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


I know the summer can be quite busy for most of you especially those in the informal realm. I know I’m deep into summer camps along with many other summer programs for libraries and the like. I am coming up for air to give you a quick update on a few things of interest in the near future with the first two coming up this weekend. Hope you enjoy the update.

Tour de Turtles

The Barrier Island Center is hosting their must attend soiree this Saturday followed by a sea turtle release on Sunday. The also have guided sea turtle walks offered throughout the the end of July. Find out more information on the flyer here. Also, check out their August events here for “Shark Week, Every Week.”

Oysters on the Half Shell (or Maybe That Was Shoreline)

Seminole Rest Living Shoreline Event: July 25 & 26, 2014 Oyster Restoration Help with planting native vegetation, laying oyster mats and shell bags in Canaveral National Seashore. Schedule • 8-11 Am each day @ Fellers House making shell bags (see directions below) • 11 AM – Noon each day, transport to Seminole Rest (Need people with trucks to meet at Fellers house to help transport) • Noon – 3 PM each day, deploy bags and plants (Seminole Rest, see directions below) Wear old clothes and closed toe shoes that will get wet. Bring water, food, sunscreen, insect repellant and good spirits for hard work!!! No RSVP required, Half or full day volunteers welcome Fellers House directions from UCF • Go West on University BLVD to SR-417 (Greenway) • Follow north to Lake Mary Blvd Exit • Right onto SR-427. Then right again @ light onto Lake Mary Blvd. Follow to end at SR-46 (light) • Cross SR-46 onto SR-415, follow North to light at SR-44. Turn right onto SR-44 to New Smyrna Beach • Follow SR-44 across bridge over ICW to where it changes to SR-A1A. Follow along beach south to ending at park entrance. At park gate, Identify yourself as An Oyster Volunteer Fellers House once inside the park • Follow park road south to Eldora Road, turn Right • Just past Eldora parking lot, turn right onto dirt road (look for the sign the says UCF Research Facility) • Take 1st right on driveway to Fellers House Seminole Rest (Noon – 3 PM) Located in Oak Hill on River Road just south of Goodrich’s Seafood Resturant From New Smyrna Beach • Follow US-1 South turn left at Oak hill Flea Market onto Canal Ave, • OR Left in downtown Oak Hill onto East Halifax Ave. Follow east to River Road and the park. From Titusville or Mims • Take US-1 North, turn right in downtown Oak Hill onto East Halifax Ave • OR right onto Canal Ave at the Flea Market, follow east to River Road and the park If lost call 407-443-6943 (Paul)

Get Your Name in Lights (Or At Least on a Calendar)

There is still time to enter the Indian River Lagoon Photo Contest. Your work could be featured on next year’s Indian River Lagoon Calendar. The calendar is quite the hot commodity as we can’t seem to keep them on the shelves when they come out. Be one of the people who’s pictures shows up on office walls throughout the state. Find out more information below.

IRL Photo Contest

Wish for a Fish

Would you like to use fish and invertebrates for education. Learn the how and why to collecting and keeping species in your classroom in an upcoming aquatic species collection workshop. Upon completion of the workshop you will receive a permit from FWC that will allow you to collect and keep live specimens for educational purposes. The cost of the course and permit good for 3 years is $25.  Several classes are upcoming in our region: Brevard County: Riverwalk Park, Rockledge, FL, August 9, 11:00 am-2:00 pm. Find more details and register at https://www.regonline.com/ascw-riverwalk_140809 Volusia County: Volusia County Agricultural Center, Deland, Fl, September 10. More details and registration link coming soon.

Go Beyond Green

Sure you put out recycling every Tuesday and you are now driving a Prius but do you know what it truly means to live sustainably? Find out the ins and outs of sustainable living and how it relates to our water resources and coastal areas of Florida during the upcoming Sustainable Floridians class offered by the Brevard County Extension Service starting on August 20.

What Can 4H Do For You?

Learn all about the programs offered by 4H in this open house in Brevard County on September 5.

Regional Outing

Our sister region (West Central) is having a regional outing on Saturday August 30, 2014 at 10 a.m. though if you are interested in attending you are more than welcome. This outing will be held at Canterbury School of Florida. 990 62nd Ave NE, St Petersburg, FL 33702 They will be viewing the documentary Shark Water: For filmmaker Rob Stewart, exploring sharks began as an underwater adventure. What it turned into was a beautiful and dangerous life journey into the balance of life on earth. Driven by passion fed from a lifelong fascination with sharks, Stewart debunks historical stereotypes and media depictions of sharks as bloodthirsty, man-eating monsters and reveals the reality of sharks as pillars in the evolution of the seas. Filmed in visually stunning, high definition video, Sharkwater takes you into the most shark rich waters of the world, exposing the exploitation and corruption surrounding the world’s shark populations in the marine reserves of Cocos Island, Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. The running time for the film is 89 minutes. After the film viewing they will have a lesson plan sharing session with everyone in the Cousteau Center for Marine Studies. Refreshments will be provided. To RSVP for this outing please click on the link below: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/11flV3BDWTgIKkgRWOvV_rmUSXbm05B9lQIcpMf6dT9Y/viewform?usp=send_form That’s all for now but remember if you have any items you think would be of interest to our members don’t hesitate to pass them along to me at rd-eastcentral@fmsea.org. We also have a board meeting coming up on August 2-3, if there are any topics you’d like me to bring up to the board please let me know.

