Please provide the following information. It will be used to help with scheduling and logistics. Some of it will also be used for the metrics selected to monitor the use and effectiveness of CBFS. Thank you.
Important Information for Instructors
For very legitimate reasons, supporters of CBFS ask us to report metrics pertaining to how much and in what way the field station is being used. Please help by filing an Education Program Form every time you bring students to CBFS. If you encourage students to utilize the field station independently, please require them to submit the Student Independent Studies Form every time they visit the station. Every effort has been made to make this process as simple and painless as possible, just follow the button on the Home Page of the CBFS web site. Graduate students who are conducting projects at CBFS must follow the policies and procedures set forth for other researchers, see Guidelines and Policies on web site. Thank you.
Research artifacts are a problem at the field station. Please inform management about equipment and gear placed in the field. Policy requires it to have a weatherproof tag identifying the owner, contact info, date deployed and anticipated removal date. Unlabeled equipment is subject to removal without notice. Please instruct students not to disturb the equipment that is in the field that may belong to other researchers. Please stay clear of bird houses, unless they are clearly labeled “EBH” for Educational Bird House.
Please teach students to minimize habitat disturbances. Cover-boards and pieces of tin are being placed along trails to facilitate observations of fossorial animals. We encourage everyone to look under them and report your observations. Ripping up rotting stumps and logs is prohibited. If you roll a log to look under it, please roll it back when you are finished.
As part of the CBFS management strategy for field station natural resources we are working toward maintaining viable populations of diverse biota. We are also dedicated to providing for the legitimate harvest of specimens for biological research and training needs. Controlling the potential conflict that may arise between these objectives requires continuous monitoring and vigilance. Your unbiased contributions are of critical importance to this effort. Please employ sound judgement and the highest professional ethics in each decision to remove an organism from our legacy forest ecosystem. All collecting of specimens at CBFS must be done under a Collecting Permit. These are obtained by submitting a Collecting Permit Application From. You may apply for a single permit for your class, listing each student as additional personnel or you may elect to have each student apply for their own permit (for the experience). In both cases we need information about what is being collected and we must do our best to protect species of concern. Please do not collect species which are not obviously abundant and be sure to report number, age class, gender, size and location where found on specimens that are collected. If students are collecting, correct preservation and labeling of specimens should be part of the lesson. Preserved specimens may be deposited with CBFS once your group is finished with them. It is your responsibility to be informed and to comply with state and federal regulations protecting wildlife. For additional information see the “Rules” on the Collecting Permit Application Form.
Do not return and/or release live plants or animals into the wild populations without prior permission.
No pets, no fires, no fireworks. Do not kill snakes. Shooting wildlife is prohibited. Please remind students to drive slow and watch out for small animals on the road. Parking is permitted at the Aquatics Facility, the Fry Shed and near the field station office only.
CBFS is a natural area with all of the associated hazards, please see to it that your students are prepared. These include, but are not limited to; hazard trees, poisonous plants, venomous snakes, arthropods that sting and bite, diseased animals, poachers, potentially aggressive large mammals (feral dogs, hogs, etc.), tripping hazards, weather extremes, sharp objects, steep slopes, and flash floods. Dress properly and take appropriate precautions. Please make your students aware of these. If you need help with this or would like some training please contact Alan Byboth, Station Manager.