CSTWS Awards

CSTWS Student Awards

Monica Fromberger

CSTWS Awards

Valerius Geist

Student Travel Awards Available!!!

The CSTWS has limited funds available to assist students with travel expenses to Peterborough, ON, to attend the 2020 CSTWS/OCTWS Joint Conference and AGM.  Those needing support will need to submit their application by Monday, 2 March 2020. Eligibility criteria include: (1) did not receive Canadian Section Travel Award support within the last 12 months; 2) is a current member of the Canadian Section; (3) is a current student or recent graduate (degree received within the last 12 months); (4) is the senior author and presenter of an accepted paper or poster. The maximum that may be requested is $500. Non-members can join today by visiting http://cstws.ca/membership/

The Ontario Chapter is also offering award funds available to member(s) of the Ontario Chapter. Please note within application whether you are a member of the Ontario Chapter. Not a member of the Ontario Chapter? It’s not too late! Join today by registering for the conference or visiting the membership registration page.

Alberta Chapter and Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society
Student Travel Awards for Travel to Canmore

The Alberta Chapter and the Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society (ACTWS and CSTWS) worked together to help students attend the joint ACTWS/CSTWS Conference scheduled for 22–24 March 2019 in Canmore, Alberta.  Below you will find a list of all of our Student Travel Award winners!

2019 CSTWS Travel Award Recipients 

Each student received a CSTWS Student Travel Award to attend the 2019 Canadian Section Annual Conference and AGM held 22‒24 March in Canmore, Alberta.

Brooke Biddlecombe Kelsey Saboraki
Camille Warbington Lara Hiles
Cesar Estevo Lisa Sims
Cora Romanow Lorina Keery
Corey Smereka Meghan Beale
Eleanor Stern Michael Peers
Elly Knight Nicole Boucher
Emily Sunter Ryan Henderson
Emily Thoroski Samantha Widmeyer
Erin Henderson Sarah Julin
Geoffrey Sage Sean Konkolics
Jayme Ladouceur Sebastian Theis
Jennifer Foca Sejer Meyhoff
Jessica Theoret Sultana Majid
Jodi Berg Yasmine Majchrzak
Joseph Silva Michael Terry
Justine Josephson-Laidlaw Darby McPhee
Karling Roberts Rebecca Carter
Katie Baillie-David Chloe Wright
Kelly Mulligan Taylor Lund


Student Travel Awards Available for TWS Annual Conference in Reno, NV

The 2019 annual conference of The Wildlife Society will be held September 29 – October 3 2019 in Reno, Nevada (go to twsconference.org for details).  It’s always a premier educational event for wildlife professionals and students, and this year will be hosted in conjunction with the American Fisheries Society.

The CSTWS has limited funds available to assist students with travel expenses to attend the conference.  Those needing support will need to submit their application by Monday, 19 August 2019. Eligibility criteria include: (1) did not receive Canadian Section Travel Award support within the last 12 months; 2) is a current member of the Canadian Section; (3) is a current student or recent graduate (degree received within the last 12 months); (4) is the senior author and presenter of an accepted paper or poster. The maximum that may be requested is $1,000.

Application materials and instructions are posted on the web.  Go to the Awards page on the CSTWS website and click on “Student Travel Award Application 2019.” Applicants must submit an application form signed by student and advisor (scanned); statement outlining total, expected conference travel expenses and sources including those requested from the Canadian Section; and a copy of the abstract for the paper or poster that will be presented at the conference.  Following the conference, recipients of travel support will need to file a reimbursement claim.  They are also required to provide 1-3 photos of themselves at the meeting and a short narrative of their experiences at the meeting for publishing in the CSTWS Newsletter.

Any questions, contact Joe Northrup, chair of the Awards Committee (joseph.northrup@ontario.ca).


Click on the links below for the Student Travel Award Application and the Student Expense Forms

Student Travel Award Application - 2019

Student Expense Form - 2019


CSTWS Awards



The Ian McTaggart-Cowan Lifetime Achievement Award (CLAA) is awarded by the Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society (CSTWS) to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the understanding, conservation, and/or management of wildlife in Canada over their career. The Award is named for Dr. Ian McTaggart-Cowan, a founding pioneer of the wildlife profession, an honorary life member and former President of The Wildlife Society (TWS), and recipient of the TWS Aldo Leopold Award.

The Award will be presented at the CSTWS Annual General Meeting and the recipient will receive free registration and $1000 CAD travel award to attend the meeting. Nominees are eligible for the award for up to 3 years after nomination.

The nominee for the CLAA will have made an outstanding contribution to wildlife biology, conservation, education and/or management in Canada throughout her or his career. These accomplishments may have been made in management, education, research, or administration (or any combination therein) and have noticeably advanced the field of wildlife biology and management and/or enhanced wildlife conservation and education.

