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February 2016
Vol. 9 Issue No. 1


To foster excellence in wildlife stewardship through science and education among wildlife professionals in Canada

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The Canadian Section gets a NEW WEBSITE and LOGO CONTEST!
That right! CSTWS gets a new website! To go with our new look we also need a new LOGO! Anyone interested in drawing up a new logo for the Canadian Section can do so. Submit your logo to Laura Trout ( by July 01, 2016. The winning logo and artist will be announced at our 2016 AGM in St. John's Newfoundland, July 7 - 11 (AGM on July 9th) and the winning logo will also be featured prominently on the front page of our new website!

Official Rules for the Logo Contest: 
1. The logo must contain a reference to Canada and to the The Wildlife Society
2. The logo must be submitted as a high resolution JPEG file on or before July 01, 2016. 

Please note that the old website will continue to be operational as we finish the transition of some content, but will not be updating the old website as of March 01, 2016.
President's Message
Mark Boyce
Canadian Section President
Department of Biological Sciences, 
University of Alberta

On February 5 we had a conference call for student chapters of the Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society organized by Kristin Denryter from the University of Northern British Columbia.  A remarkable number of student chapters participated.  We were very pleased to learn about the vigorous activities underway by our student chapters.  Clearly several of our student chapters would be serious contenders for the Student Chapter of the Year Award! 

Planning continues for our AGM to be held with the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution (CSEE) in St. John’s, Newfoundland during 2016 July 7-11.  In the immediate future CSEE will be issuing a call for papers.  We will be integrating with the CSEE’s program.  We will have special opportunities to help students to participate in the meeting with travel grants, which will be up to $1,000 each.  We hope to be able to announce the details and a call for applications in the March newsletter.   

Thanks to our Secretary-Treasurer, Matt Dyson, and Vice President, Laura Trout, for revising the format for our website making a more attractive and accessible.  This will be available in the immediate future. 

With the assistance of our Conservation Affairs Committee Chair, Jim Allen, the CSTWS sent a letter to the Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food, encouraging him to retain the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA) lands under government management rather than allowing provincial governments to sell these lands.  The CSTWS acknowledges the ecological value of these lands and wishes to ensure that they are managed with a priority to conservation in the future.  The full text of this letter will be available on our website. 

Mark S. Boyce, CWB 

President, Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society 

Canadian Section Representative's Report

Art Rodgers
Canadian Section Representative to TWS Council
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry

So this year all the snow fell on TWS Headquarters – over 70 cm in 48 hours! Nonetheless, staff have managed to keep everything rolling and here are a few highlights; 

  • Executive Director Ken Williams has been working on an MOU among TWS, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, American Fisheries Society, and USGS Cooperative Research Units with the intent of increasing communication and collaboration between wildlife researchers and management agencies through expanding partnerships. 

  • Beginning in February, an option will be added to the Membership renewal webpage that will allow members to automatically renew their annual memberships and other benefits. In return for participating in this “green” initiative, members signing up for this option will be offered a discount on their dues.  

  • Reminders were sent to all Section, Chapter, and Working Group officers that are not current TWS members asking them to renew/join at their earliest convenience. The bylaws of all subunits require officers to be members of the parent TWS – membership at the subunit level is not sufficient to hold office. 

  • In January, Government Affairs released draft position statements on Invasive & Feral Species and Energy Development & Wildlife for a 60-day member review. 

  • The first bi-monthly issue of The Wildlife Professional was mailed at the beginning of January. Five copies of the magazine were sent to each of the 139 TWS student chapters as a way to encourage students to join the Society.  

  • The March/April issue of The Wildlife Professional is ready to go and features a cover story on the effort to understand the decline in native bee populations. Other articles in the magazine are: a cooperative effort between trappers and biologists to document wolverine populations in Alberta, monitoring status and trends in wildlife populations using statistical population reconstruction, and use of mobile apps by agencies and citizen scientists to collect wildlife data used for management and conservation.  

  • Discussions have continued with Wiley on open access and changing to different subscription models for the Wildlife Society Bulletin and Journal of Wildlife Management. The possibilities will be discussed at the mid-year Council meeting. 

