Canadian Section of the Wildlife Society Newsletter
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February 2019
Vol. 12 Issue No. 1


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President's Message
Dr. Rick Baydack, Ph.D., CWB®
Canadian Section President
Professor and Chair of Environmental
Science and Studies 
University of Manitoba, 255 Wallace Building
Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment,
Earth, and Resources 

About 1 year has passed since I assumed the Presidency of the Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society at the Annual General Meeting held in Winnipeg.  It seems like just yesterday that the gavel was handed to me by then-President Erin McCance, with the expectation that momentum for the Section would continue to grow.  And in reflecting on the activities of the past year, clearly CSTWS has been moving forward on many fronts that should result in stabilization and innovation as we move forward into the future. 
In terms of our accomplishments over the past year, several ‘1sts’ come to mind:
  • Completion of the 1st Strategic Plan for the Canadian Section
  • Hiring of the 1st Executive Coordinator for the Canadian Section
  • Identification by the 1st Executive Coordinator of the need to become incorporated under Canadian law
  • Hiring of 1st Legal Counsel for the Canadian Section to facilitate the process for incorporation
  • Offering of the 1st Canadian Section Workshop on TWS Certification
  • Creation of the 1st Canadian Curriculum Review Committee to assess course offerings in Canadian Universities and Colleges related to Certification requirements
As well, the Canadian Section has been maintaining a strong presence in many other areas relating to wildlife in Canada.  Our Awards Committee has brought forward several worthy nominees for formal TWS and regional recognition, and has continued to ‘beat the bushes’ to find deserving members who are committed to enhancing wildlife conservation and management.  Our Conservation Affairs Committee has been active on many fronts and has engaged their provincial counterparts in advancing innovative strategies and policies for wildlife in Canada.  The Education Committee has continued to bring forward excellent speakers and topics on wildlife issues through our highly successful Webinar series.  As described above, the Canadian Section Certification Committee has developed a wide range of exciting opportunities to advance the importance of becoming certified to our membership.  The Section Membership Committee is providing support and options to bolster our numbers in coming years.  Our Pioneers Committee has identified deserving Canadian wildlifers who are receiving recognition for ‘a job well done.’  The Section website and newsletter are continuing to provide very useful information to members and non-members alike that identifies the contributions being made by the Section and its members.  Our Student Liaison Officer has contributed creative approaches to ensure that our ‘up and coming’ student members receive the types of benefits that they deserve.  All of the Provincial Chapter Presidents have been active participants not only on our monthly Executive conference calls, but also in enhancing opportunities for their various provincial and regional members.  I want to thank each and every one of you for your substantial contributions over the past year.
In addition, I would like to highlight the efforts of our Section Secretary, Ali Hughes-Juneau, and our Section Treasurer, Rob Officer, whose efforts in maintaining accurate records for our Section have been herculean.  Thanks to each of you for being there for me all of the time, and providing the details needed to ensure that our Section has the proper documentation for all requirements on a regular basis.
I also want to acknowledge the contributions made by our Section Representatives to TWS Council who served so well in their roles over the past year – first Art Rodgers, followed by Evelyn Merrill.  Their active participation in all matters relating to TWS affairs has been outstanding, and their persistent efforts to bring Canadian issues ‘to Council’s table’ is most appropriate.
And finally, last but certainly not least, my good friend and colleague, Erin McCance, has excelled in her role as our Section’s Executive Coordinator.  Erin has worked tirelessly and diligently on a wide range of issues, not the least of which is the process of incorporating our Section under appropriate Canadian laws and regulations.  Her work with our Legal Counsel has been extensive and detailed, and her patience in seeing the process through to its logical conclusion, most impressive.  More information on the incorporation process is provided elsewhere in this Newsletter, but suffice to say, that without Erin, we would not be in the position that we are in today.  And Erin worked on a range of other activities on your behalf, including assisting in the planning for the Joint Conference with the Alberta Chapter, preparing promotional materials, reaching out to associated organizations, maintaining relationships with our provincial chapters and student chapters, among many others.  I would like to offer ‘Special Thanks’ to Erin McCance for performing her duties in a thorough and professional manner, as I could not have done my job without her.
Now in closing, I would like to say that am hoping to see as many Canadian Section members as possible at the ‘sold out’ Joint Conference with the Alberta Chapter.  The organizers have planned an exceptional meeting that will undoubtedly set a very high standard for the future.  And at our Annual General Meeting in Canmore (note that there are details elsewhere in this Newsletter about how to connect remotely to the AGM if you cannot attend) , you will find out that the year ahead will be particularly interesting and exciting as we become an incorporated national entity, and hopefully, a charitable, not-for-profit organization.  Time will tell if we meet all of the requirements of becoming a Canadian Registered Charity, but if so, countless future opportunities will no doubt abound.  Although the ‘front end’ operations of the Canadian Section will not appear very different from how we currently operate, the ‘back end’ administrative arrangements will likely lead to enhanced possibilities into the future.  Stay tuned, and hang on for what I believe will be a great ride….                   
To preview the complete Canadian Section Strategic Plan - 2018, please visit
or click HERE for the PDF copy
Executive Coordinator
Erin McCance PhD. P.Bio.® EP®
CSTWS Executive Coordinator
Partner, Senior Wildlife Biologist
Ecologic Environmental Inc.
Sessional Instructor, University of Manitoba
Hello Fellow Wildlifers,
In March 2018, I had the wonderful opportunity to take on the role as the first Executive Coordinator for the CSTWS. What a year it has been! 

