Hernando County

May 18 - June 9, 2020 (online classes)
July - August TBD (in-person)
Registration closes at 10:00am on May 14, 2020
(Course Code: M20-04)


Instructor Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Brittany Scharf, Marine Agent II
Organization: UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County
Phone: 352-754-4433
Email: bhallscharf@ufl.edu



Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Monday, May 18, 2020 (Online)
1:00pm – 2:00pm Live online via Zoom
- Getting comfortable with Zoom
- Testing equipment
- Course expectations and format Q&A
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
90 minutes
  1. Pre-test (15 min)
  2. Interpretive homework (45 min)
  3. Reflection activity (60 min)



Day 2 Tuesday, May 19, 2020 (Online)
10:00am - 11:30am Live online via Zoom
  • Reflection activity 1: review and discussion (30 min)
  • Mammal monitoring PPT presentation (Brittany Scharf, 60 min, w/break)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
2 hours
  1. Watch bear video (15 min)
  2. Read and explore bear and panther links (30 min)
  3. Interpretive scat activity (75 min)


Day 3 Tuesday, May 26, 2020 (Online)
10:00am - 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Interpretive scat presentations (60 min)
  • Bird monitoring PPT presentations: Brittany Scharf (60 min, w/breaks)
ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
­Please complete before next live Zoom session
2 hours
  1. Explore bird banding website
  2. Reflection and interpretation: backyard journal


Day 4 Tuesday, June 2, 2020 (Online)
10:00am - 11:30am

 

Live online via Zoom
  • Reflection activity 2: review and discussion (30 min)
  • Herpetofauna PPT presentation: Brittany Scharf (60 min, w/break)
ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
­Please complete before next live Zoom session
2 hours
  1. Explore frog and toad website (30 min)
  2. Eco-scavenger hunt (60 min)
  3. Reflection activity (30 min)


Day 5 Tuesday, June 9, 2020 (Online)
10:00am - 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Reflection activity 3: review and discussion (60 minutes)
  • Interpretive homework presentation (60 minutes)
  • ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­Please complete before next live Zoom session
    15 minutes Post-test (complete within 3 days; submit online)


    Day 6 July/August  Dates TBD (In-person)
    Field Trip 1 *
    tentative; subject to rescheduling
    9:00am – 12:00pm Location: Richloam Baird Unit, Sumter County.
    Activity: Mammal monitoring hike



    Day 7 July/August  Dates TBD (In-person)
    Field Trip 2 *
    tentative; subject to rescheduling
    7:00am – 10:00am Location: Chinsegut Conservation Center, Hernando County.
    Activity: Bird monitoring hike


    Day 8 July/August  Dates TBD (In-person)
    Field Trip 3 *
    tentative; subject to rescheduling

    TBD +
    3 hours

    Brooksville, Hernando County. Herpetofauna activity
    FMNP Course Evaluation (15 min)


    Course Guidelines

    Live Online Meeting or Webinar indicates when you are required to be online (via Zoom or the provided webinar link) at the designated time to participate in course presentations, discussions, and activities. Attendance will be taken by the instructor.

    To participate, you must have:
    • Zoom application downloaded to their personal computer (https://zoom.us/)
    • An internet connection suitable for live streaming (wired or wireless)
    • Speakers and a microphone
    • Web camera (it is possible to join with audio only, but a web camera is strongly recommended and highly preferred by the instructor)

    On Your Own describes required course activities you are expected to complete on your own prior to the next Live Online Meeting time. The instructor will provide instructions and links to resources via email to registered participants.


    *In-Person/Field Trip Locations & Times will be determined after restrictions due to the COVID-19 health crisis are lifted. Field trips will likely occur over 3 to 5 consecutive half-days and instructor will take into consideration the availability of all course participants. It is the participant’s responsibility to verify meeting information. Transportation and lunches are not included. Carpooling suggested. Times do 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.

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