Introductory and Second Level QGIS
Introductory and Second Level QGIS @ College of the Rockies, Main Campus in Cranbrook, Rm TBA
May 3 – May 4 all-day
The free, open source QGIS program is used and supported by a world-wide array of developers. Learn how to use this program to produce maps from public databases and your own knowledge. The course will be[...]
Upper Fraser River White Sturgeon Biology Experience
Upper Fraser River White Sturgeon Biology Experience
May 3 – May 4 all-day
This two-day experiential biology tour on the Fraser River introduces participants to white sturgeon biology and conservation, offering an opportunity to participate in an active sturgeon research project. Guests will catch and tag Upper Fraser[...]
Stats Refresher for Biologists in “R”
Stats Refresher for Biologists in “R” @ College of the Rockies, Main Campus in Cranbrook, Rm TBA
May 8 – May 10 all-day
Many scientific studies are full of statistical jargon, tables of averages and other statistics, and results of statistical tests which purport to prove a certain hypothesis. The purpose of this course is to review some[...]
Fishes of British Columbia Identification Course with a focus on the Columbia River Basin
Fishes of British Columbia Identification Course with a focus on the Columbia River Basin @ Revelstoke, BC
May 14 – May 15 all-day
Course Description The fresh waters of the world house spectacular diversity of freshwater fishes, accounting for over 40% of all described taxa in less than 0.01% of aquatic habitat by surface area. British Columbia has a[...]
38th Annual conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA)
38th Annual conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) @ Durban International Convention Center
May 16 – May 19 all-day
Abstract Submissions are invited through 20 November 2017. For more information and to see updates about this symposium, please visit http://bit.ly/2z3PpLc. For 37 years IAIA has been holding annual conference and special events all over[...]
2nd Annual Congress on Environmental Pollution and Global Warming
2nd Annual Congress on Environmental Pollution and Global Warming
May 24 – May 25 all-day
Pollution control Congress 2018 Conference is a forum to explore issues of mutual concern as well as exchange knowledge, share evidence and ideas, and generate solutions. The conference is all about promoting global health issues and[...]
CWRA 2018 Conference: Our Common Water Future – Building Resilience through Innovation
CWRA 2018 Conference: Our Common Water Future – Building Resilience through Innovation @ Delta Hotels Ocean Pointe Resort
May 28 – Jun 1 all-day
The 1987 Bruntland Report — Our Common Future – introduced environment into the political sphere and spawned the idea of sustainable development for the future. A key element of that future sustainability is water, as[...]
Pollution control Congress 2018 Conference is a forum to explore issues of mutual concern as well as exchange knowledge, share evidence and ideas, and generate solutions. The conference is all about promoting global health issues and advanced technologies used to control and regulate the pollution. This conference includes various types of pollutions, human impact on the environment, pollution risk assessment, advanced control methods.
The Conference brings together experts, researchers, scholars and students from all areas of Basic science, Chemical engineering, Earth and planetary sciences, Ecology, Environmental science, Environmental toxicology, Bioremediation and Public health, Occupational and industrial safety.
One of the major trends in the market is the development of new and improved air pollution control systems/equipment with enhanced reliability and reduced power consumption; for instance, development of an optimized wet process that has higher desulfurization efficiency and improved limestone injection.
According to the report, increased demand for power is one of the major factors driving the market. Coal-based power plants emit a large volume of harmful gases into the environment. This has created the need to install and adopt air pollution control equipment in plants. The analysts forecast the Global Air Pollution Control market to grow at a CAGR of 6.67% over the period 2014-2019.
Analysis of the Global Air Pollution Control Equipment in Energy and Power Market finds that the market earned revenues of $7.27 billion in 2010 and estimates this to reach $9.69 billion in 2017.
The 1987 Bruntland Report — Our Common Future – introduced environment into the political sphere and spawned the idea of sustainable development for the future. A key element of that future sustainability is water, as a resource and as a hazard.
Scroll forward to Canada in the year 2100. What will our common water future look like? Will we be reacting to one crisis after another in the face of changing water environments due to climate change and increasing social demands? Or will we have built a sustainable and resilient water future where we’ve applied the best of our knowledge and talent to develop innovative solutions to future water challenges? And in building “our common water future” have we included the contributions of a diversity of voices that will have a stake in that future?
