Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory stewardship classes offered

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — The Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory (FMEL) will offer its fifteenth volunteer stewardship training class.  This free 6-week class would be a great way for Master Gardeners to learn more about Florida’s diverse native flora and fauna.  Space is limited. We ask that class participants share what they learn in a venue of their choice, i.e., as Master Gardeners.

Classes are conducted on Saturday afternoons from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. Each class begins in the Boathouse of the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, University of Florida, 200 – 9th Street SE (Oslo Road), Vero Beach.

To register or for more information, email Janice Broda at jcbroda@comcast.net or call 772-538-5223.

Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory (FMEL) 2011 Volunteer Stewardship Core Class

January 29 – Welcome, History of ORCA & IRC Conservation Lands, and Hammock Loop Stroll.  Instructors: Dr. Walter Tabachnick, Director, FMEL, Dr. Richard Baker, President, Pelican Island Audubon Society (PIAS) and Janice Broda, Class Coordinator, FMEL

February 5 – Magical Mangroves: Awesome Adaptation, and Dike Hike to ORCA Observation Tower.  Instructors: Janice Broda, Class Coordinator, FMEL and Doug Carlson, Director, Indian River Mosquito Control District.

February 12 – Life in the Pits & Treetops with Dr. George O’Meara, Professor Emeritus, FMEL

February 19 – What’s Biting Me? Insects of Interest, and Perils of Poisonous Plants.  Instructors: Dr. Roxanne Rutledge, Extension Entomologist, FMEL and Janice Broda, Class Coordinator, FMEL.

February 26 – Ospreys & their “Friends” Woodpecker, Eagle & Owl, and Hike on South

ORCA Scrub.  Instructors: Bob Montanaro. Office Manager, PIAS and Dr. Richard Baker, President, Pelican Island Audubon Society

March 5 – Landscaping Lessons from Nature…Review of Plant Communities, with Janice Broda, Class Coordinator FMEL

É Contact Janice Broda, Class Coordinator, with any questions: jcbroda@comcast.net, 772-778-7200 x173

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