Who We Are & What We Do
To inspire and empower wildlife professionals* to engage in science-based management and conservation of wild animals and their habitats.
Wildlife biology professionals, scientists, academics, students, communicators and citizen advocates throughout Alberta and western Canada.
We are a non-profit Chapter of the US-based The Wildlife Society. We have over 400 members and are governed by a volunteer board and coordinated by an executive director.
So much of our work is addressed and accomplished with the help of dedicated members who volunteer their time and expertise to meet our mission. Our active committees are:
- Conservation Affairs
- Education and Information
- Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
Learn more about them on our Volunteer Committees page.
ACTWS Speakers Bureau
Provide a database of qualified scientists and managers to speak at an array of events and to groups of all ages. Please see our Speakers Bureau below to find a speaker perfect for your event. If you’re an expert, please sign up for our Bureau in the Members’ Area
|First Name||Last Name||City||Discipline||Areas of Expertise||Website|
Population ecology and conservation. Most research has been on large mammals but also on furbearers and birds. Recent research has included work on grizzly bears, black bears, Greater Sage-Grouse, waterfowl nest predation, sitatunga in Uganda, cougars, bighorn sheep, caribou, and elk. My current work is focused on grasslands in Canada and the best way to manage these lands for biodiversity, while maximizing carbon sequestration and storage.
Wildlife conservation, grazing dynamics, protected areas management
Integrating wildlife diseases & parasites into wildlife management decisions, policies, programs, and activities. Natural history of many things wild.
landscape ecology, conservation biology, conservation and land-use planning, ecosystem services, human-wildlife conflict, species-at-risk, Yellowstone to Yukon region
Wildlife Allocation and Use, Hunting, Management of Game species, forest wildlife ecology; public speaking, human cultural dimensions of wildlife management; Government Policy and Wildlife Management, historical ecology and use of natural foods, Biologist Humour, Cooking game and preparing/eating Wild Foods from around the world. Mostly eating. I’m an expert at eating.
Just Google: ‘Matt Besko Alberta’