Biophysical Bootcamp Series:

Session 1 (S21) Montane Natural Subregion

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Session 1 of the Biophysical Bootcamp represents the first of SALMTEC’s biophysical field training series. This course was designed for consultants, regulators, and land managers with a background in applied science and land management and are looking to refresh their knowledge, learn new things, and build upon their existing knowledge.

SALMTEC has designed this course to provide participants with opportunity to get their hands dirty and ask questions with Subject Matter Experts, hone technical skills, and benefit from cross-learning and networking opportunities.

This workshop will be held in the Montane Natural Subregion, at SALMTEC’s field station near Bragg Creek, and topics will 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:

  • The course will be held in July 2021*.
  • Class size is limited and will be broken up into smaller groups, to maintain social distancing.
  • Groups will visit four field sites throughout the day, spending approximately 2 hours at each site.

*The exact date to be set by February 28, 2021.

Course Fee:

Early Bird Registration (March 31, 2021)                                  $225.00 (plus tax)

Regular Registration (after March 31, 2021)                             $275.00 (plus tax)

Refund Policy:

Full refunds will be issued for all cancellations, received in writing, on or before March 31, 2021. Partial refunds ($175) will be issued between March 31, 2021 and two weeks before course date, after which time refunds will not be issued. 

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Course Learning Objectives:

Students will:

  • Learn the basics on plant morphology and taxonomy
  • Apply some of the available tools from the Alberta Conservation Information Management System (ACIMS), and other sources
  • Correlate desktop information with observations of biophysical conditions at upland and wetland locations
  • Understand how wetlands are evaluated using ABWRET-A
  • Assess indicators associated with predicting the habitat structure suitability for songbirds, raptors and mammals

Pre-requisites: Registrants must have previously completed or be enrolled in any one of SALMTEC’s courses by March 31, 2021. However, the following courses are recommended to maximize this applied learning opportunity:

  • ABWRET-A -Blended/Online Course
  • Alberta Wetland Policy Basics - Online Course
  • Understanding ACIMS Tools - Online Course
  • Alberta Soil Information Viewer - Online Course
  • GVI – Online Course

Student Responsibilities

Students are required to:

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