Why a new scientific journal on wildlife in Canada?

Posted on Jul 18, 2012

Author

Gilbert PROULX, Editor

Alpha Wildlife Research & Management Ltd., 229 Lilac Terrace, Sherwood Park, AB, T8H 1W3, Canada. Email: gproulx@alphawildlife.ca


Editorial

Canada is the second largest country of the world after Russia. It encompasses 15 ecozones, 25 per cent of the world’s wetlands and boreal forests, and a diversity of landscapes reaching the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic Oceans. It is home to hundreds of wildlife species distributed across coniferous, deciduous and mixed forests, mountains and prairies, lakes, rivers, wetlands, muskegs, and marine environments. Despite the fact that Canada has over 75 universities, hundreds of provincial and territorial wildlife offices, and many wildlife researchers and managers, the number of scientific journals focusing on natural history, and on wildlife biology and conservation, is less than the number of fingers on one hand! Reporting basic ecological findings on local populations and habitats, and discussing state-of-the-art wildlife management programs, has indeed been a challenge for Canadian wildlife professionals and naturalists wishing to publish in a Canadian scientific journal.

 

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