Biophysical Bootcamp Training Series:

Session 2 (S22)


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Session 2 of the Biophysical Bootcamp represents the second of SALMTEC’s biophysical field training series. This course was designed for consultants, regulators, and land managers with a background in applied science and land management and are looking to refresh their knowledge, learn new things, and build upon their existing knowledge.

SALMTEC has designed this course to provide participants with opportunity to get their hands dirty and ask questions with Subject Matter Experts, hone technical skills, and benefit from cross-learning and networking opportunities.

This workshop will be held in the Montane Natural Subregion, at SALMTEC’s field station near Bragg Creek, and topics may include:

  1. Application of Grassland Vegetation Inventory (GVI) in the field,
  2. The Alberta Wetland Rapid Evaluation Tool – Actual (ABWRET-A), focussing on indicators of the wetland functionality for songbird, raptor, and mammal wetland habitat,
  3. Field characterization for soil and terrain, and
  4. Plant identification basics.

Course Format:SALMTEC Wetland

  • This one-day course will be held during the summer in 2022
  • Course location will be at SALMTEC's field station, just south of Bragg Creek, AB
  • Class size is limited and will be broken up into smaller groups, to maintain social distancing.
  • Groups will visit four field sites throughout the day, spending approximately 2 hours at each site.

Course Fee:

Early Bird Registration (Jan. 1 to June 15, 2022)                   $225.00 (plus tax)

Regular Registration (after June 15, 2022)                             $275.00 (plus tax)

Refund Policy:

Full refunds will be issued for all cancellations, received in writing, on or before June 15, 2022. Partial refunds ($50 administration fee) will be issued between June 16, 2022 and two weeks before course date, after which time refunds will not be issued. Full refunds will be issued if course cancelled due to COVID.

--------------------Space is Limited-----------------------

Course Learning Objectives:

Students will:

  • Learn the basics on plant morphology and taxonomy
  • Apply some of the available tools from the Alberta Conservation Information Management System (ACIMS), and other sources
  • Correlate desktop information with observations of biophysical conditions at upland and wetland locations
  • Understand how wetlands are evaluated using ABWRET-A
  • Assess indicators associated with predicting the habitat structure suitability for songbirds, raptors and mammals

Pre-requisites: Registrants should have previously completed or be enrolled in any one of SALMTEC’s courses. However, the following courses are recommended to maximize this applied learning opportunity:

  • ABWRET-A -Blended/Online Course
  • Alberta Wetland Policy Basics - Online Course
  • Understanding ACIMS Tools - Online Course
  • Alberta Soil Information Viewer - Online Course
  • GVI – Online Course

*MAY BE WAIVED, if equivalent course has been taken within the past five years. Contact SALMTEC at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Student Responsibilities

Students are required to:

  • Provide their own transportation
  • Provide their own meals
  • Follow all environmental and safety protocols set forth by SALMTEC