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April 2016
Vol. 9 Issue No. 2


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

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President's Message
Mark Boyce
Canadian Section President
Department of Biological Sciences, 
University of Alberta

This will be my last President’s Message before our AGM at the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution (CSEE) meeting in St. John’s, Newfoundland during 2016 July 7-11. At our AGM in St. John’s, Dee Patriquin will receive the gavel becoming our next President on Saturday, July 9 at 6 pm followed by a reception 7-10 pm in the Bitters Pub. 

We have been integrated into the CSEE’s program, and we have 2 sessions back-to-back during 2-5 pm on Saturday, July 9. At 3:00 pm on Sunday, July 10, Kathy Martin will be giving the CSTWS Ian McTaggart Award lecture. As announced in last-month’s newsletter, Kathy Martin is receiving the CSTWS’s highest honour, the Ian McTaggart Cowan Award. [I have not been able to find the program at the CSEE website, but it’s available on their Facebook page.]

Thanks to our Secretary-Treasurer, Matt Dyson, for his continued service to the Canadian Section. Matt is in northern Alberta doing fieldwork but still plans to find time to forward a final financial statement that I will present at the AGM. In Matt’s absence, our Vice President, Laura Trout, has been tending shop, assuming many of the tasks that Matt has done, making announcements on the website, organizing conference calls, and sending out mass e-mails. Note that the website lists some changes to our Bylaws that we will discuss and bring to a vote at the AGM. You’ve got to love the wonderful wildlife photographs that now grace our website — notably the great shot of an Atlantic Puffin to celebrate our upcoming trip to the east coast. Thanks, Laura! 

President-elect Dee Patriquin has organized the AGM and the following reception in St. John’s, Newfoundland. In addition she recently made arrangements for a reception for the CSTWS at The Wildlife Society’s annual conference October 15-
19 in Raleigh, NC. 

We look forward to seeing many of you in St. John’s, Newfoundland to watch the fog roll in!

Mark S. Boyce, CWB
President, Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society

Canadian Section Representative's Report

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

A huge congratulations to Merlin Shoesmith and Don Sexton who were recognized May 30th at the 2016 Winnipeg Tourism Awards of Distinction with the “Bring It Home Award” for bringing the 22nd Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society to Winnipeg in October 2015. The accolades keep coming in! By any measure, the Annual Conference in Winnipeg was a resounding success and has set a new standard that others will have a tough time to beat. I can only echo the words of TWS Executive Director Ken Williams: “You guys are rock stars!”
This year’s Leadership Institute participants have been announced and I am pleased to tell you that Brian Kiss (Habitat Mitigation Biologist, Manitoba Sustainable Development) was among those selected to undertake this invaluable training and mentoring opportunity. The Leadership Institute is an annual course established in 2006 to provide a select group of 10-15 promising young TWS members with leadership training. The Leadership Institute consists of intensive activities and mentoring relationships that prepare participants for leadership positions, both in their workplace and in TWS. Numerous Canadians have participated in the program over the last 5 years and we look forward to hearing from Brian about his experience and hope his success will encourage more young Canadians to participate in the future.
Welcome back to the Lethbridge College TWS Student Chapter! Thanks to President Sejer Meyhoff, President-Elect (aka Vice President) Nicholas Tinney and all of the other students who helped revitalize the LCSA Wildlife Society Student Chapter after several years of inactivity. And special thanks to Dr. Brad Taylor for agreeing to act as the Student Chapter Advisor. We look forward to helping you provide educational and networking opportunities to all of your members and hope to meet you all at an upcoming Canadian Section AGM or TWS Annual Conference.
Speaking of which, registration for The Wildlife Society 23rd Annual Conference is now open through the TWS conference website ( The conference is taking place October 15-19, 2016, at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. The program features Daily Plenary Sessions, 25 Symposia, 12 Workshops, and several hundred Contributed Papers and Posters. The preliminary schedule has been posted at All attendees save $50 by registering no later than July 31, 2016 ( Students should submit applications for the CSTWS student travel award to attend and present at the annual TWS conference as soon as possible ( Student Awards). Hope to see you in Raleigh!
Closer to home, the Canadian Section AGM, will be held in conjunction with the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution meeting in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador July 7-11, 2016. I hope you have made plans to be there!
At TWS Headquarters, Software Developer Aniket Gajare has been working on a new TWS Network Online Directory. Together with other staff, he has been designing a form that members will complete to update their profile prior to the official launch. The form is being tested by headquarters staff prior to sending it out to the membership. Members will be provided with a link that won’t require login at to update their profile. They expect to initiate the update process soon with the hope of turning on the directory before the end of summer. Watch for it!
As I mentioned in the last newsletter, the EIC of Wildlife Monographs, Eric Hellgren, will be stepping down February 1, 2017. The Publications subcommittee of TWS Council recently completed Guidelines for Recruiting Editors-in-Chief of TWS Journals and has drafted a Position Announcement that is expected to be posted very soon. Please let me know if you are at all interested and would like additional information or you have suggestions of Canadian members you think would do a great job of it.
You may have recently received an invitation from TWS President Gary Potts to join The 1,000. The program was launched in 2014 with the goal of generating an ongoing, additional annual revenue source from 1,000 committed TWS members who believe in leading by example. These donations have already made a huge contribution to the financial well-being of TWS and have provided, among many things, additional student and Native American/First Nations travel grants for the Annual Conference. I am well aware that not everyone can afford to contribute to these sorts of fund raising programs, but if you think you can scrape up $100 then please join us today at Your example will inspire others to join, making TWS stronger than ever. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me to find out more (
Have a great summer and play safe!


