CWMA Special Topic Panel & Group Discussion
Solutions for Wildlife Management ~ Part 1
This event is the first of two planned discussions on this topic in 2022. This first event will help us set the course of discussion for the second, which will focus more towards the landfill.
– DETAILS –
Wednesday, March 30, 2022 | 10:00-11:30 am Pacific time | Virtual Event
Join us for an informative presentation by WildSafeBC followed by presentations from those who have built and managed on-the-ground programs for managing wildlife. Plan to hear some “lessons learned” and what it takes from someone “just getting started”.
This event will include multi-species discussion but will lean heavily on da bears and on community programs.
– COST –
CWMA Members $10 | Non-Members 15
+GST | CWMA’s base operating budget relies on event revenue and member fees in equal measure: we are grateful for your support!
Event pricing has been kept low to ensure everyone can attend, but if the price is still a barrier for you to participate, please be in touch with us. Differential pricing options for students and non-profits is available.
– AGENDA –
10:00 AM — Welcome!
10:10 AM — WildSafeBC overview / new initiatives (Vanessa Isnardy) plus q&a
10:35 AM — Lessons learned (Cam Baughen & Zoe Kirk) plus q&a
10:55 AM — ACRD new program roll out (Paulo Eichelberger) plus q&a
11:15 AM — Open discussion on bylaws & bear proof bins
11:30 AM — Stay or go: water cooler discussion and networking for those who have more time.
– VIRTUAL NOTES –
CWMA uses the Zoom Platform for events.
Dial-in option is available but participants must confirm the dial-in phone number to be admitted to the event.
Vanessa Isnardy has been the Program Manager for WildSafeBC since 2018 and was the WildSafeBC Squamish Coordinator in 2016 and 2017. She has a degree in Applied Ecology and a BSc in Ecological Restoration. She seeks to foster an environment where wildlife, people, and their shared habitats are all respected and sustained for generations to come.
She has a long history of sharing knowledge, exploring solutions, collaborating on initiatives and making connections. As Program Manager, she is responsible for delivering the many facets of the WildSafeBC Program, developing new initiatives, and supporting over 30 local WildSafeBC Community Programs with the ultimate goal of keeping wildlife wild and communities safe.
Cameron Baughen worked as the Solid Waste Management Coordinator for the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) from 2004 to 2021. He developed and coordinated rural curbside collection for all rural areas.
He also managed procurement for curbside services for most RDOS municipalities. Realizing that curbside garbage practises was leading to bear mortality was a light bulb moment for him.
Cam now works for himself under the business name Baughen Consulting. He still complains about his boss.
(was) RDOS (now) retired
Zoë Kirk was the RDOS WildSafeBC Community Coordinator (nee Bear Aware) for over 10 years and built strong program recognition (and behavior change) throughout the region. Zoe has been (and continues to be) an active participant on the Provincial Wildlife Advisory Committee.
Zoё was the recipient of a Special Recognition Award by the BC Conservation Officer Service in May of 2021, shortly after her retirement from public service. In 2014, Naramata in Electoral Area “E” was awarded the prestigious designation of “Bear Smart Community” by the Ministry of Environment for its community lead reduction of conflict and destruction of bears.
Paulo Eichelberger is the Solid Waste Manager at ACRD. Originally from Northeast B.C., Paulo has 15 years of experience in the environmental field in progressive leadership positions, both in industry as well as in the local government sector. He and his family have most recently moved down to Vancouver Island and joined the Solid Waste Team at the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District. Paulo has been heavily involved with landfill operations, supporting roll-out of 3-stream curbside collection/organics diversion, solid waste management planning, public education, and contract management, to name a few.