June 23-25, 2020
Registration closes at 10:00am on June 18, 2020.
(Course Code: M20-03)
Classroom Facility Information
St. Petersburg College, Bay Pines STEM Center (SPC STEM Center)
Silverberg Room: 2nd floor near elevator
4723 Bay Pines Terrace, St. Petersburg, FL 33708
Lead and Point of Contact: Jeanne Murphy, Senior Wildlife Biologist, Environmental Educator,
NAI Certified Interpretative Guide
Lead: Brian Lane, Senior Ecologist, Environmental Educator, NAI Certified Interpretative Guide
Organization: Sensing Nature, LLC
Tentative Course Agenda
|Day 1||Tuesday, June 23, 2020 (SPC STEM Center)|
|Surveying & 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.
|8:30am -10:00am||Welcome to FMNP Wildlife Monitoring; Introductions & Host Site; Paperwork|
|10:00am - 10:30am||Wildlife Monitoring Group Mixer Activity|
|10:30am - 1:00pm||Intro to Mammal Surveys/Monitoring; Learning Objectives, Overview, Discussion
“Surveying & Monitoring Mammals” presentation (Jeanne & Brian)
Working Lunch: eat sack lunch eat during presentation
|1:00pm - 1:30pm||Wrap-up, Review, Field Trip Prep
Discuss Next Class Homework*—Bring to Class 1 Recent (within 5-7 years)
Study or Article about Surveying/Monitoring Mammals or Avian Species to Share with Class
|1:30pm - 2:15pm||Travel to Field Trip Site|
|2:15pm - 5:30pm||
Afternoon: Field Trip – FWC/FWRI Marine Mammal Pathology Lab
|Day 2||Wednesday, June 24, 2020 (Field Trip AM & Classroom PM)
Surveying & Monitoring Birds Workshops
|8:00am - 11:30am||
Morning: Field Trip Surveying & Monitoring Coastal Birds at
|11:30am - 1:00pm||Lunch – eat sack lunch that you brought with you at Fort De Soto Park (30 mins)
No time in schedule for other food options.
Travel from Fort De Soto Park to Classroom (1 hr)
|Afternoon: Classroom at SPC STEM Center|
|1:00pm - 1:30pm||Introduction to Avian Monitoring, Learning Objectives, Overview, Discussion|
|1:30pm - 3:30pm||“Surveying & Monitoring Birds” (Jeanne & Brian)|
|3:30pm - 4:00pm||Questions and Discussion; Field Trip Updates
Homework*— Next class bring 1 recent (within 5-7 years) study or article about avian or herptile surveying/monitoring to verbally share with class.
|4:00pm - 5:30pm||Today’s Homework –
Students share mammal or avian surveying/monitoring example
Summary, Wrap Up
|Day 3||Thursday, June 25, 2020 (Field Trip AM & Classroom PM)|
|Surveying & Monitoring Herpetofauna Workshops
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).
|6:15am - 9:45am||
Morning: Field Trip Monitoring Sea Turtle Nesting at Shell Key / Outback Key leaving from Tierra Verde
|9:45am - 11:15am||Travel to Classroom (1 hr)
Lunch – eat sack lunch that you brought with you (30 mins)
|Afternoon: Classroom at SPC STEM Center|
|11:15am - 2:15pm||Review; Orientation to Herp Monitoring; Objectives, Overview
Surveying & Monitoring Herptofauna presentation
|2:15pm - 3:30pm||Homework – Current Avian or Herptofauna Project Case Studies;
Wrap-up, Post-Test, & Graduation!
FMNP Wildlife Monitoring Class Guidelines
Classroom Presentations: “Classroom” means we are at the St. Petersburg College – Bay Pines STEM Center, 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, however, this rarely happens. It is the student’s responsibility to verify field information. Transportation and lunches are not included.
Course Time Schedule does include travel time, except between AM & PM classes.
- 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.
• 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.
Food & Drinks! Both are allowed in the classroom. Please, absolutely no Styrofoam containers during the course (take-out containers, coffee, etc.). Learn to use sustainable alternatives instead of making trash that does not decompose. Violators have to bring snacks to the hungry class the next day
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.
• 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.
What to Wear:
• 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.
Field Items: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)