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NAWMP Webinar Series: Canadian National Bird Habitat Survey
Presenter: ​Howie Harshaw, PhD, Associate Professor
University of Alberta

In the fall of 2022, we conduced a national survey to better understand Canadians' perceptions of, and experiences with, wetlands and other bird habitat settings. We received 3,370 completed responses from people representing the four habitat Joint Venture regions. In this webinar, survey highlights will be presented, including Canadians' familiarity with different wetland types, constraints to wetland visitation, and management actions that might increase visitation. We also asked participants about their pro-environmental behaviors; notably, members of the general public seem less engaged in pro-environmental behaviors than waterfowl hunters and birdwatchers are. We conclude with a discussion of suggestions for increasing wetland visitation and addressing the relevancy of wetlands for people.

Apr 13, 2023 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Howie Harshaw, PhD
Associate Professor @University of Alberta
Prior to coming to UofA, I was a research associate in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia. In addition to teaching and graduate student supervision, I developed a research program focused on the human dimensions of natural resources, with an emphasis on outdoor recreation in an effort to understand the relationships that people have with nature, and have investigated the interactions of resource development and quality of life. Throughout my research, I have worked with communities, municipal and provincial governments, and industry to better represent the views and attitudes of the public in policy and operational decisions. I have contributed to the development and assessment of criteria and indicators for outdoor recreation in the planning of resource-integrated forested landscape planning in BC for government and the forest industry. Full Bio: https://apps.ualberta.ca/directory/person/harshaw#Overview