FEBRUARY 1, 2023
ASPB Renewals!
Today is the last day to renew your professional registration before late fees are applied on February 1.

Renewal fees are payable through the member portal “Sign In” located at the upper right of the website, where the ASPB accepts Visa and MasterCard credit card payments through the online renewal system.
Beyond mentorship: sponsorship
“You’ve heard of mentorship in science, but what about sponsorship?” An article in Nature on January 19th goes on to say that while mentors provide advice and insights from their own careers and experiences, less discussed are the benefits of sponsorship. This type of active career support relies on senior researchers' willingness to leverage their influence, networks or position to actively promote junior colleagues' career advancement. Particularly in academia, while mentors provide advice and support to help a junior person fit in, sponsors create opportunities and visibility to help junior researchers move up. Read more here
Wildlife Biologists:
Share information about your career:
Ruth Craigen is a Student Services Teacher at the Centre for Learning@HOME (a combined initiative of Okotoks Home Schooling Services and St. Paul’s Academy Online School), which is open to all Alberta students and those studying abroad. Craigen puts together an annual online Career Fair (March 16 and 17) for students in grades 9 through 12, and she emailed us last week to tell us that this year she has a number of students interested in wildlife biology and was successful in finding a biologist who is happy to present to those students and answer any questions they might have. She will be welcoming the ASPB's own Regulatory Coordinator Jessica Koehli, who jumped at the chance to volunteer!
Amendments to the Provincial Court Act:
No longer a “small claims” court!
While the increased civil claims limit will not be effective until designated by regulation, the proposed increase (from $50,000 to $200,000) opens up the Provincial Court to larger and more complex cases. This gives litigants more flexibility in choosing which court they choose to commence their action. Alberta legal experts Field Law points out that defendants can expect to have more claims brought in Provincial Court and points out that the strategy to resolve those claims will be different from those actions commenced in the Court of King’s Bench. Continue reading.
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Fish Habitat Restoration/Offsetting Specialist
Terrestrial/Wildlife Lead
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Intermediate Field Biologists
Spatial Analyst

