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Sea Grant Notes – May 8, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 virus, and SO many programs and projects on hold, we have changed the format for Sea Grant Notes to address what is going on. 

All UF IFAS extension programs, meetings, site visits, and volunteer programs are suspended until MID-MAY. 

 

BITE SIZED SCIENCE WEBINARS

Florida Sea Grant is presenting short webinars are a variety of marine science related topics.

They will be broadcast each day from now until May 29.  3:00 PM CDT.  Registration link http://bit.ly/bite-sizedscience

 

TODAY – 3:00 PM

Florida Seafood Products – Holly Abeels

 

NEXT WEEK

Mon     Horseshoe Crabs – Dr. Savanna Barry

Tue      Sensational Sharks – Armando Ubeda

Wed    Derelict Vessels and Crab Traps – Scott Jackson and Victor Blanco

Thu      Climate Change – Holly Abeels

Fri       Introduction to Aquaculture – Dr. Laura Tiu

 

 

MANATEE SIGHTINGS – #7, #8  

They continue to come in.  This week a female and calf were seen in Santa Rosa Sound and a lone adult at the Navarre Bridge.

Again, please contact me if you see one.  Thanks

 

YOUTH SCIENCE LESSONS

Will continue this week – Monday thru Thursday.

We have done Lessons 1-7 for invasive species, local wildlife, water, and backyard habitats

You will be able to find these on the Escambia County Extension Natural Resource Page

https://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/escambiaco/category/natural-resources/.

 

YOUTH SCIENCE LESSON FROM THE ROY HYATT ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER

Metamorphosis of the Insect!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBJDG4Uwp1c

 

Plants Are Alive!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4re8FXB3LY

 

In Search of a Carnivore!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxC2lMSLO6A

 

Ant Mound Mystery!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sqwu0OFuQxU

 

Whooo Left That Behind? and What in the World Is It?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ4V_pBMzB8

 

Snakes, and Scales, and Turtle Tails!  part 1:  Reptiles

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7B58fxwf2g

 

Snakes, and Scales, and Turtle Tails!  part 2:  The Crocodilians

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyUmFdH4vT0

 

Snakes, and Scales, and Turtle Tails!  Part 3:  The Turtles

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7B58fxwf2g

 

The Secret Life of Plants:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyUmFdH4vT0

 

MORE YOUTH SCIENCE LESSONS:

The GoMRI consortia RECOVER (housed at University of Miami RSMAS) has created a great resource to help students/teachers learn more about how their lab group does oil spill experiments with fish. They do virtual experiments for all ages/grades. Please feel free to share with whomever you think would be interested.

http://recovervirtuallab.com/

YOUTH SCIENCE LESSONS PROVIDED BY 1000 FRIENDS OF FLORIDA

We have compiled a list of educational activities and curriculum tailored for K-12 students and organized by Florida’s education standards (social studies, reading/language arts, science). These distance learning resources produced by conservation, civic and planning organizations teach students about creating more resilient and sustainable communities; they explore our natural lands, waters and wildlife; and they detail the effort needed to plan for and design better places.

 

CURRENT ARTICLES

 

ESCAMBIA COUNTY EXTENSION NATURAL RESOURCE BLOGS

 

Weekly “What is it?”  – Carrie Stevenson

Gopher Tortoise

https://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/escambiaco/2020/05/06/weekly-what-is-it-gopher-tortoises/.

 

Youth Science Lessons – Lessons 7

Invasive species – Mediterranean Gecko

Local wildlife – Coyotes

Water, the Magic Molecule – Water Quality

Backyard Habitats – Bat houses

https://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/escambiaco/category/natural-resources/.

 

Embrace the Gulf 2020 – the flatworms

Continuing this series about the natural and cultural history of “The Pond”

https://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/escambiaco/2020/04/28/embrace-the-gulf-2020-the-flatworms/.

 

2020 Year of the Turtle – map turtles

https://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/escambiaco/2020/05/04/2020-year-of-the-turtle-map-turtles/.

 

Panhandle Outdoors

Gopher Tortoise – http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/nat/.

2020 Year of the Turtle – map turtles – http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/nat/.

Florida Invasive Species Awareness Week (FLISAW) – http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/nat/.

 

Pensacola-Perdido Bay Estuary Program

Is soliciting for an executive director.

The Executive Director position has been posted to the Escambia County Jobs website. It will close May 10th at 11:59 p.m.

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/escambia/jobs/2763147/estuary-program-director-pensacola-and-perdido-bays

 

UF IFAS Water Management Lunch & Learn Courses

The lunch and learn In-Service Training opportunity, Introduction to Water Resources Management in Florida has been updated to ensure the safety and security of these webinars. We have changed the Zoom link and are requiring registration for all webinars.

