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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.



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


  • OPTION 2: May 25, June 1 & June 8. 

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Peatland Mosses of Alberta
The Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta is offering a 2 day workshop in moss identification: Peatland Mosses of Alberta - May 27-28, 2021.
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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:



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.
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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 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
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 May:
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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