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CONNECTING AND BUILDING ONTARIO'S WILDLIFE PROFESSION
Join Erica Newton (Analytical Biologist with the OMNRF) as she teaches two R workshop sessions
This course will get you started with some essential knowledge, language, and search terms so that you can become familiar with RStudio in a supportive environment
Discover essential tips and tricks to make coding more efficient and enjoyable in RStudio. There will also be a brief introduction to the tidyverse library and the "pipe" (%>%) operator
Join Don Barnes, CWB®, on Sunday afternoon where he will present an overview of TWS Certification from a Canadian perspective.
Topics Don will cover include:
In the second part of the workshop, Don will chair a panel discussion involving a biologist, MSc student and a PhD student who have their AWB® and two biologists with their CWB®. To lead off, each will give a short presentation (3-5 minutes) outlining their career path, why they decided to undergo TWS’ certification, and advice to students and wildlife biologists. In the remaining time, participants will be given the opportunity to interact with the panel members about certification.
In an attempt to recreate the personal aspect of in-person conferences, we will be hosting two socials during the conference using GatherTown. See a quick GatherTown overview here. Attendees will have access to the social area during the socials as well as during the breaks on Saturday. An excellent opportunity to connect and reconnect with friends and colleagues. Don't forget to let us know if you plan to attend these events when registering!
The highlight of the student conclave. Have a burning question about grad school? Want to know how to adjust your resume to get that interview with the government? What is ecological consulting all about anyways? Curious about wildlife photography and filmmaking?
Come chat with our mentors and make some new connections with other professionals. Undergraduate students, grad students, and early career professionals are encouraged to attend! If you would like to register as a mentor, please indicate so during registration.
Join us following our evening speaker to catch up with your colleagues and make new connections. Alternatively, you can catch a screening of Deer 139 with other wildlife aficionados.
The premier wildlife networking socially distanced event in Ontario (dare we say Canada?) for 2021!
We have an excellent lineup of wildlife/environmental films and speakers that will be available to discuss their work. This is an event you won't want to miss!
The film, “Deer 139,” follows research scientist Samantha Dwinnell and two friends as they hike, packraft and ski the migration route of a GPS-collared mule deer in search of deeper understanding about the connection these animals have to the landscapes where they live.
To view the film trailer and for more information, visit the website at www.deer139film.org.
Alice is a visual storyteller based on the west coast of Canada, using her skills in photography, writing, and design to help communicate scientific research and connect people with nature. In doing so, she hopes to bridge the gap between science and the public, and make a difference in conservation.
To learn more about Alice Sun and her work, please visit her website at https://www.alicesun.ca
Julian Victor is a wildlife Filmmaker from Toronto who has worked on projects for National Geographic, well as with legendary wildlife filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert. He currently works for Canada’s top morning show Breakfast Television where he produced several segments on wildlife conservation.
Julian is always on the lookout for diverse conservation stories to raise awareness of our natural world and its inhabitants and how to preserve them. He's particularly fond of wildlife thriving in our bustling urban environments, from one of the largest colonies of double-crested cormorants that nest along Toronto's waterfront to turkey vultures that perch on a building just below a busy subway station. He believes that wildlife is everywhere, but you just have to look for it.
To learn more about Julian Victor and his work, please visit his personal website at https://www.julianvictor.com
We would like to offer our sincere gratitude to our many sponsors, who have helped to make our conference possible. We were very pleased to be able to offer our conference at an extremely affordable rate for non-members and free for members this year, all of which would not have been feasible without the donations from our sponsors. If you are interested in meeting our sponsors, they will be present at the conference during the student-professional mixer.