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Honorees to be recognized at the AGENDA17 Conference FRAMINGHAM, MA--(Marketwired - November 14, 2016) - Computerworld -- the leading IT media brand dedicated to being the voice of business technology -- reveals the 2017 Computerworld Premier 100 Technology Leaders (click to tweet). One hundred leaders from technology and business are being acknowledged by Computerworld for their exceptional technology leadership and innovative approaches to business challenges. The honorees will be recognized during an awards ceremony at the AGENDA Conference, co-produced by CIO, Computerworld and the CIO Executive Council. The AGENDA17 conference will be held March 20-22, 2017, at Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. AGENDA is the business leadership conference focused on driving your business forward in changing times. At the 2017 conference, 300+ senior IT and line of business professionals will explore digital business demands including artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), virtual reality and leadership in the digital economy, as well as hear first-hand experiences from experts and peers, including Premier 100 honorees. "The Premier 100 awards program highlights the exceptional work of an elite group of IT executives who are leading their organizations through times of unprecedented change. They are using technology to drive high-stakes business projects and create dynamic growth in their organizations," said Scot Finnie, editor-in-chief of Computerworld. "These 100 men and women are not only strategic business thinkers, but also team leaders who recognize the importance of recruiting and retaining the brightest talent to enable digital transformation and harness the opportunities of cloud, big data, mobile and social. We're pleased to recognize their leadership and honor their achievements." This year's Premier 100 honorees are not only leading their organizations through digital transformation, they are also launching cutting-edge projects that are helping their businesses thrive. This innovative spirit is cultivated throughout their organizations, driving team engagement and new business opportunities. "Maintaining status quo is no longer a business option. Organizations that cause disruption will quickly advance in their industry, and technology is often the force of this disruption," said Adam Dennison, SVP / General Manager, IDG Events & Publisher, CIO. "We are excited to recognize and bring together such a dynamic group of technology leaders at AGENDA17. Their stories will no doubt spark ideas in future winners and help elevate the technology industry overall." 2017 Premier 100 Honorees: Dimitris Agrafiotis, Chief data officer and head of technology products, Covance Peter Ambs, CIO, City of Albuquerque Peter Anderson, CIO, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Matthew Arvay, CIO, City of Virginia Beach, Va. Sami Ben Jamaa, Senior executive officer and CIO, Coca-Cola East Japan Timothy Birdsall, Senior vice president of Information Services and chief medical information officer, Cancer Treatment Centers of America Douglas Blackwell, Senior vice president and CIO, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey Brett Bonner, Vice president, IT Research and Development, Kroger Daniel Bosman, Managing director and assistant vice president, TD Securities Gary Brantley, CIO, DeKalb County School District Michal Cenkl, Director of Innovation and Technology, Center for Information and Technology, Mitre Christopher Chang, Senior vice president and CIO, Darden Restaurants Samuel Chesterman, Worldwide CIO, IPG Mediabrands Abhishek Choudhary, Manager, Information Systems, Indian Oil William Confalonieri, Chief digital officer, CIO and vice president, Deakin University Paul Czarapata, Vice president and CIO, Kentucky Community & Technical College System Paul Daugherty, CTO, Accenture Lesley Dickie, Vice president, Global Business Services, IT, Raytheon Jim Dye, Director, Global IT Infrastructure, Pittsburgh Glass Works Saman Far, Senior vice president, technology, FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) Kim Felix, Vice president, IT, UPS Airlines Jeff Fields, CIO, Servpro Harry Folloder, CIO, Advantage Waypoint Michael Garcia, Vice president, Development Services, Fannie Mae Rodell Garcia, Chief technology adviser, Manila Water Gint Grabauskas, CTO, VIxxo José Güereque, IT and innovation director, Arca Continental Saravanan Gurumurthy, CTO, ForwardLine Greg Hart, Vice president, Cloud Services, McKesson Joseph Haskell, CTO, Planned Systems International Chong Huan, CIO, The Inland Real Estate Group Konstandinos Kalpos, Senior advisor, Cybersecurity, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Mohit Kapoor, Chief information and technology officer, TransUnion Hakan Karamanli, Executive vice president and CIO, Tam Faktoring Jeffrey Keisling, Senior vice president and CIO, Business Technology, Pfizer Sajed Khan, Senior vice president and CIO, United Solutions Akash Khurana, Vice president and CIO, McDermott International Georgette Kiser, Managing director and CIO, The Carlyle Group Wolfgang Krips, Executive vice president, Global Operations, and general manager, Amadeus Data Processing George Labelle, CIO, Independent Purchasing Cooperative Jason Lei, General manager, Intelligence Product, MediaMath Paul Lough, Vice president, Technology Strategy and Planning, and CTO, Navy Federal Credit Union Ryan Loy, Vice president, IT, Adtran Nandu Mahadevan, Vice president, SaaS Operations, BMC Software Charles Mance, Director, Communications & Technology Support Services, The George Washington University Saran Mandair, Vice president, Production Operations & IT, Yapstone Dave McCandless, Vice president, IT, Navis Trevor McDougall, CIO, Open Colleges Scott McIsaac, CTO, Secure-24 Matthew Minetola, Executive vice president of technology, CIO, Travelport Sumit Nagpal, Co-founder, chief architect and UX officer, LumiraDx USA Robert