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Senior Technical Writer
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Field Law Part 1: (Webinar)
Labour, Occupational Health + Safety
Field Law annually presents its Year in Review, a complimentary series of virtual and in-person events which focus on legal updates for management and employee groups.
Thursday, February 2
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Cost: Complimentary
If you are unable to attend at the scheduled time please register and a link to the recording will be sent to you.  
Element Environmental Seminar 2023
This year’s edition of Element's annual environmental seminar will be held Friday, February 3, 2023, beginning at 0730 through 1530 (MST). This year we will focus on case studies along with regulatory and environmental updates. For more information and to register, please go HERE.
Field Law Part 2, Year in Review
Privacy, Human Rights, Employment
Field Law annually presents its Year in Review, a complimentary series of virtual and in-person events which focus on legal updates for management and employee groups.
Wednesday, February 15
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
2500 - 10175 101 ST
Cost: Complimentary 
Field Law Part 2, Year in Review (webinar)
Privacy, Human Rights, Employment
Field Law annually presents its Year in Review, a complimentary series of virtual and in-person events which focus on legal updates for management and employee groups.
Thursday, February 16
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Cost: Complimentary
If you are unable to attend at the scheduled time please register and a link to the recording will be sent to you.
Comparison of Seeding Methods
to Restore Native Grassland Vegetation
A comparison of four seeding methods to restore native grassland vegetation in SE Alberta, presented by Kathryn Edwards (Sr. Project Mgr, Summit) on February 16th, 2023, 12:00 – 13:00. Registration will be active mid-January through the Grassland Restoration Forum website HERE.
Northern watershed planning councils
collaborate on February conference
Alberta's northern watershed planning and advisory councils will host the Water Management in Alberta’s Boreal conference on February 15-16, 2023. The Athabasca Watershed Council, the Mighty Peace Watershed Alliance and the Lesser Slave Watershed Council have extended an invitation for two days of learning, exploration and discussion of water management issues, challenges and partnerships to be held at the Pomeroy Hotel in Grande Prairie. Details and registration will be listed on Eventbrite in mid December.
PCES Conference is in Calgary
The 2023 Prairie Conservation and Endangered Species Conference will be held in Calgary, February 21-23, 2023. You can register HERE
Introduction to Soil Science (SOIL220 Wi23)
March 4 to 19, 2023 (Saturdays and Sundays online with one-day in-person practicum) This 39-hour introductory soil science course led by Dr. Konstantin Dlusskiy includes an overview of soil formation and soil classification with emphasis given to soils of Western Canada:
Restoration of Annual-Brome
Invaded Mixedgrass Prairie
Anabel Dombro (University of Alberta) will discuss the containment and restoration of Annual-Brome Invaded Mixedgrass Prairie Using the Herbicide Indaziflam, on March 14, 2023, 12:00 - 13:00. Registration will be active mid-January through the Grassland Restoration Forum website HERE.
How to Use Range Plant Community Guides
This one-day, classroom-based course in Cochrane, AB on March 23, 2023, 10:00-16:00 will teach participants how to use the Range Plant Community Guides and introduce the Recovery Strategies for Development in Native Grassland Manuals planning process. These tools will provide valuable context to interpret results of data collected for AEP Conservation AssessmentsStrategic Siting and Pre-disturbance Site Assessments for Industrial Activities on Native Grassland. Registration will be active mid-January through the Grassland Restoration Forum website HERE.
Soil Classification (SOIL410 Wi23)
March 29 and 30, 2023 (online) This one-day advanced soil science course led by Dr. Konstantin Dlusskiy focuses on: Common landforms and parent materials associated with soils on the Prairies.
Soil Mapping (SOIL420 Wi23)
April 5 and 6, 2023 (online) Two-day course on soil mapping and survey procedures provided online:
School of Fish Workshop:
Fishes of Alberta - Field Identification
This fish ID course will be instructed by Shona Derlukewich, B.Sc., P. Biol., at Mount Royal University in Calgary on Saturday, May 6, 2023, from 1300h to 1630h. The cost per student is $100; pre-payment by etransfer to hold seat, non refundable after April 22, 2023. Field guides are included in the workshop cost and will be provided to participants upon arrival. Additional details (map for parking and room number) will be supplied to registered participants. To register, email Shona Derlukewich and for more fishy details check out the WEBSITE
Responsible Recreation:
Pathways, Practices and Possibilities 
Recreation and adventure tourism opportunities and activities are expanding globally. However, empirical measures of impacts are often difficult to obtain. This two-day conference hosted by the Columbia Mountains Institute will be an excellent opportunity to network and learn about current thinking on increasing outdoor recreation activities and the effect on wildlife and ecosystems. This event on May 9 and 10, 2023 will be a hybrid event, with both in-person and online participation. The call for proposals is open until February 3, 2023; go HERE for more information.
Pedology Field School (SOIL230 Sp23)
May 29 to 31, 2023 (in-person in the Edmonton area) This 24-h introductory soil science course is fully field-based. The 3-day field school led by Dr. Konstantin Dlusskiy focuses on hands-on experience with application to industry standards.

BMC252 - Environmental Issues in Indigenous Communities
Start Date: April 18, 2023

BMC265 - Environmental Impact Assessments
Start Date: June 30 2023

2023 CREDtalks
Foundations of Resilience.
Live webinars in February

Emerging landscape novelty
Feb 9, 2023, 1200h PST
Presenters: Eric Higgs, School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria; and Jeanine Rhemtulla, Associate Professor, Dept. Forest & Conservation Sciences, University of British Columbia
Re-introducing fire as a process: Restoring disrupted fire regimes across landscapes
Feb 16, 2023. 1200h PST
Presenter: Jen Baron, University of British Columbia, Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences (PhD Candidate)
Prescribed fire and adapting for resilient futures
Feb 23, 2023. 1200h PST
Presenters: Robert W. Gray, Wildland Fire Ecologist; Colleen Ross, Wildland Fire Ecologist; Kiah Allen, Unit crew leader with BC Wildfire Service; and Dr. Carley Phillips, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions at the University of Victoria
Live webinars in March
Salish Fire Keepers
March 2, 2023. 1200h PST
Presenter: Joe Gilchrist, Fire Keeper, Turtle Island Consulting (TIC), Salish Fire Keepers
Climate adaptation in action in the Harrop-Procter Community Forest
March 9, 2023. 1200h PST
Presenter: Erik Leslie, RPF, Forest Manager, Harrop-Procter Community Co-operative

