FORREX Conservation Biology Listserv – April 2009

This list posting, published by FORREX Forum for Research and Extension in Natural Resources, is supported in part by BC Ministry of Forests and Range through the Forest Investment Account, Forest Science Program. For details or to contact FORREX, visit www.forrex.org

Announcements

IUFRO Conference on Biodiversity in Forest Ecosystems and Landscape- Presentations available online

Click here to download the oral presentations of this conference.

Wildland/Urban Interface Fires, Fuel Management, and Ecosystems- Conference Summary

The Conference Summary of this event is now available as a free download.

Issue 4 of Biodiversity Indicators Partnership News released

The 2010 Biodiversity Indicators Partnership (2010 BIP) brings together a suite of biodiversity-related indicators, allowing for a more comprehensive and consistent monitoring and assessment of global biodiversity, with a view to measuring progress towards the CBD’s target to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010.  The Partnership coordinates and supports the regular delivery of biodiversity indicators into a range of decision-making processes, with a particular focus on this 2010 target.  In addition, the Partnership links biodiversity initiatives at national, regional, and global scales, and will contribute information to a number of international mechanisms and initiatives. For more information visit the 2010 BIP website

Recovery Strategy for Nugget Moss Posted on the BC MoE Website

The final recovery strategy for nugget moss in British Columbia has recently been posted on the BC Ministry of Environment recovery planning website

East Kootenay Invasive Plant Council

Did you know there is now an East Kootenay Invasive Plant Council? Contact Heather McMahon at coordinator@ekipc.com if you’d like more information about this new group.

Newly published in JEM Volume 10, Issue 1

This new JEM issue features an extension note, a research report and a discussion paper on new marbled murrelet-related material. To download individual articles or the full print issue, click here.

First issue of the Grassland Gazette available now

MULTISAR‘s first newsletter, the Grassland Gazette reaches out to producers that are concerned about or interested in species at risk and habitat stewardship on their lands. The Gazette also shares personal stewardship stories from Alberta ranchers. Tom Gilchrist of Deer Creek Ranch shares his experience with gas development and the Martin family demonstrates how a ranching operation can be compatible with the natural prairie environment. Evaluating natural goods and services is also explored by the Alberta Prairie Conservation Forum. Click here to read the Grassland Gazette.

Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners – new web site

The mandate of the Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners is to manage the wetlands as a single system irrespective of ownership or jurisdiction and take a pro-active stance in dealing with issues as they arise. Visit its new website.

Endangered Species Bulletin, 2008 Highlights Edition

Read about great conservation projects south the border! The 2008 Highlights Edition of the Endangered Species Bulletin is now available for download from the US-Fish and Wildlife Service website.

Northward Shifts in the Abundance of North American Birds in Early Winter: A Response to Warmer Winter Temperatures?

Many of North America’s birds are on the move, shifting their winter ranges northward and inland. A new analysis conducted by Audubon scientists using 40 years of data provides new and powerful confirmation that global warming is having a serious impact on natural systems. The focus of this paper is to (1) determine if birds have exhibited continent-wide latitudinal shifts in their distribution within a relatively short ecological time period of 40 years (which likely outpaces most changes in vegetation communities), (2) investigate the possibility that changes in climatic conditions may be partially responsible for any such distributional changes, and (3) investigate guild-specific changes in distribution. Also discussed are additional possible causes of distributional shifts, such as changes in human-provisioned supplemental food. Downloads: full report or Briefing for Policymakers and Concerned Citizens

Restoration of Natural Systems Newsletter – New issue available online

Click here for download.

“Adaptation 2009: Safeguarding Fish, Wildlife and Natural Systems in the Face of Climate Change” – Conference material available online

This innovative conference made an important contribution to advancing the dialogue about how natural resource management and conservation will need to be transformed to meet the challenges of climate change. The conference website now includes background information on the conference, available presentations and audio, as well as a short summary report.

Consultation on the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation Post 2010‏

IUCN invites interested parties to participate in an important consultation on the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation Post-2010. Considering that the current Global Strategy for Plant Conservation has a 2010 deadline, this consultation will help determine what comes next and how a new strategy may be put together. The online consultation will be open from 1 to 30 April 2009.

