Regional Update–Southwest–January 2014

by Dana on 2014/01/27

in Regional Reports, Southwest


Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry, Lee, Collier

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Here is an update for the Southwest Region featuring events from Sarasota County Schools, Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, Bay Guardians, Mote Marine Laboratory and more. Remember, if there are events in our region that you’d like to see promoted here, please let me know. Also, if you are having an event and would like someone from FMSEA represented there, I can help you with that too. Thanks.

Jason Robertshaw
rd-southwest @
(941) 388-4441 x 250

Upcoming Events

WHO: National Marine Educators Association
WHAT: 2014 conference Call for Papers
WHEN: Last day to submit, 1/27/2014
WHERE: You can find the Call for Papers link on the 2014 conference website,

For questions, please contact Ruth Gourley, Conference Session Co-Chair, at

WHO: Sarasota County Schools
WHAT: Sarasota 2014 Regional Science, Engineering and
Technology Fair
WHEN: Tuesday, January 28, 2014, Elementary School
(Grades 3-5); Thursday, January 30, 2014, Middle and High School (Grades 6-12)
WHERE: Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Boulevard
Sarasota FL 34237

Do you want to meet tomorrow’s inventors, researchers, entrepreneurs, doctors? Would you like to get to know some dreamers who are already working hard to save energy … save lives … and maybe someday save our planet? Your help is needed as a judge to interview students and score their projects. Sign up for one or both mornings. No experience necessary … training and refreshments are provided.

Questions? Contact Jeanne Ladimer <> at 941-927-9000 ext. 3410

WHO: Mote Marine Laboratory
WHAT: Teacher Appreciation Event
WHEN: Wednesday, February 5, 5:30–7:30 pm
WHERE: 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL

Mote Marine Laboratory’s Advisory Council and Education Division invite teachers to be our guest at a special reception “Celebrating Science Teachers” during which you will be able to tour various exhibits.

Questions? Call Becky Wilson at 941-388-4441, ext. 348 or email ( or visit

WHO: Sarasota Bay Estuary Program
WHAT: Bay Guardians volunteer event and a native plant planting
WHEN: Saturday, February 8th, 2014, 9am-12pm
WHERE: 6106 63rd St E Bradenton, FL 34203

The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program’s Bay Guardians are teaming up with Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department and Around the Bend Nature Tours for a native planting at Jiggs Landing in Bradenton.
The Jiggs Landing property was purchased in 1944 by Al (Jiggs) and Agnes Metcalf and included a 7-acre piece of property. Their dream was to create a fish camp on the banks of the Braden River and they did so, creating a landmark that served Manatee County for more than 40 years.
This event is suitable for ages 8 and up. Please wear a hat, sunscreen, close-toed shoes (old tennis shoes work great), clothes that can get dirty, work gloves and bring shovels (if you have them). Also, please bring a reusable water bottle if you have one to reduce our plastic pollution Bay Guardians shirts will be available for all volunteers! If you already have one please wear your shirt to the event. Parking is limited. Please carpool if you can! Lunch will be provided for all volunteers after the activities are done!

RSVP Required. Questions? Contact Sara Kane at, 941-955-8085

WHO: Mote Marine Laboratory
WHAT: FMSEA/FWC Aquatic Species Collection Workshop
WHEN: Monday, February 17, 9:00 am–11:00 am
WHERE: 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL

Mote Marine Laboratory will offer a FMSEA/FWC Aquatic Species Collection Workshop on Monday, February 17, 2014 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Weather permitting, there will be an optional sea grass exploration after the workshop, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

WHAT: 10-week, National Science Foundation-funded program for 10 undergraduate students
WHEN: Deadline, February 15, 2014
WHERE: Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL

This summer, Mote Marine Laboratory will host a 10-week, National Science Foundation-funded program focused on providing research experiences in estuarine science to 10 undergraduate students. Students will be paired with Mote scientists and conduct research on major threats to estuaries such as aquatic pollution, natural toxins, habitat alteration, and coral reef decline. Students will gain experience in science communication by presenting the results of their independent project in a manuscript-style research paper and orally at a laboratory-wide poster presentation. Students will also attend research seminars, workshops on career skills in science, and may have the opportunity to present their research findings at professional conferences.

For eligibilty, stipend and application procedures, visit, or email The deadline for applications is February 15, 2014.

WHO: Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program
WHAT: CHNEP Charlotte Harbor Watershed Summit
WHEN: March 25-27, 2014
WHERE: Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center (75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda)

The CHNEP hosts the Charlotte Harbor Watershed Summit every three years to learn about current research and restoration efforts, critical environmental issues affecting the Charlotte Harbor watershed and to review progress since the preceding summit. Summits are important in the CHNEP process of bringing public and private stakeholders together.

WHO: Florida Marine Science Educators Association
WHAT: 2014 Annual Conference
WHEN: April 24-27, 2014
WHERE: Panama City, FL

We look forward to seeing you at our annual conference scheduled for April 24-27, 2014 in Panama City Beach. Our theme this year, CSI: Panama City Science and Investigation, will highlight Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs and curriculum, both in research and education. The conference will include learning about the FSU Underwater Crime Scene Investigation Program, local STEM initiatives and sharing successes by researchers and educators from around the state. These efforts are essential to preparing future scientists and educators for our ever-changing natural, academic and economic environments.

For more information, visit or email questions to 2014 @
That’s it for this month.

WHO: Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program
WHAT: J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on
WHEN: Friday, May 30
WHERE: 1926 Victoria Ave, Fort Myers FL 33901-3414

The *CHNEP will hold its next Environmental Education Program on Friday, May 30 at J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel. Anyone interested in environmental education in southwest Florida should attend this CHNEP program, which provides an opportunity to network, collaborate, brainstorm and learn from many experts. This program is limited to 100 people. Tarpon Bay Explorers is offering a guided boat tour (at half the regular rate for 40 people) of Tarpon Bay.

To learn more and to register (*by May 22*) for this free workshop, go to / /, search for CHNEP with the location of Sanibel.

That’s all for this month.

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