Napoli, CIO, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands Sarah Naqvi, Executive vice president, CIO, HMSHost Rafat Naqvi, Vice president, IT Services, Avanade Steven Narvaez, IT director and CIO, City of Deltona, Fla. Timothy Newman, Associate deputy assistance secretary, HR Automation, Systems and Analytics, Department of Veteran Affairs Niel Nickolaisen, Senior vice president and CTO, O.C. Tanner Jim Noel, Vice president, Software Services, Veterans United Home Loans Anthony Norris, Senior vice president, IT, FedEx Services Ken Piddington, CIO and executive advisor, MRE Consulting Phil Potloff, Chief digital officer, Edmunds Prabhakar Posam, Head of IT & Business Process, PAE Kaushik Ray, Vice president, Global Architecture and Customer Engineering, Sungard Availability Services Jamshid Rezaei, CIO, Mitel Olaf Romer, Head of corporate IT and group CIO, Baloise Group Douglas Rousso, Senior vice president and CTO, CBS Theresa Rowe, CIO, Oakland University Sanjay Saraf, Senior vice president and CTO, Western Union Digital, Western Union Robin Sarkar, CIO, Lakeland Health Sorabh Saxena, Senior vice president, Software Development & Engineering, AT&T Julie Schlabach, Senior director, Emerging Technology Services, Cerner Glenn Schneider, Executive vice president and CIO, Discover Financial Services Lori Scott, CIO, NatureServe Carlos Selonke, CIO, Santander Bank John Showalter, Chief health information officer, University of Mississippi Medical Center Shane Snider, Executive vice president, IT and Customer Care, SkillPath Seminars Scott Spradley, Senior vice president and CIO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Sanjay Srinivasan, Vice president and chief technology architect, Business Engineering, Vonage Suresh Srinivasan, CTO, NYU Langone Medical Center Tom Stafford, Vice president and CIO, Halifax Health Raied Stanley, Vice president, Business Systems, Metropolitan Utilities District Alan Stukalsky, Managing director and CIO, North America, Randstad North America Ramakrishnan Sudarshanam, Divisional vice president, IT, United Breweries Mike Sutten, Senior vice president and CTO, Kaiser Permanente Thomson Thomas, Senior vice president, Business Systems and Technology, HDFC Standard Life Insurance Sean Valcamp, Chief information security officer, Avnet Robin Veit, Director, Client Engineering and Operations, Starz Radhika Venkatraman, Senior vice president and CIO, Network and Technology, Verizon Craig Walker, Vice president and Global CIO Shell Downstream, Shell International Petroleum Melissa Ward, Vice president, IT, Eurpac Service Creighton Warren, CIO, USG Florian Wegener, Vice president and head of global ecommerce, Qiagen Tommy Whitten, District technology coordinator, Madison County Schools Judd Williams, CIO, National Collegiate Athletic Association Richard Wilson, Chief, Solution Delivery, Defense Health Agency Lisa Woodley, Vice president, Digital Experience, NTT Data Naoto Yamamoto, Chief, Business Solutions, United Nations Development Programme Michael Young, Chief product security officer, Esri Michael Yzerman, Vice president and Deputy CIO, Community Health Systems Sigal Zarmi, CIO, Network and U.S., PwC AGENDA17 Sponsorship Opportunities We invite leading technology solution providers to join us at AGENDA17 through our various sponsorship opportunities, including the awards celebration. Please contact Adam Dennison, SVP / General Manager, IDG Events & Publisher, CIO at adennison@idgenterprise.com to learn more. Follow Computerworld on Twitter: @Computerworld and #Premier100 Follow IDG Enterprise on Twitter: @IDGEnterprise Join Computerworld on LinkedIn Like Computerworld on Facebook About the Premier 100 Technology Leadership Awards The Premier 100 program was created in 2000 to spotlight individuals who have had a positive impact on their organizations through technology. These are individuals who manage internal IT organizations, mentor and motivate their IT teams and business colleagues, create a positive work environment, envision innovative solutions to business challenges and effectively manage and execute IT strategies. Each year nominees are invited to complete a survey that addresses a number of topics, including their background and experience and their attitude toward risk and innovation. Using Computerworld's IT Leader Index, which is a measurement of how closely an individual matches our definition of the IT Leader, we analyze the data. Each year, 100 honorees are selected to receive this life-time recognition award. Information on previous honorees can be viewed at: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9065479/Premier_100_IT_Leaders About AGENDA17 March 20-22, 2017 :: Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida :: AGENDAConference.com AGENDA is the business leadership conference focused on transforming business for the digital world. Transformation changes how companies look at technology, fostering conversations and partnerships among multiple business stakeholders. AGENDA17 brings together more than 300 senior IT and line of business leaders from a range of industries to develop action plans for the digital transformation at their organizations. This event creates a unique atmosphere for technology solution providers to integrate themselves into discussions during the strategic planning stage. About Computerworld Computerworld from IDG is the leading technology media brand helping senior IT, business decision-makers and key influencers navigate change with effective business strategy. As the voice of business technology, Computerworld enables the IT value chain with unique editorial coverage from setting strategies to deriving value. Computerworld's award-winning website (www.computerworld.com), focused conference series, strategic marketing solutions and research forms the hub of the world's largest (40+ edition) global IT media network and provides opportunities for IT vendors to engage this audience. