Amphibian Inventory & Monitoring Techniques

  • Start Date: April 13, 2021
  • End Date: April 14, 2021
  • Time: varies, see schedule
  • City: Creston BC
  • Venue: College of the Rockies -Creston Campus, 301-16th Ave. S. V0B 1G0, and various field sites in the area
  • Instructor: Elke Wind
  • Course postponed until spring 2021 due to COVID-19 crisis

Course Description

This introductory course provides students with an opportunity to improve their amphibian species identification and handling skills, learn about survey design and standard inventory and monitoring techniques, and get hands-on experience surveying for amphibians in a variety of settings. This 1.5 day course will include a combination of indoor and outdoor work with sessions on amphibian ecology, species identification, handling and disease control methods, study design, and standard sampling techniques.

Course objectives:

Students who complete the course will have:

  • A basic understanding of the ecology of amphibians in BC, especially as it pertains to where species occur (range, micro and macro habitat use), activity levels (daily and annually), and vulnerabilities to stressors (changes in their environment, being handled, etc.)
  • Improved species identification skills
  • Awareness of safe handling and disease control practises
  • Know the factors that need to be taken into account when designing an inventory or monitoring program for amphibians
  • Experience with standard sampling techniques for amphibians and an awareness of some of the new (novel) techniques being used by researchers and consultants

Course Schedule: 

Tuesday April 14, 2020: 8:30am – 9pm

Wednesday April 15, 2020: 9am – 1pm


Our instructor

Elke Wind obtained her M.Sc. in Conservation Biology from UBC in 1996 where she studied the effects of habitat fragmentation on Wood Frogs in AB. She is a Registered Professional Biologist, a self-employed contract biologist, and she has more than 20 years experience studying amphibian populations. She specializes in the habitat associations and requirements of amphibian populations in relation to timber harvesting, rural and urban development, linear infrastructure projects, and non-native species. In addition, Elke has built or restored more than 20 wetlands and written numerous amphibian related reports for government, species recovery teams, and non-profit organizations including Best Management Practices, status reports, and chapters within amphibian field guides.


Who should attend?

This course is aimed at students, naturalists, consultants, land managers, and field technicians. It is designed to serve as the first module (i.e., foundation course) for a number of intermediate-level modules on more specific topics (e.g., salvage, habitat assessments, research techniques, etc.) that may be offered in the future based on interest and demand.


Preparation and what to bring


  • Gumboots (at a minimum)
  • Waders (ideally)
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Hand lens (if you have one, not mandatory)
  • Callipers or small ruler (if you have one, not mandatory)
  • Digital camera
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Hat
  • Appropriate clothing for outdoor work (warm and cool layers, rain gear, etc.)
  • Daypack or cruisers vest

Recommended field guide: Corkran and Thoms, 2006 or later (a new edition is being printed and is coming out soon). Amphibians of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.

Students will carpool to field sites, 4×4 vehicles best. We’ll ask if you have a vehicle that can be used in the carpool in the registration form.



Course registration will include catered breaks and an option to purchase bagged lunches. We will send out the catering plan to help you with your meal planning.

CMI Member: $305*

Regular: $350

*You can purchase your 2020 membership at the same time as you register, more about CMI membership here

Register HERE


Where to stay?

The following is a list of accommodation options that have come recommended to us:

The Nest B&B

Bella Vista B&B

Creston Hotel

Bavarian Motel



  • Phone 250-837-9311
  • Fax 250-837-9311
  • Email

Mailing Address

  • P.O. Box 2568
  • Revelstoke, British Columbia V0E 2S0
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