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  1. Check it against Criteria and against Advanced Training Approved in the Past.
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Project Learning Tree

Hurricane Harvey has Coastal Bend communities thinking hard about rebuilding for long-term resiliency. Learn tools to inform decision-making about heat, drought, floods, and storm surge.  

  • When? Wednesday, November 29, 2017 – 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
  • Where? Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, Harte Research Institute Room 127
  • Cost? FREE! Lunch also provided.
  • What should I bring? Your laptop and your creative energy
To learn more and to REGISTER, click HERE.

Whooping Crane TERN Training—New!

The International Crane Foundation and Audubon Texas are joining to train citizen scientists to collect data on whooping cranes for better management of our signature endangered species. Both days of training are required to participate in the program. Registration is required by December 1.

  • Wednesday, Dec 13 8:30-4:00 at AgriLife Extension Center in Rockport
  • Thursday, Dec 14 7:30-12:00 noon as a field session in the Aransas Bay area

Bring a sack lunch for Day 1 and a refillable water bottle. VMS Opportunity listing – AT: Specific-Project

ProjectWILD & FlyingWILD Workshops

On December 9, 2017 Dr. Janice Greene, Missouri’s state coordinator for Project WILD, will be leading Project WILD and Flying WILD workshops at the Welder Wildlife Foundation from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. Dr. Greene is a professor at Missouri State University and Director of the Bull Shoals Field Station. Workshop times and costs: Project WILD ($20) begins 8:00 am and Flying WILD ($15) begins 1:30 pm. Bring your own sack lunch. Space is limited; you must preregister for the workshop(s) by contacting the Welder Wildlife Foundation, 361-364-2643.

Coming Soon! iNaturalist Bioblitz Training!

Chapter Advisor Trey Barron is planning a Bioblitz to teach interested Chapter members how to use iNaturalist, especially in TPWD Nature Tracker citizen-science service opportunities. Interested? Contact Trey Barron and watch this space for more information as it is developed. VMS Opportunity listing – AT: Specific-Project

Aransas Bird and Nature Club Lectures

Watch this space for next season’s lectures.

You do not have to be an ABNC member to attend these lectures. VMS Opportunity listing – AT: Lecture Series presentation

AgriLife Extension Educational Series

All sessions are held at the Aransas County AgriLife office at 892 Airport Road| Rockport, TX 78382 and from noon to 1:00 p.m. unless otherwise stated. VMS Opportunity listing – AT: Lecture Series presentation

Watch this space for next season’s lectures.

ARH Lecture Series

All lectures are held at the Aquarium at Rockport Harbor Education Center, 706 Navigation Circle, Rockport, Texas 78382 beginning at 7:00 p.m unless otherwise stated. VMS Opportunity listing – AT: Lecture Series presentation

Watch this space for next season’s lectures.

Bay Education Center Bay Talks

Mission-Aransas NERR Bay Talks are held at the BEC at 121 Seabreeze Drive, Rockport, Texas on Fridays from 12:00 to 1: p.m. VMS Opportunity listing – AT: Lecture Series presentation

Watch this space for next season’s lectures.

TMN Tuesdays: Academy of Lifelong Learning

The Texas Master Naturalist Series, TMN Tuesdays, is provided by members of Mid-Coast Chapter, Texas Master Naturalist 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. Participants will learn about local plants, animals, and ecosystems as well as ways to enjoy and support our region’s natural resources. VMS Opportunity listing – AT: Lecture Series presentation

Watch this space for next season’s lectures.  

ALL Membership entitles you to participate in any of the Academy of Lifelong Learning activities offered during the fall and spring semesters at no additional charge, with the exception to a few activities that have a supply or travel fee. These are noted in the schedule. More information about ALL

UTMSI Lecture Series

The free lectures will be held at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute, Visitors’ Center Auditorium, Port Aransas, Texas. All Lectures start at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) For more information contact Linda Fuiman via email, or call 361-749-6806. VMS Opportunity listing – AT: Lecture Series presentation

Watch this space for next season’s lectures.

