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Workshops, Seminars & Courses

These events are offered by the organizations named in the listings and are neither conducted nor endorsed by the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists unless specifically stated.

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

 

FEBRUARY

Online Webinar Series,
Alberta Native Plant Council

The Alberta Native Plant Council has been running an online webinar series in place of our traditional fall-winter Plant Study Groups. Some topics are still being confirmed, please check up to date information HERE.  Webinar registration is HERE

  • February 25, 2021: Steven Tannas (Tannas Conservation Services), Vegetation Identification and Keying 101, Webinar 2 of 2.

MARCH

ANPC Spring workshop

The Alberta Native Plant Council’s 2021 virtual spring workshop, Northern Native Plants and Ecosystems, will be held on Saturday March 20, 2021. We will feature presentations from 8 panelists on topics relating to northern ecosystems, restoration and featuring vascular and non-vascular plant species. The day will run from 9:00-4:30. Payment for this event is by donation. Upon registering, you will be redirected to our membership and payment page. The Registration Link is HERE

APRIL

Subsoil Salinity Tool: 1.5-day Update Course Dates

This online update course provides a description of changes to chloride guideline calculations from the previous version (v2.5.3), and also describes the SAR and sodium guideline calculations introduced into Version 3.0. Registration information is available HERE.

  • April: Thur April 8 – Friday April 9

Subsoil Salinity Tool: 3.5 day Course Dates

This online course includes three days of instruction on theory, software tool operation, and case studies, with the exam on the morning of the fourth day morning (four-hour comprehensive exam). Registration information is available HERE.

  • April: Tue April 13 – Friday April 16

 

Understanding Statistics and Decision-Making for Natural Resource Managers. Online, from Columbia Mountains Institute, with two date options: 

  • OPTION 1: April 20, April 27 & May 4.
  • OPTION 2: May 25, June 1 & June 8. 

Read more

MAY

Scaling Up Camera Trap Surveys to Inform Regional Wildlife Conservation Online. from Columbia Mountains Institute May 18-20, 2021
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NOVEMBER

Columbia Mountains Institute Courses at Revelstoke. Read more at these links:

 

Online: The Foundations of Wildlife Chemical Capture

This is an independent course you can take on your own time, currently used by state and federal agencies to train and certify their field biologists. Over 60 wildlife professionals, including 14 other wildlife veterinarians, have contributed content. The course material is available for a full year once you sign up. For detailed information, read more here: https://courses.wildlifecaptureandcare.com/Foundations-information-page

 

QGIS: Level I & II.

Columbia Mountains Institute. This course is online, and ongoing Read more

TRAINING COMPANIES

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SALMTEC has announced the following new course offerings and training programs. Click on the SALMTEC logo for more information.

Biophysical Bootcamp Training Series –(S21) Montane Natural Region

Registration Opens February 1, 2021: https://www.salmtec.com/courses/biophysical-bootcamp-s21

SALMTEC has designed  a new field training course that provides participants with opportunity to get their hands dirty and ask questions with Subject Matter Experts, hone technical skills, and benefit from cross-learning and networking opportunities. This workshop will be held in the Montane Natural Subregion, at SALMTEC’s field station near Bragg Creek, in mid-July (date TBD by Feb. 28/21). Students will visit four learning stations throughout the day: Grassland Vegetation Inventory, Soils & Terrain, ABWRET-A Wetland Function (Wildlife Habitat), and Plant Identification.

Grassland Vegetation Inventory: A User’s Guide (W21) Blended/Online Course

Registration Opens February 15, 2021: https://www.salmtec.com/courses/gvi-course

Through hands on activities and examples presented in instructional videos,the GVI User’s Guide Blended/Online Course provides participants with both an in-depth contextual and practical understanding of Alberta’s Grassland Vegetation Inventory (GVI) using various real world management scenarios.

ABWRET-A Winter 2021 (W21)

Online/Blended Course
April 3, 2021: Registration deadline for the Alberta Wetland Rapid Evaluation Tool – Actual (ABWRET-A) Online/Blended Course (W21). This intensive 20 to 24 hour course provides an in-depth understanding of how wetlands are evaluated in Alberta under the Wetland Policy, by blending online theory (narrated by Dr. Paul Adamus, WET developer), with interactive quizzes, offline activities, where students can work at their own pace, and a scheduled interactive class (April 13, 2021) and a final exam. Read more

Alberta Wetland Policy Basics Online Course

Registration Link   https://www.salmtec.com/courses/wetland-policy-basics
This short online course was designed for anyone interested in Alberta's wetlands and is looking for an overview of the various components associated with the Alberta Wetland Policy. The course takes over two hours to complete and includes online theory, interactive quizzes, and offline activities. A certificate of Completion awarded to those that complete the optional quizzes with a passing grade.

Alberta Soil Information Viewer Online Course

Registration Link     https://www.salmtec.com/courses/soil-information-viewer-course This short online course was designed for both new and existing users who want to learn more about the Alberta Soil Information Viewer, an online mapping tool that provides access to the Agricultural Region of Alberta Soil Inventory Database (AGRASID) soil and landscape polygons and associated attributes. This is a snackable learning opportunity that can be completed in about an hour, and was designed to provide a basic understanding of the online Soil Information Viewer by illustrating use of soil and landscape information in both crop and biophysical assessment applications.

Understanding ACIMS Tools Online Course

Registration Link    https://www.salmtec.com/courses/understanding-acims-tools This short online course was designed for both new users and existing users who want to learn more about Alberta’s Conservation Information Management System, which houses species data, useful in a variety of land management applications. This is a snackable learning opportunity that can be completed in about an hour, and was designed to provide a basic understanding of how species data are collected and processed, and how to see where species occur in Alberta, using the ACIMS Online Mapping Tool.

Navigating the Alberta Soil Information Viewer Video Short

Registration Link: https://salmtec.myshopify.com/ This free, short video provides a tour of the Alberta Soil Information Viewer to provide you with a basic understanding of how to navigate in this online tool and some of its applications.

 Wetland Water Cycle Video Short

Registration Link: https://salmtec.myshopify.com/ Dr. Adamus, WET developer, narrates the water cycle of a wetland in this free, short video, describing wetland water inputs (precipitation, surface runoff, groundwater discharge) and outputs (evaporation, evapotranspiration, surface outflow, groundwater recharge) as they relate to a wetland's water balance.

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The Natural Resources Training Group has announced the following new course offerings and training programs. Click on the NRTG logo for the schedule of these - and other - courses:

eDNA METHODS (ONLINE)

  • January 11 and 12 2021
  • February 8 and 9 2021
  • March 8 and 9 2021

 WILDLIFE SURVEY FIELD METHODS (ONLINE AND FIELD)

  • February 1 to 3

 ELECTROFISHING CERTIFICATION (ONLINE AND FIELD)

  • January 27 (online theory only)
  • Kelowna, April 16 and 20
  • Cochrane, April 16 and 22

 EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN IN ECOLOGY (ONLINE)

  • January 12-13, 2021
  • March 2-3, 2021

FISH HABITAT RESTORATION INSTREAM TECHNIQUES (ONLINE)

  • February 1 and 2, 2021
  • March 8 and 9, 2021
  • April 12 and 13, 2021

TECHNICAL WRITING FOR PROFESSIONALS (ONLINE)

  • January 11 and 12
  • February 11 and 12

WORKING IN & ABOUT WATER: LEGISLATION, REGULATIONS, RESPONSIBILITIES

  • (ONLINE) February 9 and 10 2021


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