The mid-year TWS Council meeting will be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 13-14 March 2016, in conjunction with the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference.  

All of the TWS Subcommittees are currently preparing reports for discussion at the meeting. If you have any concerns or ideas about how TWS can better serve your needs that I can put forward at the mid-year Council meeting, please let me know. 

The call for applications for the Leadership Institute “Class of 2016” was released in early January and is available at  The goal of the Leadership Institute is to facilitate development of new leaders within TWS and the wildlife profession. Each year, the Leadership Institute recruits 10-15 promising early-career professionals for a series of intensive activities and mentoring relationships. The focus is on exposing the participants to the inner workings of TWS and increasing the number of active leaders in TWS and the wildlife profession. Canadians have been very well represented over the last few years (Agnès Pelletier and Jonathan Wiens in 2013 and Erin McCance and Sonja Leverkus in 2014). If you are an early-career professional, 2 to 3 years out of school (either undergraduate or graduate school), and currently working full-time in a wildlife professional position, you should seriously consider this opportunity. The application deadline is March 21, 2016. 

You may not have noticed but the nomination deadlines for most TWS Awards have changed. Although the deadline for the Fellows Program and Group Achievement Award remained at February 15, because these are voted on by Council at the mid-year meeting in March, the deadline for TWS Wildlife Publication Awards is now March 1 and for all other TWS Awards the new deadline is May 1. So, if you haven’t already started, there is still time to consider nominating one of our Canadian colleagues for one of the many annual TWS Awards. The list of awards and nomination details can be found at If you would like to suggest a nominee for any TWS awards, or you would like assistance in preparing a nomination, please contact Awards Chair, Evie Merrill (, me, or any member of the Executive as soon as possible for further information.  

I hope to see you at our Canadian Section AGM to be held in conjunction with the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution meeting in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador July 7-11, 2016, and/or the 23rd Annual TWS Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, October 15-19, 2016. Spring is almost here! 

We are happy to announce that the Canadian Section is joining up with the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution for our Annual General Meeting. The conference will run from July 7 - 11 with the Canadian Section AGM happening at Bitter's Pub on July 9th from 6-7 pm followed by our annual social and a silent auction (7 - 10 pm). 

Registration for the event will soon be available on the CSEE website at This is also where you will find the call for abstract submissions. The call for student travel awards is below.

Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society 
Student Travel Awards To Canadian Section AGM 

The Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society (CSTWS) is pleased to provide travel awards for CSTWS student members presenting a paper or poster at the Canadian Section’s Annual General Meeting to be held 7-11 in St Johns, Newfoundland in conjunction with the Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution.  A minimum of 6 Travel Awards will be provided up to a maximum of $1,000 each. Successful applicants will be asked to provide an article for the CSTWS Newsletter. 

To be eligible, an individual’s paper/poster must be accepted for presentation by the Canadian Section’s Program Committee, but students should apply for the Travel Award in advance of receiving notification from the Program Committee. Applications and all supporting materials for student travel awards must be received by 15 May 2016
Applicants must:

  • not have received Canadian Section Travel Award support within the last 12 months, 

  • be a member of the Canadian Section, 

  • be a current student or recent graduate (degree received within the last 12 months), 

  • be senior author and presenter of the accepted paper or poster, 

Applicants must email the following to Evelyn Merrill ( please indicate Travel Award in the subject field): 

  1. completed application form signed by student and advisor (signed and scanned); 

  1. applicable additional information about conference travel expenses; and  

  1. abstract of paper/poster that was submitted to the Program Committee. 

Although a student’s paper/poster must be accepted for presentation by the Canadian Section’s Program Committee to receive the Award, students should apply for the award prior to being notified by the Program Committee of abstract acceptance. 


The deadline for completed applications to be received is 15 May 2016. All applicants will be notified of the outcome by early June. 

Click the title of this announcement to download the application form.

