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February 2017
Vol. 10 Issue No. 1


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

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Executive Reports
President's Message
Dee Patriquin
Canadian Section President
Senior Environmental Scientist, Solstice Canada
and Adjunct Professor, University of Alberta

The days are getting longer, and I’ve already heard reports of Canada geese sighted around central Alberta. Spring is coming – soon – as is the joint CSEE and CSTWS conference in Victoria! The executive has been busy over the past few months planning for the joint meeting, an effort led by our President-elect, Erin McCance. Our Past President, Mark Boyce developed a symposium on Uncertainty that will feature guest speakers from around North America, including Ken Williams, the Executive Director of TWS. In addition to our AGM, we’ll also be hosting a meeting of the BCTWS, a gathering of BC professionals interested in re-establishing this Chapter. And of course we’ll have papers contributed by student and professional members from across Canada, and our awards announcement, including the Ian McTaggart-Cowan Lifetime Achievement Award. Student travel awards are available (please see our website), and space is still available for conference workshops and field trips.

Other recent initiatives included strategic planning, partly in response to a request from Ken Williams to identify areas where TWS might help promote growth of the Canadian Section. The other incentive was last year’s donation from the Larry Norman Comin estate. A strategic planning subcommittee will continue to develop strategic planning to help promote our Section, and its capacity to support our members across Canada. Watch for a report on these activities at our AGM, May 9th at the CSEE-CSTWS conference.  Hope to see many of you there!

Representative's Report
Art Rodgers
Canadian Section Representative to Council
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests

Scramble, scramble, scramble…once again it’s that time of year when I find myself scrambling to complete plans for upcoming field work while writing and reviewing reports from the various subcommittees that I Chair or contribute to for the upcoming mid-year Council meeting. The mid-year TWS Council meeting will be held in Spokane, Washington, 5-6 March 2017, in conjunction with the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference. Please let me know 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.
As I mentioned in my last report, TWS received a large number of applications for the CEO/Executive Director position to succeed Ken Williams who will be retiring July 1, 2017. The search committee has managed to narrow down the field for interviews that will be held just prior to the mid-year Council meeting. The Publications Subcommittee of Council completed interviews for the next Editor of Wildlife Monographs and will be making a recommendation to Council at the mid-year meeting. Watch for the upcoming announcements.
Here are a few more things that Council and staff at TWS headquarters have been working on over the last couple of months;
  • Staff are continuing efforts to reduce the number of organization unit officers that are unreported to the parent society. There has also been an effort to ensure that organization unit officers are members of the parent society as required by the bylaws. Subunits that are not in compliance with these requirements will be issued one-year dissolution notices. If you are an officer of any Canadian TWS subunit, please make sure your subunit has reported this information to Wildlife Programs Coordinator Mariah Simmons.
  • Significant efforts have been made to promote the 2017 TWS Awards Program, with primary emphasis on the earlier deadlines for the Group Achievement, TWS Fellows, and Publications Awards.
  • In December, Government Affairs staff drafted and delivered a letter to President-elect Trump and his transition team that provided an introduction to The Wildlife Society and offered TWS assistance on addressing matters relating to wildlife management and conservation. Included with this letter was a two-page transition document that highlighted major policy areas of interest for TWS.
  • Wiley’s ScholarOne submission for TWS journals now includes the option for authors to create and attach an ORCID identification number. ORCID is an identifier for individuals to use with their name so that their research activities, in particular scholarly publications, are correctly connected to the individual. This addition keeps our journals current with trends in scholarly publishing.
  • The Wildlife Professional Editorial Advisory Board completed and distributed a reader survey at the end of January. If you did not complete the survey, please send me any comments or suggestions about how the magazine may be improved to meet the needs of Canadian members of TWS. Even better, why not think about writing an article for TWP that highlights an issue or showcases the tremendous work going on in Canada!
Returning to the subject of TWS Awards, I want to extend a HUGE THANKYOU to Evie Merrill for spearheading Canadian nominations for these awards. Two nominations for TWS Fellows and one for a Group Achievement Award were submitted – fantastic! Two nominations were also submitted for a TWS Publication Award, even though the deadline is March 1 – there is still time to submit more! The deadline for all other TWS Awards is May 1. If you would like to suggest a nominee for any TWS award, or you would like assistance in preparing a nomination, please contact Awards Chair, Evie Merrill (, me, or any member of the Canadian Section Executive as soon as possible for further information.
The call for applications for the Leadership Institute “Class of 2017” was released at the end of 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, Brian Kiss in 2016). 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 17, 2017.
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 Victoria, British Columbia, May 7-11, 2017 (, and/or the 24th Annual TWS Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 23-27, 2017 (
Will Spring be early or late? Which groundhog are you betting on!?
Wildlife Trivia
This member of the Order Anura is the only species that can freeze solid to over-winter. Most frogs survive northern winters by hibernating deep under water, in ponds, lakes and streams, becoming cold and dormant but their body temperature never falls below freezing. This species remains in the leaf litter on the forest floor and freezes to sub-zero temperatures!

This species' liver produces large amounts of glucose that flushes into every cell in its body. This syrupy sugar solution prevents the cells from freezing and binds the water molecules inside the cells to prevent dehydration.

Name this species!

