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ReTooling for Climate Change Webinar – “Infrastructure Resilience Professional On-Line Workshop” 8:30 am
ReTooling for Climate Change Webinar – “Infrastructure Resilience Professional On-Line Workshop” @ On-Line Workshop
Dec 7 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
December 5, 7, 12, and 14, 2017 8:30am to 10:30am   Engineers Canada and Risk Sciences International are offering this on-line version of the introductory workshop on the PIEVC Protocol for infrastructure climate risk and vulnerability assessment. The[...]
ASWM Webinar “Harvesting Invasive Species as a Management Strategy: Opportunities, Pitfalls and Lessons Learned” 12:00 pm
ASWM Webinar “Harvesting Invasive Species as a Management Strategy: Opportunities, Pitfalls and Lessons Learned” @ Online, see link below to register
Dec 7 @ 12:00 pm
The Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) invites you to join their newest mini webinar series focused on best management practices for invasive species in coastal wetlands.  The next webinar in this series focuses on[...]
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ReTooling for Climate Change Webinar – “Infrastructure Resilience Professional On-Line Workshop” 8:30 am
ReTooling for Climate Change Webinar – “Infrastructure Resilience Professional On-Line Workshop” @ Online
Dec 12 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
December 5, 7, 12, and 14, 2017 8:30am to 10:30am   Engineers Canada and Risk Sciences International are offering this on-line version of the introductory workshop on the PIEVC Protocol for infrastructure climate risk and vulnerability assessment. The[...]
Webinar: Introduction to Statistics Tools in Natural Resource Management and Conservation | Introduction to Conservation Prioritization Tools 11:30 am
Webinar: Introduction to Statistics Tools in Natural Resource Management and Conservation | Introduction to Conservation Prioritization Tools
Dec 12 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Part 1:  Statistics and Natural Resource Management The first part of this webinar serves as an introduction to the upcoming 2018 Statistics refresher course for biologists: in “R” Software, and the Applications of Marxan in[...]
Online Workshop re funding available through the Environmental Damages Fund (EDF) 1:00 pm
Online Workshop re funding available through the Environmental Damages Fund (EDF) @ Online via WebEx (RSVP participation by Dec 7th, 2017, to obtain URL link)
Dec 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Environment and Climate Change Canada Funding Programs would like to invite you to a virtual workshop to discuss funding available through the Environmental Damages Fund (EDF). This virtual workshop may be of interest to eligible groups[...]
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ReTooling for Climate Change Webinar – “Infrastructure Resilience Professional On-Line Workshop” 8:30 am
ReTooling for Climate Change Webinar – “Infrastructure Resilience Professional On-Line Workshop” @ Online
Dec 14 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
December 5, 7, 12, and 14, 2017 8:30am to 10:30am   Engineers Canada and Risk Sciences International are offering this on-line version of the introductory workshop on the PIEVC Protocol for infrastructure climate risk and vulnerability assessment. The[...]
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ReTooling for Climate Change Webinar – “Infrastructure Resilience Professional On-Line Workshop” @ Online
Dec 12 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
December 5, 7, 12, and 14, 2017
8:30am to 10:30am
 
Engineers Canada and Risk Sciences International are offering this on-line version of the introductory workshop on the PIEVC Protocol for infrastructure climate risk and vulnerability assessment. The PIEVC Engineering Protocol is a practical tool and process that systematically assesses the risks of extreme weather and future climate on public infrastructure. The workshop consists of four two-hour modules delivered through an online video-enabled webinar platform.
Webinar: Introduction to Statistics Tools in Natural Resource Management and Conservation | Introduction to Conservation Prioritization Tools
Dec 12 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Part 1:  Statistics and Natural Resource Management

The first part of this webinar serves as an introduction to the upcoming 2018 Statistics refresher course for biologists: in “R” Software, and the Applications of Marxan in Conservation Planning Course.  See courses offered in spring 2018.

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Why are statistics important for ecologists? Many ecological studies collect data that is noisy and hard to interpret using complex sampling and experiment designs. Statistics help ecology separate the signal from the noise and provides guidance if observed patterns simple artefacts in the experiment or real. Statistics also help deal with aspects of the study design that confound results such as imperfect detection confounding occupancy/ survival/ abundance/ movement etc. In this webinar, we will review some of the strengths and weaknesses of using statistics on ecological studies.

PRESENTER:  Dr. Carl Schwarz is a faculty member at Simon Fraser University. His research interests are in Statistics and Ecology, particularly in capture-recapture methods to study animal populations and environmental impact studies.

