Oct
19
8:30 AM08:30

Duff Fire Science and Management Workshop

Join the Southern Fire Exchange and our workshop partners (USDA Forest Service, Tall Timbers Research Station, FSU Coastal and Marine Lab and the Apalachicola Regional Stewardship Alliance) as we bridge the gap between science and management when it comes to issues related to duff fires in southeastern upland ecosystems. Presentations at this one day workshop will include the latest science and management information related to pine mortality associated with fires in sites with heavy duff loads.

After a catered lunch we’ll visit a nearby long-unburned longleaf stand that has a heavy duff accumulation to discuss strategies, science and options for management success.

What: Workshop and Field Visit on Duff Fire Science and Management

Who: Land Managers, Consultants, Researchers, Landowners, Students

When: Thurs. Oct. 19, 2017 8:30 - 3:30 PM ET

Where: FSU Marine Lab. St. Teresa, Florida

SAF CFE Credit Expected. Lunch, snacks and materials will be provided. Hurry! Seats are limited and registration ends Oct. 13th.

Click Here for More Details and to Register

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FLTWS Grass Identification Workshop
Oct
18
to Oct 19

FLTWS Grass Identification Workshop

Florida Chapter of The Wildlife Society Grass Identification Workshop

October 18-19, 2017

UF-IFAS Range Cattle REC

3401 Experiment Station

Ona, FL 33865

 

This 2-day workshop will be taught by Brent Sellers and Greg Hendricks, and will include indoor and outdoor classroom exercises in identification and management of native and invasive grasses in Central Florida. 

Registration is $35.00 for FLTWS members, $15.00 for students, and $60.00 for non-members.  Class size is limited so please register soon. The deadline for registration is October 11, 2017, but late registration may be allowed if slots are still available at a cost of $70.00.

Grass ID workshop
60.00

Registration includes 2 lunches and materials

This 2-day workshop will be taught by Brent Sellers and Greg Hendricks, and will include indoor and outdoor classroom exercises in identification and management of native and invasive grasses in Central Florida.    

LODGING: Local lodging may be found at the Best Western Heritage Inn & Suites in Bowling Green for $90/night Govt Rate; or Holiday Inn Express in Arcadia for $106/night Govt Rate. Both hotels are approximately 20 miles from meeting location. Reservations can be made by calling the hotels directly: Best Western: 863-773-2378; Holiday Inn: 863-494-5900. There are no designated room blocks, so reserve rooms early.     

Students: enter promo code STUDENT at checkout to get a $45 discount.

FLTWS members: enter promo code MEMBER at checkout to get a $25 discount.                                                                          

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An agenda can be downloaded by clicking here

LODGING: Local lodging may be found at the Best Western Heritage Inn & Suites in Bowling Green for $90/night Govt Rate; or Holiday Inn Express in Arcadia for $106/night Govt Rate. Both hotels are approximately 20 miles from meeting location. Reservations can be made by calling the hotels directly: Best Western: 863-773-2378; Holiday Inn: 863-494-5900. There are no designated room blocks.

Hosted by:

UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences:
Range Cattle Research & Education Center
Florida Chapter of the Wildlife Society

SPEAKER INFORMATION

Capt. Greg Hendricks owns and operates Florida Eco Enterprises, LLC which focuses on ecological consulting and ecological boat tours. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Rangeland Ecosystems Management from the University of Florida, and has 34 years of experience with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida and Washington DC as a Rangeland Specialist and State Resource Conservationist. Today, he provides rangeland ecology, pasture management and grazing system recommendations to NRCS on their conservation easement properties and assists the USFWS on rangeland evaluations for the Florida grasshopper sparrow.  He is active with the Florida Native Plant Society, Sea Turtle Preservation Society - Stranding Team, Florida Master Naturalist Program, and the central Brevard County U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Contact Information: Phone: (352) 339-1148

Email: Gatorgregh@gmail.com  

Dr. Brent A. Sellers is an Associate Professor of Agronomy, specializing in Weed Science at the University of Florida-IFAS Range Cattle Research and Education Center.  He is a native of Bourbon, Indiana and received his B.S. degree in Biology and M.S. degree in Botany and Plant Pathology (Weed Science specialization) from Purdue University in 1995 and 1999, respectively.  He received his Ph.D. in Agronomy from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2003.  Dr. Sellers joined the department of Agronomy at the Range Cattle Research and Education Center in 2004 with the responsibilities of weed management in pastures, rangeland, natural areas, and rights-of-way, including biology and management of non-native, invasive species. He has served on numerous committees within the University of Florida including the UF-IFASInvasive Plant Working Group and serves as a member on the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Noxious Weed and Invasive Plant Committee. He is the author or co-author of 42 journal articles, 54 Extension fact sheets, and 79 non-refereed trade journal articles. Dr. Sellers has received numerous awards during his career including The Florida Cattlemen’s Researcher of the Year, The Florida Association of County Agricultural Agents Extension Specialist of the Year, UF-IFAS Extension Dallas Townsend Extension Professional Enhancement Award, and the Sadler Distinguished Professional and Enhancement Award for his contributions to clientele in the state of Florida.

