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CANADIAN SECTION
NEWSLETTER

October 2019
Vol. 12 Issue No. 2

Mission

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

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President's Message
Dr. Sonja Leverkus, PhD, Pag RPBio FIT EP
Canadian Section President
Ecosystem Scientist and AFE Certified Wildlife Fire Practioner
Shifting Mosaics Consulting
Adjunct Professor, University of Alberta 

 
It is such an honour to greet you during this time of great growth for the Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society. As you will note in our newsletter and on our website, we are making great strides ahead and as always, we look to all of our members to be engaged however you may be able to. Your considerate donation of time brings support and success to our Section and we are ever grateful to all the shoulders we stand on today to continue moving positively into the future. There are many people who continue to be the mitochondria of the CSTWS from student chapters to the considerable executives in each province to the great folks who join our conferences and participate in discussion and leadership opportunities – a great big thank you to all of you for every ounce of energy and care you contribute!  Mussi/mahsi cho!  Wuujo asaana laa! I find the passion and dedication to our Society is beyond measure and beyond what I have ever experienced in the past. It is a privilege to support this very well oiled machine.  
 
As many of us across this great country shift into the winter season, I would urge each of you to think about how you interact with wildlife and its habitat and how you can continue to be a champion for change to ensure good lives and habitat for our four-legged, two-legged, feathered and winged, shelled and clawed neighbours that we share this land with.  Whether that may be volunteering with the Section, writing and publishing your research in our journal, teaching broadly about wildlife in your classes and labs, talking with the future leaders of our world in elementary classes or taking guests out on your trapline – we are all in this together.
 
As Dr. McCance has noted – we hope to see you at our joint conference in Ontario in the coming year and we hope you engage with us through the website and other professional development opportunities in the near future.
 
While life in the north often takes me away from the luxury of cell service, please contact me at anytime should you have questions, comments, suggestions, or a good wildlife story to share at cstwspresident@gmail.com.
 
Onwards and upwards together we stand for wildlife and its habitat.  Nuhata hageta.


- Sonja Leverkus, President – Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society 

                  
 
Canadian Section Representative
Dr. Evelyn Merrill PhD, CWB®
CSTWS Representative to Council
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
University of Alberta 

 
Well, the Reno Joint TWS and AFS Annual Meeting was quite something! There was a crowd approaching 5,000 with a new record set for attendance of TWS members over all past years! There were several plenary sessions, many, many symposia and presentations, wonderful networking through working groups, a Women in Wildlife symposium, a LGBTQ lunch, and a fun mixer with students, and a huge trade-show. Strides to include Diversity in our profession was recognized by a “TWS: All Are Welcome” button provided to registrants. The Reception of the Canadian Section and Friends was another smashing success this year. The Aldo Leopold Memorial Award, the highest award given by TWS, was awarded to Alan Wentz, a retired chief conservation officer for Ducks Unlimited and President of TWS in 1992-1993.  But congratulations also go to Art Rodgers, past CSTWS President and Section Representative for becoming a TWS Fellow, the Alberta Conservation Association who received the Group Achievement Award, and the Alberta Chapter who received the Chapter of The Year Award! Great job everyone!! 

