The 2020 MBSS summer training will be held at Morgan State University on May 26 to 29. Check-in will begin at 7:30 in the Student Center see Building 12 on the campus map. Parking is available for $5/day in the adjacent parking garage. The registration fee covers all training materials, a continental breakfast and lunch.
Day 1 (May 26) 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. Day 1 will also include an overview and demonstration of MBSS physical habitat assessment protocols and must be attended by those seeking Physical Habitat Assessment certification.
The fish taxonomy test will be offered on Day 4 (May 29). Although open to all trainees, this test must be completed by those seeking Fish Taxonomy certification. A continental breakfast and lunch will be included each day. Summer training fees range from $100 to $250.
Click HERE to register for 2020 summer training. The deadline to register is May 1. A summer training agenda will be available by mid-March.
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. The spring training offers the opportunity to review and practice the identification of Maryland frog calls. The summer training offers the opportunity to review and practice the identification of other freshwater fauna – crayfishes, mussels, amphibians, and reptiles. 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 the sampling protocols. 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 email@example.com or Dan Boward (410) 260-8605 firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2019 MBSS summer training was held at Howard Community College on May 28 to 31. About 98 folks attended, with several applying for Fish Taxonomy and Fish Crew Leader Certifications. About 45 registrants participated in the very first MBSS Physical Habitat Assessment Certification. These folks were required to attend a field demo, pass a written test and complete an independent (off-site) audit.
Training and certification activities will be more effective if all training registrants have an advanced understanding of protocols before the training actually occurs. We highly recommend that you review theTraining and certification activities will be more effective if all training registrants have an advanced understanding of protocols before the training actually occurs. We highly recommend that you review the MBSS Sampling Manual prior to training.
If you have questions about MBSS training and certification or MBSS protocols, please contact either Jay Kilian (410) 260-8617; email@example.com or Dan Boward (410) 260-8605 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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