Contact Information: Phone: (863) 735-1314 x207; Mobile: (863) 441-3064

Email: sellersb@ufl.edu

Dr. Raoul Boughton spent 5 years with Archbold biological station determining how best to encourage wildlife and promote conservation efforts on Florida ranches. He has been with UF IFAS Range Cattle and Education Center since 2014, working on the impacts of feral swine and coyotes on ranchlands. Rangeland Scientist | Wildlife Assistant Professor Department of Wildlife, Ecology and Conservation University of Florida – IFAS | Range Cattle Research and Education Center 3401 Experiment Station | Ona, Florida 33865

Contact Information: Phone: (863) 735 1314 ext. 216; Mobile: (863) 840 3678

Email: rboughton@ufl.edu

Dr. Elizabeth “Betsey” Boughton is the research director of Archbold Biological Station’s MacArthur Agroecology Research Center (MAERC) in Lake Placid, FL.  MAERC is operated as a commercial cattle ranch that serves as a research platform to investigate ecological and economic challenges on working landscapes.  Betsey facilitates visiting researchers and graduate students on MAERC as well as maintaining an active research program on community structure and ecosystem function of wetlands and grasslands.  In addition, Betsey manages several long-term ecological monitoring projects including surface water monitoring on thousands of acres of ranchlands in the Northern Everglades.

Contact Information Phone: (863) 699-02421 ext. 2 | Mobile: (863) 840-3673
Email: eboughton@archbold-station.org

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Oct
13
to Oct 15

Florida Birding and Nature Festival

Hillsborough Community College, South Shore Campus will again host the 2107 Florida Birding and Nature Festival Friday, October 13-Sunday, October 15, 2017. The 3-day day festival will be held on the college’s campus in Ruskin, and features local and national bird, butterfly, and reptile experts presenting interesting seminars and leading field trips to nature parks and preserves throughout West Central Florida  during the peak of the fall bird migration. 

Social events with keynote speakers will be held October 13, 14, and 15 at the Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin.  A kick-off gathering will be held at the Tiki Bar in Little Harbor, Ruskin on Thursday evening.  The Friday and Saturday event tickets include dinner and social hour at 5:30 pm followed by the presentation. Sunday’s social includes lunch and a panel presentation.

Festival goers choose from among 35 seminars on topics from Tegu lizards and tarpon to diamondback terrapins; bird identification and rehabilitation; landscaping to attract wildlife, and the basics of nature photography.

Half-day field trips will span coastal to inland  destinations in five-county region –  including Celery Fields in Sarasota, Perico Preserve in Manatee County, major restoration sites in Hillsborough County, Audubon’s  Alafia Bank Bird Sanctuary; Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge; Fort De Soto Park in Pinellas County and Circle B Bar Reserve in Polk County.  Boat trips include a search for diamondback terrapins, shorebirds at Outback Key, and wading birds at Alafia Banks.  Two wagon trips, one exclusively for families, will tour Lower Green Swamp Preserve.

Registration for the field trips ranges from $30 to $65, with a special rate for students. Children under 12 are free and a special children’s program will be held on Saturday, October 14.  Online registration is available at www.fbnfestival.org

Event attendees will also have the opportunity to visit the free Nature Expo, featuring local businesses, optics, bird tours, book sellers, and nature related craft, art and gifts. 

Dr. James ‘Buddy’ Powell, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Sea to Shore Alliance, will give a keynote presentation Friday evening on the recovery and on-going efforts to maintain the manatee population.

Resee Collins, Eagle & Rehabilitation Permit Coordinator for the Southeast Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), will keynote the Saturday evening session.  Her presentation will highlight the natural history and recovery of the Bald Eagle in Florida through a combined approach of wildlife rehabilitation, ongoing research, citizen science, and state/federal regulatory permitting, including interesting ‘eagle stories’.  A live eagle is promised to be in attendance at the Festival!

Sunday after lunch at 1:00 pm a panel of state experts will offer insights into the value of a healthy ecosystem to the community.  Besides the economic impacts of ecotourism, a growing body of research indicates significant financial value through ecosystem services and savings in health care costs. Learn the economic arguments for environmental protection from an engaging panel of experts. This should be of special interest to anyone interested in protecting and promoting our environment.  Local government officials are especially encouraged to attend. 

Current sponsors include TECO, Tampa, Clearwater, St Petersburg, Sarasota, Manatee and Eagle Audubon Societies, Hillsborough Community College South Shore, Hubbard’s Marina, Hillsborough County Conservation and Environmental Lands Management, Little Harbor and more.

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Advanced GIS Workshop: Python scripting and GIS Programming
Jun
12
to Jun 15

Advanced GIS Workshop: Python scripting and GIS Programming

Upcoming GIS Workshops at Tall Timbers Research Station

 

Tall Timbers Research Station is hosting 2 GIS workshops this Spring/Summer.

 12 – 15 June 2017   – Advanced GIS Workshop: Python scripting and GIS Programming

 

Please visit our website for more information and for an application form. 

Note: There is a maximum number of workshop participants for each workshop so reserve your spot soon!

            A limited amount of on-site lodging will also be available!!

 

Instructors:                 Theron M. Terhune, PhD, GISp & Joe Noble, GIS Specialist

Course Website:         http://www.gis.ttrs.org/GISHome.html

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GIS Workshop: Applied Geospatial Solutions in Natural Resources
May
22
to May 25

GIS Workshop: Applied Geospatial Solutions in Natural Resources

Upcoming GIS Workshops at Tall Timbers Research Station

 

Tall Timbers Research Station is hosting 2 GIS workshops this Spring/Summer.

 

22 – 25 May 2017 – GIS Workshop: Applied Geospatial Solutions in Natural Resources

 

Please visit our website for more information and for an application form. 

Note: There is a maximum number of workshop participants for each workshop so reserve your spot soon!

            A limited amount of on-site lodging will also be available!!

