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VMS Categories for Reporting

AT (Advanced Training): Continuing education – training we take
CB (Chapter Business): Chapter administrative tasks
FR (Field research): gathering research data and reporting; citizen science
NPA (Nature Public Access): Helping the public get easier physical access to nature; service to people rather than to wildlife
OT (Other): Helping a Partner carry out its own mission, even though not TMN-related – limited use
PO (Public Outreach): Educating the public informally, where they can walk away
RM (Resource Management): Managing natural resources; improving wildlife or habitat for wildlife
TG (Technical Guidance): Providing TMN guidance or expertise to a Partner organization
TR (Training): Direct, formal education we provide to others

Have questions? If the volunteer activity or project has been approved but does not seem to fit any of these categories, or if you have a question about where your favorite activity fits, contact the Hourskeeper.

Advanced Training

AT: Lecture Series presentation – Sessions offered by Chapter Partners or area organizations on topics approved as advanced training for MCTMN members. Includes: Aquarium at Rockport Harbor (ARH), Bay Education Center (BEC), UTMSI, AgriLife “Brownbags,” HummerBird Celebration (HBC), Whooperfest, other such events. When you report, give series & name of session in “Describe your training.”

AT: Online Training – Approved training listed on the online opportunities page. Give the name of the training in “Describe your training” when you report.

AT: Single presentation – Approved training that is not part of a series or directly related to a project. Specify in “Describe your training” when you report. Example: Annual Welder Wildflower Workshop

AT: Specific-Project – Approved training for a specific Chapter project and, generally, for a specific Partner. Training may include equipment operation, interpretation, or other skills. Specify the partner & project in “Describe your training.” Examples: WWF: bird-banding, ANWR: heavy equipment training

AT: TX Waters Certification training – Approved training for obtaining Texas Waters Certification

AT: with Chapter Meeting – Advanced Training provided in conjunction with a Chapter meeting. Please list the title in “Describe your training” when you report. Remember to report meeting attendance separately using CB: Chapter Business.

AT: with State Meet – Advanced Training provided in conjunction with the annual State TMN meeting. Give the training name in “Describe your training.”

Chapter Business

CB: Chapter Business – Includes attending chapter meetings and anything that has to do with running the Chapter. Choose the type of work from the Chapter Administration dropdown list:

Chapter Meeting
Board/Committee Work
President Duties
Vice-President Duties
Treasurer Duties
Secretary Duties

Hours Mgmt
Hospitality
Communications
Website/Social Media
Photographer
Programs

Project Mgmt
Recruiting
Training Classes
Fundraising
State Meeting

Note: This category includes performing tasks related to the funding/business aspects of the Chapter plant sale, as opposed to the educational aspects (PO: TMN Plant Sale). Examples: Board/Committee: attending a Projects committee meeting, Recruiting: staffing our Outreach booth to tell people about TMN and get new members, Fundraising: growing plants for the plant sale; serving as cashier

Field Research

FR: ANWR research – Planning, leading, or participating in data collection, reporting, or analysis of natural resources at or for Aransas National Wildlife Refuge that does not fit aquatic, insect life, or bird populations. Specify in “Describe your service” when you report. Example: Heron Flats – plant survey

FR: Aquatic Life – Field research collecting/reporting data for blue crab larvae, phytoplankton, eels, & all other aquatic life, including TPWD gillnet work & fishing surveys. Specify type of aquatic life or project in “Describe your service.” Examples: PortA – fish survey, Lamar pier – eel mop monitoring

FR: Bird Populations – Collecting and reporting data for bird populations including specific research for a specific partner. Includes whooping crane reports to any agency, Christmas Bird Counts, reporting to eBird, GBBC, Colonial Waterbirds, TERN, and other reporting at non-partner locations. State the partner (if any) and location in “Describe your service.” Examples: WWF – CBC, ICF – whooper monitoring, ANWR – bird census

FR: Insect Life – Field research collecting/reporting data for Emerald Ash Borer, Cactus Moth, bark beetles, other insect life studies in future. Specify insect and agency in “Describe your service.” Example: USFS – bark beetle trapping

FR: Mad Island – Assisting with any field research at Mad Island Marsh Preserve that does not fit aquatic, insect life, or bird populations. Please specify. Example: vegetative survey