Council activities started Friday night prior to the main meeting with a refresher of TWS Bylaws and Procedures for new Council (as well as current) members in the form of trivia game lead by the new TWS President, Gary White (a lively beginning). Among major issues presented to and discussed by Council were:
  • Finances: TWS finances are healthy with a good budget surplus expected due to the Annual Meeting attendance and sponsorships, investments faring well, and a growing membership.  
  • Governance: A re-examination of TWS governance documents to strengthen and clarify their policies and consideration of document with TWS rules regarding Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Harassment, and Bullying. Bylaws will be condensed by removing specific operations/procedures from them and establishing a procedures document. A Section and Chapter Resource Guide was completed to help organizational units.  
  • Publications: Announcement for a new Editor-in-Chief for the Wildlife Society Bulletin has gone out (Canadians apply!). Impact factors for the journals have remained about the same but downloads of article have increased by as much as 19%; a new central hub for TWS Journals has been developed for easier access. There is support for Open Access but how it will be done requires further financial consideration. Reminder that all TWS members have free access to the 3 TWS journals.
  • Governmental Affairs: Staff have been working on Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish & Wildlife Resources recommendation to fund state efforts to conserve fish and wildlife species, to ensure the Endangered Species Act retains science as the foundation for decision making, to improve tools necessary to prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species and wildlife disease; they co-hosted a session on Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA), directed at annual funding to state and tribal fish and wildlife agencies for the conservation and monitoring of at-risk species. Review and approval of Issue Statement on Delisting Grizzly Bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, whereas further discussion was warranted on Best Practices for Furbearer Trapping. Conservation Affairs Network e-newsletters to keep units engaged and informed have continued. Completion of policy document: USFWS and TWS joint report on Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Groups in the Natural Resource Management Workforce. It was agreed that more efforts on governmental policy are needed and a vacant internship position will be filled as a starting point.
  • Professional development: 232 CWB/AWB Certification applications (+16% above goal) were approved with 85 renewals (+42%); LI program successfully completed for ten participants with Alumnae engagement; in collaboration with the US Forest Service, TWS selected five students for summer engagements in Native American Research Assistantships.
  • TWS Office: Discussion of an evaluation of the Headquarters Property was initiated addressing options for the best use and alternatives for this current space considering changes in access, finances, success of virtual communications, and staff accommodation.
  • Canadian Section MOU: Council was updated on relevant issues related to CSTWS MOU and liaison with Canadian Chapters. Discussion of MOU revisions continue considering the best interests of the Canadian Chapters.  
If you have any questions on any of these please do not hesitate to email or call me. 
In the days ahead, I am on several committees (Position Statements [Chair], Bylaws, Publications, TWS Fellows, Group Achievement Award, Policy Priorities Liaison Ad Hoc Committee) to provide Canadian perspectives. I also encourage each of you to make your interest known and become involved! Please also think about upcoming TWS awards (described on web site) and continue to nominate our worthy Canadian Colleagues. 

Evie Merrill
Canadian Section Representative
emerrill@ualberta.ca/ 
780-492-2842 
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,
 
I hope this newsletter finds you all doing well and taking advantage of every opportunity to be out hiking, hunting, and enjoying the brisk fall air before winter is upon us.  
 
There are many exciting things happening within the Canadian Section right now. We have submitted an application package for Charitable Status with the Government of Canada. Our package was submitted in July with an estimated 6-9 month turn around on notification. We hope we will be successful in this quest and will keep the membership posted on outcomes. Further, given our Incorporation Status, we are now working closely with TWS on the development of an MOU that best meets the needs of TWS and the CSTWS. 
 
Our website is currently being re-designed and enhanced. The website’s new look and platform will increase our ability to better meet member needs including online membership renewal, online conference registration capacity, merchandise purchase options, along with many other updated features. We are working hard to make the CSTWS website a “one stop” location for all the information, historical and present, that you desire as a member. We are very excited for the future launch of the new website which we are expecting will be in place by the new year.
 
We are also in the process of designing a new logo for the CSTWS. Our original logo is the fantastic artwork and creative contribution of Kathreen Ruckstuhl, one of our CSTWS past Presidents. This original logo has served us well during our first decade as a Section. Thank you Kathreen for this significant contribution. In order for us to move forward with marketing materials and reproduction of this logo, we find ourselves at a time when we require a high resolution logo and as such, we embark on a new logo design. Timing of this new logo coincides well with our new incorporation status and the website re-design. We will keep the membership apprized of logo design developments as they unfold.
 
Recently, we sent out a CSTWS Membership survey. The survey closed earlier this week and we will be taking time to evaluate member responses and prepare a summation of the survey outcomes. These outcomes will be shared with all of you via email, in our next newsletter, as well as posted on our website. This CSTWS Membership survey is an important tool to guide next steps so we can best meet membership needs and interests.  

