Bear Conservation in a Fast-Changing North America conference

  • Start Date: October 24, 2006
  • End Date: October 25, 2006
  • City: Revelstoke, BC

Conference description

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Bears and people face a fast-changing world. Bear habitat is changing due a variety factors such as roads, rural settlement, resource extraction, and climate change. The past decade has seen rapid advances in ways professionals can gain insight into bear biology through a variety of research tools including DNA fingerprinting, isotopic analysis, telemetry, and GIS-related data modelling. Through a combination of presentations, discussion periods, a poster session, and opportunities for informal dialogue, this conference assisted professionals to keep pace with these changes and anticipate emerging issues in bear conservation and management.

The conference included two days of presentations, and evening talk open to the community, by Dr. Andrew Derocher from the University of Alberta on Polar Bears. The event also included a poster session, and two post-conference field trips. One field trip was a tour of Revelstoke to look what the community is doing to become Bear Aware and Bear Smart. The other trip went north of Revelstoke to the Revelstoke Community Forest Corporation’s TFL, to look at resource management issues related to bears.

About 125 people attended this event.

Conference partners and supporters

The Columbia Mountains Institute is proud to have worked with the following agencies to host this conference:
  • B.C. Ministry of Environment
  • B.C. Ministry of Forests and Range
  • Canadian Forest Service
  • City of Revelstoke
  • Columbia Basin Trust through the Columbia-Kootenay Fisheries Renewal Partnership
  • Knight Inlet Lodge
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Revelstoke Community Forest Corporation
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Montana
  • Wildlife Genetics International


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  • P.O. Box 2568
  • Revelstoke, British Columbia V0E 2S0
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