NAISMA Spring 2020 Online Training Program
February 3 - May 20, Online
The North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA) Online Invasive Species Management Training Program is designed to provide the education needed for professionals and students who are managing or learning to manage invasive species.
CRED Talk: Pity the Analyst - Designing Camera Trap Software for Efficient Image Inspection
February 6, Revelstoke
This Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology talk describes and explains design patterns for software that supports how analysts can efficiently inspect camera trap images and encode its data. Broadly speaking, a design pattern identifies a commonly occurring problem and a general, reusable design approach to solving that problem. In particular, design patterns for camera trap image analysis address solutions to commonly occurring problems faced by analysts when inspecting a large number of images and entering data describing those images.
February 11-13, Revelstoke
The presence or absence of a species in a set of units (polygons, landscape units, territories, etc.) is a fundamental concept in many ecological studies (e.g. resource selection modelling, biodiversity, range). This Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology workshop covers methods for modelling species occurrence while accounting for potential false negatives. Alternate dates have been selected in case of poor winter conditions on roads.
Getting to know Grebes: Different Species and how they link to Wetland Health & Conservation
February 13, KCP Webinar
In the first of four webinars that make up the KCP 2020 Winter Webinar Series, Rachel Darvill will be speaking about the five different marsh bird species we can find in the Columbia Basin, the results of her bird research projects in the Columbia Wetlands as they relate to grebes, how marsh birds can be important biological indicators of healthy wetland systems and how grebes may be useful in designating the Columbia Wetlands into the Important Bird and Biodiversity Area program.
Winter Film & Discussion Series
February 13 • 20 • 27
March 5, Golden
Wildsight Golden and the Youth Action Network present the Winter Film & Discussion Series. All films will be at the Golden Youth Centre
and are family frien
dly. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and movies start at 7 p.m.
Soil Biology Identification Workshop
February 17, Nelson
This one-day workshop will be a hands-on learning opportunity for producers to identify soil micro-organisms and discuss ways to enhance beneficial organisms. Intended audience is commercial vegetable producers. Offered through the Kootenay Boundary Farm Advisors.
Pesticide Applicator Course
February 25-28, Cranbrook
This multi-day training course offered by the East Kootenay Invasive Species Council has been created to ensure participants receive the necessary information to successfully obtain their pesticide applicators certificate as well as help become more employable in the field of invasive plant management.
"We Should Plant Meadows": A Systems Approach to Recovering Pollinator Pathways
February 26, KCP Webinar
Recent concerns about declines in pollinating insects are paralleled by concerns about concurrent declines in native plants. Plant and pollinator communities must be considered together for effective conservation of either. In the second webinar in the KCP Winter Webinar Series, Valerie Huff will share how the Kootenay Native Plant Society has been working toward plant and pollinator conservation, and ways to participate in reconnecting and recovering pollinator pathways in the Columbia Basin.
Introduction to Wildlife Bioacoustics
March 3-5, Revelstoke
The main goal of this Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology course is to provide attendees with hands-on knowledge of available technology, techniques, and assessment capabilities so they can confidently make decisions on when and how to implement bioacoustical surveys for vocal terrestrial species (birds, anurans, and mammals including bats). There is no field component, however, there will be plenty of opportunity to get hands-on with devices and software.
An Evidence-to-Action Approach for Carnivore Coexistence in Adapt-or-Die Landscapes
March 4, KCP Webinar
In North America, grizzly bears typify the human struggle to conserve and coexist with large carnivores amongst a matrix of competing land uses. In the third webinar in the KCP Winter Webinar Series, Clayton Lamb will provide insight into the response of bear density to mitigation measures for reducing road density and highlight several cases where evidence from this dissertation leads to meaningful conservation actions that will benefit bears, a variety of wildlife inhabiting similar areas, and people.
