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BCWF Member Update: Thursday, August 4, 2022


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Becoming an Outdoors Woman
Registration is now open for our next BOW program, taking place in Lake Cowichan from September 30 to October 2. Enjoy a weekend away with a fun group of supportive women and learn new skills such as Wilderness Survival, Watercolor Art, Chainsaw/Axe Handling, and more!
Learn the skills you need to feel confident outdoors in a fun, relaxed, non-competitive environment! Sign up now for this all-inclusive weekend getaway now, as course selection is first-come first-served.

 
Summer Fun with BCWF!
The BCWF Youth Program team spent July 11 to 15 in Crescent Beach for their second Wild Kidz camp, which was a sold-out camp with 30 campers! Participants enjoyed the warm summer weather learning outdoor skills such as crabbing, fishing, archery, kayaking, invasive species removal, and more! Check out the full photo album from this camp.

 

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Watershed Renewal Project at B.C. First Nation Bearing Fruit as Wildlife Returning
In the wake of last year’s devastating floods, the restoration of the Yaqan Nukiy Wetland is helping nature do its job again. The floodplain is now able to provide natural flood protection by absorbing freshets, the sudden, large volume of water created by heavy rain or snow melt.
A collaboration between the Lower Kootenay Band and the B.C. Wildlife Federation, the Yaqan Nukiy Wetlands Project was hatched to restore the area’s natural function as a floodplain and a habitat for moose, elk, grizzly bears, mule deer, waterfowl and fish, such as sturgeon and burbot.

 
Register Today for Parksville-Qualicum Map our Marshes Workshop!
Join the Wetlands Education Program team in Parksville-Qualicum Beach for a FREE 1.5-day workshop August 20-21 in partnership with the Mid Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society and Arrowsmith Naturalists. This workshop will introduce you to wetland ecosystems, plant identification, and basic mapping skills that will help you protect and conserve wetlands! Wetlands can filter water, mitigate flooding, and provide critical habitat to hundreds of species, but unfortunately, they are disappearing at an alarming rate and need our protection.

 

 
Register Today for Fish Habitat Workshops!
Our Fish Habitat Stewardship Workshops in Golden and Invermere are still open for registration! These workshops are a great opportunity for professionals and members of the community to gain valuable skills in the field of fish habitat restoration, connect with other environmental stewards and local First Nation communities, hear from knowledgeable speakers on a variety of important topics, and to develop a better relationship with streams in your area. Join us in Golden on August 6th - 7th and in Invermere on August 12th - 13th!

 

 
Happy B.C. Day!
Monday, August 1 was B.C. Day and we celebrated the diverse ecosystems and landscapes of our province. B.C. is home to over 50,000 species of plants and animals, which is more diverse than anywhere else in Canada. On our blog, we have highlighted some facts about B.C.’s ecosystems and the Vancouver Island Marmot, Canada’s most endangered mammal, as well as showed some ways you can get involved in conservation initiatives to support fish, wildlife and habitat in B.C.

 
Contribute to Steelhead Research
We are sponsoring a research project to examine population dynamics and the potential risks and benefits of hatchery production to save endangered Thompson River Steelhead.
A UBC post-doctoral researcher will provide data and science-based recommendations to support steelhead recovery. The BCWF has partnered with a federal funding agency, but we need to raise $15,000 to make this project happen.
You can read an article summarizing the issue from Business In Vancouver and donate using the link below.

 
Remembering Thomas Jones
On behalf of the B.C. Wildlife Federation and the CORE department, we are sending our heartfelt condolences for the loss of Thomas Jones. Thomas was a dedicated CORE Examiner with almost 40 years of experience educating citizens of our province about safe and ethical hunting. We are grateful to him for the years of service to our province and the CORE program and he will be greatly missed.

 

 

 
Upcoming Events at our Member Clubs
The Spruce City Wildlife Association is hosting Bugles & Burgers, two Elk Calling Seminars, on August 10 and 11. Come listen to World Champion Bugler Travis O’Shea talk about elk calling strategies and tactics. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased here.
The North Shore Fish and Game Club is hosting their annual Salmon Open Derby on Sunday, September 4 from dawn until 2:00 pm. There is a $50 entry fee and more information can be found here.
Does your club have an upcoming public event or fundraiser? Email communications@bcwf.bc.ca to let us know!

 

 

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Join over 17,000 others in signing the petition calling upon the Government of Canada to immediately repeal the shadow registry on licensed firearms owners issued April 29, 2022. Sign the petition here before August 10.
Neil Fletcher, Director of Conservation Stewardship, comments on how animals stay cool during a heatwave  using strategies such as spending more time in water and sleeping through the hottest parts of the day.
"The B.C. Wildlife Federation is demanding that predation and habitat loss be addressed instead, arguing there is minimal benefit in reducing the resident harvest." Read more on why emotion is trumping science-based wildlife management here.
July 24 was National Bog Day! Bogs are unique peatland ecosystems that can be found across B.C. and provide invaluable functions for the climate, biodiversity, and human wellbeing. Read more here.

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BCWF Member Update: Thursday, June 23, 2022


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Updates from Jesse Zeman
Jesse discusses updates on hunting regulations, firearms advocacy, a big win for wild Pacific salmon with the closure of salmon farms, and one last reminder to get your 50/50 tickets before the lottery closes at midnight on June 24 for a chance at splitting a $230,000+ jackpot with us!

 

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The Jackpot is over $230,000!
There are just over 36 hours before the close of 50/50 draw ticket sales. Our jackpot has reached over $230,000, and is rising every hour, which means that the lucky winner and our conservation programs will be each receiving over $115,000! What would you do with all of those winnings?
Proceeds from the 50/50 draw will be supporting important conservation and education initiatives including fish and wildlife habitat restoration, education programs for youth, women, seniors, and people with disabilities, controlled burns in the Interior, and the Southern Interior Mule Deer research project.
The winner will be drawn at 1:00pm on Monday, June 27, 2022 at the BCWF Office: 101 - 9706 188th Street, Surrey, BC.

 
National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 21 was National Indigenous Peoples Day. On this and every day, we celebrate the cultures and contributions that Indigenous peoples have made to Canada. The BCWF is honoured to collaborate with such impactful individuals that work to improve the outcomes of B.C.’s wildlife, fish and habitat for present and future generations. This Indigenous People's Day, we would like to spotlight the work done by Indigenous communities and individuals connected to the BCWF.
This art piece is a panel from an illustrative comic of June Johnson of Wei Wei Kai First Nations' narrative by Chenoa Gao, Muskeg Lake Cree Nation member & Conservation Illustrator for the B.C. Wildlife Federation's Wetlands Workforce.

 

 
Firearms Registry & Legislation Update
How you can take action against the long-gun registry and onerous new gun control laws? Before this project goes too far, demand that it be halted and subjected to proper public scrutiny. Let your MP know that taxpayers’ money should be applied to the true causes of violent crime in Canada.
Learn how to contact your local government officials and how to effectively communicate your message by following the link below.

 
Letter to Minister Katrine Conroy regarding bighorn sheep and goat hunting
Chuck Zuckerman, President of the BCWF, and Glenn Flynn, President of the East Kootenay Wildlife Association, have written an open letter to The Honourable Katrine Conroy, Minister of Forests, to address the improper decision making in relation to bighorn sheep and goat hunting opportunities in Region 4.
We hope that they will listen to our concerns and fulfull our requests. Please share this letter, and contact your own MLA, especially if you live in Region 4.

 
Thompson-Okanagan post-fire road closures have turned into a free for all
The B.C. Wildlife Federation is calling for a science-based return to restricted backcountry access to fire-damaged forests after Ministry of Forests road closures have devolved into chaos. Two access permits were provided to mushroom pickers, but they were photocopied and now vehicles are doing untold damage to this already fragile landscape.
"It now appears any commercial operators including guides, ATV tour operators and anyone with a commercial interest is exempt from the closures, while the public is locked out.”

 

 
Chronic Wasting Disease Advocacy
The BCWF's Region 8 recently attended a training session on sampling deer for Chronic Wasting Disease. Help us monitor for CWD by submitting your deer heads to designated locations for testing. Submission is mandatory in for white-tailed & mule deer harvested in MUs 4-1, 4-2, 4-3, 4-4, 4-5, 4-6, 4-7 & 4-23 within one week of harvest.
Learn more about Chronic Wasting Disease and how to submit samples for testing here.

 

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Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program renewed for a third year!
Congratulations to Creston's Allan Mather who has won the Grand Prize in year 2 of the Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive program -  a $15,000 Marlon Boat package from Jones Boys Boats!
The West Arm Outdoors Club and the B.C. Wildlife Federation are thrilled to announce the launch of Year 3 of the  program, featuring exciting new prizes (including a Ford F-150 Tremor and a Polaris side by side), along with the return of the youth fishing derby and monthly draws.
Anglers are encouraged to harvest rainbow and bull trout in the main body of Kootenay Lake and then turn in the heads to local depots for a chance to win a monthly or grand prize.

 
Last Chance to Register for the 2022 Maple Ridge Fish Habitat Stewardship Workshop on June 25 and 26!
Registration closes at 11:59 PM tonight, Thursday June 23rd.
This workshop will be made possible thanks to the collective efforts of the Alouette River Management Society (ARMS), experienced guest speakers and enthusiastic participants. A few featured speakers include Larissa Lau from the Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver who will discuss local invasive species and different treatment options during a site tour, and Kim Ives from BCIT who will be teaching participants about Fish Habitat Assessment Procedures and leading an assessment of a side channel connected to the Alouette River.
If you are interested in learning about traditional land and resources uses, native fish and wildlife ecology, invasive plant identification and treatment, stream ecosystem health assessments and more, follow the link below! We look forward to seeing our members there!

 

 
The Youth Team is Ready for Summer!
The Youth Department is ramping up the fun and excitement, as we get ready for Wild Kidz and Go Wild! This summer we are joined by Youth Program Interns Kyle & Bryan, Camp Leaders Lucas & Sarah, and Canadian Conservation Corps Intern Krysten & Kylie. We are so excited to be joining the youth of B.C. this summer and are looking forward to all the adventures ahead!

 

 
Upcoming Events at our Member Clubs:
The Lake Windermere District Rod and Gun Club is holding their Bighorn 3D Archery Shoot on July 9 & 10, 2022. Visit lwdrodgun.com and view their calendar of events for more information, or email bighornshoot@gmail.com.
Does your club have an upcoming public event or fundraiser? Email communications@bcwf.bc.ca to let us know!

 

 

 


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More to Explore!
The Federal Government is accused of failing to act to save prime salmon and sturgeon spawning habitat on the Fraser River from vehicle damage.
Sea lice levels at B.C. salmon farms are found to be five times higher than the limit, risking wild populations.
Become a citizen scientist by slapping mosquitoes! A B.C. researcher needs your help collecting mosquitoes so that he can analyze them and the diseases they may carry.
If you are going fishing on the Cowichan, be sure to pick up one of the maps from the Haig Brown Fly Fishing Association before you go!

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BCWF Member Update: Thursday, June 9, 2022


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Updates from Jesse Zeman
Jesse Zeman discusses the state of wildlife management in British Columbia, the lack of opportunities for resident hunters as a result of moving species to LEH, road closures in the Okanagan, volunteer opportunities with the Southern Interior Mule Deer project, the 50/50 draw, and controlled burns. Also, don't forget to get your LEH draws in as soon as possible!

 
Advocacy for Hunters, Anglers, and Firearms Owners
The B.C. Wildlife Federation has been working hard on education and advocacy campaigns. Jesse Zeman and Doug Bancroft have spoken at length on firearms ownership in Canada and the steps required to acquire and retain a PAL. We are also calling for better wildlife management across the province after the most recently released hunting regulations did not take the recommendations of scientists into consideration. 
Here are some of our recent articles:
CBC News: B.C. makes contentious change to moose, caribou hunt in northeast (5.5 million readers)
The Toronto Sun: B.C. firearms retailers report handgun sales spike in light of new restrictions (2.9 million readers)
The Vancouver Sun: Set aside your differences, B.C. leaders, to protect nature. (1.1 million readers)
Castanet: Kelowna firearm owners say Liberal gun-control measures miss the mark (1.1 million readers)
Since May 1, 2022, B.C. Wildlife Federation messages have reached over 100 million subscribers via 282 news articles and numerous radio and television interviews.