Part 2: Introduction to conservation prioritization tools

The second part of this webinar serves as an introduction to the upcoming 2018course: Systematic Conservation Prioritization Using “Marxan 2.0”.  See courses offered in spring 2018.

DESCRIPTION
Developing effective mechanisms to conserve biodiversity in human-dominated landscapes is challenging in part due to the high costs of land acquisition. Without the opportunity to transfer state-owned land into dedicated conservation zones, such as statutory protected areas, alternative approaches are needed to protect biodiversity and meet international treaty commitments to conserve 17% of terrestrial ecosystems by 2020 and beyond. I will use a case study by the Coastal Douglas-fir Conservation Partnership (www.cdfcp.ca) to conserve critically imperiled Coastal Douglas-fir ecosystems of the Georgia Basin of south-western BC by identifying high priority parcels for potential biodiversity conservation. I will further show how we test for the presence of trade-offs and co-benefits in the conservation of old forest and Savannah ecosystems. Finally, I will introduce ‘tax-shifting’ as a finance mechanism to conserve or restore ecosystem service values on priority parcels.

PRESENTER:  Dr. Richard Schuster is a quantitative conservation biologist and a Liber Ero Postdoctoral Fellow at Carleton University. He researches how to use citizen-science data to make better conservation decisions. He produces user-friendly tools for visualizing complex data sets, and finding solutions to problems that matter to communities and stakeholders.

 

Online Workshop re funding available through the Environmental Damages Fund (EDF) @ Online via WebEx (RSVP participation by Dec 7th, 2017, to obtain URL link)
Dec 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Environment and Climate Change Canada Funding Programs would like to invite you to a virtual workshop to discuss funding available through the Environmental Damages Fund (EDF). This virtual workshop may be of interest to eligible groups with project ideas for the conservation and protection of fish and fish habitat or the restoration of fish habitats in the Kootenay and Columbia River Watersheds.

Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Time: 13:00pm – 15:00pm PST

Agenda: attached

EDF Website Links:

Main Page | Applicant’s Guide | Eligible Applicants | Eligible Expenses

During the online workshop, we will explain the EDF (including the application process) and the current available funding. The workshop will also serve to discuss the environmental priorities for the region and the desired outcomes to be achieved, as well as offer a space to initiate conversations on collaborative opportunities between participants to produce strong results.

You are welcome to share this invitation with others whom you believe would benefit from attending the workshop. Please note that participation in the workshop is not mandatory to apply for the funding.

Please confirm your participation in the workshop by RSVP to Gregory Campbell (gregory.campbell@canada.ca), no later than December 7, 2017The URL link to the workshop will be shared by email with those who register for the workshop. 

Please note that the workshop will be conducted via WebEx. To ensure that your system is compatible, we will conduct a test on December 8, 2017.

For any EDF general questions, please contact our team (ec.fdeouestnord-edfwestnorth.ec@canada.ca).

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ReTooling for Climate Change Webinar – “Infrastructure Resilience Professional On-Line Workshop” @ Online
Dec 14 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
December 5, 7, 12, and 14, 2017
8:30am to 10:30am
 
Engineers Canada and Risk Sciences International are offering this on-line version of the introductory workshop on the PIEVC Protocol for infrastructure climate risk and vulnerability assessment. The PIEVC Engineering Protocol is a practical tool and process that systematically assesses the risks of extreme weather and future climate on public infrastructure. The workshop consists of four two-hour modules delivered through an online video-enabled webinar platform.
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UVic: Ecosystem Design Through Propogation of Native Plants
Jan 3 all-day

Jan 3 to April 1, 2018

This is an advanced course on ecosystem design that considers the ecology and reproductive biology of plants when restoring ecosystems. In this course, we’ll examine the principles and ethics of native plant selection, harvesting and propagation to meet site-specific design objectives such as which species need to be closely matched genetically (geographically) for the propagated stock.

Other course topics include:

  • pollinators
  • peripheral populations
  • dispersal agents
  • hybridization.

We’ll also explore the implications for green or living roofs and the impact of climate change.

The course includes an overview of the goals and foundations of ecological restoration and how restoration nurseries grow appropriate restoration species.

Prerequisites

Acceptance into the ER Professional Specialization Certificate.

Equivalent work and/or education experience is considered for non-program students. To request permission contact ecorestoration@uvic.ca.