 

Instructors:                 Theron M. Terhune, PhD, GISp & Joe Noble, GIS Specialist

Course Website:         http://www.gis.ttrs.org/GISHome.html

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May
18
8:00 AM08:00

Managing for diversity across Florida’s Unique Landscape

Managing for diversity across Florida’s Unique Landscape

This workshop builds understanding of management and restoration approaches for conserving biodiversity; Participants will:

·         Develop a monitoring plan that assesses trends in biodiversity over time

·         Learn about the role of restoration in maintaining biodiversity over the long term

·         Compare ways to control invasive and non-native plant/animal species that threaten Florida's biodiversity

·         Learn how to prioritize which invasive species are most deserving of early treatment

·         Identify factors responsible for Florida's high biodiversity

·         Discover sources of information on biodiversity in Florida

·         Understand threats to biodiversity and strategies that can be used to abate these threats

·         Become aware of biodiversity protection laws and how environmental laws are enforced

 

Presented in a hybrid format (both the online and in-person trainings are required)

In-person Training: One day in-person training on May 18, 2017 at Morningside Nature Center in Gainesville FL

Pre-coursework Online: Approximately 16 hours, to be completed at your own pace between April 3 - May 12, 2017.

Registration Fee: $225 (includes lunch, coffee, snacks; does not include lodging)

Note: Group registration rates may be available for one employer registering >2 participants — please contact the workshop coordinator for details

For more information and to register for this workshop, go HERE

To learn more about the Natural Areas Training Academy, go to our website

For more information, contact:

Shelly Johnson, Workshop Coordinator

Natural Areas Training Academy

(850) 875-7153

shelly.johnson@ufl.edu

http://wec.ufl.edu/nata

 

Natural Areas Training Academy in its 17th year of training land managers!

The mission of the Natural Areas Training Academy (aka “NATA”) is to create a network of land managers with current knowledge and skills to conserve Florida’s resources. Nearly two decades ago, a group of visionary natural resource professionals recognized the value of developing a standardized training program for natural areas managers in Florida. These enterprising individuals convened a group of experienced land management professionals representing numerous agencies and organizations to summarize the expertise and skills they believed job candidates would need to be competitive for jobs, which was then packaged into a series of multi-day workshops. To meet the demand for trained personnel, the Natural Areas Training Academy was developed to deliver these workshops through a partnership of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and The University of Florida/IFAS Extension.

NATA welcomes anyone with an interest in natural areas to attend individual workshops or complete the certificate program. Each course bring together regional natural areas management experts from numerous agencies and organizations to provide training and share experiences with less experienced natural areas managers.  Courses are typically 2 days in-person (plus 8 hours online) and held throughout the state. In 2016, there were 123 participants representing more than 40 organizations, including all levels of government agencies (state, federal, county, and city), private consulting firms, military, universities, non-profits and the private sector.

The Certificate in Natural Areas Management is offered by NATA to individuals who complete a series of 5 ‘core’ certificate courses covering the topics identified as most important by practitioners in the field. The series may be completed in any order, and there is no time limit to complete the series.

 

 

 

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May
3
to May 4

Managing Visitors and Volunteers in Natural Areas

Managing Visitors and Volunteers in Natural Areas

This workshop provides guidance on how to integrate visitors and volunteers into natural areas management; Participants will:

  • Learn to effectively and appropriately plan recreation opportunities (trails, facilities, etc.) for visitor use
  • Create effective and informative interpretation for visitors
  • Develop an understanding of benefits and challenges of managing a volunteer program
  • Learn about the types of trainings and legal issues required for a volunteer program
  • Learn how to recruit volunteers and the important elements of volunteer job descriptions
  • Apply knowledge of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines to develop new facilities and evaluate existing ones

 

Presented in a hybrid format (both the online and in-person trainings are required)

In-person Training: Two day in-person training on May 3 & 4, 2017 at Gold Head Branch State Park in Keystone Heights, FL (email coordinator for detailed agenda).

Pre-coursework Online:  Approximately 8 hours, to be completed at your own pace between April 3 - 28, 2017.

Registration Fee: $275 (includes lunches, coffee, snacks; does not include lodging)

Note: Group registration rates may be available for one employer registering >2 participants — please contact the workshop coordinator for details

For more information and to register for this workshop, go HERE

To learn more about the Natural Areas Training Academy, go to our website

For more information, contact:

Shelly Johnson, Workshop Coordinator

Natural Areas Training Academy

(850) 875-7153

shelly.johnson@ufl.edu

http://wec.ufl.edu/nata

 

Natural Areas Training Academy in its 17th year of training land managers!

The mission of the Natural Areas Training Academy (aka “NATA”) is to create a network of land managers with current knowledge and skills to conserve Florida’s resources. Nearly two decades ago, a group of visionary natural resource professionals recognized the value of developing a standardized training program for natural areas managers in Florida. These enterprising individuals convened a group of experienced land management professionals representing numerous agencies and organizations to summarize the expertise and skills they believed job candidates would need to be competitive for jobs, which was then packaged into a series of multi-day workshops. To meet the demand for trained personnel, the Natural Areas Training Academy was developed to deliver these workshops through a partnership of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and The University of Florida/IFAS Extension.

NATA welcomes anyone with an interest in natural areas to attend individual workshops or complete the certificate program. Each course bring together regional natural areas management experts from numerous agencies and organizations to provide training and share experiences with less experienced natural areas managers.  Courses are typically 2 days in-person (plus 8 hours online) and held throughout the state. In 2016, there were 123 participants representing more than 40 organizations, including all levels of government agencies (state, federal, county, and city), private consulting firms, military, universities, non-profits and the private sector.