 
Conservation Webinar Series: The Shadow Registry for Firearms
How did this ‘shadow registry’ come about? What do we know about the cost and effectiveness of this measure? What action should hunters, sport shooters, and collectors be taking?
Hear BCWF Recreational Sport Shooting Committee Chair Doug Bancroft's presentation on what this 'shadow registry' means for firearm owners in British Columbia.

 

 
Your 50/50 draw tickets support our Wetlands Education Program
Every year, the Wetlands Education Program (WEP) team works to restore, enhance, and conserve wetlands across our province, and teach the technical skills required to empower community members to steward their own wetlands. They also partner with private landowners to restore wetlands on their properties, often in areas of their land that were unproductive due to constant saturation. 
Learn more about the Wetlands Education Program on the Bog Blog!

 
Apply for the 2022 Wetlands Institute
Apply today for the 2022 Wetlands Institute, taking place from September 19th to 25th in the Kootenay-Boundary Region.
This 7-day environmental stewardship workshop is coming to Grand Forks, Slocan and Trail, B.C. It is with great excitement that we bring this course to these areas free of charge for those that have a Wetland project that benefits British Columbia. Restoration activities featured at this year's Institute will have participants assisting in restoring wetlands at Cambridge and Violin Lake Reservoirs in Trail, and the Flood Mitigation Project in Grand Forks, B.C.

 

 
B.C.'s Family Fishing Weekend
June 17 to 19, 2022 is B.C.'s Family Fishing Weekend! The provincial government waives the requirement for residents to buy or carry a non-tidal (freshwater) basic fishing licence, allowing everyone an opportunity to get together with family and friends and try fishing!
You can find more information and events near you by visiting the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC's website
Special "thank you" to the clubs who will be hosting an event!

 

 
Learn to Steward a Local Stream!
Join the Fish Habitat & Riparian Stewardship Workshop in Maple Ridge on June 25 & 26!
This workshop is possible thanks to the Alouette River Management Society (ARMS). A few featured speakers include Larissa Lau from the Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver who will discuss local invasive species and different treatment options, and Kim Ives from BCIT who will be teaching participants about Fish Habitat Assessment Procedures and leading an assessment of a side channel connected to the Alouette River.

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Citizen scientists sought for B.C. wildlife study
If you have one day a year to spare, you can play an important role in a multi-year international study of B.C.’s mule deer. The BCWF is looking for people who are passionate about wildlife and the outdoors to commit to a one-day backcountry adventure once a year to service the cameras.
The next phase of the SIMdeer Project will involve examining millions of images to identify the animals captured on camera, along with the time and location, to begin data analysis. This phase will also require volunteer citizen scientists.

 

 
Send a Kid to Camp!
Give the gift of summer fun and adventure! Until the end of June, you can donate to help send under-resourced youth to camp. Simply write ‘Youth Camps’ in the note and select the Youth Camps designation and 100% of your donation will go towards helping bring summer fun to the youth of B.C. $500 will cover the full cost of sending a child to camp, but all donations are welcome.
To donate today, please visit https://bcwf.bc.ca/donate/.

 

 
Upcoming Events at our Member Clubs:
The Gold River Rod and Gun Club is hosting a sporting clay shoot on Saturday June 11, 2022. Learn more on their Facebook page!
The Creston Valley Rod and Gun Club is hosting a Ladies introduction to Fly Fishing July 9th at 1:00pm at Riverside Park. Check out their Facebook page and contact Cathy for more information.
Does your club have an upcoming public event or fundraiser? Email communications@bcwf.bc.ca to let us know!

 

 

 

More to Explore!
If you hunt moose in the Skeena region, ensure that you comply with the compulsory moose inspection. It provides important, detailed information that allows wildlife managers to better monitor moose populations and ensure a sustainable harvest! View the infographic here!
Lloyd Polack, a BCWF member from the Armstrong & District Fish & Game Association, took bronze Friday at the Pan Am youth and masters archery championships in Nova Scotia. Congratulations, Lloyd!

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BCWF Member Update: Thursday, May 26th, 2022


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B.C. turns its back on science with changes to wildlife management
“The government has allowed Treaty 8 territories to be damaged by industrial development, but rather than address that problem, B.C. has opted to impose hunting regulations that have no basis in science,” said B.C. Wildlife Federation Executive Director Jesse Zeman. “B.C. employs dozens of ecologists and wildlife managers, but completely ignores them.”
You can read the list of 2022 Limited Entry Hunting regulation changes here.

 
LEH Applications are Open
The Province has released the LEH Synopsis for 2022. It was delayed due to the hunting regulation decisions in the Peace. The deadline to submit your application is June 16, 2022. The BCWF has met with the Province and agreed to a shortened timeline to ensure hunters get their notifications early. Please get your applications in early. Good luck!
Read the synopsis here.

 

 
BCWF opposes backdoor resurrection of failed long-gun registry
The B.C. Wildlife Federation opposes the federal government’s attempt to resurrect the failed long-gun registry, which came into effect this week disguised as a license verification regulation.
“We need to address real public safety issues and that includes adhering to strict penalties for crimes involving guns and stopping the flow of smuggled handguns across our border from the United States,” said BCWF Executive Director Jesse Zeman. “The target of public safety legislation should be criminals, not farmers, hunters, and outdoor enthusiasts.”

 
Conservation Webinar Series: The Shadow Registry for Firearms
How did this ‘shadow registry’ come about? What do we know about the cost and effectiveness of this measure? What action should hunters, sport shooters, and collectors be taking?
Hear BCWF Recreational Sport Shooting Committee Chair Doug Bancroft's presentation on what this 'shadow registry' means for firearm owners in British Columbia.

 

 
2022 BCWF 50/50
Did you know that the BCWF’s Fish Habitat Restoration and Education Program team is working towards a future in which freshwater ecosystems are healthy, sustainable, and valued by local communities? In 2021, in collaboration with the Wetland Workforce, they led a Fraser Estuary Clean-Up, which removed over 9,000kg of debris from the Fraser River shoreline. They also host a wide variety of webinars to provide education and outreach from the comfort of home. Find out more on their website!
Buy your 50/50 draw tickets to contribute to their great work!

 
Maple Ridge Fish Habitat Stewardship Workshop
Date & Time: June 25 and 26, 8:30 – 4:30
Location: Alouette River Management Society
Through collaboration with the Alouette River Management Society, the Fish Habitat Restoration and Education program looks forward to providing participants with knowledge on the traditional uses of the land, native fish and wildlife ecology, and several different ecosystem health assessment surveys. You will hear from experienced guest speakers and gain valuable hands-on skills during this unique 2-day workshop! For more information, follow the link below!

 
Restoration and Enhancement of Sharp-tailed Grouse Habitat
Open grasslands along the Peace River are being lost to natural succession and industrial development, resulting in the loss of important breeding habitat for sharp-tailed grouse. Approximately 130ha of grouse habitat will be restored this year via prescribed burns. This important restoration initiative will also improve winter range for elk, mule deer, and moose.
Thank you to Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, North Peace Rod & Gun Club, The Peck Family, Yellowhead Helicopters - Fort St. John, Ridgeline Wildlife Enhancement, and the BC Wildfire Service

 

 
Register Today for Summer Fun!
Summer is only a few weeks away, and our Youth Programs team is excited for a season of fun and adventure with BCWF summer camps!
This year, we are visiting several communities across B.C., including Fort St. John, Invermere, Dawson Creek for our Wild Kidz day camps, and Peachland for Go Wild, an overnight leadership & conservation camp.
Learn more and register today. Space is filling up quickly!

 

 
Women Outdoors Skills & Experience Program presents Photography 101 – Capturing Nature on Your Cell Phone
This new women’s workshop will take place at Malcolm Knapp Research Forest in Maple Ridge on Saturday, May 28, 2022 from 9 am until 1 pm.
Explore the great outdoors and capture beautiful photos without any professional equipment – just bring your phone! Join Vancouver-based professional photographer Paula Wallis (paulawallisphotography.com) and learn the basics of composition, lighting, focus, and distance to create stunning nature shots. Then go on a walk to practice!
A guest speaker from the Invasive Species Council of BC will share some interesting things that you might come across on your walk and explain the importance of citizens being their eyes and ears on the ground to report invasive species in British Columbia.
You’ll walk away with a gallery full of shots to post on social media, newfound confidence in your cell phone photography skills, and a chance to win a prize from one of our sponsors in a draw at the end of the workshop!

 
Upcoming Events at our Member Clubs:
Saturday June 4 is National Range Day! If your club is hosting an event, or if you are looking for an event near you, please visit https://nationalrangeday.ca/
The North Thompson Fish and Game Club will be hosting their Open House on Saturday July 2, 2022. Learn more at https://norththompsonfishandgameclub.ca/
Does your club have an upcoming public event or fundraiser? Email communications@bcwf.bc.ca to let us know!

 

 

More to Explore!
This opinion article calls upon B.C.'s elected officals to put aside their differences in the interest of protecting wildlife and habitat.
The Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program enters its third year of offering prizes to anglers who help remove predatory rainbow and bull trout from Kootenay Lake.
Backroad closures are in effect due to 2021 wildfires in portions of the Thompson, Okanagan, and Kootenay regions. Check all motor vehicle restrictions and prohibitions before you head out.
Thank you and great job to the B.C. Conservation Officer Service for their work in penalizing two men in connection with the poaching of three moose in Kelowna. We only think the fines should have been higher.

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BCWF Member Update: Thursday, April 28th, 2022


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A Message from Jesse Zeman
Jesse discusses our new Board of Directors, the success of the Online Auction, and our efforts to promote science-based wildlife management in Region 7 and at the DFO.

 
Update to BC Bill 4
The provincial government has reconsidered and rejected several new regulations that could have shut down more than 100 shooting ranges across The Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Mike Farnworth, has decided that new requirements affecting shooting ranges will not proceed, after a concerted effort by the BCWF and member clubs to point out the unintended consequences of Bill 4.
Led by BCWF president Chuck Zuckerman and recreational shooting sports committee chair Doug Bancroft, the team met and communicated in writing with ministry staff to explain the consequences of draft regulations proposed by the implementation of Bill 4 affecting range operations and educational outreach on firearms safety. Regulations proposed by the passing of Bill 4, such as verification of multiple pieces of ID at all ranges on entry, requiring paid staff, and stiff fines for non-compliance will not be enacted.
“This decision is going to benefit every member of every rod and gun club in B.C., and the law enforcement community,” said BCWF president Chuck Zuckerman.

 

 
Introducing the 2022-2023 Board of Directors
We'd like to thank our outgoing Board of Directors for their service this past year, and all that they have accomplished for the B.C. Wildlife Federation. We would also like to extend our thanks to all those who were nominated for this year's election.
We are excited to announce that our newly elected Board of Directors consists of:
President Chuck Zuckerman
Vice Presidents David Lewis and Mark McDonald
Treasurer Jeff Ayre
Directors Darlene Clarke, Charla Gaudet, Mike Langegger, and Jenny Ly will be joining current Directors Rob Chipman, Alan Dabb, Brad Klock, and David Oliver.

 

2022 BCWF 50/50
For the Protection of B.C.’s Fish and Wildlife and Conservation of Our Environment
Buy tickets for our 50/50 draw today and win up to $496,250!
Proceeds will fund controlled burns in the dry Interior, the Southern Interior Mule Deer Project, our wetland and fish habitat restoration teams, and programs for women, seniors, and youth!
The deadline is midnight on Friday, June 24. The more tickets you buy, the greater the jackpot grows!

 
BOW is Back!
We are happy to announce the return of our BCWF BOW weekend event May 13th-15th at Camp Winfield in beautiful Lake Country, BC.
You'll pick up a new skill or two, and make lots of new friends in the process! Courses offered include Archery, .22 Marksmanship, and Wilderness Survival!
Registration is now open, for details and information please visit https://bcwf.bc.ca/bow/

 
Early Bird Registration for Wild Kidz camps ends May 1st!
This is your last chance to take advantage of our discounted rates of $175 per camper for members and $225 per camper for non-members. Spaces are still available in our Invermere, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John camps.
• Wild Kidz – Invermere: July 25 – 29
• Wild Kidz – Dawson Creek: August 15 – 19
• Wild Kidz – Fort St. John: August 22 – 26
Regular registration closes June 22nd and spaces are limited, so register today!