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 7.2 million monthly page views (Omniture, January 2016 - March 2016 average) and was recognized in BtoB's 2013 Media Power 50 list; recognition Computerworld has received for more than 5 consecutive years. Computerworld is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of IDG. Company information is available at www.idgenterprise.com. About IDG IDG connects the world of tech buyers with insights, intent and engagement. IDG is the world's largest media, data and marketing services company that activates and engages the most influential technology buyers. Our premium brands, including CIO®, Computerworld®, PCWorld® and Macworld®, engage the most powerful audience of technology buyers providing essential guidance on the evolving technology landscape. Our global data intelligence platform activates purchasing intent, powering our clients' success. 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News Article | May 12, 2017
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Discovering Biodiversity Even at the Heart of the Nation's Capital OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - May 12, 2017) - Next May 16, right at Parliament Hill itself, comes the launch of a new cross-Canada initiative, BioBlitz Canada 150, one of the Canada 150 Signature Projects. Coordinated by the Canadian Wildlife Federation and more than 60 partner organizations, this series of BioBlitz events will reach thousands of Canadians from sea to sea to sea in a celebration of our wild natural heritage. The launch will take a "nature selfie" of the Hill, outdoors, in habitat that lives on at this historic site. A select all-party squad of parliamentarians, some of whom are accomplished scientists in their own right, will team up with expert naturalists and head out to demonstrate what a BioBlitz is. Before media representatives and a film crew, they will have 45 minutes to survey a section along the base of the wooded slopes and the riverside, in a friendly race to list all the living species they can see, hear or reach. "This fascinating project will help us raise our environmental awareness," said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. "Let's take this opportunity to celebrate Canada 150 by connecting with Canada's natural beauty and learning more about Canada's wild species -- a priceless resource." "BioBlitz Canada 150 calls all citizens to be citizen-scientists this year," added Rick Bates, CEO of the Canadian Wildlife Federation. "Canadians, like our parliamentarians, range from very expert to just getting to know our wildlife better. But everyone can truly contribute real scientific knowledge in 2017 for the future of Canada's natural heritage." Leading the way, Senator Rosa Galvez (Independent) and MPs Will Amos (Liberal), Richard Cannings (NDP), Elizabeth May (Green) and Robert Sopuck (Conservative) will show how Canadians everywhere can come together too in 2017 to explore Canada's rich biodiversity. In 2017, 35 official BioBlitz events across the country will include 5 flagships in Regina, Toronto, Vancouver, Quebec City and Halifax, with 20 community celebrations and science activities, as well as 10 specialized science-intensive surveys by taxonomic experts. The BioBlitz Canada 150 events, including the demonstration launch, will gather real scientific data, tracking the changing species mix in each area -- maybe even making discoveries of species new to science. This information will ground our knowledge of such issues as climate change and the state of our biodiversity. The results will be shared in the public domain, accessible to all citizens, wildlife managers, conservation groups, science and education institutions, and government organizations to help shape wise decisions now and into the future to help conserve these wild species for generations to come. For more information about BioBlitz Canada 150 and for the list of events, as they roll out across the country, please visit bioblitzcanada.ca. The Canadian Wildlife Federation is dedicated to fostering awareness and appreciation of our natural world. By spreading knowledge of human impacts on the environment, sponsoring research, promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, recommending legislative changes and co-operating with like-minded partners, CWF encourages a future in which Canadians can live in harmony with nature. Visit CanadianWildlifeFederation.ca for more information. BioBlitz Canada is a national partnership of leading conservation, education and research organizations with the goal to document Canada's biodiversity by connecting the public with nature in a scientist-led participatory survey of life from sea to sea to sea, and make sure this important information can be useful to current and future science, with open-source access to all. Its vision is to help Canadians learn about and connect with nature, be it in one's own backyard or the most important ecological sites in Canada. Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada, Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, Biological Survey of Canada, Birds Studies Canada, Canadian Museum of Nature, Canadian Wildlife Service (Environment and Climate Change Canada), iNaturalist Canada, Nature Canada, Nature Conservancy of Canada, NatureServe Canada, New Brunswick Museum, Parks Canada, RARE Charitable Research Reserve, Royal Ontario Museum, Royal Saskatchewan Museum, Stanley Park Ecology Society, Toronto Zoo, Vancouver Aquarium and other organizations. About iNaturalist Canada: Launched in 2015, iNaturalist Canada is a virtual place where Canadians can record and share what they see in nature, interact with other nature watchers, and learn about Canada's wildlife. The app is run by the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in collaboration with iNaturalist.org and the California Academy of Sciences. Parks Canada, NatureServe Canada and CWF's Hinterland Who's Who have been key partners in the development of iNaturalist Canada and will continue to play a role in the program.


