logo_fmsea_2010_medallionHello, FMSEA members!

I wanted to send you a quick update on the Board of Directors meeting we had this past weekend.  The meeting was held at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa, FL.

We used the board meeting to introduce some new faces to the board, including our new regional directors and treasurer! Please check our updated web page to learn more about these amazing individuals.

We worked on this year’s annual conference – it will be held May 4-7, 2017 in Saint Augustine, Florida! The theme of this year’s conference is FMSEA on the First Coast: Shining A Light on Ocean Literacy.  If you are interested in helping in any way with this conference, please contact Jenna LoDico at pastpresident@fmsea.org

Make sure you save the dates for our annual conference and be on the lookout for more details soon!!

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Hello!  My name is Jaclyn and I FMSEA President for 2016-2017.  I wanted to give you all some information about me.  I have been teaching for over 5 years. I hold a Masters of Science in Environmental Education and a Bachelor’s of Science in Marine Biology. I am certified as a Florida teacher in Earth/Space Science and Biology.  Teaching is my number one passion. I love getting students excited and interested in all aspects of science, especially anything to do with ocean literacy.

I am an avid SCUBA diver and instructor. I run the SCUBA Knights program at Saint Paul’s, where middle school students can obtain their SCUBA certifications.  I also love to dive and be in the ocean as much as possible.

I also work closely with the non-profit Shark Angels.  I am the education coordinator and I work to help other teachers set up clubs, like the Shark Angels club we have at Saint Paul’s.  Sharks are my favorite animal, and I work hard and teach our students that these misunderstood animals are vital to our ocean’s health, and ultimately our planet’s health.

My husband and I live in a zoo. We have 3 dogs, 3 cats, a turtle and a 3 legged Guinea pig. We love Disney and spend many weekends there, or at the beach, springs or trails exploring all that Florida’s environment has to share.

If you have any questions please contact me at president@fmsea.orgjaclyn

Look for FMSEA 2017 Annual Conference information coming soon – dates are May 4-7, 2017 in Saint Augustine, Florida!

September

by Kerri on 2016/09/07

in Southeast

International Coastal Cleanup
Saturday, September 17th
For all start times, sites, and registration information in Palm Beach County, visit www.keeppbcbeautiful.org. See attached flyer for details.

Bike Your Park Day at Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Saturday, September 24th 8:30am
Meet members of Club Scrub at the park’s concession for a relaxing 10 mile ride on paved park roads. Pace will be a light 8-10 mph. Bring your bike or rent one at concession (limited bikes available). Please bring water and be prepared for the weather – hats/helmets, sunscreen are recommended – it’s still hot out there! Join thousands of people across the country biking public lands during this National Event.

September is Microplastics Awareness Month!
In a continuing effort to raise awareness about microplastics in the ocean, and to try and get people to reduce their plastic waste, September is being promoted as Microplastic Awareness Month. If you have not already checked out the Florida Microplastic Awareness Project’s website (www.plasticaware.org) and/or Facebook page, you might want to do so! Also, there is a microplastics webinar at 12:15pm EST on Sept 16 (it will be recorded for later viewing as well.) To register for the webinar, go to http://microplasticwebinar.eventbrite.com, and contact Maia McGuire at mpmcg@ufl.edu with any questions!

2016 John Marshall Everglades Symposium
Saturday, October 8, 2016 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Admission $30, includes luncheon
Luncheon keynote speaker Award-winning author and journalist Michael Grunwald. Visit website for more information, and to register.

Palm Beach County Natural Areas “Adventure Awaits” Fall Event Series
With 16 free events scheduled from September through November, there are many opportunities to interact with Environmental Resources Management naturalists as they lead sunset hikes, cycling and paddling tours, teach nature photography skills and explore the night sky. Participate in one experience or multiple activities. Click here to learn more and register for these FREE events!

Palm Beach County C3: Coastal Conservation & Concert
Saturday, September 24th 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Carlin Park, Seabreeze Amphitheater, 400 S.R. A1A Jupiter, FL 33477
C3 is a community event celebrating coastal habitats and conservation. The event will feature a vendor village of local merchandise, food, beer, beach cleanup & conservation groups, and other non-profits.
Please see attached flyer for more details

Aquatic Species Collecting Workshop

by Jennie Fagan 2016/09/07 Northeast

We will be hosting an Aquatic Species Collecting Workshop at Fletcher High School on October 8 from 10-12.  If you are interested in attending you can sign up using the link below. https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1878849  

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East Central Regional Blog – September 2016

by Brandon 2016/08/31 East Central

I know you haven’t had a blog from me in a little while but between summer camps, creating a new outdoor exhibit, and planning the NMEA conference this summer has been insanely busy. So after a bit of hiatus I am back to share some great resources with you. Enjoy! Wish for a Fish Do you […]

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Back to school!

by Jennie Fagan 2016/08/29 Northeast

Welcome back to school to all of the traditional educators and to all of our nontraditional I guess you have fallen back into a nice routine now that summer camps are over and school sessions are in!  I know I can’t wait to go on my field trips to the Guana Education Center (GTM NERR)  […]

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August

by Kerri 2016/08/12 Southeast

Palm Beach County Natural Areas “Adventure Awaits” Fall Event Series With 16 free events scheduled from September through November, there are many opportunities to interact with Environmental Resources Management naturalists as they lead sunset hikes, cycling and paddling tours, teach nature photography skills and explore the night sky. Participate in one experience or multiple activities. […]

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July

by Kerri 2016/07/14 Southeast

Citizen Science Water Quality Program August 6th 1:00pm – 3:00pm Loggerhead Marinelife Center: 14200 US Highway One Juno Beach, FL 33408 Participants at this public workshop will learn about water quality and sampling techniques to become Citizen Scientists in their community. Resources available for teachers, students, and community members. See attached flyer for details, and […]

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June Updates

by Kerri 2016/06/11 Southeast

NMEA 2016 is just two weeks away! NMEA 2016 will be held at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld from June 27 – July 1, 2016.  In addition to daily plenaries and concurrent sessions, the always-popular Exhibit Hall, and the NEW Ocean Science Research Track, some of the week’s highlights include: Monday, June 27 – Pre-conference Workshops, […]

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East Central Regional Blog – May 2016

by Brandon 2016/05/11 East Central

First of all in case you didn’t make it through your last email from me we are trying to organize a regional outing to go on a guided sea turtle walk in Melbourne Beach in the larges loggerhead nesting beach in the world, The Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge. If you are interested in going please […]

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