One of the main priorities of the APB is to ensure our membership
throughout British Columbia is provided timely, relevant training
opportunities, workshops and webinars. Our mandate is to ensure
competency in the biology profession, practice and related decision
making processes. Please check our Calendar
to see upcoming training, workshops and webinars provided by the APB
and affiliated organizations. If you have a suggestion for a CPD
training course, please contact the APB office.
Designing Avoidance and Mitigation for Migratory Birds
and Species at Risk Critical Habitat
Tuesday Nov 5, 2019
Benson Room, Coast Bastion Hotel, 11 Bastion Street, Nanaimo, BC.
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
increasing list of species and ecosystems at risk is challenging the
capacity of professionals to find, process and interpret information to
build effective and professional environmental assessment reports.
Building on the Species at Risk workshops being delivered this spring by
other providers, the Association of Professional Biology is providing
training that addresses both the Species at Risk
Act and Migratory Birds Convention Act, with applied break-out sessions
on writing avoidance and mitigation statements. This workshop is
designed to fill the gap for professionals that work on environmental
impact assessment advice in support of development applications. It may
also be useful for junior professionals who want to strengthen their
skills in avoidance/mitigation design and understanding of legislation
and guidance for conserving migratory birds and species at risk.
Inaugural APB Seminar on Aerial Ungulate Surveys and Wildlife Tracking
In the CLASSROOM Seminar
November 25 and 26, 2019
Room 7-172, Bentley Centre, University of Northern BC, Prince George, BC.
- Introduction to survey Techniques: Random Stratified Block, Modified Gasaway (U of Alaska), Distance Sampling;
- Pros and Cons of Various Survey Methods;
- Survey Logistics, Aerial Survey Navigation, Counting, Data Collection;
- Moose Expert, Guest Lecture: The Importance of BC’s Moose Populations;
- GIS, Habitat Suitability, and Predictive Ecosystem Models;
- Introduction to DISTANCE and other software for census detection bias;
- Mapping and Stratification of Management Unit 7-7 for Aerial Surveys.
In FLIGHT & FIELD Training
November 27, 2019
UNBC’s Aleza Lake Research Forest.
- Helicopter safety and flight school training;
- One hour flight training in aerial survey techniques;
- On the ground wildlife tracking methods.
The 2020 Annual Professional Biology Conference and AGM.
April 28-29, 2020
Nitka Lake Lodge, Whistler, BC
Stay tuned for more information.