Joint Fire Science Program April update

Try the new Findings Search feature: this new database incorporated almost all completed JFSP sponsored research projects. Don’t miss the “Using Fire to Manage Invasive Vegetation: The State of the Art” Fire Science Brief or the two new reports on “Timber Harvest After Wildfires: Effects of timber harvest after wildfires” and “Ecological foundations for fire management in North American forest and shrubland ecosystems” under the Science You Can Use section. Find these and other new updates on http://www.firescience.gov

Science and Practice of Ecology & Society Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize the importance of practitioners who translate the scientific findings and insights of the scholarly community to practical applications. The deadline for nominations is July 1, 2009. Nomination letters can be sent, preferably electronically, to Dr. Marco Janssen, Marco.Janssen@asu.edu. School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University, Box 872402, Tempe, AZ 85287-2402.

Groundbreaking science report on Borea
l woodland caribou critical habitat

The “Scientific Review for the Identification of Critical Habitat for Woodland Caribou, Boreal Population (Rangifer tarandus caribou) in Canada” was initiated By Environment Canada to inform the development of a recovery strategy for this population of caribou. To review the report and/or submit any comments, click here.

New Unasylva issue on Adapting to Climate Change

This volume of Unasylva contains a series of articles about adapting forests and forest management to a changing climate.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Conservation Biology

Identifying the amount and spatial configuration of habitat required for species persistence is one of the most challenging and controversial aspects of endangered species recovery planning. Technical guidelines recommend application of spatially-explicit population and habitat viability analysis (PVA) models for assessing critical habitat, but such methods can be difficult to apply for data-poor species. The research developed under this fellowship will focus on developing, evaluating, and applying alternative assessment frameworks for data-poor aquatic species, and identifying interim habitat- and distribution-based recovery targets.

The position will be based in the Conservation Biology Section at the Pacific Biological Station (Nanaimo, British Columbia) and the postdoc will work with Dr. Janelle Curtis and Dr. Marten Koops, and have opportunities to network with collaborators based at the University of British Columbia, Parks Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and the BC Ministry of Environment. For further details, please contact Dr. Janelle Curtis atjanelle.curtis@dfo-mpo.gc.ca. Review of applications will begin 30 April 2009, but will be accepted until the position is filled.

CPF Study Warns About Damage to Forests from Climate Change

“The Global Forest Expert Panel of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), led by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), has released a report entitled “Adaptation of Forests and People to Climate Change – A Global Assessment Report.” The report presents current knowledge about the impacts of climate change on forests and people and options for adaptation”. Click here to learn more about this report.

Request for Proposals: Avian Synthesis Research

Y2Y recently announced a Request for Proposals to carry out an avian synthesis research project. Over the past five years, Y2Y has commissioned several avian research projects to address how various species of birds use the Yellowstone to Yukon landscape, and to identify potential areas of concern for avian biodiversity in this region.

Frontline Water Documentary “Poisoned Waters”

More than three decades after the Clean Water Act, iconic American waterways like the Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound are in perilous condition and facing new sources of contamination.

With polluted runoff still flowing in from industry, agriculture and massive suburban development, scientists note that many new pollutants and toxins from modern everyday life are already being found in the drinking water of millions of people across USA and pose a threat to fish, wildlife and, potentially, human health. The broadcast of this recent documentary is available on-line.

CBD Expert Group on Biodiversity and Climate Change Opens in Helsinki

The second meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Biodiversity and Climate Change of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) opened on 18 April 2009, in Helsinki, Finland, and will continue until 22 April 2009. Read more about this meeting and access related documentation here.

News

March 24, 2009 – Conservation group buys easement to help salmon

“The Nature Conservancy bought the easement rights to try to stop development on the land, which they say includes prime salmon spawning habitat on the Pahsimeroi River (Idaho) and land used by sage grouse, songbirds and big game animals.”

