September Happenings

by Savanna on 2012/09/24

in North, Regional Reports

North Region Members:

I hope this update finds everyone doing well and all of our classroom teachers surviving the first month of school.  Teachers, this is a great time to take advantage of the many benefits of FMSEA membership including the FMSEA listserv, regional outings and collection workshops.  Use the listserv to connect with other Marine Educators and share ideas and best practices that can help you in the classroom.  Check our newly updated website often to see where events such as Regional outings and Aquatic Species Collection Workshops are being held.  Attending outings in other regions is a great way to meet other Marine Educators and see some of the most beautiful and unique ecosystems in the state.

The Marine Science Station hosted an Aquatic Species Collection Workshop on September 22.  We had an excellent turnout with 16 participants including 2 from the Northeast region and 3 from West Central.  The workshop was held in the morning and after our lunch break participants were invited to board the MSS boats for a trip to Mullet Key for dip netting, then Gomez Rocks to snorkel.  Snorkeling the beautiful rock reefs, we were able to see a wide variety of organisms.   With only a few days left in scallop season, some of the participants gathered some of the tasty bivalves which were enjoyed sushi-style (raw) on the boat.  The weather was beautiful and a great time was had by all.

Bay Scallops were an afternoon Hit!

On November 17th the Crystal River Marine Science Station is hosting an Open House.  Parking will be at the Fort Island Trail Park where MSS boats will shuttle visitors to the station.  Academy of Environmental Science students will meet the boats and take visitors on a short tour of the facility and answer any questions.  If you have never been to this wonderful facility, this would be an excellent opportunity to visit and learn about the many programs that are offered.

 

Remember Members, you can keep up with all of the FMSEA happenings by accessing the regional blogs on the FMSEA Website at www.fmsea.org and through our social media links:

• fmsea.org/facebook

• fmsea.org/twitter

• fmsea.org/shutterfly

 

As always, if any FMSEA North member has any news or information that they would like to share, please send it to me for inclusion in the next newsletter.

Fair Winds and High Tides,

Hugh

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