Manitoba Chapter
Early February is traditionally the time for Manitoba Chapter members to head to Riding Mountain National Park for a Winter Getaway, and this year was no different. This year’s two-day event was attended by 76 student and professional members, and took place at Camp Wannacumbac. As always, the event focused on student development and networking. Other than a blizzard that prevented a number of participants from making it home Sunday night, it was another success. This year, workshops and talks covered such topics as UAVs, Manitoba archeology, winter photography, zoonotic diseases, and forestry and snow research skills. The career panel highlighted the experiences of TWS professionals working in policy development, provincial wildlife management, consulting, and wildlife veterinary fields. This year, we added pub trivia to the agenda. The student team, “Team Pukak” (a layer of snow), took the top honours. The professionals team, “old geezers and one young one”, of took second prize with a rousing chorus of “see ya’ later alligator”. 
The Chapter is looking forward to our Annual General Meeting in March, as well as a professional development workshop on bird-in-hand identification. Longer days and bits of warmer temperature here and there have given us all a spring in our step and we hope the same effect is happening for all Canadian Section members.

Alberta Chapter 


2016 ACTWS Conference:  Badlands Spectacular

Evolution in a rapidly changing environment. Can lessons from the past direct future wildlife conservation?

How can understanding past extinctions provide context for current conservation issues in the Anthropocene?

How are wildlife evolving within our rapidly changing environment, and how does this understanding inform our expectations for the future?

How are wildlife management/conservation organizations adapting to modern challenges, or how should they be?

We will explore past extinctions and contemporary evolution, the lessons they provide about adaptation, and how these lessons can be applied to modern conservation. Our plenary session will host scientists from the Royal Tyrrell Museum and Universities across Canada engaged in evolution and conservation. Our keynote speaker will talk about life in the Anthropocene and sustainability in the heart of the modern extinction event. We encourage contributed talks from all biologists engaged in all aspects of Alberta ecology, from plants and animals to landscapes and evolution.

WHEN March 4-6, 2016 – Plan for three full days

WHY See invited talks from students and professionals working in Alberta, and guest speakers involved in conservation advocacy from field biology to the media.

WHERE Badlands Community Facility in Drumheller, AB
  80 Veterans Way, Drumheller, AB
(403) 823-1370

REGISTER Online registration through our Membership Portal will be available soon.

CALL FOR PAPERS Deadline – 15 January 2016.  Submit your abstract through our Online Submission Form.

HIGHLIGHTS Keynote Presentation – Wild Spaces and Urban Places: making the habitat conservation connection – Dr. Jennie Moore, Director Sustainable Development and Environmental Stewardship at British Columbia Institute of Technology

Saskatchewan Chapter 

University of Winnipeg
The UW student chapter was recently featured in an online article. Keep up the good work UW!

Visit the Canadian Section website to learn more about TWS awards and to nominate a deserving Canadian wildlife professional. 
2016 Ian McTaggart-Cowan Lifetime Achievement Award

Nominations are still being accepted by the CS Awards Committee for the 2016 Ian McTaggart-Cowan Lifetime Achievement Award until 15 March 2016.
The Ian McTaggart-Cowan Lifetime Achievement Award (CLAA) is awarded by the Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the understanding, conservation, and/or management of wildlife in Canada over their career. The Award is named for Dr. Ian McTaggart-Cowan, a founding pioneer of the wildlife profession, an honorary life member and former President of The Wildlife Society (TWS), and recipient of the TWS Aldo Leopold Award. 

This award is open to any wildlife professional, practicing or retired, whether or not they are a member of the CSTWS and/or TWS.

TWS Awards

Aldo Leopold Award
Caesar Kleberg Award for Excellence in Applied Wildlife Research
Diversity Award
Group Achievement Award
Special Recognition Service Award

Fellows Program
Distinguished Service Award
Jim McDonough Award
Honorary Membership
Chapter, Student Chapter and Student Chapter Advisor of the Year Award

Rusch Memorial Game Bird Research Scholarship
Excellence in Wildlife Education Award

Wildlife Publication Award

2015 Awards Committee Chair: Evelyn "Evie" Merrill
Contact Evie for more details:



Brought to you by the Education Committee of the Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society, the 2015/2016 Webinar Series is covering some excellent topics this year:


Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge in Wildlife Management - Donna Hurburt, Acadia University - April 1, 12:00-1:00 central time

For more information on the webinar series contact:

Its edging closer and closer to spring and many of us may be beginning to think about salamander and amphibian surveys. This species at risk is endangered in Ontario and most active on warm rainy nights

Answer at the bottom of the newsletter.
2016 CSTWS Executive Nominations
The Canadian Section is now seeking nominations for new executive board members to take office following the Newfoundland AGM in July. The following positions are seeking nomination: President-Elect, Vice President, and Secretary-Treasurer. Please contact Darren Sleep ( for more information or to submit a nomination.

