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BCWF Member Update Thursday, September 17, 2020.

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National Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Heritage Day is on September 19!
National Hunting, Fishing, Trapping Heritage Day was created to respect and recognize hunting, trapping, and fishing as part of Canada's national heritage. 
With over two million lakes and rivers, 30 per cent of the world’s forest, and a vast terrain, Canada is home to a variety of opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Fishing, hunting, and trapping are an important part of Canadian heritage and continue to be popular activities across the nation. 

 


Excitement Grows Over Fall Fishing on Kootenay Lake
The BCWF and its local member club, the West Arm Outdoors Club, are thrilled about the angling public’s response to their Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program (KLAIP), which launched on June 1, 2020. During July-August over 5,500 rainbow and bull trout heads had been entered into the draws for monthly prizes of $1,000, in the form of gift certificates at the participating businesses. Our August winner is Dale Roberts! 


Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society: 2019 Results Sturgeon Monitoring and Assessment Program
For 21 years, the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society's award-winning, stewardship-led study of White Sturgeon in the lower Fraser River has been operating successfully and providing a powerful snapshot of the past, present, and future of the White Sturgeon. The last remaining wild population of White Sturgeon lives in B.C.'s lower Fraser River. The results of the 2019 study indicate that the monitored population of White Sturgeon in the lower Fraser River in 2019 (44,809 fish) was approximately four percent lower than it was the previous year (2018) and 25% lower than in 2006.

 

BCWF Programs Updates


BCWF Wetlands Programs: Wetlands Health Assessment in the Skeena region
Neil Fletcher, Manager of Conservation Stewardship at BCWF, spent the last three weeks of August working in the Skeena region in Northwest B.C. to deliver training on assessing the health and function of wetlands. He collaborated with staff from B.C., the Office of the Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs, the Office of the Gitxsan Hereditary Chiefs, the Office of the Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs, and Wet'suwet'en First Nation and assessed wetlands that spanned from Burns Lake to the Meziadin Junction, north of the Nass River Crossing.

 


BCWF Youth Programs: What's the Buzz?
The BCWF Youth Programs has had an exciting and unusual summer. Our Campgrounds, Camp Pass, and Wild Kidz camps allowed youth to explore B.C.’s beautiful wild places, even when connected online or physically-distanced. Thank you to all of our sponsors that made this summer programming possible and inspired youth across the country to become outdoor enthusiasts and conservationists! We are currently booking Virtual Classroom Education sessions for schools and teachers to learn about the program types and themes we offer, visit our website. below. We offer topics in ecology, leadership, outdoor safety and survival, and more. Stay tuned for more fall programs announcements!

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, July 23, 2020.

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BCWF First Virtual AGM a Success!
Many thanks to all who attended the first virtual B.C. Wildlife Federation Annual General Meeting and to the Resolutions and AGM Committees for spearheading the COVID-19 abridged governance process for 2020!
All usual AGM protocol was followed to complete the two most urgent resolutions, regarding emergency fish culture intervention for Interior Fraser River Steelhead and the Firearms Buy-Back Program Withdrawl.
Many thanks to Board members Boris Ivanoff, Director and Ken Last, Regional President – Cariboo-Chilcotin for their service and volunteerism to the BCWF. All other Board members opted to return without contest.

 

 


Big Bar Landslide Update
Chinook have been observed in increasing numbers at the sonar station downstream of the Big Bar ferry. For the radio tagging program, between July 10 to 15, technicians had significant success tagging 131 chinook, bringing the total number to 182. As of July 15, 13 of the tagged fish had moved into the area below the slide, but none had moved past the slide site to date.
While no sockeye have been detected in the vicinity, lower Fraser River monitoring has detected Early Stuart sockeye starting their migration up river. In previous years, during lower water conditions, sockeye would take approximately 10 days to migrate from the Mission hydroacoustic facility to Big Bar (approximately 310 km by water).

 

 

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Northern Pintail - the duck of the year
"Come Spring-Northern Pintail", created by artist DJ Cleland-Hura, is the winner of the national art competition to choose the face of the 36th Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp.
WHC is one of the funders for the Wetland Education Program, and a strong supporter of wetland conservation. Last year alone the WEP team was able to restore 80 hectares of wetlands and deliver 26 workshops and events to almost 3,000 British Columbians.
The last time the Northern Pintail was the face of the Duck Stamp was in 1988. These stamps are affixed to the Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit, and proceeds from the sales are invested by Wildlife Habitat Canada (WHC) to support grants. Since 1985, more than $50 million has been invested to support over 1,500 conservation projects across Canada.

 


Virtual Fun with BCWF Youth Programs!
Our Youth Programs team has been busy these last few weeks! We have successfully finished two of our Campgrounds programs: Outdoor Safety & Survival, and the Wetlands camps. In these camps, we had young outdoor enthusiasts join us from across Canada to participate in our virtual outdoor education programming.  
A big thank you to our sponsors for these two camps, Cabela’s Canada Outdoor Fund and Wildlife Habitat Canada. Your generosity made these two camps possible and are helping us inspire the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts! 
Missed out on these Campgrounds programs? We have similar learning content and activities on our summer subscription service, Camp Pass! Click here to get access to lots of DIY videos, family activity ideas, outdoor education lessons, and weekly live camp activities with our BCWF Educators the whole family can enjoy for only $20.

 

 


 

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, July 9, 2020.

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BCWF Calls for a Moratorium on Lower Fraser Chum Gill Net Fishery
The news that Interior Fraser steelhead (IFS) are spawning this month at historic low numbers is alarming. It requires immediate intervention by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), the Province, and cooperation from lower Fraser River First Nations to ensure the conservation of these populations.
Click the link below to express your concern that steelhead conservation is not a priority for the Federal and Provincial governments.

 

 


Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program off to a great start!
The first lucky winner of the new Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program is local Dave Johnston from Grey Creek. Johnston picked up the June prize of gift certificates to local businesses worth $1,000 from the Gill & Gifts depot.
In the first month of the program, there were 2082 rainbow and bull trout heads submitted.

 


A survey about newly prohibited firearms in Canada
The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) have prepared a survey to assemble a National report. BCWF supports this initiative through our partnership with National Fishing and Hunting Collaborative. We encourage you to participate and provide accurate information on responsible use of these firearms.

 

BCWF Program Updates


Wetlands Education Program Update
In light of COVID-19, we have decided to transition all of our in-person workshops online! This year, you can access all of our workshops from the comfort of your own home. Registration is now open for all workshops.
Wetlandkeepers Course
Learn technical skills to steward your own wetland. This workshop offers a mix of interactive activities and presentations. The BCWF teaches wetland mapping, plant and animal identification, soil sampling and other wetland classification and stewardship skills. Participants are given a Wetlandkeepers certificate at the end of the workshop and are provided follow up support by the Wetlands Education Program team. 
Upcoming Virtual Wetlandkeepers Courses: 
Galiano Island Virtual Wetlandkeepers (Aug 18-19) - https://bit.ly/3ex5cGS
Cranbrook Virtual Wetlandkeepers (Aug 29-30) - https://bit.ly/3fOUATO
Virtual Wetlandkeepers (Sept 12-13) - https://bit.ly/2NpRGbX
Virtual Wetlandkeepers (Oct 7-8) - https://bit.ly/2NqVB8k
Richmond Virtual Wetlandkeepers - TBA - http://bit.ly/2vGZwJb
Map our Marshes Course
Map our Marshes offers passionate community members the technical and field skills for mapping smaller wetlands with Global Positioning System (GPS) units as well as the knowledge to upload these maps to online database. By tracking changes to wetland landscapes across BC we can lay the foundation for habitat protection and conservation.
Upcoming Virtual Map our Marshes Courses:
Virtual Map our Marshes (Aug 25) - https://bit.ly/37ThMxy

 


Virtual Camps are in Full Swing! 
BCWF’s virtual camps, Campgrounds, is now SOLD OUT! Thanks to increased funding, we were able to offer two camps, the Pollinators camp and Wildlife I camp, for free, and the camps were all booked within 10 hours! The Youth Programs team has been having so much fun with our camps so far, and can’t wait to see all of our other campers in the upcoming weeks. 
Didn’t get a Campgrounds spot in time? Don’t fret, there are still lots of ways for the young wildlife enthusiasts in your life to get involved with the outdoors and learn from BCWF Youth Educators with Camp Pass. This summer subscription service gives you access to three outdoor education lessons a week plus supplemental activities for kids to do on their own or with their family. Each week, we’ll have a special live event over Zoom where BCWF Youth Educators will facilitate an activity for families. Last week, our Youth Educator, Celine, taught families how to make a Mason Bee House to encourage important pollinators to nest in campers’ backyards and community gardens. 
Want to learn more about Camp Pass? Check out this video for more info and follow the link here to purchase your Camp Pass today! 

 

 


 

The Nakusp Rod and Gun Club's AGM will take place on the regular meeting date of JUNE 24, 2020.

Please note MEETING TIME CHANGE: START AT 7:00 P.M.

See you there (Senior Citizens' Hall in the basement).

 


 

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, June 11, 2020.

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2020 Virtual BCWF Annual General Meeting - July 11, 2020, from 10 am to 2 pm
Because the COVID-19 emergency required the BCWF to cancel our planned AGM and Convention in Nanaimo, the Board of Directors has chosen to host a Virtual AGM via ZOOM. We will conduct the Federation's mandatory business, which includes elections, urgent resolutions, and a full report on 2019 activities.
To join us, please register as soon as possible before the June 28 cutoff date.

 


Provincial Budget 2021
Vice President Chuck Zuckerman is presenting the BCWF submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services on June 12 at 9:30 am. The BCWF is calling for all parties to honour their election commitments to improve wildlife management and habitat conservation and collaboration.
The BCWF recommends the establishment of Wildlife Governance and Funding Models with measurable goals and objectives. We recommend the creation of a $200 million permanent Water Security Fund for collaborative management of our precious freshwater resources. The call for an independent funding model for water security is the vision of the BCWF's late Alan Martin. These recommendations are also being championed by our non-profit conservation and hunting and fishing partners.
The committee is accepting written submissions until June 26. We encourage BCWF leaders to add their local budget concerns to this process.

 


Firearms Ban FAQ
The firearms ban announced by the federal government through an order-in-council has created much confusion and questions among firearms owners. The BCWF Firearms and Recreational Shooting Sports Committees have answered your most frequently asked questions. As you scroll down through the campaign page the committee has prepared to get to the FAQ's, please take the opportunity to take any of the suggested action items on the page. 

 

BCWF Program Updates


Registration for our new virtual youth programs is now open!

Campgrounds - week one deadline is tomorrow, Friday June 12, don’t lose your spot sign up now! Camp Pass registration is also open, and content will be posted on June 29. Purchase your Camp Pass today so you don’t miss a moment of learning.
Photo Contest!
We have launched a photo contest on our Youth Programs Facebook page! Submit a photo of how your family is keeping nature present in your lives while practicing physical distancing!
Email it to us at youth@bcwf.bc.ca by June 14,2020 PSTand we will post the entries on our Facebook page! The post with the most likes by 12:00am PST June 19, 2020 will win: one week of Campgrounds, a Camp Pass subscription, and a BCWF plush toy ($145 value)! For more info and contest rules please check out the contest post here:
Thank you to everyone who participated in our parent survey! Your responses are valuable to us as we adapt to the coronavirus pandemic. The winner of the parent survey draw is Nicole K. of Abbotsford! We will email you with details on how to collect your prize.

 

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Angler incentive project launched on Kootenay Lake
The Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program launched June 1, 2020, and has generated local interest and positive media coverage.

 

A Special Thank You to our Dedicated Volunteers!
The BCWF board and committees are volunteer positions; they work hard at sending communications to different levels of government. We encourage all of our members to volunteer just a little of their time to write letters, engage your MLA's and MP's, or get involved in a conservation project. We ask that everyone join us in being a part of the solution. Together, we are stronger and more effective.

 

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Letter to the Honourable Bill Blair

May 8th, 2020

Dear Minister Blair,

I am writing to bring your attention to what I can only believe is an accidental error. We trust that once you become aware of this oversight, you will speedily move to make the appropriate corrections.

By including firearms used by millions of Canadian hunters and sport shooters, you not only violated your previous promise not to do so, but you inadvertently penalized millions of law-abiding firearms owners, both hunters and sport shooters, and destroyed hundreds of small Canadian businesses that sell firearms and other sporting equipment, all without increasing public safety. It serves no good public safety purpose to deliberately alienate one of the most law-abiding segments of our community.

Contrary to your promises made earlier, the recent ban on "assault-style firearms," inappropriately included a large number of sporting rifles and shotguns. For example, on 31 January 2020, a spokesperson in your office stated, "We … will not target guns designed for hunting. Hunters, farmers, and law-abiding recreational gun owners will be treated with fairness and respect as we work together to keep our communities safe."

https://thepostmillennial.com/bill-blairs-office-says-liberals-will-not-target-guns-designed-for-hunting/?fbclid=IwAR1f7jrgETtTG4JO3kJnsc_Ns1rBc4sHEronl018g3pjbaQ-UFs-CgDooKQ

The ban casts an incredibly wide net. Apparently, inadvertently, it ensnares a number of civilian rifles and shotguns that are widely used by hunters and sport shooters across Canada. Knowing that you are an honourable person, it is inconceivable for us to believe your office would intentionally ban hundreds of thousands of firearms used legitimately by millions of Canadians in a safe and responsible manner. If not rescinded, this would be a devastating blow to Canadian hunters and sport shooters as well as to the Olympic shooting sports.

Acting on behalf of 43,000 B. C. Wildlife Federation members, I request that you instruct your office to remove the many civilian rifles and shotguns that are on this list, that have been inadvertently prohibited through carelessly expediting the drafting of this Order-in-Council. It is inconceivable that it serves any public safety purpose to ban standard large-calibre hunting rifles and common semi-automatic rifles. The Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30 that are banned are among the most common firearms in the country, used by hunters, sport shooters, and agriculturalists.The announcement of the new prohibitions was entitled, "a ban on assault-style weapons," although the ban casts an exceptionally wide net. To be sure, it includes firearms that resemble military firearms, which have been labelled "assault-style weapons," but it also includes an amazingly wide sample of firearms and militaria. In addition to banning common sporting firearms, the ban also includes: mortars, crew-served anti-tank weapons, missile launchers, small-bore rifles, Airsoft guns, a bizarre array of harmless contraptions also called "guns." The variety is truly mind-boggling.

https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/05/01/prime-minister-announces-ban-assault-style-firearms

Perhaps amusingly, it appears your government may have prohibited the beloved T-shirt launcher that is featured prominently at many baseball and basketball games as well as the dreaded potato gun. Whether or not this was intentional, Canada will not be safer for it, and sports fans may not be pleased. Perhaps the ban may have also intentionally eliminated the fireworks launchers that produce such awesome displays on Canada Day, although many Canadians will be disappointed. Your office has indeed cast a wide net – and all for public safety. 

