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Native Californian, biologist, wildlife conservation consultant, retired Smithsonian scientist, father of two daughters, grandfather of 4 small primates. INTJ. Believes nature is infinitely more interesting than shopping malls. Born 100 years too late.

Workshop Schedule (June 27 - July 2, 2016)

A black bear photo taken during the 
Camera Trapping Workshop in 2011 

This year's workshop will be presented by yours truly and E. William (Bill) Wilson

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Monday, June 27, 2016

               Arrive: noon through late afternoon

  • Dinner: 6:00 PM

               Evening: Class introductions, workshop goals and work plan.
               Power Point presentation: How to find wild mammals.

Tuesday, June 28

               Breakfast: 7:00AM (make your own bag lunch)

               8:30 AM: Power Point presentation: Sierra Nevada habitats and the annual climate regime.
               9:30 AMOverview of the Orders and Families of Sierra Nevada Mammals
               Presentation: Ungulates: Cervidae (deer and elk), Antilocapridae (pronghorn), and Bovidae (bighorn sheep)

               Afternoon: Habitat excursion (or where to look for mammals): Riparian, mountain meadow, talus/scree slope, chaparral, red fir forest, etc.

               Dinner: 6:00 PM
               Power Point presentation/discussion: Human-wildlife dynamics in the Sierra Nevada and the coming of the naturalists   

Wednesday, July 29

           Breakfast: 7:00AM (make your own bag lunch)
               8:30 AM, Powerpoint Presentation: Rodents American beaver, Mountain beaver, porcupine, and squirrels (tree, ground, chipmunks and marmot).
               Activity: Photograph, observe, and identify diurnal rodents around campus (chipmunks, ground squirrels, tree squirrels, mountain beaver).

               Afternoon: Presentation: mice and rats (gophers, kangaroo rats/mice, and pocket mice, wood rat, deer and harvest mice, and voles and muskrat
               Dinner: 6:00 PM
               Demonstration/discussion: Listen to alarm call recordings of squirrels, marmots, pikas, and deer.

               Guest Lecture: Amanda Schufelberger -- Tracking "Buddy" and other elusive mustelids in the high Sierra.

Thursday, July 30 

               Breakfast: 7:00AM (make your own bag lunch)
               8:30 AM: Excursion to Knuthson Meadow to observe beaver works (a 40-minute drive).
               Activity (11:00 AM): Examination of skins and skulls of Lagomorphs and Insectivores

               Afternoon Presentation: Lagomorphs (rabbits and pika) and Insectivores (shrews and moles)

               Dinner: 6:00 PM
               Power Point presentation/discussion: physiological and behavioral adaptations to winter

  • Guest presentation: Ken Hickman -- Charismatic lagomorphs of the Sierra Nevada's east slope

Friday, July 1

               Breakfast: 7:00AM (make your own bag lunch)

               8:30 AM: Topic: Carnivores Part 1: skunks, weasels, river otter, marten, fisher, and wolverine.
               Activity (mid morning): Examine specimens

               Lunch: in field

               Afternoon: Carnivores Part 2: cats, dogs, and bears

               Dinner: 6:00 PM
               Power Point presentation/discussion: the disappearance of California’s furbearers
               General discussion   

Saturday, July 2

               Breakfast: 7:00AM (make your own bag lunch)

               Activity: workshop evaluation and class photo
               Farewell and Departure

For registration materials contact: sfsu.snfc@gmail.com

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I hope to be able to go to this one day. It seems like a lot of fun.