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This course examines the identifying traits and behaviors of protected species, survey techniques, and the regulatory requirements for reducing impacts to the animals. Seeing the animals in photos is one thing, but seeing them in person is completely different when you are learning to be a PSO. Our class trips to view the animals ensure that you are better prepared to identify protected species at sea, adding great value to the certification. Also, once you receive your PSO certification, it does not expire. To register interest for courses, please click the registration button below.
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Can you spot the humpback whale underwater in the photo above, and the whale "footprint?" Compare the underwater features visible to the full body of the humpback to the right. PSOs often see no more than glimpses of parts of the animals. In the PSO Certification course, students learn how to search for cues such as these, and how to identify animals with key characteristics.
The PSO Certification Course
In this this two-day course, students learn the measures that are required to reduce impacts to protected species during seismic surveys on the first day of class. The second day will cover animal identification, followed by exams on animal identification and on the regulations discussed in class. While lodging is not included, the following materials are supplied and included in the nonrefundable course fee (competitive student/recent graduate, group, military/veteran and nonprofit discounts available).
• Various regulatory documents, including BOEM NTLs 2016-G02, 2016-G01
• Large whale identification charts showing blows, surface profiles, and flukes
• Sea turtle reference chart showing head shape, scute numbers, etc.
• Whales, Dolphins, and Other Marine Mammals of the World
• Sea Turtles of the Atlantic & Gulf of Mexico, a Folding Guide by B. & D. Witherington
• Career guidance on applying for PSO positions
Marine Protected Species Consulting is based in Houston, Texas. The training course may also be offered at various locations throughout the country or internationally. Please contact Angela Bostwick at ABostwick@PSOCertifications.com or 832.523.2402 with any questions. Student/recent college graduate, group, and military/veteran discounts are available.
This course covers locating and identifying marine mammals and sea turtles at sea, and the measures required to reduce impacts to the animals. The course will include a one-hour-long private trip on a small open-air pontoon vessel, which will provide opportunity to discuss key distinguishing characteristics while viewing animals at sea. Attendees will also be able to practice the monitoring and identification techniques discussed in class using binoculars with reticles and digital SLR cameras. Binoculars and cameras will be available for use, but if you have you own you are also welcome to bring them. Dolphins and sea turtles are expected sightings this time of year! We always have plenty of dolphin sightings in the Bay, providing opportunity for you to practice identifying the search and cues and identification techniques we discuss in class
PSO Certification Course / Date: To be determined / Galveston, TX
PSO Certification Course / Date: To be determined / Charleston, SC
This course will evaluate how to locate and identify marine mammals and sea turtles at sea, and the measures required to reduce impacts to the animals. The course will take place at the South Carolina Aquarium, which houses and rehabilitates many different species of sea turtles! In addition, this class will take a private tour or rehabilitation facilities from aquarium staff, where we will discuss tricks of the trade in discerning the different species from each other, animal rehabilitation, and husbandry. This will provide opportunity to discuss key distinguishing characteristics while viewing the animals in person. Attendees will practice the monitoring and identification techniques discussed in class using binoculars with reticles and digital SLR cameras (binoculars/cameras provided for use).
Online PSO Certification Course
This course examines the regulations required to reduce impacts to marine mammals and sea turtles and life as a wildlife observer offshore. We also discuss visually locating and identifying protected species at sea, unbiased data collection, and tricks of the trade in surveying for marine wildlife. This will be our main course offering this summer. Additional in-person classes will be scheduled below as public health conditions permit.