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      Single Presentations

      Note: this section is organized by date. Report as AT: Single Presentation and specify the organization and the topic in the description.

      Monarch Train-the-Trainer Workshop

      Feb 22, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm at the San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N Saint Mary’s St, San Antonio, TX 78212—A one-day course on monarch biology, ecology, and conservation. Learn the basics of monarch habitat creation and conservation and leave the course with the knowledge and confidence to engage diverse groups to take action on behalf of the monarch butterfly. Fee is $60 and registration is required. Information and registration

      Texas Clean Rivers Program

      Mar 4, 5:30-7:00 pm at Del Mar College of Economic Development, 3209 S. Staples Corpus Christi, TX 78411—Sam Sugarek, Director of Water Quality Programs for the Nueces River Authority, will give an overview of the program, including water-quality monitoring stations, partners, and the current status of water quality in the bays and rivers in the area.

      Wetland Workshop: Home on the Range at Oso Bay

      Mar 16, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm—Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve & Learning Center, 2446 N. Oso Parkway, Corpus Christi, TX 78414. Hands-on, active learning with outdoor activities to help teachers and other educators make real-world connections to science and provide engaging, student-centered activities that require the use of higher order thinking skills. Sponsored by Oso Bay & Welder Wildlife Foundation. Limit 25. $20 Fee. Register here.

      Conservation Planning and Climate Change: Articulating Conservation Goals, Scope, and Targets

      Mar 21, 9 am to 5 pm at the Mission-Aransas Estuarine Research Center, 750 Channel View Dr, Port Aransas, TX 78373—This one-day training covers a step-by-step methodology for how decision-makers, planners, and resource managers can consider climate change in conservation planning. See Agenda. Register: by emailing Dr. Kelly Dunning.Children in Nature

      Native Prairie Restoration and Management Workshop

      April 6, 1:00-3:30 at 1144 C Street, Floresville, TX 78114. The workshop is free, with 40 seats available. Register here

      Workshop Presentations:

      • Native Prairie Restoration at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park—Gregory Mitchell, Natural Resource Program Manager, National Park Service.
      • Saving Land with Conservation Easements—Allison Elder, Director of Legal Services, San Antonio River Authority.
      • Prescribed Burning on the San Antonio River Mission Reach—Justin Krobot, Mission Reach Superintendent, San Antonio River Authority.
      • History of Human Impacts on Grassland Habitats—Will Newman, Coordinating Wildlife Biologist, Pheasants Forever Inc. & Quail Forever.

      Apr 8—Texas Children in Nature and the Public Health Benefits of Time in Nature
      Watch this space for more information.

      Eco-Expert Series: Who Manages That Land?

      Apr 18 at Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve, 2446 N. Oso Parkway, Corpus Christi, TX 78414—Dr. Kelly Dunning will present who owns what land on the South Texas coast and what policy, laws, and actors protect, manage, and develop the coast. To reserve a space, please register. For more information, email Caleb Harris, call 361-826-3947, or click here.

      Welder Wildflower Workshop

      Apr 26, 9:00 am-4:00 pm at Welder Wildlife Foundation. Directions—Identify, collect, & preserve our native South Texas wildflowers & learn about South Texas range management and ecology. The $30.00 fee includes lunch and workshop materials. Space is limited to 30 participants, so register today! Registration deadline: March 30.

      Desalination Panel

      May 13—Watch this space for more information.

      Specific Projects Training

      Note: This section is organized by date. Report as AT: Specific Projects and specify the organization and topic in the description.

      Rookery Island Monitoring – Counting Birds

      April 16th (Tues) from 10:00 am to noon at the Port O’Connor Library, 506 W Main St, Port O’Connor, TX 77982—Woody Woodrow of USFWS will cover information on estimated counts and tips and tricks he uses in the field. We will learn some good skills that can be applied to rookery monitoring on Chester Island or any other rookery. After a break for a sack lunch, we will head out to the water (weather permitting) for an hour or two. This opportunity to get on the boats to survey Chester with Woody will help us experience counts as well as have a chance to ask questions in the field. We will have VFH radios so that the group can ask questions easily if we need two boats. Contact Kari Howard or call her at 409-223-4777 for more information. Please click here to register.

