July 6-8, 2017
Registration closes at 10:00am on June 30, 2017.
(Course Code: M17-03)
Classroom Facility Information
Brooker Creek Preserve (BCP): Classroom Building
3940 Keystone Rd, Tarpon Springs. FL 34688
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 AgendaIt is the student's responsibility to be flexible and verify field information. Please be sure that you read the schedule, including Guidelines (end of page), prior to class.
Your instructors, Jeanne and Brian, will provide additional information, including maps and directions to field trip locations via email approximately 3 days prior to class starting.
|Day 1||Thursday, July 6, 2017
Surveying and Monitoring Mammals Workshop
To increase understanding of why wildlife monitoring is conducted, how to design wildlife surveys and monitoring programs, and methods used to survey and monitor mammals.
• Meet in Classroom Building (not main Education Center)
|8:00am - 8:45am||Orientation to Wildlife Monitoring, Objectives and Overview|
|8:45am - 9:15am||Wildlife Monitoring Group Mixer Activity|
|9:15am - 9:30am||Break|
|9:30am - 11:30am||“Surveying & Monitoring Mammals” presentation|
|11:30am - 12:00pm||Current Mammal Project Case Studies|
|12:00pm - 12:30pm||Lunch|
|12:30pm - 4:00pm||Field Trip Learning and Practicing Mammal Surveying Techniques|
|4:00pm - 4:30pm||Discuss Homework* - Next class, bring 1 Recent (within 5-7 years) Mammal or
Avian Surveying/Monitoring study to verbally share with class.
* Homework Assignments: No homework is due on the first day of class. In class, we will discuss possible case study topics to research for your homework assignment for the next class. Outside class, students look up research surveying or monitoring projects about mammals, avian species, and herptiles (preferably FL species). During the next classroom session, students will verbally share this information with the other students. All students will turn in to the instructors a hardcopy of their article/report/summary about the project and electronically provide a link to the source.
For these assignments, students are not required to discuss surveys that they themselves have conducted nor do students need any previous experience. Actually, we expect many of the students will have little to no monitoring experience and that is fine. We only need students to have an interest in learning about wildlife surveying and monitoring. The homework assignments are very informal; they are discussions, not presentations.
|Day 2||Friday, July 7, 2017
Surveying and Monitoring Birds Workshop
|To increase understanding of why wildlife monitoring is conducted, how to design wildlife surveys and monitoring programs, and methods used to survey and monitor birds.|
|8:00am - 11:30am||Morning: Field Trip Surveying & Monitoring Beach Nesting Birds
• Visit TBA Pinellas beach bird nesting colony – likely Indian Shores or
Fort De Soto Park
• Beach bird colonies move quickly due to unpredictable environmental changes (storms, human disturbances, non-native predators like dogs and cats, native predators like crows and hawks, etc.). Therefore, our field trip site will be announced shortly before our field trip date.
• Carpool to beach and conduct nesting coastal bird counts.
|11:30am - 1:00pm||Lunch and Travel to Classroom|
|1:00pm - 1:30pm||Review; Orientation to Avian Monitoring, Objectives and Overview|
|1:30pm - 2:30pm||“Surveying & Monitoring Birds” presentation|
|2:40pm - 3:45pm||“Surveying & Monitoring Birds” presentation continued|
|4:00pm - 4:30pm||Today’s Homework - Current Bird Project Case Studies
Tomorrow’s Homework* - Next class, bring 1 Recent (within 5-7 years) avian or herptofauna surveying/monitoring study to verbally share with class.
Summary, Wrap Up
|Day 3||Saturday, July 8, 2017
Surveying and Monitoring Herpetofauna Workshop
|To increase understanding of why wildlife monitoring is conducted, how to design wildlife surveys and monitoring programs, and methods used to survey and monitor herpetofauna (reptiles, amphibians).|
|8:00am - 8:30am||Review; Orientation to Herp Monitoring; Objectives, Overview|
|8:30am - 9:30am||“Surveying & Monitoring Herptofauna” presentation|
|9:30am - 9:45am||Break|
|9:45am - 10:45am||“Surveying & Monitoring Herptofauna” presentation (cont.)|
|11:00am - 11:30pm||Current Avian or Herptofauna Project Case Studies|
|11:30am - 12:00pm||Lunch|
|12:00pm - 3:30pm||Afternoon Field Trip, BCP: Surveying & Monitoring Herpetofauna
• Use herptofauna survey techniques including dip nets, cover boards and frog pipes to document species richness.
|3:30pm - 4:30pm||Post-test, Wrap-up & Graduation!|
FMNP Class Guidelines
Missing a class or a field trip:
- You cannot miss a classroom session or field trip session and still become certified.
- If you miss a session, the University of Florida/IFAS will not issue you a certification, 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.
What to Wear: Field Items:
• Don’t wear perfume/cologne or use perfumed soap/body lotion before going out in the field. This may attract more unwanted buzzing invertebrates known as mosquitoes, midges (no see ‘ems) and flies.
• There are insects (including mosquitoes), spiders, and snakes outdoors. Hopefully, we will see many of these beautiful creatures. Always watch where you are putting your hands and feet. Use your brain before your body.
• Be aware that typically you will be experiencing a variety of environments. For your comfort, always bring a spare change of clothes.
• Wear: Cool, breathable clothes, long sleeves and pants, hiking boots or other appropriate (closed-toe) foot wear for the day’s field trip, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
• Always wear closed-toe shoes. The field trails are not always level or easy to travel.
• It might be very hot on our field trips—please, dress accordingly. Always wear long, breathable pants.
• Bring: WATER (required on field trips May – September), snacks, field ID books, notepad and pen, binoculars, insect repellent, towels and a change of clothes (spare shoes/socks/pants/shirt).
What to Wear: