The Western Pond Turtle (WPT) is a species of high visibility and conservation concern. It is proposed for Federal listing. This workshop will review the life history, habitat requirements, behavior and sampling techniques for this native turtle. This half day workshop (afternoon) will demonstrate hands-on material: types of traps used, established field techniques (e.g., aging), estimating size and age frequencies (a “shell” game) and new methods (e.g., videos of aggressive behavior). Current threats and challenges to the species will be outlined. The workshop will conclude with a group discussion of management issues and conservation measures. Learning outcomes for this workshop include:
1) Understand the variety in WPT life history including differences across landscape and life stages.
2) Compare pros and cons of approaches of population features (both size and age classes).
3) Assessment measures of status in wild populations.
4) Discuss management needs to include life history traits, local habitat conditions and regional conservation challenges.
Participants will need to have a copy of the recent WPT handbook on Western Pond Turtles (Northwest Fauna 7) for use during the workshop. Northwest Fauna can be purchased online at: http://thesnvb.org/northwest-fauna/
All you need to know about WNS, reporting and coordination and what you can do to help. More details coming soon!
Western Bat Acoustic Field
The workshop introduces participants to the theory and practice of echolocation monitoring. We plan to combine with indoor classroom lectures and demonstrations with with field practice of the techniques outdoors. Participants receive an introduction to the principles of echolocation, practical strategies for acoustic monitoring inventories as well as a comprehensive understanding of echolocation call characteristics used for species identification in this rich habitat. Guided classroom demonstrations and hands-on experience with equipment in the field will acquaint participants with the full range of methods, techniques, and technologies available for acoustic analysis for almost any western habitat.
The Western Acoustic Field Techniques Workshop is open to biologists and naturalists from federal, state, or local agencies, college and/or graduate students, and other professionals or enthusiasts with a desire to learn more about full-spectrum echolocation recording and bat call analysis with examples provided primarily using SonoBat software. No prior experience is necessary. Students are not required to handle bats, so rabies pre-exposure vaccination is not required.
The field component will end at the Mad River Brewery at ~ 17:30 in time for the SNVB Social!
A presentation is only as good as its content. Even the best presentation design can’t rescue incoherent content. On the other hand, poor presentation design can make the most compelling information hard to understand (or even see). The objective of this workshop is to help you make the best use of your software to tailor your presentation to your topic, add emphasis to the most important points of your talk, and improve your visuals to assist audience comprehension, accessibility—and attention! Learn to master the Slide Master, to customize design templates instead of allowing them to enslave you, and to reconquer screen territory in the service of your content. We’ll work from backgrounds, color schemes, and font choices up through how to retool graphics to make a particular point in a presentation, and highlight some common pitfalls and temptations to avoid. At the end of the workshop, those who have time to stay after may bring a set of slides for critique and suggestions for improvement.