Hernando County

October 5-19, 2021
(LIVE online, on your own activies and optional in-person field trips)
Registration closes at 10:00am on September 30, 2021
(Course Code: M21-02)


Instructors Information

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

Assistant: Alice Mary Herden, Education Specialist - Chinsegut Conservation Center


Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Tuesday, October 5,, 2021 (Online)
1:30pm - 3:30pm Live online via Zoom
  • Welcome to FMNP course & Introductions
  • Getting comfortable with Zoom/testing equipment
  • Course expectations and format Q&A
  • Pre-Test (15 min)
  • Mammal monitoring presentation: Brittany Scharf and Alice Mary Herden
    (60 min)
ON YOUR OWN Please complete before next live Zoom session. Upload into class folder
2.5 hours
  1. Explore bear, panther, and manatee websites (30 min; due October 7)
  2. Interpretive scat activity (1 hour; due October 7)
  3. Design mammal monitoring survey plan (1 hour; due October 7)


OPTIONAL Field Day Wednesday, October 6, 2021 (In-person)
2:00pm - 4:30pm

Location: Alfred McKethan Pine Island Park
10800 Pine Island Drive, Spring Hill, FL 34607

Wear shoes and clothes that can get wet. Participants will be helping horseshoe crab volunteers survey and tag horseshoe crabs along the shoreline during mating season.


Day 2 Thursday, October 7, 2021 (Online)
9:00am - 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Interpretive scat presentations (60 min)
  • Survey interpretation activity (60 min)
  • Mammal field trip discussion and breakout rooms (60 min)
ON YOUR OWN Online links provided below. Worksheets and instructions will be provided via email. Due dates for each activity are listed. Assignments are to be uploaded into class folder
4.5 hours
  1. Finalize mammal monitoring survey (1 hour; due October 12)
  2. Complete mammal monitoring field trip on own (2.5 hours; due October 12)
  3. Complete field trip worksheet (1 hour; due October 12)


Day 3 Tuesday, October 12, 2021 (Online)
9:00am - 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Bird monitoring PPT presentation -
    Guest Speaker: Jon Hoch, Florida Forest Service. (60 min, w/break)
  • Monitoring Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in the Withlacoochee State Forest: Jon Hoch (15 min)
  • Christmas Bird Count: Alice Mary Herden (15 min)
  • Mammal field trip presentations (60 min)
  • Bird virtual field trip discussion (30 min)
ON YOUR OWN Online links provided below. Worksheets and instructions will be provided via email. Assignments are to be uploaded into class folder.
6 hours
  1. Explore bird banding website (30 minutes; due October 14)
  2. Read Point Count and Transect EDIS docs (1 hour; due October 14)
  3. Design bird monitoring survey (1 hour; due October 14)
  4. Complete bird monitoring field trip on own (2.5 hours; due October 19)
  5. Complete field trip worksheet (1 hour; due October 19)


Day 4 Thursday, October 14, 2021 (Online)
9:00am - 12:00pm

 

Live online via Zoom
  • Gopher Tortoise Relocation and Monitoring - Guest Speaker: Michael Singer, Hernando County Conservation Lands Specialist. (30 min)
  • Herpetofauna monitoring PPT presentations: Brittany Scharf
    (60 min w/breaks)
  • Herpetofauna virtual field trip discussion and breakout session (30 min)
  • Group activity (30 min)
ON YOUR OWN Online links provided below. Worksheets and instructions will be provided via email. Assignments are to be uploaded into class folder.
5.5 hours
  1. Explore frog and toad websites (30 min; due October 19)
  2. Read frog EDIS (30 min; due October 19)
  3. Design herp monitoring survey (1 hour; due October 19)
  4. Complete herp monitoring field trip on own (2.5 hours; due October 19)
  5. Complete field trip worksheet (1 hour; due October 19)


OPTIONAL Field Day Friday, October 15, 2021 (In-person)
9:00am - 12:00pm

Location: FWC Chinsegut Conservation Center
23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville, FL
Led by Brittany Scharf, Alice Mary Herden, Hana Brinkley, and Michael Singer.

Field day for hands-on experience with tracks, scat, dip netting, aural surveys, and point counts.


Day 5 Tuesday, October 19, 2021 (Online)
9:00am - 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Bird field trip presentations (60 min)
  • Herp field trip presentations (60 min)
  • Post-test and evaluations (60 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

On Your Own describes required course activities you are expected to complete on your own prior by the listed deadline.

OPTIONAL 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.

The State and University of Florida have rescinded requirements for vaccinated individuals to wear masks to reduce risks of contracting the COVID-19 virus. These policies pertain to most properties but privately operated businesses may still require masks and FMNP participants are expected to comply with mask requests as needed. For the safety of all, we request FMNP participants be fully vaccinated prior to attending in-person FMNP classes and field trips and that persons either at risk or concerned about contracting COVID-19 attend 100% online courses.

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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