SWRS offers several advanced training courses and workshops for “advanced” amateurs. See the course descriptions below, and please contact the websites provided for further information.
Courses Hosted by the SWRS:
Animal Behavior in the Chiricahua Mountains
This 10-day field course in Animal Behavior is being offered at the Southwestern Research Station. The course will involve a series of field studies with ants, spade foot toads, lizards, hummingbirds, and small mammals. It includes a daily multimedia lecture, and participation in projects and seminars conducted by scientists at the Research Station. Emphasis will be placed on research design and hypothesis testing. Projects may vary to take advantage of weather conditions, species availability, and visiting scientists.
2017 dates pending.
For more information, please visit: http://www.animalbehaviorcourse.com
Bat Conservation International Workshop
BCI presents a comprehensive curriculum for an introductory field workshop designed to train serious students of bat conservation in the current research and management techniques for the study of bats. Following an intensive 6-day, 5-night agenda, BCI biologists and professional colleagues will bring workshop participants a combination of lectures and discussions, field trips to view bat habitat resources, and hands-on training to catch and identify bats. Participants gain experience with various capture techniques including mist-netting and harp-trapping. They also use night-vision scopes, bat detectors, AnaBat recording equipment, radio-tracking devices, and light-tagging materials to investigate bats.
2017 dates pending.
For further information: http://www.batsurveysolutions.com/classes.html
The Ant Course
Designed for systematists, ecologists, behaviorists, conservation biologists, and other biologists whose research responsibilities require a greater understanding of ant taxonomy. Emphasis is on the classification and identification of more than 50 ant genera of North America. Lectures include background information on the ecology, life histories, and evolution of ants. Field trips teach collecting and sampling techniques; associated lab work provides instruction on specimen preparation, sorting, and labeling. Information on equipment/supply vendors, literature, and myrmecological contacts is also presented.
This course will not be held at the SWRS in 2017.
For further information: http://www.calacademy.org/scientists/ant-course
The Bee Course
Designed primarily for botanists, conservation biologists, pollination ecologists, and other biologists whose research, training, or teaching responsibilities require a greater understanding of bee taxonomy. Emphasizes classification and identification of more than 50 bee genera of North and Central America (both temperate and tropical), and the general information provided is applicable to the global bee fauna. Lectures include background information on the biologies of bees, their floral relationships, their importance in maintaining and/or improving floral diversity, and the significance of oligolecty (i.e., taxonomic floral specialization). Field trips acquaint participants with collecting and sampling techniques; associated lab work provides instruction on specimen identification, preparation and labeling. Information on equipment/supply vendors, literature, and people resources is also presented.
2017 dates pending.
For further information: http://www.amnh.org/our-research/invertebrate-zoology/bee-course
Payment Methods for Courses/Workshops Hosted by the SWRS
Preferred methods of payment are personal check, traveler's checks, certified check, or money order, made payable to SWRS. If you need to use a credit card, please purchase a certified check, traveler's checks, or money order with your credit card. We ask that you keep in mind the Station is a non-profit organization and fees for credit card charges continue to increase. Otherwise, call 520-558-2396 if you need to pay with a Visa or MasterCard credit card.
If you reside outside the United States, please submit your payment in the form of a certified check, money order, or bank transfer in the net amount of your fees in U.S. Dollars. As above, if you need to use a credit card, please purchase a certified check, money order, traveler's checks, or arrange a bank transfer with your credit card. Please contact the Station to obtain details for a bank transfer to SWRS. We ask that you keep in mind the Station is a non-profit organization and fees for credit card charges continue to increase. Otherwise, call 520-558-2396 if you need to pay with a Visa or MasterCard credit card.
Transportation costs between home and Tucson (air) and the SWRS (auto) are to be borne by all participants. As participants register, we will send out email addresses so participants can contact each other to carpool to and from the station.