      Advanced Banding

      Apr 10–13 at Welder Wildlife Foundation—The workshop is hosted by WWF and the Institute for Bird Populations. The fee is $1,250 per person and includes all class materials, instructors’ fees, lodging, and meals. Information and Registration

      Wings Rescue Center Volunteer Training

      Feb 23, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at ARH Education Center, 706 Navigation Cir, Rockport, TX—Rebecca McKeever will teach bird rescue from 8:30 until noon, followed by hands-on training until 3:00. Contact (361) 205-0892 for more information or to sign up.

      Nurdle Patrol Training

      Feb 11, 5:30 pm at Del Mar Center for Economic Development Rm 106, Kostoryz & Staples in Corpus Christi—Nurdles are small plastic pellets that are the basis of everything plastic. Nurdle Patrol is a citizen-science project lead by Jace Tunnell at the Mission-Aransas NERR at UTMSI. Click here for a training video

      Free CWMA Invasive Species Workshop

      Feb 19, 9:30 to 4:30 at Estuarine Research Center at UTMSI, 750 Channel View Drive, Port Aransas—Attendees will learn about the Invaders of Texas citizen-scientist program including information on invasive species, managing the spread of invasives, and best-management practices for control and removal. Space is limited to 30 on a first-come, first-served basis. Note: this training is also available online. Information and Registration

      CWMA Chainsaw Training

      Feb 20, 9 am to noon at UTMSI in Port Aransas—American Conservation Experience and Texas A & M Forest Service experts will teach best practices for saw and herbicide use on Brazilian Peppertrees with classroom training and outdoor demonstration. Bring your equipment and protective gear. Email Colleen Simpson, CWMA Co-Chair, for more information and to sign up.

      Lecture Series Presentations

      Note: This section is organized alphabetically, with sessions under each series in chronological order. Report as AT: Lecture Series and specify the organization and the topic in the description.

      AgriLife Extension Educational Series

      Watch this space for the complete schedule of approved 2019 brownbag and special-event Sessions offered by Master Gardeners and AgriLife Extension Service at 892 Airport Rd, Rockport, TX 78382. Brownbag sessions are held on Tuesdays from noon to 1:00 pm.

      • Jan 15—Spring gardening for pollinators—Neli Spurrell
      • July 16—Know your Native Grasses—Ray Kirkwood

      Aquarium at Rockport Harbor Series

      Lectures are held at the Aquarium at Rockport Harbor Education Center, 706 Navigation Cir, Rockport, TX, Wednesdays beginning at 7 p.m. Watch this space for more information.

      • Jan 2—Explosion Craters on Coastal Bend—Besonnen
      • Jan 16—Sediment transport in estuaries—Reisinger
      • Feb 6—Oysters—Sutton
      • Feb 20—Shoreline Change—Gibeaut
      • Mar 6—Whooping Cranes—Dr. Liz Smith
      • Mar 20—Red Snapper Project—speaker from the Fish Lab

      Aransas Bird and Nature Club Lectures

      ABNC brownbag  lectures are held at the Aquarium at Rockport Harbor Education Center, 706 Navigation Cir, Rockport, TX, Wednesdays beginning at 11:30. You do not have to be an ABNC member to attend. Watch this space for additions throughout the spring and fall.

      • Jan 9—Celebrating the Natural Beauty of South Texas and the Back Stories—Cissy Beasley, photographer
      • Feb 13—Pollinator’s Garden and a Bird’s Buffet – Nelli Spurrell
      • Mar 13—Ben Horstmann of TPWD, regional Interpretive Specialist for South Texas State Parks.His topic will be “Take a Birder’s Tour of South Texas State Parks.” Take a birder’s tour of the State Parks of South Texas with an avid birder who visits them all on a regular basis. The tour will go through each park and the birds you can find there in different seasons, as well as how you can take an actual birding tour with our interpreters or volunteers in several of the parks.

      Bay Education Center Series

      The Bay Education Center is currently closed due to damage from Hurricane Harvey. For more information, contact Education Specialist and Volunteer Coordinator Nicole Poulson by email or call 361-749-3153

      Birdiest Festival

      Apr 24–28 at South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples, Corpus Christi. All events are approved. Festival Registration: $25 Required for all festival program/field trip participants. Allows registration for field trips, 3 free presentations ($5 ea for extras), and five days’ admission to South Texas Botanical Gardens. Information and Registration

      Bird Events at Goose Island State Park

      January through April, Goose Island sponsors Shorebird, Woodland, and Big Tree Natural Area Walks. Check with Park Headquarters for the meeting locations as you enter the park. More information and for postings during the months these walks are offered

      HummerBird Celebration Seminars

      Sep 20-22 at Rockport-Fulton High School, 1801 Omohundro, Rockport. Watch this space for listing of approved sessions when available.

