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Alberta Chapter of the Wildlife Society News

April 2014

After another excellent conference and annual meeting in Jasper, Alberta, we've got some new members on our Executive.  Find out more in their bios.

23 December 2013

Join ACTWS and the Beaver Hills Initiative for the Beaver Hills Bioblitz on World Snow Day - January 19, 2014

Come join us on World Snow Day and Meet a Biologist at the Strathcona Wilderness Centre for a fun-filled winter day. Meet a live owl and some cold-blooded friends. Take a break from the trail and listen to a short talk on how biologists count moose from above, clues from scat, and the fascinating world of beavers. Then head out on the trail with a professional biologist to learn more about the study of wildlife through tracks, signs and sounds. There will be short demos on using wildlife cameras, radio telemetry and the art of tracking. Play the scavenger hunt game and add to the species list to win a prize. Work up an appetite and join us back at the Cookhouse for a hot drink and campfire snack. Walk, ski or snowshoe (equipment rentals available)- fun for the whole family!

Flyer (PDF)

Brochure (PDF)

Nov 25, 2013
The 2014 ACTWS Conference will be held from March 7-9 in Jasper.

May 30, 2013
AESRD Biologists Involved in Crash

AESRD biologist Kristina Norstrom and pilot Bryce Colin Campbell were killed in a helicopter accident in northern Alberta on 29 May 2013 (article).  Another AESRD biologist, Simon Slater, was injured in the crash and is now recovering at home.  The biologists were conducting a woodland caribou survey near Birch Mountains Wildland Provincial Park, northwest of Fort McMurray.  Such accidents are a risk many in our community face and we were deeply saddened at the news of loss and injury of our colleagues.  We extend our wishes of support and sincere condolences to the Norstrom and Campbell families.  The Chapter will feel deeply the loss of Kristina, a dedicated volunteer in our Chapter and a co-editor of newsletter. We also extend our support to Simon and his wife as he recovers from this tragic accident; we wish him a complete and speedy recovery.
We have received several inquiries regarding means to pass on condolences to the Norstrom family.  Kristina’s family has requested that no flowers be offered but request donations be made to one of Kristina's favourite conservation groups the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation (Box 68, Madden Alberta, T0M 1L0).  The Chapter has sent condolences to the Norstrom family on behalf of our membership. 

Help Wanted:

ACTWS is always looking for volunteers for assisting with several chapter initiatives and committees such as conservation, newsletter, membership, education and outreach. Please contact us for more information or to volunteer.