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BCWF Advocates for Resident Fisheries
The BCWF met with Terry Beech, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard (DFO) on September 9, 2017, along with other advocacy groups.
The meeting focused on increasing variability in the abundance of salmon in the north pacific, regime shifts and changing ocean survival, reduced freshwater survival due to changing flows and habitats and increased predation in marine environment resulting in conflict over a shrinking resource between sectors and uses.
We also pointed to reduced capacity for stock assessment and escapement monitoring by the DFO and identified the need for a collaborative approach to build capacity ecological sustainability of habitat and salmon populations that is unifying various levels of government; federal, provincial, First Nations, local governments and all sectors .
The lack of recreational fishing opportunities on the lower Fraser River was raised and a request for a catch and release fishery for pinks was made.  A catch and release fishery was opened the following week. The recreational sector’s displeasure with closure of the halibut fishery and the continuation of experimental fishery was raised.

BCWF Concerned About Post-Fire Salvage Practices

 

After this year’s devastating wildfires, the BCWF recognizes there will be a push to immediately salvage log and replant these areas.
We are concerned that current salvage logging practices and stocking standards fail to acknowledge the ecological, social and cultural value of our ecosystems.
British Columbia’s native fish, wildlife, grasses, and trees evolved with wildfire as an essential component of the natural process.

Disturbance through fire is one of the best tools we have to maintain and restore wildlife populations.  Wildfire opens the forest canopy, allows native grasses and herbaceous plants to grow, which increases native wildlife abundance and diversity.  This applies to species from rattlesnakes to woodpeckers to our failing moose populations, and grizzly bears.  Through proper land management practices using ecosystem restoration and controlled burns, we can protect our communities, and restore dwindling wildlife populations.
In its current form the Forest and Range Practices Act does not address the needs of wildlife post-fire.  We need a new process which focuses on fish, wildlife and habitat values.  The process must be funded and science-based.  First Nations, stakeholders, researchers, and industry must be at the table so that multiple values are represented.  This year’s fires present us with an opportunity to do things differently in BC, to take care of our environment, restore our ecosystems, and protect the interests of future generations.

Wetlands Update: Wetlands Keepers Course, October 12-14th

The BCWF Wetlands program is excited to announce another Wetlandkeepers Workshop for October, being held in Fernie, BC.
This special workshop, hosted by the Elk River Alliance, will take place Thursday-Saturday, opposed to our usual Friday-Sunday schedule.
Click the link for more information and to sign up HERE. 
Financial support for this workshop provided by: The Government of BC, Wildlife Habitat Canada, Nature Conservancy of Canada / Conservation de la nature Canada, and Environment and Climate Change Canada.

BCWF Announces New Affiliated Club: North Fraser Sportsman Association (NFSA)

BCWF is excited to announce the North Fraser Sportsman Association (NFSA) as a new affiliated club.
In 2016 a group of like minded sportsmen and women identified the need to promote the knowledge and love of hunting, fishing and conservation to a new generation in the Eastern Fraser Valley.
 
The founders are all longtime residents of the area and are all avid sportsmen.
 
As good neighbors the association seeks to provide the private land owners, on who's land we hunt, with a level of trust, accountability and coverage from liability when they allow us access.
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This week's member submission was submitted by Edward. The photo is of an Owl resting on a tree stump near Highway 24 west of Little Fort, BC. Edward has lived in Vancouver/Burnaby BC his whole life. He enjoys spending most of his recreational time in the outdoors away from the city.
Thank you Edward for submitting your photo!

BCWF Photo Contest

With the launch of the BCWF's Instagram account, BCWF has been hosting a weekly photo contest called #EnjoyWildlife where the winner's photo gets featured on all of our social media channels.
Here are the winners for the last two weeks:
Congratulations @ashvoykin

Congratulations @longergone


BCWF Wants to Hear Your Stories, and See Your Pictures!
Send us your pictures, stories or event information to be featured  in our bi-weekly member email. We love to hear about how you enjoy BC's wilderness and wildlife!  
Follow us on social media! and tag @BCWildlifeFederation in your posts for a chance to be featured on our page!
And show us how YOU #EnjoyWildlife
Keep your pictures and stories coming to marketing@bcwf.bc.ca


MEMBER OFFER

Just in time for Friday's Game! BC Lions vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
BCWF has partnered with the BC Lions. When you use the promo-code BCWF $3 of your ticket purchase will be donated back to the BCWF.
Ticket holders will also recieve a free pair of BC Lion sunglasses!
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BC Wildfire Update: September 20, 2017 State of Emergency Lifted After 2 Months 
The provincial state of emergency has been lifted in British Columbia more than two months after thousands of residents were chased from their homes and hundreds of buildings were lost in ferocious wildfires that set records for destruction.
The state of emergency that expires at midnight Friday was declared July 7 after dozens of out-of-control wildfires broke out in BC's Interior. At the peak of the disaster, almost 50,000 residents were staying with family members or living in shelters, hotels and campgrounds.
To read the full story click HERE 

Safety Encouraged for Fall Boating
A cool breeze rolls across the lake as a boat floats past the colourful autumn trees sprouting from the forest floor covered in burnt orange and red hues.
Boating in the fall offers stunning views and excellent fishing, but it is not without its challenges. The Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) and BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF) are reminding fall boaters that the season necessitates self-sufficiency and taking some additional precautions to keep from running into trouble.
“While the fall season in B.C. continues to offer up great angling opportunities, colder temperatures and unpredictable weather mean that it is important to continue to keep safety at the top of our minds while we are out enjoying the beautiful lakes, rivers, and oceans throughout our province,” said BCWF president Harvey Andrusak.
To read the full story click HERE
For more fall boat safety tips click HERE 

 

Gun Clubs Need to get the Lead Out
Vic Skaarup chairs the Recreational Sport Shooting Committee for the BC Wildlife Federation, and he has been leading the group’s initiatives to deal with lead, and the contamination of soils at gun clubs around the province.
Neighbours of the Pitt Meadows Gun Club took aim at the 70-year-old institution this summer, over decades of lead shot being deposited into the environment, and the increasing number of noisy shotgun blasts caused by increased activity at the club at 17428 129 Ave.
Shelley Vogel is part of a group of nine immediate neighbours who oppose the continued operation of the gun club, and will be pursuing the issue with city hall.
Skaarup explained that last year, the BCWF commissioned a study of best practices for lead management for gun clubs.
To read the full story click HERE

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Saturday,September 30th
Cabela's Ladies Day

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Sunday, September 24th
BC Rivers Day

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Kelowna Winter Fishing Derby

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BCWF Attends This Year's I.P.E
Over the Labour Day weekend, the BCWF team and volunteers attended the Interior Provincial Exhibition (I.P.E) in Armstrong, B.C. The I.P.E is Western Canada's largest agricultural fair, hosting barns filled with livestock; cows, sheep, goats, swine, and horses.
In addition to the livestock, the I.P.E hosts the Pro Rodeo tour, amusement rides, and exhibitor booths. This year BCWF had a large display with general information about the BC Wildlife Federation, as well as a raffle with three amazing prizes. The grand prize was a Sako 270 riffle worth over $2,500. The second place prize was a Cabela's gift basket and the third place prize a BCWF gift basket.

Over the five day-long event we had the opportunity to talk to many fair-goers and give the public insight on the many conservation and education programs that BCWF offers. We would like to thank the Lumby Wildlife Association for all their assistance to make our booth a success this year. Without the dedication and help of our member volunteers, the BCWF participation in this event would not have been possible. Thank you to everyone who visited our booth and supported the BCWF at the I.P.E.

A Tribute to Jim Walker- Conservation Champion
-Submitted by Rod Silver

James H.C. Walker, a true conservation champion, passed away on June 20, 2017 in Victoria after a brief illness. Born and educated in New Brunswick, he wrote that his interest in conservation stemmed from his “idyllic, storybook boyhood” spent exploring and fly fishing on the Miramichi River. The river and its tributaries originally supported one of the largest populations of Atlantic salmon in North America.
Walker joined the BC provincial civil service in the mid-70s as the Head of Habitat Protection in the Fish and Wildlife Branch. Working with Graham Kenyon and the Trail Wildlife Association on the Seven Mile dam project on the Pend D’Oreille River, he spearheaded the establishment of fish and wildlife compensation programs that, to this day, are associated with the water licences issued by the province to permit major hydro- electric developments.
During his 28 years of service, he was also Director of Wildlife and a long serving Assistant Deputy Minister of Fish Wildlife and Habitat Protection
Jim was a natural leader of great integrity. He was a big picture thinker. He chose diverse council and was very successful in government due to his influence and common sense. He confidently spoke truth to power and was well respected by clients, colleagues, politicians and adversaries alike.
As Assistant Deputy Minister in the 90s, Walker helped develop and deliver a number of high profile major provincial government initiatives including the Forest Practices Code, the Muskwa- Kechika Management Area, the Clayoquot Land Use Plan, the Grizzly Bear Strategy, Marmot Recovery Foundation, the Khuzymanteen Grizzly Bear Reserve and many more.
Jim was a strong supporter of the conservation movement and well known as a tireless advocate for nature to many not-for-profit organizations and their memberships. He was an avid angler and hunter and a very vocal opponent of the ill-fated long gun registry.
Walker was a life time learner, avid reader, an excellent writer, and had a wonderful sense of humour. He was an avid student of history and lover of historical artifacts.
In retirement, Jim was very generous with his time, knowledge and writing skills. He always seemed to be researching and writing something about an environmental issue.
He also served a 10 year term as a volunteer Director of The Nature Trust of BC and was a key representative of the organization in the development of the BC Biodiversity Strategy associated with the BC Trust for Public Lands.
 He was Chair of the Vancouver Island Marmot Recovery Foundation for 11 years. He also worked with the students and staff of the University of Victoria’s Environmental Law Centre.
Family and friends are working to establish the James H.C. Walker Prize for students who have demonstrated excellence in the University of Victoria’s Environmental Law Centre Clinic and/ or demonstrated a commitment to improving environmental law and policy.

