Saturday, 26. January 2019, Duke Farms, Master Ecologist 2

from 26. January 2019 - 9:00
till 26. October 2019 - 13:00

Duke Farms

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Designed for emerging conservation professionals, college students, and teachers with an interest in furthering their understanding of the natural world.
Become a Master Ecologist while using Duke Farms as a living laboratory! Each of the required CORE sessions will consist of a lecture from a NJ expert and an outdoor field component that will help attendees understand the interconnectedness of these systems and how this knowledge applies to their own conservation work.
Throughout the year, students are required to take at least four elective classes which will dive deeper into conservation components and/or focus on understanding specific species populations. (These will cap at 20 and will also be offered to the general public, with ME2 participants receiving first pick.)
Prerequisites: This program assumes participants have a basic knowledge of species identification and understand general ecology concepts. Please note that some classes will take place fully outdoors and will require participants to partake in fieldwork, including walking and standing for up to 4 hours.

CORE Class Dates and Topics:
Note: CORE classes will be held from 9:00am to 1:00pm one Saturday per month from January through August. Sessions will end at 1pm so please bring snacks and water if needed in lieu of a lunch break. Electives will be held at various times and dates based on the availability and expertise of the guest instructors. 
January 26Climate Science Communication: David Robinson, New Jersey State Climatologist, Rutgers University
February 23Winter Field Ecology: Rick Lathrop, Professor of Environmental Monitoring, Rutgers University
March - TBDWetland and Vernal Pool Management: instructor TBD
April 13Soils: Fred Schoenagel, Resource Soil Scientist, NRCS
May - TBD Forest Ecology: instructor TBD
June 15Meadow Ecology and Grassland Management: Jared Rosenbaum, Wild Ridge Plants LLCJuly 20Invasive Flora and Fauna Management: Mike Van Clef, Ecological Solutions LLC
August - TBDPollinator Ecology: instructor TBD

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Elective Class Dates and Topics:
FebruaryMaple Sugaring and Climate Change: Michael Catania, Executive Director, Duke Farms
MarchAmphibian Migration: TBD
AprilAgroecology: Duke Farms Agroecology Staff
MayStream Health Survey, Citizen Science Monitoring: Von Scully, NJ Watershed Ambassador ProgramMigratory Bird and Grassland Management: Thom Almendinger, Director of Natural Resources and AgroEcology, Duke Farms
JuneBird Banding: Clifford Berek, Manager of Volunteer Resources, Duke Farms
JulyDuke Farms Conservation Projects: Thom Almendinger, Duke FarmsMoths as Bioindicators: Blaine Rothauser, Senior Natural Resource Specialist, GZA Environmental
AugustNJ's Bats: MacKenzie Hall, NJ Department of Environmental Protection (Fri, August 23, 7-9:30pm)Mycology: Dorothy Smullen, NJ Mycological Association
SeptemberInsects: TBDBird Banding: Clifford Berek, Manager of Volunteer Resources, Duke Farms
OctoberMigratory Birds: Thom Almendinger, Duke FarmsSeasonal Tree ID: Jack Kuhlman, Natures Hands Tree Service

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