Yukon Biodiversity Awareness Month...all April
The 2012 Yukon Biodiversity Awareness Award goes to...
Josie and her family assisted with scientific exploration of the St. Elias Icefields beginning in 1935. She supported the work of early explorers such as Walter Wood, who later helped found the Arctic Institute and the Kluane Lake Research Station. Josie's guidance and support for science, the research station, research, and education continued until her death. Her smile, mild manner and influence on scientific endeavour will remain far into the future.
Lloyd Freese worked as a park warden for Parks Canada for 40 years, with 39 spent in Kluane National Park and Reserve. Throughout his career, and now his retirement, Lloyd has gone out of his way to acquire and promote natural history and to participate in field projects that advance our understanding of Yukon's biodiversity.
Lloyd's work is centred on the Kluane area, but includes research using aerial captures of Grizzly Bears on the Yukon North Slope. In Kluane, he started monitoring the Kokanee population in 1977 and when it drastically declined, he persuaded experts to examine why. During the biophysical inventory of Kluane in the early 1980s, Lloyd collected, identified and mounted many of the plants in the Park's herbarium. He had a key role in searching for new locations of the endangered sedge, Carex sabulosa, and mapping out its critical habitat for special protection. Another important contribution of Lloyd's was keeping invasive plants from moving into the Park and other non-native plants off the highways. He was a founder and has worked on the executive of the Yukon Invasive Species Council.
Lloyd has inspired many people with his deep love and reverence for the Kluane landscape. Lloyd's largest contribution to biodiversity awareness has been at this scale -- quietly supporting and challenging people to expand their understanding and wonder.
The Yukon Biodiversity Working Group has recognized seven recipients of the Yukon Biodiversity Awareness Award in recent years:
no requirement that nominees be Yukon residents however there is an
expectation that their contribution benefited Yukon. We request short,
written nominations and appreciate any anecdotes or details that nominators
can supply that will help us understand the full impact of the nominee's
work. Members of the BWG who may be nominated will be considered but
will be asked to excuse themselves from the portion of the meeting
dealing with the award. More than one annual award may be given.
Listen to an info clip on Yukon biodiversity here (MP3, 363K).
For further information on biodiversity follow some of the links listed below:
Related links (Yukon):
Teaching About Biodiversity
Backyard Biodiversity and Beyond Yukon learning resource
Biodiversity...Bio-What? Download overheads and a lesson plan that illustrate six reasons to protect biodiversity.
Why preserve biodiversity? lesson plan (Grades 6-9)
Related links (Other):
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