It might help educate your staff if I point out that gang violence is the most prominent threat to public safety in Canada, not licensed firearms owners, whether hunters, sport shooters, or Canadians who own firearms for historical, cultural, agricultural, or as part of their military or police service. According to Statistics Canada data, almost half (47%) of firearm homicides are gang related. Lawful firearm owners are rarely involved. Just 2% of accused murderers had a valid firearms license.

Licensed gun owners are much less likely to be murderous than other Canadians. As Professor Gary Mauser reported to the Senate of Canada, licensed gun owners had a homicide rate of 0.67 per 100,000 licensed gun owners over the 11-year period (2006-2016). In contrast, the average national homicide rate (including gun owners) was 2.12 per 100,000 adults during the same period.

 As I'm confident you know, hunters are law-abiding and bring value to their communities.

Over 1.3 million Canadians, in all provinces and territories, have a hunting license. You may be surprised to learn that roughly half of Canada's hunters live in larger cities. Hunting spending in Canada totaled $5.9 billion in 2018. The resulting contribution to GDP was $4.1 billion. Hunting supported 33,000 jobs and generated just under $2 billion in labour revenue.

https://www.conferenceboard.ca/research/angling-hunting-trapping-and-sport-shooting
Many Canadian families and Indigenous peoples depend upon hunting to provide food for the family table through legal harvesting, with the added benefit of getting out in the wilderness, as well as spending time with family and friends.Hunters are the largest contributors to conservation, as the money they pay for licenses goes into securing conservation lands or funding projects to manage wildlife.

The ban may also catch shotguns used in trap and skeet as well as hunting. Millions of Canadians enjoy target sports and own these types of firearms, including Olympic athletes. An estimated 1.4 million Canadian target shooters spent over $2.6 billion in 2018. This includes shotgun sports, rifle and handgun target shooting. The target sports bring value to Canada and to the communities that host the meets, including tourism and supporting small businesses, often in small towns where the revenue is sorely needed. This spending boosted GDP by $1.8 billion, supported 14,000 jobs, and generated $868 million in labour revenue (2018).

Canada has a long and proud history of competitive marksmanship. Throughout the 20th Century and into the 21st, Canadians have volunteered to help protect the free world from aggression. It is important for Canadian national sovereignty that Canadian civilians be prepared to participate in military activities in times of national need. Times like world war II, Korean War, Viet Nam, and more recently, in Afghanistan.

To sum up, we trust that once you become aware of this oversight, you will speedily move to make the appropriate corrections. The ban casts too wide a net to be targeted for public safety. It serves no good public safety purpose to deliberately alienate a law-abiding segment of our community, all while spending billions of Canadian taxpayer dollars.

Yours in Conservation,

Mr. Bill Bosch

President

BC Wildlife Federation


Copies To:


The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Premier of Canada

Mr. Joël Lightbound, Louis-Hébert, MP, Parliamentary Secretary of the Minister of Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness

Mr. Rob Stewart, Deputy Minister of Public Safety Canda

Mr. Pierre Paul-Hus, MP, Charlesbourg-Haute-Saint-Charles, Standing Committee on Public Safety & National Security

Mr. Glen Motz, MP, Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner, Standing Committee on Public Safety & National Security

Mr. Bob Zimmer, MP, Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies, Standing Committee on Indigenous & Northern Affairs

The Honourable John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia

The Honourable Mike Farnworth, MLA, Minister of Public Safety & Solicitor General of the Province of BC

Executive Committee & Board of Directors of the BC Wildlife Federation

Gary Mauser, Firearms Committee Chair, BC Wildlife Federation

Doug Bancroft, Recreational Sports Shooting Committee Chair, BC Wildlife Federation

Alberta Fish & Game Association

Manitoba Wildlife Federation

New Brunswick Wildlife Federation

Northwest Territories Wildlife Federation

Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers & Hunters

Nunavut Wildlife Management Board

Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters

Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation

Yukon Fish & Game Association

Canadian Coalition for Firearms Rights

National Firearms Association

Canadian Shooting Sports Association

 


 

Hello everyone!

We will hold a Rod & Gun Club meeting on Wednesday May 27th.

As always, it will be held at 7:30pm, downstairs in the Senior's Hall.

Please observe standard Social Distancing practices.

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, May 14, 2020.

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2020 Conservation Lottery is now SOLD OUT!
We are so excited to announce, for the first time ever, the annual BCWF Conservation Lottery is an early sell out! 
The lottery was tracking better than in past with record numbers of tickets being sold for the early bird draw.  The early bird took place at Bass Pro Shops in Tsawwassen on February 28, 2020. Ted Weight of Lone Butte was the lucky winner of a Remington 700 CDL stainless rifle, Vortex Diamond Back scope, ONZ Game Keeper mount and RedHead lockable case, valued at over $1,800.
The deadline to top-up a lottery ticket purchase with a 50/50 ticket is Midnight, Saturday, May 30, 2020. Everyone who bought a main lottery ticket will be sent an email on how to buy in! Pot is currently sitting at $92,105!
At this moment in time, due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are not certain if we will be doing the final draw at Willowbrook Chrysler or here at the BCWF office. No matter the location, we will be drawing on Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 12 noon and announce the lucky winners!
A great big thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket(s)!!

 

BCWF Program Updates


What is new with Go Wild?
The new Go Wild program will take only 20 conservation-minded youth (between the ages of 12-17) and transform them into conservation leaders over the course of 9 days. Lessons will focus on leadership, teamwork, outdoor skills, and conservation project management. It is 100% free to apply!  Applications are open now until June 5th!

 


BCWF’s Wetlands Education Program is going virtual!
Join us online for the Cumberland Map our Marshes on June 16-17.
Learn through online activities and discussion with a small group. Topics will cover wetland classification, wetland mapping, and more!

Other News


Call for citizen science!
UBC researchers need your help for ptarmigan observation
Ptarmigan species in B.C. (white-tailed, willow and rock ptarmigan) are iconic birds, well-adapted to cold climates and open or semi-open tundra habitats. As a consequence, they are considered particularly threatened by climatic variation.
Because ptarmigan live in inaccessible mountain habitats, there is a distinct lack of knowledge of species occurrence across the province of British Columbia. UBC researchers are requesting observations, especially of Rock Ptarmigan (anywhere in B.C.) and Willow Ptarmigan in eastern B.C.

 

BCWF Outdoor Photo Contest

Share Your Outdoor Photos with Us!
We want to thank Kent for sending this great picture of his 8-year-old son sturgeon fishing! Kent said "our fishing trip was part of his homeschooling - Outdoor education! We studied sturgeon/ dinosaurs that evening."
Thank you to everyone who sent their outdoor photos to us!
These difficult times provide the opportunity to teach your children outdoor skills and contribute to building local food security. Please be safe, follow the rules and let us know how you are doing. We’d love to get your photos of your family hunting and fishing and enjoying the great outdoors.
Send your photos to us at marketing@bcwf.bc.ca.

 

A Special Thank You to our Dedicated Volunteers!
The BCWF board and committees are volunteer positions; they work hard at sending communications to different levels of government. We encourage all of our members to volunteer just a little of their time to write letters, engage your MLA's and MP's, or get involved in a conservation project. We ask that everyone join us in being a part of the solution. Together, we are stronger and more effective.

 

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the April Meeting has unfortunately been cancelled.

Check back for details for when the next meeting will be held.

Stay safe everyone!

 


 

Below is a summary from Aaron Reid on Central Selkirk herd:

 

·        Collared 7 cows across the Central Selkirk range. There are now 9 functioning collars in the herd which represents >75% of the remaining cows.

·        Completed a predator track census in early February. At the time of the census 7 wolves had already been removed as part of the predator control program. The census found an additional 8 wolves in 4 packs. Therefore, when you include wolves already removed we had a minimum of 15 wolves in the area at the beginning of February.

·        Removed a total of 20 wolves as part of the predator control program from February – March.

·        Removed a total of 6 cougar as part of the predator control program from February – March.

·        Implemented new snowmobile management system across range (ongoing).

·        Implemented restrictions to the heli sector using live collars locations and 2km radius buffers, non collared caribou sign included (ongoing).

·        Prevented the start up of a new cat ski tenure in the Lardeau River area, owners agreed to stop development and activities for caribou. Galena (CMH) agreed to stop using the same area for winter 2020.

·        Competed a partial caribou census but unfortunately the arrival of COVID shut us down. The east side of the Lardeau River was completed but the portions of west side of Lardeau River were left incomplete.

·        Preliminary numbers show a minimum count of 26 caribou remain based on combined data from capture observations and census results. I will provide more information on the composition in the report.

 

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, April 16, 2020.

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Wild Turkey Hunting Survey
Turkey hunting has grown over the last two decades in BC as populations of the wild turkey have increased. GOS hunt opportunities currently exist in Regions 4 and 8. Some hunters are specializing in turkey hunting (i.e., purchasing equipment specific to turkey hunting) and are travelling to these regions to experience a BC turkey hunt. BC contains the Merriam’s subspecies of wild turkey, one of 5 subspecies in North America. BC is the most northerly extent of the species in North America. BC is one of the only jurisdictions in North America without a tag for wild turkey.
The creation of a tag could re-open the door to engaging the National Wild Turkey Federation in BC which might allow for support for turkey-human conflict resolution.  A species tag will also generate additional surcharge dollars for the HCTF and provide data on hunter numbers and harvest. 
We are looking for your feedback as it relates to wild turkey hunting in B.C. Your input is valuable in how we proceed.

 


Spruce City Wildlife Association Rebuilding Endangered Salmon Populations
In September 2019, it was announced the frozen sperm would be used to help rebuild endangered salmon populations. A total of 10,000 fry were removed from their trays at the end of March where they incubated and are now feeding. Spruce City Wildlife Association vice-president Dustin Snyder, said "It's definitely one of those really remarkable things, Although we've seen [salmon] populations decline drastically, they're still holding on."


Southern Interior Mule Deer Project: Second-longest migrator dies

Doe O18013 was captured and collared on December 7, 2018, and died March 6, 2020. At capture, she weighed 87.1 kg and was estimated to be approximately five years old.  She was the second-longest migrator we have captured throughout the project. Watch the video of her return from summer range to winter range in 2019, up to March 6, 2020. She was found dead with no obvious cause of mortality. A field necropsy revealed lungs which appeared to be compromised.

During the necropsy, it was found the doe’s right front proximal phalanx was previously broken but had fused back together. Samples of the lungs were sent to the animal health center in Abbotsford, and the ultimate cause of death was determined to be pneumonia.

 

 


Big Bar Landslide Update

Read all about the winter construction progress in this April 7 Update:
• Dramatic photos of In River Channel, West Bench and East Toe Blasts
• Access Road and Fishway Construction
• Enhancement Plans and Spring/Summer Program Considerations

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BCWF Program Updates


Go Wild 2020
We are closely monitoring the situation and we are following all government directions. Our goal is for all our Summer 2020 camps to proceed as usual. In the spirit of optimism, we are excited to announce our new Go Wild camp launching this summer!
What’s New:
The new Go Wild program will take 20 conservation-minded youth (between the ages of 12-17) and transform them into conservation leaders over the course of 9 days.

 

 


 

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Thursday, April 2, 2020.

Fishing and Hunting
COVID-19 Updates
 As part of the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the B.C. government has put together a page that will provide updates regarding any changes implemented by the Province related to hunting and fishing activities.

 

 


WEBINAR:  Assessing the condition of wetlands in B.C. with a lens on forestry
Want to learn the key components for measuring wetland health?  The provincial Forest and Range Evaluation Program (FREP) and the BC Wildlife Federation have created a health assessment that can be used to assess the functioning condition of wetlands.
The webinar will provide an overview of this health assessment tool and some of the key components for measuring wetland health.
When: Thursday, April 16th 11AM - 12PM 
Who: Presented by Lisa Nordin, B.C. Ministry of Forest, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development and Neil Fletcher, B.C. Wildlife Federation


Big Bar slide still priority amidst the evolving COVID-19 situation
With the spring freshet fast approaching, prime contractor Peter Kiewit Sons ULC (Kiewit) worked this week on progressively blasting in-river rocks, shaping the bench for the “nature-like” fishway, and preparing for the second blast of the East Toe in April.

The landslide response continues to be a top priority amidst the evolving COVID-19 situation. Kiewit is taking additional health and safety precautions, including suspending all site visits which are not critical to the current project scope. Additionally, protocols have been put in place to minimize larger group gatherings in enclosed spaces.

 

CORE Online Course
We are all taking the necessary precautions with social distancing to flatten the curve.  Why not continue on with your plans in obtaining yur BC Fish and Wildlife ID (FWID).
Perhaps you have a friend, child, grandchild that has taken interest in your passion of the great outdoors.  Stay the course and enroll today. 
The only BCWF approved online training course, price includes the mandatory $30 student graduation certificate required to obtain your FWID.

 

Member Offer:  15% off at Backroad Mapbooks
BCWF Members get a 15% discount at Backroad Mapbooks if you order online by using the code BCWF15
Map your next adventure!  Visit:  https://www.backroadmapbooks.com/

 


Office Remains Closed to Public
As you are aware the BCWF office has closed to the public to take the necessary precautions to flatten the curve and ensure everyone associated with BCWF, and beyond remains healthy and safe.  We are pushing on and adapting the way we are working to continue to serve our membership.  Please visit our website, watch for our emails and visit our Facebook page to stay up to date.  If you call the office, know your message will be forwarded on to the correct person who will get back to you as soon as possible. 
Phone:  604-882-9988
Toll-Free:  1-888-881-2293

 

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, March 19, 2020.

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COVID-19
Please be advised, as a proactive measure against COVID-19 our office will be closed to the public until further notice.
In the meantime, staff will still be answering calls, emails and continuing business online. We offer several options to conduct business over the phone or email.
Phone:
We will be monitoring messages on our phone daily. Please leave a message with your contact information and we will get back to you as soon as possible:  
Phone: 604-882-9988
Toll-Free: 1-888-881-2293
Fax: 604-882-9933
Online:
You can contact us with your questions or concerns through our website at bcwf.bc.ca/contact/

Email:


Staff will be available to assist you via email. Please click on one of the options below depending on your needs.

Membership: membership@bcwf.bc.ca

Core: core@bcwf.bc.ca

General Inquiries: officeinfo@bcwf.bc.ca
During these unprecedented circumstances we appreciate the support, patience and understanding of our members, sponsors, and supporters. We will continue to provide you with updates via email and our social channels.
Keep healthy and be safe out there!

 


AGM & Convention Cancelled
We'd like to remind our members that our Annual General Meeting and Convention has been cancelled in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic. As the important work of our organization is conducted at the AGM, we will be rescheduling the AGM portion later in 2020 when it is safe to do so. We will keep you updated as information comes available.
The BCWF office will cancel your AGM and convention registration for you. If you paid for your registration by credit card, you can expect to receive your refund in about a week. If you paid for your registration by cheque, please look for your reimbursement cheque in approximately two weeks. Please be patient as we are processing these refunds as quickly as we can.
Did you book a room at the Coast Bastion? No problem, your reservation is cancelled if it was under the BCWF Room Block. If you booked elsewhere, please remember to call them directly to cancel.
Although we are fortunate to have enough notice to cancel registration fees and room bookings, we have also had to cancel the fundraising component planned at the convention. The BCWF AGM and Convention is a very big part of our fundraising efforts and losing this event will mean we will be reaching out for help, so we can move forward with our vision and mission which is so very valuable to British Columbians. 

