Honorary Membership 1986
Merlin Shoesmith has spent the last 26 years studying and working in wildlife management, both in Canada and the United States. After receiving a Ph.D. in Zoology (University of Montana and University of Manitoba) for work on Elk ecology, he began working as a wildlife research specialist for the Manitoba Department of Natural Resources. He is presently the Chief of Biological Services for the Wildlife Branch of the Department of Natural Resources.
He is a member of the Committee of the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC), as well as the Committee on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). He is also a member of the Polar Bear Technical Committee.
Merlin is an adjunct professor at the University of Manitoba and is presently teaching Biological Resources Management at the Natural Resources Institute. He is a member of the NRI academic committee.
Through his role as Chief of Biological Services, he has supported and encouraged research into and understanding of non-game species in Manitoba. Species studied to date include the Northern Prairie Skink, Hognose Snake, Baird’s Sparrow, Burrowing Owl, Great Gray Owl, Red-necked Grebes, Ferruginous Hawk, Peregrine and Prairie Falcons, small mammals and hares, swift fox, bald eagles and colonial-nesting and fish-eating birds such as pelicans, cormorants, gulls and terns.
He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Manitoba Wildlife Rehabilitation Organization, a small group formed to help rehabilitate injured and orphaned birds and small mammals.
He is an active member of the Manitoba Chapter of the Wildlife Society. He is also founding member of the Fort Richmond Game and Fish Association. This involvement with the Wildlife Society and the Game and Fish Association, and the direction he has taken in the support of non-game species, indicates his commitment to goals that parallel those of the Manitoba Naturalists Society.