Wildlife management is the positive manipulation of wild animal populations and their habitats for the benefit of both humans and creatures. This course suits those who work with animals – either in the wild, zoos, or conservation or captive breeding programs.
The Certificate of Wildlife Managementis an online professional development program that explores a range of wildlife management practices from running parks and reserves, controlling pests, rehabilitating wildlife habitats and managing the harvests of wildlife.
In this wildlife management course, you will explore approaches to wildlife management, wildlife ecology, population dynamics, wildlife censuses and a variety of habitats from those in tropical and temperate climates to arctic, alpine and desert regions.
You will also learn about wildlife management techniques, law and administration, and undertake your own case study research project.
On completion of this course, you will have a broad-based introduction to the principles and practices of wildlife management common to a range of species around Australia and the world!
Unit 1 - Wildlife Management
Unit 1 – Introduction to wildlife management
What is wildlife management
Areas of focus and activities
Approaches to wildlife management
Preservation and conservation
Purpose of wildlife management
Reasons for managing wildlife
Goals of wildlife management
Decision making in wildlife management
Who are the decision makers?
Making the right decision
Important concepts and considerations
Range, distribution and habitat
Needs of wildlife
Good wildlife habitats
Population limiting factors
Integrated pest management
Unit 2 – Wildlife ecology
Types of ecology
Interactions within a community
The food web
The web of life
Unit 3 – Wildlife habitats
Classification of habitats
Location and characteristics of biomes and common wildlife
Animal use of features within habitats
Case study – nest boxes
Logs, surface rocks and ground cover
Creeks, wetlands and dams
Case study – bird requirements and uses of habitat
Requirements of birds in captivity
Habitat features used by birds
Changes to habitats
Siting water points
Trees: more or less
Deforestation and afforestation
Unit 4 – Population dynamics and pest management
Birth or fecundity rate
Death or mortality rate
Population growth rate
Control of pest or undesirable wildlife species
The objectives of control
The effects of control on a population
Successful biological control examples
Catastrophes in biological control
General case studies
Birds and mammals
Case study: feral animals in Australia
Case study – total eradication of exotic species in New Zealand
Unit 5 – Carrying capacity
Exponential population growth and population dynamics
What is carrying capacity
Fisheries – stock management
Stock management methods
Unit 6 – Wildlife censuses
Types of censuses
Sampling accuracy vs precision, and bias errors
Methods of wildlife censuses
Roadside and call counts
Environmental DNA (eDNA)
Taxon specific sampling methods
Case study – the Calgary zoo’s swift fox survey
Sampling plan and techniques
Unit 7 – Wildlife management techniques
Management of native wildlife
Fire, vegetation management
Conservation breeding programs
Case study – the North American giant salamander
Translocation of threatened species
Culling and harvesting
Case studies culling
Case studies culling and harvesting
Case studies cites and conservation (tigers and rhinoceros)
Unit 8 – Wildlife management law and administration
Policy and wildlife law
International environmental law
Making international laws
International customary law
Hard vs soft law
Domestic (national) laws
Evolving domestic law
Sources of legislation
Enforcement of conservation laws
Unit 9 – Problem Based Learning (PBL) Project – Management of Endangered Fragmented Owl
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
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Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
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