The Western Section of the Wildlife Society
Vernal Pool Branchiopods: A Workshop for Future Permit Holders
February 20 - 25, 2018
Davis, CA

Description This workshop uniquely combines both the ID class and the 20 hours of wet season surveys required towards the Vernal Pool Branchiopods 10(a)(1)(A) permit. Requirements of the permit are found here. Participants have the option of taking only the class or the field portions if they choose. The class will be taught in Davis, CA; and the field portions will choose three geographically different locations in the Sacramento Valley, including the Jepson Prairie. Link to workshop flier

Identification Course: Feb 20 - 22
The classroom portion, taught by Mary Belk, will make you an expert in identification, and will conclude with the test required for the permit. Mary will teach students how to identify all 25 vernal pool branchiopods known from California and 2 species which probably will be found in California in the Colorado Desert. Students will spend two full days working on identifications under dissecting scopes and one on lecture. The test given on the third day of the classroom portion fulfills the testing requirements of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 10(a)(1)(A) permit for surveying and collecting fairy shrimp in the state of California.

Wet Season Surveys: Feb 23 - 25
The field portion of the workshop is designed to provide 20 hours of wet season work required for the 10(a)(1)(A) permit. We will visit three distinct locations within the Sacramento Valley, including the Jepson Prairie Reserve and two areas rarely seen by the public. Participants will have the opportunity to handle listed branchiopods (based on site conditions) including, vernal pool fairy shrimp, California tadpole shrimp, and several other species endemic to our vernal pool systems, under supervision of some of the state's top fairy shrimp biologists. California tiger salamanders and other species will likely be encountered as well.
Instructors Mary Schug Belk, Executive Director of the Crustacean Society
Carol Witham, Vernal Pool Specialist, California Native Plant Society
David Muth, Senior Branchiopod Biologist and Herpetologist, LSA
Clint Scheuerman, Senior Biologist and Wetland Scientist, Cardno
Registration Registration cost includes beverages/coffee/tea/snacks, extensive training materials, and hands-on experience. We will travel to field sites in participant vehicles. Meals and lodging are on the participant. All registrants must complete this secure online form.

Registration payable by check or credit card/received or postmarked:
 CategoryOn/Before Jan 23After Jan 23
Combined ClassMember, TWS Western Section$1630$1730
Identification Course OnlyMember, TWS Western Section$850$900
Wet Season Surveys OnlyMember, TWS Western Section$875$925

The maximum enrollment for the identification course is 12, after which, a waiting list will be kept. A minimum of 6 participants must register for the identification course by January 23 or the workshop will be cancelled and all registration fees will be returned.

The maximum enrollment for the wet season survey portion is 32. A minimum of 15 must be enrolled for the wet season survey portion by January 23 or the workshop will be cancelled and all registration fees will be returned.

Registrants will be processed in the order payment is received.

If the workshop must be rescheduled, we will offer transfer registrations to the alternate dates in the priority that registrations were initially received.
Credit cards are accepted on-line.
Check payment instructions:
  • Complete the form and select the check payment option.
  • Submit the form online
  • Mail a paper copy with a check payable to TWS-WS.
Send the form and check payment by 2/10/18 to:
attn: Vernal Pool Branchiopod Workshop
PO Box 6756
Albany, CA 94706
Coordinator/Contact Direct questions to Ivan Parr,

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Workshop Registration
The ID course is now completely full.
Mary Belk will be holding another ID class in Rocklin, CA in January.
Details here:
Combined Class (Identification Course and Wet Season Surveys)
Western Section member ($1730)
Non-member ($1925)

Identification Course Only
Western Section member ($900)
Non-member ($1000)

Wet Season Surveys Only
Western Section member ($925)
Non-member ($1025)
Registration Status:
Identification Course - 0 of 12 spots still available
Wet Season Surveys - 0 of 24 spots still available

Registration rates increase after January 23, 2018

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Cancellation and Refund Policy: To receive a refund of conference and workshop registration fees, we must receive your cancellation no later than 14 days before the first day of the event. There will be no refunds due to inclement weather, Federal budget issues, furloughs or other events beyond the control of TWS-West. All refunds are subject to a $50 processing fee. Requests for refunds must be submitted in writing, either by mail or e-mail. Refund requests received within 14 days of the start of the conference will not be processed regardless of personal or professional emergency, and no refund after that date is available. However, registration may be transferred to another individual for a $25 transfer fee.

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