      Matagorda Bay Birdfest

      Feb 15-17, Palacios, TX. All boat tours and field trips are approved. Register for boat tours and field trips.

      Feb 16. 1:30 -5:15 pm—Lectures at the East Side Annex, 901 Second St, Palacios, TX.

      1:30-2:30—Session 1
      Bird Photography: Things I’ve Learned—Jim Stephenson
      Conservation of Shore Birds Along the Texas Shore—Sue Holding
      Parting the Waters: the Colorado River Raft and Matagorda Bay—Margie Crisp

      2:30-3:30—Session 2
      Where do they come from…: a case study on Red Knots—David Newstead
      The Nature of Art: The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment—Ryan Spencer
      Audubon Year of the Bird—Suzanne Langley

      3:30-4:30—Session 3
      Parting the Waters: the Colorado River Raft and Matagorda Bay—Margie Crisp
      Harvey’s Impact on Crane Habitat—ICF speaker
      Bird Photography: Things I’ve Learned—Jim Stephenson

      4:40-5:15 Moderated Speaker Q&A at Gymnasium Stage

      Native Plant Society of Texas Spring Symposium Lectures

      Mar 23, beginning at 8:00 am at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX 78739. Information and Registration

      • Rainscapes—Shannon Brown of Ecosystems Regeneration Artisans Landscapes
      • Perspectives on Native Plants—George Cates of Native American Seed
      • Fireflies of Texas—Ben Pfeiffer of

      Plant Walks

      Learn to identify plants of our Mid-Coast area. Training walks can be set up at various locations to study plants in several seasons. Participants will learn to identify plants for their own pleasure or to lead walks for site visitors. If interested, contact Kris Kirkwood.

      Texas Maritime Museum Lectures

      These brownbag lectures are offered at noon on Mondays at the Texas Maritime Museum, 1202 Navigation Circle, Rockport, TX 78382.

      • Jan 28—Oyster culture and user conflict—John Scarpa, PhD, TAMUCC
      • Feb 4—How Hurricane Harvey Affected Plankton Populations in the Coastal Bend—Shannan McAskill PhD Student
      • Feb 25—Invasive Species—Sara Pelleteri, UTMSI
      • Mar 4—Annual Whooping Crane Discussion—Dr. Wade Harrell & Laura Bonneau, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
      • Mar 18—Do Our Medicines Accumulate In Our Local Waterways Fish?—Samreen Siddiqui, doctoral candidate

      TMN Tuesdays: Academy of Lifelong Learning

      TMN Tuesdays is provided by MCTMN members of as part of the Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL), a project of Victoria College. Attendees must be members of ALL. The annual membership fee is $50. Information on current seminars  Information about ALL Note: presenting at TMN Tuesdays is an approved volunteer service opportunity

      UTMSI Public Lecture Series

      Lectures are being held at various locations in Port Aransas until the UTMSI building is repaired. Doors open at 6:30 pm; lectures begin at 7:00. Location listed with lectures.

      • Feb 13—Eight Years after Deepwater Horizon: What Have we Learned?—Dr. Ed Buskey, Dr. Zhanfei Liu, Dr. Andrew Esbaugh—Pioneer RV Park, Hwy 361, 120 Gulfwind Dr, Port Aransas.
      • Feb 21—Trends in Marine Bird Injuries and Wildlife Rehab on Mustang Island—Alicia Walker, ARK Program Coordinator—Community Center, 408 North Alister, Port Aransas.
      • Feb 28—Citizen Science: The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team—Dr. Julia Parrish, U of Washington—Pioneer RV Park, Hwy 361, 120 Gulfwind Dr, Port Aransas.

      Whooping Crane Festival Lectures, Tours, and Trips

      Feb 21-24—Information and Registration

      • Cranes of the World—George Archibald
      • Hurdles with Nurdles—Jace Tunnell.
      • TBD—Wade Harrell
      • Aransas-Wood Buffalo Population of Whooping Cranes—Liz Smith
      • Wood Buffalo National Park—Rhona Kindopp
      • All boat tours, field trips, and photography sessions are approved

      Training with Meetings

      Mid-Coast TMN Chapter Meetings

      Chapter meetings are typically held on the second Saturday of the second month in each quarter of the year. Report actual training time as AT: with Chapter Meeting, and specify the topic. Report attending the business meeting separately as CB: Chapter Business/Chapter Meeting and include travel time.

