Volusia County

October 12-28, 2020 (100% online)
Registration closes at 10:00am on October 9, 2020
(Course Code: M20-08)


Instructors Information

Associate and Point of Contact: Charity Jackson, Naturalist
Organization: Marine Discovery Center
Phone: 386-428-4828
Email: charity@marinediscoverycenter.org
Website: www.marinediscoverycenter.org

Lead: Chad Truxall, Executive Director
Assistant: Lisa Mickey, Nat

Day 1 Monday October 12, 2020 (Online)
10:00am - 11:30am Live online via Zoom
  • Welcome to FMNP and Introductions
  • Getting comfortable with Zoom/ Icebreaker
  • Introductions
  • Course expectations /format
  • Q&A
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
1 hour 45 minutes
  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. View "An Adventure in Urban Wildlife" (15 min)
  4. View "Endangered Beach Mouse"
    Guest Presenters: Donna Oddy, NASA Field Researcher and Mollie Lentini, Conservation Coordinator, Brevard Zoo (45 min)

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Tentative Course Agenda



Day 2 Wednesday October 14, 2020 (Online)
10:00am - 12:15pm Live online via Zoom
  • Surveying and Monitoring Mammals Presentation – Charity Jackson
    (85 min w/ break)
  • Endangered Beach Mouse
    Guest Presenters: Donna Oddy, NASA Field Researcher and Mollie Lentini, Conservation Coordinator, Brevard Zoo (50 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
2-3 hours
  1. View "Animal Tracking from Sca"t 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 June 26th (2-3 hrs)


Day 3 Friday October 16, 2020 (Online)
10:00am - 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Guest Presenters from Hubbs SeaWorld
  • Monitoring Estuarine Bottlenose Dolphins - Wendy Noke, Research Scientist (75 min w/ break)
  • Marine Mammal Strandings - Teresa Jablonski, Research Scientist (45 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
­Please complete before next live Zoom session
1 hour
  1. View An Introduction to Manatees (15 min)
  2. View Guest Presenter Video: Volusia Manatee Watch Program – Debbie Wright, Manatee Protection Program Manager, Volusia County (45 min)
  3. Optional - Manatee Chat – Manatee Vocalization Investigation (30 min)
  4. Optional - View "A Vision for Next" - Generation Animal Telemetry: Cubesats
    (3 min)
  5. Optional - View "Protected Species Monitoring and Mitigation" (10 min)


Day 4 Monday October 19, 2020 (Online)
10:00am - 12:15pm

 

Live online via Zoom
  • Field Experience #1 Share Time and Discussion (70 min, w/break)
  • Surveying and Monitoring Birds Presentation –Lisa Mickey (60 min)
  • Intro to Field Experience #2 Assignment Q&A (5 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
­Please complete before next live Zoom session
2 hours 30 min
  1. FWC Florida Shorebird Training: 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 July 1st
    (2 hrs)


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Day 5 Wednesday October 21, 2020 (Online)
10:00am - 11:30am Live online via Zoom
Guest Presenter: Matthew R. Anderson, Florida Department of Environmental Protection (90 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
­Please complete before next live Zoom session
40 minutes
  1. View "At Home in the Florida Scrub" (20 min)
  2. View "How Banding Helps Protect Florida’s Coastal Birds" (10 min)
  3. View "Mist Netting for Songbirds at Shaker Village" (7 min)


Day 6 Friday October 23, 2020 (Online)
10:00am - 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Experience #2 Share Time and Discussion (55 min. w/ break)
  • Surveying and Monitoring Herpetofauna Presentation: Chad Truxall (60 min)
  • Intro to Field Experience #3 Assignment Q&A (5 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
­Please complete before next live Zoom session
2-3 hours
  1. View UWF Student Reptile Survey (5 min.)
  2. Field Experience #3 - Herps Monitoring Activity. Students will have 2-3 min. to share their findings with the class during the Live Online meeting July 6th
    (2-3 hrs)


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Day 7 Monday October 26, 2020 (Online)
10:00am - 11:30am Live online via Zoom
Monitoring Herps - Guest Presenter: TBA
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)


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Day 8 Wednesday October 28, 2020 (Online)
10:00am - 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Sea Turtle Nest Monitoring Talk - Guest Presenter: Jaymie Renneker, Ecological Associates Inc. (45 min)
  • Experience #3 Share Time and Discussion (60 min)
  • Wrap-up and Graduation (25 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
­Please complete before next live Zoom session
30 minutes
  1. Wildlife Monitoring Citizen Science Opportunities (10 min)
  2. Post Test and Evaluation (20 min)


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

Note: 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. Assignments could include sedentary activities using a computer, hands-on exercises to practice skills, and/or self-guided field explorations. The instructor will provide instructions and links to resources via email to registered participants.

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.

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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