Project Overview and Purpose
Project RareQuest is a pilot project to involve trained Virginia Master Naturalist volunteers in monitoring occurrences of rare species of plants and animals, many of which have not been seen in many years. It is a partnership with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Natural Heritage Program, and it is funded in part by the Virginia Native Plant Society.
VDCR has a database of more than 9,000 occurrences of rare species across the Commonwealth. They are called EOs (element occurrences) and include plants as well as animals. These EOs need to be monitored on a regular basis to check on their status. With so many sites and occurrences, VDCR can really use the help of talented Virginia Master Naturalists to get the job done.
How To Get Involved
We recruited more than 100 Virginia Master Naturalists from across the state in 2015 to participate in RareQuest during the 2016 field season. At this time, we are not accepting new volunteers for the project. Once data are collected for 2016, we will evaluate the project and decide whether we will continue it and accept additional volunteers. Should we be able to add new volunteers in the future, we will send out notifications via our volunteer opportunities mailing list, our newsletter, and our list of chapter project chairs. Sign up for our VMN program mailing lists.
How To Report Your Hours
Virginia Master Naturalist volunteers who are signed up for RareQuest and have been assigned to a team should report any hours they spend on the RareQuest project to the statewide project called "VMN-RareQuest" that appears in the dropdown menu of the Volunteer Management System.
Project RareQuest Contacts
Michelle Prysby, Virginia Master Naturalist Program Director, 434-872-4571
Chris Ludwig, Chief Biologist, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Natural Heritage, , 804-371-6206
Danielle Kulas, Data Management Specialist, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Natural Heritage, 804-786-6289
RareQuest Google Group - This closed email group includes all registered RareQuest volunteers and all three project organizers. If you want to share questions or ideas with the whole RareQuest group, please use this address. If you need to communicate solely with your team, then please email those individuals directly and do not use this group.
Volunteer Training Webinar for RareQuest
Recorded: October 28, 2015
Stream Part 1 Recording Online (about the Division of Natural Heritage)
Stream Part 2 Recording Online (about RareQuest)
Stream Part 3 Recording Online (about the Collector app)
Download Part 1 Recording to Your Computer
Download Part 2 Recording to Your Computer
Download Part 3 Recording to Your Computer
|Introduction to RareQuest Poster (displayed at Virginia Native Plant Society meeting March 2016)|
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