One of the first activities associated with the new position was taking part in the CSTWS Strategic Planning Workshop in March 2018. During this workshop, a ‘living’ 5-year Strategic Plan was developed based on the workshop outcomes. The CSTWS Strategic Plan highlights three primary areas of focus under the following headings: Communication (internal and external); Education (training, workshops, collaborative partnerships); and Membership (recruitment, retention, value proposition). Associated with each of the three primary focal areas were a number of action items outlined to assist us in forward motion toward accomplishing our goals.  I set out, eager to get started, wanting to build on the energy and ideas that were generated at the CSTWS Strategic Planning Workshop. 

Need for Incorporation
As we set out to tackle the action items that lay before us, several roadblocks became apparent, both with respect to Canada Revenue Agency/Canadian tax law, as well as fundraising entities interests in supporting ‘vetted’ incorporated organizations. We began to wonder if we were complying with Canadian tax law? Subsequently, a meeting took place with a lawyer to gather information about tax law, our compliance, or lack thereof, and with respect to the costs and steps associated with Incorporation.

Our findings were that we are currently not compliant with Canadian tax law.  It was therefore prudent for the CSTWS to seek Incorporated status. It was made evident to us that it was only a matter of time before we would be held accountable for our accruing interest, for writing contracts for services, among numerous other variables of operation. It was clear that we should be filing a Canadian tax return on all annual returns, and that we should ensure for an important shift of liability for directors. Further, in order to grow and achieve the goals outlined in our Strategic Plan, we need to be an Incorporated “vetted” organization.  

Incorporation Options
Organizations seeking Incorporation in Canada have two avenues that they can pursue. The first option is to Incorporate as a “For-Profit” entity. The second option available is to aim to Incorporate as a “Not-for-Profit” entity.  This initial decision was an easy one for us, as we knew we were not seeking to acquire profit and therefore, we would aim to Incorporate as a “Not-for-Profit” organization. Under Not-for-Profit Incorporation, an organization can additionally decide to seek charitable status. To acquire Not-for-Profit status is relatively easy, usually with less than a one month turn around; however, to seek charitable status is more onerous (more paperwork to be completed with an approx. 6-month turnaround).

Benefits of Incorporation and Charitable Status
The benefits of becoming Incorporated as a Not-for-Profit include:
  • Compliance (imperative) with Canadian law;
  • Removal of director’s personal financial liability; and
  • Becoming a “vetted” organization (credibility).
With Charitable Status we achieve the above benefits with the additional benefits of:
  • Issuing tax receipts for donations/enhanced fundraising capabilities;
  • Access to government funding/grants/programs;
  • Not having to pay tax on dollars raised during fundraising; and
  • Enhanced capacity for larger sums of money to be held by the organization (with directed intended use for funds).
To this end, discussions were held with TWS Council as well as among the CSTWS Executive.  With recognition that we needed to ensure compliance with Canadian law, we acknowleged that we had no choice but to move forward with the Incorporation of the CSTWS as a Not-for-Profit. Based on further discussions among the CSTWS Executive, the decision was also made to move forward with a quest for Charitable Status. As such, we went straight to work with the Incorporations lawyer for the CSTWS to complete the required application for Incorporation as well as our application package for Charitable Status. 

AGM, March 22, 2019
On March 22, 2019 from 4:00-5:00 pm MST in Canmore Alberta, the CSTWS will hold its Annual General Meeting. To allow for the CSTWS to take the next steps required for Incorporation, a Special Resolution will be put forth at the end of the AGM to dissolve the unincorporated CSTWS. This is a required step that will pave the way for our Incorporation as a Not-for-Profit CSTWS and hopefully, our acquisition of Charitable Status. 

