East Central Regional Update March/April

by Brandon on 2017/03/18

in East Central, Regional Reports

There is just so much going on I couldn’t wait another month to fill you all in.

Judge Needed ASAP

We are in need of a judge for a special FMSEA Award at the State Science Fair. Judging is Wed., Mar 29 at the Lakeland Center. If you can help contact Jaclyn Gerakios at president@fmsea.org and Maia McGuire at mpmcg@ufl.edu for more details.

Award Deadline Extended

Were you unable to nominate someone for the John Beakley Marine Science Educator of the Year Award? Not to worry, we have extended the deadline to April 8. Nominate a colleague or yourself today using the online nomination form.

Going… Going… SOLD!

Your help is needed with the FMSEA Silent Auction being held at the annual conference. You don’t even have to attend the conference to assist (though I wouldn’t recommend missing it) as you can help from your home. Do you know of organizations that might have items or experiences that would sell well in our auction. Help us solicit them with the silent auction donation letter or collect the item and enter it into our auction donation form. I could also use help following up with donors we’ve reached out to and help at the conference itself. Contact me if you’d like more information.

Speaking of the Conference

Have you signed up yet? If you haven’t what are you waiting for? We’re having the conference in one of my favorite parts of the state, St Augustine. The abundance of The Hyppo popsicle locations alone (who have also donated to the silent auction) are reason enough to go, not to mention all the great speakers, workshops, field trips, and events we have going on.

Tracking Terrapins

Brevard Zoo needs your help to locate diamondback terrapins. Learn more about the program and participate in citizen science by reporting your diamondback terrapin sightings through this link.

 Oysters on the Half Shell

Everyone needs a home, including oysters. Come to Brevard Zoo’s monthly workshops around the county and learn about how an oyster grows and thrives in the Lagoon. You’ll build an oyster mat that will be later deployed in the Lagoon and serve as a home to settling oyster larvae. Our next workshop is March 25.

Become a Master Naturalist

The upcoming Florida Master Naturalist Program in our region is:

Coastal Systems

  • Brevard: 4/21-5/20/17, Running 6pm-9pm on Fridays and 8am-5pm on Saturdays (with a break during the FMSEA conference)

Aquatic Collection Permit Workshops

Get your collection certificate to use fish and inverts in your education programs at these various workshops. The cost is $25 for the certificate that is valid for 3 years.

  • Brevard:  4/1/17, 10a-1p at Riverwalk Park in Rockledge


The name can stand alone as a title. Join the Marine Discovery center on April 1 for a fun day of food trucks, lagoon and environmental exhibitors, cardboard boat races, and even a mermaid. See the Lagoonacy Flyer or visit the website for more information.

Marineland Lecture Series

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 10-11 am EDT, Jeremy Owens, Ph.D., will be presenting on why it’s important to study Earth’s ancient climate (100,000 to millions of years ago) and what evidence he and his colleagues use to understand it. Dr. Owens will explain what carbon isotopes are and how they have been used to understand the climate. He’ll also explain how ocean oxygenation is connected to the carbon cycle. These lines of evidence are pointing to ways modern, human induced, changes in the climate are changing faster than past natural climate change. Dr. Owens is a post-doctoral fellow at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Tune in live at 10am EDT by going to https://youtu.be/DxYJAwLXIlA. You’ll also be able to ask questions during the presentation via the link provided. We look forward to having you join us!!

eBooks for the trail

All 4 sections Great Florida Birding Trail Guides are now available as eBooks from Amazon. https://goo.gl/NH8LIO

They also have extended their wings over Florida program to butterflies. Take part in the Wings Over Florida butterfly program at 4 birding trail sites. If you are visiting Oakland Nature Preserve, Orlando Wetlands Park, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center and Key West Botanical Gardens keep a tally of how many different butterfly species you see and then ask a member of staff about getting your zebra longwing certificate. This fun program is great for families…you only need to see 10 different butterfly species to earn your first certificate! As always you can apply for certificates online.

All Expenses Trip to Australia

We are pleased to announce the 2017 School of Rock professional development workshop on board the JOIDES Resolution while it is in transit from Subic Bay Philippines to Townsville Australia. Dates ~10 -27 July 2017. It is designed for pairs of early career scientists and secondary-level educators applying together. You will learn all about how scientific ocean drilling reveals Earth’s secrets! If accepted, all expenses are paid. To find out more and apply, visit http://joidesresolution.org/node/3298. So grab a scientist and apply today.

Until next month…

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