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Conservation des Amphibiens et des Reptiles

Carcnet Silver Salamander Award Recipients

Year:Recipient: Comments:
2012BC Painted Turtle Working Group

(accepted by Purnima Govindarajulu)
The Western Painted Turtle is a species of conservation concern in British Columbia and there are a number of efforts under way to conserve the species, decrease threats and restore and enhance habitats. The British Columbia Western Painted Turtle Working Group formed in 2009 as a way to share knowledge and resources, standardize survey and monitoring methodology, test and improve habitat restoration methods, collaborate on research, share public education and outreach materials, and collaborate on grant writing and fund raising proposals. Members come from diverse organizations including government agencies, non-government environmental groups, stewardship organizations, and academia. The group meets once or twice a year to coordinate projects/initiatives and sometimes hold training workshops. The group also serves as a source of expertise and rapid response if there are threats or issues concerning Western Painted Turtles in B.C. Looking forward, the group is hoping to host the first Western Painted Turtle survey blitz in B.C. on the World Turtle Day May 23rd, 2013.

2011Thunder Bay Field Naturalists

The Thunder Bay Field Naturalists Club is one of the earliest formed clubs in Ontario and is at the forefront of conservation and educational efforts in Northwestern Ontario. The club and its members have participated in several monitoring programs, its members contribute records to the OHS and Ontario Nature databases. Some of the club's past members have published papers in the herp literature. They have invited speakers in to talk about herps, conduct regular hikes highlighting frog breeding, and have acquired through purchase and donation numerous conservation reserves protecting over 3,000 ha. Currently some of its members are investigating ways of protecting western painted turtle nesting sites near Sturgeon Lake.

2010Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute
Kejimkujic National Park and National Historic Site

In recognition of : Blanding's Turtle Nest Monitoring. The two organizations have worked together at protecting Blanding's Turtle nesting sites and raising awareness of their importance in the Park and the greater community around southwest Nova Scotia. Other species at risk they are involved with includes Eastern Ribbonsnake, particularly stewardship initiatives to protect them: Species at Risk Stewardship.

2009Wakamow Valley Authority,
Moose Jaw, SK

Margaret Moran with Andy Didiuk

In recognition of Northern Leopard Frog conservation -A contribution to the conservation of amphibians and reptiles in Canada

2008no award

2007no award

2007Kids for Turtles, Peterborough, ON.

Kids 4 Turtles was the inspiration for the formation of the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre. This group of young conservationists, ages 3-10, raised almost $5,000 to purchase turtle crossing signs for Peterborough County. Their efforts have undoubtedly saved countless turtles by warning motorists to slow down and keep an eye out for turtles.

2006Columbia Basin Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program

Doug (R) with Dave Cunnington

In recognition of continued support for the recovery of the Southern Mountain population of the Northern Leopard Frog

2006West Kootenay Community Ecosociety

Suzy Hamilton, Joanne Cohen & Gord McAdams

In recognition of commitment to the conservation of Painted Turtles in British Columbia

2006Michael Rankin, In memory

Canadian Museum of Nature
In recognition of operating the Rideau River project "turtle hot line". A true friend of Canadian herpetology and a man with turtles in his heart

2005Rideau Valley Conservation Authority

In recognition of the Rideau River Biodiversity Project

2005Canadian Museum of Nature

2005Dr. Frederick W. Schueler

In recognition of conducting more than two decades of "Mudpuppy Night in Oxford Mills"

2004Laura 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

2004Steve Brechtel

Steve (L) with Dave Cunnington

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

2003Ben Porchuk

Wilds of Pelee Island
In recognition of continued support for conservation of amphibians and reptiles on Pelee Island

2002Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts (L) with Phil Johnson and Ken Erikson from Manitoba Hydro

Manitoba Conservation
In recognition of his important conservation efforts at the overwintering dens of the red-sided gartersnake, Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis, in Narcisse, Manitoba.

2002Manitoba Hydro

Dave Roberts (L) with Phil Johnson and Ken Erikson from 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.

2001Nature 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)

2001Ducks Unlimited

For their establishment of the Small Marsh Program; the goal of this program is to establish or enhance existing small wetlands.

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