FR: Mission-Aransas NERR – Field research collecting and reporting data for Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve that does not fit aquatic, insect life, or bird populations. Specify project and location. Example: Fennessey Ranch – vegetative survey

FR: Other Partners – Field research (that does not fit aquatic, insect life, or bird populations) collecting and reporting data for Partners not separately listed and at various locations. Specify activity and location in “Describe your service.” Example: CoCoRaHS – Victoria rain data

FR: TPWD – Field research providing data to TPWD and not reported under other opportunities. Includes Nature-Tracker Watches (Amphibian, Horned Lizard, Monarch butterfly, other), and other projects as they are developed. Specify project and location in “Describe your service.” Example: Goliad County – Horned Lizard watch

FR: Water Quality – Field research collecting/reporting water quality at various locations for organizations: StreamTeam, Colorado River Watch Network (CRWN), others. Specify project & location in “Describe your service” & check TX Water Specialist activity. Example: CRWN – Bay City water monitoring

FR: WWF research – Collecting/reporting/analyzing data for Welder Wildlife Foundation that does not fit aquatic, insect life, or bird populations. Name project in “Describe your service.” Example:

Nature Public Access

NPA: ANWR – Planning, creating or maintaining trails or any other work that eases public access to any Aransas National Wildlife Refuge property. Please specify. Example: Big Tree Trail – removed fallen tree

NPA: Aransas Pathways – Creating or maintaining trails and other activities that ease public access to nature at Aransas Pathways sites: Castro Sanctuary, Connie Hagar, Henderson, History Center, Holiday Beach Pond, Ivy Lane, Tule East & West, & others. Specify the property in “Describe your service.” Example: Ivy Lane – cleared hurricane debris from trails

NPA: Coleto Creek – Planning or performing work at Coleto Creek Park that eases public access to nature. Includes: creating or maintaining trails and developing new public areas. Example: Planning new nature trail

NPA: Other locations – Planning, creating, or maintaining trails or acreage at any public location to allow people easier access to nature. Includes: Aransas First, Nueces Delta, local parks, & other sites. Specify location in “Describe your service” when you report. Example: Aransas First – mowed birding trail

NPA: WWF – Creating or maintaining trails at Welder Wildlife Refuge Example: River Walk – pruning branches

Other

Performing work that allows a Partner organization to carry out its own mission, even though work is not related to TMN mission. Includes: HummerBird vendor setup, signage, or planning meetings not related to education (these indirectly benefit the HBC education mission). Specify partner & activity. Note: Do not use this category if the activity is TMN-mission-related. Use of this category must be limited and be defensible to auditors. Example: HBC – set up vendor spaces in the school

Public Outreach

PO: AgriLife – Leading or assisting with public outreach activities for an AgriLife Extension Service Partner. Specify AgriLife partner and activity. Example: Calhoun – beach boxes for schools

PO: ANWR – Planning, preparing, or leading an indirect educational activity for Aransas National Wildlife Refuge where participants come and go. Includes: roving/station interpreter; staffing outreach booth, front desk, or Nature Store; as well as building gardens or displays designed to educate the public on some aspect of nature. Specify in “Describe your service” when you report. Click “Yes” beside Impact Data to add contacts. Examples: Tower – interpreter, Pollinator Garden – made signs about native plant benefits

PO: Aransas Pathways – Indirect education to the public as they come and go on any Aransas Pathways property: Castro Sanctuary, Connie Hagar, Henderson, History Center, Holiday Beach Pond, Ivy Lane, Tule East/West, others. Specify the property in “Describe your service” when you report. Click “Yes” beside Impact Data to add contacts. Example: Castro – leading plant ID walk

PO: ARH docent – Provide public outreach/indirect education to visitors who come & go at the Aquarium at Rockport Harbor. Click “Yes” beside Impact Data to add contacts when you report. 

PO: Coleto Creek – Assisting with school students and other groups at Coleto Creek Park. Click “Yes” beside Impact Data to add audience numbers when you report. Note: Report preparing for and leading formal, scheduled events as TR. Example: Assisted staff with 5thgrade field day

PO: H/BC – Leading or assisting with an educational activity at the Hummer/Bird Celebration where participants come and go, including Partner booths but not including the MCTMN Plant Sale (PO: MCTMN Plant Sale) or the Chapter Outreach booth (CB: Chapter Business/recruiting). Specify activity and click “Yes” beside Impact Data to add contacts. Examples: NPSOT butterfly tent, Hummer home lead, Assisting speakers, Bus tour guide

PO: Incidental – Informal, indirect education for the public when they ask questions about a TMN volunteer service you are performing. Specify activity and click “Yes” beside Impact Data to report people you talked with. Example: Matagorda Beach Turtle Patrol – explained why turtles are endangered to visitors OR: Writing a mission-related newspaper article or newsletter that is distributed to the public.

