Conference & Awards
Biodiversity is affected by the ecological integrity of their habitat; the more enriched heterogeneous habitat, the more opportunity for species to evolve, coexist, and interact. How species share habitats or occupy specific niches leads to more intra-and inter-species interactions, which fosters ecosystem complexity and diversity. These relationships and interactions inevitably affect community functioning and the survival of all species.
Similarly, wildlife professionals learn to coexist and occupy specific professional niches to create a complex and diverse field of knowledge. How we learn from each other, collaborate with diverse stakeholders, and interact shapes our profession and moves it forward with new knowledge and understanding. In learning how to coexist with each other and diverse stakeholders, First Nations, partners, and the public, it is essential to have a platform to meet, connect, learn and collaborate. How do you meet with your partners to advance wildlife science and conservation? How has your work shaped our understanding of how wildlife meet and share ecosystems? How does a diversity of interactions, from the field to the boardroom, advance the Alberta wildlife profession and the conservation of Alberta wildlife and their habitats?
Conference Registration Rates
Regular Member: $75
Student Member: $50
A one-year membership (or one-year extension) is included in the regular member rate.
Student Registration Grants are also available.
We are excited to be working with Whova to offer you the best virtual conference! Here are some of the features we are planning for:
- Pre-recorded sessions that you can view at your leisure throughout the week
- Live Q&A sessions with presenters to get into the nitty gritty about your favourite topic
- Poster sessions
- Social events
- Various networking opportunities
- Live panel discussions
The conference will be available on your phone, computer, tablet from wherever you are with a high speed internet connection
We are overjoyed to welcome Naomi Owen-Beek from the Salteau First Nations to speak about the Creation of the Klinse Za Maternal Pen. Caribou maternity pens have been discussed in several jurisdictions as a potential tool for caribou recovery. Naomi will discuss the Caribou Recovery Plan developed by Dr. Scott McNay, the Saulteau First Nations, and West Moberly First Nations Elders. Their goal for a stable population of 1000 caribou is a laudable one and their recovery plan contains objectives around predator management, habitat restoration, and a caribou maternal pen. Naomi will discuss the first maternal pen from planning to construction. Her presentation will discuss community involvement in the capturing and collaring of caribou, as well as the long-term monitoring and the development of a caribou guardians program.
The complete conference program is available above, but here are the concurrent sessions we’ve got planned for March 18:
- Landscape disturbance
- The birds and the bears
- Methods in wildlife research and monitoring
- Creatures of the night
- Wildlife Disease
We’ve also got two panel discussions with pre-recorded presentations available for conference participants:
- Human-wildlife conflict
- Social science research and considerations in wildlife management
Conference Week Agenda
Although the main conference is on March 18, we’ve got events all week leading up to the big day. All of the below events are free to attend, even if you’re not attending the main conference on the 18th.
Full information and links to register.
Monday March 14 – Education and Outreach Committee (12-1pm)
Tuesday March 15 – Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee (1145am – 115pm)
Wednesday March 16 – Conservation Affairs Committee (1145a – 115pm)
Tuesday March 15 – Student and Pros Happy Hour (4-5pm). This is a great time to pick the brains of your fellow wildlifers for career advice and perspective. Whether you’re a pro or a student, we can all learn from each other. Sign up by emailing our student director, Phil, at [email protected].
Wednesday March 16 – Wildlife Jeopardy (7-8pm). Show off your mad wildlife skills and have a little fun. Grab a glass of your favourite beverage and your wildlife friends for an hour of wildlife trivia designed to pick your brain, make you laugh, and help you meet new people. Register here.
Annual General Meeting and Awards Ceremony
March 17, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is open to everyone with an interest in hearing what we’ve been up to in 2021 and what we have planned for 2022. This year, we’ll complete our AGM with our professional and student awards ceremony. Details here.
Public talk and live auction
March 17, 7:30pm – 9:00 pm
Each year, we host a public talk that shares cutting edge research about Alberta wildlife. This year, we are so happy to have Dr. Jason Fisher sharing decades worth of work about wolverines from around the world. We know so little about wolverines and what we need to do to conserve them – or do we? Join us to find out!
