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SAWTOOTH SCIENCE INSTITUTE PO Box 2167 Sun Valley_ Idaho 83353


									SAWTOOTH SCIENCE INSTITUTE P.O. Box 2167 Sun Valley, Idaho 83353 (208) 788-9686; 2009 WORKSHOP SYLLABUS TETON RIVER BIRDING AND BOTANY August 11-12, 2009 Workshop description: This beautiful river flowing through the Teton Valley is an easy
river for beginning canoeists. The Teton is a small meandering stream, with every turn of the river revealing fantastic views of the Grand Teton Range. Running primarily through willow stands and cottonwoods, occasionally opening up to sagebrush hills and fields makes for wonderful opportunities to see a great diversity of plants and birds. You bring the binoculars – we’ll provide the canoes and the birds! Workshop Fee: $75 BIOL 498P Recording fee: $50 Section: 61 Index number: 112021.

Instructors: David Mead
Bring: Binoculars (essential) Spotting scope (recommended) Mountain weather clothing layers - windbreaker, raingear, hat Comfortable walking shoes that can withstand water Waterproof pack Plastic baggies for valuables and equipment Sunscreen, bug repellent Lunch, snacks, water Notebook, pen/pencil Camera (optional) Suggested field guides are: • • • • • National Audubon Society, The Sibley Guide to Birds (Western guide also available) National Geographic Society, Field Guide to the Birds of North America. Robbins, Bruun, Zim & Singer. Birds of North America. Golden Guide. Peterson, Roger Tory. 1961. The Peterson Field Guides, Field Guide to Western Birds. Clark, William and Brian Wheeler. 1987. Peterson Field Guides - Hawks.

Websites: The Digital Atlas of Idaho – Grades: This course, section 61, is offered for undergraduate BIOL credit 498P, index number 112021. IF YOU ARE TAKING THIS COURSE FOR CREDIT: You will need to indicate that you want credit on your registration form, pay the recording fee of $50 in addition to the workshop fee and prepare a short assignment that


demonstrates the use of the professional development workshop to your continuing education. This assignment is due two weeks after the workshop. Send it to the Sawtooth Science Institute, P.O. Box 2167, Sun Valley, Idaho (83353) or email: . Questions? Call or email Chris Gertschen, (208) 788-9686.
NOTE: This course is a fall course. If you have a September 1 deadline, as long as the course is completed by September 1, it will most likely count toward re-certification and lane change. SSI can prepare an Acknowledgement of your completion that will suffice until an official transcript is available in December

Grades (satisfactory, unsatisfactory, incomplete) will be available in December. Please direct questions about grades or to request a transcript to the ISU Registrar at 282-3336. Our goal in this workshop is to communicate our passion for Idaho’s wonderful natural resources and to provide you with new awareness about your place on the planet. While not all of our students are teachers, we try to provide educational resources that may help teachers to create that passion in their students. The required assignment may be chosen from the following alternatives: * Write a lesson plan or a unit for your classroom showing how the new information or materials will be used and how it meets your district or state standards Prepare a brief or short portfolio. You may want to include copies of your field notes, photographs, or maps. Remember: We prefer to receive copies of the originals as it is not possible to return your portfolio to you. If you don’t see yourself using the information at this time, please hypothesize a setting where you could see yourself using the information. Perhaps it would be possible to work with another teacher in your school to use the new information. Obtain a copy of the NatureMapping data collection sheet from the SSI web site:, record your observations and send it to SSI. Please be sure to fill in all of the requested information and describe the habitat to the best of your knowledge. You may also want to refer to the Digital Atlas of Idaho to see more information about the species you have observed:




Our intent is that you create something that is of use to you so please keep a copy – or better yet, send in a copy and keep the original. In most cases, your assignment will not be returned to you.


If you need an acknowledgement of your successful completion of the course from SSI, please ask (788-9686). We’re happy to help. Course Schedule Tuesday, August 11 8:30 AM Meet at the Driggs City Hall, 60 S. Main Street (Highway 33) in the City Council chambers. Birding basics Break Botany basics. Lunch on your own. Teton Creek Wildflower walk or float trip - Fox Creek to Bates Bridge on the Teton River - depending upon weather and river conditions.

9:00 - 10:30 AM 10:30 - 10:45 AM 10:45 - Noon Noon - 1:00 PM 1:00 - 6:00 PM

You are on your own for the evening. Lodging is available in Tetonia, Driggs, and Victor (;; , or you may camp at the Rainier Access on the Teton River (no facilities) or in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest east of Driggs ( Wednesday, August 12 7:00 AM Meet at Bates Bridge - float to Cache Bridge on the Teton River Bring your lunch, water, and snacks as we will lunch in the field. Take out at Cache Bridge / workshop wrap-up and conclusion.

4:30 PM

If you have questions or concerns, please call SSI at 788-9686 or David Mead at 282-3410.
2/25/09 cg/dm


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