Do you want to help slow down the spread of harmful invasive species and reduce their ecological and economic damage? The first step is to locate where invaders have arrived and get that information to those who can do something about it. That's where citizen scientists come in. Citizen scientists are volunteers who receive expert training to identify and track important invaders in our area. There are two ways to become a citizen scientist.
Join a Satellite Group by attending a scheduled Invaders of Texas Citizen Scientist Workshop. The workshops include classroom training about invasive species, GPS use, digital photography and reporting observations.
Step 1. Visit the workshop page and select a workshop in your area to attend.
Step 2. Click the Sign Up button for that workshop and fill out the Registration Form.
Step 3. The local Host will notify you by email if your registration is accepted. Class size is sometimes limited and registration is on a first come first served basis. So be sure and register early!
Please note: A fee may be collected at the workshop to cover refreshments. Ask the coordinator when you register. All other materials will be provided. If you have a GPS unit and/or digital camera, bring them with you.
Become a Voyager by completing the Online Training Program. The Voyager program is for those wanting to work on their own. When you have completed the online training you will be ready to fly solo and report observations.
Step 1. Visit the online training page and sign up to create a user profile.
Step 2. Once you have created a profile, login and complete the online training modules and associated quizzes.
Step 3. After you have completed the online training you can login to your profile and begin reporting observations. Just click "Add New Observation" on your profile page to get started.
Please note: For those who would like to join their local satellite, please contact the satellite leader to request permission. After permission is granted you can change your satellite by clicking on the "Update Profile" link on your profile page.