Tips and Tricks for the Organization and Analysis of Camera Trap Data
October 8, Online Webinar
In this Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology CREDtalk (Columbia Region Ecological Discussions), presenter Chris Bierne will take you on a whistle-stop tour through the process of getting a memory card out of a camera trap through to producing useful and simple data exploration in R. Participants will gain an understanding of what it takes to create a ‘good’ camera trap data set which is suitable for sharing with other researchers and collaborators. No experience in R is required to participate, but it will help.
Field Day: Riparian and Streambank Restoration in the Boundary
October 13, Grand Forks
Tour riparian restoration sites in Grand Forks with the Kootenay & Boundary Farm Advisors and learn what works for stream bank stabilization and bio-engineering for local soils and climate. Practical considerations for plant varieties, cost, maintenance and managing livestock will be discussed. Registration coming soon.
2020 Business of Outdoor Recreation Summit: Building Resiliency for the Future
October 13-15, Online
The Summit will be hosted virtually and is led by the Montana Governor's Office of Outdoor Recreation and co-hosted by Crown of the Continent Geotourism Council and Montana Trails Coalition. It follows the successful inaugural 2018 Business of Outdoor Recreation Summit and will bring together participants ranging from industry leaders, community members, recreation and conservation groups from Montana and the Greater Crown of the Continent, including Alberta and British Columbia and beyond. Expect three days of engaging conversation, dynamic guest speakers, and effective work sessions. Registrants will join live each day or catch up with recorded panels, workshops and podcasts. Watch the Summit teaser video.
Workshops: Getting Comfortable with Outdoor Learning (in all kinds of weather)
October 13, Creston / October 19, Golden / TBA, Nakusp
Outdoor Educator Dave Quinn will head outside with educators to explore some of the basic techniques and simple tools you can use to normalize outdoor, socially-distanced learning for your students, and will introduce basic activities and tools to make it easier and more effective for you as a teacher to teach outdoors safely and effectively in all kinds of weather. Dave is a wildlife biologist, a BC-certified teacher and a certified wilderness guide who has led expeditions in the Kootenays, the Canadian Arctic and West Coast, as well as overseas. Facilitated by Dave Quinn & hosted by CBEEN.
Getting comfortable with outdoor learning (in all kinds of weather)
October 14, Online Webinar
This webinar is hosted by Green Teacher in partnership with the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN). Outdoor Educator Dave Quinn will explore some of the basic techniques and simple tools you can use to normalize outdoor learning for your students, and make it easier and more effective for you as a teacher to teach outdoors safely and effectively in all kinds of weather. Dave Quinn is a wildlife biologist, a BC-certified teacher, and a certified wilderness guide leading expeditions in the Kootenays, the Canadian Arctic and West Coast, as well as overseas.
2020 Wetlands Institute Speaker Series: Wetland Mapping (QGIS & TEM)
October 14-15, Zoom
Join this free webinar offered by the BC Wildlife Federation Wetlands Institute to learn more about wetland mapping using the free software QGIS, as well as imagery interpretation and Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping (TEM) with Steve Morgan (Founder of Cumberland Wetlands Working Group) and Ryan Durand, a Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio.) with Ecologic Consultants Ltd.
2020 Wetlands Institute Speaker Series: Wetlands as Eco-Assets
October 21, Zoom
Join this free webinar offered by the BC Wildlife Federation Wetlands Institute to learn more about the ecological assets of wetlands, and to learn about the tools and best practices to evaluate your wetland for ecological services. We will also learn about a case study on Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. Guests speakers are Michelle Molnar, Technical Director, Municipal Natural Assets Initiative and Rob Lawrence, Environmental Planner, City of Nanaimo.
Classrooms to Communities Virtual Conference
October 23, Online
The Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN) is partnering with the Classrooms to Communities (C2C) 2020 Conference, which aims to support the practice of place-based learning. This virtual conference will consist of a variety of place-based workshops, experiences and opportunities for collaboration and dialogue. The C2C 2020 Conference will be held from Prince George but will be available online from anywhere.
2020 Wetlands Institute Speaker Series: Wetland Monitoring and Maintenance
October 28, Zoom
Join this free webinar offered by the BC Wildlife Federation Wetlands Institute to learn more about wetland monitoring and post-restoration maintenance. Guest Speakers are Elke Wind, an Amphibian Biologist who will be speaking on amphibian monitoring and trapping in the field and sharing a case study on an amphibian monitoring project and helping influence local legislation; and Neil Fletcher, the Manager of Conservation Stewardship at BCWF, who will be speaking on post-restoration monitoring and maintenance techniques.
