Volusia County

August  15-17, 2019
Registration closes at 10:00am on August 12, 2019
(Course Code: M19-05)


Class Facility Information

Marine Discovery Center
520 Barracuda Blvd, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169


Instructors Information

Associate and Point of Contact: Charity Jackson, Naturalist Guide
Organization: Marine Discovery Center
Phone: 386-852-4091
Email: charity@marinediscoverycenter.org
Website: www.marinediscoverycenter.org

Lead: Chad Truxall, Executive Director
Assistant: Lisa Mickey, Naturalist Guide



Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Thursday, August 15, 2019
8:00am–9:00am Sign In / Introductions / Pre-Test/ Waivers / Coffee and Snack
9:00am–10:00am Surveying and Monitoring Mammals Presentation – Charity Jackson
10:00am–12:00pm Guest Speaker / Field Experience: Terrestrial mammal monitoring talk and activity – Bonnie Cary
12:00pm–12:30pm Lunch Break – Bring a sack lunch to eat in our classroom or outside under the pavilion.
12:30pm–1:30pm Guest Speaker: Ashley Ambert with Volusia Manatee Watch Program
1:30pm–4:00pm Guest Speakers / Field Experience: Wendy Noke, Research Scientist, and
Teresa Jablonski
, Research Assistant with Hubbs SeaWorld


Day 2 Friday, August 16, 2019
8:00am–8:15am Sign In / Welcome / Coffee and Snack
8:15am–11:15am Guest Speaker / Field Experience: Bird monitoring talk and activity -
Jennifer Winters
, Volusia County HCP Program Manager
11:15am–11:30am Guest Speaker: Citizen Science Monitoring Opportunities – Trey Hannah, Volusia County Environmental Management
11:30am–12:00pm Lunch Break– Bring a sack lunch to eat in our classroom or outside.
12:00pm–1:00pm Guest Speaker: Herptiles Monitoring - TBD
1:00pm–2:30pm Surveying and Monitoring Herpetofauna Presentation – Chad Truxall
2:30pm–4:00pm Field Experience: Herptiles - Chad Truxall


Day 3 Saturday, August 17, 2019
8:00am–10:30am Guest Speaker /Field Trip: Meet at beach location (TBD) for sea turtle monitoring talk and activity – Jaymie Renneker
10:30am–11:30am Surveying and Monitoring Birds Presentation – Lisa Mickey
11:30am–12:00pm Lunch Break – Bring a sack lunch to eat in our classroom or outside.
12:00pm–1:00pm Guest Speaker: Brittiny Bennet, Protected Species Program Manager,
Marine Ventures Inc.
1:00pm–3:00pm Field Trip: Boat – Protected Species Observer – Mock Monitoring Activity –
Birds/ Turtles/ Marine Mammals - Brittiny Bennet
3:00pm–4:00pm  Post-test / Evaluation / Graduation


Special Instructions:

Dates - Dates are final however topics and activities for each class are subject to change. A more detailed schedule will be sent out to registered students as the start date approaches.

Lunch - Students should bring a sack lunch and refillable water bottle to each class.

Field Trips – Carpooling is suggested.
We recommend that you not 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), flies
and bees. Be prepared to get wet. Please bring a towel, change of clothes, close-toe shoes, sunscreen, bugspray, water bottle and a sense of adventure!

Attendance Policy:

  • You cannot miss more than 4.5 hours (20% of the 40 contact hours). This is a FMNP policy and cannot be modified by the Instructor.
  • To receive certification, the 4.5 hours or less missed must be made up by completing an assignment of equal time and content. Approval of the Instructor is required.
  • If total hours missed exceeds 4.5 hours, certification is not possible regardless of material made up.
  • All absences should be discussed with the instructor in advance. In case of emergencies, please notify Instructor as soon as possible.

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