The Certificate in Natural Areas Management is offered by NATA to individuals who complete a series of 5 ‘core’ certificate courses covering the topics identified as most important by practitioners in the field. The series may be completed in any order, and there is no time limit to complete the series.

 

 

 

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Apr
5
to Apr 7

FLTWS 2017 Spring Meeting

FLTWS 2017 Spring Meeting
April 5 - 7
Orlando Hilton Garden Inn - SeaWorld
6850 Westwood Boulevard • Orlando, Florida 32821

PROGRAM

AGENDA

REGISTER

 

***EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS March 15, 2017***

The Florida Chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its annual Spring Meeting at the Orlando Hilton Garden Inn - SeaWorld, 6850 Westwood Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32821. The special meeting room rate is $114 per night with a valid tax exempt certificate. Our room block will be held until March 14, 2017, so make your room reservations soon! Rooms can be reserved at HERE.

The conference theme is New Techniques in Wildlife Research & Management, but papers and posters dealing with any wildlife-related topic are encouraged, including ecology, economics, management, restoration, risk assessment, policy and regulation, evolutionary biology, and interdisciplinary projects.

Continuing education credits will be offered for the Meeting. Social events will include a pool-side networking event on Wednesday, natural history quiz contest during Meeting breaks, poster session mixer, and the popular awards ceremony banquet dinner on Thursday.   There will be a special pre-conference behind-the-scenes tour of SeaWorld’s animal rescue program on Wednesday morning. Friday includes a workshop on analyzing animal movement data or field trips to Shingle Creek conservation areas (urban fire ecology) or Lake Tohopekaliga (snail kite ecology/lake management).

The deadline for submitting presentation and poster abstracts is 1 March 2017. Abstracts will be edited and included in a meeting program booklet; proceedings will not be published. For more information, including submission details and guidelines, please visit CALL FOR PAPERS.

STUDENTS!!!! Student papers and posters are greatly encouraged, and as extra incentive, we will award cash prizes for the best student paper ($100) and best student poster ($50). Additional incentives to attend include reduced registration fee and a FREE 1-night double occupancy room stay, available on a first-come basis. If you want to take advantage of the free room stay, please contact Monica Folk at monica.folk@fltws.org for scheduling and details; some volunteer time is required.

A limited number of non-student travel grants are available. See HERE for the grant application and submission instructions.

Please note that travel grant applications are due by March 15 and notification will be given by March 29. If your grant application is submitted on time, even if it is not approved, we will honor the early registration fee.

REGISTRATION - Register Online Here. (Prices include pre-meeting field trip to SeaWorld, conference program, evening socials (2 nights), morning coffee, meeting breaks/snacks, and Thursday banquet. Friday field trips or movement data workshop available on first-come basis, with slight charge for logistics as required).

·      Members - $125 prior to March 15; $145 after March 15

·      Nonmembers - $155 prior to March 15; $175 after March 15

·      Students - $75 prior to March 15; $95 after March 15

 

-Banquet dinners for additional guests can be purchased for $35 each

-Lake Toho Airboat field trips $10/person

-Student/Mentor Breakfast $5/person (onsite)

-A $25 cancellation fee will apply to registrations cancelled after March 31.

Lodging
The Meeting will take place on April 5-7, 2017 at the Orlando Hilton Garden Inn - SeaWorld, 6850 Westwood Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32821. The special meeting room rate is $114 per night with a valid tax exempt certificate. Our room block will be held until March 14, 2017, so make your room reservations soon! Rooms can be reserved at HERE.

Be a Sponsor or Exhibitor!

The FLTWS Meeting is a great opportunity to build relationships and support wildlife research and management by registering as an exhibitor and/or sponsor. Sponsor opportunities include door prizes, silent auction items, refreshment breaks, education/ research grants, and field trip coordination, just to name a few. If you have additional questions, please contact Mark Ausley, Fundraising Co-Chair at mark@btc-inc.com.

Workshops and Field Trips

The meeting includes a pre-conference walking tour of SeaWorld’s animal rescue program on Wednesday morning, and a workshop and several field trips on Friday morning. Each activity will be over by lunchtime. Plan to bring appropriate field gear, water and sun protection for the field trips. Click here for additional information, and please pre-register for chosen activities, as they will fill up quickly.

 

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Feb
18
5:00 PM17:00

UF Beast Feast

The University of Florida Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society is looking for meat donations for their annual fundraiser, Beast Feast. Beast Feast is a conservation event with a buffet dinner featuring game meat and invasive species, an outdoor-oriented silent auction, raffle, and educational booths. This event funds their chapter, providing them with opportunities to attend conferences, educational trips, and the TWS Southeastern Conclave, a competition where members get to compete with other college chapters in wildlife academics and practical field skills. Beast Feast will be held early February, and officers can travel to pick up any donations prior to the event. All donations are tax deductible and donors will be publicized. If you have any meat or in-kind donations for their event, please contact Vice President Ashley Meade at UFBeastFeast@gmail.com.

 

Tickets can be purchased here.

 

The event will be held at the Heartwood Soundstage in Gainesville, FL

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Nov
29
to Dec 1

Fire & Longleaf F201

The Longleaf Alliance’s

Longleaf Academy:

Fire & Longleaf F201

 

Sponsored by:

Florida Forest Service

 

This 2 1/2-day course is designed for landowners and natural resource professionals of all experience levels interested in the use of prescribed fire in longleaf pine forests. The goals of this course are to develop lifelong students of fire and to educate land managers about longleaf- specific considerations when planning a prescribed burn.