Many Canadians were able to attend the 26th Annual TWS Conference (this year a joint conference with AFS) in Reno, Nevada. This was a fantastic event, welcoming close to 5000 attendees, being hailed the largest gathering of fish and wildlife biologists in North American history. Hats off to the outstanding job by TWS and AFS staff and colleagues on putting together such a successful event. During the event, the CSTWS held their annual Welcome Reception, which was enjoyed by many Canadians and non-Canadians alike. A big THANK YOU to Lotek who has been our event sponsor since the beginning!  Additional thanks to all of our CSTWS Student Travel Award winners who ran the event, developed ice breakers, and allocated prizes! Thank you to each of you! Joe, our awards chair, will highlight all of the award winners that were announced at the TWS Conference in Reno but I wanted to extend my congratulations to all of our CSTWS Student Travel Award winners, the Alberta Chapter on winning TWS Chapter of the year, to Art Rodgers on becoming a TWS Fellow, and to the Alberta Conservation Association on winning the TWS Group Achievement Award. Wonderful to see so many Canadians at the awards podium!
 
You will note in this newsletter that we have also set a date for a Joint Conference of the CSTWS and the Ontario Chapter to be held in Peterborough Ontario on March 27-29, 2020. Please Save the Date!! Our AGM which will also take place at the event. We hope that many of you can attend this conference and the AGM!!
 
Should any of our members wish to become more involved on one of our standing committees, with our educational webinar series, on the CSTWS Board, or with any of our ongoing initiatives, please reach out!! We would love to hear from you! Should you have any questions or comments, please email anytime: emccance@shaw.ca.

Sent with best wishes,
Erin McCance
Conservation Affairs Committee
Christopher E. Smith
Certified Wildlife Biologist
Chair Conservation Affairs Committee
General
  • Our CAC roster remains largely from Chapters from the province of Ontario west. We will be meeting at the end of October after a break over the summer/early fall.
  • Commencing this fall the CAC weekly e-news which captures wildlife and related public policy news from across Canada will be distributed to all CSTWS members. It will replace “Canadian Clips” and will be called “Conservation E-News”. 
Policy Priorities (2019-2020)
  • Over the coming months CAC will be focusing on two priorities - Engaging Indigenous Peoples in Wildlife Conservation/Management and CWD
Policy Activities
  • AB Chapter led a joint letter supported by the BC Chapter and CSTWS to Parks Canada re Mountain Parks Management Planning outlining perspectives and concerns relative to managing human/wildlife conflicts and associated staffing, funding for science support, and reinvesting in social science capacity. 
  • MB Chapter sent a letter to the MB Government on proposed Lake Winnipeg Measures to Enhance Sustainability emphasizing the need for increased financial and staff resources to ensure the collection of science-based information. 
  • AB Chapter submitted a letter to the AB Government providing comments on the draft agreement between the AB and the Canadian Government for the Conservation and Recovery of Woodland Caribou in Alberta. Highlights included comments on forest management practices, oil and gas development ad access, and their potential impacts on woodland caribou and associated habitat.   
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 
Certification Committee
The 2019 AGM Certification Workshop
The workshop was a great success with approximately 30 in attendance. The audience was a nice mix of CWBs, wildlife biologists, and students. The agenda included the following: 
  • An overview of TWS certification process and the initiatives taken by the Certification Committee (Don Barnes)
  • Dr. Rick Baydack, representing the University of Manitoba talked about how his university has developed curricula that conform to TWS certification standards.
NOTE: Favourable mention was given to Lakehead University, University of Northern British Columbia, and Lethbridge College, who have structured their curricula in a similar manner. Other colleges and universities are encouraged to have their curricula endorsed by the Certification Review Board (CRB).
  • Dave Ealey, a member of the certification committee and the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists (ASPB) talked about the possibilities of future collaboration with the Certification Committee.
  • 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) gave testimonials about why/how certification has been important for them in their wildlife careers. A healthy discussion ensued in which the audience had a chance to interact with the presenters. 
  • The participants were divided into two groups and two discussion topics were dealt with: What mechanisms can be initiated to promote and increase awareness of CSTWS Certification? and What needs to be done to cater to the cohort of wildlife biologists that are being deprived of professional status because of course deficiencies?  Each group provided a synopsis of their respective discussions. I have a record of these proceedings and will use their recommendations in the future to affect change.
  • The workshop ended with a recap of the workshop.
AGM Networking and Mentorship
In the last newsletter, I presented the protocol for involvement in the mentorship program developed by the Certification Committee. Since that time there has been a healthy movement toward involvement in this program. I was delighted that as part of the 2019 AGM, Justine Josephson-Laidlaw (then, CSTWS Student Chapter Representative) organized a networking session to connect students/wildlife biologists with wildlife professionals. In my certification session, I had a chance to connect with 8 students and 1 young working biologist. This type of activity dovetails nicely with our mentorship initiative as it provided the opportunity for those interested in certification for some one-on-one with a CWB.
 
