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BC Wildlife Federation

Who We Are

The BC Wildlife Federation is British Columbia's largest and oldest conservation organization. Our 50,000 members are passionately committed to protecting, enhancing and promoting the wise use of the environment for the benefit of present and future generations. Our volunteers and donors give generously of their time and finances to support to a wide range of wildlife conservation programs and projects.

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The BCWF 2017 Artist of the Year is Canadian Artist Denis Mayer Jr.

Denis May Jr. has earned international acclaim for his unique style of wildlife painting that offers not only remarkably realistic representations but also images infused with energy, vitality and warmth.

A native of Quebec City, Denis knew from childhood that he would be an artist.  He initially worked with his father, a commercial sign painter. This training served as a foundation as he privately explored drawing in charcoal, bringing his talent for capturing detail to depictions of both still lifes and built structures.

He then worked for many years creating accurate and appealing architectural renderings as well as commercial illustrations for advertising. A dedicated conservationist and member of the international organization, Artists for Conservation, Denis has contributed to fundraising for organizations that include World Wildlife Federation Canada, Quebec Wildlife Federation, and the Art of Nature. His work was selected for the Art Portfolio through Ducks Unlimited in 2007-2013, Artist of the Year 2011 by the BCWF and Artist of the Year 2012 by Ducks Unlimited.

Denis lives in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia with his wife and three children and loves to walk the area’s woodland trails with his kids. A favourite pastime for Denis is singing classical music for various events.

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NEW BCWF CONSERVATION APP

                                                           

Available to iPhone users, the new Conservation App makes it easy to report environmental violations such as: dumping, polluting and destruction of fish or riparian habitat.  It is easy for users to take geo-referenced, time-stamped photos or videos and to report issues related to illegal use, or abuse, of natural resources. The app works both in and out of service areas using the phone’s GPS.  Reports are sent to a secure server and then forwarded automatically to the appropriate enforcement agency.

DOWNLOAD THE FREE APP and visit the BCWF Mapping Websitewhich is a public site that will display environmental abuses submitted by users, increasing awareness about the threats facing fish and wildlife around the province. 

When a user sends a report, they will have the ability to make the report public or confidential. The goal of making these reports public is to raise awareness to these issues and help prevent further violations. If the user chooses “public”, a moderator will then review the report to determine if it should be placed on the public website.

Personal information of the app user who reported the violation will not be disclosed on the public website. 

Registered users may also report violations via the website.

Please note, this app is designed to report infractions related to natural resource use/abuse.

It is not designed to report problem wildlife or human-wildlife conflict.

A version of the app will be created for Android-based mobile operating systems at a later date.

To read the full news release click HERE.

For more information, contact:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Resident Priority Program Manager, BC Wildlife Federation @ (250) 878-3799 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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December 7, 2016

BC NDP on Grizzly Bear Trophy Hunt Ban

 
The BC New Democrats recently released their position on the British Columbia Grizzly Bear hunt; a number of questions arose from our membership regarding that release.  
 
Here are the BC New Democrat Party’s answers to questions about the details of their proposed ban submitted by the BCWF to John Horgan, Leader, New Democrat Official Opposition. 
 
 
QUESTION: Under the new proposed policy would residents of B.C. have opportunity under the LEH system to continue to harvest Grizzly bears? 
 
• Yes. This is not about being opposed to hunting. This is about being opposed to the grizzly bear trophy hunt and only the grizzly bear trophy hunt. 
 
• B.C. hunters will continue to have the opportunity under the LEH system to harvest grizzly bear utilizing the entire bear. We will ensure we use science-based decisions to determine the numbers of LEH tags allowed in various areas. If there aren't enough bears there won’t be a hunt and vice versa. 
 
 
QUESTION: Under the new proposed policy would non-residents of B.C. continue to have opportunity to harvest Grizzly bears? 
 
• Yes. We are not proposing changes to any hunting regulations except as they relate to the grizzly bear trophy hunt. 
 
• That said, the 2015 changes to allocations for resident/non-resident by the liberal government were wrong. We stood with hunters in 2015 when the government took away hunting rights from British Columbians to give more to foreign hunters. Resident hunters make a significant contribution to B.C.’s rural economy and way of life, hunting to feed their families with B.C. game and contribute to wildlife conservation activities. 
 
 
BCWF: Under the new proposed policy would the NDP commit to manage the Grizzly bear harvest using the best available science? 
 
• Yes. The government has been cutting boots on the ground and scientific research on wildlife for 15 years, so there’s considerable dispute about the actual animal population numbers. We agree with the BC Wildlife Federation who point out that a failure to adequately fund biodiversity conservation is one of the biggest challenges B.C. faces. 
 
• We need funding for research into grizzly bear and other animal populations. Ministry staff needs stable and ongoing research funding to know if their population numbers are reliable. These concerns are reflected in the recent review of the grizzly bear management system released by MoF and FLNRO: 
 
• Resources dedicated to grizzly bear harvest management are inadequate. Additional funding to improve population inventory, monitoring, data handling, and analysis is needed. 
 
• Resources should be provided in a predictable manner to facilitate management needs and research requirements. 
 
• The NDP tabled a bill last spring, the Sustainable Wildlife Management Act, to provide new and alternative funding, give wildlife and habitat a priority, and engage all hunting and wildlife groups to work collaboratively toward short and long term plans for fisheries, wildlife and habitat. The government rejected our bill. 
 
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CELEBRATING OUR 60th ANNIVERSARY!

Check out our brand new video focusing on our members’ & stakeholders’ involvement with the BCWF to conserve and protect BC’s fish, wildlife, and habitat for present and future generations. This video features members, past presidents and community leaders such as; Rick Hansen, CEO Rick Hansen Foundation, FLNRO Minister Steve Thomson and Grand Chief Steward Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. 

Here's to celebrating another 60 years of conservation leadership!

                                                      

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