Following the AGM, once dissolved, the appropriate paperwork will be sent to Incorporations Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency. Once our Incorporation is approved (which takes approx. 5-10 days), the first 3 board members of the Incorporated CSTWS (Sonja Leverkus, Rick Baydack, and Evie Merrill – previously elected officials by our unincorporated CSTWS) will hold a meeting, within which they will: appoint a Secretary officer (to take minutes of this first meeting); conduct the legal transfer of the dissolved CSTWS members over to the new Incorporated CSTWS; ensure the appropriate administration needs are taken care of; and lastly, solicit nominations from the membership for the election of a Board of Directors. An election will occur in early to mid-May following which will be an announcement of our new Board of Directors who will then proceed with the business of the newly Incorporated CSTWS! 
This is an exciting moment in our Section’s history that will pave the way for growth and opportunity! We hope that many of you will be able to attend the AGM Canmore, and if not, will be able to connect to the meeting via ZOOM. 

Connecting to AGM via ZOOM:
For any members that are unable to physically attend the AGM in Canmore, we hope you will all connect to the CSTWS AGM from a computer with an internet connection.  Instructions to connect to the meeting are:
  • Click on the link provided below or type into the URL bar into the Zoom link and follow the prompts until you have joined the meeting in a Zoom meeting room
  • Once logged in, it would be best if you mute your microphone as not to disturb the ongoing meeting with accidental sounds
  • If unable to access a computer with internet, members can alternatively join the AGM by phone via the phone number provided below; however, long distance charges will apply.
Zoom Login Information:
Join Zoom Meeting
Call in- 647 558 0588 Canada
Meeting ID: 437 308 5084

We hope that you will all be able to take part in the AGM this year as we take this important step forward!  Should any member have questions about our steps toward Incorporation, please email me at
Lastly, I wanted to extend my gratitude to the CSTWS for the opportunity and privilege to serve as the Executive Coordinator over this past year.  The dedication, hard work, and vision that is tirelessly put forth by this team is inspiring to say the least.  It is truly an honor to work along side the Executive and Members of the CSTWS. There are so many Executive and Members that contributed their knowledge and support with respect to the incorporation steps over this past year, namely Don Sexton, Merlin Shoesmith, Art Rodgers, Chris Smith to call out but a few. I most certainly could not have navigated through the past year without the ongoing encouragement and mentorship of our President, Rick Baydack and our Section Representative to TWS Council, Evie Merrill.  Thank you to you both for your endless commitment to the CSTWS, for all of your hard work, and your exceptional leadership.

