estuary

I hope everyone’s new year is off to a great start. Mine seems busier than ever. I have some great announcements for you starting with the FMSEA Annual Conference. Registration is open for our 2015 FMSEA Annual Conference that will be held in Tampa on April 30 to May 3, 2015.  Early bird registration rate is: $155 for annual members and $130 for lifetime members.  Registration link and hotel information can be found on our website: http://fmsea.org/events/conferences/2015-tampa-bay/

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.

Also don’t forget as a member you are eligible to apply for a scholarship to attend professional development opportunities including our conference. You must apply 60 days before the PD so you’ll need to submit the application by February 28. Go to http://fmsea.org/membership/awards/ for more information and the application.

Save the Date for Fun in the Field

Mark your calendars for our next regional outing. We will be hosting an outing for our region on Sunday, March 15, 10a-2p, at the Marine Discovery Center. The day will be filled with field activities in the marsh and in and on the water. Lunch will be provided by FMSEA. I’m working with MDC currently to finalize our activities and will have further details for you later. Just don’t forget to save the date now, as you’ll enjoy seeing all they have to offer at the Marine Discovery Center.

The Next James Cameron

The Youth Making Ripples Film Festival is this Saturday, Jan. 24 at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne… tell your friends!  More info can be found at www.beneaththewavesfilmfest.org/youth-making-ripples.  The format for the night will include:

5-6 pm light refreshments, interactive demos/kiosks and research posters

6-7 pm 1 hour of exciting marine science films from around the world

7-8 pm Q & A session with local scientists

The entire event is FREE so bring a friend! You can RSVP by emailing youthmakingripples@gmail.com

Learn To Live Sustainably

Learn how to reduce your footprint, increase your handprint, and make connections for a better Brevard County!

The mission of the Sustainable Floridians Program is to guide Floridians on how to take individual responsibility for protecting Earth’s limited resources. Through a discussion-to-action format, the program educates participants about making wise use of resources, making households and communities more resilient and financially sound, and understanding the impact of individual lifestyle choices.

The course will meet at the Brevard County Extension offices in Cocoa, on two weekends in April: April 10 at 5 pm to 9 pm, April 11 at 9 am to 3 pm & April 17 at 5 pm to 9 pm, April 18 at 9 am to 3 pm. Cost is $30. Register at susflbrevard.eventbrite.com.

 Sea Turtles Dig the Dunes

It’s’ time once again to join together and take action to help protect our dunes and restore important sea turtle nesting habitat. Please see the Sea Turtles Dig the Dune Flyer for more details on the upcoming annual sea oat stewardship workshop in Melbourne Beach on February 7. There will be planting opportunities followed by a presentation form Larry Wood on the hawksbill sea turtle. Please call Donna Lee Crawford at 321-723-3556 to make your reservation as soon as possible as space is limited.

On the Half Shell

So what is going on in the world of oysters? I’m sure you ask yourself that on a regular basis. Well now you can find out. Check out the Brevard Zoo’s latest Oyster Restoration Newsletter to learn all things oyster. Don’t delay in reading it as they have some volunteer opportunities coming up as soon as Sunday. And for those a little further North don’t worry, they do monitoring and other restoration in Volusia County as well. Contact them to find out how to get involved.

The Keys Are Lovely This Time of Year

Newfound Harbor Marine Institute (NHMI) at Seacamp on Big Pine Key, FL will host their annual Marine Education Workshop on Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26, 2015. In addition to the traditional professional development experiences scheduled at NHMI, a FMSEA/FWC Aquatic Species Collection Workshop and an Everglades Literacy  Workshop will also be offered during the weekend. Contact Judy Gregoire with any questions or to request a registration form for the weekend at seacamp2003@aol.com or 305-951-7429.

Its for the Birds

The Great Backyard Bird Count is delighted to be able to offer a free webinar to help teachers, homeschoolers, informal educators, nature centers, and others engage students and teach science using birds and the GBBC. The K-12 Education team at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology will deliver this live webinar which is being offered at these dates and times:

— January 27: noon and 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time
— February 4: 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time

You’ll learn about citizen science, about the GBBC, how to participate, and how to use the count in your lessons. The session will include bird ID tips, education resources, interactive activities, and an opportunity to ask questions. Register today.

