Vernal Pool Branchiopods: A Workshop for Future Permit Holders
January 28 - February 2
This workshop combines both the ID class and 20 hours of wet season surveys, two requirements needed to begin the the Vernal Pool Branchiopods 10(a)(1)(A) permit process for wet season surveys (note: taking the workshop does not guarantee minimum qualifications for the permit). Full requirements of the permit are found here. Participants also have the option of taking only wet season field survey portion if they choose. The ID course will be taught in Davis, CA; and the wet season field survey portions will take place in three different locations in the Sacramento Valley, specially chosen for a diverse branchiopod fauna.
IDENTIFICATION COURSE (to take this class separately, please see Mary Belk’s other classes) The classroom portion, taught by Mary Belk, will make you an expert in identification, and will conclude with the test required for the permit. Mary will teach students how to identify all 25 vernal pool branchiopods known and likely to occur in California. Students will spend two full days working on identifications under dissecting scopes and one on lecture. The test given on the third day of the classroom portion fulfills the testing requirements of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 10(a)(1)(A) permit for surveying and collecting fairy shrimp in the state of California. This class or an equivalent is a prerequisite to the wet season surveys.
WET SEASON SURVEYS – Can Be Taken Separately The field portion of the workshop is designed to provide 20 hours of wet season work required for the 10(a)(1)(A) permit. We will visit three distinct locations within the Sacramento Valley, including areas rarely seen by the public. Depending on site conditions, participants will have the opportunity to handle listed branchiopods species endemic to our vernal pool systems under supervision of some of the state’s top fairy shrimp biologists.
What’s Included: Hands-on training with experts, both indoors or in the field. Handling hours (for field participants), field equipment (nets, viewing containers), booklet and specimens to observe (classroom ID). Snacks and lunch are included with the ID course. Lodging and other meals are NOT included.
Mary Schug Belk, Belk Fairy Shrimp ID and The Crustacean Society
Carol Witham, Vernal Pool Specialist, Witham Consulting
David Muth, Senior Branchiopod Biologist and Herpetologist, LSA
Kristi Bischel, Senior Ecologist, AECOM