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Training for Sagebrush Conservation Practitioners

Climate Change and Climate Adaptation Training for Sagebrush Conservation Practitioners

North American sagebrush ecosystems are a regional priority of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). The FWS Science Applications Program is working in partnership with multiple USGS Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs), including the South Central CASC, Northwest CASC, North Central CASC, and Southwest CASC, and Boise State University, to develop a training series for sagebrush conservation practitioners. These trainings will begin in February 2024 with a self-paced introductory course, a series of virtual classrooms, and an in-person workshop in May 2024.

This training series is open to the Fish and Wildlife Service Sagebrush Ecosystem Team members, as well as others who manage sagebrush ecosystems. The first three virtual classroom sessions are open to anyone who may be interested.

Virtual Classroom Sessions

A Brief Introduction to Climate Change for Sagebrush Ecosystems
A self-paced, online course through CANVAS designed for sagebrush managers. Course dates: February 14-29, 2024. Course extended to March 6, 2024. (Registration is now closed)

A public version of this course is still open and will run from February 26 to March 29, 2024. Learn more.

Sagebrush and Climate Change Overview
Virtual classroom. March 20, 2024, at 10 am Mountain time / 9 am Pacific time. (90 min online)

This interactive virtual class will provide an overview of climate change and climate impacts in the sagebrush biome.  We will discuss long-term projected changes in temperature, precipitation, drought, and extreme events.  We will consider how those changes may impact disturbance regimes and vegetation within the region. Register today.

Sagebrush-associated Wildlife Vulnerabilities to Climate Change
Virtual classroom. April 4, 2024, at 1 pm Mountain time / 12 pm Pacific time. (90 min online)

In this interactive virtual class, we will learn about climate change impacts on sagebrush birds, mammals, and herpetofauna.  We’ll discuss species vulnerability assessments and the importance of considering adaptative capacity.  We’ll also begin to explore adaptation actions with a couple of case studies or example species. Register today.

Introduction to Climate Tools
Virtual classroom. April 30, 2024, at 1 pm Mountain time/ 12 pm Pacific time. (90 min online)

This interactive virtual class will include a primer for three hands-on climate-related decision-support tools:  Climate Toolbox, AdaptWest, Land Treatment Exploration Tool. Each demo will include a brief overview of the tool’s purpose and a demonstration showing how a sagebrush manager might use the tools to inform strategies and actions they may take to increase the climate resilience of the sagebrush ecosystem and components. Demos will be followed by a Q&A panel session with all presenters. Register today.

Interpreting Climate Models and Projections
Virtual classroom. May 8, 2024, at 1 pm Mountain time/ 12 pm Pacific time. (90 min online, invitation only)

In this interactive virtual class, you will learn about the strengths and limitations of climate projections. You’ll then participate in an activity using climate projections in a real-world management challenge. Climate scientists will be available to answer questions about the climate projections and participants will be encouraged to share insights from their own experiences.

In-person Climate Adaptation Workshop

Save the Date: May 21-22, 2024 in Boise, ID
[Attendance will be limited, invitation only]

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