December, 2012
published by The Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism


by Erin White

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Calendar Events

9th Annual Southwest Florida Nature Festival
01/18/2013- 01/20/2013
Explore the local environment through almost 40 guided field trips to 20 wildlife hot spots around Southwest Florida and lectures at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. Field trips, including birding walks, buggy rides and boat tours, are offered in conjunction with partners such as Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Big Cypress National Preserve and Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Become a member of the Friends of Rookery Bay and enjoy advance field trip registration, opening October 25.

Florida Keys Challenge
01/18/2013- 01/21/2013
3rd annual Florida Keys Challenge, beginning at Long Key State Park and finishing at Bahia Honda State Park. For more information visit.

16th Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival
01/23/2013- 01/28/2013
The largest birding and wildlife festival in the United States has been selected as a Top 20 event by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Evaluating Your Programs and Tours
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM Presented by Joy Hazell, Sea Grant Extension Agent - University of Florida/IFAS

Florida SEE Board of Directors Meeting
Held via GoToMeeting Service. To join in on the meeting, contact John Kiseda for the web link.

Wild, Wonderful Withlacoochee
02/13/2013- 02/18/2013
Paddle Florida's SWFWMD entry into our 2012/2013 schedule, we paddle from Lake Panasofkee in Sumter County up to the Gulf of Mexico. For more information visit.

The Ninth Annual Everglades National Park Paddle-In
MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Florida SEE Silver Certified ecotour provider Everglades Area Tours will host The Ninth Annual Everglades National Park Paddle-In. Proceeds to benefit Florida SEE. Stay tuned for further details!

Wildlife Disturbance Issues/Monitoring Your Environmental Impacts
Wildlife Disturbance Issues and Monitoring Your Environmental Impacts as an Ecotour Provider Presented by Liz Sparks, Recreation Planner Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Wildside Tours Certified GOLD!

by Pete Corradino

Wildside Tours – Florida SEE GOLD Certified!

On December 4th, 2012 Wildside Tours became the most recent Florida SEE certified tour qualifying at the GOLD level tour!

Wildside Tours operates a 20-passenger pontoon that takes ecotourists into the Thousand Island Nature Preserve of Cocoa Beach and the Banana River Lagoon. The company offers...
CLICK to read more about Wildside Tours

Everglades Day Safari Goes for the GOLD!

by Erin White

Everglades Day Safari Goes For The GOLD!

Florida SEE is very pleased to announce that Everglades Day Safari, has been certified GOLD.  The Certifiecation Lead for this process was John Kiseda, Florida SEE's Executive Director.  Our own Pete Corradino, vice chair of Florida SEE's Board of Directors, is usually the lead for certifications; however, Pete guides excursions at Everglades Day Safari, and therefore did not participate on the assessment or certification activities for this tour operator.
CLICK to read more about Everglades Day Safari

Membership Update

by Erin White

As of December 1st 2012, Florida SEE has 110 members, comprised of 45 Individuals and 65 Associates. 

Do you know an individual or a business who would like to join Florida SEE?  Regisration is easy! Just send them our link for new member sign-up.  And thank you!
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Environmental Education Update

by Erin White


On December 5th, Florida SEE's executive director, John Kiseda presented a "Lunch and Learn" lecture at the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Reserve, titled "Being An Eco Traveler In Southwest Florida".  The event was well-received, an indication that Florida SEE's newest educational series will be equally as appreciated - read on for more information!
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EDITORIAL: Wildlife Disturbance

by Pete Corradino

It might be difficult to understand what transpires in the mind of a person who chooses to ride a manatee, to snatch a wild alligator from its resting place or wade into the surf to pat a dolphin. Although incidents are rare, locals, tourists and tour operators alike have run afoul of common sense as well as state and federal laws that protect our wildlife from harm.

Florida SEE’s Certification and Recognition Program seeks to educate tour operators by teaching those in need and rewarding those that adhere to best practices, but like a curious child, we’re sometimes left asking “why”. Why can we do this? Why can’t we do that? It’s entirely fair to ask and by doing so, it becomes a teachable moment on tour when we instruct eco-tourists in turn....

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Save the date! Everglades Area Tours Annual Paddle-In To Benefit Florida SEE

Erin White

Florida SEE Silver Certified EVERGLADES AREA TOURS is proud to announce the date for their Annual Paddle-In - the tides will be perfect on Saturday, February 16th, 2013.  Admission is free.

CLICK TO READ MORE and find out how you can attend!

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