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Alberta Order of the Bighorn Awards

In 1982, the Government of Alberta established the Order of the Bighorn Awards to officially recognize the passionate contributions of Albertans to conserve fish and wildlife. Since its inception, the Order of the Bighorn Awards has celebrated voluntary efforts that positively contribute to the conservation of Alberta’s native fish and wildlife.

The awards also serve to recognize the importance of ongoing stewardship of these resources. Members of the Order of the Bighorn have distinguished themselves and enriched the lives of all Albertans through their commitment to the environment and Alberta’s world-renowned fish and wildlife.

2015 Order of the Bighorn Inductees

Front row left to right: Bazil Leonard, Hon. Kyle Fawcett, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Gottlob Schmidt

Back row left to right: Darren Unreiner, Alberta Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Branch Guard of Honour, Maurice Nadeau, Tom Partello, Tim Dietzler, John Campbell Jr., Mikal Christensen, Parks Enforcement Branch Honour Guard

Learn more about this year’s award recipients:

The Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep is a majestic representation of the rich wildlife heritage of Alberta. The taxonomic name, Ovis canadensis, was given to the bighorn from a description of specimens collected in 1800 near what is now Exshaw during an expedition lead by David Thompson. In 1989 the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep became Alberta’s official mammal; the embodiment of the diverse wildlife and resources of the province.

There are approximately 35,000 bighorn sheep ranging over North America from northern Alberta all the way south to New Mexico. With approximately 10,000 bighorns, Alberta has the largest population of these magnificent mammals in North America.


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