Training & Workshops
Once volunteers have signed up to begin videoing and documenting estuaries, it is crucial to encourage and support all levels of involvement. Maintaining enthusiasm occurs through various means of communication including meetings and workshops held in the Burnett Mary region, press releases/news articles/published articles, constant email and telephone correspondence, the MangroveWatch newsletter, and the interactive MangroveWatch website.
The meetings and workshops in each of the Burnett Mary region MangroveWatch nodes have been especially useful in keeping the community volunteers interested, by ensuring face-to-face contact with the MangroveWatch Hub. The workshops have also led to many important relationships being built, allowing for constant interaction between the Hub and the volunteers. Contact via email has proved to be a vital means of continued feedback and communication. Any questions and concerns regarding the program, technology, mangrove habitats, or areas for improvement can be responded to immediately. The MangroveWatch newsletter provides a valuable resource for keeping the volunteers up to date on the work being done across the Burnett Mary Region. By encouraging volunteer story contributions, the newsletter acknowledges community accomplishments, increases the sense of useful participation, and helps toward minimising the effects of volunteer burnout, which occurs in many programs relying on such large amounts of time from volunteers.