East Central Regional Update March 2017

by Brandon on 2017/02/28

in East Central, Regional Reports, Uncategorized

I have a lot to share with you this month. First we’ll start with all things conference. I’m very excited we are holding this year’s FMSEA Conference, May 4-7, in one of my favorite Florida City’s, St Augustine. Registration is now open and the early bird deadline ends on March 31, so register today.

Remember scholarships are available to our members but you must apply 60 days in advance which would be by March 5, so that deadline is also fast approaching. We rarely hand out all we have budgeted for scholarships so please apply and remember you can use it for other continuing education as well if you are unable to attend this conference.

Also due on March 5 are the FMSEA Annual Awards nominations. Nominate yourself or another educator for either the John Beakley Marine Educator of the Year or the FMSEA Service Award.

Another deadline is by tomorrow, March 1, to nominate yourself for a board position. We have several positions open for nomination including president elect and my seat as the East Central Regional Director. While I plan to run again I do not discourage any competition. In order to nominate yourself you must send a brief bio, picture, and statement on why you want to serve to president-elect@fmsea.org by tomorrow.

You can still apply to present at FMSEA as well. The deadline for proposals is March 15,

We also need help with the silent auction. If you’d like to volunteer on the committee you can just email me at eastcentral@fmsea.org. If you have items to submit you can fill out the Silent Auction Donation Form. If would like to ask your and other organizations then please contact me and I can supply you with the donation request letter and make sure we haven’t already contacted those organizations.

Now on to other items of note from our member organizations and beyond.

Conservation Science and Coastal Studies

The Florida Master Naturalist Program has the following course open in our region. Click the links for the full syllabus and registration.

Conservation Science, Fridays & Saturdays, March 10-18, 2017, Brevard County

Conservation Science, Fridays-Sunday, March 10-12, 2017, Seminole County

Coastal Systems, Fridays & Saturdays, April 21 – May 20 , 2017 (minus the FMSEA conference weekend of course), Brevard County

Happenings at Brevard Zoo

Looking to get involved and support restoring the lagoon? The zoo needs help building supplies for future reef deployments. Join the next shell bagging event on March 3. Sign up today to reserve your spot! Register Now

Come visit zoo staff at free upcoming events including the Florida Scrub-Jay Festival, an Adopt-A-Mangrove workshop, a presentation from Michael G. Starkey of SAVE THE FROGS!, a Leave No Trace workshop and the Grant Seafood Festival. Find out more details about each by checking out the Conservation Calendar located on the right side of their page! Learn More

Film Festival

One of our lifetime members, Phil Gravinese, is the founder and organizer for the Youth Making Ripples Film Festival. Florida Tech is  hosting this exciting, engaging, and interactive marine themed film festival on March 16. There will be activities set up by local conservation organizations before the films, and a raffle after with prizes including Brevard Zoo tickets, paddleboard passes, restaurant gift cards, and more. See the event flyer for more details.

Work at the MDC

Today is the last day to apply for several jobs at the Marine Discovery Center. Check out the following jobs for Lead Camp Instructor, Media Internship, Assistant Aquarist, and Summer Camp Assistant.

Sea Turtle Safety

The UF/IFAS Extension has created an informative poster about sea turtle safety that you can use.

More Seminars Than You Can Shake a Stick At

The OneNOAA Science Seminar Series is a voluntary effort started in 2004 with contributors from across NOAA Line Offices to bring you the most comprehensive summary of NOAA-hosted, public access, environmental science and climate seminars across the nation. Click the previous link for a summary of the seminars. Click on the title (web link) of each seminar for detailed information. Seminars may be updated at any time. Please check the OneNOAA Science Seminar Calendar often for the latest seminar information. For general questions about the seminars, please contact Tracy.Gill@noaa.govLori.Brown@noaa.gov, or Hernan.Garcia@noaa.gov. For questions specific to a seminar, please contact the point of contact listed in the seminar description of each seminar in the seminar calendar.

Sex in the Sea the Sequel

In this, the second episode of the “Ocean Lovin'” series covering reproduction in the sea, we feature cephalopod experts from the Smithsonian Natural History Museum and National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Seattle Aquarium and Woods Hole!

The episode covers the sex lives of the deep sea octopus, the flamboyant cuttlefish and the giant pacific octopus. Come give a listen on SoundCloud or Itunes

World Water Day

Project WET wants you to know about an exciting opportunity to promote water awareness worldwide. They are sharing their award-winning water resources education materials and network of partners to encourage involvement in #MyWaterStory, a global social media conversation culminating in World Water Day activities hosted by the Vatican.

Through the websites worldwatervalues.org and bluerootsproject.org, people from around the world can submit water stories, inspiring us to think about the value of water in their own lives and to respond with multimedia content, such as videos, audio recordings, tweets, photos, artistic work and more.

Learn More

Science Without Boarders

Are you looking for a fun way to incorporate STEAM into your classroom? Then, consider incorporating the Science without Borders® Challenge art contest into your curriculum. Be inspired by Disa, an art teacher in the Philippines, who did just that. Read about her experience using the Challenge to not only teach about science and art, but encourage them to take action by conserving their local fisheries.

Theme: “Reef SuperSpecies”

Prizes: 1st Place: $500; 2nd Place: $350; 3rd Place: $200

Deadline: Monday, April 24, 2017 at 11:59 pm

Eligibility: 11-14 year olds and 15-19 year olds enrolled in primary or secondary school, or the homeschool equivalent.

For more information about the contest, check out Rules and FAQ


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