PO: MBNP – Assisting with school students and other groups at Matagorda Bay Nature Park. Click “Yes” beside Impact Data to add contacts.

PO: MCBNC – Staffing the Information Kiosk at Matagorda County Birding Nature Center or planning or performing other indirect education at MCBNC. Specify activity and click “Yes” beside Impact Data to add contacts.

PO: MCTMN Plant Sale – Performing tasks related to education of the public about the value of native plants rather than financial tasks (CB: fundraising). Includes: handouts, signs, labels, interactions with customers, and other educational activities. Specify in Describe your service. If the activity included interactions, click “Yes” beside Impact Data to add contacts. Examples: Made plant information signs, Answered visitor questions at sale

PO: Mission-Aransas NERR – Indirect education for the public as they come and go at any M-A NERR educational facility: Bay Education Center (BEC), Estuary Explorium, R/V Katy, Wetlands Education Center. Specify facility when you report and click “Yes” beside Impact Data to add contacts. Examples: R/V Katy – assisted staff with education, BEC – docent

PO: Other Events/Partners – Indirect education for public as they come and go at other events or for Partners not otherwise specified. Specify event and Partner (if applicable) in “Describe your service” & click “Yes” beside Impact Data to add contacts. Example: Texas Zoo – showed/talked about TX tortoise

PO: Texas State Aquarium – Indirect education of the public at TSA while feeding fish in the exhibit, assisting with Wildflight show, or other activity. Specify in “Describe your service” when you report. If you interact with the public, click “Yes” beside Impact Data to add contacts. Example: TSA – narrated fish feeding

PO: TSMEC – Assisting with school students and other groups at the Texas State Marine Education Center in Palacios. Specify activity and click “Yes” beside Impact Data to add contacts.

PO: WWF – Assisting staff with school or other groups at Welder Wildlife Foundation. Specify activity and click “Yes” beside Impact Data to add contacts when you report. Example: Sinton 6th grade – nature trail walk

Resource Management

RM: ANWR – Planning, leading, or participating in activities that improve the health of Aransas National Wildlife Refuge natural areas or wildlife: e.g., removing invasives, improving whooper habitat, planting natives to increase biodiversity. Please specify activity. Example: Boathouse – Planted wolfberries for whooping cranes

RM: Aransas Pathways – Habitat improvement project on any AP property: removing invasives/trash or planting native plants to increase biodiversity. Includes: Castro Sanctuary, Connie Hagar, Henderson, History Center, Holiday Beach Pond, Ivy Lane, Tule East, Tule West, and others. Please specify the property in “Describe your service.” Example: Castro – removed Chinese tallow trees

RM: ARK rescue/rehab – Wildlife rescue and rehabilitation activities under the direction of Amos Rehabilitation Keep (ARK). Please specify when you report. Example: Injured turtle care

RM: Coleto Creek – Planning or performing work at Coleto Creek Park that improves habitat for wildlife. Includes: removing invasives, planting natives to increase biodiversity. Example: Removing trifoliate orange trees

RM: Goliad SP – Habitat improvement at Goliad State Park, planting or maintaining native-plant gardens to increase biodiversity.

RM: Goose Island – Habitat improvement project at Goose Island State Park or Big Tree site: removing invasives or planting/maintaining native plant gardens to increase biodiversity. Describe the activity. Example: Big Tree – pulling invasive Guineagrass

RM: Mad Island – Planning, leading, or participating in activities that improve health of natural areas or resources at the Clive Runnells Family Mad Island Marsh Preserve. Examples: Planting grasses for shore control, removing invasives

RM: MBNP – Habitat improvement at Matagorda Bay Nature Park. Includes: creating or maintaining food sources for wildlife, invasives removal. Please specify in “Describe your service.” Example: Maintaining a native prairie

RM: MI Turtle Patrol – Patrolling Matagorda Island for Kemp’s ridley sea turtles/nests. Finding tracks, documenting live & stranded turtles, locating nests, collecting or transporting eggs, or other efforts. Special training required. 

