March 24 - April 7, 2018
Registration closes at 10:00am on March 20, 2018.
(Course Code: M18-02)
Classroom Facility Information
Brooker Creek Preserve (BCP): Classroom Bldg
(1st bldg.on left when walking from main parking lot)
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 Agenda
• Student Carpooling Suggested
• Transportation & Meals not included
• Drinking Water Required Every Field Trip; Bring Sack Meal Each Day
• Field Trip Locations area Times May Change (although that’s not expected)
• Schedule Does Not Include Your Travel Time, Before & After 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 are to turn in to the instructors a hardcopy about the research/monitoring project, and electronically provide a source link.
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. 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 1||Saturday, March 24, 2018
Surveying and Monitoring Mammals
|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.|
|Surveying & Monitoring Mammals: Classroom, BCP|
|12:00pm – 12:45pm||Orientation to Wildlife Monitoring, Objectives and Overview|
|12:45pm – 1:15pm||Wildlife Monitoring Group Mixer Activity|
|1:15pm – 1:30pm||Break|
|1:30pm – 4:00pm||“Surveying & Monitoring Mammals” presentation|
|4:00pm – 4:30pm||Current Mammal Project Case Studies|
|4:30pm – 5:00pm||Dinner
|Field Trip Surveying & Monitoring Mammals, BCP
|5:00pm – 7:00pm||Daytime - Mammal Line Transects and Presence / Absence Surveys|
|7:00pm – 7:30pm||Break; Discuss Homework* - Next class, bring 1 Recent (within 5-7 years) Mammal or Avian Surveying/Monitoring study to verbally share with class|
|7:30pm – 9:00pm||Nighttime - Bat Monitoring; Mammalian Presence / Absence Surveys|
|Day 2||Saturday, March 31, 2018
Surveying and Monitoring Birds
|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|
|Morning: Classroom Surveying & Monitoring Birds|
|8:00am – 8:30am||Review; Orientation to Avian Monitoring, Objectives and Overview|
|8:30am – 10:30am||“Surveying & Monitoring Birds” presentation|
|10:45am – 11:30am||“Surveying & Monitoring Birds” presentation continued|
|11:30am – 1:00pm||Lunch / Travel to Field Site|
|1:00pm – 4:30pm||Afternoon: Field Trip Surveying & Monitoring Coastal Birds
at Fort De Soto Park, Tierra Verde
|4:30pm – 5:30pm||
Today’s Homework - Mammal or Avian Surveying/Monitoring Case Studies
|1 Hour||Online FWC Training: On your own outside of class and prior to 4/7/18, participate in an online FWC citizen science training. You must have access to a computer and completion is required prior to participating in the field trip.Details will be provided before or on the first day of class.|
|Day 3||Saturday, April 7, 2018
Surveying and Monitoring Herpetofauna
|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).|
|9:00am – 12:0opm||
Morning: Field Trip at Bullfrog Creek Mitigation Park & Wildlife Environmental Area (WEA), Hillsborough CountyMeet at field site to learn about herptofauna survey techniques used by field biologists and citizen scientists. Then, conduct a gopher tortoise survey with our guest field trip leader Brendan O’Connor, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Southwest Regional Volunteer Coordinator
|12:00pm – 1:30pm||Lunch / Travel to Classroom – Eat sack lunch that you brought with you|
|1:30pm – 2:00pm||Review; Orientation to Herp Monitoring; Objectives, Overview|
|2:00pm – 3:00pm||“Surveying & Monitoring Herptofauna” presentation|
|3:00pm – 3:15pm||Break|
|3:15pm – 4:15pm||“Surveying & Monitoring Herptofauna” presentation continued|
|4:15pm – 5:30pm||Current Avian or Herptofauna Project Case Studies;
Post-Test, Wrap-up & Graduation
FMNP Wildlife Monitoring 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 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 (except between AM & PM classes).
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).