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Wildlife EXPO 2021
September 10 @ 16:00 – September 12 @ 14:00 MDT
Join us this fall for our first ever Wildlife EXPO!
Our Wildlife EXPO will bring ACTWS members together with their partners and families for a weekend of fun, camping, and workshops where you can learn new things or refine your skills. The EXPO offers great opportunities for networking and to share some of the wildlife work being done across Alberta.
Dates: September 10 – 12
From the evening of Friday September 10 to the afternoon of Sunday September 12, the ACTWS will host members at an Alberta Parks group campground. Here’s our basic agenda:
Friday September 10 – arrival and camp set-up; fireside chats and s’mores.
Saturday September 11 – workshops in the morning and afternoon, free time in between; fireside chats and s’mores.
Sunday September 12 – camp take down; optional hike in the area on your way home.
More details will be forthcoming over the summer, so stay tuned to this page.
Registration is NOW OPEN!
Registration pays for all camping and workshop fees, and evening s’mores!
- Members: $70
- Non-members: $80
- Family (three or more people): $150
- Students: $65
All are welcome! Bring your partner/spouse and kids to join you for a great weekend! Go to the shop below to buy your tickets today.
Workshop details will be refined as we go through August and more workshops will be added. Keep checking this page for updates.
Using Remote Cameras
This workshop will teach you the fundamentals of designing a remote camera study and the basic field skills needed to implement such a project. The workshop will cover:
- Asking appropriate scientific questions
- Study design and protocols
- Site selection and deployment
- Data management and analysis.
By the end of the workshop, attendees will have a better understanding of the utility of remote cameras and the knowledge to explore the potential of using cameras in their own research.
Your host: Sean Konkolics has a diverse background in wildlife research and its application to real-world environmental management. During his career, Sean has worked with many interesting species such as the red-cockaded woodpecker, gopher tortoise, black bear, Canada lynx, and woodland caribou. He has helped design and manage large remote camera datasets to explore predator occupancy, scavenging dynamics, burrow activity, habitat use, and coat-color mismatch. Having completed his master’s at the University of Alberta and currently working at the ABMI, Sean is an active member of the Alberta wildlife community and we are excited to have his expertise at the ACTWS EXPO.
In this workshop, Dragomir will share his experiences, mistakes made, and lessons and tricks learned during his times enjoying and taking wildlife and landscape photos. This workshop is for beginner and intermediate level photographers.
This workshop will focus on:
- Camera gear and how to get the best out of it.
- Understanding camera settings.
- Understanding image composition and how that relates to your subject.
- What story you can tell with your capture.
Get ready to learn some new ways to take amazing images that you are going to cherish and proudly display on your wall or media posts.
Your host: Dragomir Vujnovic has been working for decades in conservation, wildlife biology and protected area management, which has provided him with great opportunities and solid knowledge base about photographing different subjects. As we live in a world and time when human activities heavily impact the natural world, Dragomir has learned and promotes ethical photography methods, especially focusing on photography of rare and endangered wildlife.
Outdoor recreation in Alberta is on the rise and can have an array of impacts on wildlife and their habitats. Recreation planning that is strategic, holistic, and interdisciplinary is becoming more and more essential. This workshop will cover:
- Trail and site assessments.
- Defining and planning recreation nodes within the larger landscape.
- Landscape scale planning to meet ecological, recreational, and cultural objectives.
- Management recommendations and legislative implications
Learn how to conduct interdisciplinary research that can inform recreation management and legislation to improve experiences for Albertans and our wildlife. Participants will leave this workshop with a broad understanding of the complexity of recreation planning, and tangible management ideas to address multiple objectives.