 UTMSI Lectures listing for more details

UTMSI Film & Discussion Series

The following free films range in time from 15-60 minutes followed by a group discussion and have been approved as advanced training. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 – 4 p.m. in the UTMSI Auditorium.

Watch this space for next season’s lectures.

Normally TMN State does not approve of movies and TV shows as advanced training, but the discussion led by UTMSI personnel adds an additional educational element. VMS Opportunity listing – AT: Lecture Series presentation

Whooper Photo Analysis—another session TBD

Dr. Liz Smith is in need of volunteers to look at photos and record animals—especially whooping cranes—using freshwater ponds in our area. Your participation will contribute to a much better understanding of whooping crane needs and behavior. Watch this space for the next training session next fall. VMS Opportunity listing – AT: Specific-Project

Online Advanced Training

Wildlife for Lunch Webinars

Texas Wildlife Association has teamed with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension to host a series of webinars covering a wide array of wildlife and land management topics.  These FREE online webinars are held during the lunch hour (noon – 1 p.m., CST) so that anyone interested may tune in during the work day.  The webinar series provides sound, science-based wildlife management information delivered by experts to you in the comfort of your own home or office. Each web-based seminar is fully interactive and allows you to engage the experts, make comments and ask questions during the course of the presentation. VMS Opportunity listing – AT: Online Training

For a full schedule of the 2017 Wildlife for Lunch webinar series, click here.

Ornithology: Comprehensive Bird Biology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology provides an online format enriched by videos and interactive animations. This self-paced course uses the new third-edition of the Handbook of Bird Biology textbook. Course learners earn digital badges for passing quizzes. Those who pass the course receive a printed certificate signed by Cornell Lab director Dr. John W. Fitzpatrick. Read more about the textbook and online course. Course enrollment costs $239 and the textbook costs $135 ($199 and $121.50, respectively, for Lab members). 

Colonial Waterbird ID

Online video details the differences between adult, juvenile and adult breeding coastal waterbirds including terns & gulls, egrets, herons, pelicans, skimmers, and spoonbills. Colonial Waterbird videoVMS Opportunity listing – AT: Online Training

Trash/Fishing Line Impacts on Wildlife

Two online videos from the Audubon Texas Estuarine Resource Network present:

  • why people litter and what can be done to change their habits (0.75 hrs)
  • how coastal trash, especially fishing line, is impacting pelicans and other coastal wildlife (0.50 hrs)

VMS Opportunity listing – AT: Online Training

Invaders of Texas Online Training

Do you want to help slow the spread of harmful invasive plant species and reduce their ecological and economic damage? The first step is to locate where invaders have arrived and get that information to those who can do something about it. Approved training is now available online . VMS Opportunity listing – AT: Online Training

Plant Walks

Learn to identify the plants of the:

  • Aransas National Wildlife Refuge – Heron Flats Trail
  • Linda S. Castro Nature Sanctuary in Rockport
  • Sunset Lake Park in Portland
  • Welder Wildlife Refuge – River Walk or Nature Trail
  • Other locations at your request

Training walks can be set up to study the plants in several seasons. Participants will learn to identify plants for their own pleasure, or to lead native plant walks for site visitors. If you are interested in the training, contact Kris Kirkwood. VMS Opportunity listing – AT: Single presentation

Make your Own Training Opportunity

If a new volunteer opportunity you are pursuing includes training, fill out the Training Approval Request. If the training is part of an approved volunteer service, it is automatically approved. Watch local news sources for seminars or classes on local-area ecosystems, wildlife, native plants, or natural resource management, check them against advanced training criteria. If the training seems to meet these criteria, request approval. If the Education & Training committee approves the training, it can be offered to the entire Chapter. Check the State ListServ email to see if other Chapters are offering training applicable to our area.

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