Intro to Mapping Wildlife Habitat in QGIS

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Intro to Mapping Wildlife Habitat in QGIS

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COURSE DESCRIPTION: Introductory training for students and wildlife professionals interested in learning how to use QGIS for mapping wildlife habitat using spatial data.

DATES: TBD

LOCATION: University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center, Walpole, ME

COURSE ONLY: Includes tuition, lunch, and light refreshment breaks

ALL INCLUSIVE PACKAGE: Includes breakfast, lunch, welcome dinner the first evening on arrival, farewell dinner on the final evening, refreshments, and shared accommodations (bunkhouses and cabins - 5 person max).

NOTE: Be sure to mention your preferred room allocation (e.g., if you have a preferred room-mate) or require special accommodations in the registration form.

PREREQUISITES/REQUIREMENTS: Download and install QGIS (V3.4); proficiency in Excel and use of Dropbox; and renaming and managing files.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • import spatial data (e.g., GPS and VHF telemetry locations) into QGSI to create a GIS data layer

  • digitize vector data to delineate a study area and create maps

  • overlay vector and raster data to create habitat indices (topography, vegetation, soil, water sources, human infrastructure, etc.)

  • use habitat indices to predict suitable habitat by species across a geographic extent

SCHEDULE:

Day 1: Intro to QGIS; downloading GIS data online; preparing telemetry data in Excel; creating Vector Data (points). 4 hrs lecture, 4 hrs hands-on training

Day 2: Digitizing vector data (polygon); raster data basics; projections and transformations; extracting values to points. 3 hrs lecture, 5 hrs hands-on training

Day 3: Exporting data from QGIS; raster data reclassification; map algebra. 3 hrs lecture, 5 hrs hands-on training

Day 4: Map design; publishing maps online; assistance with student project. 2 hrs lecture, 6 hrs hands-on training

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: QGIS is a free, user-friendly, open-source Geographic Information System (GIS) that runs on Linux, Unix, Mac OSX, and Windows. QGIS supports vector, raster, and database formats. QGIS is licensed under the GNU General Public License and supports many common spatial data formats (e.g., ESRI ShapeFile, geotiff). Download V 3.4 here

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PRIMARY INSTRUCTOR: Kathleen Dunckel

CE Credit: Attendance at this workshop has been pre-approved by The Wildlife Society for 19.5 CEUs in Category I of the Certified Wildlife Biologist® Renewal program and Category I of the Professional Development Certificate program.

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