The Colorado Natural Heritage Program will be hosting Natural Heritage Methodology Training (NHMT) at Colorado State University March 2-5, 2010. NHMT provides employees of NatureServe member programs (and partner organizations that work closely with natural heritage data) the 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.
The curriculum will include:
- 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; Element Distribution Modeling; Conservation Planning
Participants may select one of three sites to attend: NatureServe headquarters in Arlington, VA; the Colorado Natural Heritage Program in Fort Collins, CO; or the Massachusetts Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program in Westborough, MA.
All three sites will be connected via online meeting services, including audio and video. Portions of each day will be “live” in each site.
For more information and to register for the training, please visit: http://www.natureserve.org/visitLocal/nhmtraining.jsp
Update: It looks like registration is full for the Fort Collins location, but as of 02/04 there are still a few spaces at the Virginia and Massachusetts locations.