Rocky Mountain Mammal Communities: Camera Trapping Brings the Effects of Development into Focus
October 29, Online Webinar
A Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology CREDtalk (Columbia Region Ecological Discussions). The east slopes of the Canadian Rockies face extensive disturbance from forest harvesting, energy extraction, roading, and largely unregulated intensive recreation pressure. The sum of these effects on mammal communities remain unknown, as do the prospects for these species under future plans to develop swathes of the slopes for coal mining. Camera trapping over the last decade has cast new light on the effects of disturbance, and highlight the need for integrated landscape management spanning all these sectors to maintain the mountain mammal biodiversity.
2020 Wetlands Institute Speaker Series: Wetlands and Legal Frameworks
November 4, Zoom
Join this free webinar offered by the BC Wildlife Federation Wetlands Institute to learn more about the legislative tools available to protect wetlands. Guest speakers are Deborah Curran, the Associate Professor and Executive Director of the Environmental Law Centre at the University of Victoria, who will be speaking on one of the resources she developed for environmental stewards: Green Bylaws Toolkit for Conserving Sensitive Ecosystems and Green Infrastructure; Dave Newman, the Director of Infrastructure Services for the Town of Gibsons, who will be speaking on the relationship of Natural Capital and Green Infrastructure; and Brittany Lange, an Environmental Planner with the Regional District of Central Okanagan, who will be speaking about Regional Floodplain Management Plan and sharing case studies.
Webinar: The Ktunaxa story of Lightning, Thunder, Fox, and Coyote
November 4, Online
Using the Ktunaxa story of Lighting, Thunder, Fox and Coyote, Nasuʔkin (Chief) Joe Pierre will take you on a story journey that encircles our Mother Earth. After this, he will share some of his insights into this story and how these lessons can be applied to the times we find ourselves in. Facilitated by Nasuʔkin (Chief) Joe Pierre & hosted by Green Teacher in partnership with CBEEN.
2020 Wetlands Institute Speaker Series: Wetlands and Climate Change
November 10, Zoom
Join this free webinar offered by the BC Wildlife Federation Wetlands Institute to learn more about using models to determine the risks to wetlands in the face of climate change. Guest speaker Nelson Jatel is the Water Stewardship Director of the Okanagan Basin Water Board, and he will be speaking on the Okanagan Wetlands Action Plan and the relationship and value of wetlands and the risks associated with climate change.
The Swallow Hotel: Compensation Habitat for Barn Swallows in the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area
November 12, Online Webinar
A Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology CREDtalk (Columbia Region Ecological Discussions). You probably already know that the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area (CVWMA) provides habitat for a variety of wildlife species, but did you know the CVWMA is also in the barn swallow hospitality industry? Their “Swallow Hotel” provides nesting habitat for barn swallows and is one of only a few such structures. In this webinar, Blaire will describe the history leading up to the installation of the Swallow Hotel, explain why this compensation habitat was required, and provide an overview on monitoring and success to date.
2020 Wetlands Institute Speaker Series: Cultural Value of Wetlands and Archeological Assessments
November 18, Zoom
Join this free webinar offered by the BC Wildlife Federation Wetlands Institute to learn more about the cultural value of wetlands and the process of archeological assessments when working in or near wetlands. Guest speakers are Evelyn George, a Former Councillor with the Lake Babine Nation; and Dr. Genevieve Hill, Collections Manager and Researcher, Royal BC Museum.
Webinar: Game of Groans – Winter is Coming! Tips and Tricks for All Classes to extend successful outdoor learning into the winter months
November 19, Online
Outdoor learning is still the best way to achieve social distancing, AND a whole host of other social, mental, and academic outcomes for your students, so don’t let winter curb your enthusiasm for outdoor learning. Veteran winter Outdoor Educator Dave Quinn will share some basic ideas, tips, and tools from over two decades of delivering experiential, outdoor winter programming for organizations like the Wildsight, Avalanche Canada, and his own Treehouse Outdoor Education to help make winter outdoor learning a regular part of your class routine. Facilitated by Dave Quinn & hosted by CBEEN.
Climate Change and the Biodiversity Crisis
November 26, Online Webinar
Join presenter Greg Utzig, MSc, PAg, with Kutenai Nature Investigations (Kootenay Resilience) for this Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology CREDtalk (Columbia Region Ecological Discussions). While the pandemic is creating a major crisis for Homo sapiens, climate disruption and the biodiversity crisis are affecting virtually all species. What do past experiences and current trends tell us about where we are likely headed in the next few decades? Are we living up to our Latin species and subspecies names?