 

 
Women Outdoors Skills & Experience Program presents Photography 101 – Capturing Nature on Your Cell Phone
This new women’s workshop will take place at Malcolm Knapp Research Forest in Maple Ridge on Saturday, May 28, 2022 from 9 am until 1 pm.
Explore the great outdoors and capture beautiful photos without any professional equipment – just bring your phone! Join Vancouver-based professional photographer Paula Wallis (paulawallisphotography.com) and learn the basics of composition, lighting, focus, and distance to create stunning nature shots. Then go on a walk to practice your new skills!
A guest speaker from the Invasive Species Council of BC will share some interesting things that you might come across on your walk and explain the importance of citizens being their eyes and ears on the ground to report invasive species in British Columbia.
You’ll walk away with a gallery full of shots to post on social media, newfound confidence in your cell phone photography skills, and a chance to win a prize from one of our sponsors in a draw at the end of  the workshop!

 
Upcoming Wetland Education Program Workshops
Registration is now open for:
Slocan Wetlandkeepers (June 3-5)
Crawford Bay Wetlandkeepers (June 6-8)
Rossland Wetlandkeepers (June 10-12)
Armstrong Wetlandkeepers (June 15-17)
Canal Flats Wetlandkeepers (Fencing workshop) (July 22-24)
Registration & Applications Opening Soon:
Parksville Map our Marshes (August 20-21)
Wetlands Institute - Grand Forks & Kootenay Boundary Area (September- exact dates to be confirmed)
Other events:
WEP will once again partner with the Squamish River Watershed Society for summer outreach. Come visit us at our wetlands booth at the head of the Squamish Estuary trail on July 9-10!

 
BC Hydro Compensation Funding
BCWF and the UVic Environmental Law Centre have submitted a 66-page brief to the Auditor General of British Columbia calling for a full audit of the Crown corporation’s funding of the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program. BC Hydro is obligated to compensate for the impacts of its operations on fish and wildlife and their habitat. To uphold these legal and moral obligations, BC Hydro annually funds the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program to distribute the Hydro funding to individual fish and wildlife compensation projects. But rather than spending that money on habitat restoration to actively compensate for the damage caused by the footprint impacts of its dams, those funds flow to ordinary government functions such as monitoring, studies and public education.

 

 
The status of Grizzly Bears in B.C and why the hunt ended
There are a few isolated grizzly bear populations in southern B.C. that are struggling, but evidence suggests that most others have been increasing and are now becoming stable, are still increasing, or are relatively large and have likely been stable for decades.
But although most populations are healthy, the grizzly bear hunt ended five years ago. Why did this happen?
Dr. Bruce McLellan retired 3 years ago after researching grizzly bear ecology in several locations in British Columbia for over 40 years. He is most known for his 43 year and ongoing study of bears in the Flathead Valley.

 
Upcoming Events at our Member Clubs:
Join the Nicomekl Enhancement Society at their Hatchery (5263 232nd St., Langley) on Saturday April 30th between 11am and 2pm for their annual open house and salmon release! Visit their website for details!
The Campbell River Fish and Wildlife Association is hosting a 3D Archery Shoot on May 14 and 15. For entry fees and more information, contact rodsaunders@telus.net or visit their Facebook page!
Does your club have an upcoming public event or fundraiser? Email communications@bcwf.bc.ca to let us know!

 

 

More to Explore!
Chilliwack's newly built Hooge Wetlands played a cruical role during last fall's flooding by absorbing enough excess water to keep nearby dykes from collapsing. BC's new budget is allocating $30 million toward watersheds.
A study on the Nicola River shows the importance of freshwater conditions, particularly water level, on salmon populations.
Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boats and fishing equipment to prevent the spread of invasive species, such as this parasite impacting salmonids.

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UPDATE: Moose Hunting Slashed in Peace Region

 

 
BCWF Responds to Proposed Reduction in Moose and Caribou Hunt
Moose harvest for BC hunters slashed as a result of a court ruling that cites cumulative impacts of industrial activity impacting treaty rights. Jesse Zeman addresses this pressing issue that affects all hunters, anglers, and outdoor recreationalists in British Columbia. Click the video below for Jesse's take on this issue, read our press release, and look at the bottom of this email for how you can respond.

News Update: For Immediate Release
UPDATE: Moose harvest for BC hunters slashed as a result of a court ruling that cites cumulative impacts of industrial activity impacting treaty rights
A government proposal will see the moose harvest for local resident hunters cut by as much as 50 per cent in the Peace-Liard River region of northeastern BC.  Caribou hunting will be closed across the region for all licenced hunters.

The Government of British Columbia has negotiated a deal that will see 195 forestry, oil and gas projects proceed in the traditional territory of the Blueberry River First Nation. Another 20 industrial projects in Blueberry territory are still up for negotiation, according to the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation.

The government has abandoned decades of science-based wildlife management, according to B.C. Wildlife Federation executive director Jesse Zeman. This is not a sustainability issue. The proposed agreement will severely curtail moose hunting for British Columbians in areas with the highest moose densities in B.C. while negotiations on permitting for industrial activities continue.

Sustainable Caribou and Moose hunting in the Peace-Liard currently supports 5,957 resident hunters and their families, who spend a combined 56,000 days enjoying Supernatural B.C. These every day British Columbians also put more than $18.4 million in hunting related expenditures.

Among the expected impacts of the deal:

- The number of BC residents allowed to harvest moose for food in the region reduced by 70 to 80 percent.

- A loss of more than $14-16 million in hunting-related economic activity from resident hunters.

- The allowable harvest of moose reduced to fewer than 650 animals, from a population that can support a sustainable annual harvest of 4801 to 7455 animals.

“Ordinary British Columbians who hunt for food are being traded-off in favour of resource extraction,” said Zeman. “The BCWF is concerned that this is the tip of the iceberg and that these kinds of deals are coming to parks, campsites, streams and lakes in British Columbia.  After two years of this pandemic the province should be encouraging British Columbians to get outside and enjoy nature; instead it’s telling them they’re not welcome in the Peace and they should stay at home.  The government’s approach puts science, fish, wildlife and habitat, as well as the mental and physical wellbeing of present and future generations of British Columbians last.”

The settlement was mandated by the court to address a very specific issue.

The Supreme Court of British Columbia ruled late last year that the Blueberry River First Nation’s treaty rights to hunt, trap and fish in their territory have been breached “by allowing industrial development in Blueberry’s territory at an extensive scale.”

According to the court’s ruling, “the cumulative effects from a range of provincially authorized activities, projects and developments (associated with oil and gas, forestry, mining, hydroelectric infrastructure, agricultural clearing and other activities) within and adjacent to their traditional territory that has resulted in significant adverse impacts on the meaningful exercise of their treaty rights, and that amount to a breach of the Treaty.”

“The BCWF has similar concerns as outlined in Blueberry’s case against BC, and in fact, declined to testify on behalf of the Province. For years both Treaty 8 Nations and the BCWF have pushed the provincial government to focus on wildlife management and habitat restoration in the region,” said Zeman. “This proposal does nothing to address the impacts of industrial activities nor does it provide support for on-the-ground actions that benefit wildlife and habitat in Treaty 8 territory.  Successive governments have had more than a decade to respond to the concerns of Treaty 8 nations and stakeholders, but didn’t.  Our government is trading away the rights of British Columbians in order to continue unsustainable industrial resource extraction instead of working with First Nations, local governments, industry, stakeholders and the public on solutions that work for wildlife and all involved.”

The BC Wildlife Federation fully supports the rights of First Nations to hunt and fish in their traditional territories for food, social and ceremonial purposes and our commitment to conservation and habitat restoration is shared between First Nations and non-First Nations.

What Can You Do?
Please remember that the issue here is the response of the BC government.
You can login to the AHTE website and submit feedback directly on this proposal.
You can use your BCeID account to submit feedback on Angling, Hunting, and Trapping here.
BUT reaching out to your MLAs is also important!
You can also contact your Member of Legislative Assembly directly and let them know that you disagree with their decision to negotiate closures and reduce hunting opportunities for licensed hunters in the Peace Region.
Visit our website for a pre-written letter that you can submit directly to your MLA.

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BCWF Member Update: Thursday, February 17th, 2022


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The Future of Outdoor Recreation in BC is at Risk
The BC government is negotiating reducing access to outdoor recreation in northeastern BC, rather than reign in industrial development and risk losing revenue. The harvest rate for moose in the northeast is well below the sustainable level, but they want to implement an LEH. Caribou hunting could be closed entirely. Hiking, fishing, camping, and other outdoor activities will be impacted. This is a radical shift from science based wildlife management, and the precedent would have devastating and far-reaching consequences for all outdoor users in BC.
Watch Jesse Zeman's latest video with updates on this issue, and visit our website to find information on how you can take action:

 

SAVE THE DATE - Join the Conversations for Conservation!
Featuring expert guest speakers in their fields of fish, wildlife, and habitat conservation, as well as government representatives speaking on federal and provincial firearms legislation, a Silent Auction, convention vendors, and other fun surprises!
Our 66th AGM & Convention will be held virtually via SW Event Technology on April 23 and 24.
Stay tuned for more details on registration, how to register as a delegate, and how to apply to be on the BCWF Board of Directors!

 

Please take a moment to login to your BCWF online account and ensure that your contact information is up to date so that you receive all of our communications for the AGM, current advocacy issues, membership updates, and more!

 
Young Conservationist Scholarship Program 
 
Do you know a youth passionate about conservation and leadership? Applications for the 2022/23 cohort of the Young Conservationist Scholarship Program opens today! We are looking for passionate youth in grade 11 and below who want to further develop their leadership skills with an 8-month program. Participants have the chance to win a $1,000 minimum scholarship!
Young conservationists will get an opportunity to develop and lead a conservation project in their school or community with workshops, professional development sessions, and resources provided by BCWF.
Applications close March 18th - learn more and apply today!

 

 
Women Outdoors: Skills & Experience Program
The Women Outdoors: Skills & Experience Program will be offering its first workshop of 2022, Outdoor Safety and Introduction to Basic Map & Compass Navigation on Saturday, March 26, 2022.
The hands-on workshops are designed not only to educate participants on the basics of safe outdoor recreation, but are also intended to increase awareness, self-confidence, and foster a deeper connection and respect for nature.
The 4-hour workshop will include basic outdoor safety, an introduction to map and compass navigation in a small group setting with an opportunity to put these new skills into practice. Plus, you’ll have a chance to win some amazing prizes from our sponsors.

 
Learn about the Joseph Creek Restoration Project
Hear from Todd Hebert, Executive Director of Columbia Outdoor School, about the Joseph Creek Restoration Project in Cranbrook, B.C in a video interview made as a part of the Cranbrook Wetlandkeepers Workshop. Our Wetlandkeepers workshops give participants the technical skills you need to steward your own wetland.
To learn more about our previous and upcoming wetland programs, visit our website!

 
Juvenile Sturgeon Conservation Video
Have you seen our latest video showcasing the ‘tag and release’ process for recording juvenile sturgeon in the lower Fraser River? Check out our Facebook page to see how experienced guides tag and record juvenile sturgeon, with the help of dedicated BCWF volunteers.
 
If you would like to join in this exciting event, sign up for our final Juvenile Sturgeon Conservation Workshop in-person fishing day. We would like to thank the Fraser Valley Angling Guides Association for their ongoing support in this workshop.

 

 
Wetlands: Hope in a Time of Uncertainty
In celebration of Wetlands around the world, we invite you to join us at the Wetlands Workforce project Showcase Webinar | Wetlands: Hope in a Time of Uncertainty.
Event Details:
March 4, 2021
11:00am – 12:30pm (PST)
Online webinar via Zoom
 
We look forward to sharing our actions and learnings through this one-year project and hope to inspire and demonstrate the value of longer-term funding for watershed protection and conservation.

 
Applications for BCWF Internships Now Open!
Are you interested in being a part of a dynamic team who works to support conservation throughout the province? Applications for BCWF summer internships are now open! We have several exciting opportunities available across BCWF departments, including Conservation Stewardship, Marketing & Communications, and Programs & Administration. Apply today!

 

 
Conservation Series Webinar
Join us on Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022, 7:00pm for the next edition of the BCWF’s Conservation Webinar Series. Tracy Andrews and Kevin Kriese from the Forest Practices Board as they present on the topic: Improving Forest Practices to Protect Water.
The webinar will cover the following areas:
* Forest licensees in BC generally follow legal requirements to protect water, and some licensees do more; but impacts to fish habitat, drinking water, roads, and infrastructure still occur.
* Based on fifteen years of field experience, the Forest Practices Board has identified four opportunities to improve forestry legislation and policy to protect water:
1. Better public involvement through planning;
2. Managing for cumulative effects and climate change;
3. Reduce sediment from roads; and
4. Watershed restoration.

