COURSE DESCRIPTION: This immersive 4-day field course is designed to provide students a one-of-a-kind, hands-on learning experience capturing and chemically immobilizing wildlife. Prior to arriving at the Wildlife Science Center (WSC), students will attend an online course to prepare them for their visit. Online lectures will be delivered by Terry Kreeger, author of the Handbook of Wildlife Chemical Immobilization, which is internationally recognized as THE text book and field guide to wildlife chemical immobilization. At WSC, participants will participate in a series of interactive labs with some of the most prominent wildlife professionals in the United States. Our ALL-STAR instructors will teach participants about all practical aspects of capture and chemical immobilization, including safe capture techniques, pharmacology, delivery systems, patient monitoring, medical emergencies, and more. Several species will be used as ambassadors for learning, including cougars, black bears, wolves, and elk. YES, you will handle these animals!
-Select the appropriate drugs and calculate the correct dosages for each species
-Learn safety protocols associated with darting and drug handling, capture, and chemical immobilization
-Become proficient in using a variety of projectors during a dart gun lab
-Demonstrate proper patient care and monitoring
-Learn how to draw blood and collect other tissue samples for disease monitoring and research
-Understand how to properly mark animals using a variety of tags, including radio-collars
-Administer vaccinations and antibiotics to immobilized animals
-Evening lectures by instructors and local agency biologists
PREREQUISITES: Wildlife Capture and Chemical Immobilization (ONLINE) or equivalent
* Register for our combo course to save $125 during early bird registration (ends Dec 1)
DATES: Winter: February 28 - March 3, 2022
Spring: May 23-26, 2022
-Max number of participants for each field course: 12
***RACE Approved*** This course has been approved for 32 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval.
Prerequisite: Wildlife Capture and Chemical Immobilization (ONLINE) or equivalent