Clay County

May 1-3, 2020
Registration closes at 10:00am on April 27, 2020.
(Course Code: M20-02)


Classroom Facilty Information

UF/IFAS Extension Clay County
2463 State Road 16 West, Green Cove Springs, FL 342043


Field Activities Location

Jennings State Forest Recreation Area
(Maps will be provided at the fist class.)


Instructors Information

Associate and Point of Contact: Amy Morie, ASLA
Organization: Mulberry Hill Studio
Phone: 323-274-8858
Email: morie@mulberryhillstudio.com

Lead: Carol Wyninger, UF/IFAS Extension Duval County volunteer
Associate: Beth Smith, Florida Forestry Service
Assistant: Allan Hallman, FWCC


Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Friday, May 1, 2020 (Clay Co. Extension Office)
8:00am - 9:00am Welcome to FMNP Wildlife Monitoring; Objectives & Overview; Paperwork; Pre-test
9:00am - 10:30am Monitoring Mammals Presentation & Discussion (Allan Hallman)
10:30am - 11:30am Monitoring Mammals Guest Speaker, Katie Purcell, FWC
11:30am - 12:30pm Lunch: Bring Sack Lunch
12:30pm - 2:00pm Monitoring Herpetofauna Presentation and Discussion (Amy Morie)
2:00pm - 3:00pm Monitoring Herpetofauna Guest Speaker, Emily Dunn, North Florida Land Trust

3:00pm - 4:30pm

Monitoring Birds Presentations and Discussions: (Elizabeth Smith)
4:30pm - 5:30pm Monitoring Birds Guest Speaker: TBD
Review Saturday meeting at Jennings


Day 2 Saturday, May 2, 2020 (Jennings State Forest Recreation Area)
12:00pm - 1:00pm Meet at Jennings Recreation Area and set up tents
1:00pm - 3:00pm Monitoring Mammals Field Activities (Team)

3:00pm - 5:00pm

Monitoring Herpetofauna Field Activities (Team)
5:00pm - 6:00pm Activity / mixer (Team)
6:00pm - 7:00pm Dinner: Provided
7:00pm - 8:00pm Activity / mixer (Team)
8:00pm - 10:30pm Monitoring Mammals Field Exercise- Spotlight counts (Allan Hallman / team)
Wrap up and lights out


Day 3 Sunday, May 3, 2020 (Jennings State Forest Recreation Area)
6:00am - 8:00am Monitoring Bird Field Exercise (team)
8:00am - 9:00am Breakfast: Provided
9:00am - 11:00am Monitoring Herpetofauna Field Activity (Team)
11:00am - 12:00pm TBD: Field activity
12:00pm - 12:30pm Snacks: Provided
12:30pm - 1:30pm Final discussion – Q&A: roundtable
1:30pm - 2:00pm Post-Test & Surveys
2:00pm - 2:30pm Graduation & Adjourn


FMNP Wildlife Monitoring Class Guidelines

Classroom Presentations: “Classroom” means we are at Clay County Extension Office unless otherwise instructed. In the classroom, it might be very warm or very cool—please, dress accordingly

Field Trip Locations & Times may change due to unforeseen circumstances. It is the student’s responsibility to verify field information. Transportation and lunches are not included. Carpooling suggested.

Camping: Overnight camping is available Saturday night. It is recommended as Saturday events run late and Sunday events start early.

Course Time Schedule does not include travel time required to drive to meeting locations.

Attendance Policy:

  • You cannot miss more than 4.75 hours (20% of the 24 contact hours) This is a FMNP policy and cannot be modified by the Instructor.
  • To receive certification, the 4.75 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 4.75 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.

Student Carpooling is Suggested and is up to students to arrange.

Flexible Schedule - Agenda Details are Subject to Change:
• 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).

Food & Drinks! Please, absolutely no polypropylene (Styrofoam) containers—violators have to bring snacks to the hungry class the next day. Food and drinks are allowed in the classroom. Snacks are provided, but snacks to share are always welcome.

Provided Meals Dinner Saturday and breakfast Sunday are provided. Vegan and gluten free options will be available for both. Please include any dietary restrictions in your registration information.

Cell Phones: They are fine to use outside of class. Please don’t allow them to ring during classroom sessions or on field trips. Talk on the gadgets during break time, lunchtime, before and after class. Violators have to bring snacks to the hungry class the next day

Field Trips:
Water is Required to be Carried with You – No Exceptions.
• Bring: water, snacks, field ID books, notepad and pen, binoculars, insect repellent, towels and an optional change of clothes (spare shoes/socks/pants/shirt).
• 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. Also, recommended to not wear in class, as many people are sensitive.
• 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.
Required: Always Wear Close-toed Shoes. The field trails are not always level or easy to travel; some plants have thorns; there may be poison ivy; fire ants, etc. Open-toed shoes are not acceptable to be worn in the field.
• Be aware that typically you will be experiencing a variety of environments. For your comfort, always bring a spare change of clothes.
Wear: layered clothes, long sleeves and pants, hiking boots or appropriate foot wear for the day’s field trip, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent (especially on feet/legs).
• It might be very hot or cold, or wet on our field trips—please, dress accordingly.


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