Broward County - Wildlife Monitoring


Mon Oct 03 2022 at 06:00 pm


S University Dr, Miramar, FL 33025, United States | Miramar, FL

***NOTE: The course format is Hybrid: First class is Live online and other classes + the field trips are in-person.***
This course is designed to provide training in principles and commonly used techniques for surveying and monitoring wildlife. People that complete this course will better understand the reasons for monitoring wildlife and the methodologies used to do so. This course includes both classroom instruction and hands-on experience and will better equip students to participate in data collection for wildlife monitoring projects. This course will cover surveying and monitoring mammals, birds and herpetofauna.
Tentative Course Agenda:
Day 1
Monday, October 3, 2022
Course pre‐test: link provided by email
Day 2
Tuesday, October 4, 2022
6:00‐7:00 pm
- Welcome to FMNP course, Introductions, icebreaker;
- Introduction to Google drive and go over protocols + access to course manual
7:00‐8:00 pm
- Lecture Monitoring Mammals
8:00‐9:00 pm
- Discussion of specific protocols for inventory and monitoring of Mammals: total counts, presence‐absence, stratified sampling, indices, roadside counts, roadkill surveys, track surveys, scent surveys, pellet‐group counts, line‐transectsampling, line‐transect; mark & recapture, live vs. camera trapping, telemetry, DNA collection.
Students read standardized protocols in REFERENCES folder of Google Drive Florida Master Naturalist folder.
Day 3
Thursday, October 6, 2022
6:00‐7:00 pm
- Class sets up track plates, walks over general area
7:00‐8:00 pm
- Survey and monitoring Bird presentation
8:00‐9:00 pm
- After dark, spotlighting wildlife to do a random survey
- Calling of owls and other birds via recordings
- Bat detector set up and use
Day 4
Friday, October 7, 2022
6:00‐7:00 pm
- Class breaks into teams to record observations of tracks in area
- Set up wildlife cameras
- Set up drift fence and pit trap, frog tubes
- Put plywood on ground for reptiles
7:00‐7:45 pm
- After dark, teams go to marsh to spotlight amphibians and reptiles
7:45‐9:00 pm
- After dark, class goes to use dip netting to see aquatic protostomes
(worms, snails, arthropods).
- Bring samples to classroom for identification
Day 5
Saturday, October 8, 2022
7:00 am‐3:00 pm
- Upon arrival teams immediately go to pit traps, frog tubes, and other sampling techniques, noting species, numbers, and releasing all.
- Teams walk in different areas to list bird species observed
- Teams find other place for tracking area
- Lunch
- Change pit traps; set up grid for small mammal traps; set up and pin small mammal traps
- Dip netting at marsh to contrast with evening sampling
Day 6
Sunday, October 9, 2022
7:00 am‐3:00 pm
- Teams assigned to pit traps, check, inventory, identify, release
- Teams check and collect each small mammal trap; photograph, record, release
- Teams check tracking area for tracks, ID and note
- Lunch
- Teams formulate data reports; Class makes a class report
- Completion of Post‐Exam
- Completion of Evaluation
- Graduation and Certification
Space is limited, so register today. Registration closes at Noon on September 29, 2022. Register here:

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S University Dr, Miramar, FL 33025, United States

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Florida Master Naturalist Program

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