Thursday, January 21, 2016

2016 FMNP Freshwater Wetlands at Camp Bayou

(Links to websites discussed during class can be found at the 'Freshwater Wetlands Resources' page- click link above.)
Course Schedule

Day 1 Saturday, January 30, 2016
8:00am – 4:00pm Pretest, housekeeping, expectations discussion
Presentations: Ecology, Forested Wetlands, Interpretation
Video: Wetlands in the Modern Human Landscape
Orientation walk
                
Day 2 Saturday, February 6, 2016
8:00am – 4:00pm Presentations: Permanent Wetlands, Fish, Invertebrates- with George
Video: Florida’s Permanent Wetlands
Field trip: Canoeing the Little Manatee River at Camp Bayou
    
Day 3 Saturday, February 13, 2016
8:00am – 4:00pm Field trip: Little Manatee State Park with Ranger walk (9am)
Presentations: Herbaceous Wetlands, Birds, Mammals
Video: Florida’s Freshwater Marshes
                       
Day 4 Saturday, February 20, 2016
8:00am – 4:00pm Presentations: Reptiles, Amphibians, Ethics
Video: Florida’s Freshwater Swamps
Field trip: Cockroach Creek Greenway with Ross

Day 5 Saturday, February 27, 2016
8:00am – 4:00pm Post-test, Interpretive walk 'moment', Final Project, evals

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Regional FMNP workshop

From Jeanne Murphy, FMNP instructor in Pinellas:
 
Dr. Main and Kate Hellgren have suggested that during the “off years” of the annual statewide FMNP conference that the regions offer a similar graduate/instructor get together. To start this annual event, the Friends of Pinellas Master Naturalists is hosting our Central West Region FMNP Workshop on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Weedon Island Preserve in the Cultural Center auditorium, St. Petersburg from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
 
RSVPs are required through the Friends of PMN’s website at http://pinellasmasternaturalists.org/news/. FMNP grads and instructors are allowed to bring one adult guest.
 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Turtle study volunteers needed

This isn't an uplands opportunity but a great activity for any FMNP grad or student. Particularly urgent need for volunteers on Saturday, Feb 21.
This announcement from George Heinrich:

We are still recruiting volunteers to assist with a yearlong Suwannee cooter survey on the Alafia River (east side of Tampa Bay).   Any assistance that you can provide with getting the word out to interested individuals would be appreciated.
 
Outlined below are activities that will require volunteers.  Interested folks should contact me at their earliest convenience to be placed on our roster (see my contact info below).  Thanks for your support!  Regards, George
 
Volunteers needed to assist with a distributional survey of Suwannee cooters in the Alafia River (Hillsborough County)
 
This project has four objectives: 1) to determine the distribution and status of the Suwannee cooter in the Alafia River, 2) to assess habitat conditions related to the species’ ecology (e.g., basking, feeding, and nesting), 3) to identify conservation actions needed to address any existing threats (including habitat restoration needs), and 4) to offer hands-on field experience and training in wildlife research methods to local college/university students, as well as volunteers active with local parks/preserves. Volunteer opportunities include:
 
Saturday, 21 February 2015 (9:00 am-5:00 pm) and Sunday, 1 March 2015 (9:00 am-5:00 pm):
 
Distribution of “sightings wanted” fliers in neighborhoods along the Alafia River.  We will need a large number of volunteers to complete this task.  Volunteers will work in teams to deliver fliers to homes and local businesses.  Volunteers can work partial or full days and are strongly encouraged to carpool.  Transportation required.
 
January-December 2015 (dates to be announced):
 
Binocular and spotting scope survey from identified sites along the river.  One person per month will be needed to accompany George L. Heinrich on this day-long task.  It will include hiking up to two miles at one location.  Transportation provided.
 
March, April, May, September, October, and November 2015 (dates to be announced):
 
Shoreline survey to search for Suwannee cooter carcasses, skeletal material, and signs of nesting.  Volunteers will work in groups during partial or full days and are strongly encouraged to carpool.  Transportation required.
 
Contact George if interested- phone: (727) 865-6255
e-mail: george@heinrichecologicalservices.com

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Upland module resources

Each week, there are new website suggestions from class discussions. Instead of posting them as daily blog posts (that will eventually work their way out of the feed), I will add them to the 'Upland Resources' stationary page link above. This will keep them easily available for future research and classes.
BTW, the more I use the iNaturalist.org website and app, the more I see it as a wonderful learning tool. If you haven't checked it out yet, be sure to take a look.
Next week's hike to the Golden Aster Scrub will be on even sandier trails than there was this past Saturday at Little Manatee River State Park. Wear comfortable shoes and bring your binoculars if you have them!