September, 2013
published by The Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism


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Your 2013-1014 Board of Directors

For complete Board of Directors bios, follow this link: Florida SEE BoD

Chair: CHARLES WRIGHT, owner, Everglades Area Tours

Vice Chair, Certification Committee Chair: PETE CORRADINO, Director of Operations, Everglades Day Safari

Secretary, Grapevine editor: ERIN WHITE, Master Naturalist

Treasurer, Finance & Logistics Chair: NANCY MacPHEE, Program Manager, Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau

Education Committee Chair: KATHLEEN HILL, Education Coordinator, Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program

BEN EVANS, owner, Wildside Tours

AYOLANE HALUSKY, founder, Earth Kinship LLC

JONELL MODYS, PR & Communications Manager, Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB

WENDY RICHARDS, Managing Principal/Consultant, Noetic Marketing & Development Group

Executive Director: JOHN KISEDA, Sustainability - Education Coordinator, Lee County Parks & Recreation

Florida SEE partners once more with Calusa Blueway Festival

Florida SEE partners once more with Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival

Florida SEE is once again the partnering educational organization for the upcoming Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival taking place November 1-3, 2013 in Fort Myers - Southwest Florida. Florida SEE is sponsoring the catch-and-release fishing tournament and two evening "meet the authors" programs including...


Membership Update

Membership Update
by John Kiseda/Erin White

Florida SEE has been enjoying a steady increase in membership, which means we've got even more support for our environmental education and certification programs. Our fall webinars are already in progress - this is FREE education for all members of Florida SEE in good standing.  To check it out and register, please visit our Education Webinars page

Here are the new and renewing members for the period July 6th through September 6th, 2013:


Certification Feature: Attractive Nuisance

Attractive Nuisance
by Pete Corradino

I watched a Great Blue Heron systematically survey the remains at each picnic table and garbage can in a county park in central Florida. It pulled out Styrofoam plates and disposable utensils. It poked and prodded at beverage containers. The treasure here was ironically a chicken wing that it tossed back and choked down. The bird shook its head from side to side. Clearly the bone wasn’t going down easily. When the bird stood erect again, it looked back into the garbage can for another “easy” meal. I shooed the bird away and dejectedly notice monofilament line wrapped around its foot.

There are a variety of things wrong with this situation....


Sustainable Marinas – Where does your waterborne tour operate from?

Sustainable Marinas – Where does your waterborne tour operate from?
By Esteban L. Biondi

Many tour operators in Florida and all ecotour operators certified by SEE offer services onboard watercrafts (motorized or not). The mission of the Florida SEE is focused on the ecotour providers, but what happens with the boating infrastructure they operate from?

Vessels that offer marine or waterborne tours operate from specialized facilities: either individual docks along the waterfront or within marinas. Do they meet true and comprehensive sustainability goals?

As part of my independent research, and as a new service member of Florida SEE, we are seeking feedback from our members (and any tour operator for that matter) regarding the facilities they operate from. We would like your answers to questions such as:

The Florida SEE Grapevine - September, 2013