APB Sponsored CPD Events

One of the main priorities of the APB is to ensure our membership throughout British Columbia is provided timely, relevant training opportunities, workshops and webinars. Our mandate is to ensure competency in the biology profession, practice and related decision making processes. Please check our Calendar to see upcoming training, workshops and webinars provided by the APB and affiliated organizations. If you have a suggestion for a CPD training course, please contact the APB office.

Upcoming events

The 40th Annual Professional Biology Conference and AGM.

May 9-11, 2019
Thompson Rivers University Conference Centre, 805 TRU Way, Kamloops, BC.

Workshop- Designing Avoidance and Mitigation for Migratory Birds and Species at Risk Critical Habitat

Thursday May 09, 2019
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Alpine Room, TRU Conference Centre, 805 TRU Way, Kamloops.

Registration Fee:  $135 (includes lunch)   REGISTER

Alison Peatt, MSc., RPBio, FAPB
Bearfoot Resources Ltd.

Chloe Boynton, MSc.
Migratory Bird Management Biologist
Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment and Climate Change Canada

The increasing list of species and ecosystems at risk is challenging the capacity of professionals to find, process and interpret information to build effective and professional environmental assessment reports. Building on the Species at Risk workshops being delivered this spring by other providers, the Association of Professional Biology is providing training that addresses both the Species at Risk Act and Migratory Birds Convention Act, with applied break-out sessions on writing avoidance and mitigation statements. This workshop is designed to fill the gap for professionals that work on environmental impact assessment advice in support of development applications. It may also be useful for junior professionals who want to strengthen their skills in avoidance/mitigation design and understanding of legislation and guidance for conserving migratory birds and species at risk.  

Tour of Lac Du Bois and Tranquille Valley:  Grasslands, Species at Risk, and Ecosystem Resilience

Saturday May 11, 2019
Time:  8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Departs from TRU Conference Centre, 805 TRU Way, Kamloops.

Registration fee:  $145 (transportation and lunch provided).  REGISTER

Field Tour Overview

The area around Kamloops supports a variety of unique wildlife and plant communities. In the immediate area around Kamloops, there are great opportunities to explore these and learn about Kamloops natural history. In both Tranquille and Lac du Bois areas, we will explore and discuss applied biology projects that provide guidance to mitigate development impacts on snakes, facilitate recovery of Burrowing Owls and manage invasive species impacts on grasslands. Join us and our tour guides from the city of Kamloops, Thompson Rivers University, APB member Dave Low and well-known naturalist Frank Ritcey. Whether you are a biologist or just someone who likes to view wildlife, this trip will be fun, informative and great opportunity to explore southern interior grasslands, associated habitats and wildlife.

Species to note during this tour include Williamson Sapsucker, Western Screech Owl, Burrowing Owl, Western Toad, Columbian Spotted Frog, Long Toed Salamander, Northern Pacific Rattlesnake, Rubber Boa, Gopher Snake, Yellow Bellied Racer, Common Garter Snake, Western Terrestrial Garter Snake, Painted turtle, and over 12 bat species.

This field trip INVOLVES SOME HIKING. Please dress accordingly.  It is recommended to wear long pants and a long sleeve shirt to protect from ticks.

For more information on Lac du Bois Grasslands Protected Area

We hope to see you there!