Southwest

The Southwest Region of FMSEA covers the following counties: Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry, Lee, Collier

by Dana on 2015/09/03

in Regional Reports, Southwest

Southwest Regional Update September and October

Happy Fall, friends! The start of the school year is fresh, exciting and the perfect time of the year for informal, formal and homeschool educators to collaborate. Check out some upcoming opportunities in our region to polish our interpretative skills, increase our marine science knowledge, make professional connections and have some fun!

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! 

FMSEA NEWS

Save the Date for NMEA 2016!

FMSEA is proud to host the national conference next year in Orlando “Making Waves: Current Connections in Marine Science.”

We have some amazing things planned that you won’t want to miss.

Registration will open soon.  If you are interested in exhibiting please contact nmea16@fmsea.org.

IN THE NEWS

Sustainable shrimp: This summer Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program removed Louisiana caught shrimp from its “avoid” list.  This came a day after the repeal of a 1987 state law that prohibited Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents from enforcing federal turtle-excluder device regulations.  In other words, state wildlife agents could not give someone a fine for not using a TED (device that creates an opening in shrimp nets to allow trapped sea turtles to escape before they drown), only federal agents could enforce TED laws.   Because of this lack of enforcement, in 2013 shrimp from Louisiana was placed on Monterey Bay Seafood Watch’s “avoid” list recommending consumers not to buy it…not a good place to be.   The statement was heard and Louisiana officials repealed the law July 2015. Use a TED or get in trouble! This is good news for sea turtles.  It is amazing what dedicated individuals can accomplish!

The Seafood Watch program now lists Louisiana shrimp the same as it does all other Gulf caught shrimp within otter trawl…a “good alternative.”

UPCOMING EVENTS 

September:

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: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/chnep-conservation-lands-workshop-sept-10-2015-tickets-16251708297?aff=es2=

 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.

Sarasota 1st Annual FWC Kids Fishing Clinic

Where: 1700 Ken Thompson Parkway, Lido Key, Sarasota, Florida

When: Sat, September 19, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Description: Free event hosted by Capt Ron’s Ocean Explorer TV Show. Rod and Reel for the 1st 500 participants

Registration: Not required

For details or more information: 941-376-2714

Aquatic Species Collection Workshop (public)

Where: Rookery Bay Estuarine Research Reserve, 300 Tower Road, Naples, FL 34113

When: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 5:00-7:00 pm

Description: The primary  workshop  objective  is  to  promote  best  practices  in  the collection  and  maintenance  of  aquatic  organisms  for  educational  activities.

For full details and to register: https://www.regonline.com/ascw-RookeryBay-150922

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: http://friendsofoscarscherer.com/

Gills Club @ Mote Marine Laboratory

Where: Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway on City Island, Sarasota.

When: Saturday, September 26, 2015 1:00-2:30pm

Description:Girls interested in science — especially sharks, skates and rays — are invited to a free meeting of the Gills Club with a different theme each month.  The meeting includes hands-on activities based on shark research and the introduction of a shark researcher. This month theme “super SAWsome sawfish.” Families invited.

Pre-registration required: www.mote.org

October:

 5th Annual Scallopalloza

Where: Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota, FL 34236, United States

When: Saturday, October 3, 6 pm cocktails, 7 pm food stations Where: Sarasota Yacht Club,1100 John Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota

Description: This year Sarasota Bay Watch is changing our program to improve your Scallopalooza experience. Rather than the traditional sit down dinner our more festive and dynamic environment will allow you to move about freely and mingle between drink and food areas. Choose from six different food stations while enjoying the opportunity to talk with friends and neighbors.

To achieve our goal of funding local scallop restoration, we will hold silent auction, have a small live auction, and incorporate more interactive fun activities to raise monies. Join in the fun!

Tickets and Full details: http://sarasotabaywatch.org/?page_id=4090

 TONMOCON: The Biennial Cephalopod Conference

Where: Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, Florida 34236

When: October 9-11th, 2015

Description: Since 2005, every two years TONMO.com members and staff get together in a chosen city (usually near an aquarium or research center) for a day or two of intense cephalopod discussion and socializing. It’s open to everyone: students, hobbyists, professional biologists, and land-lubbers. Admittance fees vary per event.

Registration and full details: https://www.tonmo.com/community/tonmocon/

7th Annual Monofilament (Fishing Line) Cleanup

Where: Sarasota Sailing Squadron

When: October 10-October 11,2015

Description:Create a safer environment for our birds and animals.

Work can be done on foot or watercraft. Make the difference!

Full details: http://sarasotabaywatch.org/?tribe_events=monofilament-cleanup

 Join the Lemon Bay F.I.S.H Project

Where: Lemon Bay Park and Environmental Center, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood, FL

When: Sat, October 10, 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 Association of Interpreters ZWPA 2015 InterpNET Conference

When: October 14, 2o15 12:00-5:00pm

Description: From the comfort of your computer, you can join informal educators from around the world to learn from other professionals as they share their success stories about “Cultivating Successful Interpreters.”

