FMSEA East Central Update – February 2016

by Brandon on 2016/02/10

in East Central, Regional Reports

The is a lot going in this update so please take your time to read to the end. I promise you won’t be disappointed with the plethora of information. First we’ll start with some conference news. Registration should be up shortly but there are many other things going on right now with the conference you should know about.

Calling All Presenters

We are working hard on getting ready to host the National Marine Educators Association conference in Orlando, June 25 through July 1, 2016!  Do you want to be a part of the fun? It is time to put those awesome ideas “on paper” and submit your session proposals for the NMEA 2016 – Making Waves: Connections in Marine Science Education conference! Session proposals will be accepted through February 29, 2016 at

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

While I did get the honor to be invited to an education event this last year at the White House, you can also get a large honor by helping in the political process of the FMSEA Board of Directors. We will have several positions open on the FMSEA board for 2016. Please read below about the open positions and what duties they entail.

Treasurer: The treasurer maintains the banking accounts, FMSEA Legacy Trust fund account and RegOnline registration system, and the 1 Source Conference Phone account. The treasurer is the contact person for all of these systems.  In addition, the Treasurer tracks and makes payments for any bills or reimbursements related to the organization. The treasurer also attends the Board meetings and conference calls.

Secretary: The Secretary must attend all Board Meetings and recording, preparing and distributing the meeting minutes. The secretary is also responsible for maintaining a record of Board policies.

President Elect: The President-Elect serves for one-year as the de-facto vice president, filling in when the FMSEA President is unavailable, before assuming the office in the following year. The President-Elect also collects the nominations for the next round of elections and awards. Other responsibilities including blogging periodically to “The Crow’s Nest”, being in charge of teacher scholarships, awards, and elections.  The President-Elect also serves as a mentor to the Regional Directors.

If you are interested in any of the positions above please send a short biography, a professional headshot, and a statement saying why you are interested in joining the board to your regional director by March 1, 2016.

And the Nominees Are…

Each year, FMSEA recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions towards moving the field of marine science forward, who provide outstanding marine science education and who want to share their successes with other practitioners. Award recipients are recognized and will receive their awards at the National Marine Educators Association Conference in Orlando June 25- July 1. Nominate someone today!

All Award Nominations must be received by no later than March 25, 2016.


The FMSEA Outstanding Marine Educator Award began in 1986. It was renamed in 1999 in honor of John Beakley, a Marine Science Resource Teacher in Palm Beach County and one of FMSEA’s founders.

“I consider John to be the founding father of Marine Education in the State as he made numerous trips to Washington to obtain funds to develop the Jacksonville Marine Science Center, the Crystal River Marine Science Station, and the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Station (no longer open). He was the major force in establishing FMSEA in 1968.”
—Pat Purcell

This Award is given to an educator who has demonstrated dedication to promoting and developing marine science in Florida. Nominees need not be members of FMSEA, but member nominations are encouraged. Self-nominations are accepted. Please ask the person you nominate to address the following categories (we encourage bullets of information as opposed to a narrative):


The FMSEA Service Award began in 1993 and is given each year to a member who has exhibited dedicated service to the organization. Nominees must be FMSEA members. Self-nominations are accepted. The nomination must address the following points. Please submit bullets instead of a long narrative:


The purpose of the two Student Project Awards is to encourage continuing education and study of the marine environment. A $300 Cash Award will be given to both a Junior and Senior Section student whose research demonstrates outstanding environmental science research with a marine and/or aquatic science connection.

Submit your application to president-elect @

Also, award nominations for this year’s NMEA Annual Conference are due no later than February 15th.

Please visit the link below for specifics on the application process.

Calling All Beachcombers

The Barrier Island Center in Melbourne Beach is hosting a Sea Glass Symposium on February 20th from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. featuring keynote speaker Richard LaMotte, bestselling author of Pure Sea Glass. To see what other great events are going on at the BIC, check out their February Events Calendar.

