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December 2015
Vol. 8 Issue No. 6


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

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Happy Holidays & Merry Christmoose Everyone!
President's Message
Mark Boyce
Canadian Section President
Department of Biological Sciences, 
University of Alberta
During the past month we have been initiating plans to hold our next Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society in St. John’s, Newfoundland at Memorial University.  We will be meeting with the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution during July 7-11.  TWS member Eric Vander Wal has been our initial contact, helping us to coordinate with the CSEE local organizing committee.  Our President-Elect, Dee Patriquin, will be the program chair for the CSTWS meeting in St. John’s.  Details are being discussed and we will have more information in the next few weeks.  But our plans are clear enough to advise that you set aside July 7-11 for a trip to beautiful Newfoundland!

We have proposed a CSTWS symposium for the CSEE meeting, as well as some joint contributed paper sessions.  And we will hold our AGM sometime during the July 7-11 meeting.  This is the first time that we have met in Atlantic Canada and we hope that our meeting will afford an opportunity to recruit new members to The Wildlife Society.

The biggest news worldwide has been the spectacular coordination among nations in Paris for a plan to reduce carbon emissions.  There will be challenges, but we must recognize the enormous importance that the global community is placing on the future of our environment.  I believe that there is reason to hope that humans can become more responsible as stewards of our natural world.
Best wishes for the New Year!
Canadian Section Representative's Report

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

I’m not sure if it’s the strange weather or everyone is still basking in the tremendous success of the annual conference in Winnipeg but there hasn’t been a lot of new activity at TWS headquarters or Council over the last couple of months – mostly just “business as usual”. Perhaps the most exciting thing to look forward to is the transition of The Wildlife Professional to a bi-monthly publication schedule that will bring 6 issues per year to members. The first issue for 2016 is scheduled to mail January 4 and will feature a look at the next generation of wildlife biologists in celebration of the magazine’s 10th anniversary. It will also have an updated look with larger, easier-to-read type and some new, more modern headers for the standing departments such as Science in Short. Watch for it! 


A primary objective of TWS President Gary Potts during his term is to strengthen our positon in the conservation community by working on opportunities to bridge the gap between research and management with state and provincial wildlife agenciesOne way he hopes to achieve this is by expanding our partnership with the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA). Many of you may not be aware that all 13 provinces and territories, as well as Environment Canada (Canadian Wildlife Service), are members of AFWA. In September, and then again in November, TWS mailed two issues of The Wildlife Professional, along with a cover letter from TWS Executive Director Ken Williams that discusses TWS/AFWA initiatives and an offer of a special TWS online journal package for states and provinces, to Directors of all AFWA member agencies. If you work for one of these agencies you may want to find out if your agency has taken advantage of the TWS journal package or if they are planning to. Get in touch with me if you want to know the name of the Director in your agency who was contacted. 


Once again it’s time to nominate someone or some group for TWS Awards. As I have repeatedly exclaimed, I’m sure we can find Canadian nominees for the Fellows Program, TWS Wildlife Publication Awards, Chapter and Student Chapter of the Year Awards, Student Chapter Advisor of the Year Award, Excellence in Wildlife Education Award and the Group Achievement Award! Nominations for these awards may be submitted to TWS by individual members, Sections, Chapters or Working Groups. And don’t forget the TWS Distinguished Service Award that will be selected by the Canadian Section. If you would like to suggest a nominee for these or other TWS awards, or you would like assistance in preparing a nomination, please contact Awards Chair, Evie Merrill (, or any member of the Executive as soon as possible for further information. Many of the Awards have a February 15 deadline but some are not due until March 15See the list of awards and nomination details at I know this is repetitive of my previous messages to you but I think it is so very important that I will continue to hound you and urge you to get working on your nominations NOW and make sure our Canadian colleagues get the recognition they deserve! 


Lastly, as I do every year at this time, I want to remind you to take a break and forget about all of the day-to-day issues and responsibilities that preoccupy you and remind yourself why you have dedicated yourself to the wildlife profession. Most importantly, I hope you will take the time over the coming weeks to spend precious moments with your cherished friends and loved ones. If you can do that while enjoying the “great outdoors” that is Canada then so much the better. Best Wishes for the Holiday Season and may you have a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year! 


Congratulations to our Canadian Section Student Travel Award winners!  Check out some of their experiences in Winnipeg at the Annual TWS Conference. 
Jodi Berg
Ph D. Candidate
University of Alberta

I thought the 2015 Annual Meeting of The Wildlife Society was a great success.  Conferences are always an exciting way for students such as myself to present their research, take advantage of networking opportunities to meet colleagues and future collaborators, and to learn about what interesting work others are doing.  I think some of the highlights for myself included listening to some of the panel discussion put on by Women of Wildlife, some of the talks that had a research focus similar to mine, and in particular, the chance to attend the Known-Fate Survival Modelling Workshop.  Thanks so much for supporting my travel to TWS Winnipeg! 