Donations are always welcome and gratefully accepted.

 

Conservation Lottery

There are just a couple months left to purchase your Conservation Lottery tickets. You could be the winner of a Dodge Ram 1500 Tradesman Quad Cab 4x4 or one of our other 11 great prizes!

If you already have your Conservation Lottery ticket, don't forget to top up your purchase with 50/50 tickets. You could be the winner of up to $100,000!

Tickets are available online until midnight of May 30, 2020!


Southern Interior Mule Deer Project: Winter Update
The Southern Interior Mule Deer Project had a great winter capture season.  Since the fall our team and volunteers have been out checking and moving trail cameras, conducting mortality investigations and capturing and collaring more does and fawns.
In the last couple of months our team added 6 adults and 19 fawns to the West Okanagan study area, 15 adults and 18 fawns in the Boundary study area and 5 adults and 20 fawns to the Cache Creek study area.  Since the program began 2 years ago, we’ve collared 232 deer (including deer whose collars failed or fell off as designed).

 

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, March 5, 2020.

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Conservation Lottery: Early Bird Draw
Congratulations to Ted Weight from Lone Butte B.C. for winning the Early Bird prize, a Remington 700 Rifle with Vortex Diamond Back Scope, ONZ Game Reeper Mount and a Red Head Lockable Case provided by Bass Pro Shops.
Tickets are selling out Fast!
With only 86 Days left until the final draw, we have just over 6,000 Conservation Lottery tickets available and over $58,000 in our 50/50 Jackpot!

 


Wetlands on Wheels!
This spring, BCWF’s Wetland Education Program (WEP) is rolling out a new program initiative called Wetland on Wheels (WOW). The goal of WOW is to bring to light the urgent need for wetland conservation and restoration, which is achieved through connecting B.C. youth to wetland education using experiential learning techniques and hands-on, escape room-style activities.
Through March and April, the WOW team will deliver fun-filled wetland education and outreach to schools in the Fraser Valley, in Kamloops, the Kootenays, Kelowna and north of Mackenzie. By connecting directly with the youth of today, the BCWF is working to secure a sound future for British Columbia’s wetlands in the best interests of both the people who enjoy the great outdoors, and wildlife.

 

Annual General Meeting & Convention

 

April 1 - 4, 2020 | Nanaimo, B.C.
The 2020 AGM & Convention in Nanaimo, B.C. is just around the corner. We are expected to have a record turn out with a 'not to be missed' line up of informative and exciting guest speakers and presenters. Join us April 1 – 4, 2020 to celebrate tradition, comradery, important updates, and exciting outings for your family!

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Get your tickets before March 7 to support the North Peace Rod & Gun Club Region 7B Wildlife Raffle! 
Get your tickets for the North Peace Rod & Gun Club Region 7B Wildlife Raffle. All the funds raised will go towards wildlife and eco-restoration projects in Region 7B.
The Grand Prize: Guided horseback hunt for a Yukon Dall Sheep with Northcurl Outfitters for August 2021. Opportunity to hunt other species for an additional fee. Includes $1500 travel voucher, as well as a free shoulder mount of harvested sheep from Inuksuk Wildlife Studio.

 


Sturgeon Conservation Workshop!
This two-day engaging workshop provides hands on experience with North Americas largest freshwater fish. Day one consists of participating in an informative session with local experts, learning more about the species, their history, and their habitat. Day two consists of a 6-8 hour juvenile sturgeon research program with professionals from the Fraser Valley Angling Guides Association, where participants fish for and record juvenile sturgeon.

This Workshop is being offered:

Outreach Events:

March 6 – 8 |
BC Sportsmen's Show – BCWF Members receive $2.00 off all tickets!

April 17  – 19 | BC Outdoors Show – at Chilliwack Heritage Park

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, February 20, 2020.

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Provincial Budget 2020
Last year, several representatives from the BCWF, including region 5, region 7B and the Spruce City Wildlife Association presented to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services to provide recommendations for the upcoming budget. With the information provided, on August 7, 2019, the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services made the following recommendations to the Legislative Assembly that the Provincial Government:

 

Environmental Protection and Conservation

  • 28. Advance water sustainability in British Columbia by providing a dedicated, sustainable, annual funding source for First Nations, local government, local watershed protections agencies and community partnerships.

Fish and Wildlife Conservation and Management

  • 29. Increase funding for fish and wildlife conservation, management and data collection, including exploring potential revenue sources such as fees from hunting, fishing, natural resource and nature-based tourism enterprises for this purpose.

On Tuesday, February 18, 2020, the provincial government has since released a budget without enough funding for water, fish and wildlife management. The BCWF position is that it is unacceptable to underfund wildlife management and to cut spending on matters related to fish, wildlife and the environment when parts of the province are facing decreasing fish and wildlife numbers and impacts to habitat caused by a changing climate.

 

 

How Important are your firearms to you?
The BCWF Firearms and Recreational Sports Shooting Committees are asking you to stand up for your firearm rights. The committees have outlined several steps you can take to let Canadian Members of Parliament know why you don't support firearms bans.
We need you to take these steps of action today!

 

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Conservation Lottery Early Bird Draw! 
Our Early Bird draw is just around the corner! Purchase your tickets before 11:59pm on February 27th for your chance to win a Remington 270 Rifle with Vortex Scope, Mounting System & Case.
The Draw will take place on February 28th at 12:00pm at Bass Pro Shops in Tsawwassen. If you can't make the draw stay tuned to our Facebook page for a Facebook Live where we will announce the winner! 
Don't forget NEW this year - 50/50 tickets are only $5! The current jackpot is over $33,000. Winner takes half!

 

 


Becoming an Outdoors Woman!
Are you a woman looking for an opportunity to learn outdoor skills in a relaxed non-competitive atmosphere? If so, the Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) program is just for you. This year's BOW will be taking place from May 8 - 10 at Camp Winfield in Lake Country.
Each BOW workshop offers a variety of outdoor related educational workshops for participants to select from in each of three areas: shooting and hunting, angling, and outdoor recreation.
During the two day course, BOW participants will attend four hands-on courses of their choice, taught by qualified instructors. All the courses offered are conducted in a way to ensure participants have a safe, fun and educational experience.

Outreach Events:
February 28 | Conservation Lottery Early Bird Draw – 12:00pm At BassPro Shops in Tsawwassen
February 29 – March 1 | Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show – BCWF members get $4 off Adult Admission. Use Promo Code: OUTDOORSHOW20
March 6 – 8 | BC Sportsmen ShowBCWF Members receive $2.00 off all tickets!
April 16 – 19 | BC Outdoors Show –  at Chilliwack Heritage Park

 


 

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, February 6, 2020.

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How Important are your firearms to you?
The BCWF Firearms and Recreational Sports Shooting Committees are asking you to stand up for your firearm rights. The committees have outlined several steps you can take to let Canadian Members of Parliament know why you don't support firearms bans.
We need you to take these steps of action today!

 


Regional Roundups 
Keep up to date with the pressing issues in your region with our Regional Roundups. These reports provide an overview of the major projects, initiatives and conservation issues that are happening in the regions across British Columbia.

Annual General Meeting & Convention

 

April 1 - 4, 2020 | Nanaimo, B.C.
The 2020 AGM & Convention in Nanaimo, B.C. is just around the corner. We are expected to have a record turn out with a 'not to be missed' line up of informative and exciting guest speakers and presenters. Join us April 1 – 4, 2020 to celebrate tradition, comradery, important updates, and exciting outings for your family!

AGM & Convention Speakers 
We have an exciting lineup of speakers at this year's AGM. Our presenters include political leaders, faculty from universities across North America, foresters, biologists and representatives from the BCWF. Topics range from forest and fisheries management to wildlife health; plus an exploration of the vital link between humans and the flora and fauna we share our wild spaces with.

 


Awards - Deadline for nominations is February 14, 2020 
Do you have a Conservation Superhero you think should be recognized? Or perhaps you know of someone who caught a big fish in 2019.
Nominations are now being accepted for all of our Awards, which will be presented at this year's AGM and Convention in Nanaimo.
Deadline for nominations is February 14, 2020.


North Peace Rod & Gun Club Region 7B Wildlife Raffle 
Get your tickets for the North Peace Rod & Gun Club Region 7B Wildlife Raffle. All the funds raised will go towards wildlife and eco-restoration projects in Region 7B.
The Grand Prize: Guided horseback hunt for a Yukon Dall Sheep with Northcurl Outfitters for August 2021. Opportunity to hunt other species for an additional fee. Includes $1500 travel voucher, as well as a free shoulder mount of harvested sheep from Inuksuk Wildlife Studio.

 

 

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Juvenile White Sturgeon Research
BCWF staff were out on the water this past weekend, assisting the Fraser Valley Angling Guides Association with recording juvenile white sturgeon as part of the multi-year juvenile sturgeon research project on the Fraser River.
Check out our Juvenile White Sturgeon Conservation Workshop below to see how you can participate in this great project!

 


Sturgeon Conservation Workshop!
This two-day engaging workshop provides hands on experience with North Americas largest freshwater fish. Day one consists of participating in an informative session with local experts, learning more about the species, their history, and their habitat. Day two consists of a 6-8 hour juvenile sturgeon research program with professionals from the Fraser Valley Angling Guides Association, where participants fish for and record juvenile sturgeon.

 

This Workshop is being offered:

 

Outreach Events:
February 5 – 9 | Vancouver International Boat Show
February 28 | Conservation Lottery Early Bird Draw – 12:00pm At BassPro Shops in Tsawwassen
February 29 – March 1 | Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show - BCWF members get $4 off Adult Admission. Use Promo Code: OUTDOORSHOW20
March 6 – 8 | BC Sportsmen Show – BCWF Members receive $2.00 off all tickets!

 


The January R&GC meeting will be on January 29th at 7:30pm

As usual, it will be downstairs in the Senior's Centre

 


 

The December Rod and Gun Club meeting will be on Wednesday the 11th.

Look forward to seeing you all downstairs in the Senior's Hall at 7:30pm!

 


 

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, November 28, 2019.

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A Watershed Security Fund for BC: Building Resilience and Advancing Reconciliation
A new Watershed Security Fund Position Paper describes a genuine opportunity for the provincial government to create an enduring legacy for freshwater in B.C. The Paper was produced through collaboration between the POLIS Water Sustainability Project, First Nations Fisheries Council, BC Wildlife Federation, and BC Freshwater Legacy Initiative.
A Watershed Security Fund would:

  • Provide sustainable funding to equip communities to build resilience in the face of growing watershed threats, such as more extreme floods, droughts, and forest fires, and implications for clean drinking water, Indigenous rights, and wild salmon habitat.
  • Support reconciliation with First Nations.
  • Invest in partnerships with local governments, farmers, businesses, and community groups.
  • Invest in smart planning and community capacity, reducing costs and creating jobs.
  • Fulfill government’s commitments to climate adaptation, reconciliation, and rural economies.
  • Create a powerful legacy for B.C. through a provincial endowment supplemented by other sustainable funding sources, such as a surcharge on water rental fees

"Healthy forests and wetland systems provide a host of watershed services, including water purification, ground water and surface flow regulation, erosion control, and stream bank stabilization, to the benefit of fish and wildlife, as well as to the benefit of local communities. A Watershed Security Fund will invest in partnerships and planning that safeguard these important watershed services in the face of climate change and cumulative impacts." – Neil Fletcher, BC Wildlife Federation Wetlands Program Manager.

 

 


Chronic Wasting Disease Update
Over the summer, there were several cases of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) detected in Montana, a hop and a skip away from the B.C. border. Currently, B.C. has maintained a CWD free status, but the proximity of the CWD cases has put the B.C. Wildlife Health program on high alert during this year’s hunting season. Since then, there have been over 30 confirmed cases of CWD in the Libby, Montana area in white-tailed deer and recently the first case in a moose also in the Libby area.
For B.C., CWD surveillance for the 2019 season is well underway. The General Order (mandatory submissions in the Kootenay Region management units 4-1 to 4-7) will end on November 30th.
We highly encourage hunters to submit heads until the end of the hunting season.
We are grateful for the community support and hunter participation. So far 641 samples were submitted from the Kootenay Region this fall, but only 401 were submitted from the mandatory units along the B.C.-Montana border. For confidence in a CWD-free status we will need to get more samples. Our target is 1000 heads.
It is mandatory for heads to be submitted from white-tailed and mule deer harvested between September 1, 2019, to December 20, 2019, in wildlife management units 4-1, 4-2, 4-3, 4-4, 4-5, 4-6 and 4-7. Let’s keep B.C. CWD free!
So far there have been no positive cases of CWD in B.C.


What if we all gave on one day? We can!
On December 3, 2019, our community will come together for 24 hours of unprecedented giving day to support the amazing work of BC Wildlife Federation through #GivingTuesday.
Early donations are open, so if you’d like to give now, all donations count toward our #GivingTuesday totals!
Your support this #GivingTuesday will be put to work immediately towards our many initiatives, such as, protecting the
Interior Fraser Steelhead where they face imminent extinction having reduced from over 8,000 to just over ahundred; ensuring B.C. stays free of Chronic Wasting Disease, a degenerative neurological disease which has proven to be fatal in ungulates; a collaborative effort with Heart of the Fraser, protecting crucial habitat for white sturgeon, and chinook, chum, pink and other salmonids, only to name a few.
From all of us at BC Wildlife Federation, thank you for your support— on #GivingTuesday and every single day you help to enable our mission.

 

 


Are you ready for our biggest fundraising event of the year?
The 2020 Conservation Lottery is set to launch on December 1, 2019 with bigger prizes and additional opportunities to give back to B.C.’s wildlife. All the funds raised go directly back into our programs that aim to educate and advocate for B.C.’s fish, wildlife and wild places.
NEW THIS YEAR! 50/50 tickets are only $5! 50/50 tickets are available online when purchasing your Conservation Lottery tickets. You could be the lucky winner of up to $100,000!
Keep an eye out for our email on December 1, 2019, announcing the official launch of the 2020 Conservation Lottery so you can purchase your tickets!


Are you ready for one of the most rewarding jobs in B.C.?
Join us where you can put your skills towards conserving the environment and wetlands every day and see your impact on the ground! The BC Wildlife Federation’s Wetlands Education Program is growing, and is looking for a Program Assistant.  This competitive 12-month position (with opportunity for extension) provides hands-on experience for individuals who are interested in a career in environmental education and/or conservation.
As a WEP Program Assistant, you will have the unique opportunity to get involved in rewarding conservation and stewardship workshops, and restoration projects throughout B.C.!

