Training Opportunities

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  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.

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Sea Level Rise, Ocean Warming, and Ocean Acidification

9:00 am at the Bay Education Bay Education Center, 121 Seabreeze Drive in Rockport,  just before the entrance to Rockport Beach Park. The training will be presented using the Science-on-Sphere technology immediately before the August Chapter meeting. VMS Opportunity listing – AT: with Chapter Meeting

Hummer/Bird Celebration Seminars—New!

These lectures and tours to be held at H/BC September 14-17 have been approved as advanced training. Report each separately as AT: Lecture Series presentation

  • Lasagna Gardening for Birds—Glenn Olsen
  • Invasive Species in the Coastal Bend: How the Mission-Aransas Reserve is Battling Back—Katie Swanson
  • Behind the Scenes with Hummingbirds—Ann Prum
  • The Quality of Cranes: Facts, Folklore and Fanciful Tales—Liz Smith
  • Raptor Identification Workshop—Kevin McGowan
  • America’s Hummingbird Hotspots: A Photographic Journey—Juan Bahamon
  • Raptors Revealed: See Birds in Flight Indoors—Sky King Raptors
  • Texas Connection: Coastal Bird Research and Conservation—Owen Fitzsimmons
  • Living Loving and Laughing with Hummingbirds— Sid Rucker
  • Hummingbird Courtship: Flash! Zoom! Done!—Bill Lindemann
  • The Hummingbirds of Texas—Brent Ortego
  • Shorebird Identification Workshop— Kevin McGowan
  • Hawk Talk—Sky Kings Raptors
  • Photography Class: “Birds of Texas”—Bruce Sherman
  • Photography Class: “From Good to Better”—Stephen Fisher
  • Fennessey Ranch Birding Trip
  • Hazel Bazemore Birding Trip
  • Bird Goose Island Birding Trip
  • Boat Birding Trips: Skimmer
More information and a schedule of sessions

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

  • Tue Jan 17 Brown-Bag—“Garden Resolutions NOT to Make” Linda Frank Master Gardener, Noon–1:00 pm
  • Tue Feb 21 Brown-Bag— “What to Plant” Ellen Reisinger, Master Gardener Noon–1:00 pm
  • Tue Mar 21 Brown-Bag—“Reptiles and Their Importance in Our Yards and Homes” Chad Huckabee, Master Naturalist, Noon–1:00 pm
  • Tue Apr 18 Brown-Bag—“Composting” Frances Frizzell, Master Gardener, Noon–1 pm
  • Tue May 16 Brown-Bag—“Reading Your Palms” Noon–1:00 pm
  • Tue Jul 18 Brown-Bag—“Keyhole Gardening” Noon–1:00 pm
  • Tue Oct 17 Brown-Bag—“Butterfly Walk and Talk,” Marthanne Mitchell. We will be walking through our Coastal Oaks Garden following the talk. Noon–1:00 pm

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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