Shantel Sparkes
MSc Candidate
University of Alberta

Thank you for accepting my application for the Canadian Section Travel Award to attend the 2015 Annual Meeting of The Wildlife Society in Winnipeg, MB. Because I was given this opportunity, I was able to see and meet the researchers who’ve written papers that I have read numerous times, to start to build relationships with experts and peers in the wildlife field, to see what’s current in wildlife methodology and applications in management, and to tell people what I am researching. Overall I found the most interesting and informative educational moments were spent interacting informally with the experts in wildlife research. The talks and panels provided new ideas and insight into some of the attendee’s current work and provided enough background information to initiate unique and personal conversations. I was able to meet several experts in the field that are specific to my research study, which I believe will be a great resource in the near future. I thought the poster seminars were a lot of fun, I liked the fact that it’s an active environment where you can walk around and engage in each researcher’s current work. I specifically enjoyed the posters that were methodology intensive, I was able to ask questions in a non-threatening environment which I believe allowed me to comprehend complex methodology and analysis that I may have missed in a talk. Finally, I was able to share my work with experts and other students, by doing this I was provided with feedback from experts that influenced the methodologies that I will now be using in future analysis. Overall, my experience at the 2015 Annual Meeting of The Wildlife Society was enjoyable and professionally satisfying.
Thank you again for this opportunity,

Shantel Sparkes


Manitoba Chapter

We have had a great year in Manitoba with the conference and several successful student and professional development workshops (necropsy skills, bird banding).  To cap off the year, our Conservation Affairs Committee was able to step up to the TWS mission statement of being a “strong and effective voice in representing wildlife conservation and management” with a letter on moose management to the Minister of Conservation and Water Stewardship that attracted a lot of press and will hopefully lead to a Moose strategy for the province. We are all are looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that will face us as wildlife professionals and as a Chapter in the New Year. Happy holidays from the Manitoba Chapter to our colleagues across Canada. 

Alberta Chapter 


2016 ACTWS Conference:  Badlands Spectacular

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Visit the Canadian Section website to learn more about TWS awards and to nominate a deserving Canadian wildlife professional. 

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

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

Rusch Memorial Game Bird Research Scholarship
Excellence in Wildlife Education Award

Wildlife Publication Award

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


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


An Ecological Overview and Threat Assessment for Feral Pigs in Canada - Ryan Brook, University of Saskatchewan - Jan 22, 12:00-1:00 central time


Human dimensions of Wildlife Management - Kristen Leong, US National Parks Service - Feb 19, 12:00-1:00 central time (Note: Date Change)

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

For more information on the webinar series contact:

The Christmas Bird Count is the longest lasting citizen science project in North America. This year is the 116th Christmas Bird Count. Which organization organizes this fantastic bird count event?

Answer at the bottom of the newsletter.

Albert W. Franzmann and Distinguished Colleagues
Memorial Award - 2016

Inspired by the passing of our beloved colleague, mentor and friend Al 
 in February, 2009, and to honour all of those who have passed on and have contributed to our knowledge and understanding of moose biology and management, Alces has established the “Albert W. Franzmann and Distinguished Colleagues Memorial Award”. The one-time award, valued at CDN $1,500, will be given annually to a graduate student entering or continuing in a Master’s or Doctoral program at a recognized university in 
Canada or the United States. The applicant's research should be directed toward studies of the biology and management of moose within their circumpolar distribution or other ungulates or mammalian carnivores overlapping their range. 

For more information click here.

Register Now for The 50th Moose Conference & Workshop
Register Now for The Path Forward: Envisioning Treat Rights in Modern Resource Management

February 19 - 21
University of Alberta Camrose, AB
Click here for more details.
What is your New Year Resolution? ...

Consider getting involved in the committees of Canadian Section. 
  • Membership and Recruitment Committee
  • Newsletter/Website (Communications) Committee
  • Conservation Affairs Committee
  • Education Committee
  • Awards Committee


Help out with the 2016 AGM in St. John's Newfoundland (July 7 - 11). 

Contact Matt Dyson for more details at


  1. WCS Canada - GIS and Remote Sensing Analyst
  2. Delta Waterfowl - Waterfowl Research Technician
  3. Ducks Unlimited - Waterfowl Research Technician


  1. MSc: Animal Movement and Space Use - Mississippi State
  2. MSc: Long Term Effects of Forest Management - Mississippi State
  3. PhD: Sandhill Cranes in the Rocky Mountains - University of Montana Avian Sciences Center
Trivia Answer...   National Audubon Society. 

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