Sent with best wishes, Erin McCance

P.S. With all of the excitement happening within the CSTWS, please don’t forget that another sensational conference is soon on the horizon, which is the 26th Annual TWS Conference, held jointly this year with American Fisheries Society (AFS) in Reno, Nevada September 29-October 3rd, 2019.  It is sure to be a fantastic event!!!  We hope to see you all there!
Conservation Affairs Committee
Christopher E. Smith
Certified Wildlife Biologist
Chair, Conservation Affairs Committee
TWS 2019-2020 Policy Priorities
  • TWS Conservation Affairs Network finalized and circulated TWS Policy Priorities for 2019-2020. CSTWS CAC prepared and provided a list of Canadian priorities to TWS in collaboration with Chapter CACs
  • Although the TWS priorities have a large focus on the U.S. there is considerable overlap to the priorities that the CSTWS CAC provided including public land conservation, endangered species legislation, CWD and funding for wildlife government positions
Amendments to Federal Fisheries Act
  • In December the Alberta Chapter submitted a letter to the Canadian Government supporting proposed amendments to the Federal fisheries Act (Bill C-68) to include third-party habitat banking that will result in more effective restoration of habitats that have been subjected to harmful alteration, disruption or destruction.
Manitoba Sustainable Watersheds Act
  • In January the Manitoba Chapter submitted a letter to the Manitoba Government outlining concerns and recommended changes to water rights regulation under the Sustainable Watersheds Act. Key concerns and recommendations related to compensation of wetland loss, mitigation and replacement ratios and monitoring the implementation of the regulations.
Certification Committee
Don Barnes MSc CWB®
Retired Lakehead University Thunder Bay ON
Chair CSTWS Certification Committee 
Member CSTWS Education Committee 
Member TWS Certification Liaison Committee 
Update on the 2019 AGM Certification Workshop
As I reported in the last newsletter, I am in the process of organizing a ½ day certification workshop as part of the joint 2019 Alberta Chapter/CSTWS Annual General Meeting and Conference. The date and time of this workshop is Friday morning (March 22, 2019) from 8:00 to 12:00 (noon).
I am delighted to report that I have confirmed all my workshop participants:
  • I (Don Barnes) will start the workshop with an overview of TWS certification and how CSTWS initiatives are promoting certification across Canada;
  • Dr. Rick Baydack, representing University of Manitoba, and I (Don Barnes) representing Lakehead University, will talk about how both these universities have developed curricula that conform to TWS certification standards;
  • In the next section, 5 CWBs (Drs. Evelyn Merrill/Mark Boyce, University of Alberta, Dr. Glynnis Hood, Augustana Campus, University of Alberta, Dr. Winifred Kesseler, retired from University of Northern British Columbia and Dr. Rick Baydack, University of Manitoba) will give testimonials about why/how certification has been important for them in their wildlife careers;
  • Just before the mid-morning break, there will be a panel discussion about some major issues facing TWS Certification in Canada and some thoughts on its future.  The panel will be made up of Drs. Mark Boyce, Evelyn Merrill, Winifred Kessler, and Rick Baydack.
  • After the mid-morning break, there will be a discussion involving all attendees.  The audience will be split into 4 groups; each charged with a specific topic to discuss.  Once groups have conversed for approximately 40 minutes, each group will present their findings. 
  • The remaining time will be spent analyzing group findings and the best strategy to take to move certification forward in Canada.
CSTWS’s Certification Mentorship Program
            In the last newsletter, I presented the protocol for involvement in this mentorship program.  Since that time there has been a healthy movement toward involvement in this program.
I am happy to report that as part of the 2019 AGM, Justine Josephson-Laidlaw, CSTWS Student Chapter Representative, is currently organizing a networking session to connect students with professionals.  This type of activity dove-tails nicely with our mentorship initiative as it will provide an opportunity for those interested in certification for some one-on-one with CWBs.
Update on the ad hoc Curriculum Review Committee (CRC)
In the October issue of the CSTWS Newsletter, I updated you about CRC.  Once again to remind you, this CSTWS committee was formed to review wildlife curricula across Canada in response to a need to structure courses to better prepare students for a career as Wildlife Biologists.  Unfortunately, progress toward establishing this committee continues to be slow.  To rectify this situation, a group of CSTWS Executive members have taken up the challenge to see this initiative to fruition.  After some discussion, we have arrived at a tentative list of educators from across Canada.  To aid the process, I roughed out a Terms of Reference for CRC.  Our steering group has decided to use the upcoming AGM to forge out a committee process and potential members.    
Discussion about the Survey of Student Chapters Regarding Certification
            Last fall,
Update on Talks with the British Columbia College of Applied Biologists (BC-CAB)
            Since Dr. Everett Hanna, the Certification Committee’s BC-CAB Liaison, initiated talks with BC-CAB in the fall of 2018, there has been little follow-up discussion.This lack of communication could be due to their new “right-to-practice” policy thrust.I was hoping to talk more about the BC-CAB situation, however, our January Certification Committee Meeting had to be cancelled, as there were not enough of a solid core of members to facilitate a healthy discussion.
Developments pertaining to ECO Canada on the East Coast
Stephanie Walsh, one of our two east coast Certification Committee members, is taking a year-long leave. Because the leave is overseas, she thought it wise to take an equivalent leave from her committee duties as liaison with ECO Canada. This turn of events is disturbing as we relied on her to give us an east coast perspective; the good news is that she is willing to re-join the committee upon her return.At the present time, our only east coast member is Michel Laforge, representing TWS Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter. 
As a parting gesture, Steph opened communication channels with Yana Jay, Senior Manager, Program Acquisition & Partnerships for ECO Canada in the Atlantic Region.  She is keen to discuss collaboration / partnership with CSTWS and the Certification Committee.  In my email to Yana, I mentioned that we could talk more in April.  This later date will allow me the luxury of time to touch bases with the CSTWS Executive.  Although collaboration with other Canadian certification organizations in Canada is part of our mandate as a committee, our ad hoc status makes it imperative to keep CSTWS abreast of any such initiatives.  The upcoming AGM will be a great place to get some guidance about how best to proceed.
Don Barnes, Chair, CSTWS Certification Committee
Why Certification?