More to Explore!
If we're going to harvest less timber in the Okanagan, controlled burns will be even more important to the landscape. Jesse Zeman explains why in his interview with Kelowna Capital News.
The Golden District Rod & Gun Club discusses the challenges that this year's extreme weather posed to the Blaeberry River Confluence Restoration Project, done in partnership with the Healthy Watersheds Initiative.
Buy a ticket for the North Peace Rod & Gun Club's raffle to support their 2022 conservation projects!

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BCWF Member Update: Thursday, January 20th, 2022


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Updates from Executive Director Jesse Zeman
We're working hard to ensure that the BCWF is meeting all our objectives for 2022 and that our work aligns with our vision, mission, and values. Thank you to all our members for their support as we tackle prescribed burns, wildlife population declines in the Kootenays, and more! Hear the latest updates straight from our Executive Director, Jesse Zeman:

 
Bring Outdoor Education to your Classroom!
Looking for a fun and safe way to engage with your students or youth organization? We’re offering reduced pricing on our Virtual Classroom Education programs to support our B.C. educators. Select one of our awesome virtual programs to provide your kids with a unique and hands-on learning experience. Make virtual learning fun again!
For more information check out our website to peruse our Program Guide or email youth@bcwf.bc.ca for details.

 

 
Gain Hands-on Juvenile Sturgeon Conservation Experience!
Don't miss the opportunity to learn about White Sturgeon in the Lower Fraser River this winter! Join us for select dates throughout January and February where you can engage with experts in the field about sturgeon conservation in B.C. and make an impact to conserve this prehistoric species!
We have both in-person and virtual workshops you can participate in, and community members of all experience levels are encouraged to join!

 
Stay tuned: Wetlands Education Program Workshops
The WEP team will be visiting Chilliwack, Parksville, Spallumcheen, Rossland, Cranbrook, Crawford Bay, Slocan and Grand Forks to deliver fun and engaging workshops on wetlands in your community!
 
Interested in our workshops? Join our mailing list and get information on upcoming wetland workshops, opportunities to participate in conservation movements, and more!
 
In addition to these workshops and projects, the WEP team will be providing Wetland Predictive Mapping Training in the Peace region and conducting monitoring and maintenance on wetlands in the Kootenay region.
*Please note, this year's funding has not been fully confirmed, and there is a possibility some of these workshops may change

 

 
BCWF Annual Award Nominations
Do you know of any conservation projects that went above and beyond this year to do great work? Check out the Barsby Trophy for Conservationist of the Year, the Roderick Haig-Brown Project Award, or the Frank Shannon Junior Conservation Award.
Has your favourite angler made a great catch this year? Nominate them for the Lee Straight Fishing Award!
Perhaps you know a hunter who deserves recognition? See if they qualify for the Bert Palmer Memorial Big Game Award.
We'd love the opportunity to recognize our members for their achievements this year, but we need nominations! Please submit your nominations by Feb 14, 2022!

 
Southern B.C. Cougar Collaring Project
A huge THANK YOU to Jodi McKay, a BCWF Region 8 director and a director of the Southern Okanagan Sportsmen's Association, who has generously secured $2,500 for the Southern B.C. Cougar Collaring Project. We appreciate your participation in this incredible conservation initiative!

 

 
North Sylva Ammunition Recall
North Sylva has determined that certain ammunition is not suitable for use. Please check your ammunition to see if any you purchased is affected by this recall, and contact alan@northsylva.com to have it returned.
For more information, please see the recall notice here.

 
Proposals to amend the Canadian Migratory Birds Regulations
No regulatory changes are proposed for the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 hunting seasons in British Columbia, but if you would like to see changes, or if you are concerned about proposed changes in other provinces, please take this opportunity to submit feedback.
Consultation is open until Feb 14th, 2022.

 
Conservation Series Webinar
Join us on Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022, 7:00pm for the next edition of the BCWF’s Conservation Webinar Series. Tracy Andrews and Kevin Kriese from the Forest Practices Board as they present on the topic: Improving Forest Practices to Protect Water.
The webinar will cover the following areas:
* Forest licensees in BC generally follow legal requirements to protect water, and some licensees do more; but impacts to fish habitat, drinking water, roads, and infrastructure still occur.
* Based on fifteen years of field experience, the Forest Practices Board has identified four opportunities to improve forestry legislation and policy to protect water:
1. Better public involvement through planning;
2. Managing for cumulative effects and climate change;
3. Reduce sediment from roads; and
4. Watershed restoration.

 

 
Pandemic support for B.C. hotels, commercial recreation businesses will receive pandemic supports
Many of our members love to work outdoors, so we suspect that some of you might be interested in the Tourism Accommodatio and Commercial Recreation Relief Fund. Tourism businesses that have been affected by public health measures may be elegible for funding. Please check it out if you think you might be eligible!

 

 

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BCWF Member Update: Thursday, December 9, 2021


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Give a Gift to Wildlife this Holiday
It’s more important than it has ever been to give a gift to wildlife by supporting conservation in our communities.

This holiday season, make a wish come true for wildlife and donate. Your donations to the B.C. Wildlife Federation help to ensure the sound, long-term management of British Columbia’s fish, wildlife, and outdoor recreational resources through advocacy, education, and stewardship.

 
BCWF Announces New Executive Director
The BCWF is thrilled to annouce that we have a new Executive Director, Jesse Zeman!
Jesse brings a wealth of experience from a diverse background including sports, aviation, business and development, conservation, and a deep appreciation for the environment around him. Jesse has spent many years speaking on the behalf of the B.C. Wildlife Federation as Director of the Fish and Wildlife Rehabilitation Program. We are excited to continue working with him!
In his first statement as Executive Director, Jesse notes, "British Columbia is suffering from decades of mismanagement of our fish, wildlife and habitat.  As the largest conservation organization in British Columbia, I believe the BCWF has tremendous untapped potential which can help restore our failing fish and wildlife populations.  I'm looking forward to working with the membership, clubs and board of directors to turn the BCWF into a tenacious, dedicated, results-based conservation organization."

 

 

 
The Danger of Pigs in the Wild
Have you thought about the danger of pigs in the wild? There are no native wild pigs in Canada. BC needs an action plan for the prevention of accidental and intentional release of domestic pigs, as well as dealing with pigs once they are in the wild. Pigs reproduce rapidly and are already causing widespread problems in parts of Canada and the U.S.A.
Click below to read about the BCWF's work with the Invasive Species Council of BC and the University of Saskatchewan to develop an action plan to prevent wild pigs from becoming established in BC.

 
Give the Gift of Membership
Gifting your loved ones a year of B.C. Wildlife Federation Membership shows that you support their outdoor recreation activities, their safety, the environment, and the future of our province.
It's a gift they'll be thrilled to unwrap this holiday.

 

 
Engage Now in Hunting Regulation Proposals
Are you concerned about changes to hunting regulations? The BCWF is calling on members to provide specific positive and negative feedback on hunting regulation proposals for 2022-2024.
It is critically important that BCWF members provide their feedback on regulation proposals, both on proposals you have issues with and proposals that you like. Click the link below to read about how you can respond.

 
Thank you and Happy Holidays!
The Fish Habitat Restoration and Education Program Team would like to thank our dedicated volunteers, partners, and funders for helping us successfully complete our projects this year.
In 2021, our projects were supported by the Freshwater Society of BC, Pacific Conservation Assistance Fund, New Horizons for Seniors Program, Province of BC’s Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program, Alouette River Management River Society, Cougar Creek Streamkeepers, Fraser Valley Angling Guides Association, and by kind donors such as you.
We are looking forward to accomplishing even more in 2022!

 

 
2021 Wildlife Resolution Progress
Are you interested in the progress on the wildlife-related resolutions for the 2021 AGM?
The Wildlife and Allocations Committee is tracking movement on glyphosate research, Limited Entry Hunting, Chronic Wasting Disease, the Provincial Hunting and Trapping Advisory Team, and Together for Wildlife. Read more here.

 
It’s time to ensure your voices are heard.
The B.C. Wildlife Federation asks that you send forth your resolutions for review. Resolutions to be considered for debate at the 2022 AGM must be passed by the Region and be received by the BCWF Office or Resolutions Committee Chair no later than 11:59 pm, December 31, 2021.
Click the link below for criteria and submission information.

 

 
In Memory of Glenn Auger
We are saddened to inform you that Glenn Auger, Indigenous Advisor for the Wetlands Workforce, has passed away.
Glenn brought that passion to the Wetlands Workforce, serving as a role model to our partnering Northern Light College students who were starting their careers in environmental guardianship work. He was always patient and treated each relationship he had with our staff with care and solid guidance. He left a legacy that will be carried on by the teams he mentored.
He will be deeply missed by all those he impacted.

 
Conservation Webinar: Dec 14, 2021
Wildfire is an essential process in forest ecosystems, but can be incredibly destructive in the wildland-urban interface, as we experienced again during the 2021 fire season.
How can we revolutionize forest management so that wildlife can successfully coexist with wildfire?

 

 
Federal Funding for Flood Damage
If your club or hatchery has been affected by the recent flooding in BC, there may be federal funding available to help rebuild. Our President, Chuck Zuckerman, has been in contact with Fin Donnelly, the Parliamentary Secretary for Fisheries and Aquaculture, and he would like to hear from you. Please email communications@bcwf.bc.ca for contact information.

 

 
Southern B.C. Cougar Project
A huge thank you to the Oceola Fish and Game Club and their president, Nick Kozub, and to Pat Whittingham, Regional President of the BCWF Okanagan Chapter, for donating $5,000 and $2,500, respectively, towards the Southern B.C. Cougar Project.
These donations will make a huge difference to the monitoring work being done this winter. If you are interested in volunteering, please click here to find out how to get involved.
To learn more about the Southern B.C. Cougar Project, please check out the recording of our recent webinar!

 

 

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The December R&GC meeting will be in-person on December 8th!

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BCWF Member Update: Thursday, October 28, 2021


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It’s time to ensure your voices are heard.
The BC Wildlife Federation asks that you send forth your resolutions for review. Resolutions to be considered for debate at the 2022 AGM must be passed by the Region and be received by the BCWF Office or Resolutions Committee Chair no later than 11:59 pm, December 31, 2021.
Click the link below for criteria and submission information.

 
Wetlands Workforce Calls for Continued Investment in Water Security
The BCWF joined other water-focused conservation groups to call for continued investment in water security during the 2022 Provincial Budget Consultations.
President Chuck Zuckerman and Wetlands Workforce Indigenous Liaison Glenn Auger made presentations to the all-party Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services. 
The Wetlands Workforce pointed to the resounding success of its program in its first year, which has delivered much-needed care to more than 70 wetland and watershed conservation projects across the province. In addition, the submission outlines why effective collaboration with non-governmental partners and Indigenous communities must continue.

 
BCWF Leaders Meet With Government on Bill 4
Bill 4 has passed Third Reading and Royal Assent. It is now the law. The drafting of Regulations for this bill continues to be of great concern to the BCWF, member clubs with ranges, and our members.

The BCWF communicated major concerns to the staff of the B.C. Ministry of Public Safety and Attorney General during initial consultation meetings.

Click below to read their full statement.

 


BCWF Women Outdoors Skills & Experience Program - New Workshop Announced!
The BCWF’s Women Outdoors Skills & Experience Program is pleased to announce our new workshop, Introduction to Basic Small Game Prep & Butchery, will take place on Saturday, November 13. Learn about making the most of your small game harvest: basic skills, tips and tricks when breaking down small game, basic prep and processing, safety tips, recipes and cooking ideas to celebrate and ethically make the best use of your harvest. Click here to register!
A few spaces are still available for our last Outdoor Safety and Introduction to Basic Map & Compass event for the year on Saturday, November 13 from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. Join us to learn the basics of outdoor safety, trip planning and an introduction to navigating with a map and compass at the beautiful UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest!
Thank you to all of the participants that came out to our last Outdoor Safety and Introduction to Basic Map and Compass at UBC's Malcolm Knapp Research Forest on Oct 16. It was a very rainy day but the weather didn’t dampen our spirits and all of our participants had a great time learning about wilderness safety and basic skills on how to navigate terrain using a compass and topographical map from instructor, Michael Major. We had women attend from Kelowna, Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast.
A big thank you to UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest once again for their support and use of the research forest as a beautiful learning environment. Thank you to our sponsor, Bass Pro Tsawwassen, who generously donated safety gear and a big backpack that all of our workshop participants will have a chance to win in the Grand Prize give away on November 13. Thank you to Silva Canada for their support and supplying the compasses used by workshop participants. A special thank you to the BC Conservation Officer Service for their support and giftbag goodies!