  • The CLAA recognizes achievements in the wildlife profession that have received, or are worthy of, national recognition.
  • The CLAA is open to any wildlife professional, practicing or retired, whether or not they are a member of the CSTWS and/or TWS.
  • The evaluation process is guided by the nominee’s lifetime contribution. The evaluation of the nominees needs to consider:  the relative magnitude of the contribution; whether or not the contribution has received (or is worthy of national recognition); and that contributions to wildlife biology, conservation, education and/or management are of equal value, but that contributions to multiple facets of the wildlife profession are of greater

Nominations for the 2019 Cowan Award are to be submitted in digital form by email to the Chair of the CSTWS Awards Committee, Wini Kessler (winikessler@gmail.com) by 1 February 2019.

Nominations materials will consist of:

  • completed nomination form 
  • a letter highlighting the significance and breadth of the contribution of the nominee,
  • a CV of the nominee, and
  • high quality digital photograph of the nominee.

Past Winners: Doug Heard (2015), Kathy Martin (2016), Jean Huot (2017), Valerius Geist (2018)

TWS Awards

For details about awards offered by The Wildlife Society and how to submit nominations,  visit http://wildlife.org/get-involved/awards/ or email the Awards Committee Chair, Wini Kessler (winikessler@gmail.com).  These awards fall into 4 categories:  professional, service, education-related, and publications



ALDO LEOPOLD AWARD: The highest honor bestowed by The Wildlife Society is the Aldo Leopold Memorial Award for distinguished service to wildlife conservation. The basic selection criterion is the significance of an individual’s contribution(s) to the wildlife field. Recipients receive a medal, plaque, and honorary membership in The Wildlife Society. (Individual)

 Past 5-year Canadian recipients:  Anthony Sinclair (2013), Wini Kessler (2017).


CAESAR KLEBERG AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN APPLIED WILDLIFE RESEARCH: This award recognizes those who have distinguished themselves in applied wildlife research. While the Aldo Leopold Award recognizes individuals for much broader contributions and is truly a lifetime achievement award, the Caesar Kleberg Award is focused on those whose body of work, in both inquiry and discovery, has resulted in application of management and conservation “on the ground.” The award includes plaque and commemorative medal; it includes conference registration, travel expenses, and a small honorarium. (Individual)

 Past 5-year Canadian Recipients:  none

Jay N. "DING" DARLING AWARD FOR WILDLIFE STEWARDSHIP THROUGH ART:  Named for wildlife artist and conservation leader Ding Darling, this award encompasses and recognizes any type of artistic item or accomplishment that promotes, achieves, or benefits wildlife stewardship.  It could be an actual artwork piece(s), an endeavor such as organizing a wildlife art effort (e.g., the Junior Duck Stamp Program), a photograph or digital image, an artistic conservation information delivery structure or process, or another medium that can be effectively described as an artistic way of promoting collaboration to support wildlife stewardship.  The key consideration is to acknowledge vision, concept, design, and realization of artwork or art form that emulates what Ding Darling would have seen as conveying his message and values about land, water, and wildlife conservation. (Group or Individual)

Past 5-year Canadian recipients:  Robert Bateman (2017)

DIVERSITY AWARD: Recognizes outstanding efforts in promoting ethnic and gender diversity in the natural resource professions, especially wildlife conservation and education. Activities may focus on encouraging ethnic and gender diversity in the workforce, academic enrollment, or organizational membership. Individuals include anyone participating in a natural resource field. Organizations include public agencies, institutions of higher education, companies, and non-governmental organizations. (Group or Individual)

Past 5-year Canadian Awardees: none


GROUP ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: The Group Achievement Award recognizes an organization's outstanding wildlife achievement that is consistent with and/or assists in advancing the objectives of The Wildlife Society. The organization selected can be private or governmental, and their activities have been primarily regional, national, or international in scope. Accomplishments, while they may be long-term, should be of significant importance within the last three years. The tendency has been to honor private organizations working for wildlife resources as allies to governmental professional organizations. (Group)

Past 5-year Canadian Awardees: none


SPECIAL RECOGNITION SERVICE AWARD: The Special Recognition Service Award is intended to honor any person or group who has made an outstanding contribution to: the wildlife profession; the general areas of wildlife conservation, management, or science; or a specific area of endeavor, species, community, ecosystem, region, etc. In addition, any person or group who has made such a noteworthy contribution in a discrete area over the short or long term is eligible for nomination for a Special Recognition Service Award. (Group or Individual)

Past 5-year Canadian Awardees: Tom Nudds (ON, 2015), Shane Mahoney (NL, 2013), Evelyn Merrill (AB, 2016).  Other Canadian recipients are Ian Sterling (1997) and Wini Kessler (1999).