Darren Miller, Ph.D., Certified Wildlife Biologist®
Southern Environmental Manager, Weyerhaeuser Company
President-Elect and Fellow, The Wildlife Society
I have been a Certified Wildlife Biologist (CWB) since December 1999, exactly 4 months after I had reached the 5 years of experience required to qualify for the CWB designation.  During my academic career, I greatly anticipated the day when I would meet the CWB qualifications and be able to join the rank of fellow CWBs.  I was then, and remain, proud of being recognized by my professional organization of achieving a standard of education, experience, and ethical behavior to achieve and maintain my certification status.  During the intervening years, I have often been asked, and on occasion, challenged, to answer the question, “Why should I become a CWB?”  It is certainly a valid question and one which I have pondered at length, even while actively promoting the Wildlife Society’s (TWS) certification program.  The conclusion of my deliberations is:  it depends.  I believe that certification can mean different things to different individuals and the decision to seek certification often boils down to a very personal one.  I do not believe that being a CWB suddenly elevates a person to be a “better” professional than a non-certified biologist (in fact, I know a number of outstanding biologists and TWS leaders that cannot be certified!).  And, to some, there is no pressing reason, or desire, to be certified.  And, I think that is okay.  However, with that being said, I believe that certification should be strongly considered by any practicing wildlife professional for a number of reasons.  And, I think it is important to note that other professional societies, such as the American Fisheries Society and the Society of American Foresters, have certification programs, attesting to the broad need and appeal of such programs.
Before delving into my thoughts around considering certification, I think it is important to briefly summarize the process of becoming certified.  The Certification Review Board (CRB) is a committee of very dedicated TWS members that do yeoman’s work in reviewing certification applications and then making a decision on whether or not an applicant has demonstrated the requirements to be an AWB or CWB.  Although this process can seem daunting, it is important to note that the CRB is there it help applicants as much as possible.  In some cases, the CRB will “re-arrange” classes to help the applicant meet the minimum certification requirements.  Also, note that there is flexibility built into the program for elements of missing classwork.  So, just because an applicant is missing a few required hours, does not mean that the applicant can’t be certified.  I strongly recommend reviewing certification material on the TWS website (  Finally, the certification program is constantly evolving – TWS Council and the CRB work with members and each other to update and modify the program so that it stays relevant to members and the profession.
Certification, as a program, can help direct students to university programs that offer a curriculum that meets the educational requirements for graduates to become Associated Wildlife Biologists (AWB) upon graduation and CWBs once the experience requirement is met.  This does not mean that students not attending such programs will not be properly trained, but it does provide some assurances that such an academic program is designed to produce a well-rounded wildlife biologist.  University programs can also use certification as leverage to convince the administration of the need for particular curricula and resources to best prepare students for future careers.
Importantly for many, certification can be an advantage in the job market.  A certification designation provides a strong indication that an individual has achieved a core competency in wildlife conservation and management.  In the U.S., several state agencies, and at least one federal agency (USDA Wildlife Services) recognizes certification through pay grades or preferential hiring.  Certification may also help different TWS members that are consultants or that work in the private sector, especially if they work in “non wildlife” organizations.  For example, I work for a forest products company and I have found certification to be useful when interacting with external stakeholders about wildlife and forestry issues.
Most, if not all, wildlife biologists recognize that learning is a continual process – we don’t stop learning after obtaining that terminal degree.  The wildlife profession is continually evolving and it is critical for practicing biologists to maintain relevant skills and knowledge.  The Wildlife Society clearly recognizes this need for continuing education and many of TWS’s programs are centered on this concept.  Continuing education is required for TWS members certified after December 1999 (members certified earlier were grandfathered in when the continuing education requirement was added) and thus encourages CWBs to continue their education. This not only enhances skills and abilities of individual TWS members, but also helps to elevate the technical abilities of the profession.
Another reason for certification is based on the famous John F. Kennedy quote about not asking what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.  Similarly, I think TWS members should think about how becoming certified helps to advance the mission of TWS.  I alluded to some of this above – having a well-trained, competent work force of TWS members helps ensure we have the intellectual capital and technical skills to help TWS succeed.  Additionally, having “Certified Wildlife Biologist” or “Associate Wildlife Biologist” designation behind your name draw attention to TWS and may engage not only potential members, but non-biologists that may be interested in wildlife conservation and management.  I know that I have been asked on numerous occasions what it means to be a CWB because someone has seen it on my signature line.  This is effective advertising for TWS!
As I stated earlier, I am proud to be one member of our 1,600 member strong CWB cohort (and congratulations to the 650 AWBs that are future CWBs!).  I have always found personal satisfaction in being recognized as a CWB by my professional society and I know that certification has been a positive force in my career.  If you are not an AWB or CWB, I strongly encourage you to consider becoming one, not just for yourself, but for the profession, and TWS, as well.  And, if you are a CWB or AWB, please help not only spread the word on why you have taken this step in your professional career, but also reach out and offer to help those that are considering taking that step.  Together, we can make the certification program stronger and more relevant to all members!
Awards Committee
Dr. Winifred Kessler
CSTWS Awards Committee Chair
Awards Committee
The awards committees of CSTWS and the Alberta Chapter conducted a joint application process for Student Travel Awards to attend the Joint Conference and AGM scheduled for 21-24 March in Canmore, Alberta.  The response was robust, and we're pleased to offer travel assistance to 40 students to attend the meetings in Canmore.  There should be much interesting discussion as these students present their research in posters and oral presentations, and assist in various volunteer roles.
The 1 February deadline has passed for the Fellows Award and Group Achievement Award, and the Publications Award nominations close on 1 March.  But there are many other TWS awards for which deadlines are not due until 1 May.  Go to, click on the Engage tab, and then TWS Awards, and think of your deserving colleagues who should be nominated.  And then act!  Awards offer a great opportunity to recognize excellence and celebrate the achievements of your peers in the profession.  

