CMT includes three days of training (April 24-26), and will cover the following topics and activities.
- Overview of the NatureServe Network
- Summary of how the NatureServe Network is guiding conservation decision-making
- Beyond Core Methods: How the Network is integrating maps, observation data, and modeling
- NatureServe Network's challenges and opportunities in biodiversity conservation
- Interactive overview of the NatureServe Network Methodology
- Field trip to Coyote Ridge to collect data and focus on information important for creating accurate data
- Biotics mapping exercises
- Element Occurrence (EO) status assessment (EO Ranking) exercises
- Element Conservation Status Ranking (Global and Subnational Ranking) exercises using the Rank Calculator
- Opportunities to get to know NatureServe staff and other members of the Network
Optional sessions available on Friday, April 27. The three optional sessions below will be held simultaneously from 9am-1pm.
• Biotics Optional Training: Trainees will be polled prior to the training to identify Biotics-related training needs. By default, hands-on training on SQL (queries, inserts, updates) and bulk uploading in Biotics 5 will be covered, but this will be adjusted according to trainee poll responses. The training will be a hands-on training led by Whitney Weber and Jill Handwerk.
• Ecology Program Optional Training: An overview of the Ecology program at NatureServe will be provided, and, based on input from trainees ahead of time, a discussion of identified topics will be faciliated. Pat Comer (NatureServe Chief Ecologist), will lead this session.
• Species Science Program Optional Training: A brief summary of tools and communication avenues available to network botanists and zoologists will be provided followed by discussion of trainees’ questions and conundrums submitted prior to the session. Jeremy Siemers (CNHP Zoology Team Leader & Zoologist) will be facilitating the group from Fort Collins with Bruce Young (NatureServe Director of Species Science) on the phone from his office in Costa Rica.
How much does it cost?
- $1,000 for NatureServe members and staff
- $1,300 for non-members
- Optional Friday session (9am-noon) can be selected for an additional $160. There are three options for the Friday sessions: 1) additional Biotics training including Query Builder & SQL, Bulk Upload, and/or other topics of interest, 2) Ecology Program discussion, or 3) Species Science Program discussion.
This fee includes training materials, field trip expenses, and lunch on Day 2 of the training. No other travel expenses are included.
Hotel: A block of rooms are reserved at Best Western University Inn. A discounted rate of $84/night + taxes is available until March 26, 2018. Call the hotel at (970) 484-2984 or toll free at (888) 484-2984 and identify yourself with NatureServe CMT Training to get the discounted rate. To make reservations online, please copy and paste the link below into your browser and make reservations accordingly. https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel-rooms.06040.html?groupId=A6...
I really enjoyed the training! It gave me a sense of why I chose this job and a bigger picture of the NatureServe community and how it benefits species and habitat conservation. I think everyone in this field should attend the training at least once so they can appreciate and understand the standardized, science-based methodology that NatureServe offers to programs on an international scale.