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MANAGING YOUR REGISTRATION

Renewal season closes 30 April 2021. Log into your user portal to renew, apply to reclassify from/to P Biol, Temporary Withdrawn and Associate Biologist, and access the CCP manual. Question? Review this document about your options HERE . If you are an applicant, you can find many answers HERE .If you have not found an answer in these spots, please send us an email.

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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

 

Alberta Wetlands:
From Classification to Policy

Aquality is pleased to announce that registration for “Alberta Wetlands: From Classification to Policy” is now open. Course material includes wetland classification, the ecosystem roles and functions of wetlands and riparian areas, wetland hydrology, an examination of peatlands, as well as federal, provincial, and municipal policies affecting wetlands in Alberta, particularly the Alberta Wetland Policy (2013). This 2-day course will take place online via Zoom on April 20 - 21, 2021 as well as on May 4 - 5, 2021. The course runs from 09:00 – 16:30 for both sessions. Read more and register HERE. http://www.wetlandpolicy.ca/alberta-wetlands-from-classification-to-policy 

 

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
Read more

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

TRAINING COMPANIES

TANNAS (TCS)

 
REDO Spring 2021 Conference
The Restoration of Environments & Design Overview (REDO) on April 8, 2021 will have presentations and breakout sessions about soil management, bio-engineering, seeding, afforestation, and more. This is a day-long event that will have exciting speakers from throughout Western Canada as well as smaller breakout sessions to dive deeper into the presentations or discuss other related topics.
Read more.
 
Seed Mix Design Course
Tannas Conservation Services Ltd. (TCS) is offering a one day Seed Mix Design course on April 6, 2021. Seed mixes should account for a variety of factors including seed size, establishment ability, environmental conditions, seeding timing, and technique. The course will focus on three main components (1) site assessment and literature review, (2) species selection, and (3) building the calculator. Read more.
 
Bioengineering Design Course
Tannas Conservation Services Ltd. (TCS) is offering a two day webinar and field course on April 26-27, 2021 that focuses on demonstrating designs and construction techniques for the prairie and parkland regions. The use of native species will be a strong focus of the course. Read more.
 
Wetland Assessment Course
Tannas Conservation Services Ltd. (TCS) is offering a four day wetland assessment course on May 25-28, 2021 in Cochrane and Cremona, Alberta. This course focuses on the techniques and knowledge required to assess wetlands under the recently released Alberta Wetland Policy and the Alberta Wetland Classification. The course also discusses other wetland assessment techniques including: Riparian Health Assessment and Stewart and Kantrud Classification. The course will include a classroom and a field component. Read more.
 
Plant Identification Course
Tannas Conservation Services Ltd. (TCS) and Eastern Slopes Rangeland Seeds Ltd. (ESRS) are offering a one to four day plant identification course on June 8-11, 2021 at Cremona and Cochrane, Alberta. The course will be held in three components: Forbs, Grasses, and Willows/Sedges. Each component will involve a short classroom session, but will focus on hands-on, field keying and identification using The Common Plants of The Western Rangelands field guides. Field locations include Cochrane Hill or Glenbow Provincial Park, the ESRS Greenhouse, and a forest reserve west of Cremona, Alberta. It is possible to attend any combination of days, but attending the first day of the Grass course is highly recommended if attending the second day.

 

SALMTEC

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

 

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.

NRTG

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

FISH HABITAT RESTORATION INSTREAM TECHNIQUES (ONLINE)

  • April 12 and 13, 2021

CMI

UPCOMING EVENTS

 



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