December 17, 2010
Fiera personnel recently put on a training workshop for consultants who will be collecting snow track data for the ABMI this winter.
With over 18 days since the last snowfall, and a herd of plains bison milling about in the area, these were some challenging tracking conditions. But, with a day of classroom instruction under their belts, and several hours of field instruction, the keen eyes of these consultants-turned-students were able to discern confidently the sign of weasel, squirrel, grouse, deer, elk, coyote, fox, and porcupine out of the chaos.
This is the third year that Fiera has provided a training workshop for consultants throughout the province as a prerequisite for collecting snow track data for the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI). The purpose of this workshop is to ensure that all consultants meet a minimum standard for training, regardless of their level of snow tracking experience. The two main goals of the workshop are to ensure that all consultants have an understanding of the data collection protocol and basic snow track ID skills.
You can find out more about the ABMI tracking protocol, data collection methods, and snow track ID information in the documents below (these are BIG files, so they make take some time to load).