Wetland's Update: Learning by Lantern: Starry Night 2017

Starry Night is a special event. One which encompasses the excitement of visiting a place after hours; where, as the sun sets and the lanterns illuminate, the familiar is transformed.
Paths become star-studded trails through the twilight, giant luminous mushrooms spring from the ground, and that fairy princess who offers you wishes may just be the real deal. Even the older ones in the crowd can’t help but feel like a kid allowed up past their bedtime. And the best part of this event is that learning is at the centre of it all.
Read the full story HERE

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MEMBER SUBMISSION: Man-Kay Koon

This week's member submission was submitted by Man-Kay Koon. The photo is of some Canadian Geese resting by a small pound in a wildlife area in the summer.

BCWF Photo Contest

With the launch of the BCWF's Instagram account, BCWF has been hosting a weekly photo contest called #EnjoyWildlife where the winner's photo gets featured on all of our social media channels.
Here are the winners for the last two weeks:
Congratulations @river_wrangler

Congratulations @_shotsofawe


BCWF Wants to Hear Your Stories, and See Your Pictures!
Send us your pictures, stories or event information to be featured  in our bi-weekly member email. We love to hear about how you enjoy BC's wilderness and wildlife!  
Follow us on social media! and tag @BCWildlifeFederation in your posts for a chance to be featured on our page!
And show us how YOU #EnjoyWildlife
Keep your pictures and stories coming to marketing@bcwf.bc.ca


MEMBER OFFER

Just in time for Friday's Game! BCWF has partnered with the BC Lions. When you use the promo-code BCWF $3 of your ticket purchase will be donated back to the BCWF.
Ticket holders will also recieve a free pair of BC Lion sunglasses!
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BC Wildfire Update: September 6, 2017
B.C. remains under a state of emergency as more than 140 wildfires continue to burn across the province. This season is now B.C.’s worst fire season in history and it is far from over.
Thousands of British Columbians are still on evacuation order and about 12,000 remain on evacuation alert.
In addition, the provincial state of emergency has now been extended for a fourth time until end of day on Sept. 15. Read the full story HERE

Conservation Office Service Busy with Campfire Ban Enforcement
Despite a well advertised campfire ban being in place most of the summer, some campers are choosing to light fires anyway.Conservation Officers and Natural Resource Officers are conducting patrols to ensure compliance with the campfire ban and other Wildfire related restrictions. Over the last week COs issued 37 violation tickets for Wildfire Act offences. COs will be patrolling during the upcoming long weekend. Persons found violating the campfire ban may be issued a violation ticket for $1,150.

Comment: Province Needs to Protect its Natural Capital
With fish, wildlife and natural capital disappearing at an alarming rate, the time has come to ask an urgent question: Is B.C. losing what makes it special? When the B.C. Wildlife Federation went looking for answers last spring, holding 17 town-hall meetings around the province, it tapped into a growing sense of anger about the broad declines in natural capital we have experienced since the 1980s.

 

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Notice to Anglers and Hunters: Wildfire and ORV Restrictions
Closures of numerous recreation site and trails are in effect in the Cariboo, Southeast and Kamloops fire centres. For a complete list of current closures, please visit: http://www.sitesandtrailsbc.ca/closures.aspx
Campfires are banned in many regions of the province. Information about current open burning prohibitions (including campfire bans) is available on the BC Wildfire Service website at: http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/Bans.asp
Off-road vehicle prohibition
The operation of any off-road vehicle for recreational purposes on Crown land is currently prohibited throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre, Kamloops Fire Centre and Southeast Fire Centre. The operation of any off-road vehicles in these regions during the current wildfire situation creates a potential wildfire risk.
A map of the affected areas is available online at: http://ow.ly/QTm330e9G5n
To report an off-road violation, call the Report all Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) line at 1 877 952-7277.
To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call *5555 on a cellphone or 1 800 663-5555 toll-free. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit: www.bcwildfire.ca
 You can also follow the latest wildfire news:
* On Twitter: http://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo
 * On Facebook: http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo
Specific Forest Use restrictions and maps by fire centre are listed at the following website: http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/Bans.asp
Information on BC Parks closed due to wildfire hazard can be found on the BC Parks website: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/



Anglers plan to hold unauthorized fishing demonstration

Recreational fishers frustrated at being shut out on the Fraser River are holding a demonstration selective bar fishery on the Labour Day weekend. The BC Wildlife Federation is sympathetic to the goals of the Fraser River Sportfishing Alliance for selective fisheries, but cannot condone fisheries that are not authorized, demonstration or otherwise.
"We will be taking our concerns to the Minister through Mr. Terry Beech, the Parliamentary Secretary for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans who we are meeting with on September 9th,”stated Harvey Andrusak, president of the BCWF. “We will be suggesting constructive approaches to managing this and other fisheries during times of low abundance of salmon and steelhead."


Illegal Bass Introduced to Kettle River
Boundary, BC: The ecology of the Kettle River is threatened by the introduction of non-native largemouth bass detected this August. The Kettle stretches over 290 kilometres from its headwaters in the Monashee Mountains to the confluence of the Columbia River. One of the most popular stretches of this river is the stretch between the West Kettle near Westbridge all the way down to Grand Forks.
The Kettle River provides anglers with the opportunity to fish pools and runs that hold beautiful native rainbow trout. The river also supports endangered, speckled dace that are known from only the Kettle and Granby river drainages in south-east British Columbia. Speckled dace were federally listed under the Species at Risk Act in 2009. While recent work has indicated that they are considerably more abundant and well distributed within the Kettle River Basin than originally understood, continual concern over low flow conditions and potential increased water demands has highlighted the importance of developing conservation measures for all fish species and their habitats within these rivers.

The introduction of bass, a voracious predator, has made management of the river more challenging.  The BC Wildlife Federation calls upon the Ministry of Forest Lands and Natural Resource Operations to determine the distribution and abundance of the bass in the lower part of the system through snorkel surveys then to selectively remove the bass through electro shocking during low water over the next two weeks.  
To be successful these actions must be taken:
1. Immediate removal of the bass is required
2. An investigation and enforcement into the actions of those responsible is required to discourage future introductions into this and other systems.
Introductions of fish into public water bodies are illegal in Canada without government authorization. This offence holds a penalty of up to $100,000 for first time offenders, and/or a prison term of up to 12 months for a second offence. In addition, a REWARD of up to $20,000 is available to anyone providing information leading to the successful prosecution of individuals responsible for the illegal transfer of fish species in BC waters. This reward is ongoing and is supplied by the BC Wildlife Federation, in co-operation with the Ministry of Environment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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August 31, 2017
Notice to Hunters:  ORV Restrictions
Check road status in any area you are planning to hunt as there are a number of specific road closures in place in the Cariboo, Kamloops, East Kootenays regions and a number more to be announced.


CASTLEGAR - The BC Wildfire Service is reminding the public that the operation of off-road vehicles (ORVs) and all motorcycles for recreational purposes on Crown land continues to be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre.
The BC Wildfire Service is continually monitoring conditions and this ORV prohibition may be expanded or rescinded as needed. It will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.
Anyone found in contravention of this off-road vehicle prohibition may be issued a violation ticket in the amount of $767. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.
Jeeps, trucks or other "on-highway" vehicles must remain on constructed or defined road surfaces. The road surface must consist of amineral soil or mixed gravel/mineral soil surface that is clear of grass, wood debris or any other flammable organic material across the entire road surface. Drivers are not allowed to go off-road in such vehicles while this prohibition is in effect. 
The prohibition of off-road vehicles and on-highway vehicles does not apply to private lands or national parks. It also does not apply to emergency responders or to agriculture or commercial/industrial users who operate vehicles for farming, emergency response or business purposes.
With bow-hunting season scheduled to begin on Friday, Sept. 1, and rifle hunting season on Sept. 10, registered guides and outfitters are advised that the off-road vehicle prohibition does not apply to them while they're using ORVs for business purposes. Such business purposes would include activities such as transporting supplies, setting up camps and general preparations for hunting operations. However, permitted ORV activities do not include guided clients using ORVs to hunt or gain access to the backcountry.
To report an off-road violation, call the Report all Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) line at 1 877 952-7277.
The Southeast Fire Centre extends from the U.S. border in the south to the Mica Dam in the north and from the Okanagan Highlands and Monashee Mountains in the west to the B.C.-Alberta border in the east. The Southeast Fire Centre includes the Selkirk Natural Resource District and the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District.
To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call *5555 on a cellphone or 1 800 663-5555 toll-free. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit: www.bcwildfire.ca
 You can also follow the latest wildfire news:
* On Twitter: http://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo
 * On Facebook: http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo
Specific Forest Use restrictions and maps by fire centre are listed at the following website: http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/Bans.asp
Information on BC Parks closed due to wildfire hazard can be found on the BC Parks website: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/
Information on Rec Sites and Trails closed due to wildfire hazard can be found on the Rec Sites and Trails website:
http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/sports-culture/recreation/camping-hiking/sites-trails

 

 

 

 

 

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The Rifle Range is back open! Please be careful, and until the wildfire risk passes, please refrain from smoking!

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Future of Hunting and Fishing at Risk

Last week in a hyper-political decision government decided it was going to close grizzly bear hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest and outside the area grizzly bear hunting would continue, but hunters could not possess the hide, head, nor paws of the bear, something government has defined as “trophy parts”.  The government has also said this is only for grizzly bears and does not apply to other species.  But it’s not really about grizzly bear “trophy hunting”, it’s about hunting.
The BC Wildlife Federation has responded saying this approach is wasteful and inconsistent with the North American Wildlife Conservation Model. Read the BCWF response HERE
While there are points and counter points to grizzly bear hunting, what conservationists should bear in mind is that so-called conservation organizations which were only opposed to the “trophy hunting of grizzly bears” have now publically stated they will start to focus on eliminating black bear hunting.  And if government continues to listen to them you can expect hunting bans on all predator species, followed by species such as sheep, goats and finally deer, moose and elk.
The BCWF’s Jesse Zeman was a panel guest, along with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation’s Chris Genovali on the grizzly hunt, which you can listen to CBC Almanac HERE 
If you hunt and fish you should be concerned. The consistent application of the North American Wildlife Conservation Model has been abandoned for one species and others will follow. First Nations continue to have a constitutional right to hunt for food, social and ceremonial purposes. It will be indigenous people who decide what happens in their traditional territories.
The government has announced a consultation period, which is simply a temperature check of the public response to this change.  If you want to continue to hunt and fish the best thing you can do is write, email, and meet with your MLA.  Write the premier, the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations as well as the party leaders for the Green and Liberal Party. Find your MLA HERE 
Your message does not need to be technical.  All you need to convey how important conservation, fishing and hunting are to you, and future generations.  Be clear on what your position is around hunting and fishing, particularly as it relates to the North American Wildlife Conservation Model.
If people who hunt and fish do not stand up for conservation or future generations you will see your rights continue to erode.


