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CANCELED- Incorporating Compassion in Conservation

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CANCELED- Incorporating Compassion in Conservation
Valerie Stephan-LeBoeuf
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10:00am - 4:00pm
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Workshop Overview

Differing ideas among stake holders can impede the effectiveness of wildlife management, human-wildlife conflict resolution and wildlife rehabilitation programs. Ethical protocols, including concepts of intrinsic value, should be considered during the development of management plans for wildlife, conflict resolution and rehabilitation efforts. Workshop participants will gain insight into current issues affecting local wildlife today and explore their own perspectives on compassion in conservation and the expression of the same through literary and other artistic mediums.

Community perspectives, as applied to the resolution of human-wildlife conflict, must evolve beyond the traditional focus on population abundance and lethal controls for damage and adapt to include a focus on human behavior and compassion for wildlife as a natural component of ecosystem functions. We all must consider place-based experiences that incorporate the ecological, social and economic interrelationships of both natural systems and human communities.

About the Instructor(s)

Valerie Stephan-LeBoef began working with wildlife as a zookeeper. She spent ten years as a wildlife rehabilitator, during which time she also designed and implemented an effective and humane population control and human-wildlife conflict resolution program in response to beavers living within an urban area. She continues to advocate for wildlife, including her work as an educator and presenter for The Animals’ Trust and as an educator and facilitator of human-wildlife conflict resolution. She has presented at professional conferences in the United States, Canada and Greece and has a master’s degree in education with an emphasis on environmental education and a master’s of science in environmental science. She is pursuing additional graduate studies in environmental science with the University of Idaho, USA, exploring the restoration of sea otters in the state of Oregon.

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• Student’s preferred art mediums: journal, sketch book, colored Pencils, charcoal, etc.

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