Arts and Outside

The Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation in collaboration with Wyndham Cypress Palms Resort proudly invite you to Nature Explore workshops devoted to reconnecting children with nature.

  • What:  Using Your Outdoor Classroom and Arts & Nature workshops
  • When:  Saturday, February 7, 2015 | 9 a.m.–12 p.m. & 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Where:  Wyndham Cypress Palms Resort – Activities Center | Kissimmee, FL
  • How to Register:  Sign up by February 6, 2015 to reserve your spot!

Job Opportunity

Are you ready to translate your hard work into a huge impact? Nature’s Academy is a nonprofit educational organization that seeks to enhance science literacy and foster environmental stewardship. The Program Director is responsible for leading the education team in developing and implementing a dynamic set of programs. They seek a candidate ready to join the organization, lead staff and inspire excellence for an exciting future of positive change.  Please see the NA Program Director Description for full details. Closes on Feb 9.

Educational Diving Scholarship

If you are a teacher or educator, you may be eligible for CEDAM’s Lloyd Bridges Scholarship. This year’s recipient will join REEF’s Field Survey Trip to Grand Turk, July 11 – 18, 2015.  For more information on this trip, see the description for Grand Turk on REEF’s website www.reef.org.

The scholarship, awarded annually, enables a qualified educator to participate in a CEDAM-sponsored or -sanctioned expedition. CEDAM will cover the full cost of the  field trip and reimburse up to $800 for  air transportation. REEF Field Surveys are led by REEF staff or expert volunteers; participants have the opportunity to collect data, participate in daily talks, and interact with REEF members, staff, and local partner organizations. This is a hands-on experience during which participants have the opportunity for experiential learning in and out of the water.

The goal of the scholarship program is two-fold: One, to have educators experience the wonders of the underwater world and then be able to share these wonders with his or her students or constituents. Two, to have these inspired individuals go out and do what they can to help protect one of the world’s most fragile ecosystems. To be eligible, applicants must be a certified scuba diver, a teacher (elementary or secondary level), or actively engaged in an education program at an institution or environmental organization, such as an aquarium, science center, or relevant non-profit organization. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of both merit and financial need. CEDAM International will cover the recipient’s REEF Field Survey expenses (excluding incidentals and personal expenses), and up to $800 for air transportation costs.

All applicants must complete an application form and return it along with the required essay, a resume, and one letter of recommendation, to CEDAM by April 15, 2015.  All of the necessary application components should be sent electronically to both susansammon@gmail.com and janrosenfeld@gmail.com.  Additional information and the scholarship application can be found at http://cedaminternational.org

Estuarine Water Quality in the Classroom

Join a webinar introducing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Data in the Classroom curriculum module, “Monitoring Estuarine Water Quality.” Experts on monitoring water quality at NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserves will teach you the following skills: accessing data to monitor extreme events; generating graphs to use in your classroom; helping your students develop their own questions about life in an estuary; and exploring data sets driven by the questions of actual students. Education coordinators from the research reserves will introduce the lesson plans and demonstrate how the module’s unique scaffolding  can help students develop skills to access and use online data.

The NOAA Data in the Classroom curriculum helps teachers and students use real scientific data to explore dynamic Earth processes and understand the impact of environmental events on a regional or global scale. Each module features easy-to-use curriculum materials and specially designed websites that enable students to access and use real data.

Webinar 1: Thursday, January 29th – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, 3:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (lasts 90 minutes)

The webinar will help middle school teachers increase their ability to use the waterquality module in the following ways:

  • Understand which types of data are provided by the research reserves’ System-Wide Monitoring Program and how data are collected
  • Access and plot     water quality data from 28 research reserves across the country to study factors that influence life in an estuary
  • Extend student investigations to explore extreme events, using parameters outside those addressed in this module
  • Lead students in looking for patterns and changes in water temperature, dissolved oxygen, and salinity when exploring an estuary
  • Guide authentic student-driven investigations
  • Access tools and curricula to support next-generation science standards as well as science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming

Participants should meet the following course expectations:

