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RENR 7004 - Fish & Wildlife Ecology & Management

Renewable Resources Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

Course Details

The first part of the course provides students with a solid foundation in fisheries management with a focus on British Columbia. This course emphasizes fish identification, fish measurements, ichthyology, life history, basic biological features, fisheries management issues (e.g., mark recapture, stock recruitment), fish culture and fisheries techniques. The second part of the course covers the principles and practice of wildlife ecology and management with particular emphasis on inventory protocols and species at risk in BC. Topics include: biology and ecology of wildlife species; dynamics of wildlife populations; methods of studying wildlife; natural and artificial regulation of animal numbers; control of problem wildlife; evaluation and enhancement of wildlife habitats; management for harvest. Field sessions outside of scheduled class time will be required.

Credits

4.0

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this ocurse, the student will be able to:

  • Contrast different underlying principles of fisheries management, including:
    • Contrast common fisheries sampling techniques (gill netting, seining, tagging).
    • Conduct methods used for fish measurement and aging.
    • Outline major fish-harvesting techniques, particularly those in British Columbia.
    • Conduct fish culture techniques including water supplies and treatment, containers, loadings and flow, hatchery maintenance and fish release strategies.
    • Propose juvenile salmonid sampling techniques, identification and enumeration methods including tagging methodologies.
    • Contrast downstream-migrating juvenile salmonid fish-collection techniques (rotary screen traps, inclined plane traps).
    • Design basic fisheries population-estimate procedures.
    • Design lake-limnological assessment (water quality, temperature, etc.) techniques.
  • Identify common fish species and their biology:
    • Illustrate the basic biology of fishes.
    • Identify to family all common fish found in BC fresh waters.
    • Demonstrate basic spawning and fish culture of salmon and trout.
  • Design watershed restoration techniques, including in-stream, off-channel and lake fertilization.
  • Contrast different underlying principles of wildlife management, including:
    • Essential qualities of good habitat, bioenergetics,
    • Population dynamics and application to wildlife populations.
    • Annual surpluses, sustained yield, carrying capacity, and limiting factors.
  • Identify common wildlife species, evaluate habitat quality, and prescribe suitable management strategies for each species/group, including:
    • Selected orders and families of birds (e.g. waterfowl and other water birds).
    • Small mammals (rodents, lagomorphs, insectivores).
    • Major carnivores & furbearers.
    • Major ungulate species.
  • Design an inventory protocol following Resources Inventory Standards Committee (RISC) standards for the inventory of selected wildlife species.

Effective as of Fall 2013

Related Programs

RENR 7004 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Ecological Restoration
    Full-time/Part-time   Bachelor of Science

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