 
Fraser Estuary Clean-Up
The B.C. Wildlife Federation is cleaning up debris in the Fraser Estuary, as a project coordinated by the Fish Habitat Restoration and Education Program and the Wetlands Workforce Initiative. In the last three weeks the Fraser River Clean-Up crew has removed over 2.3 tons of garbage and debris from a series of small islands located at the mouth of the Fraser River. To learn more, click the button below.

 

Wetlands Workforce participated in Green Day at Ecole KLO Middle School
Jesse Zeman, MP Tracy Gray, Jody Cleland, the Constituency Assistant to Renee Marrifield, and Aanchal Mogla with the Healthy Watersheds Initiative joined the Wetlands Workforce crew at Ecole KLO Middle School in Kelowna last week for Green Day. The students learned about native and invasive plants and helped plant some new trees at the school's restored wetland. The KLO Middle School wetland is one of the 70 wetland sites the Wetlands Workforce has provided maintenance and monitoring work to over the year. The students helped the work-pod plant 250 native plants and cleaned up garbage in and around the wetland.

 
Tune in for the 2021 Wetlands Institute Speaker Series
Join the Wetlands Education Program and Wetlands Workforce for the 2021 Wetlands Institute Speaker Series!
This event offers free workshops in wetlands stewardship and restoration with industry experts and scholars. Our first workshop takes place on November 9th. Learn more about upcoming workshops & book your spot today!

 

 
Bring Archery to Your School or Youth Group!
This past weekend, BCWF Youth Programs had a record-breaking Basic Archery Instructor course, where we certified 22 new instructors over the course of 3 days in Courtenay, B.C. Congratulations to all our new National Archery in the Schools Program instructors!
Want to bring archery to your school? Book a Basic Archery Instructor course in your community today! Email youth@bcwf.bc.ca for more information.

 

 

 
Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program - Grand Prize Draw Coming Soon!
The next grand prize draw of the Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program will be November 1. The prizes are a Polaris Sportsman Quad and 3-night-stay for 2 at Coastal Springs Float Lodge. Get your Rainbow or Bull Trout heads in to depots by October 31 for the draw!
Also, if you have not had a chance to participate, the program has been extended through to May 2022! Help Kootenay Lake return to a healthier predator-prey balance by removing Rainbow, and Bull Trout, and submit the fish heads to one of four participating depots to be entered for monthly draws of $1000 and final grand prize draws!


Response to the Ministry's Region 4 Sheep Hunting Regulations Proposal
The B.C. Wildlife Federation, the BC Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, and the East Kootenay Wildlife Association have written a respose to the Ministry regarding concerns over declining sheep populations in the Kootenays and the effectiveness of the proposal to manage sheep through Limited Entry Hunting. We would like the province to engage in a thoughtful and meaningful discussion with First Nations and stakeholders to develop a recovery plan with measurable goals, including habitat restoration, that will pave a path forward to healthy sheep populations in the region. 

 

 
B.C. Government Seeks Feedback on Caribou Recovery
The B.C. government is asking for your feedback regarding predator reduction related to caribou recovery. Please ensure that you take the time to complete this survey by the November 16th deadline.

 
The Little Creek That Could
Internationally-renowned river advocate and founder of World Rivers Day, Mark Angelo, has released his first illustrated children’s book intended to inspire and drive change among budding environmental enthusiasts.
Mark Angelo was the recipient of BCWF's Ted Barsby Conservationist of the Year Award in 2013.
For more information on where you can purchase The Little Creek That Could, click here!

 

 

 

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An actual in-person meeting for the Rod and Gun Club will be held at 7pm on Wednesday October 27th, downstairs in the Senior's Hall.

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, September 30, 2021.


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BCWF Message on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Thursday, September 30th will mark the first statutory National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. We recognize the importance of this day and our collective responsibility as Canadians to create meaningful reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. This is an important opportunity for all of us to take the time to reflect, listen, and learn about the impacts of colonization and the assimilationist policies that have deeply impacted generations of Indigenous peoples, their Nations, and their families. It is also important to note that making this an official holiday is an important recognition of a cultural shift in the wider non-Indigenous community.
The B.C. Wildlife Federation will honor this day and its importance to our present and our future.  Our office will be closed on September 30th, and we encourage you to spend this time educating yourself on the Indian Residential School system, reflect on our history and imagine how we can build a better future with Indigenous peoples. 
We will continue to honor the survivors of the Indian Residential School System and those children who never made it home.

 


BCWF Women Outdoors Skills & Experience Program - October & November Dates Announced!
Two new dates for the Women's Outdoor Safety and Introduction to Basic Map & Compass Navigation at UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest have been announced. Register soon - this workshop will sell out fast!

  • Saturday, October 16, 2021 9am - 1pm
  • Saturday, November 13, 2021 9am - 1pm 

The goal of the Women’s Outdoor Safety and Introduction to Map & Compass workshop will educate participants on the basics of safe and responsible outdoor recreation with the goal of increasing awareness and self-confidence in the outdoors.


BCWF meets with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries 
This week BCWF President Chuck Zuckerman and Director of Fish and Wildlife Restoration met with Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Parliamentary Secretary Fin Donnelly to discuss the long-term defunding of renewable resource management, particularly fish, wildlife and habitat management.
The BCWF offered a number of solutions to restore fish and wildlife populations through dedicated funding mechanisms.  We also discussed the impacts salvage logging in wildfire areas will have on fish and wildlife populations if we don't change the way we manage our forests.
 The meeting was productive and Parliamentary Secretary Donnelly was very engaged.
To learn more about how to meet with your government official, please click on the button below.

 


Attention Trappers - Free Fisher Exclusion Boxes for Marten Harvest Available!
Beginning in 2021, the commercial trapping season for fishers will be closing in areas where they are endangered. To assist recovery efforts, we need your help to reduce accidental captures of fishers. The Fisher Exclusion Boxes were designed with input from trappers and do not impact marten harvest. 
The Fisher Exclusion Box is an elongated marten cubby fitted with a faceplate that is sized to prevent fishers from getting in and becoming bycatch. Click on the link below for more information.


Moose Tracker App
To supplement traditional aerial surveys, the B.C. government released the BC MooseTracker App in 2016. This free-to-download citizen-science tool enables hunters to contribute their valuable observations on the number, sex and location of moose they encounter into a central database. 
Please note that the information is only collected at a Management Unit level; it is not collecting data on favored hunting spots! The app has a map that shows management units and a copy of the BC Hunting and Trapping Synopsis.
Click on the link below to learn more about this conservation tool.

 


BCWF supports 12 UBCM Resolutions from 2021
In order to support BCWF members, staff and stakeholders across B.C. in advocacy, education and conservation work, the Access Committee Chair for the B.C. Wildlife Federation, David Oliver, has reviewed the resolutions that were passed at the recent Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) convention held on September 15 & 16, identifying 12 resolutions that the BCWF supports for conservation, advocacy and education.
Click below to read the summary.


Impacts of Pinniped Predation on BC Salmon Webinar
Join us for the next webinar in the Conservation Webinar Series on October 28, 2021 at 07:00pm. Carl J. Walters, Professor Emeritus at UBC, from the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, UBC will be presenting on:
• Seal and sealions impact on early marine survival rates of chinook and coho salmon, reducing abundances of larger fish by 80%
• Strategies for reduction and balance of pinniped and salmon populations 
Please note that the webinar will be recorded and made available on YouTube as well as shared with all registrants.

 

Become a Host Site for 2022 Summer Camps!
Want to engage youth in your rod and gun club, fish and game club, and community to become the next generation of outdoor leaders and conservationists? BCWF Youth Programs is now receiving applications for host sites for our 2022 summer camps! Teach children and youth the value of fish, wildlife and firearm safety and bring new members to your organization by hosting our Wild Kidz day camp and/or Go Wild overnight camp. Apply today by filling out this application form and emailing the completed document to youth@bcwf.bc.ca.

 


Register today for our in-person workshops at Cougar Creek in Delta!
Register for in-person workshops at Cougar Creek in Delta!
Our Alouette River Fish Habitat & Riparian Stewardship Workshops are now sold out! But there are still seats available our October 16-17 workshops at Cougar Creek. Join us to learn hands-on monitoring in stream and riparian habitat, planting native vegetation, and hearing from expert speakers about urban watershed ecology. Register below.

 

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, September 16, 2021.


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What About After the Wildfires?
The B.C. Wildlife Federation has been working with the provincial government and First Nations to proactively address post-fire recovery. The BCWF is advocating for a new approach to logging to help restore our forests and support wildlife recovery longterm. In the interim, the BCWF strongly recommends industrial and recreational motor vehicle closures to reduce environmental damage in fragile post-fire ecosystems. Clikc on the button below to read more about ongoing BCWF advocacy and education on sustainable forestry management.


BCWF Women Outdoor Skills & Experience Program
BCWF’s new Women Outdoor Skills & Experience Program kicked off its first event this past weekend with the Outdoor Safety and Introduction to Basic Map & Compass Navigation workshop at UBC's Malcolm Knapp Research Forest. All of our participants had a great time learning about wilderness safety for hiking and backpacking, as well as how to navigate terrain using a compass and topographical map from instructor, Michael Major.
A big thank you to  our partners and supporters: UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest, Bass Pro Tsawwassen, Silva Canada, the BC Conservation Officer Service and VSSL.
This is only the beginning of many future opportunities for women to learn outdoor skills in a safe space with the BCWF. Keep an eye on our webpage and social media for upcoming dates for the next Women Outdoors Skills & Experience Program workshops! For more information click below or email programs@bcwf.bc.ca.

 


2021 Federal Election Party Questions Answered
The BCWF is a non-partisan, charitable, conservation organization which does not endorse any political party or candidate. We are seeking answers to our questions and policy statements from four major political parties to identify and communicate alignment with our 43,000 members’ values over the upcoming federal election campaign. These questions are also meant to support our membership in speaking with local candidates. Many thanks to the BCWF committees, staff and executives who contributed to the development of the questions. 
Party answers submitted can be found here.


Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program - Last call for the Kids Fishing Derby!
The Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program (KLAIP) has been busy this August and September: The kids' fishing derby will wrap up soon - trout heads from the main lake must be submitted by September 30th for kidsto be eligible for the many prizes like zip line packages, new fishing equipment and kid's kayaks.
Also, the West Arm Outdoors Club and B.C. Wildlife Federation published a powerful citizen-science article focusing on solutions for the Kootenay Lake fishery, arguing that the main Kootenay Lake fishery should be fixed in less than a decade.
Last but definitely not least, David Osbaldeston, a long-time fisher on Kootenay Lake who has loved the region since he first visited 30 years ago, won the August $1000 prize for the Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program.

 


Recommendations on Harvesting Thinhorn Sheep
The B.C. Wildlife Federation and the Wildlife & Habitat Branch strongly recommend hunting only full horn curl rams of eight plus years when harvesting British Columbia's Thinhorn Sheep. Since the beginning of the 2021 hunting season (in just over one month), Conservation Officers have seized about a dozen rams from hunters because of non-compliance with the full horn curl or "over eight true horn annuli requirement", and/or failing to remove edible portions. The
B.C. Wildlife Federation's Wildlife and Allocations Committee Chair reminds hunters this season: "Use good optics and be sure before you decide to harvest an animal. The best case scenario is if the ram is full curl and over eight years old."


Region 8: Extension to Emergency Order Closing Most Streams
Senior fisheries biologists have decided to extend the recreational fishing closure in Region 8 streams until September 30, 2021. This closure includes: all streams in Management Units 8-1 through 8-15 and Management Units 8-21 to 8-23.
“While we all enjoy the opportunity to take our families fishing, conservation always comes first for the BCWF. The unprecedented drought we’re experiencing is threatening the fish stocks in our creeks and rivers with high water temperatures and low flows, and we’ve already had reports of dead and dying fish, particularly in the Kettle River system. We support these measures taken by our regional fisheries biologists to help reduce impacts on fish, and look forward to the end of this severe drought.” Pat Whittingham, Region 8 President.
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Southern B.C. Cougar Project Webinar
The next webinar in the Conservation Webinar Series is Sep 28, 2021 at 07:00 PM. Siobhan Darlington, PhD student at UBC Okanagan, will be presenting on the following topics:
• Understanding Cougar space use in disturbed landscapes
• Seasonal Cougar predation patterns and Mule Deer migration
• Preliminary findings and next steps
Please note that the webinar will be recorded and made available on YouTube as well as shared with all registrants.