 

 

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Region 7B AGM
Hunters and anglers will want to head to the Pearkes Centre this Sunday, December 1 for the BCWF Region 7B AGM. The topic that will be front and centre at this year's meeting will be the proposed changes to the hunting regulations for the 2020-2022 hunting seasons.
Among the many regulation changes to be proposed are an "any buck" season for mule deer from October 24 to 31, and a proposed increase to the bag limit for wolves so that hunters can harvest 10 wolves per year.
The meeting starts at 10:30am and will be open to BCWF and Rod and Gun Club members, as well as anyone else who wishes to attend.

 


Attention Clubs! Native Trout Stewardship Initiative: Call for Proposals
The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC is pleased to announce Year Two of its pilot stewardship initiative in support of groups seeking to protect, conserve, and recover native trout species in British Columbia. 
The Society is seeking to broaden its conservation portfolio by engaging members of the public – including angling and stewardship organizations – in an initiative to invest resources into native trout. Recognizing the tremendous contributions that these organizations make, the Society’s Native Trout Stewardship Initiative (NTSI) is designed to provide grants to support stewardship groups in their efforts to protect and restore wild freshwater fish, the habitats they live in, and the fisheries they provide.
The Society will accept project proposals until 4:00 pm on Tuesday, December 31, 2019.

 


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This American caribou is the last of its kind—and it lives in Canada
The fate of the mountain caribou species now rests entirely within Canada and biologists are worried.

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Caribou Core Mapping Methods:

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October's Rod and Gun meeting will be hend on Wednesday October 30th.

See you at 7:30pm downstairs in the Senior's Hall


 

Check out this document regarding the South Peace Caribou Recovery

Click HERE to read


 

Hi everyone

Below is a link for CWD (Chronic Wasting Disease) info just in case hunters ask you any questions:

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/plants-animals-ecosystems/wildlife/wildlife-health/wildlife-diseases/chronic-wasting-disease

Also the table below outlines the drop off locations for deer/elk heads if harvested from MU 4-01 to 4-07.  Please direct hunters to these drop off locations only if they harvested deer/elk from these management units that border the US/ BC border. 

Cranbrook

Rick's Fine Meat and Sausage

Cranbrook

Aqam (St. Mary's) Ktunaxa Nation

Grasmere

Grasmere General Store

Fernie

Wes's Country Meats

Sparwood

Rocky Mountain Meats

Wynndel

Wynndel Foods

Creston

Yaqan Nuykiy (Lower Kootenay Band) Ktunaxa Nation

Creston

Skyway Auto

Yahk

Two Pump Paul's

Kimberley

Gwinner's Country Butcher

Kimberley

Kimberley Sausage and Meat

Elko

South Country Services

Golden

Golden Rod and Gun Club

Elkford

United Steel Workers Local 7884 Union Hall

Jaffray

Jaffray Sports and Hardware


 

If you have any questions about the safety in eating any fish or game you have harvested, you can contact The Provincial Wildlife Veterinarian  and ask any questions!

Her E-mail address is:

helen.schwantje@gov.bc.ca


 

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, September 5, 2019.

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Trout Closures on the Fraser River
The BC Wildlife Federation, the BC Federation of Drift Fishers, the BC Federation of Fly Fishers, the BC Federation of Resort Operators and the Fraser Valley Angling Guides Association have serious concerns with the sudden and arbitrary implementation of trout closures for resident trout in the Fraser River mainstem from Mission, upstream to the confluence with the Chilcotin River.
This measure appears to have been imposed without any public consultation nor based on science, other than the selective and misapplication of the "precautionary principle". The rationale with respect to supporting the recovery of Interior Fraser Steelhead (IFS) is not apparent or in our view justified, particularly in context with other factors influencing the recovery plan for the species.

 


National Fishing and Hunting Collaborative
The BC Wildlife Federation is proud to be a part of the National Fishing and Hunting Collaborative (NFHC). The NFHC is a group of non-partisan, non-profit fishing and hunting organizations that work collaboratively to provide national leadership on important conservation issues and a voice for more than 375,000 Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast.


Chronic Wasting Disease
How is CWD transmitted?
CWD is transmitted to animals through contact with an infected animal or contact with a contaminated environment (soil, feed, water). Prions are shed from infected animals through saliva, urine, feces and are present in tissues of an infected carcass. There is more opportunity for transmission when animal density is high or if there are shared resources (feed and water).
Research on plant contamination and scavenger animals have shown these are potential transmission pathways but these are not felt to be as significant for new introductions.
Chronic Wasting Disease has not been detected in B.C., but surveillance is key to understanding the disease risk of CWD in British Columbia. As such, hunters are encouraged to submit their deer, elk or moose head for CWD testing. This is voluntary in most parts of B.C. but will be mandatory for all white-tailed and mule deer harvested September 1st, 2019 to December 20, 2019 in wildlife management units 4-1, 4-2, 4-3, 4-4, 4-5, 4-6 and 4-7.
The BC Wildlife Federation has purchased and donated ten freezers towards this initiative.
You can find head drop off locations here:
Kootenay Region

Peace Region

 


Moose Tracker App
Be a part of moose conservation and management. Download the Moose Tracker App today!
The app allows users to upload information on the number, sex and location of moose they encounter in the wild directly to a province-wide database. The collected data helps monitor moose populations and alert wildlife staff to emerging issues.
As a bonus, the app includes a digital version of 2018-2020 Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis.  It’s an indispensable, searchable summary of hunting seasons and regulations throughout B.C. – including interactive maps.

 


Attention clubs! Grants available for fish and wildlife projects
The Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) funds projects to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife in watersheds impacted by existing BC Hydro dams and is now accepting grant applications for fish and wildlife projects that align with priorities in our Coastal, Columbia and Peace Region Action Plans.
Mandatory Notice of Intents due Monday, September 9th
and grant applications are due Friday, October 25, 2019. Grant applicants will be notified if they have received a grant by March 2020. Projects may start as early as April 1, 2020.
Learn more at fwcp.ca

 

Events & Programs


Jump For Wildlife is Just Around the Corner!
Jump, Climb, Have Fun & Help Protect BC’s Fish, Wildlife & Habitat!
On Saturday, September 14th, 2019 join us at WildPlay Element Parks in Victoria, Nanaimo or Maple Ridge! On this day only, 25% of all ticket sales at these three locations will go back to support the BC Wildlife Federation’s programs and initiatives.
Join us for this fun filled day where you don’t just get to enjoy what WildPlay has to offer but we will also be providing fun interactive activities and a BBQ by donation at each location!
Find out more about the WildPlay Elements Park location near you by visiting our website.

 


BOW
Did you miss out on our spring BOW program? Have no fear, Becoming an Outdoors Woman will be coming to Cowichan Lake this fall, from October 4 - 6, 2019.
If you refer a new BOW Registrant, who has never attended BOW before, to our fall Cowichan Lake event your name will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a free BOW weekend in 2020. The draw will be held during the BOW program at Cowichan Lake.


Reel Fishing
Registration for our fall Reel Fishing program is now open!

Reel Fishing is BC Wildlife Federation’s unique approach to providing an informative fishing workshop, while keeping conservation in its core. The first course is on Saturday, September 28 - Sunday, September 29. Spots are limited, register today!

 


Shoreline Cleanup- Saturday, September 7th
Are you frustrated with seeing garbage left behind by others? Want to make a difference? The BC Wildlife Federation is partnering with local businesses and local residents for a shoreline cleanup in Maple Ridge on September 7th. Join us at Maple Ridge Park and help us make the Alouette River a little bit cleaner!

Clean up gear will be provided! Please wear clothes you don't mind getting a little dirty and wear appropriate footwear. We look forward to seeing you there!

 


 

The August Rod & Gun Club meeting is on Wednesday the 28th, 7:30PM in the basement at the Senior’s hall.

See you all there!

 


 


 

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, August 8, 2019.

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Budget 2020
On behalf of our 43,000 plus members, The BC Wildlife Federation addressed the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services on the vital issues that relate to natural resource management sustainability in British Columbia. Our Recommendations have been published in the report.
Among other things, the BC Wildlife Federation, regions 5 and 7B, and the Spruce City Wildlife Association, suggested directing fees from hunting and fishing to fund conservation and management. The Spruce City Wildlife Association further recommended requiring all users, including wildlife viewing, ecotourism, forestry and mining, to contribute.
To read the full report visit our website here.

 


Attention Clubs: Grants available for fish and wildlife projects
The Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) funds projects to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife in watersheds impacted by existing BC Hydro dams and is now accepting grant applications for fish and wildlife projects in its Peace Region.
The FWCP has identified priority actions eligible for funding in its ecosystem and species-based Action Plans for the Peace Region. The six plans, together with the region’s Basin Plan, are essential reading for anyone interested in applying for a grant. Read Peace Region Action Plans at http://fwcp.ca/action-plans-peace-region/.
Mandatory Notice of Intents due Monday, September 9th and grant applications are due Friday, October 25, 2019. Grant applicants will be notified if they have received a grant by March 2020. Projects may start as early as April 1, 2020.
Join the online discussion Wednesday, August 21, 2019
RSVP at fwcp@bchydro.com to join a free online discussion about FWCP’s Peace Region Grants and the mandatory Notice of Intent on Wed., August 21 from 10 a.m. to 11a.m. PDT.


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The BC Wildlife Federation is a participant in the Amazon Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon and affiliated sites. Next time you shop at Amazon use the link below and the BCWF earns up to 10% of the cost of your purchase.
Start Shopping Today & Help Protect BC’s Fish Wildlife & Habitat!

 

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Jump, Climb, Have Fun & Help Protect BC’s Fish, Wildlife & Habitat!
On Saturday, September 14th, 2019 join us at WildPlay Element Parks in Victoria, Nanaimo or Maple Ridge! On this day only, 25% of all ticket sales at these three locations will go back to support the BC Wildlife Federation’s programs and initiatives.
Join us for this fun filled day where you don’t just get to enjoy what WildPlay has to offer but we will also be providing fun interactive activities and a BBQ by donation at each location!
Find out more about the WildPlay Elements Park location near you by visiting our website here!

 


BOW
Did you miss out on our spring BOW program? Have no fear, Becoming an Outdoors Woman will be coming to Cowichan Lake this fall, from October 4 - 6, 2019.
If you refer a new BOW Registrant, who has never attended BOW before, to our fall Cowichan Lake event your name will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a free BOW weekend in 2020. The draw will be held during the BOW program at Cowichan Lake.

Reserve your spot and refer a friend today here!

 

Up and Coming Events
The BCWF will be busy over the next few months attending tradeshows across BC! Come visit our booth at these events:
August 16 - 18, 2019 - Okanagan Fall Hunting & Outdoor Show
Join us at the Okanagan Fall Hunting & Outdoor Show next week from Thursday, August 16th - Sunday, August 18th! Use the promo code BCWF2019 on your online ticket purchases to get $2.00 off admission to the show!
Get your tickets here!

August 28 - September 1, 2019 -Interior Provincial Exhibition
If you are interested in attending this year's Interior Provincial Exhibition BCWF members will receive a discount on tickets! Bring your BCWF Membership card with you and present it at the IPE office and you will save $8.00 on your ticket!
We hope to see you at these events this summer!

 

 


 

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, July 25, 2019.

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Steelhead not to be listed under SARA
The BC Wildlife Federation is hugely disappointed that the Governor in Council has decided not to list the Thompson and Chilcotin River Steelhead Trout under the Species at Risk Act (SARA). This decision ignores the recommendations of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC).
Making the steelhead management plan a priority for DFO, while failing to address the root causes of their demise is unacceptable and unproductive.  IFS deserve the full protection of a recovery plan under the federal Species at Risk Act. The current plan does not adequately address interception issues and are simply more of the same – the status quo.
Read our full response here.

 


Chronic Wasting Disease Update
With the recent cases of chronic wasting disease in Libby, Montana, in close proximity to BC’s east Kootenay region, BC must act quickly to determine whether CWD has reached the province, and if so, respond quickly to limit negative conservation, cultural and socioeconomic impacts.
The BC Wildlife Health Program and regional wildlife biologists are developing a collaborative response with partners representing the BC Wildlife Federation, Guide Outfitters Association of BC, BC Trappers Association, First Nations (including the Wildlife Stewardship Council and Ktunaxa Nation), local businesses, other ministries and neighbouring jurisdictions. The BC Wildlife Federation is in the process of identifying possible cervid head collection depots in the Kootenays, acquiring freezers and aiding in distributing information.
What can you do to help?
If you hunt in an area outside B.C. that is affected with CWD, please leave the high risk tissues (brain, spinal cord, lymph nodes and organs) where you harvest the animal and return only with the meat, antlers with cleaned skull plate and/or hide (in a sealed container) with all tissue removed.
Surveillance is key to confirm B.C.’s CWD-free status and to detect the disease as early as possible so the BC Wildlife Health Program can respond in the most effective way possible. Hunters in B.C. are encouraged to submit their cervid heads to the BC CWD Surveillance Program at one of the drop off locations. Drop off locations and more information can be found here.
Facts on Chronic Wasting Disease can be found here.
Please report any sick or unusually thin animals to the RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277.

 


Exclusive BCWF Member Offer at Sport Chek & Atmosphere Stores
BCWF membership has its perks! Until Monday, July 29, 2019 you can receive up to 70% off in-store at participating Sport Chek & Atmosphere locations.
This is your exclusive partnership pricing code: 440866590
Bring this code with you and present it at checkout in order to redeem this limited time offer!
Please refer to your dedicated email for the terms and conditions regarding this special offer.

 


The Wetlands Education Program has been busy this summer!
The Wetland Education Program (WEP) kicked off their summer with a two-week stint in northern BC. The WEP team, led by the Wetlands Education Program Manager Neil Fletcher, travelled through Northeastern BC to partner with three remote First Nation communities in Tsay Keh Dene, Fort Ware and McLeod Lake. In each community, tailored workshops were held that focused on providing hands-on-training for remote communities while educating community members and Land Guardians on wetland classifications and values, and how to conduct wetland health assessments.
Wetlands alone provide countless ecosystem services such as filtering local water, flood mitigation, storing carbon and supporting remarkable levels of biodiversity. They are an integral part of the landscape that needs protection as wetlands are currently being destroyed or degraded at an alarming rate across the globe. Therefore, it is crucial to ensure that the communities who live in the beautiful Peace Region, where large areas of intact wetlands remain, are provided access to resources and training that can supplement their traditional knowledge and help protect these critical ecosystems.
Read more about these WEP projects here.
The WEP team has just finished two Wetlandkeepers workshops in Rossland and Cawston and are currently prepping for their Wetlands Institute this fall in Rossland and its surrounding areas.

