Green Shores Level 1 - Introduction to Green Shores
Start any time, Online learning course
This course introduces participants to basic shoreline ecosystem principles and management practices, with emphasis on the purpose and application of the Green Shores rating systems. The content is of interest to shoreline professionals, landowners, conservation organizations, local government staff, elected officials, real estate agents, and others who have a general interest in shoreline protection. Green Shores Level 1 is a prerequisite for Green Shores Level 2 for shoreline practitioners. This is an online learning course. Start any time. You have 3 weeks from the date you register to complete this course.
Y2Y Virtual Film Fest - Film #3: 'Wild Ways: Corridors of Life'
February 3, Online
The third and final film of the very first 'Y2Y Film Fest' is Wild Ways: Corridors of Life ,which showcases new, cutting-edge solutions for making room for wildlife on an ever-more crowded planet, including some of the efforts of Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative. Since the start of the Industrial Revolution, human development has usurped the homelands of the largest mammals on Earth and confined them to parks and preserves. Recent research shows that these environments are too small and disconnected to sustain healthy populations of animals. Scientists and ecologists are now increasingly focusing on connectivity conservation, which aims to link these isolated groups of wildlife in novel ways. Join Y2Y’s U.S. Program Manager Jessie Grossman and Y2Y’s Senior U.S. Program Coordinator Nick Clarke for a discussion, and Q and A after the film, which starts at 6 p.m. MT.
For the Love of the Kootenays!
February 10-26, Online
If you are interested in a pick-me-up during the heart of winter, KCP has the perfect solution. We have put together an inspiring playlist of 12 short videos called "For the Love of the Kootenays". How it will work is that first thing each morning we will send you an email with a link to a new video from one of our Stewardship Solutions providers for you to watch with your morning coffee or beverage of choice to help jump-start your day in an inspiring way. We will be touring the Kootenays to learn how to report invasive species and monitor for swallows and bats, how to help with local water quality monitoring, how to support farmland conservation, and much more. For the Love of the Kootenays will begin on February 10 and continue for 12 week days until February 26. You just need to register once and each morning look for an email from us. It's a great way to quickly learn about the great people, organizations and work happening in the Kootenays.
A Provincial and Regional Overview of BC’s Old Growth Forests: Where Are We At and What Happens Now?
February 11, Online
Join Rachel Holt for the second webinar in the 2021 KCP Winter Webinar Series “From Alpine to Valley Bottom: Conserving Essential Habitats in the Kootenays”. Old forest matters; not only for its inherent qualities, but also because old forest retention is the Province’s principle strategy to maintain biodiversity. In the last year, a report by Price, Holt and Daust entitled BC’s Old Growth Forests: A Last Stand for Biodiversity highlighted the very poor condition of productive old forest in BC, and recommended key actions to prevent matters from getting worse. At the same time, an independent panel (The Strategic Old Growth Panel) wrote a report for the Minister of Forests outlining the state of old forests in the province, and they also provided 14 recommendations. This talk by Rachel Holt will bring together the findings from these reports and provide an overview of what issues are relevant to the future of old forest regionally and provincially.
Looking for the Big Picture: The Creston Valley Green Map and Habitat Connectivity
February 17, Online
Join Brian Churchill for the second webinar in the 2021 KCP Winter Webinar Series “From Alpine to Valley Bottom: Conserving Essential Habitats in the Kootenays”. Green Maps are used worldwide to highlight nature and its value to healthier communities. They often highlight values that are sometimes overlooked, yet are integral to sustainable human communities. Wildsight Creston Valley Branch developed the Creston Valley Green Map project to engage the public in environmental awareness through science and to highlight conservation leverage in the valley. It also provides a focus and vision for conservation collaborations especially with changes looming from climate change predictions. Brian Churchill will review the development and structure of the GIS based Green Map and discusses its use and future development.
Opportunities, Barriers, Strategies towards Inclusion
February 18, Online
This webinar hosted by the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network will focus on the implementation of inclusion. It will include some strategies for working with the complexity of inclusion as well as the challenges and the opportunities it presents. Along with being the Accessibility Planner for the City of Vancouver, facilitator Karen Lai is an Inclusion and Accessibility Consultant through which she facilitates inclusion training for companies, educators, organizations, and other special interest groups.
Columbia Valley Wetland Mapping Project: Combining Digital Technologies and Wetland Ecology
February 25, Online
Join Ryan Durand for the second webinar in the 2021 KCP Winter Webinar Series “From Alpine to Valley Bottom: Conserving Essential Habitats in the Kootenays”. In 2019, the Kootenay Connect and the Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners initiated a project to map the Columbia Valley Wetlands — a large internationally recognized RAMSAR wetland complex. The Columbia Wetlands, which encompass 180km of valley bottom from Canal Flats to north of Golden, are largely undeveloped and difficult to access and study. Using a combination of digital imagery, LiDAR, and drone technology, the entire complex was mapped and each wetland type classified using the provincial Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification system. The mapping is being used to help manage the wetlands and protect species at risk.
CBT Ecosystem Enhancement Program: Online Info Sessions – Save the Date!
March 3 & 9, Online
Columbia Basin Trust’s Ecosystem Enhancement Program is entering year five of its program to support large-scale ecosystem enhancement, restoration, and conservation projects. An online introductory program information session will be held on March 3 and 9. Are you new to the program or want a refresh on the program and its process and would like to attend?
March Mix & Mingle
March 4, Online
Hosted by Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network, join educators from across the Columbia basin and beyond in this informal virtual gathering. There will be break outs into smaller groups to give you a chance to chat with fellow educators with some fun conversation starters. And, of course, there will be prizes. This is a free event.
2021 Fire in the Crown of the Continent Virtual Forum – Save the Date!
March 22-26, Online
The Crown Managers Partnership is holding the 2021 Fire in the Crown Continent forum virtually this year. Each day will feature a new (approximately 4 hour) session. Details such as the online platform, specific time of day/agenda, and registration will be available soon.
Amphibian Inventory & Monitoring Techniques in Creston
April 13-14, Creston
This introductory course provides students with an opportunity to improve their amphibian species identification and handling skills, learn about survey design and standard inventory and monitoring techniques, and get hands-on experience surveying for amphibians in a variety of settings. Offered through Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology.
Scaling Up Camera Trap Surveys to Inform Regional Wildlife Conservation
May 18-20, Kimberley
This two-day Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology conference in Kimberley will address key questions in the development and application of camera trap methods. By showcasing established and emerging case studies, the conference will be a forum for sharing lessons on fundamental topics such as sampling design, data management and analysis, and multi-project collaboration.
Understanding Statistics & Decision-Making for Natural Resource Managers
May 25 • June 1 • June 8, Online
This Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology course is for project managers who have to interpret the results of statistical analyses and make decisions about how much data to collect and which management actions to undertake. The course focuses on the fundamentals of uncertainty, effect sizes, significance, decision theory and the value of information. It does not require a statistical background and doesn’t involve any modelling although different types of results are presented and discussed. This three-day online course is spread out over three weeks.
Advanced Field Ornithology: Identification and Surveys by Sound and Recordings
May 31-June 3, Revelstoke
This course will combine field-experience listening to bird calls and songs during three mornings at the height of the breeding season, with hands-on recording practice to generate sound files. Each afternoon, the class will learn to edit and review their recordings using sound visualization software on their personal laptop computers. Offered through Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology.