Doug Clarke Memo­rial Award

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The Cana­dian Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion in­tro­duced the award in 1982 in mem­ory of C.H.D. “Doug” Clarke, a pi­o­neer in bi­o­log­i­cal research in the North who was de­voted to the phi­los­o­phy, sci­ence and art of wildlife man­age­ment. At the time of his death in 1981, he was a direc­tor of the fed­er­a­tion. This award is pre­sented to a CWF af­fil­i­ate for an out­stand­ing con­ser­va­tion project com­pleted dur­ing the pre­vi­ous year by the af­fil­i­ate, its clubs and mem­bers.

BCWF Go Wild! Youth for Con­ser­va­tion Camp, Mis­sion, Bri­tish Columbia

Go Wild! is a pop­u­lar lead­er­ship day-pro­gram fo­cused on fish and wildlife con­ser­va­tion, ecol­ogy and sus­tain­abil­ity. In­tended for any­one be­tween age 13 and 17, the five-day camp fos­ters re­spon­si­ble prac­tices in the wild and in­spires in­ter­est in en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship. Since its found­ing in 2013, the pro­gram has in­cor­po­rated a di­verse range of ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing ex­plor­ing lo­cal ecosys­tems to learn about flora and fauna, and learn­ing how to hunt and fish re­spon­si­bly and safely. Dur­ing the 2016 camp in Mis­sion, B.C., the par­tic­i­pants learned about en­dan­gered species in the area while on a hike led by con­ser­va­tion bi­ol­o­gist Pamela Ze­vit. They took fish­ing lessons and learned to fil­let fish with mem­bers of the Bri­tish Columbia Fed­er­a­tion of Drift Fish­ers. In dis­cus­sion ses­sions, the group worked to­gether to “rea­son out” en­vi­ron­men­tal and eth­i­cal is­sues. Par­tic­i­pants also got their hands dirty clean­ing up and re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing a nearby site. Af­ter a fun week, every­one left with the skills and knowl­edge to be­come in­volved in con­ser­va­tion projects in their com­mu­ni­ties and with some ideas about how to go fur­ther, in­clud­ing in­for­ma­tion about post-se­condary ed­u­ca­tion and ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties in the con­ser­va­tion field.

WHAT THE PAR­TIC­I­PANTS SAID

• “It sounded re­ally in­ter­est­ing and I want to learn about wildlife.”

• “I signed up for Go Wild! to get my Con­ser­va­tion and Out­door Recreation Ed­u­ca­tion [re­quired for B.C. res­i­dents once they are 18 or older to ob­tain a hunting li­cence] and be­cause I have an in­ter­est in be­com­ing a con­ser­va­tion of­fi­cer.”

• “There were a lot of fun parts. One of my favourites was the scav­enger hunt, be­cause it was fun to find items in the for­est.”

• “I learned a lot about get­ting into a con­ser­va­tion ca­reer.”

• “I learned how many dif­fer­ent types of bugs there are.… If I was rein­car­nated, I would come back as a bug.”

• “I learned to identify tracks and plants, also bugs.”

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