My SER conference presentation took place Monday afternoon and was a wonderful experience. I shared our program with 13 participants and led a conversation focused on developing best practices for managing volunteers in community-based restoration programs. Many of the participants were in similar coordination roles as mine with their programs. Representing projects from California, Arizona, Wyoming, Wisconsin, Ohio, South Africa, and Lebanon, each participant brought great experience and insight to share as we worked toward making each of our programs better. While my expectation is that we continue to grow our "community of practice" through expanded conversations over time, we settled on two main topics during this 2-hour session including "Using Volunteers in Science and Monitoring" and "Mitigation and Consulting in Combination with Community-Based Restoration". Both of these topics stretch the traditional boundaries of community-based restoration and, through our continued effort to improve our methods, we'll show how well we can integrate volunteers into the larger field of ecological restoration.
I manage the Community-based Restoration and Education Program based in Newport Beach, CA. I'll be writing on updates around Upper Newport Bay and news in the world of community-based habitat restoration.