Technical Training

Toronto and Region Conservation provides Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol (OSAP) courses and other technical training opportunities to help transfer knowledge to partners and peers, and to help improve the accuracy and standardization of ecological data collected in regional watersheds.

Next Course Offerings:

Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol (OSAP): June 19-23, 2017 in Oshawa

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The OSAP course is designed to train and certify users in a variety of standardized techniques for evaluating habitat, benthic macroinvertebrate and fish communities in wadeable streams. These methods are provincially recognized as standards by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and federally recognized by Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

The training is organized into complementary modules:

  • identifying and documenting site locations,
  • benthos sampling,
  • temperature sampling,
  • fish community sampling, and
  • characterizing physical processes and in-stream structure.

An evening lecture will present methods and safety related to backpack electrofishing; this combined with a field practicum and test will allow participants to certify to a Class 2 Backpack Certification. 


Class 2 Backpack Electrofishing Certification: May 26, 2017

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The main emphasis of this course is the safe use of backpack electroshocking units. The topics covered will include protective equipment, safe procedures and backups or failsafes. The course will also include the fundamentals of electrical theory. There is also a practical component to the course for which participants will be required to demonstrate safe electrofishing practices in the field. Instruction will be provided by a Class 1 Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (OMNRF) certified instructor and meets OMNRF policy standards.

This course is intended for field crews and resource managers involved in stream surveys and management. Registration preference is given to professionals in the field who will be electrofishing in the calendar year the course is offered.

Ontario Fish Identification Workshop: June 10-11, 2017

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The 2016 Fish ID workshop will involve a series of lectures and hands-on experience (i.e. working through preserved specimens with dichotomous keys such as those in Freshwater Fishes of Canada) designed to highlight the key identification features of Ontario’s fish families and selected species. This course is recommended for anyone conducting aquatic surveys in Ontario where fish identifications are required.

Benthos Identification Workshop: June 17-18, and 20, 2017

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