Update on the ad hoc Curriculum Review Committee (CRC)
In the last CSTWS Newsletter I talked about the CRC. This committee was proposed by the Certification Committee in response to a need to structure college and university courses to better prepare students for a career as wildlife biology professionals. After some discussion, our steering group has arrived at a tentative list of educators from across Canada. Having said that, we are still open to other possibilities. If you would like to recommend a professor, send an email to me at (CSTWSCertificationCommittee@gmail.com) explaining your rationale. Our next step is to begin reaching to these educators. To aid the process, I have roughed out a Terms of Reference for CRC. This is an important initiative and deserves to be pursued. Hopefully, in the next newsletter I will be able to report more positively.
 
Committee of Biological Professionals 
The Certification Committee is proposing the formation of a committee which would see representation from the TWS Certification Committee, the two provincial certification programs—British Columbia-College of Applied Biologists (BC-CAB) and Alberta Society of Professional Biologists (ASPB)—, a national program—Environmental Careers Organization of Canada (ECO Canada)—, and two international societies—the American Fisheries Society (AFS) and the Ecological Society of America (ESA)—. Thus far, contact has been made with BC-CAB, ASPB, and ECO Canada. Soon, we will reach out to our sister societies, AFS and ESA. This type of committee would be indeed a force to be reckoned with as it involves fish & wildlife and their ecosystems and environment. 
 
Development of Certification Articles
At the last AGM, Dr. Erin McCance and I were approached by Dr. Lu Carbyn about publishing on wildlife certification in Canada. It was decided that I should be lead author with 7 co-authors (Dr. Lu Carbyn plus 6 from the Certification Committee; Dr. Erin McCance, Al Arsenault, Dave Ealey, Dr. Everett Hannu, Jessica Melsted, and Justine Josephson-Laidlaw). We agreed on a two-article approach: one paper would deal with the evolution of certification programs designed to create professional wildlife biologists in Canada and the other would shed a Canadian perspective on why there are not more TWS members opting for certification. Currently, we are in an information gathering mode.
 
Don Barnes, Chair, CSTWS Certification Committee
CSTWSCertificationCommittee@gmail.com
Awards Committee
Dr. Joseph Northrup, PhD
CSTWS Awards Committee Chair
Research Scientist, Wildlife Research and Monitoring Section
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Congratulations to Canadian award recipients!
At the annual meeting of The Wildlife Society in Reno, Nevada, several Canadians were honoured with awards. Art Rodgers of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry received the TWS Fellows Award. This award recognizes current TWS members who have distinguished themselves through exceptional service to the wildlife profession. This is a lifetime appointment and TWS fellows are ambassadors for The Wildlife Society. Congratulations to Art on this well-deserved honour! 

                      
                                Dr. Art Rodgers receiving the TWS Fellowship Award
 
The Alberta Chapter was honoured as the recipient of the Chapter of the Year Award. This award pays tribute to and recognizes exceptional achievement by local chapters. Congratulations to the Alberta Chapter on this honour!
 
                      
Dr. Evie Merrill accepting the Chapter of the Year Award on behalf of the Alberta Chapter
 
The Alberta Conservation Association received the Group Achievement Award. This award recognizes an organization’s outstanding wildlife achievement that is consistent with advancing the objectives of The Wildlife Society. The Alberta Conservation Association received this award for their innovative and dedicated conservation efforts in Alberta. Congratulations to the Alberta Conservation Association for this honour!
 