New BCWF Treasurer Announced
 
The executive of the BCWF Board of Directors has regretfully accepted the resignation of treasurer Mark Hall due to health reasons. The BC Wildlife Federation thanks Mark for his dedicated service on the provincial and regional boards and sends best wishes to him for his improved health and recovery.

President Harvey Andrusak has communicated to Mark that he would be quite interested in having him involved, in perhaps a less stressful role, as he has the talent and commitment to conservation that this organization needs. The BCWF appreciates the efforts and expertise volunteers contribute every day.

BCWF director Victor Skaarup has agreed to assume the important role of treasurer. Aside from his considerable knowledge of shooting sports issues, Victor has a wealth of experience in financial matters and this experience will be invaluable in leading the organization through the 2018 budgeting process. Victor is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified General Accountant (CGA) with a Masters Degree in Public Administration.


 BCWF Volunteers Needed for Interior Provincial Exhibition

We are looking for volunteers interested in helping out at the BCWF booth at the 118th IPE in Armstrong August 30th- September 3rd, 2017.
Show Hours:

  • Wednesday 10am- 10pm
  • Thursday 10am- 10pm
  • Friday 10am- 10pm
  • Saturday 10am- 10pm
  • Sunday 10am- 10pm

We will have a large display this year and will be relying on our members to give us a hand as we feature the BCWF Store, a summer raffle, and membership & program information. 
BCWF will reimburse all volunteers for  admission, parking, and meal expenses incurred in the course of helping out at the show.
Any help is greatly appreciated! Without our dedicated members that step up to volunteer their time, BCWF would simply not be able to participate in events like IPE.
If you would like to volunteer, contact Casey Daleat 604-882-9988 or by email marketing@bcwf.bc.ca


BC Moose Tracker App iPad GIVEAWAY!

The Government of BC, in partnership with the BCWF and HCTF, has developed an app to help monitor moose populations in BC. On behalf of the BC Moose Tracker App, BCWF is excited to host the #MooseMondayMadDash Contest! We will be giving away three IPADS one in each BCWF social media platform.
To enter on Facebook and Twitter:
Step 1: Like/Share the @BCWildlifeFederation contest post
Step 2: Send us a screenshot of the downloaded BC Moose Tracker App on your cellular device!
Enter on Facebook HERE
Enter on Twitter HERE
To enter on Instagram:
Step 1: Like/ Follow the @bcwildlifefederation Instagram page
Step 2: Tag @bcwildlifefederation in your best #MooseMonday photos
Enter on Instagram HERE
One winner from each social media platform will be selected to receive an iPad. Best of luck to all and show us how YOU #EnjoyWildlife in BC!
Thank you to the apps co-sponsors, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and the Government of BC.Good luck!


Blockade Protocols
With hunting season right around the corner in BC, BCWF is sending out a friendly reminder of what to do when you encounter protesters blocking roads.
We wish all of our members a happy, fun and safe hunting season! 
To learn tips about proper Blockade Protocols click HERE.


Notice of Meeting BCWF Region 5

 Region 5 Annual meeting will be held: Saturday September 9th, 2017, 1:00PM at Quesnel Rod and Gun Club

Agenda: Election of officers
For further information contact: Ken Last at 250-991-0215

 

MEMBER SUBMISSIONS


BCWF Member Submission: Carolyn Lee Lucas
Carol is a BCWF member and is an novice hunter and a photographer. Carol and her husband love the outdoors and enjoying wildlife in BC. Carol lives in Victoria, but often visits Kamloops and Veron at least once a year. The photo that Carol shared with us this week was taken in Veron on one of her most recent trips.


BCWF Photo Contest
With the launch of the BCWF's Instagram account, BCWF has been hosting a weekly photo contest called #EnjoyWildlife where the winner's photo gets featured on all of our social media channels.
Here are the winners for the last two weeks:
Congratulations @jakobpeter

 Congratulations @Davehutchisonimages


BCWF Wants to Hear Your Stories, and See Your Pictures!
Send us your pictures, stories or event information to be featured  in our bi-weekly member email. We love to hear about how you enjoy BC's wilderness and wildlife!  
Follow us on social media! and tag @BCWildlifeFederation in your posts for a chance to be featured on our page!
And show us how YOU #EnjoyWildlife
Keep your pictures and stories coming to marketing@bcwf.bc.ca

 

 CLUB & STAKEHOLDER NEWS


Weekend Fun: Jurassic Classic 2017
The 2017 Jurassic Classic was held on August 18-20th. It was a great weekend full of fishing fun! This year's winning team Matt Loureiro, Stacy Loureiro, and Jack Loureiro caught the largest fish at 262cm, 8 feet and 7 inches, with a weight estimated over 415 pounds.

In second place the team of Randy/ Donna Debock and Marty/ Patricia Buys.

And in third place Lorne Monkman and John Fidler.


Special Thanks: Wholesale Sports Gold Level Sponsor of the 2017 Jurassic Classic

Wholesale Sports is Canada's Outdoor Outfitter.  Wholesale Sports was the first Gold Level Sponsor of the 2017 Jurassic Classic.Thank you to Wholesale Sports for your continued support of wild sheep conservation efforts in British Columbia.


Help the Wild Sheep Society of BC gain Valuable Health Information about Wild Sheep in BC

Help wildlife biologists collect valuable information on the health of BC sheep by requesting a nasal swab kit. If you are hunting sheep this fall contact us to get a nasal swab kit. Follow the directions in the below video and send the swabs back to us. The information collected from the nasal swabs will provide valuable information on the disease status of the animal harvested and will help establish BC's disease mapping network. 
With your help we can get the valuable information we need to make management decisions for wild sheep in BC. 
Request a Swab Kit HERE
For more information visit the Wild Sheep Society of BC website HERE 


Wild Sheep Society of BC Annouces New Executive Director

Wild Sheep Society of BC has officially hired Executive Director, Lisa Hettrich. Lisa came started as a volunteer in early 2017. Lisa is a life long hunter, conservationist, trapper and general outdoor enthusiast.
She has a background and education in quality and environmental management, event planning/catering, sales and marketing and she's just finishing off a Masters Degree in Environmental Science.


Sunshine Coast Rod and Gun Club Host First Annual Family Fun Day August 26th

Fun for the whole family. The Sunshine Coast Rod and Gun Club is hosting Family Fun Day On Saturday, August 26 join in on the fun! Lots of FREE activities and displays for all ages.
Visit the Sunshine Coast Rod and Gun Clubs website for more event information HERE


 Fishing Forever at The FVTH

For the past several years, Lower Mainland Region BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF) members have hosted their tremendously successful Fishing Forever event at the Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery.
In addition to hosting the event, the club has volunteered countless hours assisting with improvements at the FVTH fishing ponds including; general landscaping, building an interpretive trail, as well as the construction of a secondary wheelchair accessible fishing platform. Here is a nice visual report submitted to us by David Oliver of the BCWF, covering this year’s event held on June 4th, 2017.
To learn more about Fishing Forever events near you click HERE

 

SPECIAL EVENTS:


BCWF Attends this year's Interior Provincial Exhibition

 The Armstrong Fair offers something fun for everyone in the family!
Looking for something fun to do the September Long Weekend? Come to the Armstrong Fair to enjoy the country atmosphere right in downtown Armstrong. Highlights of this year's fair include the Canadian Professional Rodeo Tour finals.
BCWF Member Discounts!

BCWF Members are eligible for a $7.00 discount on tickets to IPE. Tickets must be purchased at the IPE Office located directly across the street from the fair
Address: 3010 Wood Ave, Armstrong, BC V0E 1B2  Click here for directions.
The discount will extend to include the member and their partner. To qualify for the discount members must show their BCWF membership card to receive the discount.



The 2nd BOW Weekend for 2017 is now open for registration.  This year's camp will be held at Camp Whonnock in Maple Ridge, BC from September 8-10, 2017.
Download the Registration Form HERE.
Register early to enjoy all the festivities.  If you have any questions, please contact via email:programs@bcwf.bc.ca or call 1-888-881-2293.

 

 

 

IN THE NEWS:


BC Wildfire Update: August 23, 2017

BC remains under a state of emergency as 138 wildfires continue to burn across the province. This season is now BC’s worst fire season in history and it is far from over.
Approximately 4,400 British Columbians remain out of their homes and about 21,000 remain on evacuation alert.
In addition, the provincial state of emergency has now been extended until Sept. 1.
The BC Wildfire Service has provided a map of where the fires are located (it may not load in high traffic times so you might need to be patient).
The map is accurate as of 7 a.m., Aug. 23, although the wildfire situation may change at any time. The larger flames on the map are considered “wildfires of note.”
To read the full story click HERE


Science Says Forests Should be Left to Burn

Fire fighters from the Saanich Peninsula recently joined other nearly 4,000 fire fighters from across BC and around the world, to combat wildfires in BC’s interior in what is quickly becoming the worst wildfire season on record.

Scores of communities were evacuated and thousands of people in other communities are on evacuation alert as a state of emergency persists.The BC Wildfire Service reports that more than 150 wildfires continue to burn and lists nearly 30 “fires of note” in the province. Since April 1, there have been 966 fires that have burned 646,645 hectares and the battle against those flames has involved 236 aircraft, a veritable army of heavy equipment.

To date, these efforts are estimated at $271 million.

But as smoke from the fires casts a pall across the skies of British Columbia and the human and material costs of firefighting efforts mount, there are some within the scientific community who maintain the current approach to wildfires is fundamentally flawed.
To read the full story click HERE


Conservation Office Service Warn Public about how to Reduce Wildlife Conflicts

It has been a busy season for human-bear conflicts so far, this year. Conflict levels were higher than usual over the spring and early summer. This was likely due to cool, wet spring conditions throughout much of the province that resulted in poor establishment and growth of natural bear foods. Late summer has seen conflict levels return to normal but we will soon be entering the fall hyperphagia period when bears will be feeding voraciously to put on weight for denning.

