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!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Welcome 2015 FMNP Uplands Class

Welcome to the 2015 FMNP class at Camp Bayou!

This information is for folks registered for the FMNP Uplands module at Camp Bayou. If you did not register this time around, we conduct one module each year, right around this time of year. Feel free to browse the resources as they become available on the static pages on this blog.

The following general agenda will be followed through the next 5 Saturdays but there may be some deviations as time and conditions require. The class requires 40 contact hours so lunch is considered a working lunch. As such, we strongly suggest you bring your lunch rather than try to run out and find a local place to eat- there is no food service at Camp Bayou. There is a small refrigerator and microwave for your use and there will be coffee each morning, sometimes a snack or 2.

Saturday, January 31, 2015
Daily class activity
Pretest, overview, introductions, orientation walk
Citizen science programs (optional)
Presentations and Video
Facilitator: Dolly Cummings

Saturday, February 7, 2015
Daily class activity
Invertebrate presentations and Video
Speaker: George Shambaugh, PhD, Retired Professor of Entomology, OSU
Field Trip: Little Manatee River State Park

Saturday, February 14, 2015
Daily class activity
Birding presentations and Video
Speaker: Rob Heath, Senior Ecologist, Wildlands Conservation
Field Trip: Uplands location- Great Backyard Bird Count

Saturday, February 21, 2015
Daily class activity
Reptile & mammal presentations; and Video
Speaker: Daniel Allen, Florida Master Naturalist
Field Trip: Camp Bayou Uplands, Gopher Tortoise monitoring

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Post test, evaluations, interpretive walk, final projects
(optional celebratory canoe trip)