Alberta Wildlife Publication Award Winner – Technical Category 2020

This award recognizes wildlife professionals for outstanding written contributions in the publication in the technical category. Publications can be a book, article, monograph, or in this case a peer-reviewed article relevant to wildlife management and conservation in Alberta. This year, the ACTWS is pleased to present this award to Mark Hebblewhite, Daniel Eaker, Scott Eggeman, Holger Bohn, and Evelyn Merrill for their article: Density-independent predation affects migrants and residents equally in a declining partially migratory elk population (in Oikos, 2018. 127: 1304-1308).

This research is part of a long term study examining population dynamics of the Ya-Ha Tinda elk herd in Banff National Park. Using over a decade of data, this paper examines density-dependent mortality, as well as mechanisms of bottom-up or top-down regulation in the resident and migrant elk populations. The results challenge the classical predator-prey theory and call for better integration between predator-prey and migration theory.

This research has direct management implications for the Ya Ha Tinda elk herd in Banff National Park. This research is innovative as it challenges classical theories and encourages us to see the world a little differently. With five co-authors, this work also exemplifies the value of collaborating across disciplines and specializations to conduct and share meaningful scientific research. This award is well deserved! Congratulations everyone!

Check out the acceptance video with Mark Hebblewhite and Evelyn White in our members area to learn more about this fascinating research.

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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.