Southwest Regional Update-August 2015

by Dana on 2015/07/28

in Regional Reports, Southwest

Hello fellow FMSEA members!

I hope everyone is enjoying a fabulous marine science filled summer. Just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Dana Henderson, School Programs Coordinator at Mote Marine Laboratory and your new Southwest Regional Director! I hope to make Jason (our past RD) and all of you proud.  If there is anything I can do to better suit your needs through the power of FMSEA please don’t hesitate to ask or let me know.

I have included an update for the Southwest Region, which includes Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry, Lee and Collier County.   If there are events in our region that you would like to see promoted through FMSEA, please let me know. In addition, if you are having an event and would like someone to come and represent FMSEA, I can help with that too.   The more the merrier!


FMSEA 2015 Conference and Elections

It was great to meet many of you and this year’s conference in Tampa, Vision of the Past, Key to the Future. I was proud to have our region so strongly represented. Congratulations to the newly elected members of the FMSEA Board:

  • President: Jenna Cummins, Canterbury School of Florida
  • President-Elect: Jaclyn Gerakios, Saint Paul’s School
  • Past President: Kasey Gaylord-Opalewski, Mote Marine Laboratory
  • West Central Regional Director: Brandon Mullins, Florida Aquarium
  • Southwest Regional Director: Dana Henderson, Mote Marine Laboratory
  • Southeast Regional Director: Kerri Allen, Loggerhead Marinelife Center


Aquatic Species Collection Workshop

  • Where: Rookery Bay Estuarine Research Reserve, 300 Tower Road, Naples, FL 34113
  • When: Wednesday August 5, 2015 1:00pm
  • Facilitator: David Graff
  • Description: The primary  workshop  objective  is  to  promote  best  practices  in  the  collection  and  maintenance  of  aquatic  organisms  for  educational  activities.
  • Cost: $25 per participant
  • Registration:

Shark Days at Mote:             Real Sharks, Real Science

  • Where: Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, Florida
  • When: August 10-15, 2015
  • Description: Join Mote for a week of education and entertainment as we dive into the science behind sharks. See below for individual programs.
  • For details:

The Secret Lives of Sharks Google Hangout

  • When: August 12, 2015 10:00-10:25am
  • Description: Join in on the shark-tastic fun with live Google Hangouts using Mote’s SeaTrek videoconferencing technology, which will allows scientists to bring high-energy, multimedia science programming right to your computer. Each Google Hangout session is about 25 minutes and will feature real shark scientists bringing their research and fieldwork to you.
  • This program will feature Dr. Nick Whitney, a staff scientist and manager of the Behavioral Ecology & Physiology program. To watch the program live, you must have Internet access and a Google+ account. Each session will later be uploaded to SeaTrek’s youtube channel:
  • For details or questions: Contact Kasey Gaylord Opalewski at

Sharks, Tales and Ales Science Café

  • Where: Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota FL
  • When: Thursday August 13, 2015 6:00-7:30pm
  • Description: Have questions about sharks? Adults can join Mote shark experts Dr. Nick Whitney, Dr. Heather Marshall and Jack Morris at Mote’s Sea Cinema for a free, casual discussion between the experts and you! Food and drink will be available for purchase. Doors open at 5:30. RSVP is required and details will soon be available.

Fins and Fun Family Festival

  • Where: Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota FL
  • When: Saturday August 15, 10:00am-1:00pm
  • Description: Enjoy a day dedicated to one of the top ocean predators at the Fins & Fun Family Festival! This event will wrap up Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium’s “Shark Days at Mote: Real Sharks, Real Science.”
  •  For more details and schedule of events:

8th Annual Sarasota Bay Great Scallop Search

CHNEP Behavior Change Workshop

  •  Where: Sarasota County UF/IFAS Extension 6700 Clark Road Twin Lakes Park Sarasota, FL 34241
  •  When: Mon, August 31, 9:00am – 4:15pm
  •  Description: Participants will be introduced to the concept and application of behavior change outreach in a way that will shift how they think about and conduct educational outreach efforts going forward, and will leave them feeling more confident about putting this practice into action.
  • Registration:

The CHNEP Conservation Lands Workshop

  • Where: Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center, 75 Taylor St. Punta Gorda, FL
  • When: Thursday, September 10 9am-4pm (Free but please register by Sept 3)
  • Description: The CHNEP Conservation Lands Workshop is an opportunity for those who work with and are concerned about conservation lands to network and learn more about solutions to issues facing these lands in southwest Florida
  • Registration and Full Details:

Join the Lemon Bay F.I.S.H Project

  • Where: Lemon Bay Park and Environmental Center, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood, FL
  • When: Sat, September 12, 9:30am – 11:30am
  • Description: Calling all F.I.S.H. Folks Interested in Submerged Habitats! Get a little wet, have a little fun and learn a lot! Join American Littoral Society Biologist Chuck Idelberger from 9:30-11:30 am at Englewood’s Lemon Bay Park and Environmental Center on a search for marine life in Lemon Bay. Using hand and seine nets, you will search shallow waters and seagrass beds, observing, collecting, and discussing the natural history of some of the many interesting fishes and other animals that inhabit the bay.
  • Registration: call Chuck Idelberger at 941-488-8998 or Kenya Leonard at 941-915-1244.

National Public Lands Day

  • Where: Oscar Scherer State Park, 1843 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229
  • When: Saturday, September 26, 2015 9:00am-2:00pm
  • Description: Free event to learn various volunteer opportunities available in the community with over 30 non-profit organizations.
  •  For full details:

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”                                                          -Benjamin Franklin

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