Topic Presenter Date Click Link to Register
TMDLs overview Mary Lusk 3/17/20 Video recording here
BMAPs overview Lisa Krimsky and Charles Barrett 4/28/20 Register here
BMAPs – Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) Eban Bean 5/19/20 Register here
BMAPs – On-site sewage systems Andrea Albertin 6/16/20 Register here
BMAPs – Ag BMPs Lakesh Sharma 7/14/20 Register here
Hydrology 101 and using the DBYHYDRO environmental dataset Haimanote Bayabil 8/18/20 Register here

 

FWC SPECIES CONSERVATION MEASURES AND PERMITTING GUIDLELINES

 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is seeking input on draft Species Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines for eight species included in Florida’s Imperiled Species Management Plan. The draft Guidelines and more information can be found at: https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/wildlife/species-guidelines.

 

Species Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines are intended to provide information on rule requirements as they relate to permitting.  They also provide information on species range, survey methodology, and voluntary practices that can benefit the species.

 

The Commission is currently seeking public comments on draft Species Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines for the following species:

  • Florida mouse
  • Gopher frog
  • Florida pine snake
  • Mangrove rivulus
  • Suwannee cooter
  • Lower Keys populations of: red rat snake, striped mud turtle, peninsula ribbonsnake
  • Florida pine snake (revision to current guidelines)

Webinars during the public comment period

Key information included in the Guidelines will be presented at two public webinars.  The webinars also offer an opportunity to ask questions.  Each webinar will offer the same information.  Participation in the webinar will require access to a computer AND access to a telephone. Those that do not have computer access can listen in on the phone.

 

Information on how to join the webinars is available at:

https://myfwc.com/media/23431/ismp-webinar-announcement.pdf

 

Webinars are scheduled for the following dates:

  • Friday, May 8th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm (ET)
  • Monday, May 11th from 10:00am to 12:00pm (ET)

 

Home School Resources

THESE ARE PROVIDED COURTESY OF NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION

As schools are closing for several months, many parents are being precipitously thrust into the world of homeschooling.

I thought it might be helpful to review some of the leading online support systems, curricula sites etc. for homeschooling.  If you are not trying to educate your own kids, you may know someone who could use such resources.  There are hundreds of sites so this is not a comprehensive list.  —  These are some of the vetted homeschool sites that are more comprehensive, professional, fun and secular.

Time4Learning: https://www.time4learning.com/

Starts out with informative videos to help you get started on your new homeschooling journey

Has lesson planning tools and comprehensive curricula including keeping up with standardized tests.  Has resources for gifted learners, summers learning, student-pacing, tailored scheduling, and more.

Calvert Education: https://www.calverthomeschool.com/

Offers materials for sale and three months free service during pandemic.  Offers comprehensive, media rich curricula -K-12 Language arts, math, etc.  Has an online support system.

Outschool https://outschool.com/#abk8n3khls

Thousands of educator-generated videos on everything from reading, math and science and applied skills including weather basics to raising chickens and the science behind it. Unusually fun for kids because it goes beyond standard curricula to life skills such as cooking, finances, study skills and more.

Gryphon House https://www.gryphonhouse.com/

Offers books for early childhood according to age – infants, toddlers, preschool and elementary — in content areas including literacy, science, music and more.  Has support information in social science and educational management for parents and educators.

GettingReady4Kindergarten https://www.getready4kindergarten.com/learning-club

GR4K is a year-long learning-based program that families can do at home. GR4K will help you teach your child the skills needed to enter Kindergarten ready to succeed.

Turtle Trash Collectors

In response to the COVD-19 pandemic, UNCW MarineQuest is now offering FREE VIRTUAL Turtle Trash Collectors programs funded by the NOAA Marine Debris Program (https://uncw.edu/marinequest/2tc.html)!

This program is designed to educate youth about the impacts of marine debris and encourage behavior changes to reduce the generation of marine debris in the future.

 

Water Quality Updates  

 

Health Advisories

  • We had stopped reporting due to COVID-19 and non-sampling, but FDOH has been and has posted – here is a “back track” update
  • Apr 4 – Sanders Beach (good), Bayou Texar (good)
  • Apr 13 – Sanders Beach (good), Bayou Texar (poor)
  • Apr 20 – Sanders Beach (good), Bayou Texar (poor)
  • Apr 27 – Sanders Beach (good), Bayou Texar (good)
  • May 4 – Sanders Beach, Perdido Key SP, Bayou Grande, Bayou Chico (good), Bayou Texar (poor)
  • May 5 – Quietwater Beach, Park East, Park West, Casino Beach (good)

Rainfall

  • The rain has gone… and the fires are here
  • Rainfall collected weekly from East Hill (UF IFAS)
  • 2019 rainfall total in East Hill was 47.5”. Rainfall for airport was similar.
  • Jan (4.0) Feb (2.8) Mar (0.6) – Winter (7.4”)
  • Apr (3.2) May (0.0)