Read the full story…

March 25, 2009 – Megaconservation: Saving wildernesses on a giant scale

“It all started with a wolf named Pluie. One rainy day in the summer of 1991, the 5-year-old female crossed paths with a team of researchers in the Peter Lougheed Provincial Park in Alberta, Canada. They captured her and fitted a collar and satellite transmitter. For the next two years, they watched in amazement as Pluie went on an epic journey – one that would ultimately inspire a new kind of conservation.”

Read the full story…

March 26, 2009 – B.C. shatters land records with last oil and gas rights auction

“British Columbia broke every record for land sales following the last auction of Crown oil and gas rights of the fiscal year on Wednesday. […] The records shattered by the 2008-09 oil and gas land rights sales underscore the unprecedented growth of the B.C. energy sector”

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March 27, 2009 – Community Trust restores ecosystems in Kootenays Grand Forks

“Forest workers will be treating invasive plants on Crown forest land and in provincial parks as part of ongoing ecosystem restoration projects that will benefit wildlife and cattle, thanks to $212,247 from the Community Development Trust’s Job Opportunities Program, Community Development Minister Kevin Krueger and Forests and Range Minister Pat Bell announced. “The Community Development Trust is assisting forest workers, their families and communities across this province. During a time when every job counts, we are providing stability,” said Krueger. “We are pleased to be able to support this project, while at the same time improving forest health in our provincial parks.”

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March 27, 2009 – Community Trust restores Columbia Valley grasslands

“Twelve forest workers will restore about 750 hectares of grassland near Invermere to provide better habitat for wildlife and cattle, through $400,000 from the Community Development Trust’s Job Opportunities Program, Community Development Minister Kevin Krueger and Forests and Range Minister Pat Bell announced. “The Community Development Trust is one of our key tools to assist forest workers, their families and communities through this difficult time,” said Krueger. “This funding will help provide 12 jobs while improving natural wildlife habitat in the area.”

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March 27, 2009 – $1.7-million project launched to study caribou
“Peary Caribou are so scarce in Canada’s Arctic that scientists want the creature listed as an endangered species. And other kinds of once plentiful caribou that r
oam the Northwest Territories and Nunavut are said to be in steep decline. Caribou are a key food for growing aboriginal communities across the North, they can be spooked by mining and oil and gas activities, and the changing climate is seen as a real but poorly-understood threat.”

Read the full story…

March 27, 2009 – Speed kills caribou

Two endangered mountain caribou — a pregnant female and a calf — were killed last week on a notorious section of Highway 3, where the animals often congregate to lick highway salt”

Read the full story…

March 31, 2009 – Province to reveal managing plan for Great Bear Rainforest

“The government of British Columbia is expected to announce today that a final agreement has been reached for managing four million hectares in the Great Bear Rainforest.

The region, which contains the largest intact temperate rain forest left in the world, stretches along the B.C. coast from just north of Vancouver Island to the Alaska Panhandle.”

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April 1, 2009 – Understanding the Impact of Invasive Species

“Originally native to Eurasia, Russian thistle (Salsola kali) has become naturalized to the point of being considered commonplace across the Canadian prairies. More than just a noxious weed, Russian thistle is actually an invasive plant species that competes with Canada’s native plants for valuable space and resources, often to the detriment of native ecosystems and local wildlife.”

Read the full story…

April 1, 2009 – Strong data shows fewer grizzly bears in Alberta than believed

“Alberta’s grizzly bear population is at a low level, no matter how you crunch the numbers. That’s according to a multi-year $2.4 million state-of-the-art census in which researchers have been painstakingly collecting bear hair snagged on barbed wire and sending it to the lab for DNA analysis.”

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April 2, 2009 – Spotted-owl recovery gets another look from Obama administration

“The Obama administration signaled Tuesday that it wants to scrap a controversial Bush-era plan for spotted-owl recovery, asking a federal district court judge to let them rewrite it, rather than defend it against lawsuits from both environmentalists and the timber industry.”

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April 09, 2009 – Funding targets invasive plants

“Invasive plants have a bounty on their head in British Columbia. Some sting and scratch and all of which upset the ecosystem, but they are all facing a grim future in this province. Plants such as gorse, leafy spurge, purple loosestrife and Japanese knotwood are squarely in the crosshairs of the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands.”

