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.
J. Alexander Burnett is a naturalist and freelance writer who has contributed dozens of popular articles on natural history and wildlife conservation topics to national and regional newspapers and periodicals.
Foreword by Jane Foster Preface 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 1972-77: Regionalization 7 Telling the Wildlife Story 1977-82: Consolidation 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 Notes Index