Ocean’s one

Despite the popularity of the recent films Ocean’s Eleven and sequel, Ocean’s Twelve, I have yet to see either blockbuster. I guess I’m just not a Clooney fan. But I am a fan of Ocean’s One. In fact, I just completed the Coastal Ecosystems module in the Florida Master Naturalist Program, meaning that I am now [...] [...]

Master Naturalist. Now what?

Last Saturday, I graduated from the Florida Master Naturalist program. That means I successfully completed 3 modules (Freshwater wetlands, Upland Ecosystems, and Coastal Ecosystems) of 40 contact hours each. Each class component involved classroom work, field work, and a final project. For the Wetlands course I developed a powerpoint presentation (exciting!) on Wetland birds and [...] [...]

Coastal Ecosystems, day four

What did I learn in school today? The difference between hair and fur is simple: hair has one shaft per follicle; fur has multiple shafts per follicle. Spatterdock has edible roots. Mammals have more specialized tooth forms than other toothed animals (sharks and other fish, reptiles, amphibians). [...]

Coastal ecosystems, day three

What I learned in school today: Sugar sand is very fine-grained sand that occurs at various sites around south Florida. There’s actually a city park near where I live called Sugar Sand Park. Sugar sand is a very fine grained sand. Here in south Florida most sand on the beach has a very high shell [...] [...]

Coastal ecosystems, day two

What I learned in school today. Today’s field trips: Ocean Ridge Hammock Park in Boynton Beach and Lantana Nature Preserve in Lantana. Hammocks No, not the kind that you string between two trees. Although actually, that’s pretty close to perhaps the most compelling derivation of the word I’ve heard yet. According to Thomas E. Lodge [...] [...]

Coastal ecosystems, day one

Day one of the Coastal ecosystems module (click here if you don’t know what that means) was a good one, although I was very tired at the start of it. For some reason 6-month-olds just don’t care that you have to get up early in the morning. They’re on their own schedule, and everyone else [...] [...]