It is very important that people manage their non-natural food sources so that bears cannot get access to them. Keep your garbage in a bear-resistant bin or stored in a secure area, and manage fruit by picking as or before it ripens and removing any windfall. Ensure that birdseed, pet food and compost is not available to bears. Electric fencing can be an effective tool to deter bears from fruit trees, compost bins, chickens, small livestock, etc.

When bears learn to feed on human food sources they become a risk to people and property and are most often destroyed. Please do not allow this to happen by managing your attractants appropriately. Conservation officers have been very busy this season with wildfire response and your efforts to reduce human-bear conflicts will help them out tremendously. Let’s keep people safe and bears wild.

For more information regarding wildlife conflict reduction click HERE


Conservation Officers Respond to Black Bear with Bulk Olive Container Stuck on its Head

BCCO's working near the Elephant Hill wildfire were called by a rancher who discovered this black bear struggling with a bulk olive container stuck on its head. CO's attended and were able to remove the container from the bear's head.


Thousands of Alantic Salmon Dumped in Pacific After Eclipse's High Tides Break Net
Members of the public in Washington state are being asked to help mop up a spill of Atlantic salmon from an imploded net holding 305,000 fish at a Cooke Aquaculture fish farm near Cypress Island.
Washington state's Department of Fish and Wildlife is urging the public to catch as many of the fish as possible after Lummi fishers out for chinook on Sunday near Samish were surprised to pull up the Atlantic salmon -- escapees that turned up in their nets again on Monday.
The fish are about 4.5 kilograms each and the department is asking people to catch them with no limit on size or number.
No one knows yet how many escaped, but Ron Warren of Fish and Wildlife said the net had some 1,360 tonnes of fish in it when it imploded Saturday.
Warren said the spill was caused by tides pushed unusually high by Monday's approaching total solar eclipse.
The department has been monitoring the situation and crafting a spill-response plan with New Brunswick-based Cooke Aquaculture.

To read the full story click HERE


Inspections Find 15 Boats Entering B.C. with Adult Invasive Mussels, 117 Boats Quarantined

Fifteen boats carrying adult invasive mussels have been intercepted this year at roadside inspection stations and five of those were bound for the Okanagan.
“This is yet another wake-up call that these watercraft are headed our way,” said Corrine Jackson, communications director with the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB).
“We’re very happy that those inspection stations are in place, thank goodness, but it really shows that we all need to be aware of the threat to our waters,” she added.
In addition to the 15 boats carrying adult mussels, 1,100 watercraft were identified as high risk, 166 decontamination orders were issued and 117 watercraft were issued quarantine periods required to meet the required 30-day drying time to ensure any mussels are dead, said David Karn, a spokesperson for the BC Minstry of Environment.
The figures, which cover this year’s boating season up to July 30, show that 19,800 watercraft were inspected since April.
Of the 15 watercraft found to be carrying adult mussels, six were headed for the Lower Mainland and five were destined for the Okanagan. One each was going to the Kootenays, Thompson-Nicola, Vancouver Island and Alaska.
Last year, after years of lobbying by the OBWB, the province implemented permanent inspection stations at highway crossings into BC.
To read the full story click HERE


Hands-on Conservation


While other young people have been relaxing, the Nature Trust of BC's Okanagan Conservation Youth Crew has been hard at work. 
Members have been working on conservation projects in the South Okanagan, East Kootenays, on Vancouver Island, and the Lower Mainland.
Crews have been performing on-the-ground work as well as attending workshops from specialists in fields such as bird counts, and forest and wetland ecology. 
The Nature Trust hires young people each summer to tackle a wide variety of activities, including posting signs on hiking trails informing visitors of the surrounding habitat, digging burrows for the Burrowing Owl Conservation Society and acting as ambassadors.
“Helping sustain and monitor the rich diversity of plants and animals and their habitats ... (helps) me to utilize my education,” said crew member Chantel Beierle of Penticton.
The program also offers valuable skills for future employment, including first aid and bear-aware training, as well as the safe handling of power tools.
To read the full story click HERE


For more background infomation on the Grizzly Trophy Hunt Ban here are some links to stories on the issue:
Grizzly Hunting Ban in British Columbia – Is it the Motive of the Hunter or Utilization of the Animal That Matters Most? 
Vancouver Sun - BC Grizzly Hunter calls New Provincial Ban Waseful, Hurtful to Local Economies
Georgia Straight- Martyn Brown: Stopping BC's Bloody "sport" of Grizzly Killing

 

 


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 A Message from BC Wildlife Federation

 

 

 

 

 

 

The BCWF Response to Provincial Government Announcement to End Grizzly Trophy Hunt

The provincial government has announced they will end grizzly bear trophy hunting throughout the province and stop all hunting of grizzlies in the Great Bear Rainforest after November 2017.
Hunting grizzlies for meat outside the Great Bear Rainforest is not included in the ban, but the government has said they will forbid a meat hunter from possessing the paws, head, and hide of a grizzly. This announcement is inconsistent with the North American Wildlife Conservation Model, which stipulates harvested wildlife should be used for legitimate purposes, including retrieving the fur and meat where usable. Requiring hunters or anglers to throw useable portions of their harvest away is wasteful and inconsistent with sustainable use.
Harvey Andrusak, President of the BCWF said, “The province must maintain a science-based hunt to determine if there is a sustainable harvest which includes the opportunity for hunters to utilize all portions of any animal or fish harvested. We cannot be managing fish and wildlife on a one-off basis. All wildlife management must be consistent with science-based recommendations.”
Biological data obtained from the hide and skull provides critical data to scientists. BCWF staff and executive met with government representatives yesterday to stress the importance of making sure experts maintain the opportunity to obtain valuable data from any animal harvested. The government has said they will meet with First Nations and all affected groups in the fall and the federation will be continuing to stand up strongly for science-based management of all wildlife species.
The BCWF supports a regional roundtable approach, with specific conservation measures and social considerations discussed with residents, First Nations, commercial and recreational sector representatives before wildlife management policy is changed or adopted.
We need your help! To be effective, members need to speak with their MLAs to educate them about this issue and stress the importance of maintaining hunting practices that do not waste any part of any animal taken. Find your MLA here 
BCWF Resident Priority Program manager Jesse Zeman participated in a panel discussion on CBC Almanac at noon on August 15, 2017, stressing these points and advocating for adequate funding for wildlife management in BC.
President of the BCWF- affiliated Spruce City Wildlife Association Steve Hamilton was featured in this story in the Vancouver Sun.
The BC Wildlife Federation will continue to support recovery efforts for grizzly bears in areas where populations are under threat and to advocate for increased funding and science for wildlife management in BC.

 

 

 

 

 

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Until further notice the Nakusp Rod and Gun Club's Rifle Range will be closed due to extreme fire hazard.

A notice will be posted here when it has re-opened.

Sorry for any inconvenience!


May's R&G meeting will be held on Wednesday May 31st at 7:30pm downstairs in the Senior's Hall.

Look forward to seeing you all there!


 

   MEMBER UPDATE MAY 24, 2017

 

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 MAY 26-28: WETLANDKEEPERS WORKSHOP

Join us for over 2.5 days of hands-on workshop and learn about Wetland Classification, GPS Mapping, Plant Identification, Soil Classification and more.

For more information or to register, click here


JUNE 10: INVASIVE SPECIES CONTROL "WORKBEE"
 Plant native species and remove invasives like Yellow Flag Iris to increase biodiversity and help protect the park!

For more information contact: Jason Jobin, Wetlands Education Program Coordinator at wetlands_coordinator@bcwf.bc.ca or 604-882-9988 ext. 225
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With all ballots officially counted, the result of the provincial election on May 9 is a minority government in British Columbia.  Prior to the election, the BCWF submitted a series of questions related to sustainable fish, wildlife and habitat management and funding requirements to all BC political parties.   Answers and commitments from the BC Liberals, NDP and Green parties are available on our website at www.bcwf.bc.ca under the 2017 Provincial Election Menu.

Please send a message to all MLAs by signing the BCWF online petition calling on the BC government to increase funding and to set objectives for our fish, wildlife and habitat. Signatures for the petition will be gathered until the new Legislature is sitting and the petition can be read into the official records.
Please go to www.bcwf.bc.ca to sign and share the petition.


 DOWNLOAD the BCWF May 2017 Newsletter 


Federal Firearms Regulations Deferred
The Minister of Public Safety announced that new Canadian Firearms Regulation will be deferred until December 1, 2018.
While this is a short term victory for all the BCWF members who signed letters and brought up this issue with their MPs, we will continue to work on regulations that meet the goals of the UN Firearms Protocol, protect public safety and respect the thousands of sporting arms businesses in Canada.
Read the article from CBC News here

 

 BECOME A LIFE MEMBER TODAY!

As a Life Member, you will not only enjoy regular BCWF Member benefits for your lifetime, but you will also receive a limited edition art print “Next Generation” by Andrew Kiss, a certificate and a pin, plus access to Life Member exclusive events and more!
Click here to join now and select “Life Member with The BC Outdoors Magazine” or call us at 1.888.881.2293. 

 

CLUB / STAKEHOLDER NEWS
Vernon & Lumby Fish & Game Clubs BBQ stations at the Fishing Forever event held on May 13, 2017 at Mable Lake.  It was a very successful event with nearly 100 clients and caregivers in attendance.



 

Special Vancouver BC Premiere with Rick Hansen, Mark Angelo and filmmaker Robert Moberg.
The Djavad Mowafaghlan Cinema at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts 
149 West Hastings Street
One Night Only - June 24th, 2017 @ 7:00pm
Tickets $15.00 at the door
GIANTS AMONG US - Rick Hansen and the Great White Sturgeon 60 sec trailer from Robert Moberg on Vimeo.

 

 
Attention: Limited Entry Hunters

Please get your LEH application in well before the final deadline of 11:59 p.m. Friday May 26, 2017.
For more information click here
Download:
Limited Entry Hunting Synopsis 2017-2018


Public urged to use caution with outdoor burning
The BC Wildfire Service is encouraging the public to exercise caution with any outdoor burning.
Read more information here.

