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RENR 8107 - Restoring Wildlife Populations

Renewable Resources Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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Course Details

Restoration plans must take into account the needs of current or desired wildlife species in project areas. This course gives ecologists, restorationists, administrators, and other professionals involved with restoration projects the tools they need to understand essential ecological concepts, helping them to design restoration projects that can improve conditions for native species of wildlife. It also offers specific guidance and examples on how various projects have been designed and implemented. This course interweaves theoretical and practical aspects of wildlife biology that are directly applicable to the restoration and conservation of animals. It provides an understanding of the fundamentals of wildlife populations and wildlife-habitat relationships as it explores the concept of habitat, its historic development, components, spatial-temporal relationships, and role in land management. It applies these concepts in developing practical tools for professionals. The course is based on Morrison, M.L. 2009. (Restoring Wildlife: Ecological Concepts and Practical Applications) and Maehr et al. 2001 (Large Mammal Restoration), both published by Island Press, Washington, USA. Case studies will be used to illustrate concepts while field labs will train students on key concepts.


RENR 7003





Winter 2022

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2022 term.

CRN 88269

Wed Jan 05 - Wed Apr 13 15 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 05 - Apr 13 Wed 08:30 - 12:20 BBY SE04 Rm. 106


Douglas Ransome

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. Departmental Approval is required. Please contact Giti Abouhamzeh at or call 778-331-1392 to get permission.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Interpret underlying principles of ‘populations’, including:
    • Time frames and historic condition,
    • Natural versus desired condition,
    • Population concepts,
    • Distribution patterns of populations,
    • Metapopulation structure,
    • Exotic species,
    • Linking populations and restoration ecology,
    • Restoring a population.
  • Interpret underlying principles of ‘habitat’, including:
    • What and when to monitor,
    • Spatial scale,
    • Measurements of the animal and of the habitat,
    • ‘Focal animal’ approach,
    • How to measure habitat.
  • Design ‘desired condition’, including:
    • Conducting historic assessment using existing data sets, museum records, literature, etc.,
    • Developing desired condition for sample restoration site:
  • Step 1: Planning area
  • Step 2: Project area
  • Step 3: Adaptive management implementation.
  • Interpret basic design concepts for wildlife restoration, including:
    • Habitat heterogeneity, fragmentation, disturbance ecology,
    • Landscape matrix as a planning area,
    • Population and restoration management implications:
  • Guidelines for species richness and diversity,
  • Guidelines to maintain within-patch condition,
  • Guidelines to maintain a desired occupancy rate of habitat patches,
  • Guidelines for habitat configuration.
  • Design and initiate monitoring field methods and applications, including:
    • Implementation monitoring, effectiveness monitoring, validation monitoring, compliance monitoring,
    • Adaptive management and monitoring,
    • Conducting wildlife sampling for:
  • Amphibians and reptiles,
  • Birds,
  • Mammals.

Effective as of Winter 2014

Related Programs

RENR 8107 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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