RM: Other Locations – Wildlife habitat improvement on any public property not specifically listed as a Partner location. Includes removing invasives, planting natives, and cleanups. Includes: Aransas First, CBBEP projects (including NDP), Egery Flats, Green Lake, Powderhorn Ranch, various beach cleanups and monitoring monofilament collection bins. Specify location and Partner organization (if applicable) when you report. Examples: Green Lake –black mimosa removal, Egery Flats – cleanup/habitat improvement

RM: PAIS Sea Turtles – Activities related to endangered sea turtles at Padre Island National Seashore. Includes: cold-stunned turtle rescue or release, PAIS turtle patrol or dispatch, incubation oversight, hatchling releases, data entry and documentation, other activities. Specify activity when you report.

RM: Tejano Wetlands – Habitat improvement on Formosa Tejano Wetlands property. Includes removing invasives, planting milkweed and nectar plants for Monarch butterflies. Please specify. Example: Monarch waystation

RM: Texas Zoo – Improve habitat for wildlife at the Texas Zoo in Victoria by planting and maintaining native gardens or removing invasives.

RM: TMMSN – Marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation activities under the direction of the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Example: Stranded dolphin feeding

RM: WWF – Habitat improvement through invasives removal, maintaining native plant gardens, or tending feeders. Please specify in “Describe your service.”

Technical Guidance

TG: ANWR – Providing technical or TMN-mission-related expertise, guidance, or service to Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. Please describe the activity when you report. Example: Setting up a bird-census database

TG: Aransas Pathways – Providing technical or TMN-mission-related expertise, guidance, or service to AP projects. Includes: Castro Sanctuary, Connie Hagar, Henderson, History Center, Holiday Beach Pond, Ivy Lane, Tule East, Tule West, and others. Please specify the property and activity. Example: Henderson-Advising project manager on habitat improvement

TG: ARH operations – Providing technical expertise, guidance, or service to Aquarium at Rockport Harbor operations. 

TG: City or County – Providing technical or TMN-mission-related expertise, guidance, or service to local city or county organizations or environmental committees. Includes: Aransas Stormwater committee, Victoria Alliance, SARA board, Wildlife Management boards. Please specify city/county/organization and the activity in “Describe your service” when you report. Example: Jackson Co – developing a website to promote nature activities

TG: Mad Island – Providing technical or TMN-mission-related expertise, guidance, or service to Mad Island Marsh Preserve. Specify work when you report.

TG: Other Organizations – Providing technical or TMN-mission-related expertise, guidance, or service to organizations not specifically listed. Example: Providing technical guidance or organizational expertise to HBC. Specify organization and activity. Example: DOW – ID plants on Seadrift property

TG: WWF – Providing technical or TMN-mission-related expertise, guidance, or service to Welder Wildlife Foundation Example: Documenting a Welder collection

Training – Direct Education

TR: ANWR direct education – Planning, preparing, or leading a formal, scheduled educational activity at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. Includes: shuttle bus tour, presentation to an audience, plant identification walk. Specify in “Describe your service” when you report and click “Yes” beside Impact Data to add your audience. Examples: Heron Flats trail – plant ID training, Seabeans presentation

TR: ARH direct education – Prepare for and lead scheduled education to school groups or other visitors at the Aquarium at Rockport Harbor. Click “Yes” beside Impact Data to add your audience. Note: not currently active. Example: Prepare & deliver presentation on blue crab larvae.

TR: Mad Island – Formal direct education for the public or MCTMN about Mad Island and its ecosystems. Specify the topic and click “Yes” beside Impact Data to add your audience when you report.

TR: Other Organizations – Preparing and delivering a TMN-mission-related presentation at other locations or events or for Partners not otherwise specified. Examples: HummerBird Celebration, Pathways locations, NPSOT Native Landscape Certification Program, State meeting. Specify in “Describe your service” and click “Yes” beside Impact Data to add your audience. Example: HBC – Presenting on invasive plants

TR: WWF direct education – Leading a scheduled educational activity at the Welder Wildlife Foundation. Example: Leading a public tour of the Refuge, leading a school group rather than assisting staff. Click “Yes” beside Impact Data to add contacts. Examples: Public tour, Collections tour

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