Our next Springs Inventory and Assessment Workshop will be held in Flagstaff, Arizona in the spring of 2020.
SSI hosts one-day and multi-day workshops to share our research and instruct the general public, educators, students, government agencies, NGOs, and Tribal members in the inventory and assessment protocols of springs stewardship. Participants gain the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the environment and learn to be better stewards of it in the future. Workshops are hosted at the Museum of Northern Arizona as well as at other host institutions throughout the year. Topics taught vary, but key concepts include:
natural and cultural utility
field data collection
Workshops are split into multi-day schedules that include classroom sessions followed by practical application in the field.
In the classroom
The first day of SSI workshops consists of a classroom session that breaks down SSI's research, protocols, and monitoring methods. Participants will learn from experienced staff:
the importance of springs and their role in the ecosystem
the 12-springs types
the intricate network of springs-dependent-species (SDS)
inventory protocols developed by SSI
management and monitoring techniques
and much more.
In the field
Each afternoon, participants will go to a local, nearby spring to utilize their new skills. With instruction from SSI staff, they are given the opportunity to have hands-on experience surveying a spring using each level of the SSI Springs Inventory Protocol (SIP):
using GPS equipment to record georeference and access directions
drawing a sketchmap of the site and identifying its microhabitats
using a solar pathfinder to measure the site's solar radiation budget
measuring water quality and flow using a variety of different methods
collecting, observing, and recording invertebrates and vertebrates (terrestrial and aquatic) at the site using various methods
collecting and recording flora found at the site
and much more.