Chris Huntley; Aspen Environmental Group;; Don Mitchell (ECORP), Randi McCormick (McCormick Biological), Justin Wood (Aspen), Chris Huntley

Spending time in the field is one of many reasons we chose a career in wildlife biology. Some of us receive extensive training while others learn while on the job. This can lead to a knowledge gap that requires biologists to conduct surveys for species where they have limited knowledge or experience. This can also result in the biologist overlooking sensitive species or making errors in the identification of a target species. Overlooking State or federally listed species denies the animal the protection it is due under the law. In addition, it can result in substantial personal risk, delay projects, result in fines, and damage reputations. Misidentifying common species as sensitive can also result in unnecessary mitigation, permitting, and regulatory burdens for the client or land manager. How do we avoid making these mistakes, maintain our ethics, and seek the mentoring needed to become better field biologists. Join us for an app based interactive discussion where we present methods to overcome knowledge gaps, communicate with clients and colleagues on our field abilities, and how to gain the knowledge and experience needed to succeed as a wildlife biologist.

Professionalism and Ethics  InPerson Presentation