Executive Voting
Voting for your next executive officers ends at 24:00 EST on July 3rd. Get your voting in! Check out candidates and voting instructions here

Proposed Bylaw Changes
The Executive Committee is proposing changes to the Bylaws.  The vote for the changes will occur at the July 9th AGM happening in St. John's. Check out the changes to the bylaws here

AGM Silent Auction
The CSTWS AGM and social is at Bitters Pub on July 9th – be sure to register on-line (only $10), or at the door for the social.  AGM is from 6-7 pm, followed by the social  (7-10 pm).  We’ll also have a silent auction (proceeds to the student scholarship fund) – any and all donations gratefully accepted!  Re-gifts, new items, interesting and unusual items – all welcome!  Please contact Dee Patriquin @ regarding donated items.  

Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society Student Travel Awards
23rd Annual Wildlife Society Annual Conference Raleigh, NC - October 15-19, 2016

DEADLINE: 5 September 2016

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 23rd Annual Wildlife Society Conference in Raleigh, N.C.  Travel Award recipients will receive up to $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 Program Committee, but students should apply for the Travel Award in advance of receiving notification from the Program Committee as needed. Applications and all supporting materials for student travel awards must be received by 5 September 2016.
Applicants must:
  • not have received Canadian Section Travel Award support within the last 12 months,
  • be a member of the Canadian Section,
  • be a current student or recent graduate (degree received within the last 12 months),
  • be senior author and presenter of the accepted paper or poster,
Applicants must email the following to Evelyn Merrill ( please indicate Travel Award in the subject field):
  1. completed application form signed by student and advisor (signed and scanned);
  2. applicable additional information about conference travel expenses; and
  3. abstract of paper/poster that was submitted to the Program Committee.
Although a student’s paper/poster must be accepted for presentation by the Canadian Section’s Program Committee to receive the Award, students should apply for the award prior to being notified by the Program Committee of abstract acceptance.
The deadline for completed applications to be received is 5 September 2016. All applicants will be notified of the outcome by mid September.
Did you know that capelin (Mallotus villosus) spawning on the coast of NFLD is a tourist attraction? Spawning occurs along the beaches in large schools during the spring and into the summer. Male capelin are considered  by some to be semelparous (Gjøsæter, H. 1998). What does semelparous mean?

Answer at the bottom of the newsletter.
Congratulations to our Student Travel Award Winners (Canadian Section AGM, St. John's NFLD)
We would like to recognize the following Canadian students were success in receiving travel grants to the Canadian Section AGM in St. John’s in Newfoundland in July. Please come see their talks or join them during the poster session:

Alannah Biega, Simon-Fraser University:
Assessing captive amphibian holdings for current and future conservation concern.

Charlotte de Keyzer, University of Toronto:           
Practical implications of the spatiotemporal duality of phenological data

Elizabeth Kleynhas, University of British Columbia:
The community context of adaptation

Andrea Morehouse, University of Alberta:
Nature vs. Nurture: Evidence for social learning of conflict behaviour in grizzly bears

Martin Leclerc, Sherbrooke University:
Can data from non-trophy hunting be used to estimate unbiased population parameters?

Gabriel Pigeon, Sherbrooke University
Long-term impact of environment at birth on future survival and recruitment of bighorn ewes

Eric Rechsteiner, University of Victoria:
Diet and habitat dynamics during trophic cascade initiation: sea otters, urchins, and a transition to clams and sheltered habitats

Congratulations students! We look forward to hearing about your time at the conference in your August newsletter submissions. 
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Wildlife Monographs Editor-in-Chief - The Wildlife Society - posted June 30, 2016
Trivia Answer...   Semelparity and iteroparity refer to the reproductive strategy of an organism. A species is considered semelparous if it is characterized by a single reproductive episode before death, and iteroparous if it is characterized by multiple reproductive cycles over the course of its lifetime.

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