We had a great annual conference in Panama City Beach. For those who couldn’t make the trek, not to worry, we’re bringing it back into the peninsula next year. Mark your calendars for April 30-May 3, 2015, when the conference will be in Tampa. Also, don’t forget that if you didn’t attend the conference you will need to renew your membership. We voted at the annual conference to change the bylaws to have membership coincide with the FMSEA fiscal year. So that means your memberships now extend until June 30 of this year but that doesn’t mean you can’t renew now while you are thinking about it. For only $20 a year you will not only receive these great notices of upcoming events from me but will also be eligible for scholarships for professional development opportunities, and free/reduced admission to many great marine facilities around the state. Now on to the upcoming events.

Save a Shore

The Brevard Zoo and UCF need your help to restore shoreline along the Indian River Lagoon. Assist in prepping installing oyster mats along Canaveral National Seashore and Fort Mose Historic State Park. Several dates are available, see below, and the boat based deployments do required preregistration. Contact Jody Palmer, jpalmer@brevardzoo.org, with any questions you may have.

Living Shoreline Work Days

Barrier Island Events

May is a busy time at the Barrier Island Center including a talk this Thursday on sea horse conservation from research scientist, Nancy Ho. See all the events going on at the BIC right here.

 Fish Tales

The Brevard County Extension Service’s Marine Agent, Holly Abeels, will be hosting a Marine Fisheries Regulations Workshop on July 11th from 10am-2pm at the Cocoa Beach Library. Registration info isn’t up yet but will show up soon at: http://bce-marinescience.eventbrite.com. The workshop is designed for resource managers, law enforcement personnel, harbor masters, park rangers and others who routinely interact with anglers or are interested in the topics presented. Topics covered will include (1) update on federal fisheries management regulations and outreach, (2) update on state fishing management and regulations, (3) fishing license requirements and FWC law enforcement update, (4) lionfish regulations and research, and (5) fish descending gear use.

Now For One With Bite

John Hopkins University Press has put out a great new book on sharks from Gene Helfman and George H. Burgess (International Shark Attack File). Check out more information here and get the code for 30% off the price of the book.

Biology In Baja

Green Edventures is inviting teachers, informal marine educators from nature centers and zoos and aquariums, college professors, and instructors from dive centers to visit and experience their flagship program in La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico, July 10-13, 2014 for free.  Contact Tara by May 15, 2014; open until spaces are filled. Contact Tara at tara@greenedventures.com

February 2014 Update

by Brandon 2014/02/14 East Central

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, […]

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East Central Regional Update July 2013

by Brandon 2013/07/12 East Central

First of all I would like to update you on our next East Central Regional Outing I have in the works. I have been planning with the staff at Pelican Island National Wildlife refuge to have a regional outing to explore the refuge by e-tram in the morning. We can then visit the nearby Barrier […]

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East Central Regional Update June 2013

by Brandon 2013/06/07 East Central

Many things are happening over the summer. Hope you find something of interest in these opportunities. Also, you have until the end of the month to renew your membership if you didn’t attend the conference and haven’t sent in your membership dues to FMSEA yet. Regional Workshops First, I will be hosting an aquatic species […]

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East Central Regional Update January 2013

by Brandon 2013/01/25 East Central

I know it has been a few weeks since you last heard from me. I hope you all enjoyed the Fishmas installments. Things have been busy for me and I’m excited to have been accepted into both New England Aquarium’s National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation and NOAA’s Climate Stewards. I’ll be attending […]

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East Central Report: June Update Addendum

by Brandon 2012/06/09 East Central

I’d like to welcome our newest members to the East Central Region and welcome back our current members. Our membership secretary told me that we have had some of the highest mail in renewals of any region which makes me proud. I’m sorry that those of you who had to mail in your renewals were […]

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East Central Report: June Update

by Brandon 2012/05/25 East Central

Greetings, once again. I’m sending out the June regional announcement a little early, as there are multiple things going on at the beginning of the month that I don’t want you to miss out on. I hope those who attended the conference had a great time and have had some time to rest and recover […]

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