“Our Common Water Future: Building Resilience Through Innovation” will bring water resource professionals and others together to help chart the path to that safe, sustainable and resilient water future. We will learn from each other’s experiences and share our innovative ideas for building a common water future in a range of water-related themes that include:
- Planning, Policy and Governance
- Transboundary Water Management
- Watershed Management
- First Nations and Water
- Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation
- Flood and Drought Hazards and Management
- Hydrology, Hydraulics and Hydrotechnical Engineering
- Science, Technology and Infrastructure
- International Case Studies
- Other Relevant Topics
The Southern Interior Land Trust invites you to participate Saturday June 2 in SILT’s first ever BioBlitz at its 20-hectare Cold Creek property located about nine kilometers west of Keremeos.
This ground is special – it borders the Similkameen River with a cottonwood stand, extends through an old field meadow to rose and poplar; is bisected by Highway 3; and extends up slope across sage-steppe to the talus and steep cliffs above. There is a perennial stream on the upper slope that emerges from the rocks, travels through diverse riparian thicket and disappears again downstream. How cool is that in this dry area?
A BioBlitz brings volunteer scientists, other experts, and keen observers of nature to document the biodiversity of a given area by identifying as many plant, animal and fungal species as possible over a 24-hour period.
Please come out to help SILT by participating in the inventory process. We will use the data to better manage the land. We will feed and water you on site! Come out when and for so long as you can.
If you have specialized equipment such as bat detectors, or insect and small mammal traps – and are qualified/authorized to use them, please let us know. All assistance will be greatly appreciated!
Property location for Google Earth = 11U 284470 5456540
This coordinate is centred on the riverfront portion of the property; it extends across the highway to include the steep gully near the property’s eastern boundary.
Please RSVP to Al Peatt.
Al Peatt, RPBio, FAPB
Southern Interior Land Trust
For many field ornithology surveys, the ability to identify bird species by their calls and songs is an essential skill. It is also one of the hardest aspects of field work to master. Technological advances in sound capture and visualization are pushing the ornithological frontiers with tools that make it easier than ever to learn field-identification by sound and to survey natural soundscapes (and their birds). In addition, modern sound recordings are providing high-quality acoustical specimens for analysis and independent review.
This course will combine field-experience listening to bird calls and songs during two mornings at the height of the breeding season, with hands-on recording practice to generate sound files. Each afternoon, the class will learn to edit and review their recordings using sound visualization software on their personal laptop computers.
Topics for discussion and field practice will include: ethical considerations in recording bird sounds; digital recorders including smartphones, parabolas and digital video; the use of autonomous recording devices such as SWIFT; standard protocols for point counts (North American Breeding Bird Survey—BBS; BC Breeding Bird Atlas); and, the use of Audacity and Raven Lite 2.0 software to visualize songs and calls and to edit sound files into a format suitable for upload into eBird.
After taking this course students will have several tools and strategies to improve their ability to identify birds by songs and calls. They also will have an appreciation of the complexity and limitations of several forms of acoustical surveys.
Class size is being limited to 10 to allow for increased individual attention and coaching both in the field and during the laboratory sessions.
John G. Woods, Ph.D. (UBC, Zoology)
Dr. Woods has been engaged in field research in British Columbia for more than 40 years. While his research has covered a wide range of taxa (birds, bats, bears, elk, ectoparasites) he has enjoyed observing birds throughout his career and is currently the eBird observation reviewer for the Cariboo-Chilcotin region. John also participates in the continent-wide Breeding Bird Survey as a principal observer for a census route in the Chilcotin. As regional coordinator for the BC Breeding Bird Atlas in the Chilcotin and North Columbia Mountains, he organized three packhorse expeditions to study little-known alpine areas in the Itcha and Ilgachuz mountains. For many years, John held an active Master Bird Bander permit and helped to establish two bird-banding stations in BC. Since 2012, John has taught several 10-day credit courses (3rd year Biology) in field ornithology for the University of BC at Kelowna (2012, 2014-17) and an introductory course to field ornithology for the Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Biology at Creston in 2017. John particularly enjoys sharing his fascination for field biology and has led numerous field trips focussed on bird research.
