A Passion for Wildlife
The History of the Canadian Wildlife Service
A Passion for Wildlife chronicles the history of the Canadian Wildlife Service and the evolution of Canadian wildlife policy over its first half century. It presents the exploits and accomplishments of a group of men and women whose dedication to the ideals of science, conservation, and a shared vision of Canada as a country that treasures its natural heritage has earned them the respect of their profession around the world.
Drawing on interviews and anecdotes, personal correspondence, and the published record, the book addresses topics as varied as game law enforcement, field biology, habitat conservation, environmental education, toxicology, federal-provincial relations, and international diplomacy. Accessible to anyone interested in nature, it will appeal particularly to wildlife managers, scientists, naturalists, as well as students of biology, wildlife technology, and environmental studies.
Burnett’s institutional history of the CWS, ‘one of Canada’s most important and valuable cultural institutions,’ is timely, and useful for environmental historians and anyone interested in wildlife policy in Canada ... Despite the large amount of complex information the book needs to convey as the first history of the CWS, Burnett is to be commended for introducing readers to some of the committed individuals, professionals who worked for the service ‘who actually care about wildlife in Canada.
The Canadian Wildlife Service story is full of achievements, and peopled with scientists, biologists, government administrators, wildlife technicians, and field workers who have dedicated their lives – and their passions – to the better understanding and promotion of wildlife in Canada. Since its beginning in 1947, the Canadian Wildlife Service has provided the federal government with the kind of knowledge and science-based research that we have needed to protect our wildlife heritage. And it has enjoyed keen public interest. Indeed, there are few Canadians today, young or old, whose lives have not been touched in some way by the Canadian Wildlife Service.
Foreword by Jane Foster
1 Exercising Dominion: The Genesis of Canadian Wildlife Conservation
1947-52: Setting the Wildlife Service Agenda
2 Enforcing the Migratory Birds Convention Act
1952-57: Staking Out the Territory
3 Working with Birds
1957-62: A Broader Mission
4 Working with Mammals
1962-67: Building a National Wildlife Program
5 Working with Fish
1967-72: Emergence of Environment Canada
6 Habitat Programs: Protecting Space for Wildlife
7 Telling the Wildlife Story
8 Wildlife Toxicology
1982-87: Building Partnerships
9 Endangered Species
1987-92: Going Green
10 Defining the Rules: Wildlife Governance
1992-97: The Challenges of Change
Epilogue: The Canadian Wildlife Service – A Work in Progress
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