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 DNR 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.
Attendance at MBSS spring and summer trainings is a partial requirement for three of the four certifications. Passing written tests and field audits 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.
After successful completion of a particular certification process, the certified person's name will be listed as being certified for that aspect of MBSS sampling protocols in a registry on the MBSS website and provided upon request.
The 2018 Maryland Biological Stream Survey spring training will be held at Harford Community College in Bel Air, MD on February 26 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM (Chesapeake Center on this MAP). Check-in will begin at 7:30 AM. The registration fee will cover all training materials and a continental breakfast. A draft spring training agenda can be found HERE.
The 2018 MBSS summer training will also be held at Harford Community College on May 29 to June 1. Please note that the schedule for the summer training has changed from previous years. Day 1 (May 29) will include an overview and demonstration of MBSS fish sampling protocols and must be attended by those seeking or maintaining their Fish Crew Leader certification. The fish taxonomy test will be offered on Day 4 (June 1) for those seeking Fish Taxonomy certification. Click HERE for overview of summer training.
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 include crayfish, freshwater mussel, reptile, amphibian, 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.
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