Western Section to hold workshop on vernal pool branchiopods

The Western Section of The Wildlife Society will host, “Vernal pool branchiopods: a workshop for future permit holders” Jan. 28 to Feb.2 in Davis, California.

This workshop combines both the ID class and 20 hours of wet season surveys, two requirements needed to begin the Vernal Pool Branchiopods 10(a)(1)(A) permit process for wet season surveys (note: taking the workshop does not guarantee minimum qualifications for the permit). Full requirements of the permit are found here. Participants also have the option of taking only the wet season field survey portion if they choose. The ID course will be taught in Davis. The wet season field survey portions will take place in three different locations in the Sacramento Valley, specially chosen for a diverse branchiopod fauna.

Registration includes hands-on training with experts (indoors and/or in the field), handling hours (for field participants), field equipment (nets, viewing containers), booklet and specimens to observe (classroom ID). Snacks and lunch are included with the ID course. Lodging and other meals are NOT included.

Early registration lasts until Dec. 28 and costs:

$1,705 for section members (full course) or $895 (wet season field survey only)
$1,805 for non-members (full course) or $995 (wet season field survey only)

To register, please go to: www.wildlifeprofessional.org/western/vpb2019_reg.php. A flyer with more information is also available here.

Contact Ivan Parr at workshops@tws-west.org with any questions.

Header Image: Listed as federally endangered, this male San Diego Fairy shrimp lives only in southern California's vernal pools. ©Joanna Gilkeson/USFWS