Humanity for Habitat

Riverwalk Park in Rockledge and the Brevard County Extension Service will be offering the Florida Master Naturalist Program: Habitat Evaluation Course March 18, 19, 25, and 26. Training for the Habitat Evaluation Module includes 24 contact hours of classroom instruction, field trips, and practical interpretive experience. This course is designed to provide training in principles and commonly used techniques for evaluating wildlife habitat. People that complete this course will better understand the reasons for evaluating wildlife habitat at different scales and the methodologies used to do so. This course includes both classroom instruction and hands-on experience and will better equip students to participate in data collection for habitat evaluation projects. This course will cover large-scale habitat evaluation, local-scale habitat evaluation, and water quality monitoring. View the full syllabus and register today here.

Have an earnest desire to save the world?

Rivewalk Park also has a position open for an environmental educator (Job Title: Recreation Aide) to assist with their education programs, help maintain a 6.37 acre nature preserve, and maintain an interactive nature center with aquaria. The position is part time/25 hours weekly. You can view the job description at  at the Brevard County Job Listings Site under Job Number: 201605951.

Can Trees Walk?

Join Brevard Zoo and partners for two unique, exciting opportunities to give back to the Indian River Lagoon! Learn about the importance of mangroves and the Indian River Lagoon, as well as what you can do to help this amazing ecosystem. At the end of the workshop you’ll have the opportunity to take home a mangrove seedling to “foster” (with plant care tips!). Once returned, the plant will be used in shoreline restoration along the Indian River Lagoon providing habitat for native wildlife, improving Lagoon water quality, and protecting our shorelines from erosion.

  1. Brevard Zoo, in partnership with Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Indian River Lagoon Shoreline Restoration Project, will host Adopt-A-Mangrove workshops where guests will be treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of Brevard Zoo’s Indian River Lagoon exhibit. Reservations can be made using the following links:

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 (@ Brevard Zoo, 6:00 -7:00 PM)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 (@ Brevard Zoo, 6:00 -7:00 PM)

Thursday, May 26, 2016 (@ Brevard Zoo, 6:00 -7:00 PM)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 (@ Brevard Zoo, 6:00 -7:00 PM)

  1. Join Brevard Zoo and Marine Discovery Center for an Adopt-A-Mangrove workshop and take part in a fun morning collecting and potting your OWN mangrove from Marine Discovery Center’s marsh in New Smyrna Beach! Please bring the following to the workshop at Marine Discovery Center to take part in the fun!

– water shoes

– sunscreen

– shorts or pants that can roll up or get wet

 Reservations can be made using the following link:

Saturday, March 12, 2016 (@ Marine Discovery Center, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM)

Donate Blood Today

Don’t worry it’s not your own that is needed. Brevard Zoo is also working on a terrapin genetics project and is looking for captive terrapins from Florida to collect samples. If you have any at your facility or know of any locally please contact Amy Reaume.

Won’t you let me take you on a sea cruise?

NOAA’s Cordell Bank and Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries with Point Blue Conservation Science are recruiting for one teacher to join the science team and learn about the offshore ecology in Cordell Bank and Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries. The teacher will assist in daily operations onboard the R/V Shimada and stay with the team on the research vessel. Travel and food stipend is included in this opportunity.

When: Research Cruise is May 13-22nd, 2016

Where: Science team will mobilize and meet at the ship in San Francisco, CA

What: Selected teacher will work closely with science team during at sea monitoring program called Applied California Current Ecosystem Studies Program ( ACCESS )

Selected teacher is expected to communicate via Teacher at Sea blog during cruise, work closely with science team throughout the mission and produce 2 activities to be delivered in classroom.  Applications due March 11th, 2016 (selected applicant will be notified by March 25th). To get application materials visit:

Get Wet With a Cousteau

Join Philippe Cousteau, EarthEcho International, and Elgin Senior High School as we present a day of ocean-focused webinars as part of the National Biodiversity Teach In on February 12th. Each free webinar will bring an expert scientist into your classroom for an engaging and interactive 45-minute presentation.