News Article | May 19, 2017
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OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - May 19, 2017) - As the Auditor General reported on numbers just south of the Hill, meanwhile, on the Hill's eastern side, the numbers of living species were tallied, as Parliamentarians led a demonstration nature count to launch BioBlitz Canada 150, a nation-wide Canada 150 Signature project. "This fascinating project will help us raise our environmental awareness," said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. "Let's take this opportunity to celebrate Canada 150 by connecting with Canada's natural beauty and learning more about Canada's wild species -- a priceless resource." In only 45 minutes, the Parliamentarians' teams blitzed an impressive 137 species of the air, land and water, all logged onto the national iNaturalist.ca database. This, for a location in middle of Canada's capital, downtown, within centimetres of where hundreds of tourists walk by, and metres from the turbulent Ottawa River, at historic flood levels only days before. Two squads vied in a little friendly contention, this time outside Parliament, by representatives of the different political stripes, plus the Clerk of the House of Commons on behalf of all the Hill officials. Several are top-notch naturalists in their own right, and they were joined by some local specialists. The Parliamentary Secretary for Science Kate Young cheered them on, and added her estimate of how many species would be found. Estimates ranged from 3,100 species to 67 (the latter more symbolic than serious). The closest to the actual total was by MP (and professional biologist) Richard Cannings (South Okanagan-West Kootenay) who predicted 167. Among the smallest of the species were barely visible freshwater plankton. A special find was a Yellowbanded Bumble Bee, a species listed as "Special Concern" by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Among the largest species identified was a Butternut tree along the escarpment of the Hill. A mere ten minutes drive away, the maximum species list is 3,592, in the Gatineau Park area, site of the Bioblitz Canada 150 National Capital BioBlitz for the public on June 10-11. This tally has been compiled over decades by constant surveying and by experts in the most obscure taxa -- and even there, a species new to science was added this past year. Other bioblitzes are set for the next days and months across Canada: there will be 35 official events, with a growing list of independent projects posted at bioblitzcanada.ca. CWF and its partners in conservation across the country call on Canadians to join in all year at a Bioblitz Canada 150 event or on their own with the resources available through the website. The CWF will be inviting all Canadian to play along by guessing the total species identified under the project as of October 31, 2017, the end of the events season. About the Canadian Wildlife Federation: The Canadian Wildlife Federation is dedicated to fostering awareness and appreciation of our natural world. By spreading knowledge of human impacts on the environment, sponsoring research, promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, recommending legislative changes and co-operating with likeminded partners, CWF encourages a future in which Canadians can live in harmony with nature. Visit CanadianWildlifeFederation.ca for more information. About BioBlitz Canada: BioBlitz Canada is a national partnership of leading conservation, education and research organizations with the goal to document Canada's biodiversity by connecting the public with nature in a scientist-led participatory survey of life from sea to sea to sea, and make sure this important information can be useful to current and future science, with open-source access to all. Its vision is to help Canadians learn about and connect with nature, be it in one's own backyard or the most important ecological sites in Canada. Other partners in conservation include: Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada, Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, Biological Survey of Canada, Birds Studies Canada, Canadian Museum of Nature, Canadian Wildlife Service (Environment and Climate Change Canada), iNaturalist Canada, Nature Canada, Nature Conservancy of Canada, NatureServe Canada, New Brunswick Museum, Parks Canada, RARE Charitable Research Reserve, Royal Ontario Museum, Royal Saskatchewan Museum, Stanley Park Ecology Society, Toronto Zoo, Vancouver Aquarium and other organizations. About iNaturalist Canada: Launched in 2015, iNaturalist Canada is a virtual place where Canadians can record and share what they see in nature, interact with other nature watchers, and learn about Canada's wildlife. The app is run by the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in collaboration with iNaturalist.org and the California Academy of Sciences. Parks Canada, NatureServe Canada and CWF's Hinterland Who's Who have been key partners in the development of iNaturalist Canada and will continue to play a role in the program. Image Available: http://www.marketwire.com/library/MwGo/2017/5/19/11G139307/Images/BioBlitz_Canada_150_Logo-06e7dfbae1048b518343499c85e03879.jpg Image Available: http://www.marketwire.com/library/MwGo/2017/5/19/11G139307/Images/mw1bggo93tgma01pcmtvvmfo1f6q2-fc5e904644859ce3a72a8d7d3d8fc3dc.jpg Image Available: http://www.marketwire.com/library/MwGo/2017/5/19/11G139307/Images/mw1bggntv641hf8vev1qkp1rq11sia2-9bd032cc4beaac678edd64a202b2a648.jpg Image Available: http://www.marketwire.com/library/MwGo/2017/5/19/11G139307/Images/mw1bggnkbkth8glup6q614raedl2-d3af64f9d31da9929d8912828e52264b.jpg


News Article | May 19, 2017
