Wildlife Outreach Award 2020

The ACTWS Wildlife Outreach Award recognizes wildlife professionals for their leadership in conservation education and public outreach in Alberta. This year, we are pleased to present this award to Wes Olson.

Winners of this award are professionals who have worked with students, decision makers, nature groups and the general public to raise awareness of important issues and become a wildlife ambassador. These are ambassadors that expertly participate in education and outreach activities.

Through his work with Parks Canada as a warden, Wes developed a passion for bison. That passion led him down a career path that has intersected with the public as a wildlife manager, artist, guest speaker, and now consultant. His work has helped foster a broader understanding of the ecological, cultural, and historical role bison have played in prairie life, and perhaps facilitated interest in reintroductions across Alberta and the northwest United States.

Wes is an inspiring person to chat with and as you will see in his acceptance video, this award is well deserved. Wes also had some great advice for other wildlife scientists looking to improve their outreach skills. Thank you for your service to Alberta’s wildlife, Wes, and congratulations!

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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.