CSP3119 - Pesticides and Fish and Wildlife Resources

Course CodeCSP3119
Course TitlePesticides and Fish and Wildlife Resources

Pesticide effects to fish and wildlife resources will be explored through the use of classroom lectures, case studies and field exercises. An overview of the major types of pesticides that can affect fish and wildlife resources, typical routes of exposure, assessing potential risk and environmental fate of pesticides in terrestrial and aquatic systems will be presented. Additionally, Federal laws and policies related to pesticide use and principles of integrated pest management will be discussed. Participants will learn procedures to evaluate non-target effects and considerations for listed species. Emerging issues related to pollinator declines and genetically modified organisms will be reviewed. Useful references and information sources about pesticide safety and use and fish and wildlife risk will be provided.

Target Audience:

FWS staff, including endangered species biologists, refuge personnel, contaminant specialists, pesticide applicators, restoration biologists and law enforcement officials, as well as, other Federal, State and Non-government Organization (NGO) personnel, whose responsibilities include evaluating the legal and biological implications of pesticide applications.


Upon completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  • Describe the fate and transport of pesticides in the environment;
  • Describe Federal laws, FWS policies, and other authorities related to pesticide use;
  • Describe exposure and effects of pesticides to non-target organisms, including threatened and endangered species and other trust resources;
  • Apply basic principles of risk assessment as they relate to pesticides and possible interactions with fish and wildlife resources, and;
  • Conduct a terrestrial and aquatic field investigation.
Delivery MethodInstructor Led
Non-FWS Fee$995.00
Instructional Hours36
Course Content ContactGary Schetrompf: gary_schetrompf@fws.gov; (304) 876-7255; gary_schetrompf@fws.gov
Curriculum CategoryHabitat Assessment Restoration and Management
Course FrequencyOnce per year
Registration LinkRegister
College Credit NameSemester Hours
College Credit Value2
Extracted from DOI LEARN on1/22/2019 3:30:20 AM

Schedule:  CSP3119 - Pesticides and Fish and Wildlife Resources

StartEndLocationSession Contact
9/23/2019 9/27/2019 National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) Brenda Hooper, brenda_hooper@fws.gov
(304) 876-7449