Wall of Canadian Achievement
Have you visited the new feature on the CSTWS website, the Wall of Canadian Achievement?  Here you will find photos and names of the Canadians who have received Canadian Section awards and TWS awards.  Clicking on a name at the bottom of each page will take you to a short biography where you can read about the person’s achievements that gained them the honour. We have much to be proud of in the achievements of Canadian wildlife professionals and conservationists!
Finance Committee
Rob Officer
CSTWS Finance Committee Chair
Finance Committee Members needed!
The newly established Canadian section Finance Committee requires two more members. This will be a standing committee working from terms of reference established by the section executive. New appointments and re-appointments to the committee will be established annually by the new President, following the Annual General Meeting of the section in March of each year.

Basic financial acumen would be beneficial but not a requirement. If you, or anyone you know who is a Canadian section member are interested, please contact Rob Officer at

Position activity will start upon appointment.

Canadian Section News
Save the Date!
Joint ACTWS/CSTWS Conference
March 22-24, 2019
Coast Hotel
Canmore, Alberta
CSTWS Members,
We have reserved a block of 70 rooms for the Friday and Saturday nights of the conference, and the rate is good for 3 days before and 3 days after the conference.
Guests can reserve a room(s) online at or by calling central reservations at 1.800.716.6199 and referring to the group name “Alberta Chapter of the Wildlife Society” or the group code: CCM-GFC3820.
We look forward to seeing you there!
The CSTWS Executive Team

Register for the Joint ACTWS/CSTWS Conference by clicking the link below

2nd Call for Papers 

Please submit your abstract directly to  Please try to work within a 300-word limit and follow the standard format in ALCES (see example below).  The Conference theme is “The Research and Management Nexus: Integration and Synergy,” but we encourage papers of any topic related to moose management including biology, habitat, forest management, community interactions, human dimensions, politics, economics, and beyond!  We anticipate a special session focused on winter ticks, diseases, and related issues – please consider a submission if working in this area. Abstracts should be a WORD document and we will edit to a standard format for the Book of Abstracts. We anticipate oral presentations to be 15-25 minutes long with opportunity for questions. We will update the website as sessions develop. 
For those inclined, posters are welcome and easels will be provided within the main conference room for continual display and discussion throughout the meeting.  

     ​Please consider our 2nd call for papers for the 53rd NA Moose Conference to be held in Sugarloaf, Maine on June 10-14, 2019.  We have had a few inquiries but no submissions to date.  The "soft deadline" is Friday, March 29, so please submit your abstracts in the next month.  We will attempt to accommodate everyone submitting! 
Call for Canadian Conservation Articles


The Wildlife Professional is looking for Canadian content!! We are calling to all members to think about putting together an article for feature in The Wildlife Professional, which goes out to all TWS members (approx. 10,000 people).  Anyone with a forward-looking article on the conservation challenges post Canada’s 150th anniversary or changes with caribou or grizzly bear management?  We would love to have more Canadian Content featured.  Please consider sending in a submission.  Please see the following link for submission details: 

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
Contact Ali Hughes-Juneau for more details

