Despite the bad news happened in the 2nd week of October, here in Florida, I found that my first week in Tallahassee was fun. Before I arrived for my fellowship, I realized the possibility of having all the schedule that prepared for me to go with the wind is huge, due to the Hurricane Michael. Of course, this was nothing compared to a lot of citizens here that lost their precious home.
I am assigned to do my fellowship with FWC or Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. FWC is a Florida Government Agency that managing fish and wildlife resources for their long-term well-being and the benefit of people. It manages and regulates the state’s fish and wildlife resources, and enforces related laws. Officers or staffs are managers, researchers, support personnel, and perform law enforcement.
My first week with FWC introduced me to the Ecosystem of Florida by Meyers and Ewel and how tropical storms and hurricanes are a part of Florida. Other than that, Florida has been blessed with a large wildlife management area and there is no denying it that how envy I am with their management system.
At the end of the week, I got the opportunity to join the Florida Master Naturalist Program by the University of Florida. This program has a mission to promote awareness, understanding, and respect of Florida’s natural world among Florida’s citizens and visitors. As a visitor my self, I can learn closely the highlight of Florida’s wildlife and it’s coastal area. People who attend the program were among various age and it is lead by knowledgeable and dedicated FMNP Instructors throughout the state. I had the opprtuniy to meet Rosalyn Kilcollins, one of the instructor at the FMNP and talk a lil bit about seagrass and its importance for tutrle and manatee in Florida.
There is nothing better than a field trip after a class. The topography in Florida made it easier for people to drive even thou that one place after another has quite a distance. I was so excited to see the coastal area around Florida. The Dickerson Bay is the area that visited for the program after the class. In my opinion, Dickerson Bay has fantastic marsh views. This area offers an excellent birding spot. It was said that in the summer you might spot a Roseate Spoonbill (which I haven’t seen one til this day, sadly). Birding or not, the view alone is worth the drive. At the end of the road, it offers a boat ramp, thus made fishermen has direct access to the bay.
I was kayaking for the first time that day and has some interesting encounter with the dolphins, turtles and lots of birds. That was definitely an experience that I believed will boost citizen loves their nature even more.