William Rowan Distinguished Service Award 2020

The William Rowan Distinguished Service Award is the ACTWS’ most prestigious award. This award goes to an Alberta wildlife biologist who has made outstanding cumulative contributions to the management and conservation of wildlife and their habitats. This year, we are pleased to present Dr. Lee Foote with this award.

As his nominators note: “Dr. Lee Foote’s career embodies these high standards and has been exemplary in terms of ideas, inspiration, professional conduct, popular writing, and countless extension hours to assist the wildlife profession. During his career, Dr. Foote has studied ecological systems and wetland dynamics across such geographically diverse ecosystems as Canada, USA, and Africa.”

Dr. Foote has contributed innumerable publications and articles, supervised nearly 30 graduate students, and provided his expertise on various advisory committees and associations. Dr. Foote is a global authority in his discipline specialty; his work has meaningfully contributed to our improved understanding of the dynamics between wetland communities, water, and wildlife.

See the full nomination letter here.

We have a video of Dr. Lee’s award presentation and acceptance in our member’s area. The respect and admiration of his colleagues is obvious in the video, as is the necessity for humour in our field. You can also read Dr. Lee’s acceptance here.

Thank you, Dr. Lee for your legacy and contributions to Alberta wildlife and their habitats. We wish you well in your move to BC and great success for the soon to be open Aga Kahn garden at the University of Alberta botanic garden!

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Rooted in Wisdom: Deer Aging Techniques

Embark on a journey of precision and insight with the Lethbridge College Wildlife Analytics Lab (WAL) at the ACTWS Conference in Jasper! Join our workshop, ‘Rooted in Wisdom: Deer Aging Techniques‘, to explore the secrets hidden within wildlife teeth. Explore both the field technique of ‘tooth eruption and wear’ and the laboratory marvel of ‘cementum analysis’ – both dedicated to unraveling the mysteries of ungulate ages. Delve into the heart of these techniques, comparing their accuracy and precision, with a revelation of the superior accuracy of cementum analysis. Learn the art of tooth extraction and witness the seamless process of submitting your own wildlife teeth to the WAL for aging through cementum analysis. Elevate your understanding of deer populations and contribute to the advancement of wildlife knowledge and bolster your resume with applied experience. Participants will gain hands-on familiarity with the field technique of jaw aging, and the lab process of tooth extraction, inspection, preparation, and cementum analysis. Join us in Jasper for a transformative experience at the intersection of field expertise and cutting-edge laboratory analysis!

Facilitated by the Wildlife Analytics Lab, Lethbridge College

Cost: $15

Professional refers to someone who works with wildlife and/or their habitats in a professional setting.

In this context, it is not in reference to a legal professional designation.