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What wildlifers are reading in TWS journals
The top 20 most downloaded papers in 2017
By Nancy Sasavage
TWS Director of Publications and Communications
TWS’ three premier wildlife journals — The Journal of Wildlife Management, Wildlife Monographs and the Wildlife Society Bulletin — support our mission to achieve a positive impact on the sustainability of wildlife populations through the dissemination of science-based wildlife conservation and management.
With online access now included as a membership benefit, TWS members are increasingly engaging with the latest research findings in wildlife science.
In case you missed any of these, here’s a list of the most downloaded papers in 2017.
  1. Free-roaming cat interactions with wildlife admitted to a wildlife hospital
  2. Polar bear attacks on humans: Implications of a changing climate
  3. Determining kill rates of ungulate calves by brown bears using neck-mounted cameras
  4. Effects of control on the dynamics of an adjacent protected wolf population in interior Alaska
  5. Predicting eagle fatalities at wind facilities
  6. How publishing in open access journals threatens science and what we can do about it
  7. Clarifying historical range to aid recovery of the Mexican wolf
  8. Bat mortality due to wind turbines in Canada
  9. Online hunting forums identify achievement as prominent among multiple satisfactions
  10. Inefficiency of evolutionarily relevant selection in ungulate trophy hunting
  11. Investigating impacts of oil and gas development on greater sage-grouse
  12. The role of domestic cats in the admission of injured wildlife at rehabilitation and rescue centers
  13. Consumption of intentional food subsidies by a hunted carnivore
  14. How open access is crucial to the future of science
  15. Predators, predator removal, and sage-grouse: A review
  16. Annual elk calf survival in a multiple carnivore system
  17. Demography of an increasing caribou herd with restricted wolf control
  18. Manipulations of black bear and coyote affect caribou calf survival
  19. Winter diet and hunting success of Canada lynx in Colorado
  20. Overpasses and underpasses: Effectiveness of crossing structures for migratory ungulates

Log into Your Membership to read these papers by going to the “Publications” tab.
We want to thank these authors for choosing to publish with TWS.
Next time you are ready to submit a paper, we hope you will choose a TWS journal as your publication outlet!
Here’s just a few reasons why you should:
  • Universal author guidelines
  • Rapid, rigorous peer review
  • Discounted page charges for members
  • Open access option available
The Student Development Working Group
Greeting Students,
Have you ever heard of the Student Development Working Group? We are a Working Group that promotes increased student awareness of TWS membership benefits, works to expand knowledge and technical capabilities of student members, and helps prepare student members for professional wildlife careers. The working group facilitates networking between students and experienced TWS members by hosting meetings, workshops, poster sessions, a mentoring program, and a student chapter leaders’ breakfast. The working group also selects the recipient of The Wildlife Society’s Student Chapter Advisor of the Year Award.
Our working group features the latest student’s news in The Student Chronicles. We actively post on our TWS Student Development Working Group Facebook page. We delivery new topics, current student research and professional skill building. 
We look forward to be the voice for students to the Parent Society of The Wildlife Society. We are always here to welcome new student members. We look forward to helping and providing for the next generation of the wildlife profession!
If you have any questions about the Student Development Working Group please contact Chair Kristi Confortin at
Please see attached link for the Student Development Working Group Facebook Page, all you have to do is “like” the page to get daily updates!


Student Development International Committee calling for Canadian Student Involvement
The Student Development Working Group is looking for Canadian students interested in being involved and on the Student Development Working Group Committee. The Student Development Working Group would like the committee chair to be a student outside the US, with committee members being from all the countries. Please see the SDWG website at pass this message along to any students that might be interested! 

Those interested can contact and we will provide your name and information forward. 

Thanks to all!

TWS Leadership Institute
The Wildlife Society’s flagship leadership training program, the Leadership Institute, is now accepting applications for its Class of 2018! Select early-career professionals will receive leadership training, mentoring, and a travel grant to attend TWS’ Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, in October 2018.
Participation in the Institute is geared toward early-career professionals, typically individuals 2 to 3 years out of school (either undergraduate or graduate school), currently working full-time in a wildlife professional position, and with demonstrated evidence of their leadership potential. Also eligible are more recent graduates who have shown strong evidence of their leadership potential and those who are working while concurrently pursuing a graduate degree. All applicants must be members in good standing of TWS and a chapter or section of TWS. The selection committee will be seeking to create a diverse group with participants of varying gender, ethnic, and regional diversity, with selection based upon:
  • An excellent academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership capability or potential
  • Demonstrated level of excellence in current position
  • Commitment to and involvement in TWS
Preference will be given to individuals who are certified as Associate Wildlife Biologists® or Certified Wildlife Biologists®, or who have submitted such an application to TWS.
Learn more and apply here.  The application deadline is 18 March 2018.
TWS AGM Sponsers
Sponsorship Policy for The Wildlife Society’s Canadian Section and Manitoba Chapter Joint Annual General Meeting and Conference
March 16 & 17, 2018
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Benefits to TWS

The Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society’s mission is to foster excellence in wildlife stewardship through science and education among wildlife professionals in Canada. Furthermore, the Manitoba Chapter’s mission is to conserve and protect our wildlife resource base through initiatives in public awareness, education and professional development, while promoting and upholding responsible wildlife stewardship. Sponsorship of Chapter and Section events allow us to deliver high-quality, affordable symposia, educational activities, and professional development opportunities to our respective memberships. These activities foster scientific and professional exchange among a diverse group of professionals and students involved in wildlife conservation and management. Sponsorship and donations will help us to achieve our goals.

