2018 Benthic Invertebrate ID Workshop

June 12 2018 8:00 am -5:00 pm – Field practical
June 16, 2018 9:00 am to June 17, 2018 5:00 pm – Lab identification component
Durham College – UOIT – 2000 Simcoe St N, Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4


Course description

The Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network is a multi-sector biomonitoring collaboration, in which bottom-dwelling aquatic invertebrates are used to monitor the ecological condition of lakes, streams, and wetlands. The Network is led by the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, but certified participants represent all sectors. The network features standard sampling protocols, training, and a database (which allows data to be shared among members).In association with the Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol (OSAP) training course, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) are offering a benthic macroinvertebrate identification workshop.

Who should attend?

This training is recommended for anyone interested in using benthic macroinvertebrates to monitor streams using OMOECC recognized provincially standardized protocols.

Learning Objectives:

The course includes a 2 day focus on identification and taxonomy and a 3rd day field practicum that covers stream sampling techniques following the Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network Protocol (OBBN). Participants demonstrating proficiency will be certified as OBBN members.

Instruction at this workshop will focus on the 27-group taxonomy, the minimum standard for the Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol (OSAP) and the Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network (OBBN). This level of instruction is suited to those inexperienced with invertebrate identification.

Additional Information

Note: In-lab ID portion will take place on June 16 and 17. A separate practical field component will take place on June 12th. 

ACCOMODATION:  Accommodation for the workshop is available through the Durham College Residences, at $69.95 for double occupancy plus taxes per night.  Contact the residence by phone:  905-728-8700 (toll free 877-225-8664) or visit the website for more details: http://www.stayrcc.com/oshawa

Meals are not included.  A variety of restaurants are available on or adjacent to the Campus.  There are refrigerators and microwaves in the residence rooms as well as a shared kitchen and BBQ area for use.

Cancellation Policy: The deadline to withdraw your registration is Friday, June 1st. If you cancel after this date you will be subject to a $50.00 (+tax) charge.

Enrollment is limited to 20 participants in each workshop and we cannot guarantee availability in the course.  There is always a strong interest in these workshops, so please register as soon as possible.

For more information contact:

Jeff Vandenberg, Environmental Technologist, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)

Phone: 289-268-3943 or email: jvandenberg@trca.on.ca

TRCA HST Registration number is 10808 8584 RT001