 

IN THE NEWS
Group Effort Saves the Lives of Two Moose Calves

 

Prince George, B.C. – Two newborn moose calves are resting comfortably in a wildlife shelter in Smithers following an improbable rescue in Prince George over the weekend.
Dr. Roy Rea, a biology and forestry lab instructor at UNBC who specializes in wildlife-vehicular collisions, says it all started following a text message he received early Saturday morning. 
Read the full story here.

 

 


 

   MEMBER UPDATE MAY 11, 2017

 

Conservation Groups Unite For Wildlife
Nelson, B.C. 
Five of the province’s leading conservation organizations have signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding in support of growing wildlife populations in British Columbia. 
The BC Wildlife Federation, Guide Outfitters Association of British Columbia, Wild Sheep Society of British Columbia, Wildlife Stewardship Council and the B.C. Trappers Association came together to announce the MOU at the BCWF’s Annual General Meeting in Nelson on Saturday.

L-R Jim Glaicar, President BCWF, Harvey Andrusak, Vice President BCWF, John Henderson, President, Wildlife Stewardship Council, Chris Barker, Past President, Wild Sheep Society of BC, Carl Gitscheff, Director, BC Trappers Association, Michael Schneider, President, Guide Outfitters Association of BC

Concern about the on-going decline of wildlife including, moose, mule deer, elk, wild sheep and caribou, brought the conservation organizations together for the sake of building and maintaining healthy wildlife populations for First Nations, B.C. residents, guide outfitters, trappers and the non-hunting public.  The MOU follows the provincial government’s recent announcement that all hunting license revenues will be re-invested to enhance wildlife management activities.

“This MOU is another mechanism to ensure the province invests in our wildlife”, said John Henderson, President of the Wildlife Stewardship Council.

Jim Glaicar President of the 50,000 member BC Wildlife Federation said, "The collaborative efforts of our five organizations will help to ensure the province follows through on its commitment to enhance wildlife management."

Michael Schneider President of the Guide Outfitters Association of British Columbia said, "This is a great opportunity for our organizations to work together for the betterment of wildlife in the province." 

"B.C.'s wild sheep populations have been declining for years", said Rodney Zeman, President of the Wild Sheep Society of BC.  "This MOU will help to ensure we put and keep wild sheep on the mountain."

B.C. Trappers Association President Brian Dack said, “We look forward to working with our conservation partners in support of growing more wildlife."

 

 

THANK YOU to all the delegates, members, speakers, and guests that participated in the BCWF 61st Anniversary AGM and Convention in Nelson, B.C. May 4-6!
Thanks also to all the hardworking volunteers from the Nelson District Rod & Gun Club lead by AGM Liaison Wally Kampen - without them the event would simply not have been possible!


AGM Survey
Please take a few moments to complete the 2017 AGM Survey.  Information gathered from this year's survey will help us to improve and enhance this important BCWF event in future years.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2K69R8J


 BCWF Conservation Leadership Awards
The BCWF awards recognizing the achievements of clubs, members and directors were given out at Saturday night’s Banquet.
The Bill Otway Award for “Most Effective Regional President” was given to Gerry Paille from Region 7B Peace.
The President’s Award for “Outstanding Volunteer Contribution” were received by Pete Aussem, President Lumby  & District Wildlife Association, Recreational Sports Shooting Committee Chair Victor Skaarup and Fisheries Inland Interior Representative Rick Simpson.
The Quota Buster Awards for the clubs whose membership has increased the most since the last convention were won by the Spruce City Wildlife Association for Club Under 300 Members and by the Squamish Valley Rod & Gun Club Over 300 members.


Artistic Achievement Awards
The Art Downs Memorial Award for a writer who has managed to bring about change with her writing in a significant and positive way was given to Mark Hume for outstanding writing that promotes environmental awareness and forwads the efforts of conservation in BC.
The 2017 Artist of the Year is Denis Mayer Jr for his painting “Piercing Spectacle”.


Hunting and Fishing Awards
The Lee Straight Award for Fishing was won by Mike O’Neill with a 52 lbs Chinook salmon.
The Youth Fishing Award was won by Skylar Ehret for his 18 lbs 4 oz Chinook Salmon and honourable mention to Ryan Wakelam for his 16 lbs Chinook Salmon.
The Youth Big Game Award was won by Heide Wilson for her White Tail Deer measuring 140 4/8 on the Boone and Crockett point system.
The Wild Sheep BC Award for Biggest Sheep Taken in B.C. was won by Darren Reghenas for his Big Horn measuring 199 0/8 on the Boone and Crockett point system.


Conservation & Project Awards
Completed Project 1st Place was awarded to the Spruce City Wildlife Association for their back country clean-up. Volunteers cleanted up over 6,000 lbs of trash forom a trail and park system bordering a Fraser River Tributary.

 

 2017 Board of Directors

Back row standing, left to right:  Jim Glaicar, Dustin Snyder, George Wilson, Chuck Zuckerman, Dennis Popplestone, Jared Wilkison, Mike O'Neill, Dave Carleton, Brent Froehlich, Mark Hall, Gerry Paille, Brian Hancock, Ken Last, Gord Bacon, Boris Ivanoff, Jeff Berdusco 
Front row kneeling, left to right: Wally Kampen, John Thornton, Victor Skaarup
Missing: Carl Gitscheff, Harvey Andrusak, Mike Langegger, Phillip Milligan

Executive

Jim Glaicar, President
Brenton Froehlich, Vice President
Harvey Andrusak, Vice President
Mark Hall, Treasurer
George Wilson, Past President

Directors
Boris Ivanoff
Brian Hancock
Carl Gitscheff
Jared Wilkison
John Thornton
Mike Langegger
Phillip Milligan
Victor Skaarup

Regional Presidents
Region 1 Vancouver Island: Dennis Popplestone
Region 2 Lower Mainland: Chuck Zuckerman
Region 3 Thompson-Nicola: Gordon Bacon
Region 4E Kootenay East: Jeff Berdusco
Region 4W Kootenay West: Wally Kampen
Region 5 Cariboo-Chilcotin: Ken Last (Director)
Region 6 Skeena: Mike O Neill
Region 7A Omineca: Dustin Snyder
Region 7B Peace: Gerry Paille
Region 8 Okanagan: Dave Carleton

 

 
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May 19-21   Wetlandkeepers, Courtenay
May 26        Fishing Forever, Parksville (at Coombs Campground)
May 26-28   Wetlandkeepers, Cheam Lake
May 26-28   Ladysmith Sportsmen's Club Annual Family Fishing

May 28        Fishing Forever, Osoyoos (at Strohman's Pond)

 

 
Call to Action: Canadian Firearms Marking Regulation
On JUNE 1 2017, the “Marking of Imported Firearms (Bill C-10A) Regulations” will come into effect to implement the UN Firearm Marking protocol. 
The regulations, as currently drafted, will have a negative impact on Canadians who rely on hunting to feed their families and sports shooters, by significantly increasing the cost of firearms and reducing choice. It is also likely that it will have a disastrous impact on the Canadian firearms industry and result in the loss of jobs. It could also hurt trading relationships with other countries.
The BC Wildlife Federation has written several letters to the Minister of Public Safety expressing our concerns regarding the regulation as drafted, and supporting the solution proposed by the Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association (CSAAA).
It is now time for all members to get directly involved by writing to the Minister of Public Safety, with a carbon copy to your local Member of Parliament, requesting that the regulation be amended. Please download the draft letter below for you to use.  Simply add your name and address to the top, a cc to your local MP at the bottom, print and mail (note, postage is not required to mail to MPs).
Please send a physical letter as they have more impact than emails or petitions.
View the letters sent to Minister Goodale here.
Download the editable PDF draft letter here.  
The time to act is now!    

 

 
Special Vancouver BC Premiere with Rick Hansen, Mark Angelo and filmmaker Robert Moberg.
The Djavad Mowafaghlan Cinema at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts 
149 West Hastings Street
One Night Only - June 24th, 2017 @ 7:00pm
Tickets $15.00 at the door
GIANTS AMONG US - Rick Hansen and the Great White Sturgeon 60 sec trailer from Robert Moberg on Vimeo.

 

 MEMBER SUBMISSIONS
This week's submission is from Beth Cobbett.

"Took our granddaughters and family fishing on the Peace River and caught these rainbow trout! "


 Keep your submissions coming to feedback@bcwf.bc.ca 

 

Jurassic Classic Raffle Winner!


Congratulations to Greg Kinsman from Northwest Territories who won the Jurassic Classic Raffle - An all inclusive Sturgeon Fishing Tournament package for two August 18-20th on the Fraser River near Chilliwack, B.C.
2nd Prize - SAKO A-7 Soft Touch Stainless Bolt-Action 270 WSM Rifle was won by Jason Roughton from Kelowna.

The BCWF and the Wild Sheep Society of BC have teamed up with Great River Fishing Adventures to offer a world-class sturgeon fishing opportunity. This weekend is an all-inclusive experience with excellent meals, a live auction, poker tournament, awards banquet and amazing prizes. This is also a great chance for BCWF Clubs to add some friendly competition to the tournament and bring home bragging rights for
the year.

For more information visit:  www.facebook.com/TheJurassicClassic or contact Kyle Stelter, Jurassic Classic Sturgeon Fishing Committee at 250-619-8415, email: Jurassic.classic.bc@gmail.com

 

CLUB & STAKEHOLDER NEWS: 

World Recreational Fishing Conference (WRFC)
A reminder that the World Recreational Fishing Conference is coming this summer, July 16 – 20 in Victoria. Participants and speakers will come from all over the world. BC fisheries will be on display, our management practices will be discussed and insights and ideas from other countries will be presented.  The conference is open to the public with opportunity for local businesses to promote their services and goods to a global audience.
More information at: www.wrfc8.com 

 

May is Invasive Species Action month 
 Did you know that May is now declared Invasive Species Action month?
To get British Columbians active in preventing and stopping the spread of harmful invasive species, the BC government has officially declared the entire month of May as Invasive Species Action Month.



Invasive species threaten BC’s environment, economy and society, including human health, but stopping invasive species is possible if we take action now to prevent, detect and manage invasive species.



