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Fish and Wildlife TWS Student Chapter Events

The UNBC Fish and Wildlife Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society is for anyone with fish and wildlife interests, not just students in the Wildlife and Fisheries major or the Biology major. It is a way to get to know people with similar interests.  Our Student Chapter usually conducts one event per month during the academic year, including featured speakers, outdoor activities, and other Chapter functions.  The UNBC TWS Trip Policy, approved by the Executive on 2 March 2009, applies to all Student Chapter sponsored trips.

Upcoming Events

Good luck during the exam period!  See you in the Winter 2019 semester for our annual Wild Foods Potluck, TWS-sponsored annual speaker, and our Annual Quiz Bowl!


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Past Events

Graduate Student Presentation to the Student Chapter

On Wednesday November 21st, Jeannine Randall (a PhD candidate with Dr. Russ Dawson) gave a presentation on her research.  Jeannine is currently studying how unstable environmental conditions influence the breeding outcomes of tree swallows. Using examples from her own research in avian ecology, Jeannine discussed how to come up with interesting research questions and how to approach answering them.

Tree Swallow


Trip to the Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter

Over the weekend of November 10 - 12th, members of the Student Chapter participated in the annual work trip to the Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter where they volunteered to help out on a number of projects around the Wildlife Shelter.  As alwasy, particpants had a great time!

2018 Smithers trip

Moose at the Smithers Wildlife Shelter 


The 2019 Calendars are now on sale!

2018 Calendar is ready!


Graduate Student Presentation to the Student Chapter

On Wednesday October 31st, Paige Wilson (a MSc candidate with Dr. Mark Shrimpton) gave a presentation on her graduate research.  Paige is researching kokanee salmon genetics and demographics within the Williston Reservoir. Her talk will focussed on the origins of kokanee in general, and on the geographic origins of the Williston kokanee.

Kakanee being measured

Williston Reservoir


Visit to the Nechako White Sturgeon Conservation Centre

This year on Saturday October 24, twelve students traveled to  the Nechako White Sturgeon Conservation Centre.  The tour was led by former employee and TWS member Cale Babey, who showcased the life history of white sturgeon, the history and operation of the conservation center, and the on-going work to study and preserve the species.  Fish from small juveniles up to two-and-a-half-meter, wild-caught brood-stock were all on parade. On Saturday October 27th members of the Student Chapter will visit in Vanderhoof.

Tank at Sturgeon Hatchery

2018 Kennedy Siding Caribou Viewing Trip

This year's Kennedy Siding Caribou was held on Saturday, October 20th.  Under blue skies, Doug Heard led 28 Student Chapter members to Kenneday Siding and introduced students to conservation issues and management challenges facing these Central Mountain caribou and described the goals and results from his feeding trials and remote camera work.  And yes, we saw lots of caribou!

Doug Heard describes caribou work

Caribou arrive

Caribou at feeder

2018 Group Shot


2018 TWS Photo Contest

The 11th annual photo contest was held on October 18th and 19th, and was a great success.Here are your winners! The TWS 2018-2019 Calendar with many of the submitted photos will be available in early November!

Peoples' Choice Award

Fist Place Photo

Second Place

Third Place


Fulton River Spawning Travel Trip (Sept 28-30)

We had a great time at the Fulton River Spawning Channels! The fish were lively and the eagles were busy! With 350 thousand sockeye salmon in the channels and river, there was a lot to see, and the unique river features made for some great shots. Two nights of braving the cold was worth it to all who came out, as that just made the campfire that much better of a place to hang out around in the off time. The mouth of the river also had some special sites to share, with some of the eagles soaring only 10 15 meters above our heads on the wind coming off of the 153-km long Babine Lake. Bear tracks, and other wildlife signs were plentiful as well, not to mention the moose, deer, and black bears seen on the way! We hope to see you all out here next year!

Fulton River Group

Fulton 2018 Group


Mugaha bird banding station near Mackenzie to band migratory songbirds (Sept 14-15)

Between September 14th -15th seventeen UNBC Fisheries and Wildlife Student Chapter members visited the Mugaha bird-banding station near Mackenzie BC. Students had an opportunity to learn the process of banding, from weighing, measuring size, measuring body fat, how to put on the bird tags on the legs, and how to handle and release birds. It also gave a great opportunity to learn how to identify native songbird species.


Fall 2018 Annual Meet and Greet

On September 26th, we held our annual meet and greet. At this event we went over a schedule for the semester, held an ice breaker event, and supplied a pizza dinner. We had over 50 students show up, and there were sign-up sheets for some of our upcoming trips.


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