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

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 during a new Science Café sponsored by Mote Marine Laboratory. Mote Science Cafés are informal, community discussions that give everyone the chance to participate.

The Café will feature Dr. Katie McHugh, a researcher with the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, a partnership of the Chicago Zoological Society and Mote, and Adriel Zahniser, a registered dietitian working for Sarasota County Schools as a nutrition educator and chef.

The Dolphin Research Program conducts the world’s longest-running study of a wild dolphin population and, through her research, McHugh has documented numerous human interactions of the local dolphin Beggar. Beggar is notorious for his unhealthy and dangerous relationship with humans who illegally feed him. Chef A (Adriel Zahniser) teaches area youth about healthy eating habits and good nutrition.

Join us for the next Science Café and a conversation about healthy eating habits from 6 to 7:30 p.m. June 7 at the Half Shell Oyster House, 1991 Main St., Sarasota.

Come early to get a good seat – doors open at 5:30 p.m. Seating is limited.

Please RSVP to Mote at 941-388-4441 ext. 172. Food and drink specials available.

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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