Volusia County

May 20 - June 5, 2020 (100% online)
Course filled. Contact Instructor for wait list.
(Course Code: M20-05)


Instructors Information

Associate and Point of Contact: Charity Jackson, Naturalist
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


Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Wednesday, May 20, 2020 (Online)
10:00am – 11:30am

Live online via Zoom
- Welcome to FMNP and Introductions
- Getting comfortable with Zoom
- Icebreaker/Introductions
- Course expectations and format Q&A

ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
2 hours
  1. Pre-test (15 min)
  2. Take a sneak peek at our upcoming Field Experiences. Make necessary plans and preparations to complete the assignments. (30 min)
  3. Wildlife Photography Tips and Tricks Videos (30 min)
  4. Guest Presenter - Endangered Beach Mouse - NASA Field Researcher, Donna Oddy (45 min)



Day 2 Friday, May 22, 2020 (Online)
10:00am - 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Surveying and Monitoring Mammals Presentation: Charity Jackson
    (75 min w/ break)
  • Guest Presenter – Brevard Zoo, Conservation Coordinator, Mollie Lentini
    (45 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
3 hours
  1. View Animal Tracking from Scat Video (10 min)
  2. View Animal Tracking from Prints Video (10 min)
  3. Field Experience #1 – Mammal Monitoring Activity - Students will choose one or more mammal surveying activities to complete at home or in an area local to them. An activities list will be provided via email. Students will have 2-3 min. to share their findings with the class during the Live Online meeting May 27th (2-3 hr)


Day 3 Monday, May 25, 2020 (Online)
10:00am - 11:30am Live online via Zoom
Guest Presenters from Hubbs SeaWorld: Research Scientist, Wendy Noke and Research Assistant, Teresa Jablonski (90 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
­Please complete before next live Zoom session
1.5 hours
  1. View An Introduction to Manatees Video (15min)
  2. View Guest Presenter Video: Volusia Manatee Watch Program
    Volusia County, Manatee Protection Program Manager, Debbie Wright
    (45 min)
  3. Manatee Chat – Manatee Vocalization Investigation  (30 min)


Day 4 Wednesday, May 27, 2020 (Online)
10:00am - 12:00pm

 

Live online via Zoom
  • Field Experience #1 Share Time and Discussion (60 min w/break)
  • Surveying and Monitoring Birds Presentation: Lisa Mickey (50 min)
  • Field Experience #2 Discussion (10 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
­Please complete before next live Zoom session
2.5 hours
  1. FWC Florida Shorebird - Rout New Surveyor Training 
    (30 min)
  2. Field Experience #2 – Bird Monitoring Activity - Students will have 2-3 min. to share their findings with the class during the Live Online meeting June 1st
    (2 hrs)


Day 5 Friday, May 29, 2020 (Online)
10:00am - 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Guest Presenter – Bird Monitoring: TBD (60 min w/ break))
  • Guest Presenter - Bird monitoring talk - Volusia County HCP Program Manager, Jennifer Winters (45 min)
  • ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­Please complete before next live Zoom session
    30 minutes Guest Presenter Video: TBD (30 min)


    Day 6 Monday, June 1, 2020 (Online)
    10:00am - 11:30am

    Live online via Zoom

  • Experience #2 Share Time and Discussion (50 min. w/ break)
  • Surveying and Monitoring Herpetofauna Presentation: Chad Truxall (60 min)
  • Field Experience #3 Discussion (10 min)
  • ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­Please complete before next live Zoom session
    2 hours Field Experience #3  - Herps Monitoring Activity.  Students will have 2-3 min. to share their findings with the class during the Live Online meeting June 5th (2 hrs)



    Day 7 Wednesday, June 3, 2020 (Online)
    10:00am - 11:30am Live online via Zoom

    Guest Presenter - Monitoring Herps - UF Associate Professor, Steve Johnson

    ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­Please complete before next live Zoom session
    30 minutes
    1. View Sea Turtle Nesting Process (2 min) 
    2. View FWC’s The Science of Sea Turtles Parts 1- 8 (30 min)



    Day 8 Friday, June 5, 2020 (Online)
    10:00am - 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Guest Presenter – Sea Turtle Nest Monitoring Talk – Ecological Associates Inc., Jaymie Renneker (45 min)
  • Experience #3 Share Time and Discussion (45 min)
  • Wrap-up and Graduation (30 min)
  • ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­Please complete before next live Zoom session
    45 minutes
    1. Wildlife Monitoring Citizen Science Opportunities (15 min)
    2. Post Test and Evaluation (30 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)

    The schedule times listed are as close as possible, but we may need you to be flexible.  We probably will not get out early; however, we may run late.  Please arrange your schedule to allow for flexibility.

    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.

    Field Experiences are field assignments that are to be completed at home (or in an area local to you) on your own time.   The instructor will provide a list of monitoring activities which you can choose from.  Please be prepared to briefly share your experiences with the class during the next online meeting time. 

    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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