about the plants
and animals in my native state. This prompted me to take the
FMNP Wetlands module at Glades Botanical Garden in 2002. The
following year, I completed the Coastal Module on the West
Coast in Naples, led by instructors from Rookery Bay and Cork-
screw Swamp Audubon. Then, I completed the Uplands Module
at Grassy Waters Preserve on the East Coast in 2005 and became
a "Master Naturalist." My plan was to lead a few nature walks for
the local garden club and scout groups. I soon found that the
FMNP had given me knowledge, confidence, and the resources to
help interns prepare the curriculum for the Ft. Denaud Ox-
bow Restoration Project (picture below). I brought together rep-
resentatives from community groups to discuss eco-recreational
needs for our rural area. I was elected V.P. of CRCA
(Caloosahatchee Riverwatch, http://crca.caloosahatchee.org)
and secretary of Hendry/Glades Audubon. I am the bird tour
leader at the Clewiston Stormwater Treatment Area 5
(http://www.orgsites.com/fl/hqaudubon). If there is time, I lead
a guided walk in the LaBelle Nature Park.
All these activities will give me an opportunity to use my inter-
pretative skills. My coast-to-coast experiences in the FMNP have
helped me to gain knowledge and become aware of the need to
protect and restore Florida's fragile habitats. I'm looking forward
to retirement in 2008 and becoming a full-time volunteer sharing
my enthusiasm for my native Florida with others, thanks to the

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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