Happy International Coastal Cleanup Month! I hope you’re finding some great events to participate in. If you haven’t yet, here are some more going on in the Southwest Region….

4th Annual Monofilament Cleanup

  • Date: Saturday, September 29, 2012
  • Time: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Location: Sarasota Sailing Squadron
  • Sign up at Sarasota Bay Watch.

National Estuaries Day

  • Date: Saturday, September 29, 2012
  • Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Location: Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Detail can be found here.

Morning Paddle on Sarasota Bay

  • Date: Saturday, September 22, 2012
  • Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
  • Location: Mote Marine Laboratory
  • Register online.

Keep Manatee Beautiful

  • Date: Saturday, October 6, 2012
  • Time: 9:00 am (time may vary with location)
  • Location: Varies, see website for details.
  • Sign up at Keep Manatee Beautiful.

Why keep our coasts beautiful? I think the Ocean Conservancy says it all here,



Greetings FMSEA Southwest Region!

I hope this update finds you recharged and ready to take on another school year!  Read on for information about events in our region and be sure to check out the details of our SW Regional Member Contest.  Please contact me if you have any questions or event updates.  Have a great 2012-2013 school year!
~ Kasey Gaylord-Opalewski, Southwest Regional Director

Art Exhibition: Wonders of the Sea & Resident Spirits
Now through September 28, 2012
Location: The Art Center, 707 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL  34236

Wonders of the Sea: This exhibition includes pieces that address the growing ecological concerns of ocean life. By mixing scientific research with intriguing aesthetics, the exhibition delivers poignant messages to the viewer about our local marine life.

Resident Spirits: In this exhibition, twenty-seven photographs will be featured, showcasing many of the splendid and awe-inspiring creatures of Earth’s oceans. From expansive fish schools to elusive turtles and whales, each image captures its subject with a breathtaking beauty and sometimes haunting essence.

How Do We Explore? Professional Development Workshop for Educators
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Location: University of South Florida, College of Marine Science, St. Pete, FL

Contact Teresa Greely for information:
E-mail or call 727-552-2281.
Deadline: September 28, 2012

Youth Ocean Conservation Summit
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Location: Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL  34236

The Youth Ocean Conservation Summit was created to provide youth participants the opportunity to learn from marine scientists and conservationists about the current threats facing marine ecosystems, both locally and globally. The annual event encourages youth to work with their peers to develop action plans for their own conservation projects. In 2011, YOCS attracted more than 150 participants. Join us on November 3, 2012 at Mote Marine Laboratory to see how these amazing students have put their conservation plans into action.
For more information, please contact Sean Russell.


Other Events Around the Region

think + drink (science) Café  @ South Florida Museum
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
7 – 9pm
RSVP Required.
2012 International Coastal Cleanup
Saturday, September 15, 2012
8am – 12pm
Join your friends and neighbors as we help Keep Sarasota County Beautiful!
Various Locations
National Estuaries Day Celebration @ Rookery Bay Reserve
Saturday, September 29, 2012
10am – 3pm
More details.
Florida Association of Science Teachers Annual Conference
October 25 – 27, 2012
Tradewinds Island Resort, St. Pete Beach, FL
Registration and Information.
Aquatic Species Collection Workshop @ Mote Marine Laboratory
Saturday, November 10, 2012
9am – 12pm
Registration required.
Splash! School Grants
The Splash! school grant program provides teachers with funding to enhance student knowledge of freshwater resources issues.
Up to $3,000 per school.
Deadline: September 7, 2012

Coastal Habitats Module Now at Mote Marine Laboratory!

Mote Marine Laboratory will offer the Florida Master Naturalist Coastal Habitats Module on Saturdays, beginning September 22 through October 27, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Visit Mote’s website for course schedule, student requirements and scholarship opportunities.

Overview: Through classroom, field trip, and practical experience, this Module provides instruction on the general ecology, habitats, vegetation types, wildlife, and conservation issues of Coastal Systems in Florida – Coastal Uplands, Estuarine, and Nearshore Marine Environments. The program also addresses society’s role in coastal areas, develops naturalist interpretation skills, and discusses environmental ethics.

The total training consists of 40 contact hours. Classroom learning includes four instructional videos and 12 presentations.

Regional Report: Southwest

by Dana 2012/06/03 Regional Reports

June 2012 I hope this update finds you energized after the FMSEA Annual Conference and ready to kick off the summer! Read on to see what’s happening in our region and around the state. Please contact me if you have any questions or event updates. Have a great day! ~ Kasey Gaylord-Opalewski, Southwest Regional Director

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Mote Science Café

by Dana 2012/06/01 Regional Reports

Brown Bags to Beggar the Dolphin Bad eating habits and poor nutrition are an issue with America’s youth…and Sarasota Bay dolphins? Join the discussion about nutrition in humans and dolphins – including a local dolphin named “Beggar” whose story reveals why feeding wild dolphins is harmful – from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7 […]

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Indian River Lagoon Photo Contest

Thumbnail image for Indian River Lagoon Photo Contest by Brandon 2012/05/31 East Central

The Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program is seeking lagoon-related photographs for publication in its 2013 Indian River Lagoon Calendar. Dig out some of your favorite lagoon photos and enter the contest. The first place photo wins the cover of the calendar. Twelve winning photos and eighteen runners up will be chosen for publication.  Deadline for submission is July […]

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