Clasroom Education and  Archery in Schools! 
School is back in session, and BCWF is excited to begin offering our programs for teachers, students & clubs! Bring outdoor education to your school or youth program with Virtual Classroom Educations; lessons offered in pollinators, wildlife, leadership and more. Learn more here
Want to engage youth in your school or club in shooting sports? Book a Basic Archery Instructor course today and bring archery to your organization! Click here for more information. 

 


The 2021 Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp is here!
On Golden Pond – Common Goldeneye, painted by Ric Sluiter, will help support the conservation of wildlife and their habitat through the funds raised by the purchase of this stamp. Since 1985, proceeds from the sale of collector’s Stamps, Prints, and the Stamp required to validate the Canadian Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit have directly funded vital conservation efforts across Canada.
#whcstampmeans that every dollar invested is backed at a 1 to 1 match by non-federal government funding, which allows Canadians to make an even greater impact by supporting the Conservation Stamp.
Anyone can help support conservation through the purchase of the WHC’s Stamp! Learn more here: https://whc.org/stamp-investment/


Register today for our In-person Workshops!
Have you registered for our free 2-day Fish Habitat & Riparian Stewardship Workshops being held in Maple Ridge and Delta? Learn more below. There is limited seating available for this eventso sign up today!
Alouette River, Maple Ridge – October 2-3
Cougar Creek, Delta – October 16-17

 

 


Get 20% Off at Mark's Sept 16-26
Did you know that every member purchase at Mark's supports BCWF initiatives and programs?
Click here for the special bar code flyer. Please print and take the flyer with you to the store. 

 

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, August 5, 2021.


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Government Must Pivot to Focus on Wildfire Threat
“With hope for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic, government must now pivot attention to the looming climate change crisis and threats posed by highly destructive wildfires,” argue more than 50 scientists and experts in a white paper recently published by the Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences Department at the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBC Okanagan).
These scientists and practitioners have applied decades of experience in climate change research, wildfires, and on-the-ground operations to describe the wildfire crisis we British Columbians face and suggest a feasible course of action to mitigate the negative consequences of wildfires in the future.

BCWF 2021 Online Auction Coming Soon!
It is almost time to start the bidding wars! The BCWF 2021 Online Auction will commence August 15 and will end August 29, 2021. The BCWF is offering our members the first look at some of this years amazing auction items.
Sunset Charters is once again providing two fully guided day charters out of Prince Rupert for salmon, halibut and bottom fish. Whether you are a seasoned or first-time angler, or want to experience amazing scenery and wildlife, Sunset Charters provides the trip of a lifetime!
Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa located on Okanagan Lake has donated a 1-night stay in a 1 bedroom condo style suite. If you are looking for a beautiful getaway with your loved one consisting of wine tasting, sun soaking and Okanagan living this is the item to bid on!
Sky Helicopters is a providing 2 seats on their B.C. Backcountry flight that offers a luxurious way to take in the breathtaking scenery including alpine lakes and snow-capped mountain peaks. This flight departs from Pitt Meadows Airport.
Stay tuned for more details on the upcoming Online Auction!

 


Last Chance to Register for the Chronic Wasting Disease: Prevention, Surveillance and Response Webinar!
Don't miss out on the latest webinar in the BCWF Conservation Webinar Series! Cait Nelson, Wildlife Health Biologist at the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development will be presenting on the following topics:
• Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) – the basics
• Risks, prevention and challenges for B.C.
• Importance of surveillance
• Preparing for the 2021 season
• Response to a CWD positive in B.C.
Please note that the webinar will be recorded and made available on YouTube as well as with all registrants.

 


Caribou Recovery | July 2021 Quarterly Update
Herd planning remains a priority for the Caribou Recovery Team, but the process is going slowly and more time will be needed than originally proposed. The Government of British Columbia is engaging First Nations on caribou herd planning, but how and when stakeholders will be involved is yet to be determined. The Engage BC website will continue to be a means of providing feedback on caribou recovery. 
To read more of the BCWF Wildlife and Allocations Committee Chair’s recent report on caribou recovery, click on the button below.


Register Today for Fishing in Later Years Summer Webinars!
The Fish Habitat Restoration and Education Program is hosting interactive webinars this summer that will explore fish habitat in B.C., learn skills to identify birds in wetlands and riparian areas, and more! If you are part of BCWF’s 55+ community, click here to register for our next webinar on August 10: Virtual Tour of Chelem Trail & Hyde Creek Hatchery.
Coming soon is the August 25: Bird Identification – Wetlands and Riparian Zones presented by Clive Keen. 
To register for the August 10th webinar, click on the button below!

 

 

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, July 22, 2021.


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In the Media
Jesse Zeman, BCWF Director of the Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program wrote a piece about fire suppression and forest management in B.C. that was published in the Vancouver Sun.
Neil Fletcher, BCWF Director of Conservation Stewardship was featured in Water Canada discussing Wetlands Workforce projects that have created over 100 new jobs!
Take a Virtual Tour of the Chelem Trail with BCWF Development and Volunteer Assistant Emma Kingsland.


Chronic Wasting Disease: Prevention, Surveillance and Response
Cait Nelson, Wildlife Health Biologist at the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development will be presenting on the following topics:
• Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) – the basics
• Risks, prevention and challenges for B.C.
• Importance of surveillance
• Preparing for the 2021 season
• Response to a CWD positive in B.C.
Please note that the webinar will be recorded and made available on YouTube as well as with all registrants.


On your Mark's, Get Ready, SHOP!
Mark's is having a limited time discount, so make sure to go to your local Mark's store before this deal ends!
Pick up some safety gear, boots or replace those socks with all the holes in them. Whatever the reason, take advantage of this in-store only sale NOW!
And before you rush out the door make sure you have your member card with you at the time of purchase. Check out the Mark's website to do some online window shopping before heading to the store.
Happy shopping! 


Kids, Get Your Trout Heads in the Game – the First Youth Draw For the Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program is Very Soon!
By end of July, kids must submit their rainbow or bull trout heads to one of four local depots to participate in the August 1 draw.
The youth Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program is running for the summer. By fishing for rainbow and bull trout in the main body of Kootenay Lake, kids 15 and under are actively contributing to local conservation efforts to protect the iconic kokanee.
So far there are 30+ age-appropriate kids’ prizes, like kayaks, fishing rods and zipline adventure packets to be divided between the two kids’ prize draws – one on August 1 and one on October 1.

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Win a FREE Camp! 
We have received extra funding to sponsor 5 youth to go to our Go Wild leadership and conservation camp for the week of July 26-30th for FREE! To enter, send an email to youth@bcwf.bc.ca with a 20-word bio or story, and/or a drawing or photograph demonstrating your interest in this camp by Thursday, July 22nd. Applicants must be between the ages of 12-17 to enter.
To learn more about Go Wild, visit our website.


Borrow a GPS for your Next Outdoor Adventure! 
Members 55+ that currently reside in B.C. can borrow a SPOT Gen3 GPS from the Fish Habitat Restoration and Education Program to use on your next fishing, hunting, or other outdoor adventure. Currently, we are offering this as a FREE service as we launch this program for the summer. 
When using a SPOT Gen3, you will be given a critical line of communication when traveling beyond service boundaries. For more information about this service, or to submit a request for a rental, check out our website.


Apply Today for the Wetlands Institute!
Applications are still open for the Wetlands Institute Workshop in Comox Valley and Galiano Island. This program is an intensive 7-day hands-on workshop that educates participants about wetland stewardship, restoration, and construction. 
This year, you will have the opportunity to assist renowned Wetland Restoration Specialist Robin Annschild at the Galiano Conservancy Association's "Cedars for the Next Century" project to restore degraded forested wetland habitat. You will leave with the skills, support, and confidence you need to make a difference in the world of wetland conservation.

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, June 10, 2021.


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BCWF Conservation Webinar Series: Road Ecology in the Anthropocene: Lessons from Banff and Beyond
Register now for our next webinar in the Conservation Webinar Series "Road Ecology in the Anthropocene: Lessons from Banff and Beyond" taking place on June 29 at 7:00 p.m. (PDT). Adam T. Ford, Canada Research Chair in Wildlife Restoration Ecology & Professor at the Department of Biology at UBC will be presenting on:

  • Banff National Park has led the world in road mitigation engineering and research.
  • What are the major lessons from Banff and other global efforts to curb the impact of roads on wildlife.
  • B.C. has a long history of road ecology, but the growing impacts of resource and high traffic roads needs further attention.

Please note that the webinar will be recorded and made available on YouTube as well as shared with all registrants.


B.C. Politicians Pose Similar Questions to DFO as BCWF’s Access to Information Inquiry on Steelhead Extinction
B.C. MP Mel Arnold asks the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and Canadian Coast Guard (the person ultimately responsible for DFO fisheries decisions) 3 key questions that are highly similar to BCWF’s investigative report on the flawed management of steelhead fisheries and the imminent risk of extinction of steelhead salmon in the Fraser River.
To learn more about this issue check out the video!

BCWF Indigenous Peoples and Reconciliation Dialogue
On June 21, National Indigenous Peoples Day, BCWF will host a virtual town hall to support an open dialogue for a proactive and collaborative discussion on topics such as:

  •  Mutual interest in conservation and predator control
  •  Shared concerns about habitat loss and degradation
  •  Interpretation and roll out of UNDRIP legislation in B.C. and the
  •  Success and challenge of BCWF's Indigenous Relations portfolio

We are seeking questions to be posed to the panel. Please submit your questions to kimberly.kelly@bcwf.bc.ca by June 12th at 12 p.m. Advance webinar registration is required.
Please note that the webinar will be recorded and made available on YouTube as well as shared with all registrants.


Year 2 of the Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program has officially started!
The West Arm Outdoors Club and the B.C. Wildlife Federation announced the Kootenay Lake Incentive Program has been extended for a second year!
Gordie Grunerud, President of the West Arm Outdoors Club, the club managing the program, says: "The Kootenay Lake Incentive Program has been extended for a second year because of the success of the program in helping Kokanee salmon recover."
We are excited to announce the addition of a new youth program for ages 15 and younger to participate in the fun and win some age-appropriate prizes. 
The West Arm Outdoors Club and the BCWF is looking forward to a second year and encourage anglers of all ages to get outdoors and have fun!

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Last Chance to Register for the Virtual Family Fishing Webinar Series – June 12th!
This Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Fish Habitat Restoration and Education Program and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. is hosting our first Virtual Family Fishing Webinar Series!
We have sessions available for all ages, including storytime, learn to fish, lure making, fly tying, fishing ethics, and accessible fishing. Registration closes Friday, June 11 at 12 p.m. Share this event with your friends and family and sign up here!

Summer Fun with the Fish Habitat Restoration and Education Program
We are offering many initiatives this summer for BCWF members to safely enjoy.
Click here to join our new fish habitat themed Bingo Challenge, you will compete with other community members to photograph nature, cross off bingo squares, and win prizes!
Are you traveling out of service for your next fishing or camping trip? Rent a free Spot Gen3 GPS from us to stay connected with family and friends!

 


Register Now for BCWF Summer Camps! 
Summer is almost here! Registration is open for both our in-person and virtual summer camps. Join us at Crescent Beach, Surrey, B.C. for Wild Kidz and Go Wild, our in-person conservation, outdoors and leadership camps.
Not in the area? We offer virtual summer camps in themes such as wildlife, climate change, wetlands, and outdoor safety & survival through our Campgrounds program. Space is limited, book your spot today!

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In order to keep the Burton Flats open to all recreational users, remember:

Please be respectful of the area and local land-owners.

Stay out of the BC Hydro ponds.

In addition to potentially losing access to yet another public recreational area,

Steep fines can be incurred!

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, May 13, 2021.


West Shore Councils Endorse Proposal to Pause Wolf-hunting
Over the past few months, the anti-hunting movement has attracted headlines across the province. Now that grizzly bear hunting is closed, anti-hunting organizations are looking to close black bear, cougar and wolf hunting across the province. We expect this movement will continue to sheep and goat hunting as well as catch-and-release fishing. Some in the anti-hunting movement have recently suggested all hunting should be closed.
Hunters have historically been among the strongest advocates for wildlife. The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, widely recognized as the most successful model, was created by hunters and depends on them for its success. The future of conservation and hunting in British Columbia is at risk.
Follow the link below to complete your letter and take a stand and fight back against the anti-hunting movement.

