Mark your calendars for the 2017 Botany Field Trip Saturday April 29, 2017
Each year RINS Volunteers look forward to the Botany Field Trip. We have hosted several talented botanists over the past seventeen years and each of them has imparted their knowledge and expertise regarding the plants in Utah. We have visited many different sites to learn to identify shrubs, grasses and trees that occur primarily on desert landscapes. This desert landscape consists primarily of shrub-steppe habitat and is the preferred habitat that our nesting raptors rely on to successfully raise their young.
Vegetation represents an important element of data that a RINS volunteer collects; this data is crucial in understanding the habitat that raptors and wildlife intimately rely on to survive and thrive day-to-day. The vegetation that is present on any given landscape becomes a key indicator of the overall health of that ecosystem. Since vegetation is considered a natural resource, it is managed by various agencies with the intent to protect wildlife, manage grazing, wildfire restoration, both flood and dust control, plus aesthetics.
RINS volunteers collect vegetation data at each nest site, so the Botany Field Trip is a great resource for learning how to identify native and invasive plants in Utah.
Mark your calendars for Saturday March 18, 2017 and join us to learn more about using your hand-held GPS unit. This is also a great time to refresh your current GPS skills as well.
Activities covered include: GPS settings, UTM datum, entering UTMs, setting a track, setting a waypoint, navigating to a waypoint, maps for your GPS, and answer any questions you may have.
Location and time will be emailed to all RINS volunteers prior to the event.
RINS workshops are held each year prior to the beginning of the field season to provide training, updates, and pertinent information for new and returning volunteers to successfully master the skills involved in monitoring nesting raptors.
Attending one Spring Workshop is mandatory for both new volunteers and all returning volunteers. Attending the Field Training Workshop is required for all new volunteers, and highly recommended for first and second year volunteers. All returning volunteers are welcome to attend the Field Training Workshop anytime.
The 2017 RINS Workshops will be held on the following dates and locations:
Moab Spring Workshop – March 31, 2017
Salt Lake Spring Workshop I – February 25, 2017
Price Spring Workshop – February 28, 2017
Salt Lake Spring Workshop II – March 4, 2017
Salt Lake Field Training Workshop (required) – March 11, 2017
Fillmore Spring Workshop – March 14, 2017
GPS Workshop (Salt Lake) – March 18, 2017
Vernal Spring Workshop – March 21, 2017
Botany Field Trip (Salt Lake) – April 29, 2017
Current volunteers will receive email updates with times and addresses for the workshops.
If you are interested in becoming a RINS Volunteer, visit the Volunteer page (link at top of page) and provide your name and email address and enter any questions or comments, etc. We will be in contact with you to answer any questions, and get you prepared for attending a workshop!