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.
May 9-11, 2019
Thompson Rivers University Conference Centre, 805 TRU Way, Kamloops, BC.
Workshop- Designing Avoidance and Mitigation for Migratory Birds and Species at Risk Critical Habitat
Thursday May 09, 2019
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Alpine Room, TRU Conference Centre, 805 TRU Way, Kamloops.
Registration Fee: $135 (includes lunch) REGISTER
Alison Peatt, MSc., RPBio, FAPB
Bearfoot Resources Ltd.
Chloe Boynton, MSc.
Migratory Bird Management Biologist
Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment and Climate Change Canada
The 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.
Tour of Lac Du Bois and Tranquille Valley: Grasslands, Species at Risk, and Ecosystem Resilience
Saturday May 11, 2019
Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Departs from TRU Conference Centre, 805 TRU Way, Kamloops.
Registration fee: $145 (transportation and lunch provided). REGISTER
Field Tour Overview
The area around Kamloops supports a variety of unique wildlife and plant
communities. In the immediate area around Kamloops, there are great
opportunities to explore these and learn about Kamloops natural history.
In both Tranquille and Lac du Bois areas, we will explore and discuss
applied biology projects that provide guidance to mitigate development
impacts on snakes, facilitate recovery of Burrowing Owls and manage
invasive species impacts on grasslands. Join us and our tour guides from
the city of Kamloops, Thompson Rivers University, APB member Dave Low
and well-known naturalist Frank Ritcey. Whether you are a biologist or
just someone who likes to view wildlife, this trip will be fun,
informative and great opportunity to explore southern interior
grasslands, associated habitats and wildlife.
Species to note during this tour include
Williamson Sapsucker, Western Screech
Owl, Burrowing Owl, Western Toad, Columbian Spotted Frog, Long Toed
Northern Pacific Rattlesnake, Rubber Boa, Gopher Snake, Yellow Bellied
Racer, Common Garter Snake, Western Terrestrial Garter Snake, Painted
turtle, and over
12 bat species.
This field trip INVOLVES SOME HIKING. Please dress accordingly. It
is recommended to wear long pants and a long sleeve shirt to protect
For more information on Lac du Bois Grasslands Protected Area
We hope to see you there!