The WildlifeMapping Workshop leads to qualification as a state WildlifeMapper! WildlifeMappers are a dedicated cadre of volunteers interested in wildlife, who are trained to submit wildlife observations to the state's wildlife database. This is a joint citizen-scientist team effort that helps the Department keep track of the state's wildlife resources.
Workshops are generally scheduled from 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM, but check the specific workshop notification for possible alternative times. Each workshop covers the basics of species identification, habitat identification, use of field guides, pinpointing geographic locations, and the simple reporting protocol used for data submission. Some outdoor fieldwork is included. Bring binoculars, field guides, and wear appropriate field clothes for a short field exercise following indoor instruction. This is an activity that can be pursued throughout life and also by those with physical limitations. The program is compatible with children and adults. A responsible adult should accompany participants under the age of 18 during all workshops.
Fill out the registration form and send it to:
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
4010 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230-1104
If you are a teacher, please include your school name and identify the address as home or school. Recertification points need to be pursued through your own school district.
2013 WildlifeMapping Workshop Schedule
Please return to this website frequently for updates. Workshops will be open for all to attend unless otherwise indicated. Bring binoculars, field guides, and appropriate outdoor clothes (we go out rain or shine!). To register for any workshop, please mail your registration form to Shirl Dressler at the address given above.
No workshops are currently scheduled. Please check back.