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Happy Spring and field season! While at work, consider filming an entry for the Virtual Conference Video Contest. Check out the Conference page for more information.The Annual General Meeting date has been set for September 15 at 12pm MT. Save the date and watch the E-news for more details.

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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.




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:


The Grassland Restoration Forum

The Grassland Restoration Forum is optimistically moving forward with in-person training, workshops and events for 2021, including some new and different workshops in July. You can either register online at:
Recommended Monitoring Protocols
for Targeted Grazing Projects

Targeted or prescriptive grazing can be defined as the use of a specified kind of livestock at a determined season, duration and intensity to accomplish defined vegetation and landscape goals. This introduction to targeted grazing is a hands-on field-based training session on monitoring an ongoing targeted grazing project. July 27, 2021 at Lethbridge and July 29, 2021 at Brooks.
Grassland Conservation and Restoration
On a Multiple-use Landscape
for Foothills Fescue Native Grasslands

This industry tour of industrial reclamation sites in Foothills Fescue Grasslands is designed for industry professionals and practitioners to illustrate different construction and reclamation practices.  July 21-22, 2021 at Maycroft Community Hall (west of Highway 22 at the crossing of the Oldman River) 
Walking Tour of the
Stavely Research Ranch

Led by Barry Adams, Rangeland Management Specialist - AEP (retired), this will be a unique and valuable demonstration of long-term effects of land management on foothills fescue grassland ecosystems in southwest Alberta. September 21st, 2021, west of Stavely in the Porcupine Hills   
Reclamation Planning in Grasslands
This one day, classroom-based course teaches participants how to use the Range Plant Community Guides and introduces the Recovery Strategies for Development in Native Grassland Manuals planning process. September 15th, 2021 at Cassils Hall, near Brooks.
Hands on!
Grassland Assessment Training

This one day, field-based course offers training on common plant identification, use of soils and landscape mapping (AGRASID and GVI) in relation to Alberta’s Range Plant Community Guides and Range Health Assessment Manuals. September 16th, 2021 at Antelope Creek Ranch, Brooks.
GRF Fall Information Session
The one day Fall Information Session gathers a variety of industry and grassland stakeholders to exchange current information on grassland restoration and conservation through a variety of presentations and mini updates. November 18
th, 2021 at Claresholm.


SALMTEC has announced the following new course offerings and training programs.


Alberta Wetland Policy Basics Online Course

Registration Link
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 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 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: 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: 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.


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

· Electrofishing (ONLINE & Field) - North Vancouver, BC - July 6 & 7, 2021
· Electrofishing (ONLINE & Field) - Cochrane, AB - July 6 & 9, 2021
· Experimental Design in Ecology (ONLINE) - July 12 & 13, 2021 
· Electrofishing (ONLINE & Field) - Courtenay, BC - July 13 & 14, 2021
· Electrofishing (ONLINE & Field) - Terrace, BC - July 13 & 14, 2021
· Electrofishing (ONLINE & Field) - Kamloops, BC - July 13 & 15, 2021
· Technical Writing for Professionals: Resumes and cover letters - (ONLINE) - July 14, 2021
· Technical Writing for Professionals - (ONLINE) - July 15 & 16, 2021
· eDNA Methods - (ONLINE) - July 19 & 20, 2021
· Avian Nest Sweeps and Monitoring Methods - (ONLINE) - July 20,2021
· Amphibian and Reptile Salvage Methods - (ONLINE) - July 22, 2021
 For the full calendar of upcoming courses the link is here:

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