CLASS IS FULL - REGISTRATION CLOSED
Hosted by Archbold Biological Station, The Florida Chapter Of The Wildlife Society, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
April 6-9, 2015
Archbold Biological Station
123 Main Drive
Venus, FL 33960
This training is designed to provide wildlife biologists and land managers with basic information on wildlife habitat management opportunities associated with prescribed fires in Florida. It includes sections addressing how ignition plans can be developed and implemented to meet specific wildlife objectives while minimizing risk.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 18 MARCH 2015
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
PRESCRIBED FIRE/WILDLIFE HABITAT ENHANCEMENT TECHNIQUES
1. Review and understand basic habitat management principles as they relate to fire.
2. Review standard habitat management and prescribed fire practices for selected wildlife species.
3. Prescribed fire recommendations for the Florida panther and black bear.
4. Prescribed fire recommendations for quail and other small game.
5. Prescribed fire recommendations for scrub wildlife and grassland birds.
6. Prescribed fire recommendations for the bald eagle and red cockaded woodpecker.
7. Case studies of specific habitat management programs emphasizing prescribed fire in Florida.
A. Archbold Biological Station and Lake Wales Ridge Scrub.
B. Fire Management on Babcock/Webb WMA.
C. Fire in Wetlands.
IGNITION PLANNING & IMPLEMENTATION
1. Review and understand fire intensity and its relationship to wildlife impacts.
2. Explore methods to regulate fire intensity.
3. Discuss specific ignition techniques for a variety of habitats and fire return intervals.
4. Techniques and special considerations for re-establishment of short return intervals in fire deprived habitats.
5. Review specific examples of problems and solutions associated with prescribed fires for wildlife in Florida.
2015 COURSE SCHEDULE
MONDAY April 6
12:00-13:00 Check in and orientation
13:15-13:45 Archbold Biological Station: Opportunities and Challenges for Rx Fire
13:45-14:15 Prescribed Fire and Habitat Management Principles
14:15-15:00 Planning and Implementation; Keys to Success
15:00-17:30 Field Trip: Orientation Archbold Biological Station, Land Management
TUESDAY April 7
08:00-09:30 Ecological Functions and the Fire Environment
09:30-10:00 People and Wildlife: Managing Cattle, and Caracaras
10:00-10:45 Using Prescribed Fire for Restoration and Management of Bobwhite Quail
10:45-11:15 Specific Techniques for Scrub Habitat and Wildlife
11:15-12:00 Prescribed Fire Recommendations for Reptiles and Amphibians
13:00-13:45 Prescribed Fire Recommendations for Panther And Bear In Florida
13:45-14:30 Prescribed Fire Recommendations for Turkey
14:30-15:00 Scrub Jay Management
15:00-16:00 Ignition Techniques & Prescription Parameters for Wildlife
15:00-17:30 Field Exercise: Incorporating Wildlife Benefits in Rx Fire Programs
WEDNESDAY April 8
08:00-08:30 Deer Management and Rx Fire
08:30-09:15 Prescribed Fire for Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers and Bald Eagles
09:15-10:00 Fire in Wetlands
10:00-10:30 Fire Management on the Babcock\Webb WMA
10:30-11:00 Fire on Private Lands; Challenges and Opportunities
11:00-11:30 Effects of Fire and Mechanical Treatments on Florida Ecosystems
11:30-12:00 Integrating Prescribed Fire & Mechanical Treatments, North Florida
13:00-13:30 Adaptive Management for Royal Tern Nesting Habitat
13:30-14:00 FWC Programs Supporting Rx Fire
14:00-15:30 Panel Discussion: Evaluating Wildlife Responses to Prescribed Fire &
Ignition Techniques & Rx Parameters for Wildlife
15:30-18:00 Field Exercise: (Continued)
THURSDAY April 9
08:00-10:00 Panel Discussion: Topics Submitted by Students
10:00-11:00 Student Presentations on Field Exercise
11:00-12:00 Final Exam
For more informaton please contact Jim Schortemeyer.