2020 SPRING TRAINING CLASS INFORMATION & NEWS

Barron-Richter at Attwater Prairie chicken class

Dr. Barron Rector taught a past training class at the Attwater’s Prairie Chicken Reserve.

SPRING 2020 CLASSES ARE NOW BEING CONDUCTED

THROUGH ONLINE MEETING PLATFORMS

ALL FACE-TO-FACE CLASSES ARE CANCELLED THROUGH APRIL 18,

THE LAST SCHEDULED CLASS

WATCH THIS SPACE and CHECK BACK REGULARLY FOR THE CURRENT SCHEDULE of ONLINE CLASSES  

UPCOMING ONLINE CLASSES:  Online classes are being scheduled in several ways.   Some classes are taught via the online meeting platform Zoom.  Zoom log-on information will be emailed to all members prior to the training session. TMNCPC trainees will receive IT credit for these classes.  Some classes are taught via archived webinars which will be followed by a test.

(Unfortunately, current TMNCPC members cannot receive AT credit for attending these training sessions although all are invited to attend.)

  • April 8, 2020:  Watch and listen as Jaime Gonzalez with the Nature Conservancy discusses “Prairie Ecology of Houston” via Zoom.  If you missed the lecture, you may view it via a link in the Members Only section.
  • April 14, 2020:  Another online lecture for the Spring 2020 Training Class will be presented by our own Rick Davison.   He will present ‘Geology’ in two sessions on Tuesday April 14.  It will be 2.5 hours IT, and the ending time will depend upon whether we break it up or go straight through
  • April 18, 2020: The Entomology Unit for the Spring 2020 Training Class will be taught as follows:  First all trainees will watch a wonderful 2-hr video by Wizzie Brown which can be watched online at any time that is convenient for you.  Here is the link for the video:  https://agrilife-tamu.webex.com/recordingservice/sites/agrilife-tamu/recording/play/ec532d86d14046f5a55c3dee0c15bd07.  By April 18, Class Director Shannon Westveer will have a quiz put together for each trainee to take in order for you to get credit for 2 hrs IT. Easy hours!!
  • April 21, 2020:  Mikayla House of the Katy Prairie Conservancy will present a 1.5 hr training session on Tuesday April 21.   She will start with introducing the KPC organization, and explain what it does and why.  Then she’ll cover details on 4 or 5 research projects that have been completed on the property including what was done, what they found, and why it is important. Finally she’ll cover information on how TMNCPC members can get involved with the Katy Prairie Conservancy.
  • April 25, 2020: “Ornithology” by Glenn Olsen with the Houston Audubon Society.  This will be a Zoom meeting.   Trainees should check their email for times and sign on information.
  • April 28, 2020: Two presentations will be offered.  Trainees should check their email for times and sign on information.  “Aquatic Systems Ecology” (Unit 18)  by John O’Connell with TAMU AgriLife will be followed by the “Wetland Ecology Unit” (Unit 19) taught by Marissa Llosa with TCWP AgriLife.
  • May 5, 2020: “Archeology” (Unit 2) presented by Jenni Kimbell with Terracon. 10:00 am – 12:30 am on Zoom.  Followed by “Texas Water Resources” (Unit 9) presented by Kimberly Horndeski with TPWD.  12:00 pm – 1:30 pm on Zoom
  • May 9, 2020: “Icthyology” (Unit 14)  presented by John O’Connell of TAMU Agrilife Brazoria County.  10 am – 12:00 pm on Zoom.  Pre-registration is required.  The field trip portion to Sea Center will be scheduled when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, hopefully by summer’s end.
  • May 12, 2020: “Rangeland Ecology 1” (Units 5 and 20) presented by Dr. Barron Rector with TAMU.  10 am – 1 pm on Zoom.  Pre-registration is required.
  • May 16, 2020: “Citizen Science and iNaturalist” by Sam Kieschnick (aka SamBiology on iNaturalist).  10:00 am – 1:00 pm on Zoom.  Pre-registration is required.
  • May 19, 2020: “Weather and Climate” (Unit 8) presented by John Nielsen-Gammon, co-author of the chapter. 10:00 am – 1:00 pm on Zoom.  Pre-registration is required.
  • May 23, 2020: “Rangeland Ecology 2” (Units 5 and 20) presented by Dr. Barron Rector with TAMU.  10 am – 12 pm on Zoom.  Pre-registration is required.

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