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2014 Workshops

Building a Roadmap to a Broader Community: An Open Meeting of the SCB’s Committee on Diversity
Organizer(s):  Mary Blair, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History; Eleanor Sterling, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History
Workshop - ID: WK3
Description:  The formation of the Society for Conservation Biology’s Diversity Committee was motivated in part by the desire to break down existing boundaries between those within the conservation community and those that face pervasive barriers to entrance, participation, and full membership. In North America, institutional and structural barriers have prevented equal participation of historically underrepresented groups in the conservation sciences. This workshop will represent a convening of the SCB Diversity committee as well as an open discussion with SCB North America section members to review committee goals and objectives, with a particular focus on SCB’s North America section. 

Social Media for Better Science and a Better Society for Conservation Biology
Organizer(s):  Carina Wyborn, University of Montana; Carlos Carroll, Klamath Center for Conservation Research; Nathan Spillman, SCB Global Office; Emily Darling, University of North Carolina; David Shiffman, University of Miami
Workshop - ID: WK4
Description: Social media makes it easier than ever for scientists to share their findings and to engage journalists, policy makers and the interested public. Whether you use online tools to share stories, promote conservation campaigns or connect with colleagues, social media has a vital role to play in shaping the future of conservation. In this workshop we examine the new communication dynamic between scientists and the public and provide tools and strategies you can use. Join us for advice on creative and effective ways to use social media to advance your science, your career, and your cause.

Integrated Population Modeling for Threatened Species Management  
Organizer(s):  Paul Lukacs, University of Montana
Workshop - ID: WK6

Description:  Management decisions for threatened and endangered species often rely on multiple data sources of which no single source tells the whole story of the conservation status of the species.  Integrated population models (IPMs) provide a statistical framework to link multiple data sources to a population dynamics model.  IPMs combine concepts from matrix modeling, population viability analysis, and statistical estimation to provide a synthetic view of population trajectory.  This workshop will highlight IPM structure, data sources and most importantly inference from the model results.  IPMs offer a way to bring data sets together that may have been collected across agency, political or social boundaries improving inferential potential for all involved.  IPMs also stretch the quantitative boundaries of biologists to help them think more clearly about the ecological and sampling processes involved in managing their species of interest.

Communicating Landscape Science Workshop: Finding the Narrative of Landscape Science  
Organizer(s):  Yvette Converse, Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative; Gary Tabor, Center for Large Landscape Conservation
Workshop - ID: WK7

Description:  This workshop will focus on learning how to communicate science to constituents including the public.  The workshop will accommodate 12-18 people to focus on using "strategic storytelling" for communicating science, meaning using stories for a purpose of conveying scientific information that the public can and wants to understand (as opposed to describing facts or self-expression).  The workshop is built around the WSP (word, sentence, paragraph) Model, which is presented in the Connection Storymaker App which Dr. Olson makes free to the participants.  (Dr. Olson’s The Scientist Videographer blog story: The Storymaking App for your Science Videos at: http://thescientistvideographer.com/wordpress/tag/randy-olson/)

Sharing Science with the Conservation Community: A Users Experience with Data Sharing Platforms 
Organizer(s):  Mitchel Hannon
Workshop - ID: WK8

Description:   Practitioners working in land conservation and management have tremendous need for access to scientific research that can inform their decision making.  DataBasin and ArcGIS online offer web based platforms for sharing data and creating collaborative workspaces to aid in land conservation and management. Both offer different capabilities to share your data and provide access to other key shared datasets and tools that can help in your own analysis.  In this workshop both platforms will be demonstrated.  As a consumer of both platforms we find ourselves in a position to share how these developing platforms can help in land conservation work and the dissemination of scientific information to land conservation practitioners and advocates. Conservation biologists and natural resource scientists should become familiar with both platforms and consider them as an outlet for their scientific research results. This has the likelihood of greatly enhancing their exposure and availability to those that need it to effectively protect species and habitat.

The Role of Hunting in Modern Conservation Biology & Hunter Education Certification 
Organizer(s):  Luke Macaulay, University of California, Berkeley; Mark Heath, Shelterbelt Builders; Charlie de la Rosa, UCLA
Workshop - ID: WK9

Description:  As conservation priorities have shifted away from an early focus on game species management toward biodiversity and ecosystem conservation, many conservation biologists have little experience with hunting. Despite this, the tax and fee revenues from hunting provide the predominant source of funding for state wildlife agencies, and hunters can be vocal and influential stakeholders regarding conservation efforts ranging from wetland restoration to gray wolf re-introductions to lead-free bullet initiatives. This workshop seeks to improve understanding of current conservation issues involving hunting, discuss ways to improve cooperative conservation efforts, as well as offering an option to complete a hunter safety and education course required by U.S. states and Canadian provinces to hunt.  A tentative agenda may be found at www.conservationhunters.org.

If you would like to receive a hunter education certificate, you must previously complete and pass the online testing course found at www.hunter-ed.com/montana (cost is $25) and attend the “Firing Range Visit for WK9 - Hunter Education Supplement” on the morning of July 13. Successful completion of these courses will result in a Montana hunter education certificate, which comports with the standards established by the International Hunter Education Association, and is honored across North America.  

Firing Range Visit for WK9 - Hunter Education Supplement
Organizer(s):  Randy Allen, Montana Hunter Education Instructor; Vivaca Crowser, Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks Regional Hunter Education Administrator; Luke Macaulay, University of California, Berkeley; Mark Heath, Shelterbelt Builders; Charlie de la Rosa, UCLA
Workshop - ID: WK9-SUPPLEMENT

Description: We will visit the Deer Creek Shooting Center and will review safety rules of previous day and get practical experience in safely handling and shooting firearms.  We will conduct a field course walk which will provide guidance in safely navigating obstacles in the field, survival skills, field dressing of game, shot placement, tracking, what happens after the shot, how to approach etc. Participants will have the opportunity to shoot firearms at the range.


Social Science Working Group Sponsored Workshop 

Indigenous-led Conservation in North America: Best Practices in Collaboration
Organizer(s):  Robin Roth, York University
Workshop - ID: WK10

Description:  Considerable land of high conservation value exists under the purview of indigenous peoples throughout the world.  In North America, traditional lands are increasingly the target of outside conservation efforts at the same time that indigenous communities are seeking ways of implementing a conservation vision for those same lands, often in the face of excessive resource development pressures. The proposed workshop will be an opportunity for communication across this significant boundary that challenges effective conservation. Members of the SCB will hear from indigenous communities who have led innovative collaborations for conservation within their traditional territories and will participate in a discussion on how to effectively work with indigenous communities on conservation projects.

The Conservation Social Sciences: Elucidating “What?”, “How?” and “Why?” to Inform Conservation Practice
Organizer(s):  Nathan Bennett University of British Columbia; Robin Roth, York University
Workshop - ID: WK11

Description:  Conservation practitioners and organizations recognize the importance of the conservation social sciences and are increasingly engaging in and funding conservation social science research. Yet conservation organizations and funders often lack a clear understanding of the breadth of sub-disciplines in conservation social sciences, the types of questions that each sub-disciplines poses, the methods used by sub-disciplinary specialists, or the potential contribution of each sub-discipline to conservation practice and outcomes. This workshop aims to bring together specialists from the breadth of the conservation social sciences to define the contributions of their sub-disciplines to conservation through exploring the “What?”, “How?” and “Why?” of each area of expertise. The purpose of this facilitated workshop is to provide conservation organizations with a means to define their social science research agendas.  The workshop will lead directly to co-developed publications. We are looking to have active conservation social scientists and representatives from organizations engaged in conservation social sciences attend this workshop.

 

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