Week 5 check-in

How is everyone?!

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There is a lot of stuff in this week's material, so hope you are getting on ok! A few thoughts from me :) 

1. Speed meeting. As suggested by one of you, let's try speed meeting in the time before the live session so we can get to know each other better. This is completely optional! Let's start 30 minutes before the sessions actually begin (so either 8.30 am or 5.30 pm BST). We'll randomly put you into breakout rooms so you can chat with someone you don't know and learn more about them. 

2. Have you ever thought about setting up your own conservation organisation? It is well known that getting a job in conservation takes determination, so why not start your own organisation instead?! The skills you've learnt on this training will help, as could perhaps the contacts you've made. Adam Barlow, WildTeam Executive Director, recently shared his thoughts on setting up a conservation organisation here

3. PMWC documents. Does anyone think they might start using the trackers or any other PMWC documents? Or perhaps you have a different tool that you like that you could share with the group? One tool I’ve been using for almost a year on a personal level for planning life and work is bullet journaling. I was a bit sceptical at first, as when I was researching it there were lots of Instagram images of pretty looking notebooks with beautiful doodles, and that just wasn’t going to be me! But I brought myself a yellow notebook, and I have to say, it has succeeded my expectations. I really enjoy the physical act of writing rather than relying on the computer so much. More info here: https://bulletjournal.com/

4. Group photo. In the next live session we will be doing a team photo! This is something we always do in class-based training workshops, so we like to sort of replicate if for the online training workshops. To do the “team photo” we will take a screenshot of the zoom call. If you would rather not be in the photo then you are very welcome to turn off your camera momentarily.

Hope your weeks are going well.

Beth  🦆🐝🦋🐌🐞

Beth Robinson

WildLearning Specialist, WildTeam

I'm a WildLearning Specialist with WildTeam, a bit of a odd job title. My main role is to design, deliver and organise both our online and class-based training workshops. One of the best parts of my job is meeting other conservationists and learning about the work that they do. I really enjoy geeking out reading teaching theory and thinking about ways I can more creatively and engagingly deliver learning. Before working for WildTeam I did a PhD in invasive plants and human wildlife interactions. I find it really interesting to learn about the ways people interact with nature, both when nature is being wonderful, but also when is is being a bit annoying!
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Go to the profile of Jennifer Cantlay
over 1 year ago

I am not sure where to put the examples for dependencies, so I will post it here.

Incoming dependency for my PhD project: is a reliance upon the goodwill and assistance of wardens at seabird colonies with my data collection activities.

Outgoing dependency for my PhD project: is my NGO CASE partner needed me to produce a report about the diving duck behavioural research, as it would help inform their gillnet bycatch mitigation strategies with fisheries.

Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
over 1 year ago

Great, thanks Jenny. It sounds like an interesting PhD! 

Go to the profile of Nicola Williamson
over 1 year ago

Hi Beth, Did you get my email about Week 5 exercise?


Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
over 1 year ago

Hello, as we just chatted about I take it this is all sorted?! But please let me know if there are any more issues :) 

Go to the profile of Emily Gonzales
over 1 year ago

Thanks again for the valuable resources and tips, Beth. I think the trackers could be very useful particularly as we are an organization spread across the country and digital (rather than my scribbles) is easier to share. However, I too like the process of writing and my husband loves bullet journal!

Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
over 1 year ago

Glad there is another bullet journal fan out there! I've almost got to the end of my current notebook so just brought a new dark green one (geek I know!)