ACTWS Strategic Plan 2021-2026

The ACTWS is happy to share our newly finalized strategic plan for 2021-2026. This plan is the product of many volunteers, including those who put together our original strategic plan for 2014-2019. This new plan is a continuation of the last plan and provides direction for the next five years of operations.

Our chapter is growing and this strategic plan refines our member services and programs to more accurately meet the needs and interests of our members, as well as responding to emerging wildlife conservation issues in Alberta.
We will continue to advocate for science-based decision making within Alberta, and we will continue to expand our capacity while striving for financial sustainability.

The pursuit of the goals outlined in this plan will enable the ACTWS to connect members with opportunities in wildlife professions and contribute meaningfully to ensuring sustainable wildlife populations in Alberta. We take a holistic approach to this work through fostering and mentoring students, working with members to represent the ACTWS in wildlife and land use planning processes, proactively providing scientific information to decision makers, and rewarding professional excellence.

This plan defines our four priority areas:

  1. Our wildlife community – Advancing wildlife and habitat conservation in Alberta by bringing wildlife students, professionals, and enthusiasts together.
  2. Membership enhancement – Supporting and empowering ACTWS members through diverse member services and student supports.
  3. Wildlife science and management – Promoting application of robust science in wildlife and habitat related decision making.
  4. Organizational efficiency – Developing, maintaining, and modeling operational efficiency and ensuring long-term financial sustainability.

The plan defines objectives and strategies for each priority program area, all designed to keep the ACTWS moving forward through challenging times. We are excited to share this with you and look forward to hearing your comments!

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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.