B.C. Wildlife Federation in Kamloops for AGM at the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Convention Centre

Event being held April 11 to 14

By Sean Brady – Kamloops This Week

The B.C. Wildlife Federation is holding its four-day annual general meeting in Kamloops this week, with the event featuring a number of notables and putting wildlife issues up for discussion.

Members and delegates from the group’s 100 affiliated clubs, including host club Kamloops and District Fish and Game Association, began gathering on Wednesday, April 11, to discuss and vote on matters pertaining to hunting, fishing and conservation.

This year’s attendees include politicians such as B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson, Minister of Forests Doug Donaldson and B.C. Green Leader Andrew Weaver, who will engage delegates on a number of wildlife and environment issues.

READ MORE: Map Our Marshes workshop (Sept. 21, 2012)

Claudia Ferris, public-relations manager with the B.C. Wildlife Federation, said Weaver will directly address delegates on the topic of the grizzly bear hunting ban.

“That should be interesting because there’s quite a bit of controversy – a lot of our members are quite upset about the ban,” Ferris said.

Aside from politicians, there are also a number of experts and researchers on hand, including keynote speaker David Schindler, who founded the internationally renowned Experimental Lakes Area in northwestern Ontario.

Also attending will be Eric Taylor, chair of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) – an advisory body to government.

Taylor will be a part of the fisheries panel, along with Dana Atagi, vice-president of the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C., and Al Martin, BCWF director of strategic initiatives.

In recent months, the B.C. Wildlife Federation has been in contact with the federal government, advocating for fisheries changes to protect the Interior Fraser River steelhead, which saw the lowest returns on records last year. COSEWIC has recommended an emergency listing order under the federal Species at Risk Act, arguing the fish is in imminent danger of extinction. Only 177 fish returned from the sea to the Thompson River last fall, while a mere 58 returned to the Chilcotin River. Those are record-low numbers since records began being compiled in 1978.

READ MORE: BCWF’s steelhead extinction fears confirmed (Feb. 13, 2018

The effects of last year’s devastating wildfire season are also on the schedule, with B.C. Wildfire Service executive director Madeline Maley sitting on the wildfire panel, along with Mark Hebblewhite, a University of Montana researcher studying the long-term effects of wildfire on elk populations, and Rob Serrouya, a University of Alberta researcher studying recovery options for caribou and other species.

Delegates first met on Wednesday before plenary meetings began on Thursday. Events wrap up on Saturday with the organization’s annual gala and awards dinner.

The AGM is being held at the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Convention Centre in Aberdeen.



newsroom@clearwatertimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Editor, The Times:

Take extra time, extra care

Barriere family airlifted to Vancouver due to carbon monoxide exposure have now returned home

A family of five from Barriere was transported to Vancouver for medical… Continue reading

United Steelworkers strike hits Vavenby

Union members say wages for workers aren’t keeping up with inflation

It’s the last day to vote in B.C.’s referendum on electoral reform

Ballots must now be dropped off in person to meet the deadline of 4:30 p.m.

Barriere family airlifted to Vancouver due to carbon monoxide exposure

All members were in stable condition before being transported

Cannabis gift ideas for this holiday season

Put the green in happy holidays, now that cannabis is legal in Canada

Woman forcibly confined, sexually assaulted between Creston and Cranbrook

The suspect forced the woman into her vehicle before driving along Highway 3

‘I thought I was dead as soon as I saw the gun’

Keremeos gas station attendant tells story about man with gun coming to store

‘People talk about deep sadness:’ Scientists study climate change grief

Some call it environmental grief, some call it solastalgia — a word coined for a feeling of homesickness when home changes around you.

As protectors abandon Trump, investigation draws closer

Cohen was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for an array of crimes.

Senate delays start of sittings in new home, delaying start of broadcasts

The Senate and House of Commons are moving into temporary homes for the next decade as a result of long-planned and badly needed renovations to the Centre Block.

UK leader seeks EU lifeline after surviving confidence vote

EU leaders gather for a two-day summit, beginning Thursday, which will center on the Brexit negotiations.

French police try to catch attack suspect dead or alive

Local authorities increase death toll to three, including 13 wounded and five in serious condition

BCHL’ers blanked by Russia at World Junior A Challenge

Canada West loses battle of the unbeaten teams in the preliminary round

Most Read