As we shift gears for the summer some of us in the informal realm will be getting busier with camps while others in the formal realm (at least those who don’t pick up other jobs in the summer) will be taking a well deserved break. Here are a few things to hopefully hold your interest if you can join them.

Sustainable Floridians

Have you thought about living more sustainably, but don’t know where to start? Or are you interested in how you can convince others to live more sustainably? If so, this discussion-to-action program is just for you. Join UF/IFAS Extension Brevard County beginning August 15, 2017 for the University of Florida Sustainable Floridians℠ program!

You will learn about making wise use of resources; making households and communities more resilient and financially sound; community leadership and engaging others; and understanding the impact of individual lifestyle choices.

The program will be held August 15, 16, and 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

Walk on the Wildside

Now is your chance to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Friends of the Archie Carr Refuge invite you on an educational tour to watch a mother sea turtle lay her eggs, cover her nest and voyage back to the ocean. Walks start at 9 p.m. and end around 11 p.m, midnight at the latest. Walks are offered at in Brevard County on Wednesday and Saturday nights and in Indian River County on Saturday nights through the months of June and July. Cost is a $15.00 recommended donation per person. Join your fellow FMSEA members on July 8 or pick a night that works for you. Go to http://carrrefuge.org/Turtle-Walks to see the available dates and register.

Citizen Science and Otters

Barrier Island Center is thrilled to host marine mammalogist, Megan Stolen, this Saturday at 3 p.m. to offer an informative talk about river otters and how you can become an “Otter Spotter,” gathering data to help us better understand and conserve the IRL otter population.

NOAA Webinars

NOAA is hosting a series of  OneNOAA Seminars from now through September. Just click the link to see the topics available.
Developer – Lori K. Brown

All OneNOAA Science Seminar are by default op​en to the general public unless otherwise indicated. Most seminars are not​​recorded for later viewing, although some presenters provide a PDF of the presentation upon request to the seminar point of contact or presenter. Most seminars offer limited remote access on a first come, first served basis via a combination of webex/phone.

Please feel free to share this announcement widely with your colleagues within and outside NOAA. Public visitors wishing to attend a seminar in person in a NOAA facility need to contact the Point of Contact (POC) for the seminar of interest to gain physical access to the building. Access to people with disabilities and requests for sign language interpretation or other accommodations should be directed to the POC for the ​seminar of interest.




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


Aquatic Species Collection Workshop in Cedar Key at the FWC Senator George G. Kirkpatrick  Marine Laboratory on October 3, 2015.  Cost of workshop is $25 with a complimentary membership to FMSEA.

Sign up via this link: https://www.regonline.com/ascw-cedarkey-151003

PLEASE NOTE!!!! After completion of the workshop, an optional trawl and field trip to Seahorse Key Marine Lab on the R/V Discovery will be available at a cost of $15-$20, depending on the number of interested participants. IF INTERESTED IN THE FIELD TRIP, CONTACT MARIA SGAMBATI AT msgambati@ufl.edu. Maria needs an accurate head count to make sure she covers the costs of the vessel and captain.

RV Discovery

Seahorse Key Lighthouse

FMSEA at 2015 NMEA Conference

by Mellie 2015/07/25 Uncategorized

NMEA’s Annual Conference in Newport, Rhode Island was fantastic! There were 311 marine science educators from around the world attending the conference. The Plenary and Concurrent Session were great. One of the most popular sessions was Maia McGuire’s “Microplastics – the sources might surprise you.” As you can see, many participants sat on the floor […]

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July Updates

by Veronica 2015/07/06 Southeast

Hello FMSEA Southeast! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. I enjoyed seeing several FMSEA members at the National Marine Educators Association this past week in Newport, Rhode Island. Many wonderful ideas and resources were exchanged, and we are now gearing up to host the National Meeting next year in Orlando! The 2016 meeting […]

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Call for Volunteer Judges and Aquatic Species Collection Workshop

by George 2015/03/03 Uncategorized

Hello West Central FMSEA members, We are looking for volunteer judges for the 60th anniversary Florida State Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF).  The event will be held at the Lakeland Center, March 31st, April 1st and 2nd, 2015. The day for Judging is WEDNESDAY, April 1st from 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with a lunch […]

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West Central Regional Updates February 2015

by George 2015/02/19 Regional Reports

Hello FMSEA members! Please see below for some exciting happenings in our regions: We are hosting an Aquatic Species collection workshop at Saint Paul’s school in Clearwater on March 25, 2015 at 5:30 PM. The address is 1600 Saint Paul’s Drive Clearwater, Florida 33774 You will pull into the main lot and look for the building labeled […]

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Seahorse Key – Open House – Call for Volunteers

by Savanna 2014/12/02 Uncategorized

A request from Maria Sgambati at the Seahorse Key Marine Lab in Cedar Key: Hello Seahorse Friends, The fall has flown by and it is time for our December open house! And we need you! The event will take place Saturday December 13 from 9am-3pm. This promises to be an interesting and fun open house […]

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BLUE Ocean Splashes into Tampa Bay

by Earnie 2014/11/10 Crow's Nest

BLUE is an enlightening and entertaining 7-Day summit showcasing the world’s finest ocean films and award winning marine photography along with a filmmakers marketplace, science and conservation seminars, international policy discussions and a robust ocean media industry conference. This year, for the first time BLUE was hosted in the Tampa Bay Area from November 3- […]

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