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Designing a Biological Monitoring Program: Concepts and Examples – Sep 15-19, West Virginia

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
National Conservation Training Center
Training Announcement
Designing a Biological Monitoring Program: Concepts and Examples
Date: September 15 – 19, 2014
Location: NCTC, Shepherdstown, WV
Length: 4.5 days
Tuition: Tuition for FWS, NPS, and BLM is prepaid. For participants from other agencies and organizations, there is a tuition charge of $995.
Availability: Course is offered once per year.
Course Description:

Designing a monitoring program with clear objectives that is also statistically defensible and cost-effective is challenging. This course addresses the design of a monitoring program for the conservation and management of biological resources. Participants will acquire a big-picture conceptual framework for planning monitoring and linking monitoring to station or agency mission, management objectives and decision making. The course emphasizes design of a monitoring program within a management context, and focuses on indentifying clear objectives and evaluating progress towards those objectives. This course reviews statistical concepts, equations and models needed to design monitoring surveys, but does not teach specific data analysis. 

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Participate in the design of a monitoring program or survey to address a specific question or information need, including prioritizing among a set of possible monitoring objectives.
  • Select the type of monitoring that best addresses a specific natural resource management problem.
  • Communicate effectively with a statistician or consultant to develop a sampling design and the associated analyses that address a natural resource problem.
  • Coordinate data management, analysis, and reporting that address the specific question or management need, advances learning, or reduces management uncertainty. 
Who Should Attend: 
Biologists and managers who are engaged in developing, conducting, supervising or evaluating biological monitoring surveys and programs. Participants should have a basic understanding of statistics equivalent to an introductory undergraduate course. For those who want to learn to apply specific statistical analysis methods, the NCTC Conservation Science and Policy Branch offers a Data Analysis Series (starting with CSP4200).
To Register: Register online at http://training.fws.gov using DOILearn, the Department of the Interior’s Learning Management System.
Contact: Karen Lindsey, 406.243.4627, Karen_lindsey@fws.gov
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