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Online Oiled Wildlife Response Training The University of California at Davis, USA and Massey University, New Zealand have jointly developed university endorsed and research driven online Oiled Wildlife Response Training (OWRT). The first level “Foundations in oiled wildlife response” is now online and available for participation at https://owrt.org/. Second level courses including “Rehabilitation and facilities in oiled wildlife response” will be available by early 2019. These courses are developed by the only two Universities in the world with comprehensive oiled wildlife readiness and response programs. These world leaders in higher education are also at the forefront of oiled wildlife research – advancing knowledge of best practice in the management and care of oiled wildlife. UC Davis and Massey University have led more than 70 oiled wildlife responses throughout the world, meaning this OWRT has been developed and delivered by highly experienced oil response researchers, trainers, and practitioners. OWRT trains to international best practice standards for oiled wildlife response and management. For more information and to enrol please visit the website https://owrt.org/. Foundations Course Overview: Foundations in oiled wildlife response covers the fundamental elements needed for a person to be involved in an oiled wildlife response. There are eight online modules to the Foundations course including: Topic 1: Petroleum • Components and types of petroleum • Hazard and risk associated petroleum • Weathering of oil Topic 2: Historical spill information • The changing sources of spilled oil • Circumstances and consequences of example oil spills Topic 3: Effects of petroleum when spilled • Areas affected by an oil spill • The effects of oil on animals Topic 4: Advanced preparation for oil spills (Preparedness) • Advanced planning necessary to respond to an oil spill Topic 5: The oil spill response • Goals of an oil spill response • Overall oil spill response timeline • Overall oil spill response structure • Rules governing an oil spill response Topic 6: The oiled wildlife response • Why we respond to wildlife • Goals of a wildlife response • Factors affecting the scope of a wildlife response • Functional activities of an oiled wildlife response Topic 7: You as a responder • Notification, mobilization and demobilization • How to get hands on experience • Go-bag • Considerations Topic 8: Health and Safety • Human safety first • Types of hazards • Reducing risk • Hot zone, cold zone and warm zone/contamination reduction zone
Data Analysis in Ecology: Statistics for Field Biologists 22 February - 3 May 2017 This ten-week tutor-led ecological statistics course provides a thorough introduction to the key statistical principles and methods used by ecologists and field biologists. It will appeal to a variety of practitioners in environmental science and management who want to improve their ability to display ecological data, and to use descriptive and inferential statistics to analyse the results from field surveys. The course introduces students to the use of the following software: QED statistics and R. Full details and to apply: www.conted.ox.ac.uk/data10
Field Techniques for Surveying Birds 15 February – 22 March 2017 Applications are open for this 5 week part-time online course in Field Techniques for Surveying Birds at the University of Oxford. This tutor-led course offers detailed training in passive and non-passive bird surveying techniques, including group-based counts, and transect and aerial surveys, and mist-netting, cannon-netting and tagging as well as bird survey design and reporting results. The course will provide the expertise and essential know-how needed by the skilled practitioner in bird conservation and ecology. As a part-time course, Field Techniques for Surveying Birds is ideal for professional ecological consultants, environmental managers and rangers, research and postgraduate students, and volunteers that are seeking flexible study combined with expert training. The course can be taken from anywhere in the world and is international in its use of case studies and examples. Accredited and non-accredited study options available as well as a discounted student rate. Further details and to apply: www.conted.ox.ac.uk/birds1