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April 10, 2009 – Boreal caribou herds dying off due to habitat loss

Half of Canada’s boreal caribou herds are in decline and could die off unless their habitat is better protected, says a federal report that points to logging and energy production as big threats to the reclusive creatures.

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April 10, 2009 – Four new wilderness areas named

“The federal government has declared four new wilderness areas to help preserve them as examples of Canada’s natural heritage. The areas are within existing national parks and no activities will be allowed that in any way hurt their distinct wilderness character.”

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April 17, 2009 – Artist “Runs the Numbers” of Big Ocean Threats

This series of photos visualizes the massive, difficult-to-imagine numbers of the world’s consumption and waste and some global statistics on threats to the marine life.

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April 20, 2009 – The IUCN Red List website made easy

“Website visitors to The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species can now take advantage of a users’ guide and video demo to help them search close to 45,000 records of plant and animal information.”

Read the full story…

Events

Call For Papers; Call For Abstracts; New Additions

Conferences

May 10-14, 2009. 5th World Environmental Education Congress. Montreal, QC.

Environmental education is on the cusp of an opportune moment, when environmental awareness has gone beyond the concerned minority to reach many people in all parts of the world. It has a crucial role to play. Prevention and resolution of environmental issues will require thoughtful, informed, and well-educated citizens to place pressure on political leaders and to make changes in their own lives and by taking action in their own communities. This Congress is for all educators: professors, researchers, teachers, university students, community leaders, civil servants, museum and park interpreters, consultants, journalists, artists, and all other actors in environmental education.

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May 20-22, 2009. 2009 BC Land Summit. Whistler, BC.
The 2009 BC Land Summit will be an interdisciplinary conference organized by six professional organizations, all of whom share ties to land use in British Columbia and who will combine their 2009 annual conferences into this exciting joint venture.

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May 20-23, 2009. Canadian Forest Communities Conference 2009 Trends and Opportunities. Nanaimo, BC.

Connect with others from across Canada who share your commitment to building vibrant and innovative forest-based communities. Join municipal and Aboriginal leaders, government agencies, industry partners, economic development officers, community groups and researchers to hear their success stories and help chart the course for your forest-based community for the 21st century. Whether you’re interested in bioenergy, eco-tourism, new business models and markets, non-timber forest products, innovative forest tenures, environmental goods and services, economic infrastructure or community engagement and adaptation, you will have the opportunity to share experiences and explore new ideas and strategies with colleagues from across the country.

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June 1-3, 2009. E-Biosphere 09: International Conference on Biodiversity Informatics. London, UK.
Biodiversity Informatics is a young field that is making diverse classes of biodiversity data available online and putting these data to work for science and society. This Conference will highlight the accomplishments, capabilities and uses of Biodiversity Informatics and will gather community input for a 5-10 year research roadmap. The conference organizers have also created a series of electroni
c discussion forums under the umbrella of the “Online Conference Community”.

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June 21-24, 2009. Urban Wildlife Ecology and Management: An International Symposium on Urban Wildlife and the Environment. Amherst, MA.
The Urban Wildlife Working Group of The Wildlife Society, together with the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and USGS Massachusetts Cooperative Research Unit, is sponsoring this International Symposium on Urban Wildlife Ecology and Management.

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June 22-24 and 25-29, 2009. International Congress “Biodiversity Hotspots in the Mediterranean Area: species, communities and landscape level”. Cagliari, Italy.
The congress will have three different sessions and include the following parallel side events:
– Plant species and communities in the Mediterranean mining areas: biodiversity, landscape evolution and their use in phytoremediation;
– Important plant areas in Italy and in the Mediterranean context.
– Origins of endemic plants to the Corso-Sardinian microplate: an integrative phylogenetic approach;
– Conservation studies on threatened plants in the Mediterranean area.