Participants are highly encouraged to pursue the certified burner process in their home state in conjunction with taking Fire & Longleaf:F201.

Topics will include:

  • fire ecology                          •    smoke management techniques

  • fire in young longleaf       •    fire weather parameters

  • ignition patterns               •    returning fire to long-unburned stands

  • fireline tools                       •    burn planning

 

Weather permitting, we will incorporate a live fire demonstration to give students the opportunity to observe and participate in a prescribed burn.

Date:  Tuesday, November 29 (0800), 2016 —

            Thursday, December 1 (1200), 2016

 

Location:  Withlacoochee Training Center

                    24059 Childs Road, Brooksville, FL  34601

 

Cost:  $200per participant and includes registration fee,

            lodging, materials, and all meals

 

LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE.  SAF-CFEs will be issued. This course

satisfies  the  training  requirement  for  Florida  Certified  Prescribed Burner renewals.

For more Information or to Register:

Call  Casey White at 334-427-1029  or email:  Office@longleafalliance.org

 

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Oct
25
to Oct 28

Prescribed Fire for Wildlife

PRESCRIBED FIRE FOR WILDLIFE

Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy

Florida Chapter of The Wildlife Society

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

 

Tall Timbers is pleased to once again host “PRESCRIBED FIRE FOR WILDLIFE” on October 25-28, 2016.  This training session is designed for land managers and wildlife stewards.  This session will focus on wildlife habitat management opportunities associated with prescribed fire in Florida.  Additional co-sponsors include the Florida Chapter of The Wildlife Society and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Tall Timbers is located in the heart of the Red Hills between Tallahassee, Florida and Thomasville, Georgia.  The training session will be held at the E. V. Komarek Science Education Center, 3093 Henry Beadel Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32312.  This training combines classroom lectures, panel discussions, and field exercises covering a variety of wildlife and habitats.  It includes sections addressing how ignition plans can be developed and implemented to meet specific wildlife objectives while minimizing risk.

Tall Timbers was originally a hunting plantation owned by Henry L. Beadel. In his will, Beadel left his land and resources to create “a fire type nature preserve … to conduct research on the effects of fire on quail, turkey and other wildlife, as well as on vegetation of value as cover and food for wildlife, and experiments on burning for said objectives.” The land surrounding the lecture hall includes the "Stoddard Fire Plots" and   provides an ideal 'outdoor classroom' for field exercises examining how prescribed fire can benefit wildlife.  For more information on Tall Timbers, please visit Tall Timbers Research Station | Stewards of Wildlife & Wildlands

The Florida Chapter of the Wildlife Society is handling registration and since class size is limited early registration is encouraged.   Registration is $175.00 and the deadline is October 11, 2016.  Late registration may be allowed if slots are still available at a cost of $200.00.   Preferred registration: online here  (state or federal pcards accepted) or mail the attached form to the listed address.

Not a member of the Florida Chapter of the Wildlife Society?  Find out how you can do even more for Florida's Wildlife.  Visit our website and join with a free membership for the first year. 

LODGING INFO

We have reserved a block of rooms as the Wildlife Group at the Residence Inn by Marriott, 1880 Raymond Diehl Road, Tallahassee, FL 32308.  The Residence Inn (North) is located near the Intersection of I-10 (Exit#203) and Thomasville Road (US 319).  The rate for these rooms is $105.00 per night plus tax but reservations must be made by October 11th.  Tax exempt status should be documented at Check-in.  Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly 850.422.0093 or by visiting our wildlife group reservation link http://cwp.marriott.com/tlhri/wildlifegroup/   

 

For those looking for alternate lodging there are numerous hotels along I-10 and in the Tallahassee area.  Alternative dormitory style lodging may also be available for those with limited travel budgets.

 

For additional information about this class please contact: Jim Schortemeyer

                                                                                              239.455.5847

                                                                                              mailto:Schortfire@aol.com

 

Download a registration form  or register online here

       

Agenda

TUESDAY October 25

12:00-13:00   Check in and Orientation

13:00-13:15   Introduction

13:15-13:45   Tall Timbers Research Station: The Legacy Continues

13:45-14:15   Fire Effects on Hardwood Stem Kill

14:15-14:45   "Fire Birds", Beyond Bob White Quail 

14:45-17:30   Field Exercise and Orientation Tall Timbers and the Red Hills

17:30-19:00Welcome to Tall Timbers

 

WEDNESDAY October 26

08:00-08:30   Prescribed Fire and Habitat Management Principles

08:30-09:30   Ecological Functions and the Fire Environment

09:30-10:00   Planning and Implementation; Keys to Success

10:00-10:45   Using Prescribed Fire for Restoration and Management of Bobwhite Quail

10:45-11:15FWC Programs Supporting Rx Fire

11:15-12:00   Prescribed Fire for Reptiles and Amphibians

 LUNCH       (PROVIDED)

13:00-13:45   Prescribed Fire Considerations for Panther And Bear

13:45-14:30   Prescribed Fire Recommendations for Turkey

14:30-15:00   Scrub Jay Management on Merritt Island NWR  

15:00-16:00   Panel Discussion: Integrating Research and Management and Student Topics  

16:00-17:30+ Field Exercise: Incorporating Wildlife Benefits in Rx Fire Programs

 

THURSDAY October 27

08:00-08:30   Deer Management and Rx Fire

08:30-09:15   Prescribed Fire for Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers and Bald Eagles

09:15-10:00   Fire in Wetlands

10:00-10:30   Fire Management on the Babcock\Webb WMA              

10:30-11:00   Fire on Private Lands; Challenges and Opportunities

11:00-11:30   Ecosystem Restoration on Eglin AFB.  The role of fire and mechanical treatments

