All wildlife professionals want to write that killer paper that uses iron-clad data to make a novel point that spans field and schools of thought. When this happens, the ACTWS steps up and acknowledges this achievement.
Anne Loosen, with her co-authors Andrea Morehouse and Mark Boyce has done this. Her paper, “Land tenure shapes black bear density and abundance on a multi-use landscape” published in the journal Ecology and Evolution shows how landscapes drive black bear density and abundance. Soon to be a classic.
Each year, the Chapter recognizes a member for an exceptional publication that is intended for the general public. This acknowledges writing that is relevant to wildlife management and conservation.
In January, 2019 Alanna Mitchell published a very personal article in Canadian Geographic entitled “For the Love of Pronghorns”. This was a story about her father, George Mitchell, who devoted his life to the study, protection and preservation of pronghorn antelope in Alberta. A great read on a compelling subject. Congratulations Alanna!
This year’s conference was co-hosted with the Canadian Section of the Wildlife Society. Each year they recognize a prominent wildlife biologist for a lifetime of achievement with the Ian McTaggart-Cowan Award. Esteemed biologists like Wini Kessler and Val Geist have been past honourees.
Conference attendees were treated this year as Professor Fred Bunnell was presented the award by CSTWS. Fred followed his award presentation with an acceptance speech that was insightful, thought-provoking, funny and above all, inspiring. Fred made an already memorable conference unforgettable.
The Larry Comin Photo Contest honours Larry’s passion for wildlife photography and generous contributions to the ACTWS. Members post their photos during the conference and members vote on their favourites.
Members selected Phil Walker’s photo of two lynx as this year’s best photo. And it is an incredible photo. Lynx are notoriously shy critters, but Phil managed to capture them calmly gazing back at him, clearly at ease. If you want to check out this and more of Phil’s shots, visit his Instagram feed. Here he is receiving his award from Awards chair, Glynnis Hood
Ian Ross was a committed and passionate ACTWS executive member who tragically died while surveying wildlife. The Ian Ross memorial scholarship is open to students entering their final year of a 4-year Alberta university program in Biological, Forest, Animal,or Zoological Science (or related field) or Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Ecosystem Management – Fish and Wildlife stream at Lethbridge College.
This year, Kaitlin Machacek of Lethbridge College is our Ian Ross memorial scholarship recipient. Here she is accepting her award from ACTWS Director Joanna Burgar. Good luck in your studies Kaitlin!