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(AT) Deep Dive – iNaturalist: New Citizen Science Opportunities -Session1

September 3, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

AT Online: Deep Dive: iNaturalist: New Citizen Science Opportunities: September 3

Program:  iNaturalist: New Citizen Science Opportunities

Presenter:  Lisa Travis

Description:   Think iNaturalist isn’t for you? Think again! New opportunities for Fall, 2020 offer something for everyone.  Whether you have used iNaturalist a little, a lot, or not at all, these exciting new opportunities have something for you! Better yet, we have activities perfect for volunteering-during-a-quarantine! Come hear how you can help. (and earn Volunteer Hours!) This Deep Dive will cover:

  • Fall BioBlitz, September 6–12, a friendly competition among the six TXMN chapters in the DFW area. (Sponsored by the one-and-only Sam Kieschnick!)
  • NEW: Zoom “Work Sessions” for identifications, a fun way to (virtually) get together with other Master Naturalists to accomplish valuable work
  • How to help curate Texas Nature Trackers projects
  • Learn about the Texas Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN), and what you can do to help
  • Other ways to contribute to iNaturalist (and earn VH) from the safety of your own home
  • Places in our area in need of biodiversity assessment / tracking
  • A brief overview of new TXMN state guidelines for earning VH through iNaturalist

Lisa Travis is a happily retired teacher, and member of the Blackland Prairie Chapter, Class of 2018. Under normal circumstances, she is a nature educator at the Heard Sanctuary, a trail guide at LLELA, and a Project WILD trainer/facilitator. Lisa is also an iNaturalist fanatic, with over 10,000 observations, and over 15,000 identifications made for others. She is a volunteer curator on the site and presents iNaturalist training sessions for the community as well as for fellow Master Naturalists. Lisa is interested in all-things nature, with a special focus on plants, and especially trees.

Date:  Thursday, September 3, 2020

To maximize your opportunity to attend this online deep dive class, it will be offered at two different times.  Both sessions will be live, with time allocated for questions and answers.  Members may attend both sessions if they choose but cannot earn additional AT for repeating the same session.

Times:  Session 1 – 4:00-4:30 pm | Session 2 – 6:00-6:30 pm

Online Platform:  ZOOM Application; If you do not already have the ZOOM application on your computer or mobile device, see “Steps to Download ZOOM” below.

Join Meeting Instructions:  The Meeting ID and Password to join this meeting will be sent to all members in a separate email on Tuesday, September 1.  Please note, each class has a unique ZOOM Meeting ID number and password.

BPTMN Contact:

Lisa Travis – listrav@gmail.com

Logging AT:  Report as AT: BPTMN: Other Pre-approved training (Name of class in Comments).  While you are welcome to attend both sessions of this class, you will only earn ½-hour of AT.  Put another way, whether you attend one or both sessions, you will earn only ½-hour AT.

Other Information: 

 Steps to download ZOOM on your computer: 

  1. In your browser type https://zoom.us
  2. Click SIGN UP, IT’S FREE
  3. For verification, confirm your birthdate; click CONTINUE
  4. Enter your email address; click SIGN UP
  5. Zoom will send you an email message; open this email; click CONFIRMATION LINK
  6. A new window will open; click ACTIVATE ACCOUNT
    1. Set up your account; enter your name and create your password
  7. A new window will open; Invite colleagues – SKIP
  8. Test Meeting – Click on START MEETING NOW; test your audio settings
  9. A new screen will open; If prompted, you may need to click on DOWNLOAD & RUN APP
  10. Once you have downloaded and run the ZOOM App, a JOIN A MEETING screen will open
    1. Click on JOIN A MEETING
    2. Enter the Zoom Meeting ID
    3. Enter the Zoom Meeting Password Provided via email
    4. Click JOIN

    5. Steps to download on your mobile device: 
  1. Go to the App Store (Apple) or Play Store (Android)
  3. Install the App
  4. Follow the instructions to set up your account
  5. Click on JOIN A MEETING
  6. Enter the Zoom Meeting ID
  7. Enter the Zoom Meeting Password Provided via email
  8. Click JOINSee you in the Deep Dive!


September 3, 2020
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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