President-Elect (3 Yr. Term)

The President-Elect shall assist the President in all phases of Section administration and shall perform any duties assigned by the President. Gaining familiarity with the officers, committees, and overall administration of the Section shall be the major function of this office. The President-Elect is elected by the Section membership, serves for approximately a one-year term, and succeeds to the office of President upon the completion of his/her term.

Vice President (1 Yr. Term)

The Vice President shall perform any duties assigned by the President and shall assume duties of the President in the latter's absence or inability to serve. Should the Vice President be unable to serve as the President for any reason, the Executive Board shall appoint a President pro tempore. The Vice President is elected by the Section membership and serves for approximately a one-year term. The Vice President may serve no more than two consecutive terms.

Secretary-Treasurer (1-2 Yr. Term)

The Secretary-Treasurer shall be responsible for Section files, records, and funds; shall record the minutes of all meetings, maintain the membership rolls noting whether individuals are voting or non-voting members; and issue notices of meetings. The Secretary-Treasurer also shall be responsible for receipt and disbursement of Section funds and preparation of annual financial reports, including an annual calendar-year financial report that is submitted to The Wildlife Society. The Secretary-Treasurer shall report all official position statements taken by the Section to the Executive Director of The Wildlife Society within 20 days of such action, and to the Section membership in the subsequent newsletter. The Secretary-Treasurer is appointed by the Section President and serves for approximately a one-year term. The Secretary-Treasurer may serve no more than two consecutive terms.
TWS Leadership Institute
Now Accepting 2016 Applications

The Wildlife Society (TWS) is currently accepting applications for its Leadership Institute. The Institute’s goal is to facilitate the development of new leaders within TWS and the wildlife profession. The Institute will recruit 10-15 promising early-career professionals for a series of intensive activities and mentoring relationships. The focus will be on exposing the participants to the inner workings of TWS and increasing the number of active leaders in TWS and the wildlife profession.
Albert W. Franzmann and Distinguished Colleagues Memorial Award 2016
Inspired by the passing of our beloved colleague, mentor and friend Al Franzmann in February, 2009, and to honour all of those who have passed on and have contributed to our knowledge and understanding of moose biology and management, Alces has established the “Albert W. Franzmann and Distinguished Colleagues Memorial Award”. The one-time award, valued at CDN $1,500, will be given annually to a graduate student entering or continuing in a Master’s or Doctoral program at a recognized university in Canada or the United States. The applicant’s research should be directed toward studies of the biology and management of moose within their circumpolar distribution or other ungulates or mammalian carnivores overlapping their range.

Click here for the application
Register Now for The 50th Moose Conference & Workshop
Register Now for The 16th North American Caribou Workshop
Want your say in Section activities?
Consider getting involved in a Canadian Section committee. 
  • Membership and Recruitment
  • Newsletter, Website, and Communications
  • Conservation Affairs
  • Education
  • Awards

Help out with the 2016 AGM in St. John's Newfoundland (July 7 - 11). 
Contact Matt Dyson for more details at


  1. Waterfowl Research Technician - University of Waterloo (Extended to 04 March)
  2. Black Brant Field Technician - University of Nevada - Reno
  3. Wetland and Avian Field Technician - Illinois
  4. Wildlife Intern - Chugach National Forest: Cordova, AK
  5. Waterfowl Banding Intern - Minnesota DNR
  6. Natural Resources Technician - Minnesota DNR


We have no current postings at the time of press, please contact us if you would like a position advertised in future Newsletters!
Trivia Answer...   Jefferson Salamander (Ambystoma jeffersonianum). 

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