Click the link HERE to learn more on how you can prevent Invasive Species from taking hold in British Columbia 

 

 
Fly Tying 101
Thursday, May 18, 2017, 5:00 pm - 8:00pm
Looking to learn the basics of tying a fly but don't know where to begin? Join our expert Outfitters as they cover topics in this 3 hour course that include tying tools, techniques, various materials & why you use them, when & where to use certain flies, and more.
Cost of $30 includes all supplies, equipment and instruction.
Pre-register only at Abbotsford Cabela’s Customer Service or email kellie.hart@cabelas.ca
Space is limited, sign up today!

 

IN THE NEWS

Early Season Lake Fishing for Trout with Bait
Each spring, long before the lakes in B.C. are ice-free, anglers are getting excited and can’t wait until they can launch their boats to go fishing.
Many anglers are thinking fly-fishing or trolling lures, but right after ice-off, these methods can be a tough way to get the fish to bite consistently.

Click the link HERE to read more from this article by Nick Basok; Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC Fishing Ambassador 


Nature Trust looks to acquire Okanagan property for bighorn sheep

The B.C. conservation group, Nature Trust, wants to buy a parcel of land in B.C.'s Okanagan to increase the grazing area for a herd of bighorn sheep.
The group is looking at an 34.5 hectare piece of land which borders the McTaggart-Cowan/Nsək'łniw't Wildlife Management Area near Skaha Lake (which forms the southern shoreline of Penticton, B.C.)

The story from CBC located HERE

 

 


Perhaps another answer to the question, "What is your membership in the British Columbia Wildlife Federation doing do you?"

http://nprg.ca/2017/05/bcwf-presentation-april-2017-town-hall-meeting/


Lots of interesting reading here for Arrow Lakes residents and visitors:

Columbia Spring 2017 Operations Summary

Columbia River Water Use Plan - April 2017


Aprils’ meeting will be held at 7:00 pm Wednesday the 26th at the basement of the seniors’ hall.
Representatives from the Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) will be doing a short presentation on the ONA and some of the items they are working on in our region, particularly salmon reintroduction.


Here is a bit of information regarding the male wolf killed north of Nakusp a couple of weeks ago.

I'm sure there are members who have heard various rumors so it is great that the Banff folks have released the info to the public.

www.rmoutlook.com/article/Valley-wolf-killed-in-BC-20170413


The Nakusp R&G Club's March meeting will be on Wednesday March 29th at 7:30pm downstairs in the Senior's Hall.

See you there!

 


Folks,

We are conducting an on-line survey:

https://www.research.net/r/ArrowLakes

to learn about angler, and potential angler, preferences for Arrow fisheries management. We’ve used a few methods to reach people; I’m also sending this note to contacts in communities near Upper and Lower Arrow Reservoir in an effort not to miss important opinions, but if you already received this by another means, I regret the duplication! Please share with your club or organization.

Your responses are very important to this review and will remain confidential. It will take about 30 minutes to complete this survey. As a token of our appreciation, completed surveys will be entered (or at the respondent’s choice, not entered) in a draw to win one of five $50 gift certificates from Canadian Tire.

The scenario part of the survey (towards the end) we designed to give a range of options bracketing from best to worst in the fishing data from the 1970s to now, and it intentionally offers a choice of not fishing. There are different combinations of options in different survey versions. There is a place where you can add comments, and any input is welcome. The survey will close at 6 pm May 5, 2017.

Best regards and thank you - Jeff.

 

Jeff Burrows | Senior Fish Biologist | Fish and Wildlife Branch Kootenay Region – B.C. FLNRO Nelson

 

Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation's preliminary list of

2017-2018 approved projects:

Click HERE to read.


 


The February R&G meeting is on Wednesday, February 22nd at 7:30pm.

See you all downstairs in the Senior's Hall!

 


 

BCWF MEMBER UPDATE FEB 15, 2017

 

CALL FOR WILDLIFE PHOTOS! 
BCWF is updating the CORE manual and is in need of photos for the Animal Identification and Bird Identification chapters. We are looking for good quality side profile photos to replace the image drawings in these chapters.  If you have any photos you would like to submit please send them to programs@bcwf.bc.ca  before February 24th, 2017. Please send jpeg images – min. 300 dpi.
Should your photo be used in the manual you will receive photo credits in the CORE manual. The following is the list of species photos needed:
ANIMALS
Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep – Ram & Ewe
California Bighorn Sheep – Ram & Ewe
Thin Horn Stone Sheep – Ram & Ewe
Thin Horn Dall Sheep – Ram & Ewe
Mountain Goat
Bison
Mule Deer – Buck & Doe
Black Tail Deer – Buck & Doe
White Tail Deer – Buck & Doe
Fallow Deer
Moose – Bull & Cow
Elk – Bull & Cow
Caribou – Bull & Cow
Cougar
Lynx
Bobcat
Wolf
Coyote
Red Fox
Grizzly Bear
Black Bear

BIRDS
Blue Grouse
Ruffled Grouse
Sharp Tail Grouse
Ptarmigan – Willow, Rock & White Tailed
Ringed Neck Pheasant
Gray Partridge
Chukar
Mountain Quail & California Quail
Wild Turkey
Swan
Canada Goose
Snow Goose
Ross’ Goose
White-Fronted Goose (speckled bellied)
Black Brant
Merganser
American Coot
Common Snipe
Mourning Dove
Band-Tailed Pigeon

 

Upcoming Events and Reminders:
Big Buck Event, Wholesale Sports Langley, February 18, 2017
Hunting Film Tour Cranbrook, February 25, 2017
2018 Artist of the Year Submissions - Deadline February 28, 2017
Hometown Heroes Award Program - Deadline February 28, 2017 
2017 BC Hunting Show - March 3-5, 2017
2017 BCWF AGM Early Registration - Deadline March 10, 2017

 


In this Month's Issue:

  • New Funding for Parks and Caribou
  • BCWF 2017 Annual General Meeting and Convention
  • Welcome new BCWF Staff
  • BCWF Events
  • New B.C. Societies Act Transition Process

Download:
BCWF February 2017 Newsletter

 

 BCWF 2017 AGM & CONVENTION
  
BCWF 2017 AGM Registration Package
BCWF 2017 AGM Registration Form

BCWF 2017 AGM Registration Information Sheet

BCWF 2017 AGM Spousal Program Registration Form 
Click to view the itinerary for the Spousal Program
Click to view the itinerary for the Youth Program

 

Evening Events this Year:
Thursday – Meet & Greet Reception  @ Prestige Lakeside Resort & Convention Centre
Friday – Club Night – Hosted by and at Nelson District Rod Gun Club 
Saturday - Awards Gala Dinner @ Prestige Lakeside Resort & Convention Centre 


Accommodations are not included with registration.  AGM Delegates may arrange their own accommodation or take advantage of SPECIAL BCWF ROOM RATES at the Prestige Lakeside Resort & Convention Centre and the Prestige Inn Nelson.
Group Name:  BC Wildlife Federation
Booking and Special Rate deadline: March 24th, 2017
Rooms and rates are based on availability.
Call Toll Free: 1-877-737-8443  
Prestige Lakeside Resort & Convention Centre, 701 Lakeside Drive.
Prestige Inn Nelson, 1301 Front Street
Please contact the BCWF office for further information at 1-888-881-2293 ext. 300 


The BC Wildlife Federation is please to offer members discounted rates through Budget Car Rental for the 2017 AGM in Nelson, B.C.
Please book in advance to take advantage of this offer and quote the code below when reserving your rental.
Discount Code for Rentals (BCD# A507388) 
To reserve your car rental, please call 1-888-368-7368
Rates are only valid for the following Budget Locations:
Cranbrook, Castlegar, Nelson, Penticton, Kelowna, Vernon, Salmon Arm, Kamloops, Prince George, Duncan, Nanaimo, Parksville, Port Alberni, Courtenay, Comox Airport, Campbell River, Port Hardy  


The BCWF is gratefully accepting donations of wild game for our Saturday night Awards Gala Dinner. If you make your own wild game sausage, please let us know if you can bring some for the Thursday night Meet and Greet.
Please let us know if you have a wild game donation so we can incorporate it to our menu planning.
Contact the BCWF office at 1-888-881-2293 x224 or email at projects@bcwf.bc.ca for more information. 
Wild Game Donation Form

 

BCWF CONSERVATION APP
DOWNLOAD it today and let us know how you feel about it at the Apple App Store. Android version coming in 2017
 

 

MEMBER SUBMISSIONS
This weeks submission is from Beverly Graham, she writes "5 Year old Austin and Sydney. The question is: which is bigger, Austin's smile or the small mouth bass.."

Keep your submissions coming to feedback@bcwf.bc.ca

 

 
Registrations are now open, visit www.bcwf.bc.ca, call the BCWF Office 1-888-881-2293 or download the registration below.
2017 BOW Registration Form - Shawnigan Lake

 


Public asked to be on lookout for White Nose Syndrome in bats
The Province, in partnership with the BC Community Bat Program and other concerned groups, are asking the public to be on the lookout for dead or sick bats that may have contracted an invasive fungal disease called White Nose Syndrome.
White Nose Syndrome has not been detected in British Columbia; however it was detected in Washington State in 2016 and the risk of its arrival is very high. The disease, which refers to a white fungus that grows on the muzzles or bodies of bats, has killed over 6 million bats since arriving in the eastern United States in 2006 and reaching Canada in 2010. White Nose Syndrome does not infect humans.
White Nose Syndrome kills 80% to 100% of Little Brown and Northern Bats, resulting in an emergency listing of both these species under the federal Species at Risk Act in 2014.
The Province is responding to the risk of White Nose Syndrome by increasing surveillance, outreach and developing a series of best management practices for protecting bat populations.
The Province is also working with bat experts throughout B.C. and beyond to ensure a co-ordinated approach to detect and mitigate the impact of White Nose Syndrome on bat populations in British Columbia.
This includes working to better understand bat behaviour and use of habitat in B.C., to help design strategies to protect bats, as well as to help them recover from the effects of the disease. Additionally, the Ministry of Agriculture’s Animal Health Centre is one of two labs in Canada nationally recognized to test for the fungus that causes White Nose Syndrome.
Bats are important to both the environment and economy. Bats are major predators of invertebrates, helping to control forest, agriculture and urban pests. For example, endangered Little Brown Bats can eat 600 mosquitoes per hour. Researchers estimate that bats provide billions of dollars in pest control services annually in North America.
Please help by reporting bats that are flying or found dead, during winter and early spring, to the BC Community Bat Program at 1 855 922-2287 or email: info@bcbats.ca
Do not attempt to capture sick or injured bats and do not touch a dead bat with your bare hands due to a risk of rabies. If you do find a dead bat, collect it in a plastic bag using leather gloves and label the bag with the date, location, your name and contact information, then put the bag in the freezer and contact the BC Community Bat Program.
Learn More:
For more information, please visit:
www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/plants-animals-ecosystems/wildlife/wildlife-health/wildlife-diseases/white-nose-syndrome
BC Community Bat Program: www.bcbats.ca/
Canadian Wildlife Health Co-operative: www.cwhc-rcsf.ca/wns.php
Bats of British Columbia: www.bcbat.ca/

