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March 8, 2010
Registration Continues For The MesoHABSIM Games In Vancouver!
British Columbia, May 25th-28th
Registrants may choose an introductory MesoHABSIM course, or an advanced Certification Course. MesoHABSIM courses are designed for decision makers and conservationists, and teach the basics of data collection techniques, data processing, and the creation of GIS habitat models within the MesoHABSIM framework. Certification Course participants will have an opportunity to conduct stream habitat mapping with a Pocket PC and to sample fish, using the grid electro-fishing technique. This course also includes hands-on training in our MesoHABSIM and SimStream07 software; course participants will compute multivariable habitat suitability criteria and create habitat suitability maps, habitat-flow rating curves, and habitat time series analysis (UCUT Curves) for native fish species. Lastly, participants will simulate habitat improvement measures. This course also satisfies the educational requirements for MesoHABSIM Certification. For more information on Rushing River Institute Courses, MesoHABSIM Certification, or the SIMSTREAM Habitat Modeling Software; visit us online at rushingrivers.org
Other MesoHABSIM News:
*Dr. Parasiewicz flies out to New Zealand later this week, to teach an introductory MesoHABSIM course there. We trust the land “Where The Wild Things Are” will welcome him!
*Congratulations to our Italian colleague Paulo Vezza! He has just published his Dissertation, for a Ph.D. in Hydraulic Engineering, at the Polytechnic University of Turin: Regional Meso-scale Habitat Models for Environmental Flows Assessment. For the first time, the MesoHABSIM model has been applied to regional planning, and classifies streams according to in-stream flow and corresponding fish community habitat. Mr. Vezza’s Dissertation will be available within our MesoHABSIM site in April.
*Our Spanish colleagues at Ecohidráulica S.L. have applied the MesoHABSIM model to evaluate, and design a restoration plan for the RiverTajuña, in the Province of Guadalajara. We are proud to announce the certification of their results. This study by Ecohidráulica S.L. represents the first MesoHABSIM certified project in Spain.
You can find a brief description of this and MesoHABSIM projects throughout the United States and Europe at: http://mesohabsim.org/projects/projects.html Articles and detailed reports are available for download by certified users.
We Have Spiffed Up Our Sim Stream Site:
Please visit our newly configured Sim Stream website for the latest developments, and a comprehensive overview of our innovative habitat simulation software and the MesoHABSIM model for cost effective river management. For more information on Sim Stream and MesoHABSIM go to www.Sim-Stream.com
The Annual Fort River Festival Is Set For Sunday, May 2nd, In Amherst!
- A guided kayak/ canoe trip down the Fort River.
- A family picnic at Groff Park, Amherst. (fruit and water provided)
- Live musical entertainment!
- “Buck a Duck”- Rubber Ducky Race, with prizes for the Kids.
- Exciting environmental activities and displays for the whole family.
Local environmental groups will be joining us to provide wildlife displays, informational booths, and exciting activities. Paddle down the Fort with Dr. Piotr Parasiewicz as your expert river guide in the morning, and discover a natural treasure in our backyards. Or bring your lunch and join us at noon for the music and fun at Groff Park! Stay tuned for more details and canoe trip sign ups! We will also be seeking nominations for this year’s Fort River Hero. To view last year’s festivities, visit: http://fortriverfestival.com/
Rushing Rivers’ is looking for volunteers and additional sponsors to join in the fun! Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Help us spread the word! The More the Merrier! Donations are greatly appreciated: http://fortriverfestival.com/
Fishy Fieldwork Fun! Volunteers needed:
The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Connecticut River Coordinator’s Office (Sunderland MA) is seeking volunteer assistance for a variety of field activities due to a lack of field staff. Planned field work includes; operation of net gear to collect river herring for assessment and trap and transfer to MA for restoration, electrofish sampling of herring for assessment studies, trap and transfer of American shad from Holyoke Fish Lift to upper reaches for restoration, sea lamprey nest counts in tributaries (potential transfers), American eel population assessments and others which will begin the second week of April and continue into the fall.. Activities may occur in the day and or evenings but are not scheduled for weekends at this time. Please contact Ken Sprankle via email at email@example.com to learn more and be identified on a contact list. Thanks for your interest.