 


Shop at Amazon and BCWF Earns!
The BC Wildlife Federation is a participant in the Amazon Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon and affiliated sites. Next time you shop at Amazon use the link below and the BCWF earns up to 10% of the cost of your purchase.
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Events & Programs


Jump, Climb, Have Fun & Help Protect BC’s Fish, Wildlife & Habitat!
On Saturday, September 14th, 2019 join us at WildPlay Element Parks in Victoria, Nanaimo or Maple Ridge! On this day only, 25% of all ticket sales at these three locations will go back to support the BC Wildlife Federation’s programs and initiatives.
Join us for this fun filled day where you don’t just get to enjoy what WildPlay has to offer but we will also be providing fun interactive activities and a BBQ by donation at each location!
Find out more about the WildPlay Elements Park location near you by visiting our website here!

 

Up and Coming Events
The BCWF will be busy over the next few months attending tradeshows across BC! Come visit our booth at these events:
August 1 - 4, 2019 - Rockin' River Music Festival
August 16 - 18, 2019 - Okanagan Fall Hunting & Outdoor Show
August 28 - September 1, 2019 - Interior Provincial Exhibition
If you are interested in attending this year's Interior Provincial Exhibition BCWF members will receive a discount on tickets! Bring your BCWF Membership card with you and present it at the IPE office and you will save $8.00 on your ticket!
We hope to see you at these events this summer!

 

 


 

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, June 27, 2019.

BCWF News


Good News for the Heart of the Fraser - Herrling Island Bridge Denied!
The BC Government has denied an application for a permit to build a permanent fixed link access bridge to Herrling Island, known as the Heart of the Fraser. The BCWF and conservation partners have called for this important sturgeon rearing area to be protected from development.
BCWF past-president Harvey Andrusak said, "this is a significant step in preserving the functioning of the gravel reach which is critical habitat for sturgeon and salmon on the lower Fraser River. We commend the provincial government for recognizing the unique fish habitat values of this area of the Fraser in turning down the bridge application."
The BCWF launched the campaign to protect the Heart of the Fraser with like-minded conservation leaders and educators and would like to thank Mark Angelo from the Outdoor Recreation Council, Ken Ashley and his team at the Rivers Institute at BCIT and Watershed Watch for their leadership. We continue to work together on the campaign to purchase the islands and conserve the Heart of the Fraser for future generations. Thank you to all who signed the petition opposing these bridge applications.
Read the full BCWF news release here.
Read the application decision here.

 


Protect the Skagit Headwaters from Mining!

The BC Wildlife Federation has joined more than 110 conservation and recreation groups to oppose the Imperial Metals mining permit for the Skagit Headwaters. The BCWF raised concern last year around plans to clear cut large areas of an unprotected “donut hole” of lands in the Skagit area, which are surrounded by parks and protected areas.
The Imperial Metals’ proposal to drill in the Skagit headwaters should be denied and the BC government in partnership with First Nations should protect these lands for wildlife, clean water and the enjoyment of all British Columbians.
“The protection of this area is important not just for the wilderness in British Columbia, but for the aquatic habitat downstream in Washington State. Now is the opportunity to connect this wilderness of international importance that has been delayed for too long,” Bill Bosch, BC Wildlife Federation President.
Let your voice be heard. Send your letter today!

 


Federal Fisheries Act Changes Passed - Good News for Fish Habitat
Bill C-68, which puts more teeth into the protection of fish habitat, has received royal assent and become law just before the House of Commons breaks for the summer.
The Bill C-68 amendments to the Fisheries Act are good news, especially for our salmon and trout. The BC Wildlife Federation and like-minded fisheries organizations see this as another positive step for the protection of critical lower Fraser River fish habitat in the area known as the Heart of the Fraser.
BCWF President Bill Bosch said, “with the changes included in Bill C-68 we now look forward to having much of the Heart of the Fraser designated as sensitive fish habitat. Provincial and federal governments can work with the BCWF, First Nations, industry and all stakeholders to implement a comprehensive and long-lasting protection and restoration program for the entire Fraser system.”
Returning the Fraser River salmon, sturgeon and steelhead trout populations to abundance levels of yesteryear and reclaiming its world-renowned status is in the best interests of all citizens in this province. The BCWF salutes Fisheries and Oceans Minister Wilkinson for his vision in starting the process of greater protection and restoration of this invaluable, iconic resource.
To read the government’s news release click here.
To learn more about Canada’s modernized Fisheries At click here.

 


BCWF Responds to the Government’s Implementation of a Interim Moratorium to Protect Caribou

The BCWF commends the provincial government for accepting many of our recommendations for tackling the recovery of the southern mountain caribou. The government released the Lekstrom report on the process and announced an interim moratorium on resource development in the northeast while working on the Southern Mountain Caribou Bilateral Conservation Agreement. Government says they hope to limit potential impacts on the economy of the region as the agreement is implemented.
For more information and to read the government's full news release click here


South Okanagan national park reserve
The BC Wildlife Federation has three primary concerns regarding the proposed South Okanagan national park reserve:

  • The loss of local investment and control – Properties purchased through donations and licence surcharges from the BCWF membership, and resident hunters and anglers, are at risk of being expropriated. Parks Canada has a history of managing for different agency-based objectives which are often inconsistent with the intent of protected areas and/or local objectives. 
  • Parks Canada’s failure to protect and enhance biodiversity – Parks Canada has a history of commercialization, and privatization within wilderness areas. Through this commercialization there has been a failure to adequately protect endangered species in national parks located in B.C.
  • Parks Canada’s exclusion of traditional activities such as hunting – The Province’s framework states existing users are protected, yet there is no evidence that traditional activities are protected in national parks. 

Although, the online consultation period has ended, your voice can still be heard, let your federal and provincial representatives know that you oppose the proposed national park reserve.
Let your voice be heard. Send your letter today!

 


Chronic Wasting Disease
With the recent detection of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Montana, near the B.C. border, questions have been raised on what this means for B.C. Wildlife. The BC Wildlife Health Program has released the following to provide more information on CWD and what this new detection in Montana means for B.C.
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a degenerative neurological disease that affects species in the deer family (cervids) and is caused by an abnormal protein called a prion. The origins of CWD are not known but the disease was first described in captive mule deer and elk in Colorado and Wyoming in the 1960s, followed by positive diagnoses in free-ranging deer and elk populations. CWD has now been diagnosed in captive and free-ranging cervids in 24 US states, 3 Canadian provinces, 3 countries in Europe and Korea. The recent detection of CWD in Montana (near the BC border) has increased the risk significantly for B.C. wildlife. CWD has not been detected in B.C. The B.C. Wildlife Health program has been doing surveillance for CWD in free-ranging cervids since 2002. To date, over 3900 samples have been tested and there have been no CWD positive cases in B.C. wildlife. CWD may enter B.C. through natural animal movement or the import of an infected carcass, tissue or contaminated biological products such as urine-based scents, all which can contaminate the environment with the CWD prion.
What can you do to help?
If you hunt in an area outside B.C. that is affected with CWD, please leave the high risk tissues (brain, spinal cord, lymph nodes and organs) where you harvest the animal and return only with the meat, antlers with cleaned skull plate and/or hide (in a sealed container) with all tissue removed.
Surveillance is key to confirm B.C.’s CWD-free status and to detect the disease as early as possible so we can respond in the most effective way possible. Hunters in B.C. are encouraged to submit their cervid heads to the BC CWD Surveillance Program at one of our drop off locations.
If you wish to keep the skull or antlers, remove all brain tissue from the skull and connecting bone plate and disinfect with a 10% bleach solution. If you wish a hide tanned, remove all tissues, enclose in a plastic or sealed container, freeze and submit for tanning as soon as possible.
Please report any sick or unusually thin animals to the RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277.
For drop off locations in BC and to learn more about CWD, visit their website here.

 


BCWF is Offering FREE Wills for Members!
FREE WILLS.... REALLY?!
It's true! The BC Wildlife Federation is offering our members and valued donors aged 55 or older the opportunity to have a sample Will prepared or updated by a local, qualified lawyer for FREE!
You can have your free will in 3 easy steps!
1. Contact the BC Wildlife Federation and inquire about the Canadian Free Wills Program. We will then provide you with a list of participating lawyers in your local area.
2. Contact the lawyer and your financial planner to get advice for creating or updating your Will. With their advice, depending on the type of gift you make, your estate can benefit from certain tax advantages.
3. Provide your lawyer with the correct details for the BCWF:
BC Wildlife Federation
Attn: Development Coordinator
#101 – 9706 188th Street
Surrey, BC  V4N 3M2
Charitable Business Number:  11880 1315 RR0001
To find out more about this limited time offer, contact Jessica Vestergaard at giving@bcwf.bc.ca or call 1-888-881-2293.

 

Events & Programs


Win Rockin’ River Music Fest Tickets!
Are you ready to rock this summer with the BCWF at the Rockin' River Music Fest! You could be the lucky winner of a pair of weekend passes for you and a friend. Entering our contest is easy head on over to our Instagram page to enter!
1. Follow the BC Wildlife Federation & the Rockin' River Music Fest Instagram Page 
2. Like our contest post 
3. Tag a friend you'd like to bring with you 

The winner will be announced on Canada Day, July 1st! Good luck! Enter the contest on the BCWF Instagram page here!

 


Youth Camp Registration Closes June 30th!
Register now, spots are filling up fast! 
We are so excited for our camps this summer and we want to make sure no one misses out!
Go Wild Camps:

  • Kamloops: July 8 – July 12, 2019
  • Radium Hot Springs:Extended age range 11 - 17 years old! - July 22 – July 26, 2019
  • Rock Creek: Extended age range 11 - 17 years old! - August 26 – August 30, 2019

Register your kids for a Go Wild Camp today!
Wild Kidz Camp

  • Castlegar: July 15 – July 19, 2019 SOLD OUT
  • Kamloops: August 12 – August 16, 2019 SOLD OUT
  • Abbotsford: August 19 – August 23, 2019 SOLD OUT

 

 


 

The May R&GC meeting will be on Wednesday May 29th, downstairs in the Senior's Hall at 7:30pm.

Again, the 2018 Awards will be available!


 

Please note that the Nakusp Rod & Gun Club Rifle Range will be temporarily out of service as we are renovating the shooting benches and shelter.

Out volunteers are working very hard at the range, buit expect interrupted availability until the end of May.


The April Rod & Gun Club meeting is on April 24th, 7:30PM in the basement at the Senior’s hall.


The 2018 Awards will be available at the meeting!

 


 

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, March 21, 2019.

BCWF News

BCWF Selective Fishing Forum
The BCWF held a Selective Fishing Forum March 13th in Coquitlam. Technical experts gathered to discuss the latest research and selective fishing methods that could help to conserve the fragile wild fish that are killed when caught as by-catch by net fisheries.
Speakers included: Dr. David Welch, Dr. Brian Riddell, Dr. Rick Taylor, Fin Donnelly MP, Bob Hooton, Dr. Katrina Cook, Adrian Touhy, Karl English, Ken Ashley & Aaron Hill.
What’s next?
Conservationists and researchers agreed to champion selective fishing with decision-makers at all levels of government. More collaboration and dialogue are needed, and the forum was a first step forward.
Recently announced federal-provincial investment of up to $142.85 million over the next five years will help to ensure that BC fisheries are environmentally and economically sustainable for the long-term and resilient to the challenges of climate change and evolving economic conditions. The Fund will also help to protect and restore priority wild BC fish stocks, including Pacific salmon.
The BCWF would like to thank the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, British Columbia Conservation Foundation, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development for their support for this forum.
Materials and videos of the presentations will be made available on the BCWF website in the coming weeks.

 

 

Southern Interior Mule Deer Project
Thank-you to the Pemberton Wildlife Association for their generous contribution to the Southern Interior Mule Deer Project! We’d like to thank all the clubs, members, sponsors, partners and volunteers who have continued to contribute to this project. 
The crew to date has collared 151 mule deer (does and fawns) over the past year. The capture season will conclude at the end of March. The second phase of the project will commence this spring. Camera traps will be going out in late May/early June once our research team has collected a full year of deer movement data. This data will then ensure that we are placing the camera traps in a variety of habitats used by mule deer in both their winter and summer ranges.

 


AGM & Convention Announcements!
The annual General meeting and convention is just around the corner, be sure to register before it is too late!
This year we have several influential speakers who will be discussing topics such as predator-prey dynamics, how animals respond to changing environments, the impact of chemical herbicides on the environment and much much more.
Keynote speaker: Virgil Moore
Our speakers include:

  • Marco Festa-Bianchet, Professor of Ecology at the University of Sherbrook
  • Mark Boyce, Professor of Ecology at the University of Alberta
  • Dr. Evelyn Merrill (Evie), Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta
  • Kevin Kriese, Chair of the Forest Practices Board
  • Dr. Sophie Gilbert, Assistant Professor, Department of Fish & Wildlife Sciences, University of Idaho
  • Chad Day, President Tahltan Central Government
  • Brian Springinotic, Chief Executive Officer of the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation
  • Dr. Lisa Wood, Assistant Professor in the Ecosystem Science and Management department at UNBC

AGM Spousal Program
For Spouses that will be attending this year’s AGM, we offer a relaxing and scenic look at the Peace Country for our Spousal Program. Enjoy a relaxing day on the river with a boat tour provided by the Peace Country River Rats. As well as a full day of yoga and pampering at the spa, allowing you to fully unwind and enjoy the simple pleasures the Peace Country has to offer. Register today for the Spousal Program here.
Registration Forms for the 2019 BCWF AGM & Convention are now available online here

 

 

Other News & Events


BC Interior Sportsmen’s Show
The BC Interior Show is returning to Kelowna! Find out the latest and greatest in hunting, fishing, and outdoors. Held April 5, 6, & 7th, 2019 at the Capital News Centre in Kelowna.
This is an event you don’t want to miss!
The BCWF will be there all weekend come and visit us at our booth! All BCWF members will receive $2 off tickets to the show! You can purchase your tickets online or show your BCWF membership card at the door.
Purchase your tickets here.

 

BCWF Programs


Reel Fishing Workshop
Registration is now open for our first Reel Fishing workshop in Surrey, BC. This workshop runs from April 27-28th. The Reel Fishing course provides an opportunity to further enhance or learn new fishing techniques as well as conservation skills in a relaxed and fun environment. 
Register yourself today to not just learn the basics, but to learn the secrets of fishing as well!
Click to register here!

 


BCWF Youth Programs
Registration will open March 22nd for our Go Wild! Youth for Conservation and Wild Kidz Camps.
The following camps are available this summer! Be sure to register your kids while space is available.
Go Wild camps:

  • Kamloops: July 8 – July 12, 2019
  • Radium Hot Springs: July 22 – July 26, 2019
  • Rock Creek: August 26 – August 30, 2019

Wild Kidz camps:

  • Castlegar: July 15 – July 19, 2019
  • Kamloops: August 12 – August 16, 2019
  • Abbotsford: August 19 – August 23, 2019 

Check out our website tomorrow to register your kids here!

 

 


 

Did you know?
The Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) now offers an Online Licence Renewal Application which can be accessed at: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf/online_en-ligne/index-eng.htm
It's easy, fast, and a secure way to renew your fireams licence.
If your firearms licence is about to expire, renew it online today.
For more information, please visit www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp or contact the CFP at cfp-pcaf@rcmp-grc.gc.ca or 1-800-731-4000.
Canadian Firearms Program
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
cfp-pcaf@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Tel: 1-800-731-4000 (toll free)

 



 

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, March 7, 2019.