 

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Appointments of Chair and Vice-Chairs of the Canadian Firearms Advisory Committee
OTTAWA, February 10, 2017 – To protect our diverse communities across the country, the Government of Canada must strive for the most appropriate firearms policies, laws and regulations.  A new Canadian Firearms Advisory Committee (CFAC) will help achieve that objective.
Today, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced the appointment of three new CFAC members, in an effort to make a refreshed committee more inclusive and representative.
A retired justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, the Honourable John C. (Jack) Major, will serve as Chair.  He brings a wealth of legal and judicial expertise and stature, and will offer helpful guidance on complex issues.
Two Vice-Chairs will also provide important regional views and diverse backgrounds for CFAC to draw upon.  Lynda Kiejko of Calgary is a Canadian Olympian and medaled sport shooter.  Nathalie Provost of Montreal is a survivor of the Polytechnique shootings and spokesperson for PolySeSouvient.
Additional CFAC members will be announced shortly.  The modified committee will help the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness receive sound advice from a wide range of community perspectives, including civilian firearms users, farmers, law enforcement officers, public health advocates and women's organizations.

 

  
Fisheries and Oceans Canada is conducting consultations on the potential listing of Rainbow on the List of Wildlife Species at Risk pursuant to the Species at Risk Act (SARA). Aboriginal organizations, interested stakeholders and the public are being asked to participate in the consultations from February 3, 2017 to April 3, 2017.

 

 

 

LAST CALL!!
Help Us Find Canada’s Local Environmental Heroes! 
Earth Day Canada is happy to announce we are once again seeking nominations to help us find and recognize Canada’s leaders in sustainability for our Hometown Heroes Award Program -- and we're excited to announce a brand new category this year, the Teacher Award! In total, there are five categories for 2017: Youth, Individual, Group, Small Business and Teacher. If you know anyone who you believe fosters meaningful, long-term community awareness and action, nominate them (or yourself) now!
Winners will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and be celebrated by Earth Day Canada and its partners at an awards ceremony in Toronto.
For more information and to download the nomination packages, please visit earthday.ca/hometown.

Help us spread the word about the Hometown Heroes Award Program by sharing this information with your network!
If you have any questions, please contact us at heroes@earthday.ca.
Nominations must be received by email or postmarked byFebruary 28, 2017.

 

         

 

EVENTS
 
The Langley store will be holding their event on Saturday, February 18th from 9am to 4pm, register your rack between 9am-2pm. 
The BCWF will be on site at the Langley location to provide information on our programs, memberships and sell Conservation Lottery tickets. 


 
BCWF will be attending the 2017 BC Boat & Sportsmen's Show in Abbotsford, BC.  We will have a large display again this year as we feature the BCWF Store, the annual rifle raffle, Conservation Lottery ticket sales, Membership and Program information.


BCWF Members Save $2.00 on the Price of Admission
Receive  $2.00 off (BC Boat & Sportsmen’s Show) to all BCWF members who register online.
BCWF Members are eligible for a $2.00 discount on tickets to the BC Hunting Show. Tickets must be purchased online to receive the discount - simply click on the link below and use promo code "BCWF2017"
Click here to purchase tickets*
*Applied to Adult, Senior or Junior but NOT Family or Weekend Passes 



The CORE Challenge is back by popular demand - new hunters are able to challenge the written and/or practical section of CORE right at the show.
Please note: pre-registration is required, and space is limited.
Available times:
Friday March 3rd, 2017            3:00 pm and 7:00 pm                     
Saturday March 4th, 2017        11:00 am and 2:00 pm             
Sunday March 5th, 2017          11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Download a registration form below:
CORE Challenge Registration Form
For more information, contact BCWF Core Coordinator Kerry Smith at 604-882-9988 ext 300


  


                  
The 2nd Annual Jurassic Classic will be held from August 18-20, 2017.
Be sure to check their Facebook page for a chance to win two raffle tickets for a team of two to the 2017 Jurassic Classic.  The draw for the raffle will be held on May 6, 2017 at 12:00 PM at the BC Wildlife Federation Annual General Meeting in Nelson, B.C.
To enter click here 
For additional information or to purchase a team package, please contact us at: jurassic.classic.bc@gmail.com            
Kyle Stelter – Jurassic Classic Committee            (250) 619-8415
Trevor Carruthers – Jurassic Classic Committee   (250) 919-5386
 www.facebook.com/TheJurassicClassic  

 

 
Employment Opportunity:
Wildlife Biologist I
Click here for more information

 

 
Dr. Lori Daniels is Associate Professor of Forest and Conservation Sciences at UBC-Vancouver.  She uses tree-rings to investigate disturbance regimes and the impacts of climate and humans on forests. Grad student Alexandra Pogue is researching fire regimes and forest resilience in the Okanagan. 
We are fortunate to have these renowned scientists speaking right here in the Okanagan. Mark your calendar!
When: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Where: Okanagan College Auditorium, Penticton Campus
Time: 7:00 PM SHARP

 

BC CONSERVATION OFFICER SERVICE NEWS
Conservation officer attacked by cougar in the Kootenay region

A B.C. conservation officer was attacked and injured by a cougar in the Kootenay region Tuesday evening.
At around 7 p.m., the officer responded to a complaint of a cougar trying to sneak into the window of a house in the community of Salmo, south of Nelson.
Read the full story from GlobalBCNews
"The BCWF wishes a speedy recovery to the Conservation Officer injured in this attack"

 

IN THE NEWS

South Okanagan bighorn sheep facing new threat

Penticton - Bighorn sheep in the South Okanagan are facing a new threat on the heels of a pneumonia outbreak in 1999 that decimated the bighorn sheep herd around Vaseux Lake.
Read the full story from infonews.ca 


Young anglers learn the ABC's of ice fishing on Yellow Lake
Local angling clubs once again joined with Freshwater Fisheries BC and BCWF, as well as the Provincial Fish and Game Branch, to teach the art of ice fishing no charge.
Read the full story from Penticton Western News

 

 


Here is an interesting article on black bear and coyote affects on caribou calf survival.

Click HERE to read.


Here is a page that references a full set of Idaho’s wildlife management plans: https://idfg.idaho.gov/wildlife/management-plans

Mark Hurley’s latest paper is also referenced and provided as a pdf document. It’s pretty technical, but I would encourage you to at least look at the executive summary.

Click HERE to read Mark Hurley's paper.


 

BCWF MEMBER UPDATE JAN 25, 2017

 

                                   
For its third year in a row, BC Wildlife Federation has partnered with private landowners to restore wetlands in Meadow Creek. 
Located in the Lardeau Valley at the north end of Kootenay Lake, the area is an important corridor for elk, grizzly bear, and provides great habitat for many wetland associated species such as Western Toad and the Bobolink.   
The Nature Trust of BC and Government of BC have secured conservation lands within this valley which is known as a priority region for conservation.  Recognizing the role that private land stewardship also plays, BC Wildlife Federation has entered Stewardship Agreements with several property owners in addition to restoring wetlands on their properties. 
This January, Erik and Audrey Matthews and Manon van Tuyl will be proud new stewards of wetlands restored on their properties – originally drained for agriculture.  Curious landowners and neighbours attended an Open House on January 22nd led by wetland restoration specialist Tom Biebighauser (Photo). 
The project would not be possible without the financial support of the National Wetland Conservation Fund, Wildlife Habitat Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program. 

 

GIANTS AMONG US - Rick Hansen and the Great White Sturgeon

Special Williams Lake Premiere! - Paradise Cinemas - Sunday February 5th, 2017 at 5pm - One Night Only!

 

 

Public asked to help with Moose Tick Surveillance Program

The annual moose winter tick surveillance program looks at observations from wildlife professionals and also the public. They monitor the number of animals with hair loss, assess the amount of hair loss on each animal and estimate the overall prevalence and distribution of winter ticks.
The Wildlife Program says that winter tick infestations are usually observed from February to April and infestations can sometimes result in severe behavioural as well psychological changes. It can also impact the survival rate of moose.
The ticks can go through 3 life stages over a winter.
“As the ticks mature, they feed on the blood of the animal and can cause anaemia. In late winter, tick irritation causes moose to scratch and groom themselves excessively, resulting in hair loss and less time spent foraging, which can lead to weight loss.”

