2021 Training Workshops

New volunteers must complete a beginner workshop training.

This year’s beginner training workshops will be held jointly with the Illinois Odonate Survey (IOS) on zoom. The workshops consist of two sections. The first covers how to get started monitoring in both programs and how to follow the survey protocols. For the second half we will split into breakout rooms for butterfly and dragonfly/damselfly identification training. If you would like to join both IBMN and IOS you may register for two separate sessions or attend the April 7th session which will have the identification sections presented consecutively.

You may sign up for any session, but we highly recommend attending one with the region you would like to monitor if listed. These sessions will provide some additional information on volunteering within each respective region.

If you are in the lower half of the state please register for the southern Illinois workshop as the identification segments are specific to this region.

Beginner Workshops

Session 1
Thursday, March 18th, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Region: DeKalb County
Presentation:
1. IBMN/IOS General Training
2. Choice: Top 25 Butterflies or Intro to Odonate Identification
Register on zoom

Session 2
Thursday, March 25th, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Region: Kane County, Lake County
Presentation:
1. IBMN/IOS General Training
2. Choice: Top 25 Butterflies or Intro to Odonate Identification
Register on zoom

Session 3
Saturday, March 27th, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Region: Cook County, DuPage County
Presentation:
1. IBMN/IOS General Training
2. Choice: Top 25 Butterflies or Intro to Odonate Identification
Register on zoom

Session 4
Wednesday, April 7th, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Region: Will County
Presentation:
1. IBMN/IOS General Training
2. Top 25 Butterflies
3. Intro to Odonate Identification
Register on zoom

Session 5
Saturday, April 17th, 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Region: Calumet Area
Presentation:
1. IBMN/IOS General Training
2. Choice: Top 25 Butterflies or Intro to Odonate Identification
Register on zoom

Session 6
Tuesday, April 20th, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Region: Calumet Area
Presentation:
1. IBMN/IOS General Training
2. Choice: Top 25 Butterflies or Intro to Odonate Identification
Register on zoom

Session 7
Thursday, April 22nd, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Region: Calumet Area
Presentation:
1. IBMN/IOS General Training
2. Choice: Top 25 Butterflies or Intro to Odonate Identification
Register on zoom

Further Butterfly Identification

Session 8
Wednesday, May 5th, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Presentation:
1. Beyond the Beginner’s Checklist
2. Top 7 Skippers
Register on zoom

Session 9
Thursday, May 6th, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Presentation:
1. Beyond the Beginner’s Checklist
2. Top 7 Skippers
Register on zoom

Session 10
Wednesday, May 12th, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Presentation:
1. Making Sense of the Skippers
2. Making More Sense of the Skippers
Register on zoom

Session 11
Thursday, May 13th, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Presentation:
1. Making Sense of the Skippers
2. Making More Sense of the Skippers
Register on zoom