11:30-12:00   Integrating Prescribed Fire & Mechanical Treatments, North Florida

LUNCH        (PROVIDED)

13:00-13:30   Specific Techniques for Scrub Habitat and Wildlife

13:30-14:00   Adaptive Management for Royal Tern Nesting Habitat

14:00-15:30   Panel Discussion:  Evaluating Prescribed Fires & Wildlife Responses

15:30-18:00+ Field Exercise: (Continued)

 

FRIDAY October 28

08:00-08:30   People and Wildlife: Managing Cattle, and Caracaras

08:30-10:00   Panel Discussion:  Topics Submitted by Participants

10:00-11:00   Student Presentations on Field Exercise

11:00-12:00   Final Exam

 

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Sep
8
to Sep 9

Florida Chapter of The Wildlife Society Grass Identification Workshop

  • UF-IFAS Range Cattle REC (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This Workshop has been cancelled

 

Florida Chapter of
The Wildlife Society
Grass Identification Workshop
September 8-9,
2016

UF-IFAS Range Cattle REC

3401 Experiment Station

Ona, FL 33865

This 2-day workshop will be taught by Brent Sellers and Greg Hendricks, and will include indoor and outdoor classroom exercises in identification and management of native and invasive grasses in Central Florida.

Draft agenda can be found here.      

Registration is $25.00 for FLTWS members and $50.00 for non-members and class size is limited so please register soon. The deadline for registration September 5, 2016, but late registration may be allowed if slots are still available at a cost of $60.00. Register Here, or download a registration form. 

LODGING: We have reserved a block of rooms as the Wildlife Society of Florida at the Best Western Heritage Inn & Suites2727 US Highway 17 N Bowling Green, Florida, 33834-5124.  The Best Western is located at the Northwest corner of the US HWY 17 and SR 62 intersection in Hardee County.  The rate for these rooms is $89.00 per night plus tax, unless tax exempt (tax exempt status should be documented at Check-in).  Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly 863-773-2378.

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Aug
26
to Dec 2

Florida Master Naturalist Program: Freshwater Systems Course

Leon County Extension and

The Tallahassee Museum Announce

 

FLORIDA MASTER NATURALIST PROGRAM:  FRESHWATER SYSTEMS COURSE

August 26 – December 2, 2016

 

This course consists of 40 contact hours, including classroom presentations, instructional videos, interpretive speaking practice, field trips and completion of group projects. See attached flyer for more details.

 

COURSE FEE: $225 Registration Deadline August 22, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

For more information about the course and to register go to:  http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/fmnp/fs16-15.html

  

For questions, contact Rosalyn Kilcollins (850) 570-8889 or Roztally@@embarqmail.com

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Aug
9
to Aug 12

Wildland Firefighter Training S-130/190

S130/190 Basic Wildland Firefighter Training

PRESENTED IN A HYBRID FORMAT
(Both the online and in-person trainings are required)

Online access: July 25 - August 5, 2016

AND

In-person: August 9 - 12, 2016

Fees:
$125 - General Registration

$75 - Student Registration

REGISTER HERE

 

This course is designed to provide entry-level firefighter skills, and is often required for participation in prescribed burning activities. Participants will receive federally-recognized NWCG certificates for S130, S190, and L180.

Course topics include:

  • Environmental factors of fuels, weather, and topography that affect the spread of wildland fire
  • Proper tactics to extinguish fire with or without the use of water
  • Why lookouts, communications, escape routes, and safety zones are important
  • The primary factors affecting the start and spread of wildfire
  • How to recognize potentially hazardous situations

Online trainings: Prior to the in-person training, participants MUST complete two self-paced online trainings:

  • The FEMA IS-100 course online (2-4 hours of training; must bring proof of completion on Aug 9, 2016)
  • The online S190 course (6-8 hours of training, link provided on July 25, 2016; test to be taken on first day of in-person training).


In-person training:

  • Classroom: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday (8/9, 8/10, 8/12) will consist of classroom instruction at the Doyle Conner Building in Gainesville, FL
  • Field: Thursday (8/11) will be an all-day field training at Ordway-Swisher Biological Station in Melrose, FL

What to bring:

  • Classroom training:
    • IS-100 Completion certificate
    • Lunch (lunch is only provided on Thursday)
       
    Field training:
    • 6 inch or higher leather boots
    • Leather gloves
    • PPE (optional)

 

REGISTER HERE

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Jun
8
to Jun 9

S-131/133 Firefighter Type 1/Look up, Look Down, Look Around

S-131/133 Firefighter Type 1/Look up, Look Down, Look Around

8 - 9 June, 2016 in Gainesville, FL

With completion of this classroom training you will receive 2 certificates (S-131 and S-133). There is no pre-course work required; it is recommended that participants have completed S130/S190 training.


S-131 Firefighter Type 1: This course designed to meet the training needs of the Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1). This course is designed to be interactive in nature. It contains several tactical decision games designed to facilitate learning the objectives and class discussion. Topics include fireline reference materials, communications, and tactical decision making.

S-133 Look Up, Look Down, Look Around: This course is designed to train Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5) and Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) to identify environmental factors and indicators of hazardous fire conditions, and how to use these indicators when implementing the Risk Management Process.