The schedule of presenters is below and all times are in Central Standard Time.

Access presentation information, register for webinars, and explore educational resources at

Registration is required for each webinar, but there is no limit to the number of webinars for which you my register. Browse the complete list of speakers below.

Or Adventure With Nat Geo

Join Yo’ Oceans & Elgin Senior High School as we present a day of ocean action and mammal-focused webinars as part of the National Biodiversity Teach In on February 11th. Each free webinar will bring an expert scientist, filmmaker, activist or hero into your classroom for an engaging and interactive 45-minute presentation.

Here is the lineup and registration links- all times are Central Standard Time.


10-11 am Sue Fisher is passionate about banning commercial whaling and dedicates much of her time to whale conservation. Sue will talk about the evolution and culture of commercial whaling and explain why we still need an international ban. She will discuss the political intrigue and the relationship the International Whaling Commission (IWC) has with countries who still participate in whaling for research purposes or subsistence whaling by indigenous countries.

Presentation Title: Are the whales saved? Whale hunting and the International Whaling Commission~ 7th-12+ Grade

Registration link _____________________________________________________________________________________

11-12am Rick Wood is a masterful, engaging, storyteller and conservationist, will speak about the fascinating story of the how the otters of Elkhorn Slough could be the key to restoring healthy sea lion populations at Moss Landing California.

Presentation Title: Deconstructing Eden – Otters, Heroes of the Ecosystem   6-

12+ Grade

Registration Link


12-1pm Naomi Rose is the marine mammal scientist for the Animal Welfare Institute in Washington, DC. She works on several campaigns and coalitions addressing problems associated with cetacean live capture, trade, and captivity, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Presentation Title: Captive Whales: Beneath the Surface    5th -12+ Grade

Registration Link _____________________________________________________________________________________

1-2pm Dr Giles and Elizabeth Seely

Presentation Title: Orca Poop Project- Deborah and Elizabeth will talk about the exciting and fascinating conservation work they are doing with dogs rescued from high kill shelters. Specially trained “poop sniffing dogs” help Deborah and Elizabeth collect data on endangered orca populations. Suggested

Grades: 6-12+ Grade

Registration Link ___________________________________________________________________________________

2-3pm Michael Harris It usually doesn’t work. When humans interfere with nature, the results are usually not good for nature. So when several people from a diverse range of groups came together in 2002 to save a young wayward orca in Puget Sound, a tide of skepticism rolled in. The plan was to capture the young female orca and take her to rejoin her pod some 250 miles away.

Presentation Title: Springer: The Real Life Story of the Rescue, Rehab and Release of a baby orca Suggested grades: 4th- 12th+

Registration Link _____________________________________________________________________________________

3-4pm Carter and Olivia Ries always wanted to create an organization that would educate their peers on various issues which is why they started One More Generation (OMG) back in 2009.  As they learned about animals around the world that need help, they would go to their friends and they quickly realized that most of them were also unaware of the issues.  As they started looking at ways they could make a positive impact, it became apparent that education was the missing link.  They found that when they educated others on various issues, they would always find people interested in helping.  The only thing holding them back up until that point was a lack of education about that particular subject.

Presentation Title: Youth Empowerment Suggested Grades: 3rd-8th grade plus!

Registration Link _____________________________________________________________________________________

4-5pm Jacque White Why are salmon dying in the Salish Sea? Tune in to hear Executive Director of Long Live the Kings, Jacques White talk about how 40 organizations are working internationally to solve the biggest mystery impacting salmon recovery and sustainable fisheries.

Presentation Title: “The Salish Sea Marine Survival Project: Why are salmon and steelhead dying in the shared marine waters of British Columbia and Washington State and why does it matter? Suggested Grades:  9-12+ Grade

Registration Link

“This project is funded, in whole or in part, by a grant from the National Geographic Society Education Foundation.”



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