Subject: Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation (Online)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Join us for this highly interactive course exploring the philosophy, core principles, and systematic steps of the globally recognized Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation (Conservation Standards). We will work together on real-world case studies provided by fellow students to identify key and desired conservation and human well-being outcomes, develop ecological models, construct situation diagrams, incorporate empirical data, integrate monitoring and adaptive management, and develop effective action plans for our changing world. These skills not only improve our impact as conservation practitioners and planners, but also provide invaluable tools for developing grant applications, evaluating project plans, communicating with funders, and integrating stakeholders.
DATES: August 17-21 & 24-28, 2020 (10 days for 2 class hours per day)
FORMAT: Unlike most virtual trainings, this course is primarily hands-on, team-based, and experiential with minimal lectures. Each day, instructors will introduce a new Conservation Standards tool, and then work in small breakout teams to apply these tools to address real-world case studies. At the end of each 2-hr session, the breakout teams will convene to compare notes, discuss findings, and provide group feedback.
CREDIT: 1.0 semester credit (0.3 College of the Atlantic credit); 25.5 CEUs in Category I of the Certified Wildlife Biologist Renewal program and Category I of the Professional Development Certificate program. Credit can also be used to earn an Associate or Certified Wildlife Biologist certification through The Wildlife Society.
Center for Wildlife Studies is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote wildlife conservation and education worldwide through research and specialized training.
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Wednesday, June 17, 2020