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CFP – July-10, 2009. 15th International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment. Daytona Beach, FL.
The Interdisciplinary Environmental Association, an international organization committed to an interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary approach to environmental issues, is now accepting submissions of papers and posters for the 15th IICE. Areas of special interest for this event include: Coastal Resource Impacts and Management; Environmental Ethics; Regional Water Resources and Pollution Issues; Environmental Impacts of Tourism; Climate Change and Coastal Areas; Creative Visions of the Changing Landscape; and The Economics of Sustainability. For further information, contact Dr. Kimberly Reiter, Conference Chair, at kreiter@stetson.edu, or clickhere.
July 8-11, 2009. Stewardship & Conservation in Canada 2009. Calgary, AB.
This conference will build upon the 2006 national stewardship conference in Newfoundland.

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CFP – August 2-7, 2009. 94th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America. Albuquerque, NM.
The theme for the meeting is “Ecological Knowledge and a Global Sustainable Society”, and proposals related to this theme are highly encouraged.

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CFP/CFA – August 9-12, 2009. First International Congress on Sustainability Science and Engineering: Where science and engineered technologies meet the needs of society. Cincinnati, OH.
This congress will provide a common platform to practitioners of various physical and ecological sciences, engineering fields, economics, and social sciences for exchanging emerging ideas about ways and means of protecting the environment and its resource depletion so that humans can achieve sustained economic growth and societal benefits through generations. Products, processes, and systems for sustainability are among the major focus of this conference.

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CFA – August 23-27, 2009. SER World Conference on Ecological Restoration. Perth, Australia.
This is the 19th International conference of the Society for Ecological Restoration International and the theme this year is Making Change in a Changing World.

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CFA – August 30 – September 1, 2009. Ecopath 25 years Conference. Vancouver, BC.
Ecopath: 25 years Conference is being planned to be held at Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia. The meeting is intended to be an international scientific reunion on ecosystem modelling using the software Ecopath and Ecosim (EwE), providing a global overview of the advancement of Ecopath with Ecosim modelling approach in the fields of fisheries management, ecosystem comparisons, spatial analyses, climate impacts, and ecosystem-based management. Limited to 120 participants.

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September 8-12, 2009. 5th International Martes Symposium. University of Washington, Seattle.
The theme of this symposium will be “Biology and Management of Martens and Fishers: a New Synthesis”.

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CFP – October 6-9, 2009. International Society for Ecological Modelling 2009 Conference. Quebec City, PQ.
The theme for this conference is “Ecological Models for Enhanced Sustainability in Management”. In addition to workshops, there will be opportunities for oral presentations, as well as poster sessions. The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2009.

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October 18-25, 2009. The XIII World Forestry Congress 2009. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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CFA – November 1-5, 2009. Estuaries and Coasts in a Changing World. Portland, Oregon.

The CERF 2009 Program Committee invites you to submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation for CERF 2009. CERF is committed to bringing scientists and students from around the world together to exchange information and ideas about the science and management of coastal ecosystems.

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November 6-13, 2009. World Wilderness Congress. Merida, Mexico.

Consider participating in and/or presenting at this major cross-disciplinary conservation event that will address the following six major theme areas: Freshwater, Climate Change, Fire, Transboundary and Connectivity Issues, Large Landscapes and Seascapes, and Human Communities in Transition.

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September 21-27, 2010. Forest Landscapes and Global Change – IUFRO Landscape Ecology International Conference. Bragança, Portugal.

This conference aims to bring together scientists, planners, and managers in order to share science and experiences on approaches, methods and tools to assess change, to forecast change in structures and processes, and to optimize goods and services provided at multiscale-multifunctional levels under a context of change. Topics addressed are: Scaling in landscape analysis, Patterns and processes in changing landscapes, Disturbances in changing landscapes, Biodiversity conservation and planning in changing landscapes, Monitoring landscape change, Tools of landscape assessment and management, Management and sustainability of changing landscapes, Urban Forestry in changing regions.

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Workshops

April, May and June 2009. Invasive Alien Plant Program (IAPP) Workshops

In collaboration with the BC Ministry of Forests and Range and the Invasive Plant Council of BC, regional committees from across BC are delivering FREE 1-day Invasive Alien Plant Program (IAPP) workshops. Workshops will feature the new IAPP Version 1.6 and include training on the Report-A-Weed functionality.

