9 January 2023 - 23 January 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Course format: five classes over three weeks; each class is 1.5-2.0 hours with assignments between classes: Monday and Wednesday evenings: 7 to 9pm PST
Using live online instruction, demonstrations, and student-led field exercises, participants learn to conduct ground-based surveys using direct observation of individuals and measurement of animal sign such as scat and tracks. The aerial surveys are confined to online instruction only. Survey methods introduced are Resources Information Standards Committee (RISC) protocols, but also include methods not included in the RISC library (e.g., camera traps; basic reading of tracks, scat, and sign). Course material is currently targeted on the large ungulates and carnivores of BC, with future plans to augment and customize the course to include regionally-important species.