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AGM & Convention Early Bird Cut Off is March 15!
Early Bird Registration deadline is March 15th, 2019 – Register now to receive your $50 discount!
Direct Member application deadline has been extended to March 15th, 2019 for more information click here.
You can also read the 2019 Draft Resolutions here.
Join us for our Annual General Meeting and Convention in Fort St. John from May 8th to 11th, 2019! The theme for this year’s AGM is Predator-Prey Dynamics.
Come listen and be inspired by our speakers:

  • Keynote Speaker: Virgil Moore - Past Director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game
  • Chad Day - President, Tahltan Central Government
  • Evelyn Merrill - Professor, Department of Biological Science at the University of Alberta
  • Marco Festa-Bianchet - Professor, Department of Biology at the University of Sherbrooke
  • Mark Boyce - Professor of Ecology, Department of Biological Science at the University of Alberta
  • Mike Morris - Elected MLA, Prince George - Mackenzie
  • Kevin Kriese - Chair, Forest Practices Board 

We also have great activities lined up for youth and spouses attending this year's AGM. Visit our website to learn more about the activities and speakers at this years AGM & Convention.
Registration Forms for the 2019 BCWF AGM & Convention are now available online here

 


Conservation Lottery Early Bird Draw Winner
Congratulations Fred Stock from Ladysmith BC for winning the Early Bird prize, a Liberty ProVault 18 Gun Safe donated by Cabela’s!
The Conservation Lottery kicked off with a BANG this year and, thanks to the support of BCWF members and clubs, we are already 50% sold out!
A BIG thank you goes out to all of the clubs who have been working so hard over the past few months to sell lottery tickets. We are overwhelmed with your support for the lottery and were happy to see thousands of tickets returned for our early bird draw this February. With your help, this is going to be the most successful Conservation Lottery yet!
So far the 3 clubs who have sold the most tickets are:
1. Nanaimo Fish and Game Protective Association
2. Kamloops and District Fish and Game Association
3. Tie between Parksville Qualicum Fish and Game Association & Ladysmith Sportsmen’s Club
Still don’t have your tickets? There’s still time to place an order for your club before tickets run out. Simply fill in our order form here, and send it back to Jessica at giving@bcwf.bc.ca. There is a limited amount of printed tickets left so please place your order as soon as possible if you’d like to participate.

 

Other News & Events


More Member savings at Mark's!
BCWF Members get early access to Mark's storewide sale on Thursday, March 14! Get a jump on savings by shopping early and take an extra 25% OFF storewide!
Can't Make the Sale?
Your BCWF membership card has a barcode on the back that provides a 10% discount on regular priced sale items. Please, always scan your BCWF Membership Card so 3% of your purchase goes back to the BCWF!
Don't have your updated membership card yet?
No problem, just take this email with you on your phone or print it out, and get the sales clerk to scan the following barcode:

 

 

Event Raffle Winners
Congratulations to all of our winners of our raffle prizes last weekend!
Taylor from Chilliwack was the winner of our Rifle Raffle at the BC Sportsmen’s Show.
Brad and Jason won the signed Vancouver Giants’ Jerseys at the Outdoorsmen’s Show with the Vancouver Giants. Lastly, Jason won the drybag at the Vancouver Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show!
Thank-you to everyone who came out and supported us at all of these events!

 

BCWF Programs


Reel Fishing Workshop
Registration is now open for our first Reel Fishing workshop in Surrey, BC. This workshop runs from April 27-28th. The Reel Fishing course provides an opportunity to further enhance or learn new fishing techniques as well as conservation skills in a relaxed and fun environment. 
Register yourself today to not just learn the basics, but to learn the secrets of fishing as well!
Click to register here!

 


Register for Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) Today!
Registration for the first BOW program for 2019 in Maple Ridge is now open!
BOW is an all-inclusive outdoor skills weekend for women from all backgrounds and abilities. The BOW Program package includes accommodations, meals, and four hands-on workshops.
Reserve your spot today here!

 

 


 

February's meeting will be at 7:30pm on the 27th.

Look forward to seeing you all downstairs in the Senior's Hall.


 

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, February 21, 2019.

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2019 BC Budget Announced
The 2019 Budget released on February 19 by Finance Minister Hon. Carol James was focused primarily on supporting health, education and social services objectives. 74% of the provincial budget is directed towards Health, Education and Social Services. Approximately 6% of the budget is directed at Natural Resource and Economic development functions.
The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD), the  "One Land Manager" for the province accounts for only 1.4 % of the provincial budget. The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (MOE) represents only .4 %. This budget contains little incremental funding for improving the functioning and sustainability of landscapes and watersheds that are essential to our way of life in the province.
Read our Full Response on the 2019 Budget here.

 


Wetlands Restoration in the Kootenays
Wetlands are a critical component of ecosystem conservation for a number of reasons including supporting a variety of species at risk, holding and filtering water, recharging groundwater, and storing carbon. In the Kootenays, many wetlands have been lost due to dam impoundment and land development.
You can learn more about Wetlands Restoration in the Kootenays through a webinar presented by our Wetlands Education Program Manager, Neil Fletcher. The webinar discusses the importance of wetland restoration, results from BCWF-led monitoring study of past restoration projects, recent BCWF-led restoration projects in the Kootenays, and ways to get involved in the conservation movement.
Check it out here.

 

63rd BCWF AGM & Convention Updates


Nominate a Conservation Superhero today!
The deadline to nominate your conservation superhero has been extended to February 28th!
You have one more week to get your nominations in to honour individuals and member clubs for outstanding hunting, angling and conservation achievements in 2018!
If you know of someone that fits the ticket, nominate them today!
Get your nominations in before it’s too late!
Awards will be presented at the BCWF's 63rd annual AGM & Convention this May, in Fort St. John.
For a full list of awards and the award submission, click here.

 


Have you bought your tickets to this year's Annual General Meeting and Convention?
Join us for our Annual General Meeting and Convention in Fort St. John from May 8th to 11th, 2019! The theme for this year’s AGM is Predator-Prey Dynamics.
 Come listen and be inspired by our speakers:

  • Keynote Speaker: Virgil Moore - Past Director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game
  • Chad Day - President, Tahltan Central Government
  • Evelyn Merrill - Professor, Department of Biological Science at the University of Alberta
  • Kyle Stelter - President, Wild Sheep Society of BC
  • Marco Festa-Bianchet - Professor, Department of Biology at the University of Sherbrooke
  • Mark Boyce - Professor of Ecology, Department of Biological Science at the University of Alberta
  • Mike Morris - Elected MLA, Prince George - Mackenzie
  • Kevin Kriese - Chair, Forest Practices Board

Green Party leader Dr. Andrew Weaver and Liberal Party leader Andrew Wilkinson will also be in attendance at the convention.
We also have great activities lined up for youth and spouses attending this year's AGM. Visit our website to learn more about the actvities and speakers at this years AGM & Convention.
Make sure to register before March 15th, 2019, to receive an Early Bird Discount of $50!
Registration Forms for the 2019 BCWF AGM & Convention are now available online here.

 

Other News & Events


Only 7 Days until our Early Bird Draw!!
Early Bird purchasers have a chance to win a Liberty ProVault 18 Gun Safe donated by Cabela’s. We will be at Cabela’s in Abbotsford on February 28th to draw our Early Bird winner at 12PM! If you can’t make it down to Cabela’s, join us on our Facebook page for a live stream of the draw.
Don’t miss out on your chance to win the Early Bird prize. Get your ticket purchases in before 12PM on February 27th, 2019.
Purchase Your Tickets Here!

 


Come visit us at the BC Sportsmen's Show March 1-3!
Use our special promo-code: WILDLIFE2019 to receive $2 off your tickets to the show!
We will be selling Conservation Lottery tickets, Rifle Raffle tickets, merchandise and memberships all weekend long! Come check it out and come say hello!
Get your tickets here!

 


Come visit us at the Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show March 2 - 3!
Come join us at the Vancouver Convention Centre March 2nd and 3rd and spark your wanderlust at the Outdoor Adventure Show!
Learn about the programs and workshops we offer for anyone who seeks adventure!
Learn more about the Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show here!

 


Vancouver Giants Outdoorsmen Night
There will be a lot of free giveaways at the Vancouver Giants Outdoorsmen Night on Friday, March 1st 2019 at the Langley Events Centre! Use our promo-code: BCWF for 25% off your tickets!
This hockey night is an outdoors spectacular featuring Bass Pro Shops, Silvercore Training, Cap It, Swellfish Boats, Mark’s Work Warehouse, Freshwater Fisheries, and many more Outdoor Companies! We will also be drawing the winners for the Vancouver Giants team jerseys.
Doors Open 5:30pm l Puck drop 7:00pm

 

BCWF Programs


Register for Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) Today!
Registration for the first BOW program for 2019 in Maple Ridge is now open!
BOW is an all-inclusive outdoor skills weekend for women from all backgrounds and abilities. The BOW Program package includes accommodations, meals, and four hands-on workshops.
Reserve your spot today here!

 

 


 

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, February 7, 2019.

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Improving Wildlife Management
“Working with other organizations will increase the effectiveness of our advocacy which will help reverse the trend in declining wildlife and habitat values across the province.”



Pictured from left to right: Gerry Paille (BC Wildlife Federation); Sean Olmstead (Guide Outfitters Association of BC); John Bergenske (Wildsite); Joe Scott (Conservation NW); Johnny Mikes (Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative); Jessie Corey (CPAWS); Brian Dack (BC Trappers Association); Dr. Jasper Lament (The Nature Trust of BC); John Henderson (Wildlife Stewardship Council); Jesse Zeman (BC Wildlife Federation); Rod Davis (The Wildlife Society – BC Chapter); Mike Schroeder (Wild Sheep Society of BC); Mark Robichaud (BC Backcountry Hunters and Anglers)
The Government of BC is in Phase Two of consultation about ways to improve wildlife management and habitat conservation in the province.  The BCWF representative to the process is Wildlife Allocation Chair Gerry Paille.
In advance of the two-day government consultation at the end of January, BCWF representatives met with members of the conservation community to find common ground.  The group agreed on a number of common goals with regards to funding, science and social support. Each representative who attended the Improving Wildlife Management and Habitat Conservation two-day workshop was asked to open with “one big idea.” The BCWF’s statement incorporates many of those common messages:
The BCWF is recommending a new model that conserves, restores, and sustains wildlife and habitat through a commitment to long-term increased government funding and additional funding sources to develop, monitor and meet sustainable landscape level objectives for both wildlife and habitat.  Objectives need to be specific measurable, achievable and legislated with equal authority to other resource legislation and support licensed hunters and First Nations in harvesting game animals.

 


Board of Directors Meeting
The BCWF Board of Directors volunteered to spend the last sunny weekend in January to conduct the business of the organization. Director of strategic initiatives Alan Martin led the Board in a strategic planning exercise designed to review, update and set the strategic priorities for the BCWF for 2019. The Board concentrated on a one year strategic plan to ensure all efforts are aligned and measurable progress is made to move organizational issues forward. This will be finalized in the coming months. Also, a commitment was made to review policies in place so they may be updated where needed. 2019 resolutions submitted by the resolutions committee were reviewed and approvals were made to go to convention. The board is also developing board orientation documents and processes to bring new directors up to speed as soon as possible.
Regional Presidents reported on important issues in their region. Neil Fletcher, Wetlands Education Program Manager made a presentation to the board on Wetland Projects, showing how they are growing in scope and size. Jack O’Halloran, Assistant Director of Operations presented the CORE instructor survey results as well as CORE student survey results. All results were positive. Tina Coleman, Director of Corporate Operations reported on increased membership and donation revenue over the prior year.
The 2019 Conservation Lottery has really taken off and preparations are underway for the Selective Fishing Forum on March 13 as well as the AGM and Convention on May 8 – 11, in Fort St. John.

Issues that continue to be the focus are:
  *   Heart of the Fraser
  *   Roundtables on Moose
  *   Improving Wildlife Management
  *   Caribou in Northeast
  *   Southern Resident Killer Whales and fishing closures
  *   Interior Fraser Steelhead

 


Southern Interior Mule Deer Project Update
Our Southern Interior Mule Deer Project team was busy throughout December capturing more adult does and fawns in our study areas. They have captured deer via net-gunning from helicopters and ground darting. They will be moving to ground capture with clover traps in the coming weeks. Given this is a first effort at such a large-scale project for B.C. we are learning a lot about capturing and collaring deer.
You can read the full update on this project here.

 

63rd BCWF AGM & Convention Updates


Nominate a Conservation Superhero today!
You have just over a week to get your nominations in to honour individuals and member clubs for outstanding hunting, angling and conservation achievements in 2018!
If you know of someone that fits the ticket, nominate them today!
Nominations are being accepted until February 15, 2019
Awards will be presented at the BCWF's 63rd annual AGM & Convention this May, in Fort St. John.
For a full list of awards and the award submission, click here.

 


 Have you bought your tickets to this year's Annual General Meeting and Convention?
Join us for our Annual General Meeting and Convention in Fort St. John from May 8th to 11th, 2019! The theme for this year’s AGM is Predator-Prey Dynamics.
Registration Forms for the 2019 BCWF AGM & Convention are now available – delegates that register before March 15th, 2019 receive an Early Bird Discount of $50. Please visit our website for more information on pricing, accommodations, evening events, and more.
Come listen to the words of our Keynote Speaker Virgil Moore!
Virgil Moore recently retired as the Director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game after a 42-year career in wildlife management. During his career, he also served as Director of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Deputy Director for Idaho Fish and Game, Fisheries Bureau Chief for Idaho Fish and Game, and numerous other positions for the department’s fisheries and information and education bureaus.
Other Speakers include:

  • Chad Day - President, Tahltan Central Government
  • Evelyn Merrill - Professor, Department of Biological Science at the University of Alberta
  • Kyle Stelter - President, Wild Sheep Society of BC
  • Marco Festa-Bianchet - Professor, Department of Biology at the University of Sherbrooke
  • Mark Boyce - Professor of Ecology, Department of Biological Science at the University of Alberta
  • Mike Morris - Elected MLA, Prince George - Mackenzie
  • Kevin Kriese - Chair, Forest Practices Board

We have great activities lined up for youth and spouses attending this year's AGM.
Youth will be entertained with a range day on Friday May 10th followed by a River Boat Adventure, provided by Peace Country River Rats, and a geocache treasure hunt on Saturday, May 11th.
For spouses, we offer a more relaxed and scenic look at the Peace Country. Friday May 10th will kick off with a river tour to take in all the splendors of the Peace region, followed by a relaxing day filled with activities to rejuvenate the body and soul on Saturday May 11th. This day of wellness will include hot yoga, a couple hours at the spa, and an afternoon tasting locally made wines and enjoying the simple pleasures the Peace region has to offer.
RegistrationForms for the 2019 BCWF AGM & Convention are now available online at bcwf.bc.caor simply click here.
Delegates who register before March 15th, 2019 receive an Early Bird Discount of $50!