Tales of taking evidence through to conservation action for two iconic mountain dwellers: caribou and grizzly bear
March 16, 2023. 1200h PST
Presenter: Clayton Lamb, Wildlife Scientist, Biodiversity Pathways, Universities of British Columbia & Montana
Thanks to the generous support of the Columbia Basin Trust and KCP, we are able to offer this series free of charge. For full details and registration please go

Technical Writing for Professionals – Resumes and Cover Letters – Online, February 1, 2023
Technical Writing for Professionals – Online, February 2-3, 2023
Lake Management Techniques – Online, February 7-8, 2023
Environmental Field Skills Program (EFS) – Self Paced – February 13 – June 12, 2023
Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Courtenay, 14th February 2023
Ichthyology – Online, February 14-15, 2023
Amphibian and Reptile Salvage Methods (Online) February 15-16, 2023
Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & North Vancouver, 16th February 2023
Snorkel Survey Techniques – February 16th (Online) & March 7th (Courtenay)
Fisheries Field Skills: Courtenay, February 21-24 and February 27-March 3, 2023
Species at Risk – Online, February 21-22, 2023
Wildlife Survey Field Methods: Carnivores – Online, February 22-24, 2023
For the full calendar of upcoming courses the link is here:
Understanding ACIMS Tools Online Course. Registration Link:

Alberta Soil Information Viewer Online Course. Registration Link:

Alberta Wetland Policy Basics Online Course. Registration Link:

Navigating the Alberta Soil Information Viewer Video Short (free). Reg. Link:

Wetland Water Cycle Video Short (free). Registration link:
THE SALMTEC CONNECTOR is a compilation of applied science and land management event listings, across a variety of sectors and disciplines, published monthly.
You can find the SALMTEC website HERE.
Biology is not a degree...
This article was written by Sean Mitchell, PhD., RP Bio, and was contributed by the Natural Resources Training Group where he works as a fisheries biologist and instructor:

Gentle reader, I beg your indulgence while I begin this article with a long quotation. (There is a point to it, I assure you!):

I have heard honest men swear that they have killed and cut open tiburons (sharks) and found so many things in their bellies that they would have considered it impossible if they had not seen it; for example, they say that a tiburon will swallow whole one, two, or more whole sheepskins, complete with head and horns, just as they had been thrown into the sea, to save the bother of dressing them. The tiburon is a long, thick fish, some of them measuring eight spans through the middle and twelve feet long. Many of them have two rows of teeth, one behind the other, which look like a saw or crenellation. Its mouth is proportionate to its body, monstrously huge. Its skin is like that of the dogfish. The male has two reproductive organs, the female only one, but she will bear as many as twenty, thirty, or forty little tiburons at one time. This fish will attack a cow or horse that may be grazing or drinking on the bank of a river, and will eat a man, as one tried to eat the calachuni (chief) of Cozumel but did not entirely succeed, because he was rescued, but not before losing two of his toes. The tiburon is so voracious that it will follow a ship for five hundred or even one thousand leagues, swallowing whatever is thrown overboard; and it is so swift that it swims faster than a ship can sail… Its flesh is not very good[i] to eat, being tough and tasteless, although when it is cut into strips and dried it will add greatly to a ship’s provisions.

This masterly description of the shark, encompassing much of the known anatomy and behaviour of these fish, was written by Francisco López de Gómara, biographer of Hernán Cortés, in 1552. This is a masterpiece of writing both for representing natural history knowledge almost five hundred years ago –much of our natural history knowledge comes to us from deep in history – but also the quality of the writing. For the purpose of this contribution, I wish to examine here the lesson of the non-professional providing valuable insights.
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Camera trap in the Rockies
Nina Veselka, courtesy ABMI

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