Thursday, February 5, 2009

volunteers needed for March event

Greetings FMNP grads,

Hope you all are well.
I am looking for volunteers to help with an event in March. Since Saturday, March 21, will also be the date for the regional FMNP meeting here at Camp Bayou, I thought maybe some of you might be interested in helping out. The goal of the day is to help make folks aware of cit sci programs and encourage them to volunteer. I need folks for a variety of tasks including:
- registration table
- ambassadors to help direct folks to various activities
- parking- possibly a shuttle from street parking to event if inside parking overflows
- expedition leaders focusing on highlighted cit sci projects on flyer
Expedition leaders take a group on a half hour walk to 'try out' one of the citizen science programs. For instance, the group for Celebrate Urban Birds would take the survey sheet provided to all participants and take a short walk to ID and count the birds they see in 10 minutes. Pick any trail, walk 10 minutes, count 10 minutes, walk back.This particular program is looking for 16 target species but there is space to enter info about other birds seen. Expedition leaders need to familiarize themselves with the cit sci program they wish to lead. All of these, plus a link to the flyer, are online and can be found at The event is for general audiences- from kids to adults.
- staff tables with cit sci displays
- session monitors to introduce 11am speakers and help keep on time
- floater- as needed

Let me know if you are interested and available for Friday and/or Saturday. I may also need some staging help on Thursday, March 19 to get ready for the event.

We will have a pre-event meeting for volunteeers on Feb 28 at 10am at Camp Bayou but attendance is not mandatory. It is mainly to go over the whole event and be sure everyone is comfortable with their tasks. The meeting should only take about an hour.


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