 

 

Other News & Events


Come visit us at the Vancouver International Boat Show!
We will be at the Boat Show until February 10th! 
At the event we are raffling off two Shimano Clarus mooching Rods, two Shimano mooched plus 400gt. (reels spooled), and an assortment of fishing tackle. Tickets are $5!
We are also selling our 2019 Conservation Lottery tickets. We have our Conservation Lottery second prize on display. Come check out the Swellfish Outdoor Equipment Co. 470 Angler Boat on display and just think of the possibilities! 
We hope to see you there!
For more details click here.

 

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You have one more day left to support youth archery in a big way!
For our scholarship awards for the 2019 NASP BC Provincial Tournament, NASP® International has pledged to match donations made towards our NASP Scholarship Program up to $2,000!
Based on the 2017 NASP® International Student Survey, when asked "Has NASP helped you feel more ‘connected to’ and a part of your school?" 58.1% of students responded "Yes".
Double your impact today by donating towards our NASP Scholarship Program and help dedicated archers pursue their academic and career goals.
Please designate your donation to the 2019 NASP Scholarship Fund today!

 

 


 

January's Rod and Gun meeting will be on Wednesday, January 30th at 7:30pm

See everyone on the lower level of the Senior's Hall!

 


 

Caribou herd disappears from Kootenays after last cow relocated

https://www.cranbrooktownsman.com/news/caribou-herd-disappears-from-kootenays-after-last-cow-relocated/?fbclid=IwAR1UabkcXhwWcvWEMH4eXjDQJnVXIyU5u6AaegDsQGpZy6rHEB1cFz-bRy4

 


 

‘A sad day’: two more B.C. mountain caribou herds now locally extinct

https://thenarwhal.ca/a-sad-day-two-more-b-c-mountain-caribou-herds-now-locally-extinct/

 


 

Hello everyone! Below is an example of a letter we would like every member to send to our MP and MLAs.

It is regarding the Lack of public consultation regarding the Section 11 Conservation Agreement for the Central Selkirk Caribou Herd

Please copy and paste and send it to the following people:

Hon. Catherine McKenna, MP
Cabinet Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Catherine.McKenna@parl.gc.ca

Hon. Sean Fraser, MP
Parliament Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Sean.Fraser@parl.gc.ca

Hon. John Horgan, MLA
Premier, Province of British Columbia
Premier@gov.bc.ca

Hon. George Heyman, MLA
Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
ENV.Minister@gov.bc.ca

 

 

Re: Lack of public consultation regarding the Section 11 Conservation Agreement for the Central Selkirk Caribou Herd
Dear Premier and Ministers:
My family lives in ________ in the West Kootenay Region of B.C. and I am a member of the _________.

I am disappointed to learn that caribou recovery plans are underway without any consultation or meaningful communication with the individuals and communities that will be affected by the strategy. These plans will have a potentially significant impact on my community and the surrounding area.  I am writing this letter to ask that the federal and provincial governments hold an open and transparent process when developing the recovery strategies being developed for the Central Selkirk Caribou Herd.

I understand that negotiations are proceeding between the BC Ministry of Environment and Federal Ministry of Environment along with certain First Nations to create a new caribou habitat protection area that could cover a significant portion of the Arrow Lakes region and Central Selkirk Caribou Range. The outcome of these negotiations would have potentially long lasting impacts to the social and economic conditions and way of life for our communities.

I feel it is imperative that our Provincial and Federal governments engage in an open and transparent caribou recovery planning process that includes consultation with communities in areas affected by the plans. An opportunity to meet with the Honourable Catherine McKenna, MP, during her visit to BC in January 2019, is needed for community leaders in the Kootenay Region to express their concerns and ask relevant questions, and for the government to outline their proposed strategy including specific actions, timing and probability of success.

I will look forward to your response and starting meaningful dialogue.

Yours truly,


 

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, November 29th, 2018

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Have you had your say on whether Thompson and Chilcotin Steelhead should be listed as endangered?
You have just a few days left to have your input heard by the government on whether Thompson and Chilcotin Steelhead should be listed endangered under the Species at Risk Act (SARA).
The BCWF wants goals set for steelhead and slamon stocks on the Pacific Coast to ensure that their genetic diversity and habitats are preserved. Government must support immediate implementation of the recommended COSEWIC listing for Thompson and Chilcotin Steelhead and follow the SARA regulations to save these iconic species from extinction.

Read our full stance here.
You have until December 2nd to have your say.

 


BCWF Wins Budget 2019 Recommendations!
The provincial all-party Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services has released its report on the 2019 Budget Consultation.
Among the committee’s unanimous recommendations are numerous solutions proposed by the BCWF. Thanks to the Spruce City Wildlife Association and Kamloops Fish and Game Association for also contributing their expert submissions to the budget process.
Here are a few committee recommendations regarding Fish and Wildlife Conservation and Management:
25. Increase funding for fish and wildlife habitat management, conservation, protection and restoration.
26. Increase funding for land use planning in line with the mandate to modernize land use planning, and sustainably manage BC’s ecosystems, rivers, lakes, watersheds, forests and old growth.
27. Improve data collection and analytics for wildlife management, distribute wildlife funding on a regional basis and give regions authority over spending
Read the full report Here.

 

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Raise Your Voice, Sign the C-71 Petition!
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, Bill Blair are in the process of examining the possibility of a ban on handguns and "assault weapons." Members of Canada's firearm owning community understand that a ban of this kind will unfairly punish the owners of semi-automatic rifles and handguns and will seriously endanger the future ownership of any kind of firearm. 
While a handgun and semi-automatic rifle ban may not affect every firearm owner directly, it sets a dangerous precedent by affirming the flawed idea that banning and confiscating privately owned firearms is the solution to crime and gang violence.
An e-petition has been set up to oppose this ban. By signing the petition, you are:

  • Challenging the dangerous narrative that Canadians support the proposed ban
  • Opposing the Canadian Coalition for Gun Control, led by Wendy Cukier, who has launched a competing e-petition in support of the proposed ban (e-1923).
  • This e-petition is an integral aspect of a much larger effort against the ban, involving political engagement in various forms.

Sign the e-petition, e-1883 Here.

 

2019 Conservation Lottery begins Saturday, December 1st, 2018!
It is that time of year again! The 2019 Conservation Lottery begins on December 1st, 2018! This year we have so many great prizes. Tickets will go on sale December 1st for $10 per ticket. Good luck!
Early Bird Prize: Liberty ProVault 18 Gun Safe
2nd Prize: Swellfish Outdoor Equipment Co. 470 Angler Boat & Tohatsu Motor
3rd Prize:WestJet Gift of Flight Voucher valued at $2,900
4th Prize: Alliance Outdoor Group Rambo R750C G3 Electric Bike Mossy Oak Camo Edition
5th Prize: Delux Wall Tent - 14x16 Wall Tent with Porch & Electric Frame
6th Prize: Vortex Viper HD 10x42 Binoculars with Chest Harness & Ranger 1800 Yard RangeFinder
7th Prize: Italian Sporting Goods $500 Gift Card
8th Prize: Mark's Commercial $350 Storm Tech Jacket & $150 Gift Card
9th Prize: Backroad Mapbooks Adventure Package
10th Prize:Husky Gas $250 Gas Gift Card
To purchase tickets please visit www.bcwf.bc.ca or call 1-888-881-2293.
If you are in the Lower-Mainland this weekend, please visit us at Cabela's Abbotsford on Saturday from 10am - 4pm and buy some Conservation Lottery tickets. We hope to see you there!

 

 

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#ThankyouThursday
We want to say a big thank-you to all of our donors, supporters and members!
It’s because of your time, support, gifts and dedication to the BC Wildlife Federation that we’ve been able to fulfill our mission to protect and preserve BC’s Fish, Wildlife and Habitat over the past 63 years.
From all of us here at the BC Wildlife Federation, Thank-you!

 

 


 

Hello everyone!

November's Rod and Gun meeting will be on Wednesday November 28th.

As normal, it's held downstairs in the Senior's Hall.

See you at 7:30pm!


 

Attention Members. The following CBC interviews should be LISTENED TO and THOUGHT ABOUT by Club Members (as well general public).

The available research numbers are mostly quite dismal… but not all. Some may wish to write- off the species as one of Darwin's "Unfit for environmental change", but many do not. 

STAY TUNED TO THE NAKUSP ROD AND GUN CLUB'S WEBSITE TO LEARN OF THE UPCOMING PUBLIC MEETING TO BE HELD IN DECEMBER 2018. AT THIS TIME THE PLIGHT OF THE MOUNTAIN CARIBOU IN OUR AREA WILL BE DISCUSSED. POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS, WHICH MAY WELL EFFECT LARGE PARTS OF THE WEST KOOTENAYS, MAY ALSO BE DISCUSSED. WE SHOULD KNOW WHAT PLANS ARE BEING PROPOSED AS THIS GEOGRAPHIC AREA IS OUR BACKYARD.

 

 

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-april-16-2018-1.4621215/how-a-b-c-caribou-herd-on-verge-of-extinction-is-making-a-comeback-1.4621233

 

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/september-2-2017-1.4270740/to-save-endangered-caribou-shoot-a-moose-1.4270762


 

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, November 15th, 2018

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Fall Harvest
There are Nine Days left until the Fall Harvest Celebration!
Have you purchased your tickets yet?
Celebrate BC’s wilderness with us this season at BCWF’s first ever Fall Harvest Celebration!
Come and learn about the work of Marvin Rosenau, Ken Ashley and Mark Angelo on Defending the Heart of the Fraser. It’s important that we all come together to defend one of the largest Salmonid and White Sturgeon habitats in Western Canada.
Also, don’t miss out on a chance to sample wild eats made just for this event by Tammy Wood, Top 10 MasterChef Canada contestant and Tiffany Bader, Red Seal Chef superstar. Craft Brew will be provided by our local drink sponsor, Four Winds Brewery! All food and drinks are included in your ticket price.
Auction items include a five hour Victoria Fishing Charter for four from Island Outfitters, a mountain helicopter tour for up to four people from Sierra Helicopters, exciting outdoor adventures, luxury resort and hotel stays, local beer and wine, original wildlife artwork, outdoor apparel and much more!
BCWF Members receive 25% off their ticket to the Fall Harvest Celebration!
To purchase your tickets click Here or call the office at 604-882-9988.

 

Wetlands
You're invited to join the BCWF Wetlands Education Program at the Ungulate Winter Range Habitat Improvement Project Open House on November 17th, 2019! 
The BCWF and the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD) are partnering on a large-scale Ungulate Winter Range Habitat Improvement project near Newgate, BC on a Provincial Conservation Property.
The open house is on Saturday, November 17th at 1:00 PM at Earl Bar 40 Ranch.
Restoration specialist Tom Biebighauser and representatives from both FLNRORD and BCWF will be present to give tours of the area. Light refreshments will be served at the Quonset located on-site.
Landowners and members of the surrounding communities are invited to attend.
For more information & updates on the project, please visit our website Here.

 

BCWF Conservation LotteryAttention Clubs! Order your Conservation Lottery tickets Now!
A huge thank you goes out to all Clubs that worked so hard selling tickets during the 2018 Conservation Lottery. We sold a record number of tickets and could not have done it without your support. Thank you!
We go into the 2019 Conservation Lottery with a goal to sell-out all 20,000 available tickets. This year we have some fantastic prizes and are thrilled to announce the grand prize -
A 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 SXT Crew Cab 4x4!
We’ll need your assistance again this year. To show our thanks for your efforts, we are offering prizes for the 3 clubs that sell the most tickets.
1st Place Prize: $500.00 BCWF Prize Pack
2nd Place Prize: $250.00 BCWF Prize Pack
3rd Place Prize: $100.00 BCWF Prize Pack
If your club is interested in selling tickets, please complete the order form as soon as possible. Tickets will be available for sale December 1, 2018. You can find the order form HERE.
For more information about the 2019 Conservation Lottery, please contact Jessica Vestergaard, Development Coordinator, 604-882-9988, or giving@bcwf.bc.ca

 

Stuffy Program

 

Membership Survey 2018The North Peace Rod and Gun Club’s Wildlife Raffle has launched!
All funds raised will go towards wildlife and eco-restoration projects in Region 7B
Purchase your tickets Here!

 

Don't miss out on these deals!

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Backroad Mapbooks 25th Anniversary Contest
Backroad Mapbooks 25th Anniversary Winter Adventure Contest is in full swing.
Enter for your chance to win The Penthouse XL Roof Top Tent!
Complete the entry form Here. 
To stay up to date on all BRMB adventure contests, Like and Follow their Facebook Page.

 

BCWF Members now receive discounts at Bass Pro
We are excited to announce that BCWF Members can save more while shopping at Bass Pro!
Show your BCWF ID at Bass Pro to receive 15% OFF your next purchase!

 

More Member savings at Mark's!
BCWF Members get early access to Mark's storewide sale today, November 15th! Get a jump on savings by shopping early and take an extra 30% OFF storewide!
Can't Make the Sale?
Your BCWF membership card has a barcode on the back that provides a 10% discount on regular priced sale items. Please, always scan your BCWF Membership Card so 3% of your purchase goes back to the BCWF!
Don't have your updated membership card yet? No problem, just take this email with you on your phone or print it out, and get the sales clerk to scan the following barcode:

 

 

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Our belated October meeting will be held on Wednesday November 7th!

See you downstairs in the Senior's hall at 7:30!


 

BC draws ire from scientists over caribou plan:

Click HERE to read!


 

Results from a BCWF member survey:

Click HERE to read!


 

Here is an opportunity for everyone to voice their thoughts on pistols and assault weapons:

Click HERE to read!


 

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, October 18th, 2018

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Have you bought your ticket yet to the Fall Harvest Celebration on November 24, 2018?
One of the many reasons why you should attend the Fall Harvest Celebration is Sossy Outdoors’ Tammy Wood will be there making wild game hors-d’oeuvres for you to enjoy. 
Tammy Wood is a born and raised British Columbian with a deep-rooted passion for hunting, fishing, and creating wild game and seafood recipes for all hunters and anglers to enjoy! Since her debut on master Chef Canada, Tammy has launched herself into the culinary and hunting world with Wild Game and Seafood recipes.
You can find Tammy’s latest Tasty Tuesday recipe Here.
Also, did we mention that BCWF Members receive 25% off their ticket to the Fall Harvest Celebration!
To purchase your tickets click Here or call Krystine at our office 604-882-9988.

