Biophysical Bootcamp Field Course (S23)

Tuesday, May 30, 2023




This full-day field course will be held in May 2023, at SALMTEC's field station, just south of Bragg Creek. This course was designed for consultants, regulators, and land managers with a background in applied science and land management who are looking to refresh their knowledge, learn new things, and build upon their existing knowledge. SALMTEC has designed this course for participants to get their hands dirty, interact with multiple Subject Matter Experts, hone field skills, and benefit from cross-disciplinary learning. Course topics may include:

  1. Application of Grassland Vegetation Inventory (GVI) in the field,
  2. The Alberta Wetland Rapid Evaluation Tool – Actual (ABWRET-A), focussing on indicators of the wetland functionality for songbird, raptor, and mammal wetland habitat,
  3. Field characterization for soil and terrain, and
  4. Plant identification basics.

Course Format:SALMTEC Wetland

  • Class size is limited and will be broken up into smaller groups, to maintain a comfortable spacing
  • Groups will visit four field sites throughout the day, spending approximately 2 hours at each site.
  • A trailer will be available with a washroom and water.

Course Fee:

Early Bird Registration (until April 1, 2023)                          $200.00 (plus tax)

Regular Registration (after April 1, 2023)                            $250.00 (plus tax)

Refund Policy:

Full refunds will be issued for all cancellations, received in writing, on or before April 15, 2023. Partial refunds ($50 administration fee) will be issued between April 16, and May 15, 2023, after which time refunds will not be issued. Full refunds will be issued if course cancelled due to COVID.

--------------------Space is Limited-----------------------

Course Learning Objectives:

Students will:

  • Learn the basics of plant identification, including wetland plants
  • Interpret imagery in the field
  • Interpret the landscape
  • Classify site types in the field
  • Songbird, raptor and mammal wetland function assessment using ABWRET-A
  • Review upland soil profiles and sample wetland soils

The following courses are recommended to maximize this applied learning opportunity:

Student Responsibilities

Students are required to:

  • Provide their own transportation
  • Provide their own meals
  • Follow all environmental and safety protocols set forth by SALMTEC