June 2016

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THE VOLUNTEER PORTAL
The Volunteer Portal is up and running, and you may now login. It is designed to be a repository of information that applies to all Volunteers. However, please be aware of the following:
  • The information on the portal is not for general distribution.
  • Many items on the Portal are still under construction – if there is no link for an item listed, it's because that portion is still being designed.  For example, Talking Points will be added soon, and a link to the DayChair site will also be coming soon. 
  • For now, we are allowing you to log in to "explore, look around, and see how it feels".
  • All Volunteers will share the same password.  Please do not share the link or password with anyone.

SEA TURTLE NEST COUNTS...From the Comfort of Your Own Home!
Here is the official link for the 2016 Sea Turtle Nest Counts.  Bookmark the link, and check it weekly to stay on top of the 2016 nesting season!

2016 SUMMER HIGH SCHOOL VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
We would like to give a warm welcome to our High School Volunteers in the 2016 Summer Program! Many will be starting in June, so let's make them feel welcome and part of the Mote family!

JUNE EVENTS
NOTICE:  Summer Suspension of Monthly Day Chair Meetings beginning in July
Due to summer schedules, the Day Chair meetings will be suspended beginning in July until October. In lieu of these meetings, Day Chairs are welcome to join the Monthly Volunteer Association Board Meeting. Please remember Day Chairs must contact the Volunteer Board President to get any items for discussion on the agenda (see next item).

Monthly Volunteer Association Board Meeting
Thursday, June 2
9:00-11:30 Buchanan Room
Speaker (Tentative):  Michele Taylor and Shark Training
All volunteers are welcome!  As a guest, if you have any issues you wish to bring before the Board, you will need to email the President, Angela Briguglio at skutchey08@yahoo.com, prior to the meeting so it can be added to the agenda.

World Ocean Day Family Festival
Saturday, June 4
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Free with admission to Mote Aquarium, and free for Mote Members.  Mote Volunteers may use their current ID Badge to attend the event.    Read more at this link

Volunteer General Meeting
Thursday, June 9
9:00-11:30 WAVE Center
Topic:  Otters
Speakers:  Amanda Foltz, Aquarium Biologist II, Otters

New Volunteer Orientation
Saturday, June 25
10:00-12:00 Buchanan Room
Volunteers are required to attend a New Volunteer Orientation.  If you attended the orientation at the Basic Marine Science classes, then you have completed the requirement.  If not, additional orientations are held monthly, alternating on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  Sign up sheets are in the volunteer lounge.

2016 Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix
Saturday, June 25 – Monday, July 4
While this is not a Mote event, it is worthy to know that it is held on Lido Key and traffic may be heavy during this time.  As the boat race takes place during sea turtle nesting season, the Sarasota Police Department, Mote and Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix event partners would like to remind the public of the entire Sarasota County Sea Turtle Protection Ordinance, Chapter 54, Article XXIII of the Sarasota County Code of Ordinances, which protects endangered sea turtles on all local beaches, including Lido Beach, throughout nesting season, May 1 – Oct. 31.
More information here.

2016 Sarasota Lionfish Derby Information
It's in July, but registration is open - the event is July 9.  Details here.

MOTE WELCOMES ELIZABETH MOORE TO ITS BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Mote Marine Laboratory is proud to welcome new Trustee Elizabeth Moore — a Bradenton, Florida resident and avid supporter of initiatives for education, the environment and conservation of land and wildlife. Moore enhances Mote's Board of Trustees with her wealth of experience championing science-focused programs in museums, aquariums and the world-class research facilities of Mote. Moore is a leadership donor for Mote's new, international coral reef research facility expected to open during 2017 in the Florida Keys.


LEARN ABOUT SEA TURTLES DURING FREE WALKS ON LONGBOAT KEY

Florida's Gulf Coast is a hotspot for nesting sea turtles, but how much do you know about our flippered friends? You can learn the tale behind the turtle tracks and scout local beaches for nests by joining Mote Marine Laboratory's free, educational Turtle Walks on Saturdays starting June 18 through July 30.


BEACH CONDITIONS REPORT
Have you seen our updated Beach Conditions Reporting website?  Check it out!  You can find out if there is available parking, air temperature, water temperature, how large the crowds are, surf conditions, and even if red tide is present.  Here's how:
Step 1:  Go to www.visitbeaches.org and allow the site to load.
Step 2:  Zoom In or Out to find your area.
Step 3:  Click the marker for the beach in question.
Step 4:  The Report opens for that beach and gives you a heap of information!
Step 5:  The little question marks by each item on the report will explain what they mean.
Remember:  red tide is not the same as red drift.  To understand red tide, you must look at the report for Respiratory Irritation and Dead Fish.  That will give you an idea of that beach's red tide levels.
BE KIND TO MARINE LIFE DURING THIS BOATING SEASON


As the weather warms up and you enjoy Southwest Florida's coastal waters this boating season, Mote Marine Laboratory recommends that boaters follow Coast Guard-approved safe boating guidelines and use vigilance to avoid striking sea turtles, manatees and dolphins.

PHILLIPPI CREEK RESIDENTS: HELP MOTE STUDY FISH IN YOUR BACKYARD
Property owners along Phillippi Creek: You can help Mote Marine Laboratory scientists study your underwater "neighbors," snook of the Sarasota Bay fishery.

MOTE RELEASES JUVENILE GREEN SEA TURTLE ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND
Mote Marine Laboratory released a rehabbed juvenile green sea turtle nicknamed "Henry" back into the wild from Anna Maria Island Thursday, May 12, while thanking team members from Wells Fargo's West Florida Green Team, which has supported the Mote's Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital since 2011 to help save endangered sea turtles.

MOTE WELCOMES OCTOPUS RESEARCHER INTERESTED IN CAMOUFLAGE, STONE CRAB INTERACTIONS
Mote Marine Laboratory is pleased to welcome Dr. Noam Josef, a next-generation Ph.D. scientist known for studying the camouflage capabilities of cephalopods: octopuses, squid, cuttlefish and related species. Josef, who recently moved from Eilat, Israel to Sarasota, Florida, will study the camouflage of octopuses and their prey-predator interaction with the local stone crab population.

Founded in 1955, Mote Marine Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)3 research organization based in Sarasota, Fla., with field stations in eastern Sarasota County, Charlotte Harbor and the Florida Keys. Mote is dedicated to today's research for tomorrow's oceans with an emphasis on world-class research relevant to conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity, healthy habitats and natural resources.

Research programs include studies of human cancer using marine models, the effects of man-made and natural toxins on humans and on the environment, the heath of wild fisheries, developing sustainable and successful fish restocking techniques and food production technologies and the development of ocean technology to help us better understand the health of the environment. Mote research programs also focus on understanding the population dynamics of manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks and coral reefs and on conservation and restoration efforts related to these species and ecosystems.

Mote's vision includes positively impacting public policy through science-based outreach and education. Showcasing this research is The Aquarium at Mote, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 365 days a year. Learn more at www.mote.org.

Mote Marine Laboratory meets all requirements specified by the Florida Solicitation of Contributions Act. A copy of the official registration #SC01050 and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling 1-800-435-7352 within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.