Killing Two Birds with One Stone: learning for all my jobs

I’m still at the annual Master Naturalist conference, and enjoyed getting recognized for achieving 250 volunteer hours so far. That does pale in comparison to the dude who achieved 10,000 hours. But I’m proud I got so much done in just two years.

I did this. So did a lot of other people!

I’m also proud of myself for signing up for a few of the more administrative sessions today. I did one on doing social media for your group and another on leading effective meetings. The networking in both was great, and much of what I learned will help with my other jobs, since they also involve social media and leading meetings.

This book was my door prize. It’s much smaller than it appears to be. There is loads of info in it, though.

The tidbits on dealing with folks who disrupt meetings and in how to actually get things done in meetings were invaluable.

Naturally I got books. I’m me. One is on things that are invading Texas and the other is on things that are in danger of disappearing.

But wait, there’s more

Of course, I did some nature learning, too. I took a four-hour class on iNaturalist that taught even my experienced friends a few tricks. And I know how to use a real camera with it.

The monarch migration is conveniently fluttering through this weekend.

The most fun was doing a “bio Blitz” where we recorded everything we saw in a half hour. Other observations during the conference will also be included. I can’t believe how many our class got!

Over 200 observations!

I got quite a few, too. Some over-achiever ( a very nice woman) listed each monarch she saw as a distaste observation, so she beat me on that, but I rolled at number of species identified. Woot.

I guess I am an overachiever, too. My friend Ann is birdladymilam. She’s a whiz.

We all had a great time in the class and probably exhausted the speakers with our questions. Oh well.

Dinner centerpiece.

By the way, this is a great hotel. If you ever have to go to Rockwall, the Hilton on the lake is a great choice.

So bright! It’s a little yellow.

I look forward to tomorrow, when I learn about bumblebees! Then I’ll go back to writing about things people are actually interested in.

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

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