Student Travel Grants
The Canadian Section was able to assist 6 Canadian graduate students with their travel expenses to attend TWS’ 26th Annual Conference held September 29 – October 3 in Reno, Nevada. All 6 had been accepted to present their research at the conference, in either oral or poster form. The students included: 
  • Sophiane Béland, MSc student Université Laval
  • Jessica Lang, MSc student University of Manitoba
  • Levi Newediuk, PhD student Memorial University 
  • Christina Prokopenko, PhD student Memorial University
  • Helena Rheault, PhD student Trent University
  • Kathryn Yarchuk, BSc student University of Manitoba
We are grateful that these students followed the tradition of assisting with the Canadian Reception. Travel grant recipients are required to share highlights of their attendance at the conference. We’ll begin with Levi and Helena, with other students to be featured in future newsletters.

Levi Newediuk
       
 
Levi Newediuk, PhD Student at Memorial University 

 
The Wildlife Society and American Fisheries Society joint conference brought together thousands of researchers this past October. This being my first large international conference, I was unsure what to expect when I arrived in Reno, NV, but I quickly settled into an atmosphere that I found very welcoming, engaging, and intellectually stimulating. My conference began with a session called Wildlife Space Use, where researchers presented on relationships they’d found between individual behaviour and habitat selection. Over the next several days I attended several Biometrics sessions, talks about predator-prey interactions, and some talks very closely related to my own research on tying offspring survival to population level fitness. My own session was Biometrics IV, where I talked about a paper I recently submitted with my colleagues that explores new methods for predicting animal distributions. Following my talk, I discussed our work with a faculty member from the University of Rhode Island who is using a different approach to work on a very similar problem. At the CSTWS Welcome Reception on Monday evening, I met many of the CSTWS Board of Directors. I followed the reception by attending the Monday evening poster session, where I also met and chatted with fellow graduate students and faculty from University of Wyoming, Utah State University, and University of Minnesota. We discussed different methods for modelling animal movement, and some of the challenges associated with using shared, long-term data sets. I was able to follow up on some of these conversations when our lab invited some of these folks to a barbecue potluck we hosted on the last evening of the conference. In short, the conference was a fantastic opportunity to network and form the foundations of future collaborations. I look forward to seeing everyone at future TWS and CSTWS meetings!
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Helena Rheault

             
 Helena Rheault, PhD Student at Trent University

This year I attended the Wildlife Society conference in Reno, Nevada, which was my first professional conference. I presented a student research in progress poster on my PhD proposal titled “The role of navigation in driving animal movement decisions”.  I found this to be a very positive learning experience, where I received a lot of constructive feedback from my peers and colleagues. I challenged myself to attend as many talks and professional networking events as I could, which allowed me to meet other scientists who are interested in similar research topics as me, which sparked lots of exciting and thought-provoking discussion. I am now working to integrate this new information into my own research as I continue to develop my PhD proposal. In particular, I enjoyed attending symposia on “women in wildlife” and “communicating science”. I also participated in a habitat selection modeling workshop, which will be useful when I begin some of my future research chapters. Overall, I really enjoyed attending this conference and I look forward to attending more of these conferences in the future. I would like to express my gratitude for being selected as one of the recipients of the 2019 TWS Travel Awards, because this financial assistance helped make my attendance possible.
Graduate Student Award for Moose Research
 
The Albert W. Franzmann and Distinguished Colleagues Memorial Award is a competitive annual award for graduate students working on the biology and management of moose within their circumpolar distribution or other ungulates or mammalian carnivores overlapping moose range. Deadline is March 15, 2020.

For details see the Alces website. Applicants, recipients of this award or not, are encouraged to apply for the Alces “Newcomer’s Travel Award” that will assist their attendance at the Alces annual conference (see “Travel Awards” at above website). 
First Call for 2020 Nominations
CSTWS Awards Committee

 
Ian McTaggart-Cowan Lifetime Achievement Award
The Canadian Section Awards Committee is pleased to announce that nominations are open for the 2020 Ian McTaggart-Cowan Lifetime Achievement Award. This highest honour from the Canadian Section recognizes and celebrates individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the understanding, conservation, and/or management of wildlife in Canada over the course of 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 TWS’ highest honour, the Aldo Leopold Memorial 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.

