WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT – Distance Learning Course

By: ACS Distance Education  07/08/2013
Keywords: Distance learning, correspondence courses, distance education

There are 9 lessons as follows: 1. Introduction to Wildlife Management • What is Wildlife Management • Approaches to Wildlife Management (Preservation, Conservation, Management) • Purpose of Wildlife Management • Goals • Decision Making (Who makes decisions, Making good decisions) • Needs of Wildlife • What’s a Good Habitat • Limiting factor • Carrying capacity • Landscape Fragmentation • Habitat Diversity • Arrangement • Biological Control • Integrated Pest Management 2. Wildlife Ecology • Ecology (Mutualism, Commensalisms, Competition, Predation, parasitism, herbivore) • Behavioural Ecology • Population Ecology • Community Ecology • Ecosystem Ecology • Interactions within a Community • Competition • Predation • Parasitism • Commensalism • Mutualism • The Food Web (Derital Web, Grazing Web, Trophic Levels) • Energy Flow • Imbalances 3. Wildlife Habitats • Introduction • Classification of Habitats • Biomes, Ecosystems, Microclimates • Timbered Biomes (Boreal Forest/ Taiga, Temperate Forest, Tropical Forest, Woodland) • Scrubland • Tropical Savannah • Temperate Grassland • Arctic Tundra • Alpine • Semi-desert • Desert • Man Made Biomes (Urban, Agricultural) • Wet Biomes (Mangrove, Rivers, Benthos, Pelagic, Continental Shelf, Coral Reef, • Animal Use of Features in Biomes (Trees, Logs, Surface Rocks and Ground Cover, Creeks, Wetlands and Dams) • Case Studies • Changes to Habitats (Physical, Biological, Pollution) • Water for Wildlife • Site Water Points • Managing Trees • Deforestation • Afforestation 4. Population Dynamics • Populations • Birth or Fecundity Rate • Death or Mortality Rate • Growth Rate • Life Tables • Cohort or Dynamic Life Tables (Age Specific) • Static or Time Specific Life Tables • Rodents • Squirrels • Rabbits • Mosquitoes • Grasshoppers • Case Studies of different animals in different countries 5. Carrying Capacity • Introduction • Exponential Population Growth • What is Carrying Capacity • Fisheries stock management (stock Identification, assessment, biomass) • Stock Management Methods 6. Wildlife Censuses • Introduction and census types • Total Counts • Sampling (Simple Random, Stratified Random, Systemic, Two Stage, Double sampling) • Accuracy vs Precision • Bias Errors • Aerial Surveys • Trapping • Transects • Indirect Methods • Mark-Recapture method • Roadside and Call Counts • Mapping • Sampling methods for specific types of animals (ie. Fish, Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds, Invertebrates, Mammals etc.) • Animal Ethics • Case Study 7. Wildlife Management Techniques • Habitat Modification • Fire • Vegetation Management • Predator Control • Habitat Features • Seeding • Population Monitoring • Captive Breeding and Release • Culling and Cropping • Control of pest or undesirable wildlife species • Control Objectives • Effects of Control • Control Techniques (Manipulating mortality, fertility, Genetic Engineering, indirect methods) 8. Wildlife Management Law and Administration • Policy and Wildlife Law • International Environmental Law • Treaties • International Customary Laws • Hard vs Soft Law • Domestic/National Law • Evolving Domestic Law • Sources of Legislation • Environmental Ethics • Enforcement • 9. Wildlife Management Case Study Research Project Find out more at http://www.acsedu.co.uk/Courses/Environmental/WILDLIFE-MANAGEMENT-BEN205-505.aspx Or email us at [email protected] for more information

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