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Under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), Federal action agencies are required to describe the potential effects of regulated activities under their purview to threatened and endangered species in a written report, called a Biological Assessment (BA).  The BA distance learning course provides participants with an overview of the process and content required for developing a robust BA document.  Based upon the logic chain of the Effects Pathway, class participants work independently and in groups to learn and apply basic biological analysis concepts.  Weekly interactive sessions (as well as threaded discussions) keep live discussions going and group activities are coached in “real time” by subject matter experts, providing flexibility in learning and collaboration.  The course requires completion of pre-meeting reading and other “homework” assignments and virtual attendance at each of the five Wednesday afternoon webinars where group activities are completed.

This course offers an overview of cultural resource management issues affecting Fish and Wildlife Service programs. Topics to be covered include compliance with Sections 106 and 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act and related laws and regulations; law enforcement and protection of archaeological resources; the care and management of historic buildings and structures, etc. The course will have some emphasis on issues relating to the western United States but is not limited to that area

Course Objectives:

Case studies and presentations will prepare you to identify the steps necessary to comply with historic preservation laws, recognize areas requiring cultural resource evaluations when projects are planned, and describe the effects of cultural resources on projects.

Participants will learn when and how to apply NEPA to their regular Fish and Wildlife Service activities. In practical terms, the course will cover: the purpose of NEPA and its substantive and procedural requirements; how NEPA informs the decision-making process for federal policies, planning, and proposals; how to effectively engage in the NEPA process, including the review of NEPA documents; how to focus efficient NEPA reviews on important issues; and how other laws and regulations are supplemented by NEPA.

Welcome to Principles of Modeling with Spreadsheets. You will be introduced to a variety of modeling techniques applicable to resource management and conservation issues. Modeling topics include population models, decision analysis, and ecosystem models.

The instructors are world-renowned modeler and professor emeritus, Dr. Anthony (Tony) M. Starfield, and spreadsheet modeler Dr. Therese (Terri) Donovan. Tony's modules introduce modeling concepts and techniques, while Terri's instruction covers how to build models with spreadsheets.

Each module consists of lectures, spreadsheet exercises, and a scenario to check your modeling skills. The topics are patterned after a full 14-week semester course syllabus.

This course was developed in collaboration between the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, National Training Center, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Conservation Training Center, and the Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.

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This banding course is comprised of material from, and designed for partial completion of, the North American Banding Council Banding Curriculum (Passerines) Version 1.2.  Completion of this course will provide you with a framework and instruction of fundamental aspects and skills of small bird capture and handling, banding, and ageing-sexing techniques.  You are expected to apply instruction, multimedia study, and direct feedback to ethical, safe, and accurate data collection in the course and during subsequent banding operations for the experiential learning and practice necessary for mastery of physical skills.  This curriculum is based upon, and designed for partial completion of, the NABC Trainee (Bander) Report Card, in particular the Theoria portion, and thus to prepare the dedicated trainee for independent bird banding capability and NABC Bander (Passerines) evaluation for certification.  

This course offers you the ability to self enroll.  The video below will show you how to enroll in our Moodle platform, and then how to enroll in this course so you can get credit for completing it.