Join us each month for #TMNTuesdays Webinars!
On the second Tuesday of each month at 12:00pm Central Time, the TMN State Office offers an hour-long virtual advanced training event—with fantastic new and returning guest speakers. Scroll down the page and select a month to view upcoming and past webinars.
We are excited to once again host our TMNTuesdays webinar series on the second Tuesday of the month through the 2024 year. TMNTuesdays are a way to learn about top conservation issues of the state, earn advanced training hours, and interact with wildlife professionals from across the state!
As webinars are confirmed, details on the speaker, the description of the webinar, and more will be presented on this page. Use the registration link below to register for the available 2024 webinars.
Title: Texas Raptor Monitoring Network: a participatory science program to monitor the reproductive biology of raptors across Texas
Date: March 5, 2024 at 12pm
Speaker: Dr. Ben Skipper
Co-Author: Dr. Clint Boal
Description: Over the last two decades, citizen science has emerged as a powerful tool to gather data on biological phenomena over wide geographic areas. Through observation-based platforms like iNaturalist and eBird, citizen scientists have helped document shifts in geographic range of both native and invasive species and their work has proved invaluable to scientists and managers. Such platforms are, however, structured for single-observation events and there exists space for novel citizen science projects to use repeated observations of individuals. These repeated observations have the potential to shift observation-based citizen science to a more participatory science whereby individuals collect data additional to just occurrence and location. This workshop will use the monitoring of raptor nests as a model for engaging with the public through participatory science. Raptors are charismatic wildlife with wide public appeal. Since the 1960’s several species of raptor have adapted to urban and suburban environments, yet much remains to be learned about the reproductive ecology of many species in these areas. This participatory science program therefore would serve to fill this data gap and provide relevant information back to participants. Workshop participants will be provided instruction on identification of raptor species, the identification of different stages within the nesting cycle and their associated behaviors, and the balance between gathering data and disturbing nesting birds. Data collection will be made simple via an electronic form with pre-defined fields that can be accessed via any internet-connected device (e.g., smartphone, tablet, desktop computer).
Date: February 13, 2024 at 12pm
Speaker: Chip Ruthven, Natural Resource Specialist and Project Leader
Description: Chip has been the project leader for the Panhandle Wildlife Management Areas since 2004. He is stationed at the Matador Wildlife Management Area. Chip has special interest and advanced knowledge in rattlesnakes.
Texas Nature Trackers Mini Series
Title: Acoustic Monitoring of Texas Bats: A Community Service Project for TMNs
Date: January 23, 11am – 1pm
Speaker: Craig Hensley, Texas Nature Trackers Biologist, TPWD
Description: Gaining a better understanding of the distribution of more than 30 species of bats across a state the size of Texas is a daunting challenge. However, with the power of community science and Texas Master Naturalists, we can make headway in a significant and important way. Join TNT Biologist Craig Hensley for an introduction to the bats of Texas, their challenges and this new effort to better understand these flying mammals through acoustic monitoring. We are looking for Master Naturalists chapters and individuals interested in surveying bats in your area using acoustic monitors beginning this May. Specifically, we are looking for one individual in each participating chapter to help coordinate the effort within their respective chapter, members willing to put an acoustic monitor on their property and sharing those results with TPWD, and generally, individuals across the spectrum of TMNs interested in helping with data storage and analysis.
Title: iNaturalist Train the Trainer Workshop
Date: February 6, 11am – 1pm
Speakers: Craig Hensley and Wendy Anderson, Texas Nature Trackers Biologists, TPWD
Description: The Texas Nature Trackers (TNT) program is looking for Master Naturalists interested in becoming TNT certified iNaturalist workshop trainers across Texas. During this workshop we will provide you the training needed to get started as an iNaturalist trainer for your chapter, community and/or region. As a pre-requisite, we are looking for individuals that are already consistent users of iNaturalist, having a good understanding of the platform, and have an interest in teaching others in your community to engage with the platform. We’ll provide a quick overview of the app, provide an in-depth overview of the website and how data are used by TPWD, and finally tips and tricks for teaching it to others. We will provide attendees intending to become workshop trainers with a PowerPoint presentation to take home that will get you started. Should you accept this challenge, you will become an advocate not only for its use as an educational tool within your chapter but also for promoting community science and better understanding of the distribution of the state’s flora and fauna.
Title: State of the Program
Speakers: Michelle Haggerty & Mary Pearl Meuth
Date: January 9, 2024 at 12pm
Description: Join us as Program Coordinators, Michelle Haggerty & Mary Pearl Meuth, update us on the state of the program, recap 2023, and touch on 2024 planning and events!
You can find all of the recordings for the 2023 #TMNTuesdays by clicking directly on the month you’re interested in!
Scroll through the 2022 #TMNTuesdays hosted by the TMN State Office and recorded for your enjoyment!
Our first year of #TMNTuesdays webinars was a huge success! Click on a month below to see the past webinar.
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