WILDLIFE CONSERVATION – Distance Learning Course
ACS Distance Education
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There are 10 lessons in this course:
1. Introduction to Wildlife Conservation
• What is wildlife conservation
• The need for wildlife conservation
• Important concepts ecology, ecosystem, biome, conservation values, biological diversity, genetic drift, habitat, life span, wildlife movement and wildlife management.
• Threatening processes habitat fragmentation, habitat degradation and loss, soil degradation, erosion, pollution, unsustainable harvesting, invasive species, climate change, population isolation and disease.
• Biodiversity indicators
2. Recovery of Threatened Species
• Loss of species categories of risk
• Species vulnerability to endangerment
• Recovery of species and threat management
• Habitat Conservation identifying critical habitat and protecting habitat
• Research population growth, habitat use and conservation genetics
• Captive breeding
• Public involvement
3. Habitat Conservation
• Types of Habitat eg. temperate and tropical forests, woodland, tundra and mangrove habitats
• Habitat Use
• Species Richness
• Habitat Fragmentation
• Creating Habitats
• Restoration Ecology creating habitat corridors, situating corridors, types of corridors, edge effects
• Habitat Rehabilitation implementing a land management program, determining objectives, determining a program
• The Role of GIS in Conservation
• The Role of Protected Areas levels of protection, approaches to reserve selection and limitation of reserves.
4. Approaches to Conservation of Threatened Wildlife
• Species Approach modelling demography, effective population size, small populations, population viability analysis (PVA)
• Landscape Approach elements of landscape ecology, distribution of populations within a landscape, landscape modelling
• Ecosystem Approach the need for ecosystem management, understanding dynamics, adaptive management, objectives for ecologically sustainable forest management.
5. Vegetation Surveys
• Plant Identification common names, scientific names, levels of division, botanical keys,
• Vegetation survey techniques such as quadrant surveys, landscape assessments, line surveys.
• Vegetation Mapping remote sensing data.
6. Fauna Surveys
• Observation techniques spotlighting, scat surveys, census techniques
• Trapping Techniques radio tracking, call recordings, pit fall traps, Elliot traps.
• Species identification
7. Marine Surveys
• Reef Surveys
• Habitat Surveys
• Aerial Surveys
• Commercial Fish Stock Management
8. Planning for Wildlife
• Farm Planning
• Urban Planning
• Use of GIS
• Managing Threatened Wildlife Populations manipulating populations, revegetation/restoration, creating corridors, pest control plans, fencing for species, fire breaks.
10. Wildlife Conservation Project
Find out more at http://www.acsedu.co.uk/Courses/Environmental/WILDLIFE-CONSERVATION-BEN206-685.aspx
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