 


Kootenay Lake Anglers: Two Weeks Left to Get Your Heads in the Game!
There are just two weeks left of the Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program. Get your rainbow or bull trout head out of your freezer and to your local depot before the program closes on May 31 for a chance to win the $50,000 Grand Prize or $1,000 in local gift certificates!
Last month’s lucky winner of the monthly draw was Ed Gudjonson of Creston, B.C. Ed collected the April prize of $1,000 in gift certificates at local businesses. Ed fishes with his uncle, Allan Mather, who won in March. Together their 4-person crew have entered 200 fish over the course of the program.

 


BCWF Conservation Webinar Series: Survival of Pacific salmon released or escaped from fisheries capture
Join us for our next webinar in the BCWF Conservation Webinar Series on May 27, at 07:00 p.m.! Dr. Scott Hinch, Professor & Director of the Pacific Salmon Ecology and Conservation Laboratory at the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences, UBC will be presenting on:
• What are the issues associated with capture gear?
• Reviewing field and lab studies examining delayed mortality in released salmon
• Effects of rising temperatures on delayed mortality
• Ways we can reduce delayed mortality
Please note that the webinar will be recorded and made available on YouTube as well as shared with all registrants.

 


BCWF Testifies to the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans on ‘State of Pacific Salmon’
On May 5, Jesse Zeman, BCWF director of fish and wildlife restoration, presented to the Standing Committee of Fisheries and Oceans (FOPO) alongside Darren Haskell from Tl'azt'en First Nation, Jason Hwang from the Pacific Salmon Foundation, Aaron Hill from the Watershed Watch Salmon Society, and Fin Donnelly, MLA for Coquitlam-Burke Mountain and Parliamentary Secretary, Fisheries and Aquaculture from the Government of British Columbia.


2021 Southern Interior Mule Deer Project Update
The Southern Interior Mule Deer (SIM Deer) Project is an ongoing, collaborative multi-year project covering an area roughly the size of a small country in order to collect scientific data on why SIM deer populations are decreasing. The project is a collaboration with the Okanagan Nation Alliance, The University of BC Okanagan, The University of Idaho and the British Columbia Fish and Wildlife Branch.
The project has a total of 225 camera sites and over 800,000 mapped SIM deer locations (from collared deer) across 40,000 square kilometres, in West Okanagan, Boundary and Cache Creek regions.

 


Mountain Goat Kidding and Wild Sheep Lambing Season
Mountain Goat kidding and Wild Sheep lambing season is approaching! Use the Provincial Wild Sheep and Mountain Goat Natal App to submit your observations of Mountain Goat, Thinhorn Sheep and Bighorn Sheep from around B.C.

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GPS Rental Service for Members Aged 55+ in B.C.
Members 55+ that currently reside in B.C. can rent a Spot Gen3 GPS from the Fish Habitat Restoration and Education Program for free to use on your next fishing, hunting or other outdoor adventure.
By renting a SPOT Gen3 from us, you will be given a critical line of communication when traveling beyond service boundaries and you can share or save your current location. For more information about this service, or to submit a request for a rental, check out our website.
We would like to thank our funder, the New Horizons for Seniors Program from Employment and Social Development Canada, for making this service possible.

 


BCWF Wetlands Education Program's Latest Bog Blog Post
Read our latest post from the Bog Blog: Using Laws and Legislation to Protect Your Wetlands. This is Part 1 of our Backyard Steward Series where we cover the different ways that anyone can protect and conserve wetlands. Have you ever seen someone filling in, draining or destroying a wetland and wondered, “Are they allowed to do that?”
In this post, the Wetlands team breaks down the many laws and protections that British Columbia has in place to keep wetlands safe.

 


$10 OFF Campgrounds!
It's almost summer, and that means it's almost time for BCWF virtual summer camps! Join us for our fun, hands-on virtual camps in themes such as outdoor safety & survival, wetlands, wildlife and climate change. As BCWF members, you are eligible for a special member discount, where you'll get a camp delivered to your door for only $70! To redeem this discount, email us at youth@bcwf.bc.ca with your member number.

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, April 15, 2021.

 


Presenting Our Nominees for the Board of Directors
The BCWF Nominating Committee is pleased to present the 2021 Board of Directors Nominations Package here.
Once elected, the incoming board will prepare the BCWF Strategic Plan for 2022-2027 and lead the future of the organization. You are encouraged to register for the 2021 BCWF Annual General Meeting, on April 24 & 25, to vote on the selection of the board members to be confirmed. 
Any questions to be addressed by the current BCWF Board of Directors, Committees and/or Nominees at the Annual General Meeting must be submitted by April 17, via this linkNote: Depending on time constraints, your question may not be addressed during the meeting but will be answered by the Federation following the meeting.
Important Deadlines:

  • Please note that the BCWF Direct Member Voting Delegates registration deadline is April 17. Non-voting direct members will still be able to register until April 23, 12:00 noon.
  • Questions to be addressed by the current BCWF Board of Directors, Committees and/or Nominees at the Annual General Meeting must be submitted by April 17.
  • The final registration deadline is April 23, 12:00 noon.

For all related information and links, please visit bcwf.bc.ca/2021agm.

 


Stand up for Your Firearms Rights
The province introduced Bill 4, the Firearm Violence Prevention Act, into the B.C. Legislature on March 3, 2021. Bill 4 consists of unnecessary restrictions that either duplicate the existing Criminal Code or impose additional and confusing provincial offences with no likelihood of reducing violent crime. BCWF President Bill Bosch emphasized in an official request to the Premier to table the legislation, "the government has failed to consult with B.C. First Nations and key stakeholders such as the BCWF or any lawful and responsible firearms organizations this bill would directly and adversely impact." 
The BCWF Firearms Committee and Recreational Sport Shooting Committee are working diligently to advocate against these unreasonable bans and regulations.

BCWF in the Media
Jesse Zeman on 980 CKNW today: Listen to the recording of this morning's Simi Sara Show with Jill Bennett talking about poaching with Jesse Zeman, BCWF Director of Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program.
Conservation Webinar Series: Our past two webinars have been watched by over 18,000 people on Facebook! Missed the webinars? Watch the Facebook Live video of last night's webinar "Integrated carnivore-ungulate management: a case study in west-central Montana" (The YouTube link will be shared here later today). The webinar "Factors Affecting Moose Populations in Interior B.C." from March 31 is available here. Interested in reading more? Check out Infotel's article about that webinar!
Letter to the Editor about Bill 4: Read "Gun law a 'mishmash'", the letter to the editor in the Prince George Citizen and written by Gary Mauser, BCWF Firearms Committee Chair.

 


The Moose Winter Tick Survey Is Still Running until April 30, 2021
Provincial wildlife biologists are asking for your help in promoting moose health! The Moose Winter Tick Surveillance Program was launched to collect observations and monitor the number of animals with hair loss and the amount of hair loss on each animal to estimate winter tick prevalence and distribution. Winter ticks are a significant parasite for moose populations and can contribute to moose declines in parts of their range, including B.C.
Click the button below to learn how to participate in the survey.

 

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Ginty's Pond Enhancement Project
The BCWF’s Wetlands Education Program partnered with the local grassroots group the CollabOrators to host a socially distanced wetland training session for its volunteer mentors on March 20, 2021. The training highlighted Ginty’s Pond, an oxbow wetland in the heart of Cawston, the opportunities for stewardship and conservation of this wetland and the watershed feeding the community. The BCWF Wetlands Education Program hosted a Wetlandkeepers Workshop in Cawston in 2019, and the team is excited to return to the community to continue the work and relationship-building there. Read Keremeos Review's article by clicking the button below.
This project is a partnership with the Southern Interior Land Trust (SILT), the Lower Similkameen Indian Band (LSIB) and the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development (FLNRORD).

 


#UnboxTheOutdoors with BCWF Youth Programs!
Summer is right around the corner, and it's time to get ready for BCWF virtual camps!  Don't miss out on the fun – #UnboxTheOutdoors with BCWF Youth Programs! Join us for our fun, hands-on virtual camps in themes such as outdoor safety & survival, wetlands, wildlife and climate change. As BCWF members, you are eligible for a special member discount, where you'll get a camp delivered to your door for only $70! To redeem this discount, email us at youth@bcwf.bc.ca with your member number.

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, March 4, 2021.

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Take a Stand on the Ban Against RCMP-vetted Gun Owners
The federal government says Bill C-21 is designed to keep firearms off the streets. The bill grants municipalities power to regulate the storage and transportation of restricted weapons [handguns] by lawful owners. Canadians are legitimately concerned about increasing gun violence from gangs, but BCWF analysis finds nothing in the bill to address these concerns.
Join us to inform Surrey and Vancouver's Mayor and Councillors that you do not publicly support the proposed Bill and any similar proposed bylaw.

 


Planning on Spring Hunting This Year or Entering the LEH Draw?
Get your CORE online! The BCWF's Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Education (CORE) program is B.C.'s hunter education program and prepares you for safe and ethical hunting! The CORE Program consists of a practical firearms handling test and a written exam on conservation, animal identification, ethics, first aid and survival, and much more. Start the CORE online course today – it includes the cost of the CORE graduation certificate!
*All online course participants must contact a certified Core Examiner to arrange for the written exam and practical firearms exams. 


Protect the Future of Hunting in B.C.
The BCWF is taking a stand against the anti-hunting movement and we need your help. Our plan is to deliver at least 25,000 letters to the B.C. legislature by June. Read the related studies & resources and submit your letter today. Please note that the letter template can be edited.
Listen to the Latest Rookie Hunter Podcast Episode
In the latest Rookie Hunter Podcast episode, Jesse Zeman, BCWF Director of the Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program discusses anti-hunting pressure in relation to black bears and large carnivores and more.
Read the article in Focus on Victoria magazine "How do you feel about the indiscriminate killing of wolves?".

 

 


Factors Affecting Moose Populations in Interior B.C. Webinar on Zoom
Join us for our next webinar in our Conservation Webinar Series “Factors Affecting Moose Populations in Interior B.C.” on March 31, from 07:00 – 08:30 p.m. on Zoom.
Chris Procter, Senior Wildlife Biologist at the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development, Fish and Wildlife – Kamloops will be presenting on:
• Update on ongoing moose research in interior B.C.
• Effects of landscape change on moose – results and recommendations to date
• Factors affecting moose population change
• Next steps
Learn more about our Conservation Webinar Series here.


B.C.'s Parks Need a Raise!
The BCWF is proud and excited to have partnered up with 19 other B.C. organizations to advocate for the provincial government's commitment to increase the annual budget for BC Parks to $100 million. We are particularly concerned about declining wildlife populations and a lack of ecosystem restoration, especially large prescribed fires in parks and protected areas.

Read the recently published Op-ed in The Province and learn how to support BC Parks below.

 


Call for Applications: 2021 BCWF Board of Directors Election
Join the BCWF Board of Directors and make it YOUR mission to protect, enhance and promote the wise use of the environment for the benefit of present and future generations.
The positions open for nomination are President, two Vice Presidents, Treasurer and four Directors.
The deadline for applications is April 10, 2021.

 

 

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In-person Juvenile Sturgeon Conservation Workshops Added
Don’t forget to register for the Fish Habitat Restoration and Education Program’s in-person Juvenile Sturgeon Conservation workshops! These workshops allow households to get hands-on experience with sturgeon conservation. As per provincial health orders, we will only be accepting one household per boat. For more information on availability, pricing and to book your spot, please visit our website.
Are you part of the 65+ community and interested in learning about fishing in B.C.? Our last Fishing in Later Years webinar is taking place on "Fishing in British Columbia" on March 15 with Mike Gass and Jessica Yarwood from the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC. Register now!

 


What's the Buzz at BCWF Youth Programs?
Time is running out to apply to the Young Conservationist Scholarship Program! Youth have until March 15th to submit their applications. Eligible youth must have a member sponsor to apply, so encourage youth in your life to apply today!
 
There's still time to snag an early bird discount for our virtual summer camp program, Campgrounds! Until April 12th, you'll get a camp delivered to your door for just $70. Book your spot now! 

 


New BC Marsh Monitoring Program to Help Conserve Wetlands
The Wetlands Education Program and Wetlands Workforce have been hard at work planning and preparing for the upcoming year, including attending workshops and training to increase our capacity and improve our programming! Last weekend, team members attended a Birds Canada and WildResearch workshop to learn about the highly anticipated BC Marsh Monitoring Program. This initiative will help track important information about the bird and amphibian species that depend on our freshwater wetlands and contribute to the conservation of these precious ecosystems!

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, February 18, 2021.