For full details and to register: https://zwpa.wordpress.com/conferences-and-webinars/zwpa-2015-interpnet-conference/

St. Petersburg Science Festival

Where: USF St. Pete waterfront campus

When: Saturday, October 17

Description:  regional celebration where families and the public can explore the wonders of hands-on science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM).

Full Details: http://www.stpetescifest.org

FAST (Florida Association of Science Teachers) Conference

Where: FSU Civic Center, Tallahassee, Florida

When: October 22-24, 2015

Description: Capitalizing on STEM – a comprehensive overview of successful K-12 practices for success in science education and STEM.  THREE Days of intensive study, demonstration, and hands-on opportunities with festivities, fieldtrips and giveaways.

For registration and full details:

https://fastscience.wildapricot.org/

Night of Fish, Fun and Fright 

Where: Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway on City Island, Sarasota.

When: Friday, October 23 5:30-8:00pm

Description:Buoys and ghouls of all ages are invited to dress up in costume for a Night of Fish, Fun and Fright from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. (NEW TIME) on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, at Mote Aquarium. Sail the spooky seas and discover creatures from the deep in a safe and fun trick-or-treating zone. And don’t miss our signature underwater pumpkin carving in our spooktacular shark tank!

Full Details: www.mote.org

Gills Club September Meeting

Where: Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway on City Island, Sarasota.

When: Saturday, October 24, 2015 1:00-2:30pm

Description:Girls interested in science — especially sharks, skates and rays — are invited to a free meeting of the Gills Club with a different theme each month.  The meeting includes hands-on activities based on shark research and the introduction of a shark researcher. Families invited.

Pre-registration required: www.mote.org

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Do sharks really mistake humans for seals?

http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/do-sharks-really-mistake-humans-for-seals-researchers-test-mistaken-identity-theory-20150405-1meqwf.html   

“In the end, we will conserve what we love. We will love what we understand. We will understand what we are taught.” 

    -Baba Dioum

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!

NEWS

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

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 david.graff@dep.state.fl.us
  • 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: https://www.regonline.com/ascw-rookery-150805

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: www.mote.org

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: www.youtube.com/user/seatrek.
  • For details or questions: Contact Kasey Gaylord Opalewski at kasey@mote.org.

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: https://mote.org/events/details/fins-fun-family-festival

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: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/chnep-behavior-change-august-31-2015-registration-17249912954

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: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/chnep-conservation-lands-workshop-sept-10-2015-tickets-16251708297?aff=es2=

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: www.friendsofoscarsherer.com

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

Hello FMSEA members, here is an update for the Southwest Region (Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry, Lee, Collier). Remember, if there are events in our region that you’d like to see promoted here, please let me know. Also, if you are having an event and would like someone from FMSEA represented there, I can help you with that too. Thanks.

Jason Robertshaw
FMSEA Southwest Regional Director
rd-southwest @ fmsea.org
941-388-4441 x 250
fmsea.org/southwest

*FMSEA 2015 CONFERENCE | APRIL 30-MAY 3, 2015, TAMPA, FL*
TAMPA BAY: VISION OF THE PAST, KEY TO THE FUTURE

Mark your calendars and start making your travel plans! #FMSEA15 in Tampa is on the books!

Call for Presenters
FMSEA invites you to propose a session at our 2015 conference. Topics on marine and ocean conservation, new and innovative marine science content, research, activities and curriculum are encouraged. All concurrent sessions will be Saturday, May 2. Please complete and submit a Call for Presenters form by: 5:00 PM March 15, 2015. Notification of accepted proposals will be sent during the following week of March. Proposal questions? Contact: Ann Marie Shields, proposals@fmsea.org, 941-746-2121 ext. 1120

General conference questions? Contact: Heather Segura at 2015 @ fmsea.org.

Register today: http://fmsea.org/events/conferences/2015-tampa-bay/

*NAPLES – AQUATIC SPECIES COLLECTION WORKSHOP | FEBRUARY 21, 2015, 9:00 AM*

VENUE
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
300 Tower Road
Naples, FL 34113

FACILITATOR
Dave Graff
david.graff@dep.state.fl.us
239-530-5970

REGISTRATION LINK:
https://www.regonline.com/ascw-rookery-150221

NOTES:
Optional trawling trip (not trawl endorsement workshop) after classroom session. Minimum participants: 5

*NMEA 2015 | JUNE 29-JULY 2, NEWPORT, RI*

There are scholarships and stipends available to attend the National Marine
Educators Association (NMEA) 2015 Conference in Newport, Rhode Island, June
29- July 2, for NMEA members, non-members who represent and/or educate
underrepresented minorities in science, and traditional knowledge
practitioners and experts. Deadline for all three is March 15.