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April 24-26, repeated May 22-24, 2009. Bird Banding & Monitoring Workshop. Vancouver, BC.
The Vancouver Avian Research Centre offers courses related to bird identification and bird banding. The 3 day introductory course consists of presentations, specimen study, field mist-netting, banding, and processing. The workshop has been developed for people with little or no bird banding or bird in the hand experience and provides a fantastic opportunity to see birds up close and personal, to learn about their plumages, molt sequences, and life habits.

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May 26-27, 2009. Ecological Approaches to Invasive Plant Management. Revelstoke, BC.
This intensive, content-heavy two day course will present an ecological approach to invasive plant management, where vegetation management systems are designed to work with natural successional processes. The first day is a classroom session, and the second is a hands-on field day with the participants evaluating and treating a site. Class size is limited to 25 people.

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June 1-5, 2009. GIS and Remote Sensing for Natural Resource Managers. Washington, DC.
This short course offered by the Smithsonian National Zoological Park’s Conservation and Research Center will provide wildlife managers with a working knowledge about the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing to the monitoring and management of wildlife and forest vegetation. Exercises in establishing locations with a Global Positioning System (GPS), data input into a GIS, and spatial analysis techniques for GIS will provide hands-on and real world experience during the course.

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June 8-12, 2009. Measuring Landcover Change and its Impact on Endangered Species. Washington, DC.
This one-week advanced GIS and remote sensing course offered by the Smithsonian National Zoological Park’s Conservation and Research Center provides Conservation biologists and wildlife managers an opportunity to learn how GIS and remote sensing can be used to assess the conservation status of endangered species.

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June 21-27, 2009. Wetlands Institute, Kamloops, BC.
Stewardship coordinators, city planners, teachers, First Nations, ministry and municipality staff, NGO staff, business leaders, university students and youth working in the environmental field from around North America are all invited to attend the seven day Wetlands Institute. This intensive field experience will teach participants how to conduct wetland restoration, construction, and stewardship projects in the community of Kamloops, enabling participants to share the learning in their home communities. Participants will leave with the necessary skills to address wetland issues and with the knowledge to help maintain wetland habitat across North America. For further information, please contact Carolyn Anne Budgell, BCWF’s Wetlands Coordinator (wetlands@bcwf.bc.ca, 604-970-9707).

June 22-July 9h, 2009. Restoration Ecology in Greater Yellowstone. Yellowstone National Park.

Restoration ecology aims to assist in the recovery of the ecological integrity of ecosystems that have been damaged by human activity. This course, organized by The Wild Rockies Field Institute, explores the scientific, cultural and philosophical bases of restoration ecology through a combination of field investigations, readings, work projects, and meetings with land managers, and broadly considers means to restore healthy relationships between humans and the rest of nature.

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August 26-28, 2009. Ecopath Introductory Workshop. Vancouver, BC.
Prior to the Ecopath 25 years Conference, this workshop provides an introduction to Ecopath with Ecosim uses working in the new version of the software (EwE6). Limited to 30 participants.

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September 2-3, 2009. Ecopath Specialized Workshops. Vancouver, BC.
Following the Ecopath 25 years Conference, this workshop provides training on the applications of the EwE 6 software, tentatively focusing on: Ecoseed (spatial optimizations), economic modeling, interoperability and plug-ins, and gaming. Limited to 120 participants.

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Other Events

May 7-8, 2009. Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology – Annual Researchers Meeting. Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area, BC.
With an open theme for presentations this year, this event is a great opportunity to present on whatever you’ve got to say. If you have a project report or a new initiative, you are welcome to give a presentation or bring a poster. Field trips are planned for May 7, and presentations for May 8.

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May 8-10, 2009. Epic Vancouver – The Vancouver Sun Sustainable Living Expo. Vancouver, BC.
EPIC: The Vancouver Sun Sustainable Living Expo is Vancouver’s largest green consumer show and eco-marketplace. Visit EPIC to learn about environmentally-friendly products and companies that mix style and quality with sustainability.

