Pinellas County

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

Instructors Information

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
Phone: 727-397-2306

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
St. Petersburg - park on street in front of building; near and east of Eckerd College

  • Guest Field Trip Leader – Sean Tennant, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Marine Biologist
  • Learn how manatees and dolphins are tagged, rescued, and monitored by FWC/FWRI. Also, find out how FWRI uses Photo-ID and genetic sampling to monitor marine mammals.
  • Participate in hands-on demonstrations outside with marine mammal monitoring gear, including a mock rescue of an entangled manatee (in parking lot), and tour the necropsy facility.
  • Afterwards – Field Trip Summary and Discussion; Questions about Homework Assignment

Day 2 Wednesday, June 24, 2020 (Field Trip AM & Classroom PM)

Surveying & Monitoring Birds 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 birds.

8:00am - 11:30am

Morning: Field Trip Surveying & Monitoring Coastal Birds at
Fort De Soto Park, Tierra Verde

  • Meet at North Beach, Pavilion #TBA
  • Fort De Soto Park is a worldwide birding destination. Learn how to conduct nesting and migratory coastal bird surveys, and realize how Florida’s citizen scientists are significantly contributing to our continents’ coastal avian species’ survival.
  • Guest Field Trip Leader – Holley Short, Audubon Florida, Project Manager - Bird Monitoring & Stewardship
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

  • Learn scientifically-valid sea turtle nest monitoring techniques used by field biologists and citizen scientists.
  • With permit holders from Sea Turtle Trackers, travel by boat to beach site, then walk 1.5-3 miles of beach looking for sea turtle nesting evidence with permit holders/guest field trip leaders Tracy Andrews, Educational Outreach Coordinator, and Vicky Foster, Nest Adoption Coordinator / Florida Master Naturalist.
  • Feet and legs will likely get wet when getting in and out of boat. Must be able to walk on soft beach sand for up to 3 miles (round trip). Closed-toe shoes and drinking water required.
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.

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:
• 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.

Field Recommendations:

• 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)

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