News and Events

Bringing the network together. It is important to CABIN to keep its users informed. On this page you will find updates on our program and our partners. Please contact us if you have something to contribute to our News and Events page.

CABIN Science Forum

Find information on past and upcoming CABIN Science Forums 

National CABIN Team

Progress and Priorities

What's new

  • Release of updated CABIN database website.  See all the new features with improved functionality and accessibility.
  • Development of CABIN Field Assistant Certification course.  This is offered through other agencies and educational institutions.  If you are an instructor at a college/university and interested in incorporating CABIN field protocols into an existing field course/program, please contact us.
  • Watch our instructional video on collecting invertebrates with a kick net in wadeable streams.

What we are working on

  • Expansion of our mapping tool to allow users to quickly see where reference models are. It will provide links to associated reports, contacts and provide additional information about each model.
  • Planning CABIN Science Forum 2017 to be held in Alberta.
  • Revision and review of CABIN Wetland Sampling preliminary document.  It is based on initial field work in the St. Lawrence River, Prairie Pothole Region and Peace-Athabasca Delta to capture a range of wetland types. 
  • Development of a guidance document for data verification and validation.  The document is intended to provide recommended quality assurance and quality control procedures for all users to ensure data quality with all aspects of data collection within their own CABIN projects. The CABIN Team will use this document to create the first CABIN Annual Quality Assurance Report for ECCC CABIN projects activities in 2015-16. 
  • Watch for the next generation of CABIN assessment tools.  New federal funding is supporting the development of a DNA-based CABIN assessment model for the Atlantic Region. Parallel activities are also underway in Ontario (South Nation watershed) and in Alberta (Peace-Athabasca Delta).

CABIN Science Team

View updates from the CABIN science and technical advisory group, known as the CABIN Science Team (ST).

A science and technical advisory group, known as the CABIN Science Team (ST) was assembled in 2010 to provide consultation and advice on key science issues identified by users. Membership includes representatives of the EC CABIN National Team and external scientists.

Science Team Updates

  • The CABIN Science Team met in February 2014 to review several new models for upload to the CABIN database as well as to provide guidance about required model documentation for use by CABIN Data Analysts.
  • A modelling workshop was held in November 2013 with scientists from the CABIN Science Team and invited experts to develop a strategy to accelerate the development and implementation of freshwater biomonitoring models at a national scale within Canada.

CABIN ST members

  • Nancy Glozier, Co-chair, SK
  • Dr. Donald Baird, Co-chair, NB
  • Sheena Pappas, Secretariat, BC
  • Dr. Lee Grapentine, Environment Canada, ON
  • Dr. Joseph Culp, Environment Canada, NB
  • Stephanie Strachan, Environment Canada, BC
  • Dr. Bob Bailey, Cape Breton University, NS
  • Dr. Jan Ciborowski, University of Windsor, ON
  • Dr. Trefor Reynoldson, GHOST Consulting, NS
  • Dr. Garry Scrimgeour, Parks Canada, AB
  • Jason Duffe, Environment Canada, ON
  • Dr. Simon Courtenay, Fisheries and Oceans, NB
  • Dr. Laura Rempel, Fisheries and Oceans, BC

CABIN Training 2017

Find information about upcoming CABIN online certification and field training locations.

Field certification locations below are tentative depending on enrolment.   More on Training and Certification

Locations

  • BC - North Vancouver – 2 course mid-late June
  • BC – Cranbrook or Golden – July/August
  • YK – Whitehorse – July
  • AB – Kananaskis or Jasper/Hinton – July/August
  • ON – Burlington – June
  • NS – Halifax/Dartmouth – July
  • NB – Moncton – July

CABIN in the Media

See where CABIN has been highlighted in the media.

Canadian Rivers Institute 15 years of Impact on Aquatic Science and Policy 2016

This report highlights some of the major contributions by CRI to aquatic science in Canada over the past 15 years along with their partnership with CABIN.

Canadian Rivers Institute spotlight on training, 2016

Federal Government, Canadian Rivers Institute and Canadians team up to assess river health

Environment Canada study finds land-based fish farms affecting ecosystem, CBC 2016

Federal research unit finds significant changes in biodiversity at some Nova Scotia hatcheries

Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 2015

Why care about aquatic insects: Uses, benefits, and services

Water Canada Magazine 2011

The CABIN program was featured in the January/ February 2011 issue of Water Canada magazine. The article entitled "Infesting Wisely: Using Bugs to Assess Water Quality" by Kelly Cowper describes the use of biological monitoring to get a bigger picture of aquatic ecosystem health. Cowper explains CABIN and the reference condition approach in a very clear and simple fashion so that it is easily understood by decision-makers and non-scientists.

Arrow Lake News 2011

The "Arrow Lakes News" proudly profiles the work of “citizen scientists” dedicated to assessing the health of wadeable creeks in the Columbia River Basin using CABIN as part of BC’s Arrow Lakes Environmental Stewardship Society on November 13, 2011.

Seeking Solutions through S&T 2012

In the early 1990s, researchers realized that water biomonitoring efforts across Canada were patchy and poorly coordinated. The challenge was significant: Was it possible to develop a standardized sampling and monitoring system that would present an accurate picture of freshwater ecosystem health across the country and provide water scientists, managers and communities with a valuable tool for making informed decisions?

To meet this challenge, Environment Canada developed the Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN), using benthic invertebrates to better understand the health of freshwater ecosystems. Science and Technology into Action

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