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OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - 19 mai 2017) - Alors que le compte rendu du Vérificateur Général était annoncé au Parlement le 16 mai dernier, des petits groupes de Parlementaires faisaient de leur côté un tout autre compte, celui des espèces sauvages habitant la Colline. Le projet Signature Canada 150 - BioBlitz Canada 150 était ainsi lancé, lors d'une démonstration BioBlitz. " Ce projet fascinant nous aidera à éveiller notre conscience environnementale. Profitons de Canada 150 pour célébrer la beauté naturelle de notre pays et en apprendre davantage sur les espèces sauvages canadiennes, une source inestimable de richesse ", a déclaré l'honorable Mélanie Joly, ministre du Patrimoine canadien. En seulement 45 minutes, les explorateurs on fait un Blitz de 137 espèces se trouvant dans l'air, le sol et l'eau, alors qu'ils étaient à quelques mètres des centaines de touristes et de la turbulente rivière, puis à quelques jours près des inondations derrière la Colline. Les résultats ont été enregistrés dans la grande base de données nationale iNaturalist.ca. Les 2 équipes menées par des Parlementaires de chaque parti politique se sont jointes à des experts naturalistes, alors qu'ils étaient aussi encouragés par la Secrétaire parlementaire pour les Sciences, Kate Young et le Greffier de la Chambre des communes représentant le Parlement. Dans leurs estimations des espèces trouvées, les chiffres variaient entre 3,100 et 67 (le premier nombre étant plus symbolique que sérieux). L'estimation la plus près du résultat final, soit 167 espèces, fut celle lancée par le Débuté Richard Cannings, de la circonscription Okanagan-Sud-Kootenay-Ouest, aussi professeur en biologie,. La plus grande espèce trouvée dans l'habitat naturel de la Colline fut un Noyer cendré, alors que dans la catégorie à peine visible, fut du Plancton d'eau douce. Un Bourdon terricole a aussi été identifié, une espèce à surveiller dans les prochaines années, selon le Comité de la situation des espèces en péril au Canada. Finalement, c'est un Grand Héron qui a clôturé le BioBlitz en s'imposant à la toute fin sur l'air de rassemblement des participants. Non loin du Parlement, il faut se rendre au Parc de la Gatineau pour trouver 3592 sortes d'espèces identifiées. Le public pourra participer aux célébrations du BioBlitz de la Capitale Nationale, le 10-11 juin prochain. La liste des espèces du Parc a été compilée depuis des dizaines d'années à travers différents rapports, avec la contribution d'experts reconnus. Même avec le rassemblement de ces efforts, l'on ajoutera cette année, de nouvelles données scientifiques. Des activités BioBlitz se déroulent tout au long de l'année à travers le Canada. La Fédération canadienne de la faune et ses partenaires en conservation font appel aux canadiens d'un bout à l'autre du pays, afin qu'ils se joignent aux célébrations. Pour visiter le calendrier des 35 BioBlitz officiels en plus des indépendants, consultez bioblitzcanada.ca. La FCF invite tous les Canadiens à se prêter au jeu, en essayant de deviner le nombre d'espèces total qui seront identifiés tout au long de la série d'événements, le dernier étant le 31 octobre, 2017. Surveiller les prochains dévoilements qui seront faits très bientôt. À propos de la Fédération canadienne de la faune: La Fédération canadienne de la faune (FCF) est un organisme de bienfaisance national sans but lucratif voué à la sensibilisation et à l'appréciation de notre monde naturel. En diffusant des connaissances sur les répercussions humaines sur l'environnement, en menant des recherches, en élaborant et en exécutant des programmes d'éducation, en promouvant l'utilisation durable des ressources naturelles, en recommandant des changements aux politiques et en coopérant avec des partenaires partageant les mêmes idées, la FCF encourage un avenir auquel les Canadiens peuvent vivre en harmonie avec la nature. Pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements, visitez www.cwf-fcf.org. À propos de BioBlitz Canada: BioBlitz Canada est un partenariat national des principales organisations de conservation, d'éducation et de recherche qui a pour objectif de documenter la biodiversité du Canada en rapprochant le public de la nature dans le cadre d'une étude participative de la vie dirigée par des scientifiques d'un océan à l'autre et d'assurer que ces importantes informations puissent servir à la science actuelle et future, par l'intermédiaire d'un accès libre à tous. Sa vision est d'encourager les Canadiens à se rapprocher de la nature et à en apprendre davantage à son sujet, que ce soit dans le cadre de leur propre jardin ou dans celui des plus importants sites écologiques au Canada. Autres partenaires: Alliance des musées d'histoire naturelle du Canada, Institut de la biodiversité de l'Ontario, Commission biologique du Canada, Études d'Oiseaux Canada, Association botanique du Canada, Musée canadien de la nature, Service canadien de la faune (Environnement et Changement climatique Canada), iNaturalist Canada, Nature Canada, Conservation de la nature Canada, NatureServe Canada, Musée du Nouveau-Brunswick, Parcs Canada, rare Réserve de Recherche Charitable, Musée royal de l'Ontario, Musée royal de la Saskatchewan, Stanley Park Ecology Society, Zoo de Toronto, Aquarium de Vancouver et autres organisations. À propos de iNaturalist Canada: Lancé en 2015, iNaturalist Canada est un lieu virtuel où les Canadiens peuvent consigner et partager leurs observations dans la nature, interagir avec d'autres observateurs, et en apprendre davantage sur les espèces sauvages du Canada. Cette application est gérée par la Fédération canadienne de la faune (FCF) et le Musée royal de l'Ontario (MRO), en collaboration avec iNaturalist.org et la California Academy of Sciences (ou Académie des sciences de Californie). Parcs Canada, NatureServe Canada et le programme Faune et flore du pays de la FCF ont été des partenaires clés dans le développement de iNaturalist Canada et continueront à jouer un rôle dans le cade de ce programme. 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News Article | November 4, 2016
