The Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network (OBBN), which is coordinated by The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, is an aquatic macroinvertebrate biomonitoring network for Ontario’s lakes, streams, and wetlands.
This course covers biomonitoring theory, sampling methods, benthic-invertebrate identification, and bioassessment calculations. The training is recommended for anyone interested in using benthic macroinvertebrates to monitor streams or lakes using provincially standardized methods. Participants demonstrating proficiency are awarded a certificate of Network membership.
The course will be held by OBBN-certified trainers over three consecutive days, and will include a field practicum.
Location: Dorset Environmental Science Centre, Dorset, Ontario, 1026 Bellwood Acres Road
Chris Jones is Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) benthic- invertebrate-biomonitoring scientist. His research is
aimed at improving biomonitoring methods by better characterizing reference conditions for Ontario’s waterbodies, deriving biocriteria (numerical pass/fail thresholds) for biomonitoring indices, and understanding sources of variation in benthic community composition. Chris is an SFS-certified taxonomist, and coordinates Ontario’s Benthos Biomonitoring Network (a province-wide, lake-,
stream-, and wetland-biomonitoring collaboration).
Sarah Sinclair is posted at the Dorset Environmental Science Centre as Conservation Ontario’s Biomonitoring Technician. Sarah is an SFS-certified taxonomist. She oversees the OBBN’s quality- assurance program by checking taxonomic identifications and enumerations for hundreds of samples each year.
Personal Gear List:
A variety of field and laboratory equipment, as well as protocol manuals and assorted hand-outs will be provided; however, students are encouraged to be as self-sufficient as possible. Students having access to waders and a microscope are particularly advised to bring these items to the course.
Suitable outdoor clothing, appropriate for the season is further suggested, as is sunscreen, rain wear, PFD and a warm hat and gloves.
Registrants are responsible for their own meals and lodging. There are local accommodations nearby at the Nordic Inn, Dorset. There is one grocery store in Dorset and a couple of restaurants that are open sporadically. There is also the option of staying in either Bracebridge or Huntsville and carpool daily (30 - 45 min). There are several restaurants, grocery stores, hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts in those towns.
Course Fee: $350 (plus HST and registration fee)
Contact Sarah Sinclair for further information about course details: (705) 766-2821 or email@example.com