Salinity

  • The objective of this citizen science project is to determine the mean/median/mode of salinity in local waterbodies for the purpose to assess the potential success of restoration projects: such as bay scallop and specific species of seagrasses. We are looking for a mean/median/mode of 20‰  or higher.  We are hoping to get a minimum of 100 measurements from each location.
  • 2020 1st Quarter Results
  • Those with Mean/Mode of 20‰ or higher: Grande, Big Lagoon, Lower Perdido Bay, Old River
  • Those below 20‰ at this time: Kees, Little Sabine
  • Monitoring will continue after COVID-19

Longnose Killifish Monitoring

  • ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Red Tide & Harmful Algal Blooms

  • Last report for RED TIDE was posted May 1 (FWC)
  • Panhandlenot detected    
  • SW Florida – background concentrations in Manatee and Lee counties
  • East Coast of FL – not detected
  • HABs not detected this week

Fish Kills

 

Marine Science Academy – Washington High School – Fish & Water Quality Data – updated

http://whs-ecsd-fl.schoolloop.com/MarineScienceAcademy.

 

 

Habitat Restoration

 

  • OCEAN HOUR HAS SUSPENDED ALL CLEAN UPS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
  • Living Shorelines – NO SITE VISITS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
  • Seagrass Monitoring – ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
  • Mangrove Migration – ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

 

Wildlife & Fisheries Updates

 

  • Panhandle Diamondback Terrapin Project – ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
  • Horseshoe Crabs – ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
  • Barrier Island Cottonmouth Survey – ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
  • The Great Scallop Search – PLANNED FOR JUNE 13 – ON HOLD FOR NOW
  • The Great Scavenger Hunt – PLANNED FOR SEP 12
  • Manatee Watch – PLEASE CONTACT ME WITH SIGHTINGS (roc1@ufl.edu)
  • 2020 Gulf Red Snapper Season – June 11 – July 25

 

Invasive Species Updates

 

  • Florida Invasive Species Awareness Week (FLISAW) – May 18-22

This year UF IFAS Extension will be providing Facebook Live broadcast of how to identify and remove selected local invasive species.

Monday May 18 – Intro to the Invasives and Terms; Scott Jackson, Julie McConnell (UF IFAS)

Tuesday May 19 – Giant Salvinia; Derek Fussell (FWC)

Wednesday May 20 – Feral Hogs; Jennifer Bearden (UF IFAS)

Thursday May 21 – Regal Demoiselle; Rick O’Connor (UF IFAS)

Friday May 22 – How to Report Invasive Species; Scott Jackson, Rick O’Connor (UF IFAS)

  • Weed Wrangles – There is a virtual WEED WRANGLE ongoing until May 8.  Simply find an invasive plant in your yard – photograph it before – remove it – photograph it after – and send to the Florida Invasive Species Partnership (FISP) at info@weedwrangle.org
  • Lionfish
  • 2020 Emerald Coast Open – ON HOLD
  • Inshore Lionfish Surveys – ON HOLD
  • Regal Demoiselle – Currently working on publications for this species; MORE SOON
  • Brown (Cuban) Anole – REPORT TO EDDMAPS IF FOUND IN YARD
  • Tropical Fish Species of Concern – Currently working on publication; MORE SOON.

 

Seafood Updates

 

  • Local Seafood is here and available! Consider local seafood for your meal choices
  • Here’s what’s in Peak Season for MAY   
  • – Softshell blue crab
  • – Clams
  • – Crawfish
  • – Mahi-Mahi
  • – Brown shrimp (bay shrimp)
  • – Pink shrimp
  • – White shrimp (Gulf shrimp)
  • – Snapper – check state limits and accessibility; change frequently
  • – Spanish Mackerel
  • Seafood @ Your Fingertips – This program provides information to the public about our local seafood, what items to choose from, how to select, and how to prepare them. We will be offering this online in May – stay tune for dates and topics!
  • Seafood Safety Guidelines – Escambia County Division of Marine Resources – https://www.myescambia.com/our-services/natural-resources-management/marine-resources/seafood-safety.

 

 

HEALTH ADVISORY DATA

Enterococcus bacteria count rubric for health advisories (Florida Department of Health)

 

GOOD             0-35 colonies/100ml of sample

MODERATE    36-70 colonies/100ml

POOR              71> colonies/100ml

 

Health Advisory Frequency

Data provided by the Florida Department of Health’s Healthy Beaches Program

Body of Water # of samples collected # of POOR reports # of advisories issued % frequency of advisories
Bayou Texar 14 4 4 .29
Sanders Beach 12 0 0 .00
Bayou Chico 5 0 0 .00
Bayou Grande 5 0 0 .00
Big Lagoon SP 4 0 0 .00
Perdido Key SP 5 0 0 .00
Casino Beach 4 0 0 .00
Park East 4 0 0 .00
Park West 4 0 0 .00
Quietwater Beach 4 0 0 .00

 

 

Fish Kill Data provided by FWC (Escambia and Santa Rosa counties)

Month # of Fish Kills reported # of Dead Fish reported Cause
Jan 0 0  
Feb 0 0  
Mar 0 0  
Apr 0 0  
May 0 0