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Silver Salamander & Blue Racer - Award | Recipients  
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Silver Salamander and Blue Racer Awards
Awards: The CARCNET Silver Salamander Award is presented to an individual or an organization in recognition of a specific contribution to the conservation of amphibians and reptiles in Canada.  The CARCNET Blue Racer Award is presented to an individual in recognition of cumulative contributions to research and conservation of amphibians and reptiles in Canada. 

Selection: Recipients will be recommended to the CARCNET Board by an Awards Committee appointed by the Board. Any member of CARCNET may nominate a potential recipient by submitting the name of the individual or organization, along with justification, to the Chair of the Awards Committee.  The Awards Committee will consist of three individuals, members in good-standing of CARCNET, appointed by the CARCNET Board. Awards committee members will sit for a period of two years. Awards Committee members may be re-appointed but may sit for not for more than two consecutive terms.

Frequency: Annually, no more than two CARCNET Silver Salamander Awards, and no more than a single CARCNET Blue Racer award may be presented. Although Awards may be presented annually, the CARCNET Awards Committee and Board reserve the right not to present awards should there be no suitable candidates.

Awards Ceremony:  Awards will be presented during the CARCNET Annual Meeting.

Silver Salamander Award Recipients

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Year Recipient
2006 Columbia Basin Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program In recognition of continued support for the recovery of the Southern Mountain population of the Northern Leopard Frog
Gord McAdams and the West Kootenay Community Ecosociety In recognition of commitment to the conservation of Painted Turtles in British Columbia
Presented in memory of Michael Rankin In recognition of operating the Rideau River project "turtle hot line".  A true friend of Canadian herpetology & a man with turtles in his heart
2005 Rideau Valley Conservation Authority In recognition of the Rideau River Biodiversity Project
Canadian Museum of Nature In recognition of the Rideau River Biodiversity Project
Dr. Frederick W. Schueler In recognition of conducting more than two decades of "Mudpuppy Night in Oxford Mills"
2004 Laura Friis;
British Columbia Ministry of Environment
Contribution to the conservation of amphibians and reptiles in Canada, through overseeing BC's Wildlife at Risk brochure series on amphibians and reptiles; involvement in many conservation programs for amphibians and reptiles, ranging from on-the-ground recovery projects for individual species, to establishing the BC Frogwatch program, to general advocacy for wetland conservation
Steve Brechtel: Alberta Ministry of Sustainable Resource Development Contribution to the conservation of amphibians and reptiles in Canada, through establishing the Alberta Northern Leopard Frog reintroduction project; also development of Albertan conservation initiatives such as the Volunteer Amphibian Monitoring Program, the "less official" snake den inventory, the Provincial Status Report series, and the Species at Risk brochure series
2003 Ben Porchuck and the Wilds of Pelee Island In recognition of continued support for conservation of amphibians and reptiles on Pelee Island
2002 Dave Roberts; Manitoba Conservation In recognition of his important conservation efforts at the overwintering dens of the red-sided garter snake, Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis, in Narcisse, Manitoba.
Manitoba Hydro In recognition of the donation of volunteer time, expertise and equipment to install kilometres of drift fence and "snake tunnels" constructed under the highway at various locations along the migration corridor of the red-sided garter snake in the Interlake region of Manitoba.
2001 The Nature Trust of New Brunswick For their establishment of Hyla Park in 1995; this park was established to protect the most northeasternly population of the Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor).
Ducks Unlimited For their establishment of the Small Marsh Program; the goal of this program is to establish or enhance existing small wetlands.

Blue Racer Award Recipients

Year Recipient  
2006 Dr. Patrick T. Gregory

2005 Dr. Ronald J. Brooks  
2003 Robert R. Johnson  
2002 Dr. William (Bill) B. Preston

2001 Dr. Francis Cook

Student Presentation Award
An award for the best student presentation and poster is presented at the annual meeting. 

Student Presentation Award Recipients

Year Recipient Title
Julie Lee-Yaw Evidence for cryptic lineages and range expansion from northern refugia in the Wood Frog, Rana sylvatica
Isabelle Deguise Movement patterns of adult western toads, Bufo boreas, in fragmented landscapes
Brennan Caverhill Linking science and stewardship through public education with the Nova Scotia Blanding's turtle (Emydoidea blandingii)
Paula Duarte Early exposure to 17±-ethinylestradiol alters sex ratios and gonadal morphology of developing leopard frogs (Rana pipiens).
2004 Constance Browne Population declines of freshwater turtles in Point Pelee National Park
2003 Sara Ashpole Assessment of pesticide exposure and effect in amphibians using agricultural habitat, South Okanagan, British Columbia
2002 Virginia A. Abbott Amphibian distribution in northwestern ontario: assessing the role of local habitat and landscape characteristics
2001 Sara Ashpole The effect of handling stress on deformity rate and hatching success in the Common Snapping Turtle, Chelydra serpentina serpentina, from Algonquin Provincial Park and Hamilton Harbour, Ontario Canada: do traditional laboratory incubation methods mirror naturally nesting populations?
Jean-Francois Desroches Characteristics, movements, and health of a Western Chorus Frog (Pseudacris triseriata) population at a breeding pond in southwestern Québec
2000 Mark Thompson Phylogeographic analysis of  Ambystoma macrodactylum: post-glacial tracks and resultant genetic diversity

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