See more details and an application form on the Canadian Section website: http://cstws.ca/

This award is given at the Annual General Meeting of the CSTWS, which is scheduled to occur 27–29 March 2020 in Peterborough, ON. The deadline for submitting nominations is 4 January 2020. Nominations should be submitted to Joe Northrup, Chair of the CSTWS Awards Committee, joseph.northrup@ontario.ca.

Early-2020 deadlines for TWS Fellow, Group Achievement, and Wildlife Publication Awards.
The Fellows Program of TWS recognizes members who have distinguished themselves through exceptional service to the wildlife profession. TWS Fellows serve as ambassadors of The Wildlife Society and as such are encouraged to engage in outreach and other activities that will benefit and promote TWS and the wildlife profession. TWS Fellows are appointed for life. Nominations for TWS Fellows must be submitted to TWS by 1 February 2020.

The Group Achievement Award of TWS recognizes an organization’s outstanding wildlife achievement that is consistent with and/or assists in advancing the objectives of The Wildlife Society. The organization selected can be private or governmental, and their activities have been primarily regional, national, or international in scope. Accomplishments, while they may be long-term, should include important contributions within the last three years. Nominations for the Group Achievement Award must be submitted to TWS by 1 February 2020.

The Wildlife Publication Awards program of TWS has broadened considerably in past years, representing the entire scientific literature of wildlife biology and management including technical journal articles, monographs, bulletins, books, and edited works. Diverse subject disciplines are eligible for consideration, although the committee will not consider fishery publications as these are the prerogative of the American Fisheries Society. Nominations for Wildlife Publications Awards must be submitted to TWS by 1 March 2020.  

Information and application materials for these awards, and for many others with less-pressing deadlines, are located on The Wildlife Society’s website, www.wildlife.org/engage/awards

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.  The plan is to link these photos to corresponding write-ups, so that clicking on a name or photo will allow you to read about the person’s achievements that gained them the honour. 
Updates from our Canadian Chapters
Alberta Chapter
The Alberta Chapter has had an extraordinary few months. On top of our ongoing advocacy for science in wildlife biology in Alberta both in grizzly bear protection and intergovernmental agreements for caribou recovery, we participated in outreach events (presented to class of steward students from a Calgary High School, Edmonton Wildlife Festival), announced our 2020 conference for 13 – 15 March in Camrose and launched our rebuilt website (www.actws.ca). If you haven’t visited our site recently, check out the feature “Where are they now?” that is posted each week on our home page.

Something new for the ACTWS in the past year was to commission a study on the cumulative effects of forestry on the east slopes of southern Alberta. The draft report was delivered to our executive this month for review. We will be analyzing the results and following-up with our membership, stakeholders and the province in the new year. Look for a presentation on the program during the 2020 conference.

To cap it all off, we were named as The Wildlife Society Chapter of the Year for 2019 at the TWS conference in Reno in September. What a great honour, and a recognition of the hard work that our executive and members put into achieving our mission every day. 
 
Saskatchewan Chapter  
The Saskatchewan Chapter held our annual Conservation Expo in Regina this past September with 60+ people attending. We saw a slew of new memberships get taken out and had a good selection of poster presentations from work being done around the province. We had two keynote speakers at the event: Shayna Hamilton – an MSc student at the University of Regina – gave a talk about her work with invasive Prussian Carp (Carassius gibelio) that have been recently identified here in Saskatchewan: and Dr. Mark Boyce from the University of Alberta gave a talk in regards to Ecological Theory for the North American Model. Mark also gave a very detailed seminar on Resource Selection Functions to a fully filled room. Overall our largest event as a chapter went smoothly and we were excited to see how we have grown as a chapter and are able to offer new networking and learning opportunities to our members. We are looking forward to the coming year and welcoming some new members to our executive. 

Manitoba Chapter
The Manitoba Chapter has three Mixers coming up this fall. All three Mixers will be an excellent time, but we are particularly excited about the Western and Northern Mixers – one of the Chapter’s current priorities is increasing participation and availability of events to our members in more remote regions. On October 9th, our Undergraduate and Graduate Executive members held a Student Discussion night at the University of Manitoba on “Predator Culling” with an attendance of 15 enthusiastic students. We are actively working towards increasing workshops that can meet the needs of both professional and student interests, including an R-workshop, media engagement training and more frequent networking events.