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FIA-FSP logo May 20, 2009. Stream Temperature Response to Forest Management and Natural Disturbance. E-lecture.
As part of the Canadian Institute of Forestry/FORREX National Electronic Lecture Series on Science, Sustainability, and Innovation, Series 1 addresses “Disturbance Effects on Watershed Function”.

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May 22, 2009.  International Biodiversity Day 2009

Each year, countries around the world celebrate Biodiversity. This year, the theme for International Biodiversity Day is Invasive Alien Species.

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May 28-29, 2009. Conserving Wetlands in British Columbia. Revelstoke, BC.
Reservoir creation, settlement, agricultural activities, transportation corridors, and other factors have eliminated many wetland complexes or diminished their natural form and function. At this two-day event we will examine the past, present, and possible future extent of wetlands; the reasons for these changes; and how a combination of conservation, management, restoration, stewardship strategies, and on-the-ground projects, can improve the ecological values of British Columbia’s wetlands.

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June 2-13, 2009. Graduate and Professional Course: Habitat Assessment, Monitoring and Restoration. Front Royal, Virginia.

Sponsored by the Smithsonian’s Center for Conservation Education and Sustainability and George Mason University Conservation and Research Center. Through participation in lectures, field work, and computer modeling, complemented by discussions of relevant case studies from around the world, course participants will be prepared to apply their practical skills and theoretical knowledge
to assessing, managing, and restoring diverse habitats of conservation concern. Topics and activities include: field techniques for assessing habitats, data analysis and interpretation, adaptive management for the monitoring and managing process, technologies such as GIS to aid in planning and management, demonstrations, field trips, and case studies regarding different management and restoration strategies.

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July 15-18, 2009. Botany BC 2009. Muncho Lake Provincial Park / Liard Hot Springs, BC.
Botany BC is an annual meeting of botanists and plant enthusiasts of British Columbia and is open to anyone interested in plants regardless of skill level. Field trips will visit sites on alluvial flood plains, the alpine, and wetlands. Registration and detailed program are posted on the Botany BC website. Space is limited. To be notified as details develop please contact Elizabeth Easton at elizabeth.easton@gov.bc.ca.

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July 18-20, 2009. Fifth Snake Ecology Group Meeting. Donnelly, Idaho.
Plans are currently underway for the 5th Snake Ecology Group meeting, to be held in beautiful west-central Idaho. Activities will include symposia on current topics in snake ecology such as conservation genetics, contributed papers, social time, and field trips to study sites in Idaho.

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September, 2009. FORREX – Science to Management Forums. Kamloops, Nanaimo and Prince George, BC.
FORREX, in partnership with the FIA-Forest Science Program (FSP), the BC Ministry of Forests and Range, the BC Ministry of Environment and other partners, invites you to participate in one of at least three regional information and strategy science forums. The forums will take place in September 2009, and are tentatively scheduled for Kamloops, Nanaimo, and Prince George. If you are a natural resource professional, policy manager, community leader, or research professional from the natural resource community, these forums are for you.
The Science Forums will:
-Create venues for communicating recent regional developments in natural resource management science and innovation (including FSP-funded research);
-Bring the research and resource management communities together regionally to present, discuss, and problem-solve on issues related to the sustainable management of southern, coastal, and northern ecosystems; and
-Identify gaps in our understanding of the management of our ecosystems, and initiate discussion on addressing these gaps through co-operative extension and research
The major themes for these regional forums will be identified shortly. Please visit the science forum website regularly for updates and registration details.

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Selkirk Management Services

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Vancouver Island University Natural Resources Extension Program

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University of Northern British Columbia Continuing Studies

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The Swamp School

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Note: If you have anything you would like to include in the next conservation biology List, scheduled for mailout on May 22nd, 2009, please send your announcement details to Pedro Lara Almuedo.

FORREX Forum for Research and Extension in Natural Resources is a charitable non-profit organization that envisions a society of continuous learners making decisions in support of sustainable ecosystems and communities

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