Annual Report 2020

Last year was a challenging one for all non-profits, including the ACTWS. With our annual conference being cancelled, we had to get creative and implement new programs to serve our members. With your support and a dedicated executive board, we were incredibly successful in 2020 in various ways.

Our 2020 Annual Report details our successes and challenges. We offered new virtual programs that aimed to connect, inspire, and empower wildlife scientists, managers, and enthusiasts across Alberta to connect, learn, share and collaborate. Our monthly lunch and learn webinars were attended by 337 people and 36 people attended one of our workshops. We’re celebrating these successes by continuing these programs into 2021.

We also implemented a few different fundraising tools, including an online auction, a new corporate sponsorship program, and a sweepstakes. These programs had varying rates of success but helped us raise just under $5,000. This combined with your generosity after our cancelled conference meant we raised over $20,000 over the year.

Our volunteer committees were busy, busy, busy. We submitted 13 letters to government Ministers about an array of wildlife and conservation issues in Alberta. We launched our new Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion committee, which has already been hard at work implementing programs and surveys to craft a work plan for 2021. These letters and the work of our committees is detailed in our members’ area.

Also in our members’ area, we posted an array of videos of professional awards and webinars for members to enjoy on their own time. Our members’ area has grown and provides an array of resources, making it a great benefit of membership.

The ACTWS is eternally grateful for the continued support of our members, subscribers, and volunteers. You all helped turn one of the most challenging years into one of the most successful. We are always humbled by your support, generosity, creativity, and general fabulousness. As always, we are here if you more ideas on how we can serve you and make 2021 an even better year!

Read the Annual Report.

Visit our members area/members documents to view a high resolution pdf.

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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

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