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C3 Alliance – BC Natural Resources Forum: Prince George
Jan 16 – Jan 18 all-day

The Forum has established itself as the most diverse and important conference to learn first-hand the latest news, trends and opportunities linked to the resource sectors in BC. Our goal is to provide a forum to collaborate, share and explore ways to promote prosperity for British Columbians through responsible development of our diverse resources sector. Growing our economy and providing benefits to communities, while ensuring environmental protection measures are upheld is paramount to the success of natural resources projects in BC.

The Forum offers a neutral, non-partisan and positive arena to discuss current issues and explore the challenges and unprecedented opportunities unfolding in BC. The incredible diversity of speakers, delegates, exhibitors and leaders provides unparalleled networking opportunities for all participants.

One of Northern BC’s largest annual conferences

Attendance is once again expected to reach 900 delegates making it one of the largest conferences in Northern BC each year. The 2018 Forum will continue to include a huge contingent of federal, provincial and local government leaders, as well as continuing strong interest, support and attendance by First Nation leaders, representatives from over 100 resource developers, and service and supply sectors that are the foundation of our resource economy.

Exceptional, exciting, diverse

The Forum highlights the huge, exciting and diverse opportunities in the North. There is no other gathering that provides this diversity of speakers, delegates, exhibitors and leaders under one roof to discuss issues and explore the challenges and unprecedented opportunities unfolding in BC. The 2018 Forum Host Committee, alongside the many talented service providers of Prince George, will work tirelessly to bring this vision to reality.

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ReTooling for Climate Change Webinar – “Information and Funding for First Nations Climate Change Adaptation Planning” @ Online
Jan 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

This webinar provides an opportunity for communities to learn more about Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada’s First Nation Adapt Program and to gain a better understanding of the future BC-specific climate information available through the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium.

The First Nation Adapt Program provides climate change adaptation funding for communities to identify region-specific priorities, impacts and opportunities for climate change projects. The program also works closely with communities to integrate the best scientific and Indigenous Knowledge on climate indicators, flooding exposure, and future climate projections. Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium provides climate information to communities to better understand climate change specific to their region, how the region will be impacted, and what they can do to prepare.
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Trend Analysis and Environmental Impact Assessment @ Okanagan College
Feb 7 – Feb 9 all-day

Course description

Environmental impact assessments want to know if trends over time differ between control and impact sites. Statistical methods for the analysis of trends over time use many of the same methods as the analysis of experimental data (e.g. ANOVA, regression) but must now deal with problems such as autocorrelation and process error.

*This course can accommodate students using both R and JMP software.

We are trying out something new in response to membership requests and running this course mid-winter in Revelstoke! This course will run on a schedule that will allow students to take up local winter recreation opportunities in the morning and/or by staying in Revelstoke for the weekend following the course.  See information below under “Skiing” for information on discounted lift-tickets for CMI students, and more.

Instructor

Dr. Carl Schwarz, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, Simon Fraser University. Carl has taught many courses with CMI, and is back by popular request!

Carl has just recently won the SSC Award for Impact of Applied and Collaborative Work 2017.

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Regional Strategies Addressing Global Challenges for Wildlife and Habitat Conversation
Feb 13 – Feb 16 all-day

This is a joint meeting with Oregon Chapter of The Wildlife Society (ORTWS), Washington Chapter of The Wildlife Society (WATWS),  Society for Northwestern Vertebrate Biology (SNVB), and Northwest Partners in Amphibian and Reptile conservation (NW PARC)!

13 February – NW PARC-sponsored Training Course – Standar $ Novel Amphibian Inventory & Monitoring Techniques

14 February – Registration Opens, Plenary Thomas Lovejoy and Invited Speakers, Poster Session, Student Quiz Bowl, Photo Contest, Resume Workshop and more!

15 February – Contributed Sessions, NW PARC Reptile Symposium, Banquet, and Award Ceremonies.

16 February– Field Trips, Workshops, Trainings, Special Events and Adjourn

 

Restoration for Resilience: Ecological Restoration in the 21st Century @ SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY
Feb 13 – Feb 17 all-day

Hosted by Society for Ecological Restoration – Western Canada, in partnership with the joint Ecological Restoration program of British Columbia Institute of Technology and Simon Fraser University.

Resilience is a hot and challenging topic in scientific and social aspects of restoration and reclamation, resource management, and community planning. We are excited about this learning, networking, and trade show event for researchers and students, resource industries, government regulators and managers, consulting practitioners, Indigenous peoples, and community-based organizations.