Ecology of Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse

Ecology of Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse program image

An excellent opportunity to learn about the biology and conservation of the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse, and improve field biology skills.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Rush Ranch
Suisun City
Lunch will be provided



COST: $300.00
Payable by check to Elkhorn Slough Foundation
Payable by credit card (online)

CLASS SIZE: 32 Details for this workshop have not yet been finalized.

Instructor Information

Laureen Barthman-Thompson
Wildlife Biologist
California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Dr. Katie Smith
Wildlife Biologist
WRA, Inc.


Grant Lyon



See also: Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse, Habitat Restoration

The salt marsh harvest mouse (Reithrodontomys raviventris) is an endangered species endemic to the San Francisco Bay Area. On September 10, 2019, Dr. Katie Smith (lead instructor) and Laureen Barthman-Thompson (co-instructor) will present a workshop on the biology and conservation of the species. Katie, who works for WRA, has studied the salt marsh harvest mouse extensively and received her Ph.D. from UC Davis. Laureen is a wildlife biologist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and has worked on salt marsh harvest mice for over 20 years.


This workshop is being jointly offered by the Coastal Training Programs of the Elkhorn Slough and San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserves.


Workshop Format

The workshop consists of a daytime classroom session, Tuesday, September 10, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm, and enrollment in ONE of three field sessions - Monday, Sept. 9, Tuesday, Sept.10, or Wednesday, Sept. 11 from 6:15 am - 9:00 am. The classroom session will take place at the Rush Ranch Nature Center. The field location will take place at TBD.


Workshop Objectives

  • Gain a better understanding of the biology of salt marsh harvest mice
  • Provide insights into management concerns, techniques, and solutions
  • Improve field biology skills, and in particular learn about conducting site assessments
  • Provide an opportunity for practioners to network


Field Training Practicum

Participants will receive skills-based training in species identification, survey techniques, and habitat requirements and assessments of the salt marsh harvest mouse. Katie and Laureen will lead participants through hands-on skill building exercises for conserving the species.


*Very Important*

It is important to note that no component of this workshop should be construed to apply to attendee’s ability to obtain permits for salt marsh harvest mouse; if you are interested in how workshop activities might be used for permitting, you are encouraged to contact your agency permitting representative.


Payment Deadline and Registration Details


5 pm, August 13 is the deadline for both payment and registration. 


We do not allow 3rd party registration - please do not register anyone but yourself. Registration is email sensitive; registering others frequently results in cancellation, missed communication, and other issues.


If you cancel prior to August 13, 5 pm., we will refund any registration fees minus a $50 processing fee. Although we cannot refund registration fees after this date, please let us know as soon as possible if you cannot attend, so we can allow others the opportunity to register. If you pre-register and do not pay by August 13, 5 pm, we cannot guarantee you a spot as our waiting list tends to be quite long. You cannot transfer your registration to another person, even in your own organization. Your help with these guidelines makes it possible for these workshops to be offered as fairly and affordably as possible.

We reserve the right to cancel or postpone this event should we receive insufficient registration by August 16; in that event, we will remit full refunds.


After you register, please email Grant Lyon grant@elkhornslough.org your preference for the field training component, either Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, Sept. 9-11.  While we cannot guarantee your preference, we will do what we can to meet your desires. To make the field component work well, we must make difficult decisions in splitting the group into three, maximizing the teacher : student ratio. We will notify you of your assigned field training date by August 16.

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Questions and Answers

Submit a question on this subject and we'll provide an answer. info@elkhornsloughctp.org