Answer at the bottom of the newsletter.
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Uncertainty in Ecology and Conservation
 I am very pleased with the program that we have compiled for our symposium at CSEE. Speakers and tentative titles are confirmed.  Tulja and Walters get 30-min slots and all others are 15 minutes each.  Outline and program attached.  This will happen on May 8 but the organizers still have not advised whether it will be morning or afternoon.  
 - Mark Boyce (Past President of CSTWS)

Environmental variability occurs in all ecological systems and can substantially alter our ability to anticipate appropriate conservation action.  Management inaction because of insufficient data would be irresponsible in context of uncertainty due to environmental variability or climate change.  Decisions for resource management including fisheries, forestry, and wildlife management will be made irrespective of uncertainty.  Climate change brings particular focus on uncertainty because predictions of future environments vary substantially among global circulation models, even for the same locality.  Variation in vital rates is fundamental to population viability analysis, for example.  Conservation biologists have a variety of ways to cope with such uncertainty including adaptive management, stochastic simulation studies, and structured decision analysis.  A path forward is to provide resource managers with tools that can help them to make the best decisions possible given available information.  We propose to bring together some of the world’s leading specialists on environmental variability and its consequences, and practitioners who have experience coping with uncertainty. 

Confirmed speakers:
  • Shripad Tuljapurkar, Stanford University: “Demographic uncertainty with consequences for population growth”
  • Katie Christie, Alaska:  “Incorporating climate uncertainty into models of Spectacled Eider survival in Alaska”
  • Ken Williams, The Wildlife Society, Bethesda, MD:  “Managing natural resources in the face of uncertainty in future environments”
  • Anne Loosen, University of Alberta, Edmonton: “Uncertainty in wildlife monitoring and management”
  • Cameron Carlyle, University of Alberta, “Climate variation causes dynamics in carbon sequestration and storage in grassland soils”
  • Carl Walters, UBC, Vancouver: “The widespread failure of adaptive management in fisheries”
Canadian Section 2016-2017 Webinar Series

Brought to you by the Education Committee of the Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society, the 2016/2017 Webinar Series is covering some excellent topics this year, including:

  • Human-consumer resource dynamics - John Fryxell, University of Guelph - Mar 31, 12:00-1:00 central time
  • Quantitative methods in ecology - Dolph Schluter, University of British Columbia - Apr 28, 12:00-1:00 central time

For more information on the webinar series contact:

2017 Travel Award Applications for CSTWS AGM in Victoria, BC May 7 - 11

DEADLINE: April 1, 2017

The Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society (CSTWS) is pleased to provide a travel award for CSTWS student members presenting a paper or poster at the Joint Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society and Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution in Victoria, British Columbia on May 7-11 2017. Travel Awards are for up to $1000 but typically are $500/student. 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 1 April 2017.

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, see for more information);
  2. applicable additional information about conference travel expenses; and
  3. abstract of paper/poster that was submitted to the Program Committee.
The deadline for completed applications to be received is 1 April 2017. All applicants will be notified of the outcome by mid April.
Volunteer Help Wanted!!
Are you artistic or clever in design and want to help the Canadian Section?

We are looking for a volunteer to help us create the Awards’s Wall of Fame.
We need your help in contacting past Award recipients and getting photos and short write-ups of to place on our website. Then, we need your help designing how to put the photos together creatively via categories and linkages.  You will work with the Awards Committee and website manager.
If interested, please contact Evelyn Merrill at
Call for 2017-2018 Executive Nominations
It's that time again - CSTWS Executive Nominations!

This is the first call for nominations to the 2017 - 2018 executive committee of the Canadian Section. Check out the various executive positions and your current executive officers here.


More information will be sent to you by e-mail (
Nominate your Colleagues for a TWS Award

Nominations submitted to The Canadian Section:
Deadline - 15 March 2017
Ian Mctaggart-Cowan Lifetime Achievement Award
Distinguished Service Award

Nomination submitted to The Wildlife Society:
Deadline - 01 February 2017
Fellows Program
Group Achievement Award
Deadline - 01 March 2017
Wildlife Publication Award
Deadline - 01 May 2017
Aldo Leopold Award
Caeser Kleberg Award for Excellence in Applied Wildlife Research
Diversity Award
Special Recognition Service Award
The Jay "Ding" Darling Award for Wildlife Stewardship Through Art
Jim McDonough Award
Honorary Membership
Chapter, Student Chapter, and Student Chapter Advisor of the Year Awards
Rusch Memorial Game Bird Research Scholarship
Excellence in Wildlife Education Award
Conservation Education Award

For more information on awards visit the CSTWS website here or e-mail the Awards Committee Chair Evelyn Merrill at

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
Wildlife Jobs

Wildlife Jobs

Assistant Professor - Fish and Wildlife Biology, McGill University
Rail Technician - The Ohio State University
Loon Technician - Biodiversity Research Institute
Waterfowl Technicians - University of Delaware
Sea Duck Technician - South Illinois University
Migration Monitoring Assistant - Thunder Cape Bird Observatory
Aquatic Avian Ecotoxicology Field Assistant - UBC
Shorebird Technician - James Bay Shorebird Project
Seabird Technician - UNB
Egg Salvage Tech - California Waterfowl
Biological Sciences Tech - USGS
Whooping Crane Biologist (Casual) - CWS

Graduate Opportunities

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Trivia Answer...   Wood frog (Lithobates sylvaticus)

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