Hernando County

August 3-27, 2020 (100% online)
Registration closes at 10:00am on July 30, 2020
(Course Code: M20-07)


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, August 3, 2020 (Online)
1:00pm – 2:00pm Live online via Zoom
- Getting comfortable with Zoom
- Testing equipment
- Course expectations and format
- Pre-Test (15 minutes)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
30 minutes Interpretive activity (30 min)



Day 2 Tuesday, August 4, 2020 (Online)
10:00am - 12:30pm Live online via Zoom
  • Bear monitoring presentation: Brian Scheick, FWC Bear Research Program Coordinator (60 min w/breaks)
  • Mammal monitoring presentation: Brittany Scharf (60 min)
  • Mammal virtual field trip discussion (30 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
5 hours
  1. Explore bear and panther website (30 minutes; due August 6)
  2. Interpretive scat activity (60 minutes; due August 6)
  3. Design mammal monitoring survey (45 minutes; due August 27)
  4. Complete mammal monitoring field trip on own (2 hours; due August 27)
  5. Complete field trip worksheet (45 minutes due August 27)


Day 3 Thursday, August 6, 2020 (Online)
10:00am - 12:30pm Live online via Zoom
  • Bird monitoring PPT presentation: Jon Hoch, Ecology Supervisor of the Withlacoochee State Forest (60 min, w/break)
  • Interpretive scat presentations (60 min)
  • Bird virtual field trip discussion (30 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
­Please complete before next live Zoom session

4.5 hours

  1. Explore bird banding website (15 minutes)
  2. Read Point Count and Transect EDIS docs (45 minutes)
  3. Design bird monitoring survey (45 minutes)
  4. Complete bird monitoring field trip on own (2 hours)
  5. Complete field trip worksheet (45 minutes)


Day 4 Tuesday, August 18, 2020 (Online)
10:00am - 12:30pm

 

Live online via Zoom
  • Virtual bird field trip presentations (60 min)
  • Herpetofauna monitoring PPT presentations: Brittany Scharf
    (60 min, w/breaks)
  • Herpetofauna virtual field trip discussion (30 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
­Please complete before next live Zoom session

4.5 hours

  1. Explore frog and toad websites (30 minutes)
  2. Read frog EDIS (30 minutes)
  3. Design herp monitoring survey (45 minutes)
  4. Complete herp monitoring field trip on own (2 hours)
  5. Complete field trip worksheet (45 minutes)


Day 5 Thursday, August 20, 2020 (Online)
10:00am - 11:30am Live online via Zoom
Mammal field trip presentations (90 minutes)


Day 6 Thursday, August 27, 2020 (Online)
10:00am – 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Herps field trip presentations (90 minutes)
  • Post-test (15 minutes)
  • Evaluation (15 minutes)



Course Guidelines

Live Online Meeting indicates when you are required to be online (via Zoom) 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 5.0 application downloaded to their personal computer (https://zoom.us/)
• An internet connection suitable for live streaming (wired or wireless)
• Headset, or speakers and microphone (most laptops have this included)
• Web camera (most laptops have this included)
• A quiet location where you will not be disturbed

On Your Own describes required course activities you are expected to complete on your own prior to the next Live Online Meeting time. Assignments could include sedentary activities using a computer, hands-on exercises to practice skills, and/or self-guided field explorations.

All outdoor activities involve some element of risk and we all are responsible to take measures to keep ourselves safe. FMNP participants assigned self-directed activities must assume responsibility for their own safety and conduct FMNP activities accordingly. We recognize that comfort levels as to what represents safe behavior will vary among individuals. We ask everyone make safety a priority and to work within their own comfort parameters to complete the intent of self-directed activities without putting themselves at risk. FMNP instructors are prepared to assist anyone with questions or concerns to ensure the FMNP learning experience is safe, productive, and enjoyable for everyone.

In-Person/Field Trip Locations & Times are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances and the status of the COVID-19 health crisis. It is the participant’s responsibility to verify meeting information. Transportation and lunches are not included. Times do not include travel time required to drive to meeting locations. Any gathering for in-person activities must be in compliance with local ordinances and follow safety guidelines including:
1) outdoors only
2) maintain physical distancing of >6 feet
3) wear a mask or cloth face covering
4) maintain group size <10 people
5) wash hands & sanitize frequently
6) stay home if sick or around others who may be sick.

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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