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Nobody likes to see the great outdoors marred by restrictive fences and scolding signs. But a new study suggests that we may need to be reined in: Human recreational activities such as hiking, biking and off-road vehicle driving threaten more rare and endangered plants in the continental U.S. than any other single factor, beating out familiar enemies such as agriculture, residential development, pollution and invasive species. The finding emerged from an analysis of the most comprehensive database of rare and endangered plants in the U.S. In the study, which was published in the journal Biological Conservation, ecologist Adam Smith of the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis and his students analyzed thousands of field reports by scientists, conservationists and others detailing specific threats to populations of plants either listed as endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, or believed by scientists to be imperiled. The threats included all factors known to increase the likelihood that a plant population or species will go extinct. The study was not the first of its kind. In 1998, a team led by ecologist David Wilcove of Princeton University in New Jersey published an analysis that included 1,055 imperiled and endangered plants. That team found that residential and commercial development -- a destructive factor familiar to all ecologists -- was plants’ top threat, affecting 36 percent of species. But outdoor recreation was only a few percentage points behind. The prevalence of recreation-related threats “was probably the most unpredicted finding of our study,” Wilcove said, “the one that drew the most quizzical looks from our colleagues.” Smith’s team started with data from 1996, where Wilcove’s team left off, and analyzed almost three times as many plant species -- 2,733 in total, representing nearly all known imperiled and endangered plants in the U.S. They found that between 1996 and 2014, outdoor recreation was the most common threat reported in the continental U.S., affecting 35 percent of species. Livestock were close behind, threatening a third of the plants in the database, followed by residential development, invasive species, and construction and maintenance of roads and railroads. Within outdoor recreation, off-road vehicles, or ORVs, were the top culprit, impacting 19 percent of all species. This did not surprise Smith, who noted as a telling example an ORV with the nickname “Desert Killer.” However, he added, people engaging in seemingly gentler activities are not off the hook. Hikers, bicyclers, trail riders, skiers and climbers collectively threatened 13 percent of all plants studied, either directly by trampling on them or disturbing the soil they grow in, or indirectly by bringing in invasive species that displace native ones. An illustrative example is the small flowering plant Cumberland sandwort (Minuartia cumberlandensis), which lives only in cool, dark natural shelters that often form under sandstone cliffs in eastern Kentucky and northern Tennessee. Such shelters are also favorite haunts of rock climbers and campers, who can inadvertently rip out plants or scrape away the thin soil they grow in. Amateur archaeologists may also trample the plants while seeking Native Americans artifacts. Cumberland sandwort was discovered by biologists only in the 1970s, and by 1988 it had become so rare that it was listed as an endangered species. The new study comes with several caveats. The data, which were compiled by the Arlington, Virginia-based conservation organization NatureServe, do not specify how severe particular threats are. So even though recreation showed up most frequently in the data, some of those instances might indicate only a relatively mild threat. “It’s a lot better to walk on something than plow it up,” Smith noted. The researchers also found vastly different results in Hawaii, where many unique species face imminent danger of extinction. Invasive species introduced by commercial shipping or European colonizers were by far the most common threat there, imperiling 95 percent of all plants. Recreation imperiled a comparatively small 9 percent. (Data on Hawaiian plants were also, on average, almost a decade older.) “It’s great that the authors really delved into this issue and tried to quantify something that’s actually very difficult to quantify,” said Anne Frances, a botanist at NatureServe who reviewed an early draft of the paper. She added that including information on the severity, scope and timing of threats could more precisely guide conservationists’ efforts in limiting harm to plants. Wilcove also applauded the effort. “In a way, I felt gratified that this new study reaffirmed the significance of recreation as a threat to rare plants,” he said. Land management agencies have long known that ORV drivers, hikers and others can harm or kill plants, said Joseph Burns, a biologist and endangered species program leader with the U.S. Forest Service. And agencies have successfully addressed threats to some endangered plants. The National Park Service and other agencies have banned climbing and put up fences to keep people out of shelters where Cumberland sandwort lives, for example, and the plant’s population has recovered somewhat. In another case, the Bureau of Land Management banned ORVs from sand dunes harboring a sensitive buckwheat plant in the Sand Mountain Recreation Area in Nevada. But agencies may be fighting an uphill battle. Smith and his colleagues found that the number of threats recorded increased over the study period, likely because more people are driving ORVs and hitting the trail at the same time that cities and suburbs are gobbling up more and more land. “It’s not surprising,” Wilcove said. “People love the outdoors and there’s less of the outdoors to love.” Smith also said that despite Wilcove’s 1998 paper, some conservation biologists may still need to hear the message. His team found that papers published in five top conservation journals between 2000 and 2014 focused disproportionately on a few threat types such as missing pollinators, pathogens and diseases, and largely ignored many of the most prevalent, including recreation. “There’s an inherent resistance [among scientists] to hearing that people who like being outside are actually a source of harm,” he said. However, Burns and Frances contended that scientists are aware of the threats plants face, noting that relevant data are often recorded in government reports and other sources that don’t go through the standard academic peer review process -- the so-called “gray literature” -- which Smith’s team did not analyze. Burns added that broad-ranging studies such as Smith’s can play an important role in informing state agencies and private land owners of the potential impacts of recreation. “It’s important for those folks to understand” how to protect plants on their land, he said. “Collectively, they can make a difference.” The other audience that needs to hear the message is us. Smith does not want to discourage people from enjoying the outdoors, but he says we should probably be more careful when we do so. “I love to go hiking too, but it really has surprised me,” Smith said. “I notice much more now if I see a ‘trail closed’ sign. I’m much more obedient."


