May 6-20, 2017
Registration closes at 10:00am on May 1, 2017.
(Course Code: E17-02)
Classroom Facility Information
Honeymoon Island State Park: Osprey Center (not the Rotary Centennial Nature Center)
31 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin, FL 34698
Jeanne Murphy, Senior Wildlife Biologist, Environmental Educator, NAI Certified Interpretative Guide
Brian Lane, Senior Ecologist, Environmental Educator, NAI Certified Interpretative Guide
Organization: Sensing Nature, LLC – Environmental Education, Ethical Ecotours, Nature Products
Tentative Course Agenda
|Day 1|| Saturday, May 6, 2017
Large-Scale Habitat Assessment:
|Large-Scale Habitat Assessment: To increase understanding of why habitat evaluation is conducted and the methods used to assess habitat quality at large scales.|
|8:30am – 9:15am||Orientation to Habitat Evaluation, Objectives and Overview|
|9:15am – 9:45am||Habitat Evaluation Activity|
|10:00am – 11:30am||“Large-Scale Habitat Assessment” presentation Habitat quality assessment, understanding large-scale habitat functions, management and conservation, data collection resources (aerial, digital remote sensing, field mapping, GIS, Land Cover/Land Use), models|
|11:45am – 12:00pm||Data Collection Resource Activity|
|12:00pm – 12:30pm||Review, Questions about Field Trip|
|12:30pm – 1:00pm||Lunch|
|1:30pm – 5:30pm||Field Trip
Carpool from the Osprey Center to areas within the state park. Wear close-toe shoes; wear long pants and long sleeves to avoid scratches from plants with thorns or possible direct contact with poison ivy. Utilize large-scale field equipment the same as field biologists.
|Day 2||Saturday, May 13, 2017
Local-Scale Habitat Assessment
|Local-Scale Habitat Assessment: To increase understanding of why habitat evaluation is conducted and the methods used to assess habitat quality at the local scale|
|8:30am – 8:45am||Objectives and Overview|
|8:45am – 9:15am||Today’s Homework Assignment—Share with Class Your 1 Recent Large Scale Habitat Evaluation Study|
|9:15am – 10:00am||“Local-Scale Habitat Assessment” presentation|
|10:15am –11:00am||“Local-Scale Habitat Assessment” presentation continued|
|11:15am – 12:00pm||Video|
|12:00pm – 12:30pm||Review, Questions about Next Field Trip
Discuss Homework Assignment—Bring to Next Class 1 Recent (within 5-7 years)
Local-Scale or Water Quality Monitoring Project to Share with Class
|12:30pm – 1:30pm||Lunch / Travel to Field Site (Take all personal items - not returning to HISP)|
|1:30pm – 5:30pm||Field Trip: John Chestnut Park, Palm Harbor, Pavilion #1
Hands-on Experience Conducting Multiple Local-Scale Habitat Assessments
|Day 3||Saturday, May 20, 2017
Water Quality Monitoring
|Water Quality Monitoring: To increase understanding of why habitat evaluation is conducted and the methods used to evaluate water quality.|
|8:30am - 8:45am||Objectives and Overview|
|8:45am – 9:30am||“Evaluating Water Quality” presentation Water chemistry parameters, measuring water quality, trophic status, test kits|
|9:45am – 10:15am||“Evaluating Water Quality” presentation continued|
|10:15am – 10:45am||Homework Assignment—Share with Class Your 1 Recent Local-Scale or Water Quality Monitoring Project Study|
|10:45am – 11:15am||Video|
|11:15am – 11:30am||Review, Questions about Field Trip|
|11:30am – 12:45pm||Lunch / Travel to Field Site (Take all personal items - not returning to HISP)|
|12:45pm – 3:30pm||Field Trip: Water Quality Monitoring Meet at Lake Seminole Park (pavilion #TBA) and carpool to other nearby sites
Guest Field Trip Leader from Pinellas County’s Watershed Management Department – Learn about Water Quality Testing, Watersheds and Water Treatment
|3:30pm – 4:00pm||Drive back to Lake Seminole Park; Restroom Break|
|4:00pm – 5:30pm||Post-Test, Wrap-up & Graduation!|
FMNP Habitat Evaluation Class Guidelines
Missing a class or a field trip:
- You cannot miss a classroom session or field trip session and still become certified in Habitat Evaluation.
- If you miss a session, the University of Florida will not issue you a certification for this class, but please keep coming to as many sessions as possible…this is your course.
- The schedule times listed are as close as possible, but we need you to be flexible.
- We probably will not get out early; however, we may run late. We will try to stick to the listed times, but please arrange your schedule so that the class can be flexible.
- Course time schedule does not include your travel time.