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July 19, 2011

Wildlife Course for Teachers, July 17-22, Woodbury

WHAT: Vermont’s Fish & Wildlife Course for Educators

Fish and Wildlife Management for Educators, a one-week, three-credit graduate course will be presented by the Fish & Wildlife Department. The hands-on field course gets educators out into Vermont’s streams, forests and wetlands with some of the state’s leading natural resource experts.

WHEN: July 17-22, 2011

Featured field activities:

Fisheries Lab – water quality analysis, electro-fishing, invertebrate sampling on Monday, 18th, from 1:00-6:00 p.m. Call 472-5066 at Buck Lake for Mark Scott to make arrangements.

Forest and Wildlife Habitat Management field trip, Tues 19th, from 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Wetlands Lab – wetland ecology at nearby marsh on Wednesday, 20th from 12:30-6:00 p.m. Call Mark as above. ANR Secretary Deb Markowitz is scheduled to join us.

Full Schedule is below.

WHERE: at the Buck Lake Conservation Camp north of Woodbury, east

off Route 14. There is a sign on the right –“Green Mountain Conservation


WHO: Mark Scott, Fish & Wildlife’s Education Coordinator conducts the program with help from several other natural resource professionals in the Agency of Natural Resources.

“Wildlife resources are important to all Vermonters in one way or another,” said Scott. “If teachers can get connected with the outdoors and in turn expose their students, then many of these youngsters will be able to make informed decisions about Vermont wildlife and their habitat needs as adults.”

“This course is unique in that it helps teachers from any discipline, whether it is math, language arts, physical education, or history, to improve their instructional strategies and make their lesson plans more relevant to their students,” says Scott. “Participants normally start the week with some skepticism about the course, but within a day or two, they become very enthusiastic. Often, teachers proclaim the course to be one of the best they have ever had and feel highly motivated to go back teaching in the fall.”

Tuition is $400 for the week -- books, food and overnight facilities included.

Final Schedule

2011 Fish & Wildlife Management for Educators

Sunday, July 17th

2:00pm – 3:00pm Introduction

3:00pm – 4:00pm Class Overview Mark Scott, Director of Wildlife

4:00pm – 6:00pm Ecology Overview of ecological principles, terminology,

and ecosystem dynamics such as food chains and

energy cycles, and overview of habitat management


Instructor: Mark Scott

6:00pm – 7:00pm Dinner

7:00pm – 9:00pm Ecology (continued)

Monday, July 18th

7:00am – 8:00am Breakfast

8:00am – 10:00am Principles of Fish & Wildlife Management Review

species management concepts and application of

ecological principles to professional fish and wildlife


Instructor: Ken Cox, Fisheries Biologist

10:00am – Noon Vermont’s Fisheries Review of Vermont’s fisheries,

Ecology and management.

Instructor: Brian Chipman, Fisheries Biologist

Noon Lunch

1:00pm – 6:00pm Fisheries Lab Visit a stream to assess its fishery, macroinvertebrate community and habitat features. Participate in water analysis, habitat observations, electro- fishing and macroinvertebrate sampling.

Instructors: Brian Chipman, Fisheries Biologist

Rich Kirn, Fisheries Biologist

Rod Wentworth, Fisheries Biologist

Rick Levey, Aquatic Biologist, DEC

Monday, July 18th (continued)

6:00pm – 6:30pm Dinner

6:30pm – 8:00pm Fish and Wildlife Issues In Vermont:

Instructor: Patrick Berry, Commissioner

Fish & Wildlife Department

Tuesday, July 19th

7:00am – 8:00am Breakfast

8:00am – 9:30am Moose Management

Instructor: Cedric Alexander, Wildlife Biologist

9:30am – 6:00pm Field Trip – Forest & Wildlife Habitat Management Visit

areas to demonstrate and discuss current, on-going

wildlife and forestry habitat management practices.

Instructors: Cedric Alexander, Wildlife Biologist

Neil Monteith, Wildlife Forester

Paul Hamelin, Wildlife Habitat Biologist

6:00pm – 6:30pm Dinner

6:30pm – 8:00pm Forest & Recreation Management

Instructor: Ed O’Leary Director of Operations

Forest, Parks, & Recreation

Course Review Mark Scott

Wednesday, July 20th

7:00am – 8:00am Breakfast

9:00am – 10:00am Our Connection to the Land

Instructor: Mark Scott

10:30am – Noon Wetland Introduction

Instructor: Mark Scott

Wednesday, July 20th (continued)

Noon Lunch

12:30pm – 6:00pm Wetlands/Waterfowl Lab Visit nearby marsh to study

wetland ecology and management. Participate in

wildlife, plant and water sampling.

Instructor: Mark Scott

Shannon Morrison, Wetlands Ecologist, DEC

Jane Lazorchak, Wildlife Biologist

6:00pm – 6:30pm Dinner

6:30pm – 8:00pm Natural Resource Management

Deb Markowitz, Secretary, Vermont Agency of Natural


Thursday, July 21st

5:30am – 8:00am Nature Walk Emphasis on plants trees, birds and

wildlife signs.

Instructors: Mark Scott

Bob Popp, Botanist, F&W

Everett Marshall, Wildlife Biologist

8:00am – 9:00am Breakfast

9:00am – 10:00am Black Bear of Vermont

Instructor Forrest Hammond, Wildlife Biologist

10:30am – 11:30am Life Histories (1) Furbearers --- emphasis on species

biology, ecology, habitat requirements, management

and the issue of trapping.

Instructor Kim Royar, Wildlife Biologist

Noon Lunch

1:00pm – 3:00pm Lab – Land Reflections

Instructor Mark Scott

3:00pm – 4:00pm Bluebird Box Construction

Instructor Mark Scott

6:00pm – 7:00pm Dinner

7:00pm – 9:00pm Role Playing Lab Exercise on Fisheries & Wildlife

Instructor Rod Wentworth, Impact Assessment


Friday, July 22nd

8:00am – 9:00am Breakfast

9:00am – 10:00am Fish & Wildlife Law Enforcement Lecture on the

activities of a State Game Warden in Vermont and

how they relate to fish and wildlife management.

Instructor: Major Dennis Reinhardt, Vermont State Game Warden, Asst. Dir. of Law Enforcement

10:00am – Noon Project WILD, Aquatic WILD, Project Wet, and Project Learning Tree interdisciplinary, supplementary environmental education programs emphasizing fish, wildlife, water, and forestry. They are designed especially for teachers of grades K-12.

Instructor Mark Scott

Rebecca Phelps, Project Learning Tree Coordinator, Forest, Parks and Recreation

Noon Lunch

12:30pm – 5:00pm WILD/PLT (continued)

5:00pm – 5:30pm Dinner

6:00pm – 6:30pm Course Review, Evaluations and Closing Remarks

Source: Department of Fish and Wildlife
Last Updated at: July 19, 2011 10:48:38