It seems like we just finished up the national conference but would you believe its already time to think about the next FMSEA annual conference. If you haven’t heard yet we’ll be holding it in one of my favorite Florida cities, St Augustine, May 4-7. You can even reserve your hotel already at the Hampton Inn & Suites Vilano Beach just minutes away from the historical area of St. Augustine. We secured a rate of $164 a night which is a steal for a hotel right along the beach or most any area in St Augustine for that matter.
We are also looking for dynamic educators and/or researchers that teach about or research areas of the Ocean Literacy Principles to participate in the opening plenary session at the upcoming FMSEA conference on May 4- 7, 2017. The theme of the conference is FMSEA On the First Coast: Shining a Light on Ocean Literacy.
Dune to Lagoon at BIC
It’s Getting Hot In Here
Selected educators who meet project requirements will be eligible for:
- Up to $2000 to support the execution of a climate stewardship action project.
- Travel reimbursements to attend select workshops and/or national conferences – following the successful completion of a climate stewardship project.
- Special professional development opportunities.
- Monetary and educational resources.
Applications are being accepted until midnight November 20, 2016.
If you are now a member of the Stewardship Community, received funding to carry out a climate stewardship action project and are interested in extending your project for the 2017/2018 academic year, or interested in conduct another or related stewardship project during the 2017/2018 academic year, you MUST reapply this year.
To learn more about this opportunity and apply, go to the NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project Web Site
Even if you aren’t ready to get involved in the large community you can still attend their presentations each month which the next is this Monday.
NOAA’s Climate Stewards Education Project is pleased to welcome Brian McInerney, Senior Hydrologist at NOAA’s National Weather Service Forecast Office in Salt Lake City, Utah as our featured speaker this month.
Of the climate change research found in accredited journals, 97.4% of the scientists agree our atmosphere is warming and that humans are the main cause of it. As such, it’s important to understand that in the scientific community there is no longer a discussion of this fact. The question then arises as to the magnitude of the warming we’re facing, what changes we’ll we see in the world’s weather and how those changes will affect the world’s population.
The evidence of climate change is compelling. In this lifetime we have seen sea levels rise, global temperature increased, oceans warm, ice sheets shrink, a decline of arctic sea ice, the retreat of glaciers, an increase in intense weather events, ocean acidification, and the decline of snowpacks.
In this discussion, Brian will address the predicted and observed impacts of a warming climate to water resources globally, and then regionally within the United States. In the United States we can expect areas that receive the majority of their water supply from spring snowmelt runoff to transition to a rain driven hydrology. Where areas that were once snow covered mountains, we can expect those mountains to receive rainfall during the cold season. Additionally, we’ll see a change in precipitation patterns affecting vast majorities of the population. This includes increased storm and rainfall intensity, more extensive and prolonged droughts, and a long term change in precipitation patterns.
With these changes in our future, how will we adapt? In fact, can we change the rate and magnitude of our warming? What can one person do to alter our future?
Keys to Ocean Education
Though not in our region this is another experience I’ve had the pleasure of attending and I would recommend it for any educator and not just because you get to go to the keys. The information learned and experiences there are great.
In-Service Credit: Available to participants through your county/school office.
And the Award Goes to…
No we aren’t talking about the Oscars but you can get recognized for you contributions to conservation.
Announcing the John Denham Award for Community Engagement in Conservation
Do you know a scientist, NGO leader, or philanthropist whose actions have made or are making a lasting impact on critical conservation efforts by engaging local communities? Apply or nominate someone today for the John Denham Award!
Ecology Project International believes that lasting conservation depends on local community support and engagement, and we’re looking for incredible individuals who share this vision around the world. In addition to sharing the story of your work with our audiences, the 2016 John Denham Award winner will also receive a 5-day, 4-night stay for two at Pacuare Reserve in Costa Rica, which includes hands-on interaction with the scientists and ongoing research happening during the time of your visit.
Applications are due by NOVEMBER 30, 2016 – apply or nominate someone today: https://www.ecologyproject.org/denhamaward.
SJRWMD launches new educational grant program
I am excited to announce a new program at the St. Johns River Water Management District I hope our region’s teachers will consider being part of. This week we launched the Blue School Grant Program.
The District has a strong commitment to educating the next generation and their families about the value of water. Our staff has done this for many years through in-school and online programs. The Blue School Grant Program enhances the District’s educational outreach work. Having been involved in a similar program when I was the Executive Director of the Suwannee River Water Management District, I know such programs have been well received by our educators and the children they serve.
In our inaugural year, the District has budgeted up to $10,000 for this grant program, providing up to $1,000 per teacher per school to enhance student knowledge of freshwater resources issues. Four grants types are available: water quality field study, water-conserving garden project, community/school awareness campaign and a freshwater resources field study program. Public and charter school teachers of grades 9 through 12 within the District’s 18-county service area are eligible to apply.
The deadline to apply is Nov. 30, 2016, and teachers receiving grants will be notified by Dec. 12. Information packets are being mailed to each high school in the District. In the meantime, I encourage our educators to learn more about this program at www.sjrwmd.com/education. Thanks in advance to each of you who plan to participate, and thanks to the District’s team who put together this opportunity. I’m thrilled we will be working even more closely with our community schools on water resource outreach!
And that’s about all for this blog. Remember if you have information or programs at your institution that you’d like to get the word out about then send them my way.