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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

JANUARY

Webinar Series: Mountain Pine Beetle Ecology Program

The Mountain Pine Beetle Ecology Program is hosting an eleven-week online event each Tuesday at 11:00 MST, running through February 16 except the holiday season (December 22, 29 and January 5). Canada's top mountain pine beetle researchers will present results from their research that will make a difference in managing the beetle. All webinars are one hour long; register for as many as you would like at no cost. The hour-long webinars qualify for continuing competency credits through professional colleges and organizations. Read more

Patterns of Change Through the Rainbow Trout Lens

The abundance, distribution and genetics of the Rainbow Trout in the Lower Columbia River have been studied for over 25+ years. Dr. Robyn Irvine will describe some of the patterns observed and what might come next scientifically in this CRED talk. Live webinar at noon, January 21, 2021, via Zoom. Register HERE

CLRA workshop: Managing remote work during the pandemic

Lessons from working with leading environmental consultants and operators, January 26, 2021, 12:00 - 13:00 MST. The speaker is Vincent Lam - CEO, Matidor.com. Find out more by emailing HERE .

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.

  • January: Thur Jan 21 – Friday Jan 22 OR
  • April: Thur April 8 – Friday April 9

Webinar: Range Planning for the Porcupine Caribou Herd

The Caribou Range Planning Project invites you to join this workshop to learn from others about how range planning for caribou is taking place, and how it is being done in collaboration between provincial and territorial governments and Indigenous nations and organizations. This will take place on January 21st, 2021, 1:00pm  to 3:00pm EST. Register Here

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.

  • January: Tue Jan 26 – Friday Jan 29 OR
  • April: Tue April 13 – Friday April 16

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

  • January 28, 2021: Melanie Bird and Ryan James, Bryophytes in Peatland Restoration; Unintended consequences, the effects of light pollution on plants.

FEBRUARY

2021: Key legal trends for regulated professionals

This webinar starting at noon on February 2, 2021, from Field Law is designed for anyone who wants to stay current with the most important legal cases and trends affecting professional regulators including staff at all levels, council members, committee members, and tribunal members. Cost: $100 per registration link Read more

2021 Hands on Alberta, Winter Tracking

Join 'Hands on Alberta' and the Nature Conservancy of Canada in their newest Alberta-wide citizen science initiative at Edmonton on Friday, Feb. 05, 2021. Become a winter wildlife detective by sharing your tracking observations to NatureLynx. (This mission is open to all residents of Alberta.) Read more

8th Native Prairie Restoration and Reclamation Workshop goes online

The 8th Native Prairie Restoration/Reclamation Workshop is moving online, and will take place February 1 through February 5, 2012. The event will be on the PheedLoop virtual platform and will include presentations, trade show booths, a poster session and a panel discussion. The workshop theme is Restoration and Reclamation in a Changing Environment: Adapting to Change, Building Resilience
Read more

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 11, 2021: Steven Tannas (Tannas Conservation Services), Vegetation Identification and Keying 101, Webinar 1 of 2.
  • February 25, 2021: Steven Tannas (Tannas Conservation Services), Vegetation Identification and Keying 101, Webinar 2 of 2.

MARCH

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

  • March 11, 2021: Latifa Ahmed-Pelletier, ALCLA Native Plant Nursery, Native Plant Propogation and Edible Gardens.
  • March 25, 2021: Brittney Miller and Diana Tirlea, Plants Locked in Ice (Paleoecology)

APRIL

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
Read more

NOVEMBER

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

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.

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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