Thursday, March 4, 2010

Update on Natural Heritage Methodology Training

Teleconferenced participants in VA and MA watch and listen to a presentation in Colorado.

We're on day 3 of our 4 day Natural Heritage Methodology training session, here in Fort Collins and concurrently in Virginia and Massachusetts.  There are 32 participants, two thirds of which are attending here at CNHP's office in Colorado State University.  We are teleconferenced in with the other two locations, so that trainers can give their talks at any of the 3 locations, and all attendees can participate equally.

Lessons in basic methodology were punctuated by specific examples and exercises.

In addition to participants from CNHP, attendees represent California Academy of Sciences, California Dept. of Fish and Game, Lousiana Natural Heritage Program, Maine Natural Areas Program, Michigan Natural Features Inventory, Mississippi Museum of Natural Science/Heritage Program, Montana Natural Heritage Program, National Park Service, NatureServe, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, New York Natural Heritage Program, Parks Canada, Tennessee Valley Authority, The Nature Conservancy (Texas Chapter), US Fish and Wildlife Service, Virginia Division of Natural Heritage, Western Timberland Research, Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, and the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database.

Smiling participants here in Colorado.

 Breakout session to apply what we have learned.

It has been long days full of detailed information and breakout discussions and exercises.  Yesterday, we took a quick yoga break, and today we hope to break early to take field trips.  Our field trip here is to the Soapstone Prairie Natural Area.

Yoga Break!

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