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BioBlitz Canada 150 will put Canadians in direct contact with our wildlife OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - November 30, 2016) - As part of Canada's 150th celebrations, the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF), with BioBlitz Canada and other partners in conservation, will carry out a series of public bioblitzes across the nation to help showcase and conserve our natural heritage. "This fascinating project will engage, inspire and strengthen the environmental consciousness of Canadians all across the country. Let's take the opportunity being offered to us to become the guardians of our Canadian wildlife, an invaluable source of wealth," said the Hon. Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. BioBlitz Canada 150 is one of 38 Signature Projects recently announced by Minister Joly under the federal Canada 150 initiative. BioBlitz Canada 150 events will bring together thousands of Canadians from all ages, cultural backgrounds and walks of life to explore Canada's terrestrial, freshwater, coastal and marine environments. The BioBlitz Canada 150 project will generate new scientific data and document new species, information which is critical for decisions on the state of Canada's biodiversity. In the next days, for instance, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) will announce their assessments of which species are at risk of extinction and which may be holding their own. These assessments are based on the kind of data that the BioBlitz Canada 150 project will provide. "Wildlife and nature are key parts of the Canadian identity and we're very pleased the Government of Canada recognizes and supports this aspect of our national celebration," said Rick Bates, CEO of the Canadian Wildlife Federation. "We look forward to having people from across the country participate in a bioblitz as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations." Public bioblitz events will blend science with community and youth engagement. Scientists and interested members of the public will go out together in nature to find, identify and record as many species as possible in a given time. The BioBlitz Canada 150 project will feature five flagship events in urban areas, 20 community events and 10 science-intense blitzes. Individuals, schools and organizations will also be encouraged to organize their own bioblitz events to share the celebration of Canada's wildlife and contribute to the national database. Locations, results and activity guides will be posted on the new BioBlitzCanada.ca website and observations will be tracked in real time through iNaturalist.ca, the official database platform for BioBlitz Canada 150. The website will feature a variety of other resources to encourage public participation throughout the year. Discoveries will be showcased to the Canadian public, wildlife managers, conservation organizations, educational institutions and government agencies to shape conservation decisions which will help to inform choices on such issues such as climate change and loss of biodiversity and ensure these wild species and spaces remain for generations to come. The project will create Canada's nature selfie for our 150th. For more information and to watch the project unfold visit BioBlitzCanada.ca. About the Canadian Wildlife Federation: The Canadian Wildlife Federation is dedicated to fostering awareness and appreciation of our natural world. By spreading knowledge of human impacts on the environment, sponsoring research, promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, recommending legislative changes and co-operating with like-minded partners, CWF encourages a future in which Canadians can live in harmony with nature. Visit CanadianWildlifeFederation.ca for more information. About BioBlitz Canada: BioBlitz Canada is a national partnership of leading conservation, education and research organizations with the goal to document Canada's biodiversity by connecting the public with nature in a scientist-led participatory survey of life from sea to sea to sea, and make sure this important information can be useful to current and future science, with open-source access to all. Its vision is to help Canadians learn about and connect with nature, be it in one's own backyard or the most important ecological sites in Canada. Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada, Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, Biological Survey of Canada, Birds Studies Canada, Canadian Museum of Nature, Canadian Wildlife Service (Environment and Climate Change Canada), iNaturalist Canada, Nature Canada, Nature Conservancy of Canada, NatureServe Canada, New Brunswick Museum, Parks Canada, RARE Charitable Research Reserve, Royal Ontario Museum, Royal Saskatchewan Museum, Stanley Park Ecology Society, Toronto Zoo, Vancouver Aquarium and other organizations. About iNaturalist Canada: Launched in 2015, iNaturalist Canada is a virtual place where Canadians can record and share what they see in nature, interact with other nature watchers, and learn about Canada's wildlife. The app is run by the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in collaboration with iNaturalist.org and the California Academy of Sciences. Parks Canada, NatureServe Canada and CWF's Hinterland Who's Who have been key partners in the development of iNaturalist Canada and will continue to play a role in the program.


