Conferences & Training
Natural Heritage Methodology Training
Natural Heritage Methodology Training (NHMT) is your opportunity to learn the fundamentals of all aspects of natural heritage methodology—from data collection to data management and data use. It also provides a foundation for understanding the different roles and functions of natural heritage programs and to understand how your work fits into the larger picture. You’ll have instructors from NatureServe and from the network of natural heritage programs. You’ll get to know people from other programs and learn from one another. And you’ll form lasting relationships that you can draw on for consultation and renew at future regional and national conferences and workshops.
Who Should Attend?
NHMT is recommended for all employees of NatureServe member programs, especially within their first year of employment, and is also open to partner organizations that work closely with natural heritage data.
When Is It?
The training usually runs four full days in late winter/early spring. The 2011 session is scheduled for Feb. 14–17, in Arlington, Virginia and Ottawa, Ontario.
What Will It Cover?
The curriculum typically includes:
- Day 1: Element Methodology (species and ecological data)
- Day 2: Data Collection and Element Occurrence Methodology (includes introduction to Biotics)
- Day 3: Viability and Integrity (Element Occurrence Ranking) Methodology; Data Sensitivity and Data Applications; field trip
- Day 4: In-depth topics in Ecology, Botany, Zoology, and Data Management; Emerging Methods and Tools; Conservation Planning
Please review the tentative agenda and check back for updates as they become available.
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