  • Dates: 8 - 9 June, 2016
  • Location: Doyle Conner Building, Gainesville FL
  • Registration: $100
  • Food and Lodging: Participants are responsible for their own meals and lodging
  • Recommended: Prior completion of S130/S190 training
  • REQUIRED: Participants must bring their own IRPG to the training

Register

Registration closes May 13, 2016

Cancellation requests are subject to a $50 fee;

no refunds will be offered after registration closes

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May
4
to May 5

Managing Visitors and Volunteers in Natural Areas

Managing Visitors and Volunteers in Natural Areas

Presented in a hybrid format (a combination of online and in-person training), this workshop will provide guidance on how to integrate visitors and volunteers into natural areas management.

Online: 1 April - 2 May 2016
In-person: 4 - 5 May 2016, Gold Head Branch State Park, Keystone Heights FL


In this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn to effectively and appropriately plan recreation opportunities (trails, facilities, etc.) for visitor use
  • Create effective and informative interpretation for visitors
  • Develop an understanding of benefits and challenges of managing a volunteer program
  • Learn about the types of trainings and legal issues required for a volunteer program
  • Learn how to recruit volunteers and the important elements of volunteer job descriptions
  • Apply knowledge of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines to develop new facilities and evaluate existing ones
  • Online: To be completed at your own pace anytime between 1 April - 2 May 2016.
  • In–person: Two-day in-person training on 4 & 5 May 2016 at Gold Head Branch State Park, Keystone Heights, FL
  • Registration: $250 (does not include lodging)
  • Food: Coffee, water, snacks, and lunch will be provided by NATA during the days of the in-person training. Workshop participants will be responsible for any other meals.
  • Optional Lodging: $45/person/night at Gold Head Branch State Park (2 people per cabin; NATA will make reservations and match roommates).
    Please note there is no internet access at the park. If you prefer to secure your own lodging we recommend the Waldo Inn & Suites in Waldo, FL.
  • Group registration: rates are available for a single agency registering multiple participants. Please contact the workshop coordinator (shelly.johnson@ufl.edu) for details.
  • Optional events at GHBSP on 4 May 2016: Evening dinner and campfire social: 6:00PM - ?

Register!

Registration closes 18 March 2016

Cancellation requests are subject to a $50 fee;

no refunds will be offered after registration closes

Copyright © 2016 Natural Areas Training Academy, All rights reserved.

Natural Areas Training Academy
155 Research Road
Quincy, FL 32351
(850) 875-7153

 

 

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Apr
13
to Apr 15

FLTWS 2016 Spring Meeting

 

FLTWS 2016 Spring Meeting
April 13 - 15
Holiday Inn Gainesville-University Center
1250 W. University Ave.

 

***EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS March 30, 2016***

 

Agenda

The Florida Chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its annual Spring Meeting at the Holiday Inn Gainesville–University Center, 1250 W. University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601. The special meeting room rate of $94 per night with a valid tax exempt certificate has expired, but you can contact Monica Folk at monica.folk@fltws.org to see if any rooms are still available at that rate, or call the hotel directly at (352) 376-1661.

The Meeting theme is Connecting Science & Land Management and it will feature a symposium of case studies of Science-Informed Management, a variety of oral presentations, a poster session with refreshments, and the FLTWS business meeting. A workshop on camera-trapping and field trips to the Wildlife Research Lab and Sweetwater Wetlands Park/Boulware Springs will be on Friday. Continuing education credits will be offered for the Meeting. Social events will include a pool-side networking event on Wednesday with Quiz Bowl, natural history quiz contest during Meeting breaks, pool-side poster session mixer, and the popular awards ceremony banquet dinner on Thursday.

REGISTRATION (Register Online Here) 

Members [Membership renewal $20]                                                 $100 (early registration)

(includes socials and banquet)                                                           $120 (after March 30)

Nonmembers [New membership free!

   Join online prior to registering]                                                         $130 (early registration)

(includes socials and banquet)                                                           $150 (after March 30)

Students                                                                                              $75 (early registration)

(includes socials and banquet)                                                           $95 (after March 30)

 

Banquet dinners for additional guests can be purchased for $35 each.

Field Trips and Camera-Trap Workshop are FREE.

A $25 cancellation fee will apply to registrations cancelled after April 8.

Lodging
The meeting is at the Holiday Inn Gainesville–University Center, 1250 W. University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601. Participants are encouraged to reserve their rooms early. Rooms can be canceled up to 3 days before the Meeting without penalty. The special meeting room rate is $94 per night with a valid tax exempt certificate. Make reservations by calling 844-483-5985 or at FLTWS-Spring Conference 2016.

Be a Sponsor or Exhibitor! 

The FLTWS Meeting is a great opportunity to build relationships and support wildlife research and management by registering as an exhibitor and/or sponsor. Sponsor opportunities include door prizes, silent auction items, refreshment breaks, education/ research grants, and field trip coordination, just to name a few. If you have additional questions, please contact Mark Ausley, Fundraising Co-Chair at mark@btc-inc.com.

Workshops and Field Trips
The last day of the meeting (Friday) will include a workshop on camera-trapping and field trips to the Wildlife Research Lab and Sweetwater Wetlands Park/Boulware Springs. Each activity will be over by lunchtime. Plan to bring appropriate field gear, water and sun protection for the field trips.

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Mar
9
to Mar 11

FLEPPC 2016 Annual Conference

Save the Date!!  FLEPPC 2016 Annual Conference!!

The FLEPPC 2016 Annual Conference will take place March 9th – 11th at the Crown Plaza Melbourne -Oceanfront.  This proved to be an excellent venue last year so we are returning to this great location right on the Atlantic Ocean. The standard room rate will be $107 per night.  In addition, this special rate is available for 3 days immediately before and after the conference dates if you wish to enjoy the venue for a few extra days.  The room block and special rate will only be held until February 8th so be sure to have your reservations made by this date. Call 1-877-701-9252 or book online.