Marc-André Beaucher, M.Sc., RPBio
Marc-Andre is the Head of Conservation Programs at Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area (CVWMA). He has volunteered and worked at CVWMA for nearly 20 years and has extensive experience with the identification of wetland birds in the Creston Valley. He started birdwatching at the age of 13 and continues to maintain a passion for the conservation of birds and their habitat. Marc-Andre is a trained wildlife biologist and enjoys spending time in the field monitoring and/or surveying amphibians, birds (of course!), reptiles, and invertebrates, (e.g. dragonflies and butterflies) …as well as plants. He regularly takes people and groups on field trips out in the wetland and especially loves getting people impassioned about wildlife through hands-on experiences.
The intent of the water quality monitoring and design course is to provide participants with knowledge required in order to sample and design programs for effluents and fresh water safely, properly, and with the ability to obtain the best scientifically-defensible results. This will be accomplished through the use of case studies and exercises which will reinforce the principles developed in the classroom. These will uphold current British Columbia Provincial and federal legislation and best management practices for monitoring program design.
Green Energy Congress 2018 is the integration of new technologies in the field of environmental science to help Environmental Professionals harness the full potential of their practice. It involves the use of tools and technologies to achieve a certain degree of publicity and broaden the reach of the practice and the practitioner. The conference is a rare opportunity for all individuals of the environmental community to upgrade their know-how of the latest technologies & strategies
Why to attend?
Green Energy Congress 2018 has been designed with a twofold objective in mind. The main theme of the conference is “Share & acquire knowledge on utilization of natural resources” which covers a wide range of critically important sessions.
The event aims at bringing the advancement in the field of Green Energy, Renewable Energy, Environmental Science, and Green Technologies and also lays a special emphasis at Educating and informing environmental researcher, industry professionals with the latest knowledge of technologies that can be applied to counter the economic under-evaluation ecologist may face in their practice.
To add to its promise, the venue of the event has been selected after much research to assure that the event is being held in one of the hotspots for the concerned field, therefore attendance is expected to be astounding, both in quality and quantity. The variety of prospective audience includes: figures of academic excellence, interested industrialists, Students, exhibitors and eminent faces from the world of marketing thus enabling the sponsors a unique chance to choose from a pool of outstanding scopes for expansion of their business, new project undertaking and recruitment. All these factors combined and several more make Green Energy Congress 2018 a “must attend” green energy conference.
Join Kim Green, PhD, P.Geo., a Selkirk College research scientist and senior consultant with Apex Geoscience Consultants Ltd, on an exploration of Watershed Systems. Watersheds provide many essential services of nature and facilitate the movement of sediment, nutrients and freshwater from headwater regions to downstream rivers, lakes and oceans. This 2-day immersive course is intended to provide wildland resource managers, planners and technicians with a holistic understanding of watershed systems and the skills to recognize some of the key hydrogeomorphic processes affecting watershed and stream channel response that can be influenced by forest and resource management activities. Field-day component on both days so please dress appropriately.
The half day classroom portion of this course will be spent learning about wetland classification, with a focus on using the provincial Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification (BEC) system. Federal wetland classes will be discussed, as well as the physical and biological characteristics that can be assessed in the field in order to describe and classify wetlands.
The remaining 1.5 days of this course will be spent in the field in the Revelstoke area, visiting 3-4 areas to practice the wetland classification process in the field using provincial field forms as well as the Wetlands of BC handbook and the Describing Ecosystems in the Field manual.
Learning objectives for this course include:
- Wetland classification to the Federal Wetland Classes
- Wetland classification using the provincial Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification (BEC) system
- Collection of ecological data using provincially recognized methodologies
- Introductory wetland plant identification
- Introductory organic soil descriptions
Ryan Durand, RPBio
Ryan Durand is a Registered Professional Biologist from EcoLogic Consultants. He has been working as a consulting biologist for 18 years with a focus on vegetation inventories, ecosystem classification, and ecosystem mapping. For the last decade, his main focus has been on wetland classification and mapping, including projects in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, North West Territories, and Nunavut.