19th Annual Crown Managers Partnership Forum
March 10-12, Cranbrook (submit poster abstracts by March 2)
The Crown Managers Partnership is a multi-jurisdictional partnership amongst federal, state, provincial, tribal and First Nation agency managers and universities in Montana, Alberta and British Columbia. The Crown of the Continent ecosystem is one of North America's most ecologically diverse and jurisdictionally fragmented landscapes. The theme of the 2020 Forum is "Fire in the Crown of the Continent: Trans-boundary Collaborative Solutions to Landscape Scale Ecosystem Management". The forum will take place at St. Eugene Resort in Cranbrook.
Back to the Basics: Re-evaluating Bat Boxes based on Bat Needs
March 12, KCP Webinar
In the fourth and final webinar in the KCP Winter Webinar Series, Cori Lausen will revisit the roles that bat boxes can play in habitat mitigation and present critical background information that sets the stage for understanding problems associated with bat boxes and what might be done. She will also explore the advantages and disadvantages of bat boxes, and fundamental issues we need to address when considering artificial bat habitat.
Amphibian Inventory & Monitoring Techniques
April 14-15, 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.
Environmental Education Leadership Clinic
April 24-26, Nipika Mountain Resort, Kootenay National Park
The 2020 Leadership Clinic is an opportunity for EEPSA Local Chapters to come together to share, plan and collaborate. It will provide time and opportunities to do so in a beautiful setting, while also providing opportunities for outdoor recreation and rejuvenation. Must be a CBEEN member to participate. Registration is through EEPSA Local Chapters.
Scaling Up Camera Trap Surveys to Inform Regional Wildlife Conservation
May 5-6, Kimberley
This two-day Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology conference 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.
Art of Hosting Meaningful Conversations & Participatory Leadership Retreat
May 6-9, Yasodhara Ashram – Kootenay Lake
This leadership training opportunity is hosted as a partnership between CBEEN and Selkirk College. This is the first time this renowned training has been held in the Kootenays — and it is focussed on climate change. This retreat will build your capacity for incorporating collaborative solutions, conflict resolution and collective wisdom building into your personal and organizational leadership practice with a focus on community action.
Creston Valley Bird Fest – Save the Date!
May 8-10, Creston
Registration for the Creston Valley Bird Fest opens in April. See the website for the 2020 schedule of events. Keynote speaker John Acorn is an internationally known scientist, author, broadcaster, and Canadian naturalist who lives in Edmonton.
Wings Over the Rockies Festival – Save the Date!
May 11-17, Invermere
Wings Over the Rockies is one of Canada’s largest wildlife festivals and takes place in various locations throughout the Columbia Valley each year in the month of May. The festival offers a rare opportunity to see and learn about birds and other wildlife species in their natural habitat. 2020 will be the 24th annual event.
Advanced Field Ornithology: Identification and Surveys by Sound and Recordings
June 1-4, 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.
Columbia Basin Symposia – Save the Date!
October 2-4, Trail • October 23-25, Golden
Every three years, Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) offers this free opportunity for the people of the Basin to get together, connect with each other and the Trust, work toward solutions to common issues and celebrate collective accomplishments and CBT’s 25th anniversary. In 2020 CBT will be offering two symposia in two locations. That way, more people can take part. The agendas will be identical, so save the date to attend only one. Anyone who lives in Columbia Basin Trust region is welcome to attend one of the symposia. And if you won’t be able to come in person, plan to participate online. More details to come. Registration opens Spring 2020. Be one of the first to register and learn about speakers and agenda highlights by
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about the Symposia.
KCP Fall Gathering & AGM – Save the (new) Date!
October 16-17, TBA (West Kootenay)
The KCP Fall Gathering & AGM serves as one of the primary vehicles to connect and re-connect KCP partners from across the region. The Fall Gathering is a wonderful opportunity to learn about conservation projects in the Kootenays, share knowledge and information, and network with other organizations in the Kootenays. All KCP Partners and members of the public are invited to this free event.