May 16 - 18

Rutgers University - Off Campus

If performing an environmental assessment is part of your job, you must be familiar with Endangered and Threatened (E&T) species survey techniques, habitat assessments, and regulations. Whether your focus is land development or land preservation, this program will answer all your E&T questions and help you complete an accurate assessment. Dealing with E&T species requires both scientific and regulatory skills and knowledge. You must be able to recognize an E&T species and be able to identify potential habitats, even when the target species is not present. You must be familiar with the regulatory implications of an E&T species, and be able to write a clear, concise, and informative report. This popular course will introduce you to E&T species throughout New Jersey and the Landscape Project that maps their habitats while teaching you how to perform a survey for E&T species and prepare the appropriate reports. Recent changes to the state’s endangered species list and any new requirements resulting from these changes will be explained in detail. Classroom presentations will include information on visual and vocal identification, life history, history of occurrence in New Jersey, reasons for being listed, current range within the state, best methods for searching, evaluation of habitat, and relative regulatory importance. Habitat field visits will provide practical, hands-on experience with E&T experts. A one-page Fact Sheet as well as survey protocol technique for each species covered will also be provided. Speakers include private consultants, wildlife biologists from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey.