Alachua County

July 12-23, 2022
Registration closes at 10:00am on July 7, 2022
(Course Code: S22-03)



In-Person Class Facility

Silver Springs State Park (final date - field trip & class)
5656 E Silver Springs Blvd, Silver Springs, FL 34488


Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Tyler Steven Coleman, UF Ph.D. student, Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Organization: Wildlife Graduate Student Association; UF/IFAS Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
Phone: 716-777-0957
Email: tscoleman3@gmail.com

Associates: Savannah G. Grace, Diane J. Episcopio-Sturgeon, and Charles Gumbi, UF Ph.D. students


The course format is Hybrid: Live Online and in-person.

Tentative Course Agenda (revised 6-22-22)

Scroll through the Agenda below to view all dates

CLASS GUIDELINES:

Covid-19 safety precautions

To protect yourself and others from the Covid-19 virus, we expect all persons participating at in-person FMNP events to wear masks at events conducted in UF-owned facilities and any facility where the host’s policy is to wear masks indoors, even if you are vaccinated. Outdoor venues pose reduced risks but we encourage mask wearing and social distancing as personal choices.


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 by the requested deadline.

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.

Field trip locations and times may change due to unforeseen circumstances. It is the student’s responsibility to verify field information. Transportation and lunches are not included. Carpooling is suggested.

Field Trips:

  • World famous boat tour: FMNP group-rate is $18/person. Payment must be submitted to Tyler prior to the trip on 23 July 2022. If this is a concern, please discuss with him.
  • Water is Required to be Carried with You – No Exceptions.
  • Bring: water, snacks, field ID books, notepad and pen, binoculars, insect repellent, towels, and a change of clothes (spare shoes/socks/pants/shirt).
  • Don’t wear perfume/cologne or use perfumed soap/body lotion before going out in the field. This may attract more unwanted buzzing invertebrates known as mosquitoes, midges (no see ‘ems) and flies.
  • There are insects (including mosquitoes), spiders, and snakes outdoors. Hopefully, we will see many of these beautiful creatures. Always watch where you are putting your hands and feet. Use your brain before your body.
  • Required: Always Wear Close-toed Shoes. The field trails are not always level or easy to travel; some plants have thorns; there may be poison ivy; fire ants, etc. Open-toed shoes are not acceptable to be worn in the field.
  • Be aware that typically you will be experiencing a variety of environments. For your comfort, always bring a spare change of clothes.
  • Wear: layered clothes, long sleeves and pants, hiking boots or appropriate foot-wear for the day’s field trip, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent (especially on feet/legs).
  • It might be very hot on our field trips—please, dress accordingly.

Flexible Schedule - Agenda Details are Subject to Change:

  • The schedule times listed are as close as possible, but we need you to be flexible.
  • We probably will not get out early; however, we may run late. We will try to stick to the listed times, but please arrange your schedule so that the class can be flexible.
  • Course time schedule does not include your travel time (except between AM & PM classes).

Cell Phones: They are fine to use outside of class. Please don’t allow them to ring during classroom sessions or on field trips. Talk on the gadgets during break time, lunchtime, before and after class.

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