  1. Have a basic understanding of water quality parameters within an estuary system and the significance of parameters
  2. Review the teacher’s guide outlining the five activities that make-up this water quality module and associated resources on the website
  3. Complete a quick assignment ahead of the webinar (email to follow)
  4. Participate in evaluation of the webinar
  5. Submit a reflection statement addressing questions (required just for those interested in receiving a Data in the Classroom digital badge)

Education coordinators are available for support during the school year and provide opportunities for field-based professional development at reserves around the country. Space is limited, so reserve your webinar seat now: http://tinyurl.com/kjmdmy5

 

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,

 

 

Help Spread the Word

We have been out pushing the FMSEA message to teachers across the state at teacher in-services, workshops, and conferences. My challenge to you is to help spread the word about FMSEA to your colleagues this year. Did you know FMSEA gives a FREE membership to first year teachers? So reach out to any new teachers this year and invite them to try out FMSEA. Member applications can be found on our website.

Get Dirty to Get Clean

Many volunteer opportunities are happening in September around the state with National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 29.

Grapevine Removal at Riverwalk: A Family Park from 9 a.m. or 11 a.m., Rockledge

Get down and dirty removing invasive grapevine from the preserve at Riverwalk. Volunteers must wear long pants and closed-toed shoes; work gloves, sunscreen and long sleeves are recommended. Bottled water will be provided. You can also earn community service hours for bright futures or other programs if applicable.

Seining at Barrier Island Center from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Melbourne Beach

In recognition of National Public Lands Day join BIC biologists as they search for the amazing creatures that inhabit the Indian River Lagoon. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Closed toe water shoes required and please wear insect repellant and sunscreen. Meet on the BIC oceanfront deck at 9:30 a.m.

Kayak Paddles at Barrier Island Center from 9 a.m. or 11 a.m., Melbourne Beach

Paddle and explore with a guided hour and a half kayak tour of our precious preserve. Closed toe water shoes required and please wear insect repellant and sunscreen. Enrollment is limited to 4 tandem and 3 single kayaks per session (two sessions available). Children must paddle tandem with an adult. Meet on the BIC oceanfront deck, a half hour prior to your kayak session. Preregistration required, call 321-723-3556 to make your reservation by Thursday, September 27th.

There are many other opportunities for National Public Lands Day including shoreline cleanups, scrub jay monitoring, concerts, and more. Visit the NPLD website to search for events near you my map or zip code.

Muddy the Waters

Also on September 29 is National Estuaries Day. Find events in our National Estuarine Research Reserves by visiting the National Estuaries Day website.

Brevard Zoo will be celebrating the day with an event from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Join them for oyster mat making, oyster drilling, book readings of “An Afternoon in Mosquito Lagoon” at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., mangrove planting with FDEP, games, crafts, exhibitors, and more. Zoo admission is required.

A little further south, at the location of our 2013 annual conference, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and Smithsonian Marine Station will host their own public celebrations to commemorate the day. Event offerings will include informal presentations by staff scientists, live Indian River Lagoon organism displays, hands-on science activities, learning games, children’s entertainment, arts and crafts, food and drink concessions, and pontoon boat eco tours of the lagoon. Admission is free and shuttles are available between the two locations. For more information about event day activities occurring at FAU Harbor Branch, please call the Harbor Branch Ocean Discovery Center at 772-242-2293. For information about Museum Pointe Park event day activities, please call 772-465-3271.

Heed the Siren Song

Care for Our Manatees – Saturday, September 22nd @ 2 p.m.
Also at the Barrier Island Center in Melbourne Beach, join Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Biologists for an intimate look into the life of these gentle giants. Learn why they are an endangered species, what threats they face and what you can do to help protect and enjoy them for many years to come. Free to attend, no reservations required.

 

Southwest Regional Update – August 2012

by Dana 2012/08/22 Regional Reports

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 […]

More →

August West Central Regional update

by George 2012/08/14 Regional Reports

I hope everyone had a fantastic summer and is ready to begin the new school year! I listed some upcoming events, resources, and grants that may be of interest to our members.  If you know of a local events and or your organization is hosting an event, be sure to let me know!  Also, if […]

More →

Florida Master Naturalist Program

by Dana 2012/06/03 Regional Reports

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 […]

More →

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

More →

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 […]

More →