 

Stay tuned for more announcements as we prepare our first Call for Abstracts, Call for Exhibitors, Registration, Student Competitions (with cash awards!), Special Sessions, Technical Field Trips, CEUs, Silent Auction, and more.  www.fleppc.org

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Sep
30
1:00 PM13:00

Integrated Management for the Control of Chinese Tallow

A free one hour webinar from the Southern Fire Exchange. Wednesday, September 30, 2015. 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET.
 

Program Description

Presenter: Lauren Pile, PhD Candidate, Clemson University

Chinese tallow is an aggressive, fast growing invasive tree of the southeastern United States. This webinar will discuss recent research from Clemson that investigated the integrated use of prescribed fire, mechanical treatments, and herbicide as ecologically based management approaches for the control of Chinese tallow. Project findings and management implications will be explained.


Registration is required

Click Here to Register for the Webinar

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Sep
25
1:30 PM13:30

Gopher Tortoise Stakeholder Meeting

Gopher tortoise interests:

 

A meeting of the Gopher Tortoise Technical Assistance Group (GTTAG) will be held at the Division of Plant Industry Auditorium, 1911 SW 34 Street, Gainesville, FL 32608 on September 25, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The public is welcome to attend. 

 

Meeting materials (agenda, handouts, presentations) can be accessed on the GTTAG SharePoint site:

https://fwcc.sharepoint.com/GT

Username:  GTReader@fwcc.onmicrosoft.com

Password:  Tortoise0815

 

Please note that some materials may not be available on the website until the day of the meeting. 

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Aug
3
to Aug 21

S130/190 Basic Wildland Firefighter Training

PRESENTED IN A HYBRID FORMAT
(Both the online and in-person trainings are required)

Online: August 3 - 14, 2015

AND

In-person: August 18 - 21, 2015

Fees:
$125 - General Registration
$100 - Student Registration



This course is designed to provide entry level firefighter skills. Participants will receive NWCG certificates for S130, S190, and L180.

Course topics include:

 *   Proper tactics to extinguish fire with or without the use of water
 *   Why lookouts, communications, escape routes, and safety zones are important
 *   The primary factors affecting the start and spread of wildfire
 *   How to recognize potentially hazardous situations
 *   Environmental factors of fuels, weather, and topography that affect the spread of wildland fire

Online trainings: Prior to the in-person training, participants must complete two self-paced online trainings:

 *   The FEMA IS-100 course online<http://ufl.us3.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=b1df4c2bdeb0f2de0af679b45&id=45ebf8e28e&e=05c71151a6> (2-4 hours of training; must bring proof of completion on 8/18/15)
 *   The online S190 course (6-8 hours of training, link provided on 8/3/15; test to be taken on first day of in-person training).

In-person training:

 *   Classroom: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday (8/18, 8/19, 8/21) will consist of classroom instruction at the Doyle Conner Building in Gainesville
 *   Field: Thursday (8/20) will be an all-day field training at Ordway-Swisher Biological Station in Melrose



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What to bring:

Classroom training:
    *   IS-100 Completion certificate
    *   Lunch (lunch is only provided on Thursday)

Field training:
    *   6 inch or higher leather boots
    *   Leather gloves
    *   PPE (optional)


Register!<http://ufl.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b1df4c2bdeb0f2de0af679b45&id=7af975a4f3&e=05c71151a6>


Registration closes July 31, 2015

Cancellation requests are subject to a $50 fee;
no refunds will be offered after registration closes





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Natural Areas Training Academy
155 Research Road
Quincy, FL 32351
(850) 875-7153

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Apr
24
to Apr 26

Chipola Feather Fest

 

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The Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail's 1st annual Chipola Feather Fest starts tomorrow Friday April 24th and ends on Sunday April 26th.

You can follow the fun on our social media pages...

 

Twitter

@MyFWClife

@MyGFBT

 

Facebook

@floridabirdingtrail

@chipolafeatherfest

 

Instagram

@MyFWC

 

For more information visit the festival website

Festival Website

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Apr
6
to Apr 9

IGNITION PLANNING & PRESCRIBED FIRE TECHNIQUES FOR WILDLIFE

This training is designed to provide wildlife biologists and land managers with basic information on wildlife habitat management opportunities associated with prescribed fires in Florida.  It includes sections addressing how ignition plans can be developed and implemented to meet specific wildlife objectives while minimizing risk.

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Mar
31
to Apr 2

FLTWS 2015 Spring Meeting

SAVE THE DATE!  The Florida Chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its annual Spring Meeting on March 31st- April 2nd, 2015 at the Jacksonville Ramada Hotel and Conference Center.  The meeting will highlight ways to effectively address contentious wildlife issues. Certified Biologist Continuing Education Credits will be offered. FL TWS meeting committee encourages students to submit papers and posters for our student competitions. Come make the most of our numerous networking opportunities and social events during this year’s Spring Meeting.

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Feb
21
5:30 PM17:30

University of Florida's Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society's 32nd Annual Beast Feast

The wild game dinner is on February 21st at 5:30pm at Whitehurst Lodge. Pre-sale tickets will be available to purchase for $15. Only 100 tickets will be sold prior to the event, but you may also purchase tickets at the door at Beast Feast.

 

If interested in purchasing tickets, please contact Erica Christiansen (561-603-7622), Elizabeth Sanchez (954-865-5250), or Ty Cramer (352-427-9806).

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