Newfoundland Chapter
The Newfoundland Chapter is regrouping after conferences and field work at the beginning of the month. We are planning a November mixer event at Memorial University and winter photo contest and fundraiser. We have initiated a partnership with the Memorial University’s Biology Graduate Student Association and another local organization, Nature NL, to help facilitate wildlife and conservation-related social events on campus.
Canadian Section News

Save the Date!

                                      
Join us for the

Ontario Chapter/Canadian Section

Joint TWS Conference
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March 27-29, 2020
Peterborough, Ontario 


Wildlife Professionals and Students Welcome! 
 
 Holiday Inn Hotel
    Peterborough Waterfront
150 George St N, Peterborough
K9J 3G5

 
Upcoming Webinars
 
Thursday January 9th, 1pm (ET): Dr. William Halliday
Arctic Acoustic Environments: The impacts of climate change and shipping activity on marine wildlife.

Monday February 10th, 2pm (ET): Dr. Andrew Derocher
Climate change impacts on polar bears 

Wednesday April 29th, 12pm (ET): Dr. Tal Avgar
R package for animal movement, managing tracking data, and conducting habitat selection analyses 
 
Want to be involved with CSTWS?
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
at
hughesju@ualberta.ca
Wildlife Job Board

Executive Director - Churchill Northern Studies Centre (Churchill, MB)

The Churchill Northern Studies Centre (CNSC) is seeking an individual to fill the role of Executive Director to be responsible for the general development, management and supervision of the affairs and operations of the Churchill Research Centre Inc. For more information: Click HERE
 

Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Wildlife Biology - Wilfred Laurier University (Waterloo, ON)

Full time position at Wilfred Laurier University in the department of biological sciences. Candidates should have a strong background in wildlife biology and will provide expertise using a variety of approaches to study conservation biology, management and ecology in northern ecosystems. Deadline to apply is January 3rd 2020. Anticipated start date: July 2020. For more information: Click HERE

Wildlife Biologist - Wood (Calgary, AB)

Full-time, permanent position. The position of Wildlife biologist will work on a variety of projects in western and northern Canada, under the supervision of the lead biologist. Duties include conducting wildlife surveys, field work, data entry and analysis, writing reports, etc. For more details Click HERE
 

Research Associate - Concordia University (Montréal, QC)

PhD Position - McGill University (Montréal, QC)

    
 Wildlife Society Position Announcement
Announcement – 14 August 2019
THE WILDLIFE SOCIETY POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
Editor-in-Chief, Wildlife Society Bulletin
Application Period: until 3 January 2020
Preferred Start Date: 1 May 2020 
 
The Wildlife Society (TWS) seeks applicants for the position of Editor-in-Chief for its peer-reviewed publication, Wildlife Society Bulletin. Issues of the Wildlife Society Bulletin are produced quarterly. The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for coordinating production with authors, Associate Editors, TWS Council, TWS staff, and TWS’s journal publisher and producing annual reports outlining journal activities. 

TWS seeks a highly qualified and motivated individual who has a proven ability to work and communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives to assume Editor-in-Chief duties. Desired qualifications include a Ph.D. in wildlife or related field, experience publishing in peer-reviewed journals, experience as an Associate Editor or Editor-in-Chief of a peer-reviewed journal, knowledge of TWS and TWS journals, and a diversity of experience within the wildlife discipline.  

Interested candidates may contact Mike Conner (mike.conner@jonesctr.org), Chair of the TWS Publications Subcommittee, for more information. Nominations of potential candidates by others are encouraged and welcomed. Applications should consist of a curriculum vita, a summary of previous experience as an editor, a statement of editorial philosophy, and an indication of employer support if applicable. Applications will be accepted until 3 January 2020, with the intent to select a new Editor-in-Chief by 16 March 2020. 

Applications are encouraged from all qualified individuals including members of visible minorities, women, people with disabilities, and other individuals who may be underrepresented among Scientific Editors.
 
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