Sponsorship entails directly funding a specific event or session of an event. Sponsorship does not include providing direct funding to attendees of TWS MB events.
Benefits to Donors and Sponsors

The Canadian Section and Manitoba Chapter have a variety of ways to recognize the generosity of donors and sponsors. These can include opportunities to highlight an organization’s mission, services, products, or work in the environmental, wildlife and conservation field. By supporting TWS Sections and Chapters, organizations can share this information with an active, dedicated group of wildlife managers, researchers and policy makers.
All donations are welcome, but formalized sponsorship categories for this event have been developed to include:

Bison Bronze Sponsor $75 - 200
Acknowledgement in both Chapter and Section newsletter Acknowledgement in program/attendee material

Snapping Turtle Silver Sponsor $200 - 500
Acknowledgement in both Chapter and Section newsletter with logo Acknowledgement on social media accounts Acknowledgement with logo in program/attendee material Verbal acknowledgement at event and signage

Grey Owl Gold Sponsor $500 - 1000
¼ page ad in two issues of Chapter and Section newsletters Acknowledgement on social media accounts Acknowledgement with logo in program/attendee material Verbal acknowledgement at event and signage
Distribution of sponsor’s poster/flyer at event or via social media

Polar Bear Premier Sponsor $1000 +
½ page ad in three issues of newsletter Acknowledgement on social media accounts Acknowledgement with logo in program/attendee material Verbal acknowledgement at event and signage
Distribution of sponsor’s poster/flyer at event or via social media
General Information for Potential Sponsors

- Canadian Section of the Wildlife Society has ~325 members and The Wildlife Society, Manitoba Chapter has ~200 members, both of which include students and professionals who work in government, academia, and private enterprise.

Newsletter distribution:
- The Canadian Section issues six newsletters annually, while the Manitoba Chapter issues three newsletters annually. Newsletters are sent to all members and posted on each organization’s respective websites.

Social media accounts:
- The Manitoba Chapter has active Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.
*This policy was adapted from The Wildlife Society, Manitoba Chapter’s General Sponsorship Policy and approved for this event by Erin McCance, President of the Canadian Section, and Brian Kiss, President of the Manitoba Chapter.
Polar Bear Premium Sponsers
Grey Owl Gold Sponsers
Snapping Turtle Silver Sponsers
Wildlife Job Board

Albert W. Franzmann and Distinguished Colleagues Memorial Award, 2019: 

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 continuing1 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.

For more information please CLICK HERE


Ecologist - Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc.

Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc. (Al-Pac) is seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic and supportive team player for the role of Ecologist. This is a full-time permanent position working Monday-Thursday, 7:00a.m. – 5:00p.m at our millsite near Boyle, AB. The successful candidate will receive a competitive annual salary including paid pension and matching RRSP program, 4-weeks annual vacation, company paid dental and extended health benefits, with many additional employee incentives. For candidates requiring relocation, Alberta-Pacific offers an attractive relocation assistance package

for more information please CLICK HERE


Post-doctoral position in Quantitative Ecology/Statistics and Disease Ecology at NCSU

North Carolina State University is seeking a post-doctoral position focused on statistical ecology primarily working on a large collaborative NSF EEID project “Unearthing the environmental, host, and nontuberculous mycobacterial factors that interact to cause lung disease in the Hawaiian Islands”.  The candidate will also have the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects in addition to the NSF study including species distribution modeling, data integration, movement ecology, spatiotemporal modeling and environmental statistics.  The candidate will be required to spend 50% of their time on the NSF EEID project and the rest of their time can be spent exploring other projects with collaborators at NCSU (Forestry and Environmental Resources, Statistics, Applied Ecology), Duke, UNC, the NC Museum of Natural Sciences or elsewhere.

For more information, please CLICK HERE


Executive Director with the Alberta Chapter of The Wildlife Society

The Alberta Chapter of The Wildlife Society (ACTWS) is pleased to announce that we are seeking an Executive Director (ED) to lead our organization. In this exciting position, the successful candidate will interact with a multi-disciplinary team of wildlife professionals to advocate for, and advance the conservation of, wildlife and other natural resources in the province.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and names and contact information for three references as a single .pdf to Dr. Everett Hanna, President of the Alberta Chapter of The Wildlife Society, at the following email address: president AT actws dot ca.

Application Deadline: Until suitable candidate found

For more information please CLICK HERE





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