This year, we’re also featuring Matt Besko in a live auction to kick start the evening. Matt will be auctioning off a trip exploring an Alberta trapline, two day passes for the Canmore folk festival, and a surprise item that will get you gleefully opening your wallets! All funds raised from the auction go towards student awards, supporting the next generation of wildlifers in Alberta.
Details and registration link here.
Call for Papers and Posters
Deadline: 13 January 2023
You are invited to submit titles and abstracts for oral presentations, speed talks, and posters at the 2023 Conference of The Alberta Chapter of The Wildlife Society. Presentations on all aspects of wildlife are welcome including ecology, management, research, monitoring, species biology, genetics, and new techniques.
The three types of presentations offered are:
- Traditional oral presentations – 12 minutes in length + 3 minutes for questions. Abstracts will be grouped into common themes and placed into concurrent sessions.
- Speed talks – 4 minutes in length. Speed talks will be delivered in person at the conference and added to concurrent sessions.
- Poster – A poster session will be hosted on one day in the afternoon/evening for all conference participants.
The abstract submission form will ask you to specify your preferred talk format (e.g., traditional oral presentation, speed talk, or poster). While we endeavour to honour everyone’s requests, the ACTWS Conference Planning Committee may ask you to deliver your presentation in a different format based on other abstracts submitted and conference organization. Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated.
Abstracts must include:
- Lead author name, affiliation, mailing address, phone number(s), and e-mail address
- Names and affiliations of additional authors
- Title of abstract
- Distillation of the purpose, methods, results and conclusions, 250 words max.
The abstract you submit will be the final version that is printed in the program booklet.
Please note: An automated confirmation email should be received upon submission of the abstract. If you do not receive confirmation, or have other questions, please email [email protected]. Authors will be advised of the final decision on their abstract by 3 February 2023.
Students: Monetary awards are available for all presentation types, posters, and travel to the conference. See details at Awards.
Friday, 13 March
0900 – 2100
Annual General Meeting
Saturday, 14 March
0900 – 2400
Banquet & Auction
Awards & Dancing
Sunday, 15 March
0900 – 1600
The role that hunting, trapping, and fishing can play in helping us understand wildlife movements and conservation
opportunities that our online auction provides. The online auction will run from March 14 to 18 and will be open to the public. Funds raised go
towards student awards and ACTWS operations. As always, the auction is bound to be a conference highlight and offer great opportunities for
members to connect (and compete) for great prizes.
The ACTWS will be hosting a public talk in Camrose the evening of March 17
Details to be announced.
The ACTWS annually administers four professional awards and three student scholarships, as well as conference subsidy awards.
All 2023 awards are now open and accepting nominations and applications until January 20, 2023.
Details at Awards.
The ACTWS is seeking volunteers for the following conference planning committees:
• Auction Committee
• Field Trip & Workshop Committee
• Indigenous Liaison Support Committee
• Scholarships & Grants Committee
• Sponsorship Committee
If you are interested in joining, please email [email protected] and indicate which awesome committee you would like to be part of!
As always, the auction is bound to be a conference highlight and offer great opportunities for members to connect (and compete) for great prizes!
The auction will take place on the evening of Saturday, March 11th. Here, businesses, organizations, and individuals are given the opportunity to provide an item (or a monetary donation to the ACTWS) for attendees to bid on. With this item, would come the opportunity to showcase your business card next to the donated item. Your generous contribution (big or small!) will go towards student awards and ACTWS operations.
Many locals will be attending the conference, but also those across Alberta and throughout Canada. Auction items in the past have ranged from gift cards, to merchandise, to funded activities (weekend getaways, etc.) – anything provided is greatly appreciated!
If you are interested in providing an item for our 2023 auction, please contact [email protected].
Conference Week Agenda (Tentative)
Thursday, March 9 (16:30 – 21:00)
Virtual ACTWS Annual General Meeting
Virtual Public Talk (TBA)
Friday, March 10 (08:00 – 22:00)
Field Trip and Workshops (TBA)
Mixer/Cash Bar and Student Conclave
Saturday, March 11 (08:00 – 24:00)
Special Presentation (TBA)
Open paper program, concurrent sessions
Poster Session, cash bar
Live and Silent Auctions
Entertainment and Dance
Sunday, March 12 (08:30 – 15:30)
Open paper program, concurrent sessions
Student presentation awards