      • Feb 9, 10:00 am, Goose Island—Rescue and rehabilitation of wounded birds—Kay Adams of Wings Rescue Center in Rockport
      • May 11, 10:00 am—Location and speaker TBD
      • Aug 10, 10:00 am—Location and speaker TBD
      • Nov 9, 10:00 am—Location and speaker TBD

      Texas Master Naturalist Annual Meeting

      Most seminars during this 3-day conference in Rockwall, TX October 18–20, 2019, should qualify as AT. For details on seminars to be offered, please watch for information at “Annual Meeting” on the State website. Report as AT: with State Meeting and specify topic in the description.

      Online Training

      Note: State requires that no more than 4 of the 8 hours of advanced training required to certify be online training because of concerns that students may need interaction with an instructor for optimum learning. (Exceptions to this rule may be considered for members meeting the Americans with Disabilities Act.)

      Once the minimum of 8 hours of advanced training has been attained, additional advanced training hours may be earned online. Report as AT: Online Training and specify topic in the description.

      Live Webinars

      Nature Education

      A 5-week online course from the Cornell University Civic Ecology Lab. Apr 9-May 14 8:00 or 9:00 am, EDT. Cost: $60. More info/registration:

      Course Contents:
      Week 1 — Nature education framework. Background and definition. Nature education principles. Nature education outcomes. Individual and social benefits.
      Week 2 — Nature education and physical health. Mental health. Social benefits.
      Week 3 — Nature education programs. Nature education and children. Interpretation and social learning. Inclusivity in nature education.
      Week 4 — Learning in different contexts. Nature education in wilderness vs in cities. Formal vs nonformal nature education. STEM learning.
      Week 5 — Final project: create a nature education plan for your organization, school, family, or yourself.

      The Role of Honey Bees in Natural Areas Webinar

      Feb 20, 11:00 am Instructions and Registration Topics:

      • Flora Resource Competition Between Honey Bees and Wild Bees: Is There Clear Evidence and Can We Guide Management and Conservation?—Vicki Wojcik, Pollinator Partnership
      • Honey Bees in the Pollination Networks of Natural Areas: An Overview and Best Management Practices—Rich Hartfield of the Xerces Society

      Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R. 4647)

      Feb 26, 3:00 pm—Register to attend the live webinar

      How the proposed Act would fund research and conservation of any species determined to be a Species of Greatest Conservation Need. The webinar relates to material in portions of Chapters 1, 2, 5, 6 of the Texas Waters: Exploring Water and Watersheds curriculum. The recorded webinar and associated materials will be available for download from the Texas Waters Specialist page a few days after the event.

      Archived Webinars

      Colonial Waterbird ID

      Online video details the differences between adult, juvenile and adult breeding coastal waterbirds. Colonial Waterbird video

      eBird Essentials

      Free 3-hour online training: Discover how eBird can support your passion for birds and how your participation can help us better understand them. More information

      Invaders of Texas Online Training

      Help slow the spread of harmful invasive plants and reduce their ecological and economic damage. Information and Registration. Once you are trained, download the free app for your phone and go for it!

      Monarch Butterfly Conservation Webinar Series

      USFWS partnered with Monarch Joint Venture to develop a series of webinars on monarch biology, monitoring, and conservation. Details on all sessions

      Ornithology: Comprehensive Bird Biology

      Training sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Read more about the textbook and online course. Course enrollment: $239; textbook: $135 ($199 and $121.50, respectively, for Cornell Lab members). 

      Trash/Fishing Line Impacts on Wildlife

      Videos from the Audubon Texas Estuarine Resource Network

      Find a new training opportunity?

      1. Check it against Criteria and against Advanced Training Approved in the Past.
      2. Fill out an approval request form if the opportunity is new and meets criteria.

      State Training Opportunities by E-Mail

      The Texas Master Naturalist Listserv is a communications medium hosted by Texas A&M at no charge to provide quick distribution of items pertinent to Texas Master Naturalists. To sign up, please follow these instructions:

      1. Complete the TMN Listserv Sign-up form (no fee; you may unsubscribe at any time)
      2. Click the SUBMIT button on the form
      3. You will receive a confirmation request from Listserv. You must reply or you will not be added to the Listserv.
      4. You will receive announcements automatically to the email from which you signed up. If your email address changes, you will need to register again.

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