FELLOWS PROGRAM: This award recognizes members who have distinguished themselves through exceptional service to the wildlife profession. TWS Fellows serve as ambassadors of The Wildlife Society and as such are encouraged to engage in outreach and other activities that will benefit and promote TWS and the wildlife profession. TWS Fellows are appointed for life. (Individual)

Past 10-year Canadian Awardees: Rick Baydack (MB), Karla Guyn (MB), Michael Gillingham (BC), Katherine Parker (BC), Shane Mahoney (NL), Donald A. Sexton (MB), Mark S. Boyce (AB), Evelyn Merrill (AB), Winifred Kessler (BC)


DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD: The Wildlife Society Distinguished Service Award is designed to recognize TWS members who have made a long-term commitment to the Society based on membership longevity and TWS service. The member is someone who is/was “always there” and could be counted on to serve the chapter, section, or international organization. The award recognizes individuals who have worked throughout their careers in a variety of ways to further the mission of the Society. (Individual)

Past 5-year Canadian Awardees: Lu Carbyn (AB), George J. Mitchell (BC), Larry Bidlake (MB), William Samuel (AB), Elton Dzus, and Robert E. Jones


JIM MCDONOUGH AWARD: Through Jim McDonough's generosity and long-time support for professional excellence in wildlife management, a trust and an award program have been established. Jim McDonough is noted for his many years of research on cottontail rabbits and white-tailed deer in Massachusetts. He has been a leader in the Northeast Section and New England Chapter for many years. This award was established in 1988.

Past 5-year Canadian Awardees: Merlin Shoesmith (MB)


HONORARY MEMBERSHIP: Honorary Memberships are intended to recognize continuous outstanding service to any area or areas of concern to The Wildlife Society. Any practicing or retired wildlife professional that is a member of The Wildlife Society and has made continuing valuable contributions to the wildlife profession over a long period of time is eligible for nomination. (Individual)

Past 5-year Canadian Awardees: none


CHAPTER, STUDENT CHAPTER AND STUDENT CHAPTER ADVISOR OF THE YEAR AWARDS: Active and effective chapters and student chapters are needed to achieve The Wildlife Society's goals, many of which are best addressed at the state/provincial or local level. Chapters and student chapters also strengthen the Society's membership recruitment and retention efforts by providing opportunities for member involvement in Society activities. The Chapter and Student Chapter of the Year awards pay tribute to and recognize exceptional achievements by these important units of The Wildlife Society. (Group; Advisor: Individual)

Past 5-year Canadian Awardees: none



RUSCH MEMORIAL GAME BIRD RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP: The wildlife profession Dr. Donald H. Rusch, whose career in the wildlife profession included research on game birds in Canada, the United States, and South America, and who contributed greatly to our understanding of ruffed grouse and Canada goose population ecology in particular. Applicants must be registered in a master's degree program (in even numbered years) or doctoral degree program (in odd numbered years) in wildlife biology, zoology, ecology or a related discipline at a university in North America, and must be a member of The Wildlife Society. Awards are based primarily upon project merit, but also consider the candidate's academic achievement, field experience, appreciation of hunting (personally and professionally), and career interests.

Past 5-year Canadian Awardees: none


EXCELLENCE IN WILDLIFE EDUCATION AWARD: The Excellence in Wildlife Education Award celebrates exemplary teaching and contributes to the improvement of wildlife education by honoring individual faculty members. Eligible faculty should be actively engaged in undergraduate and/or graduate, wildlife-related education.

Past 5-year Canadian Awardees: none


CONSERVATION EDUCATION AWARD: It had been evident for many years that important compilations and other education works did not fulfill criteria for the technical publication awards. Also, there was no way to cite outstanding films or other efforts in a field widely regarded as critical to the success of conservation programs.  It is evident that some efforts that might qualify for recognition of this kind could have taken place over a period of several or many years. Accumulative accomplishment is quite appropriately considered in determining the eligibility of a nomination. On the other hand, single work of great significance can with equal propriety be cited.

Past 5-year Canadian Awardees: none




Wildlife Publication Awards:  In the past years the Wildlife Publication Awards program has broadened considerably and become more thorough in coverage. Candidate materials are found in the entire scientific literature of wildlife biology and management, primarily technical journal articles, monographs, bulletins, books, and edited works. Diverse subject disciplines are eligible for consideration. However, the Committee will not consider fishery publications, since these are the prerogative of the American Fisheries Society. (Group or Individual)

Past 10-year Canadian Awardees:

Stan Boutin, Bruce McLellan, Robert Serrouya, Meike Wittmann, & Heiko Wittmer - Using predator-prey theory to predict outcomes of broad scale experiments to reduce apparent competition.

Ian Sterling, Polar Bears — The Natural History of a Threatened Species. 2011.

Perry Barboza, Katherine L. Parker, and Ian D. Hume for Integrative Wildlife Nutrition, Springer-Verlag, Berlin Germany. 2009.

Katherine C. Kendall, Jeffrey B. Stetz, John Boulanger, Amy C. MacLeod, David Paetkau, and Gary White for “Demography and genetic structure of a recovering grizzly bear population.” The Journal of Wildlife Management 73:3-17. 2009.