Anyone interested in contributing to the surveillance program can fill out an electronic .pdf version here and return it via email to:  FLNRMooseTickSurvey@gov.bc.ca 

The survey(s) can also be downloaded from the following website: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/plants-animals-ecosystems/wildife/wildlife-health/wildlife-health-matters/moose-health/moose-winter-tick-survey 

 


Ministry and Partners Join Forces against Spruce Beetle
A new strategy highlights how the B.C. government, forest companies and First Nations are working together to mitigate the effects of a spruce beetle outbreak in the Omineca region.
Read about it: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017FLNR0006-000118 


The 2016 Harvest Questionnaire will be arriving shortly to hunters' mailboxes.
Please participate in the questionnaire to provide information about your hunting activity in B.C.  This information is used to guide development of future hunting regulations and to ensure wildlife is sustainably managed.
To view the survey, click below:

2016 Harvest Questionnaire

 

CONGRATULATIONS to New BCWF Database Administrator      
                           
We are pleased to announce that Lorrie Parent has joined the BCWF as the Database Administrator as of Monday, January 23rd.
Lorrie brings many years of IT and database experience. For the last 3 years she has worked with an organization that used Raiser's Edge and Financial Edge to process their donations and financial systems.  Prior to that she worked as Client, Technical Support and QA within a busy IT department.
Lorrie is from Winnipeg, grew up on a farm and then moved to Langley to raise her 4 children.  Now that they are grown, she spends time training for 1/2 and full marathons, reading and baking!  
Lorrie will be the gatekeeper for all database information, you can reach her at database@bcwf.bc.ca

 

NEW HUNTING AND ANGLING SURVEYS
Environment and Climate Change Canada has launched hunting and angling surveys to gather information on current uses of lead ammunition and fishing sinkers and jigs in Canada. As lead is associated with risks to human health and the environment, the federal government wants to obtain accurate and up-to-date data so that science-based policy can be developed to address lead exposure.
The BCWF Recreational Sports Shooting Committee and the BCWF Fisheries Committee have reviewed the studies’ purpose and are recommending members should participate to make sure the perspectives of hunters and anglers are captured by the study.
Please take the surveys before January 31, 2017 to be eligible for the gift card draw.
Take the 8 question Survey for Hunters at:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Lead_Hunters
Take the 15 question Survey for Anglers at:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Lead_Anglers
Toxecology – Environmental Consulting Ltd. is gathering the required information on behalf of Environment and Climate Change Canada.

 

 BCWF 2017 AGM & CONVENTION
  

BCWF 2017 AGM Registration Package

BCWF 2017 AGM Registration Form

BCWF 2017 AGM Registration Information Sheet

Click to view the itinerary for the Spousal Program
Click to view the itinerary for the Youth Program 


Evening Events this Year:
Thursday – Meet & Greet Reception  @ Prestige Lakeside Resort & Convention Centre
Friday – Club Night – Hosted by and at Nelson District Rod Gun Club 
Saturday - Awards Gala Dinner @ Prestige Lakeside Resort & Convention Centre 


Accommodations are not included with registration.  AGM Delegates may arrange their own accommodation or take advantage of SPECIAL BCWF ROOM RATES at the Prestige Lakeside Resort & Convention Centre and the Prestige Inn Nelson.
Group Name:  BC Wildlife Federation
Booking and Special Rate deadline: March 24th, 2017
Rooms and rates are based on availability.
Call Toll Free: 1-877-737-8443  
Prestige Lakeside Resort & Convention Centre, 701 Lakeside Drive.
Prestige Inn Nelson, 1301 Front Street
Please contact the BCWF office for further information at 1-888-881-2293 ext. 300 


The BCWF is gratefully accepting donations of wild game for our Saturday night Awards Gala Dinner. If you make your own wild game sausage, please let us know if you can bring some for the Thursday night Meet and Greet.
Please let us know if you have a wild game donation so we can incorporate it to our menu planning.
Contact the BCWF office at 1-888-881-2293 x224 or email at projects@bcwf.bc.ca for more information.

Wild Game Donation Form

 

DIRECT MEMBER NOTICE
BCWF Direct Members (those that are not Members of a Fish & Game Club), are entitled to send voting delegates to represent the Direct Members’ Club at the 2017 BCWF AGM & Convention, in accordance with section 7.2 of the BCWF Constitution & Bylaws (see below).
The BCWF Executive Committee will review applicants from the Direct Members and select delegates up to the eligible number as set out in the voting entitlement in section 7.2 of the Bylaws. These delegates will become representatives of the Direct Members’ Club and each shall be allowed one vote in the deliberations of the Annual General Meeting.
Direct Member delegates chosen will be expected to represent the diverse interests of the Direct Members and speak on their behalf at the AGM. In addition to their participation at the event, the Direct Member delegates are required to submit a written report on the AGM & Convention that will be circulated through BC Outdoors after the event.
How to Apply
In addition to completing the standard Registration Form, Direct Members that are interested in attending the 60th BCWF AGM & Convention as a Direct Member Delegate are also required to submit a short letter outlining their reasons for wanting to attend the event.
Applications must be received by or before February 15th, 2017 and submitted by mail to:
Direct Members Club
℅ BC Wildlife Federation
101-9706 188th Street
Surrey, BC V4N 3M2
Or by email to: projects@bcwf.bc.ca

 

2016 BCWF AWARDS
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 BCWF Awards, which will be presented at the 2017 BCWF AGM & Convention.
Deadline for awards below is February 15, 2017
Ted Barsby Trophy - Conservationist of the Year 
Ted Barsby Trophy - Conservation of the Year Nomination Form


Art Downs Memorial Award
Art Downs Memorial Award Nomination Form


Bill Otway Award for Most Effective Regional President
Bill Otway Award for Most Effective Regional President Nomination Form


 Lee Straight Fishing Award
Lee Straight Fishing Award Nomination Form


Roderick Haig-Brown Conservation Award - Completed Project
Roderick Haig-Brown Conservation Award - Completed Project Nomination Form


Frank Shannon Junior Conservation Award 
Youth Fishing Award 
For more information on the 2016 BCWF Awards, contact the BCWF office at 1-888-881-BCWF (2293) / 604-882-9988, or via email at officeinfo@bcwf.bc.ca.  

 

 

 


For more information, please contact BCWF Office at 1-888-881-2293

 

BCWF CONSERVATION APP
Download the App today and let us know how you feel about it at the Apple App Store. Android version coming in 2017
 

 

MEMBER SUBMISSIONS
This weeks submission is from John Reid, and is simply titled "Summer Fun @ Conkle Lake."

We love seeing your pictures!
Keep your submissions coming to feedback@bcwf.bc.ca  

 

CLUB & STAKEHOLDER NEWS
10th Annual Public Winter Wildlife Count
 
Who: Anyone with an interest in wildlife in the Peace Region (hunters, First Nations, agricultural producers, naturalists, local families) 
Where: In areas around Fort St. John, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Tumbler Ridge and Hudson’s Hope 
When: Any part of the day on February 4 or 5, 2017 (Please choose one day only.) 
Why: To collect data on trends in population size and location of deer, elk and moose. The information will be used to help inform management decisions. Prizes for participation. 
For more information, contact Katelyn White at the Natural Resource Operations office in Fort St. John (250) 787-3496 or Katelyn.White@gov.bc.ca 
More Information Public Wildlife Count 2017   

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  

2nd Annual Jurassic Classic 
Jurassic Classic Sturgeon Tournament Anglers won't want to miss this world class sturgeon fishing opportunity on the Fraser River in Chilliwack from August 18-20, 2017.
The BCWF and Wild Sheep Society of BC have teamed up with Great River Fishing Adventures to put on the annual Jurassic Classic tournament, with all proceeds going directly to wild sheep projects. This weekend is an all-inclusive experience including excellent meals, a live auction, poker tournament, awards banquet, and great prizes. Spots are available for 30 professionally guided teams, consisting of two anglers each.
For additional information or to purchase a team package, please contact us at: jurassic.classic.bc@gmail.com            
Kyle Stelter – Jurassic Classic Committee            (250) 619-8415
Trevor Carruthers – Jurassic Classic Committee   (250) 919-5386

www.facebook.com/TheJurassicClassic 

 


The Vancouver Canucks are pleased to provide BCWF Members with an exclusive ticket offer to four of upcoming games:

  • Thursday, February 2 vs. San Jose Sharks
  • Tuesday, February 28 vs. Detroit Red Wings
  • Tuesday, March 7 vs. Montreal Canadiens

To find tickets, paste the url below and use promo code BCWF 
https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/canucks/EN/promotion/home    

 

 

 

BC CONSERVATION OFFICER SERVICE NEWS
2017-01-21: Vanderhoof and Burns Lake Conservation Officers received a report of a vehicle chasing down and killing a coyote. CO's attended and located the coyote and the suspects. The coyote was seized along with other items used in the commission of the offence. The investigation is still ongoing. 


Jan.19/2017: Vernon Conservation Officers received a report of a poached cow moose in the Salmon Arm area. CO's attended and located the moose and suspects. The moose was seized along with two firearms and other items used in the commission of the offence. The investigation is still ongoing. Great job guys!  


BC CO's are patrolling by land and air to enforce caribou closures. Thanks to the Natural Resource Officers who are supporting us with these patrols! More information can be found at: http://www.snowmobile.gov.bc.ca 
 

 

IN THE NEWS
Nicola Valley Club in Court over Public Access

The Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club is in the B.C. Supreme Court in Kamloops again this week. The club is seeking an order to regain public access to Minnie and Stoney Lakes which are located within private land owned by the Douglas Lake Cattle Company. 
The outcome of the case will have major implications on whether lakes and the fish in them can be privatized across the province.
News coverage at: www.timescolonist.com   www.merrittherald.com
To contribute to the Nicola Valley Club’s legal fund visit: https://fundrazr.com/8z7oe


Summerland Development Moves Forward


A controversial 380 unit housing development proposed for agricultural land in Summerland, B.C. has moved to second reading at council; which means a formal public hearing is now required to move the project any further.
The proposed development has the potential to negatively affect Shaughnessy Springs due to groundwater contamination from run-off and water withdrawal for operations. Shaughnessy Springs feeds the province’s oldest fish hatchery, which stocks approximately 300 lakes in the province.
Read the news coverage of the town hall meeting and council decision below:  
http://www.castanet.net/news/Penticton/186885/Seniors-project-survives-vote#.WIe_Q0tKz5w.facebook
http://www.castanet.net/news/Penticton/186546/hostile-crowd-grills-mayor


QueenCharlotteLodgewillpay$35,000afterpleadingguiltytosixviolationsofthefederalFisheriesAct.


The luxury fishing resort on Naden Harbour is the second Haida Gwaii fishing lodge to pay major fines in just over a year.

Read the full story here on cbc.ca 


Vancouver retailer fined over $70K for illegally bought spot prawns, crab

A Vancouver seafood market has been handed a $72,500 fine after purchasing seafood that was harvested illegally, during off-season.
Read the full story here from cbc.ca 

 

 


The January Rod & Gun Meeting is on Wednesday, January 25th, downstairs in the Senior's Hall at the regular 7:30. See you there!