 


Resolutions
Deadline for Resolutions at the 2019 AGM & Convention in Fort St. John is December 31st, 2018
Draft Resolutions emanating from BCWF Member Clubs must be approved by the BCWF Region prior to the December 31st deadline.  
Read the BCWF Resolutions Manual here.
Read the BCWF Resolutions Flowchart here.
Draft Resolutions must be received by the BCWF office prior to or on December 31st, 2018.
It can be emailed to projects@bcwf.bc.ca or mailed to the office at:
BC Wildlife Federation, Attn: Michelle Galang #101, 9706 – 188 Street Surrey, BC V4N 3M2
BCWF Award Nominations
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 BCWF Awards, which will be presented at the 2019 BCWF AGM & Convention.
Visit the BCWF website Hereand select the AGM Awards menu for more information, deadline dates, and to download nomination forms.

 

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Start Your Hoilday Shopping with BCWF!
Beginning October 29th and running to December 24th when you:
Spend $100.00 at the online store you will receive a Piercing Spectacle Print (from acclaimed wildlife artist Denis Mayer Jr. Artist of the Year 2017, and 2011)
Spend $200.00 and receive both Piercing Spectacle and Home Sweet Home Artist of the Year prints 2017 and 2011
Spend $500.00 or more and receive both prints framed and mounted "a retail value of $400.00"
Visit our online store today and take advantage of our current promotions. Don't miss out!
Click to start shopping HERE!

 

 

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We’ll be featured on WildTV
Keep an eye out on WildTV next week. Our PSA on the Heart of the Fraser will be broadcasted on WildTV starting next week.
Don’t have the channel? Have no fear, you can watch our PSA here.
Please share the video with your friends and family, and help us spread the message of the importance of Defending the Heart of the Fraser!

 

In Other News

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New website launched to provide public easier access to Crown land
The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development launched a new website to provide the public with easier access to Crown land use applications. The site features interactive maps and an improved system for providing updates on the status of applications. The ministry manages more than 3,500 applications for Crown land use annually, according to a news release.
Visit the new website here.

 

BC Moose Tracker App
This fall FLNRORD is asking that you record your observations of moose using the BC Moose Tracker mobile device app. B.C. Moose Tracker is an official Government of British Columbia app that allows hunters to play an important part in moose conservation and management.

The app lets users upload information on the number, sex and location of moose they encounter in the wild directly to a province-wide database. The data will help the Province monitor moose populations by alerting staff to emerging issues. The app was developed in collaboration with the BC Wildlife Federation and with the financial support of the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.
Download the app on the Google Play Store here or at the iTunes store here

 

Events

Come on out this Saturday to the Vancouver Giants’ game!
We will be at the Vancouver Giants' home games every Saturday night, starting this weekend. Take a look at the calendar to see what games you should attend!
Buy your tickets today and come on by and say hello this Saturday night as the Vancouver Giants take on the Portland Winterhawks!

 

 


 

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, October 4th, 2018


You're invited to our Fall Harvest Celebration on November 24, 2018 at the Fraser River Discovery Centre!
Save the date for our inaugural Fall Harvest Celebration on November 24th, 2018. The evening will have drinks from Four Winds Brewing Company and hors-d’oeuvres featuring red seal chef Tiffany Bader and Sossy Outdoors, Tammy Wood.
Featured speakers at the event include BCWF President Harvey Andrusak, BCWF Director of Fish and Wildlife Restoration Jesse Zeman, Founder and Chair of BC Rivers Day and World Rivers Day Mark Angelo, Director of the BCIT Rivers Institute Ken Ashley and Fish Ecology instructor at BCIT Marvin Rosenau. The evening will also include a live auction with one of the top prizes being a 5-hour fishing charter out of Victoria for 4 people donated by Island Outfitters. 
To purchase your tickets click Here.
 or call Krystine at our office 604-882-9988.


Calls for Round Table Answered
The B.C. government has announced the formation of a roundtable to address how to improve moose populations and hunting opportunities in the Tŝilhqot'in National Government territory and surrounding areas. Read government release here. 
In response to concern about the wildfires on moose populations in August, the B.C. Government rescinded 68 Limited Entry Hunt (LEH) moose authorizations for resident hunters. The Tŝilhqot'in subsequently called for a ban on moose hunting for the upcoming hunting season and blockaded a public road to restrict access to their territory.
The BCWF applauds the efforts of the Tŝilhqot'in National Government and Minister Donaldson in moving forward with this moose co-management agreement. The BC Wildlife Federation has been calling for a roundtable for some time and is very pleased with this agreement to kick-start a collaborative approach to managing wildlife in the Tŝilhqot'in territory and adjacent areas. As a solution-based organization, the BCWF believes working with government and the Tŝilhqot'in Nation is critical to making a positive difference to increase the moose population. The BCWF recognizes the Tŝilhqot'in Nation Aboriginal titled lands and traditional territory and has confidence that science and traditional knowledge can be used collectively in the conservation and management of wildlife.
Read our full news release Here.

 

 

BCWF Website PhotosYou have until 2PM today to Help us Win $10,000!
The Aviva Community Fund is donating $1 million to fund charitable initiatives across Canada. The 50 Small Ideas with the most votes will each receive a $10,000 prize.
The BC Wildlife Federation is competing in the Aviva Community Fund competition and, if we win, will attribute the $10,000 towards the youth program. The 50 ideas with the most votes will be selected to win!
We need your help to win $10,000! Simply go to the Aviva Community Fund Website, go to our idea page,register to the Aviva Community Fund Website and cast your votes. 
"Please help support the 2019 BCWF Youth Program. This last year we hit a record breaking 122 youth all over BC with our camps. We aim to set a new record next year.
Receiving this $10,000 prize will help us run more camps, more programs, and make 2019 a year to remember!" - Chris Lim, Youth Program Coordinator

Education is a critical value for the BCWF. The future of British Columbia relies on educating the public – especially today’s youth – about sustainable management of our natural resources including fish, wildlife, and habitat.
Every vote will bring us one step closer to $10,000! Please cast your votes today before 2PM to support the BCWF youth program.
VOTE HERE!

 

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Support the BCWF and help us mobilize our conservation efforts!
This past summer the BCWF truck was involved in a terrible accident. Luckily, none of our staff were hurt, but our truck was totaled.
CFOX is hosting a contest "Give-A-Ram-A" where they will give a worthy charity a 2018 Ram 1500!
BC Wildlife Federation offers free and low-cost programs around the Province to restore degraded environments, build stewardship capacity, and connect children and youth to nature.Our truck allowed us to mobilize our staff and volunteers to reach communities across BC, and to pull a trailer full of equipment and tools. As an example, the Wetlands Program delivers over 12 workshops a year and engages in on-the-ground habitat enhancement projects around the Province. As well, our Youth Program provides nature camps and leadership training to kids ages 9-17. If we win the "Give-A-Ram-A" we will be able to continue to bring nature to the classroom and the classroom to nature!
Please vote for the BCWF and in 100 words or less tell them why the BCWF deserves a new truck!
VOTE HERE!

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Wilderness Women - The First Hunt and what it takes to be a Mountain Hunter
Jenny Ly has returned from her Woodland Caribou hunt in Northern BC. This is her account of the adventure.
"Before the caribou hunt, a lot of anxiety came from the fact I wasn’t going to be able to keep up or pack out as much as the men in my group. I didn’t want to feel like a burden, or that I wasn’t pulling my weight. The insecurities that developed made me feel like I was interfering with the “boys club”, even though that was far from the truth."
Read the full story on our blog.
If you know of someone who should be featured as a Wilderness Women contact us Here!

 

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The September Rod and Gun meeting will be held on Wednesday September 26th at 7:30pm

As always, see you downstairs in the Senior's Hall!


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BCWF Member Update Thursday, September 20th, 2018


Thank You for Your Contributions!
We want to say a big thank-you to everyone who gave a gift towards National Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Heritage Day and doubled their impact! A special thank you goes out to our generous Matching sponsor, Silvercore Training! Silvercore has been a long-time partner of the BC Wildlife Federation and we are so appreciative of their ongoing support.
National Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Heritage Day, celebrated on September 15th, provides annual recognition to the important contributions hunting, trapping, and angling provide to our identity, culture and economy. Yet, it also serves as a reminder that our natural resources do not occur accidentally and we have to work hard to conserve our fish, wildlife and their habitats. Through your gift, you are not only helping the conservation of fish and wildlife, you are helping protect our outdoor heritage.
Thank you!

BCWF Website PhotosOur Committees at Work : Recreation Shooting Sports and Firearms Committee
The Victoria Fish and Game Protective Association hosted a well-attended town-hall style forum for concerned firearms owners on September 15, 2018.
Over 200 men and women from Powel River, Parksville, Nanaimo, Cowichan and south of the Malahat were in attendance. 
Municipal elections are coming up on October 20, and some urban council candidates are campaigning on promises to ban rifle, handgun and ammunition sales. Unfortunately, this is a misdirected attempt to address gang violence: It’s hard to see how targeting lawful use of firearms would even slow down gangsters.
The BCWF Recreational Shooting Sports and Firearms Committees have issued some suggested questions for members to ask municipal candidates about firearms policy, along with information to help educate others on this issue.
Read our suggested questions here.

 

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BCWF Membership has its Benefits!
Today BCWF Members can take an extra 25% OFF Storewide.
You can also save 20% off from Friday, September 21st - Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 on Mark's and Mark's Commercial products. This offer is valid instore only.
Take advantage of this limited time sale and start your weekend off right by shopping at Mark's today!

 

Membership Survey 2018
BCWF Membership Survey Reminder
If you haven't already, please take a few minutes to complete this survey. The results will be summarized online and provide guidance to the Board and in representing the interests of our membership.
Take the survey here.
If you complete your survey before October 15th, 2018 you will receive a 15% off promo-code for our online store!

 

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BCWF Youth Programs
Jump for Wildlife is just 9 days away!
Come on out on September 29th to Wildplay Elements Park in Maple Ridge.
Watch our dedicated participants take the 40 foot plunge for at-risk species. You can join the fun too with 25% of your registration fee going back to the BC Wildlife Federation.
Help us protect BC’s fish, wildlife and their habitats for present and future generations to enjoy!

 

BCWF Youth Programs
Celebrate World Rivers Day with Us!
Come join us at the Burnaby Village Museum On Sunday September 23rd for the 14th annual World Rivers Day!
We will be there from 11 – 4:30. Come by and say hello and check out our fun educational activities.

 

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THE NAKUSP ROD AND GUN RIFLE RANGE WILL BE OPENED AS OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2018.

Thank you for your understanding during the closure. As you probably know, the range was closed to ensure the safety of FIRE FIGHTING crews and helicopters working on the MCLEOD Ck. fire.

 


 

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, September 6th, 2018

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BCWF Member Survey
Dear  Valued Members,
As British Columbia’s leading conservation organization, we know our members are passionately committed to protecting, enhancing and promoting the wise use of the environment for the benefit of present and future generations. The Executive and Board bases its decisions on this understanding. However, we recognize there are some issues where decisions are made that the general membership may not agree. We would like to think that such instances are few and far between.
The following survey is our attempt to better understand who makes up our membership, where our members are from, what are their primary interests and what motivates them to want to continue to be a member of the BC Wildlife Federation.
The survey results are expected to provide a "perception check" of how the Federation is doing and what direction members would like us to take. We hope through this short survey we will receive meaningful and informative results. This is your organization and it is our hope that you will take this chance to shape its future.
Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. The results will be summarized online and provide guidance to the Board and in representing the interests of our membership.
Take the survey here.
If you complete your survey before October 15th, 2018 you will receive a 15% off promo-code for our online store!

 

BCWF Needs your Wildlife Photos
We are in the process of revamping our website and we need your help! We are looking for high resolution wildlife or landscape (from around British Columbia) photographs to rejuvenate our website.
If you think you have the perfect picture, please email marketing@bcwf.bc.ca with your high resolution photos. You will get full photo credit if we use your photo on our website

 

BCWF Wilderness Women Ambassador
Meet Jenny Ly, she is a young woman living in downtown Vancouver. She loves the outdoors, food and loves to eat healthy, that is why, with little prior knowledge, she embarked on the challenge to become a hunter.
Read her story and learn more about her hunting adventures through our blog here. 
If you would like to be our next Wilderness Women Ambassador or want to nominate an amazing & adventurous woman in your life please email communications@bcwf.bc.ca and tell us why!

 

Help Defend the Heart of the Fraser

"If you cut someone’s heart out, they cannot survive. And this is the Heart of the Fraser."

The development of two bridges proposed for the side-channel crossings to Carey and Herrling Island would mean the destruction of crucial habitat for white sturgeon, chinook, chum, pink and other salmonids. The gravel reach of these islands provides essential spawning, rearing, and migratory habitat for a myriad of fish. If these bridges are allowed and the subsequent development of these islands pursued, it would be the most damaging fresh water impact on salmon habitat in the last century. Please help us Defend the Heart of the Fraser and sign the petition.   

To learn more about the different aspects of the Heart of the Fraser read our Blog posts by visiting our website here.

 

BCWF Youth Programs Update
Another great summer for the BCWF Youth Program, reaching our highest number of campers ever: 120! four camps were run, Wild Kidz Castlegar, Dawson Creek, and Abbotsford and Go Wild Rock Creek. A fifth camp, Go Wild Lake Country, was scheduled but was cancelled due to a car accident mid-July.
We would like to thank everyone who supported us during this summers camps. We are already looking forward to the summer camps in 2019!
For updates about next years summers camps please visit our website here.

 

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Thank you for visiting us at IPE!
We’d like to thank all those who came out this past week for the Interior Provincial Exhibition in Armstrong. It was nice to speak with members on different issues. Thank-you to all those who entered into our rifle raffle, all the money raised will go back to supporting our initiatives and programs.
Our lucky winner of the Sako Finnlight 30-06 was Sorrel Schoenberger from Enderby. Patrick Fishley from Kelowna was the winner of our gift basket. Congratulations to both winners!

 

Join us at Wildplay Elements Park in Maple Ridge on September 29th, 2018!
Take a risk for BC’s at-risk species by facing your fears and jumping off the “What’s to Fear” jump at Wildplay Elements Park, with all proceeds raised going back to support the BC Wildlife Federation.
Support the BC Wildlife Federation and sign-up to Jump for Wildlife here!

 

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Members please note that the rifle and pistol components of the Rifle Range are presently CLOSED.

This measure is necessary to accommodate fire fighting operations above and behind the rifle range.

Archers may safely use the range.

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ATTENTION BCWF HUNTERS & MEMBERS

The BC Wildlife Federation would like to express our support of the Tahltan people and their communities while they deal with the large wildfires in their traditional territory. With hunting season upon us, the BC Wildlife Federation asks that members and all hunters be respectful of the situation by avoiding the fire zones and the many cultural camps within the Tahltan territory.
BCWF President Harvey Andrusak said, "We support the Tahltan in their efforts to grow wildlife populations in their territories, and we support residents’ right to hunt when there is no conservation concern about a wildlife species."
Read more about our response here.
These large wildfires put excessive stress on wildlife and their habitats, so we ask that hunters and others participating in backcountry recreational activities regard stewardship as the utmost priority. If hunters decide to go to the Tahltan's territory, they may find certain access points etc. blocked by Tahltan members.

For more information about Blockades or any other updates
visit our website under News & Updates


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