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Note: Tuition is not applicable to FWS, BLM and NPS employees.
The purpose of this course is to provide the knowledge and skills required to participate in studies assessing physical habitat characteristics of streams. Techniques learned may be applied to a variety of programs including in-stream flow (e.g., IFIM), monitoring, restoration, habitat quality (e.g., HEP), and fish-habitat relationship studies. Classroom presentations (approximately 45%) are integrated with ample hands-on field activities (approximately 55%). Attributes characterized, measured, or identified include stream regional setting (ecoregion, watershed, hydrologic unit, and physiographic province), basin geomorphic properties, land cover types, hydrology, channel dimensions and roughness, channel structure and pattern, mesohabitat types, discharge, velocity, depth, substrate type and embeddedness, cover, bank condition, and riparian vegetation. Discussions and exercises will address additional topics as site selection, transect and sampling point placement, and reach mapping (cross-sectional, longitudinal, and plan views). From stream reach surveys, participants will complete a comprehensive written habitat assessment and classification for a nearby reach. Participants also will learn to operate equipment used to survey and measure habitat variables.
- Habitat Scales;
- Stream Reach Surveys and Measurements;
- Macrohabitat Identification;
- Cover and Refuge;
- Riparian Vegetation;
- Streambank and Shoreline Condition;
- Classification of Streams and
Personnel with minimal stream experience involved with habitat assessment projects.