Welcome to another update of all things FMSEA. There are some great classes and job opportunities in this update.
A quick reminder that if you plan on attending the FMSEA Annual Conference in April and want to apply for a scholarship from FMSEA you will need to do so before the end of the month. Also, at the conference we will announce the winners of our annual John Beakley Marine Science Educator of the Year and the FMSEA Service Award. If you would like to nominate someone or yourself for either award you can find more information here.
UF/IFAS will be hosting a Sustainable Floridians Training Program starting on March 4. Its mission is to guide Floridians on how to take individual responsibility for protecting Earth’s limited resources. See the Sustainable Floridians program flyer for more information on this program.
FMNP Special Topics Habitat Evaluation
Riverwalk Nature Center will host one of the Florida Master Naturalist Program Special Topics Courses starting on March, 14. The next course offered will be Habitat Evaluation. This course is designed to provide training in principles and commonly used techniques for evaluating wildlife habitat. People that complete this course will better understand the reasons for evaluating wildlife habitat at different scales and the methodologies used to do so. This course includes both classroom instruction and hands-on experience and will better equip students to participate in data collection for habitat evaluation projects. This course will cover large-scale habitat evaluation, local-scale habitat evaluation, and water quality monitoring. Cost is $150 and includes all costs including course materials, books, and field excursions. The course syllabus and registration information can be found here.
The Brevard Oyster Gardening Project, launched by Brevard Zoo in partnership with Brevard County, is taking action within our own community to restore the Indian River Lagoon ecosystem. Together, the plan is to create, restore and monitor oyster habitats throughout the county with the final goal of rebuilding a sustainable oyster population in the Lagoon.
A single adult oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water per day, helping to keep our estuary waters clean and clear.
We are recruiting residents along the lagoon to deploy suspended oyster habitats from their docks and help monitor their progress weekly.
To become an oyster gardener, the participant needs to live on the lagoon, either on a canal or lagoon front. This opportunity is a weekly time commitment, and participants will need to attend one of our workshops to become educated about the project. At this workshop, you will create your own oyster habitats, be trained on monitoring procedures, and you will receive all of the necessary supplies for your oyster garden.
Workshops will be held at the following locations:
- Saturday, Feb. 15, 9:30 a.m. to noon, UF/Brevard Extension Office, 3695 Lake Dr., Cocoa.
- Thursday, Feb. 20, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Barrier Island Center, 8385 S. Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach.
- Saturday, Feb. 22, noon to 2:30 p.m., Satellite Beach Recreation Park, 1089 South Patrick Drive.
- Tuesday, Feb. 25, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Trinity Presbyterian Church, 638 S. Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach.
- Saturday, March 1, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Easter State Florida College, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
- Saturday, March 8, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Barrier Island Center, 8385 S. highway A1A, Melbourne Beach.
- Thursday, March 13, 9:30 a.m. to noon, UF/Brevard Extension Office, 3695 Lake Dr., Cocoa.
For participants who don’t live on the water, there’s also an Oyster Garden Buddy Program. The buddies will assist oyster gardeners in their area, maintaining and monitoring the gardens. Those interested in becoming “Oyster Buddies” will also need to attend one of the scheduled workshop for training on monitoring procedures.
The goal is to introduce one million oysters into the lagoon, which could effectively filter 50 million gallons per day and more than 18 billion gallons per year. If interested in becoming an oyster gardener or oyster buddy, contact Sammy Anderson at SAnderson@brevardzoo.org or (321) 254-9453, ext. 284.
Click on the jobs for additional information the the available jobs.
Sea Turtle Technician, EAI, Indian River, St Lucie, and Martin County, Application Deadline 2/21/14
Marine Education Internship, Smithsonian Marine Station, Fort Pierce, Application Deadline 2/28/14