For more information on all of these scholarships and nomination or application forms, visit http://www.marine-ed.org/?page=scholarships

*SARASOTA BAY ESTUARY PROGRAM – BAY PARTNER GRANT APPLICATIONS DUE | MARCH 2, 2015*

The purpose of the SBEP Bay Partners Grant Program is to promote environmental education, awareness, community involvement, and stewardship to improve the overall quality of Sarasota Bay and its tributaries. To support these goals, funding is available from SBEP for projects that focus on Bay Education, Bay Restoration or Bay-Friendly Landscaping.

Applications for the 2014-15 Bay Partners Grants must be received by 4pm on March
2. Visit the Bay Partners Grant.

Please contact Sara Kane at sara@sarasotabay.org if you have any questions about the program.

*MOTE MARINE LABORATORY – 2015 SPECIAL LECTURE SERIES*

Details at: www.mote.org/lecture

Feb. 23 — Dr. Carl Luer: “Stingrays and Human Health: Potential Applications in Antibiotics”
March 2 — Dr. David Vaughan: “Restoring the Reefs, and in Our Lifetime!”
March 9 — Dr. David Gallo “Deep Sea – Deep Secrets: Exploring and Understanding the Undersea World”

Details for Attendees

Timing: 7:30 p.m. Mondays from Feb. 23 to March 9.
Location: Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, Immersion Cinema, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL, 34236.
Ticket Price: $12 (per ticket per lecture) for Mote members. $15 (per ticket per lecture) for non-members. Students, teachers and volunteers without membership can purchase tickets at the member rate with a discount code by contacting lecture@mote.org or calling (941) 388-4441, ext. 348.
Ticket sales at www.mote.org/lecture. Tickets must be purchased in advance. A limited number of tickets might be available at the door on lecture nights, but we cannot guarantee availability. Tickets are non-refundable unless Mote cancels the lecture.
Questions: Please call 941-388-4441, ext. 691, or email lecture@mote.org.

Ticket sales close at 3 p.m. on the day of the lecture or when tickets sell out. Doors open at 7 p.m. for each lecture, and ticket holders will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis

Southwest Region Update–September 2014

by Dana 2014/09/02 Regional Reports

Hello FMSEA members, here is an update for the Southwest Region (Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry, Lee, Collier). Remember, if there are events in our region that you’d like to see promoted here, please let me know. Also, if you are having an event and would like someone from FMSEA represented there, I can help […]

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Southwest Region Update–June 2014

by Dana 2014/06/01 Regional Reports

Hello FMSEA members, here is an update for the Southwest Region (Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry, Lee, Collier). Remember, if there are events in our region that you’d like to see promoted here, please let me know. Also, if you are having an event and would like someone from FMSEA represented there, I can help […]

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Regional Update–Southwest–January 2014

by Dana 2014/01/27 Regional Reports

FMSEA SOUTHWEST REGIONAL UPDATE – JANUARY 2014 Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry, Lee, Collier HAPPY NEW YEAR! Here is an update for the Southwest Region featuring events from Sarasota County Schools, Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, Bay Guardians, Mote Marine Laboratory and more. Remember, if there are events in our region that you’d like to […]

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OpenROV: Opportunity for Public School Teachers

by Dana 2013/11/15 Regional Reports

I’ve been following the progress of the folks at OpenROV, a do-it-yourself, open-source underwater robot building program. After successfully raising money through an Internet campaign, they’ve developed a “low cost” kit that anyone can order to build a remotely operated vehicle. On a recent blog update, David from OpenROV said: We’ve been working on a […]

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Regional Report–Southwest

by Dana 2013/11/06 Regional Reports

Greetings Hello FMSEA members, here is an update for the Southwest Region (Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry, Lee, Collier). Remember, if there are events in our region that you’d like to see promoted here, please let me know. Also, if you are having an event and would like someone from FMSEA represented there, I can […]

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Regional Report—Southwest

by Dana 2013/07/22 Regional Reports

Greetings FMSEA Southwest. It’s been a busy summer. Please take a moment to enjoy this update. Hello, My Name is… My name is Jason Robertshaw and I am the new Southwest Regional Director for FMSEA. You may remember me from my previous appearances on this website as The Webmaster and The Listserv Moderator. If you […]

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Southwest Regional Outing

by Dana 2013/07/16 Regional Reports

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. We will reschedule it for the fall. Stay tuned. WHAT Southwest Regional Outing WHEN Date: Friday, 8/2/13 Start time 9:00 am End time 2:00 pm WHERE Facility name: Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Address: 300 Tower Road, Naples, FL 34113 DESCRIPTION Contact: Dave Graff Phone Number: 239-417-6310 x 408 […]

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