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BCWF Reacts to Expensive Federal Buyback Program
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced a plan of action for a federal buyback program to purchase approximately 1,500 styles of rifles deemed illegal through an order-in-council on May 1, 2020. Bill C-21 also includes legislation to allow municipalities to ban handguns through bylaw restrictions.
The B.C. Wildlife Federation responds that the bill does not address Canada’s real problems, such as curbing violent urban gang shootings.

 


Firearm Legal Defense Insurance: BCWF Members Get 10% Off!
In light of the current federal government’s agenda on the ban of certain firearms, Firearm Legal Defense Insurance is critical – now more than ever. Our partner, CapriCMW Insurance offers Firearm Legal Defense Insurance with new and improved coverage.

Do you use a firearm on the job? Firearm Legal Defence coverage is now also available as a workplace extension for your new policy or renewal!
Please reach out to CapriCMW Insurance at 250-869-3987 if you have any questions.

Top BCWF Stories
The Mike Smyth Show. On February 16, Jesse Zeman, BCWF director of the fish and wildlife restoration program and Rebeka Breder, animal law lawyer at Breder Law discussed bear and other predator species hunting in B.C. on The Mike Smyth Show. Listen to the recording!
Hunters, Tell Your Own Story!In a video, Jesse Zeman, BCWF director of the fish & wildlife restoration Program touches on the recently published study "Large carnivore hunting and the social license to hunt." and provides guidance for hunters on talking about hunting with the public. Watch the video and read more here.
Have You Met with Your MLA? On December 23, 2020, BCWF Vice President, Dave Carleton and George Guernsey, a member of the local Summerland Sportsman’s Association met with MLA Dan Ashton, Official Opposition Critic for Municipal Affairs and MP Dan Albas, Conservative Shadow Minister For Environment and Climate Change. Read more here and watch the two “Best Practices” videos to get ready to meet with your MLA. The first video outlines how to book and prepare for a meeting. The second video outlines what and how you may want to communicate during your meeting.

 


Forest Practices & Fish Habitat Webinar on Zoom
Join us for our Forest Practices & Fish Habitat Webinar taking place on February 23, at 07:00 p.m. on Zoom! Kevin Kriese, Chair and Doug Wahl, Manager Audits and Investigations at the BC Forest Practices Board will be presenting on:
 
• Who is the Forest Practices Board?
• Findings from a Special Investigation Conserving Fish Habitat Under the Forest and Range Practices Act
• Recommendations for improving forest practices

 


Kootenay Lake – Good Things Come to Those Who Bait!
Congratulations to Kip Lippa of Nelson who was the lucky winner of the $1,000 gift certificate draw in January with his entry at the Gill & Gift - Balfour depot!
In January, 180 entries were submitted at Crawford Bay Market, Gill and Gift, Woodbury Resort and Wyndell Foods and Outdoor Gear. There are some hearty fishers out on the lake, taking advantage what of made Kootenay Lake famous throughout North America – the increased chance of catching a large trout or char in the winter months. 


Call for Applications: 2021 BCWF Board of Directors Election
Join the BCWF Board of Directors and make it YOUR mission to protect, enhance and promote the wise use of the environment for the benefit of present and future generations.
The positions open for nomination are President, two Vice Presidents, Treasurer and four Directors.
The deadline for applications is April 10, 2021.

 

 

 

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In-person Juvenile Sturgeon Conservation Workshops Added
The Fish Habitat Restoration and Education Program has added dates for the in-person Juvenile Sturgeon Conservation workshops! These workshops allow households to get hands-on experience with sturgeon conservation. As per provincial health orders, we will only be accepting one household per boat and strictly follow social distancing guidelines. Learn more!
The next virtual Juvenile Sturgeon Conservation workshop is on February 25th! Hear from Provincial Rivers Management Biologist Greg Andrusak and his work with the Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative. Register now! 

 


What's the Buzz at BCWF Youth Programs?
BCWF Youth Programs is now offering our Virtual Classroom Education program at a reduced rate, in English and French! If your school is in the Lower Mainland, we offer virtual outdoor education lessons with supplies delivered to classes for just $12 per student! If you book for the entire school, we offer lessons for as little as $8 per student. Book now!
 
This summer, we will host all of our Wild Kidz and Go Wild in-person camps in the Lower Mainland. Alternatively, you can join one of our Campgrounds virtual summer camps! The super early bird discount ends tomorrow, February 19th!

 


Apply for the BCWF Wetlands Education Program Internship this Summer!
The B.C. Wildlife Federation’s Wetlands Education Program (WEP) is looking for a 4-month Wetlands Education Program Intern. This competitive internship opportunity provides hands-on experience for individuals who are interested in a career in environmental education and/or conservation. As a WEP intern, you will have the unique opportunity to get involved in rewarding conservation and stewardship workshops throughout B.C.! 

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, January 7, 2021.

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Southern Interior Mule Deer Project Webinar on Zoom
Join us for our next Southern Interior Mule Deer Project Webinar taking place on January 26, at 07:00 p.m. on Zoom! Sam Foster, PhD Candidate from the University of Idaho will be presenting on:

- How human disturbances can disrupt ecological communities
- Animal risk response and how we can explore them with camera trapping
- Southern Interior Mule deer camera trapping program and next steps

 


Public Feedback Wanted from Angling Enthusiasts in the Omineca Region
The Ministry of Forest, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development is seeking public feedback for their proposed angling regulation changes in the Omineca Region for the 2021-2023 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis. The deadline to submit your feedback is January 24, 2021.
Visit the AHTE website and login with your BCeID. Once logged in, click on a proposed regulation and indicate support and submit comments (buttons at the bottom of the proposal page). Please note, the buttons for commenting are only visible when logged in.
If you do not have a BCeID, please submit your feedback to FishandWildlife@gov.bc.ca directly.

 


The First Deadline Is Nearing! Do You Know an Outstanding Conservationist, Hunter or Angler in B.C.?
The BCWF is seeking nominations for the annual awards! Categories include conservation projects, youth, hunting, angling and journalism. The Award winners will be announced at the BCWF 65th annual AGM & Convention on April 24 & 25, 2021.
Nomination Deadlines:
January 15th, 2021: Wild Sheep Foundation Silver Buckle Award, BCWF Youth Big Game Award, Bert Palmer Memorial Big Game Award
February 14th, 2021: All other awards

 

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The Juvenile Sturgeon Conservation Workshops Are Back!
Virtual and in-person! This time, we will host virtual workshops that feature engaging activities and expert presentations about sturgeon conservation by speakers such as Dr. Marvin Rosenau, Colin Schwindt, Sarah Schreier, Greg Andrusak and Marc Laynes. During the in-person citizen-science workshops, participants will have the opportunity to catch, record and release Juvenile Sturgeon with certified members of the Fraser Valley Angling Guides Association.
Register below for the first virtual Juvenile Sturgeon Conservation workshop on Friday, January 22nd, at 5:30 p.m.

 


Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society's Latest Podcast Episode
Tune in to Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society's latest podcast episode "Wetland Conservation & Restoration: A Glimpse at the State of Wetlands in B.C." with Neil Fletcher, Director of Conservation Stewardship at BCWF, talking to Kayla Tillapaugh about the importance of wetlands for lake ecosystem health, types of wetlands, wetlands’ role in climate change, historical and current threats, where the province is at with wetland conservation and regulations and how people can get involved in wetland conservation.


It's Time to #UnboxTheOutdoors!
Join BCWF Youth Programs for a spring and summer full of virtual camp fun. This year, we will be hosting camps in March, July and August with the themes Outdoor Safety and Survival, Wetlands, Wildlife and Climate Change. All of our virtual Campgrounds sessions are now open for registration!
As BCWF members, you receive a special discount for your children to participate in our virtual camps. To redeem this offer, email youth@bcwf.bc.ca with proof of membership. Plus, if you register early, you will also receive our early bird discounts!
Click the button below to register for our 2021 Campgrounds!

 

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, November 26, 2020.

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Recovery and Persistence of Interior Fraser Steelhead – Webinar 
Last year, only an estimated 38 Chilcotin steelhead made it back to spawn, down from over 3,000 in the 1980s. BCWF remains extremely concerned about the functional extinction of the Chilcotin and Thompson River steelhead.

On December 8th at 7 p.m., BCWF hosts Rob Bison, Fisheries Stock Assessment Biologist, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, Resource Management – Kamloops.
Rob will share findings on:
- the potential for recovery
- questions of persistence
- evaluation of management levers

 

 


Nominations Open for 2020 BCWF Conservation Awards!
The BCWF Awards honour individuals and member clubs for outstanding hunting, angling, and conservation achievements in 2020. Award winners will be announced at the BCWF 65th annual AGM & Convention on April 24 & 25, 2021. Awards categories include conservation projects, youth, hunting, angling and journalism.
Nominations deadline is February 14, 2021.


Let's keep CWD out of B.C.!
The BCWF would like to remind hunters that in 2020, mandatory head submission is still in effect for Mule Deer and Whitetails harvested in Management Units 4-01 through 4-07.
For more information regarding submission procedures and a complete list of freezer locations (with free supplies) visit the BCWF website.

 


$10K Reward – Squamish Bull Elk Poaching
A bull elk was shot and killed along the paved portion of Squamish Valley Road between Nov 1 and 2. There is no opening hunting season for elk in this area.
The Pemberton Wildlife Association has matched the Squamish Valley Rod and Gun Club reward of $5,000, making the total reward $10,000 for information that leads to the conviction of the person(s) responsible for this crime.
If you have any information, please report it online or call the RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277.

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BCWF Fish Habitat Education and Restoration Initiative: New Theme for the Bi-weekly Fish-themed Photo Contest for Our 65+ Community in B.C.
Do you enjoy nature photography and are a member of the 65+ community? Enter BCWF Fish Habitat Education and Restoration Initiative’s bi-weekly fish-themed Photo Contest running until March 31st, 2021!
The theme from November 27th to December 9th for the Photo Contest will be your "Favourite River to Go Fishing"! Submit your photo now for a chance to win a unique BCWF prize pack and a special surprise. Winners will be contacted by phone and announced on the B.C. Wildlife Federation’s Facebook Page. Good luck!

 


What's the Buzz at BCWF Youth Programs?
This past week, BCWF Youth Programs held a NASP BC Town Hall for our archery instructors and archery instructor trainers. This event helped connect archery instructors from across the province to discuss how to conduct courses safely for young archers during the COVID-19 pandemic. During the town hall, we also showed participants how to properly sanitize archery equipment. Check out the demo videos here.
Don't forget to vote in our Virtual Classroom Education contest! Head over to our Facebook page and vote on your favourite entry. The winner will win a Virtual Classroom Education session valued at up to $750!

 Launching December 7, 2020 at bcwflottery.com!
A second early bird prize has been added for 2021 and in time for the holidays!

 

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, October 29, 2020.

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BCWF partners on Fish, Wildlife and Habitat Coalition
The partners have committed to prioritizing the conservation of fish, wildlife and habitat provincially and support this by enshrining it into legislative and regulatory mechanisms, decision-making, independent science oversight and planning functions, and establish new, dedicated funding to restore fish, wildlife and habitat.
Together, the partners represent a total of over 206,000 members, over 67,000 supporters and over 950 businesses across B.C.

 


Southern Interior Mule Deer Webinar Update
The BCWF has launched a world-class mule deer research in collaboration with the Okanagan Nation Alliance, The University of BC Okanagan, The University of Idaho, and the British Columbia Fish and Wildlife Branch.
Read more on the BCWF website and register below for the webinar to learn the preliminary findings and ask your questions about B.C.’s largest collaborative mule deer study!

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Register for Our Wetlands Institute Speaker Series! 
There are only three webinars left in our Wetlands Institute Speaker Series. Register to learn more about wetlands!
Wetlands and Legal Frameworks: Nov. 4th, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
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Wetlands and Climate Change: Nov. 10th, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
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Cultural Value of Wetlands and Archeological Assessments: Nov. 18th, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
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What's the Buzz at BCWF Youth Programs?
BCWF Youth Programs and the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) are excited to announce that our COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedure is now available! This document outlines how to safely conduct archery courses in schools during the pandemic. It covers everything from sharing equipment, spacing, sanitization, and more. Download the document here

As NASP and the BCWF adjusts our protocol for Basic Archery Instructor training courses, our in-school and after-school programs, and our tournaments, we want to ensure our archery instructors, students, and community can contribute their thoughts and concerns to us. To facilitate a dialogue about conducting archery during the pandemic, we are hosting a virtual Town Hall on Thursday, November 19th, at 7 p.m. for Basic Archery Instructors, parents, BCWF members, and anyone else who may be interested.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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. 

 

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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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