Maryland Biological Stream Survey (MBSS) stream sampling protocols are currently required by some counties and state agencies. To accommodate these requirements, Maryland Department of Natural Resources offers four certifications and two training opportunities in MBSS protocols. The certifications include benthic macroinvertebrate sampling, benthic macroinvertebrate laboratory processing and subsampling, fish crew leader, and fish taxonomy. To be certified by the Department of Natural Resources for benthic macroinvertebrate taxonomy, a Society for Freshwater Science (formerly known as the North American Benthological Society) certification (not offered by the department) is required.
Trainings are usually offered in late February (spring sampling) for benthic macroinvertebrate sampling and late May (summer sampling) for fish sampling, fish crew leader and fish taxonomy certifications.
Attendance at these trainings is a partial requirement for the four certifications. Passing field audits and written tests will be required, as well as passing additional tests and quality assurance procedures. Passing a laboratory audit and a written test will be required for benthic macroinvertebrate laboratory processing and subsampling certification.
While attending MBSS training is a requirement for certain certifications as described above, the training sessions also cover additional aspects of MBSS field sampling beyond those included in each certification. Examples included crayfish, freshwater mussel, reptile, amphibian, and invasive plant taxonomy, physical habitat assessment, and frog calls. Although proficiency tests may be administered for these taxonomic groups, test performance in no way constitutes certification in survey methods at this time. However, the department may consider adding certification for these other aspects of MBSS sampling at a later date.
Spring and Summer trainings will be announced sometime in December, 2017 or January, 2018.
Training registration and certification fees are different for those associated with for-profit and non-profit organizations. The number of interested participants may exceed the capacity for certification or training. With that in mind, we will accept registrations on a first come, first served basis.
For certain MBSS certifications, the scheduling of field and laboratory quality control audits prior to conducting actual sampling is required. Choice of days for the field audits will be given in the order of receipt of registration materials.
The training and certification activities will be more effective if all crew members have an advanced understanding of protocols before the training actually occurs. We highly recommend that you review the MBSS Sampling Manual with your crew prior to training.
If you have questions about MBSS training and certification or MBSS protocols, please contact either Jay Kilian (410) 260-8617; firstname.lastname@example.org or Dan Boward (410) 260-8605; email@example.com.
580 Taylor Ave, Annapolis MD 21401