L'événement BioBlitz Canada 150 mettra les Canadiens en contact direct avec nos espèces sauvages OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - 30 novembre 2016) - Dans le cadre des célébrations du 150e anniversaire de la Confédération canadienne, la Fédération canadienne de la faune (FCF), avec BioBlitz Canada et ses autres partenaires en matière de conservation, mènera une série de bioblitz publics dans l'ensemble du pays pour contribuer à mettre en valeur et à conserver notre patrimoine naturel. " Ce projet fascinant fera participer les Canadiens dans tout le pays, les inspirera et renforcera leur conscience environnementale. Profitons de l'occasion qui nous est offerte de devenir les gardiens de nos espèces sauvages canadiennes, source inestimable de richesse ", a déclaré l'honorable Mélanie Joly, ministre du Patrimoine canadien. BioBlitz Canada 150 est l'un des 38 projets Signature récemment dévoilés par Mélanie Joly dans le cadre de l'initiative fédérale Canada 150. Les événements BioBlitz Canada 150 rassembleront des milliers de Canadiens de tous les âges, de toutes les origines culturelles et de tous les milieux pour explorer les environnements terrestres, d'eau douce, côtiers et marins du Canada. À travers ce projet, de nouvelles données scientifiques seront générées et de nouvelles espèces seront documentées, ce qui est nécessaire pour nous aider à prendre des décisions à l'égard de la biodiversité canadienne. Au cours des prochains jours, par exemple, le Comité sur la situation des espèces en péril au Canada (COSEPAC) annoncera quelles espèces sont en voie de disparition ou non d'après leurs évaluations. Les données recueillies par un projet tel BioBlitz Canada 150 sont utilisées lors de ces évaluations. " La faune et la nature sont des éléments clés de l'identité canadienne et nous sommes très heureux que le gouvernement du Canada reconnaisse et soutienne cet aspect de notre célébration nationale, a ajouté Rick Bates, directeur général de la Fédération canadienne de la faune. Nous sommes impatients de voir des habitants de l'ensemble du pays participer à un bioblitz dans le cadre des célébrations du 150e anniversaire du Canada. " Les événements publics des bioblitz associeront science, communauté et engagement des jeunes. Les scientifiques et les membres intéressés du grand public se rendront ensemble dans la nature pour trouver, identifier et consigner autant d'espèces que possible dans un temps donné. Le projet BioBlitz Canada 150 présentera 5 événements phares dans des zones urbaines, 20 événements communautaires, et 10 bioblitz scientifiques intensifs. Les particuliers, les écoles et les organisations seront également encouragés à organiser leurs propres événements BioBlitz pour participer à la célébration des espèces sauvages du Canada et contribuer à la base de données nationale. Les sites étudiés, les résultats obtenus ainsi que des guides d'activités seront affichés sur le nouveau site de BioBlitzCanada.ca et les observations seront enregistrées en temps réel sur iNaturalist.ca, la plateforme officielle de BioBlitz Canada 150. Le site Web offrira également une panoplie de ressources pour encourager la participation du public tout au long de l'année. Ces découvertes seront également présentées au public canadien, gestionnaires de la faune, organisations de conservation, établissements d'enseignement et organismes gouvernementaux pour façonner les décisions de conservation qui contribueront à éclairer les choix à venir sur des questions comme les changements climatiques et la perte de biodiversité, et faire en sorte que ces espèces et espaces sauvages demeurent pour les générations à venir. Ce projet permettra de créer un égoportrait de notre nature pour nos 150 ans. Pour plus d'information et pour suivre le déroulement du projet, consultez BioBlitzCanada.ca. À propos de la Fédération canadienne de la faune : La Fédération canadienne de la faune se consacre à favoriser la prise de conscience et l'appréciation de notre monde naturel. Par la diffusion des connaissances des impacts des activités humaines sur l'environnement, la subvention de recherches, la promotion de l'utilisation durable des ressources naturelles, la recommandation de modifications législatives et la coopération avec des partenaires aux vues similaires, la FCF promeut un avenir dans lequel les Canadiens pourront vivre en harmonie avec la nature. Consultez le site Fédérationcanadiennedelafaune.ca pour plus d'information. À propos de BioBlitz Canada : BioBlitz Canada est un partenariat national des principales organisations de conservation, d'éducation et de recherche qui a pour objectif de documenter la biodiversité du Canada en rapprochant le public de la nature dans le cadre d'une étude participative de la vie dirigée par des scientifiques d'un océan à l'autre et d'assurer que ces importantes informations puissent servir à la science actuelle et future, par l'intermédiaire d'un accès libre à tous. Sa vision est d'encourager les Canadiens à se rapprocher de la nature et à en apprendre davantage à son sujet, que ce soit dans le cadre de leur propre jardin ou dans celui des plus importants sites écologiques au Canada. Autres partenaires : Alliance des musées d'histoire naturelle du Canada, Institut de la biodiversité de l'Ontario, Commission biologique du Canada, Études d'Oiseaux Canada, Association botanique du Canada, Musée canadien de la nature, Service canadien de la faune (Environnement et Changement climatique Canada), iNaturalist Canada, Nature Canada, Conservation de la nature Canada, NatureServe Canada, Musée du Nouveau-Brunswick, Parcs Canada, rare Réserve de Recherche Charitable, Musée royal de l'Ontario, Musée royal de la Saskatchewan, Stanley Park Ecology Society, Zoo de Toronto, Aquarium de Vancouver et autres organisations. À propos de iNaturalist Canada : Lancé en 2015, iNaturalist Canada est un lieu virtuel où les Canadiens peuvent consigner et partager leurs observations dans la nature, interagir avec d'autres observateurs, et en apprendre davantage sur les espèces sauvages du Canada. Cette application est gérée par la Fédération canadienne de la faune (FCF) et le Musée royal de l'Ontario (MRO), en collaboration avec iNaturalist.org et la California Academy of Sciences (ou Académie des sciences de Californie). Parcs Canada, NatureServe Canada et le programme Faune et flore du pays de la FCF ont été des partenaires clés dans le développement de iNaturalist Canada et continueront à jouer un rôle dans le cade de ce programme.

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