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PROUD RECIPIENT – Norman Barichello receives his 2020 Gerry Couture Stewardship Award last Friday from Coral Voss, the executive director of the Yukon Conservation Society, during the organization’s holiday open house. Photo courtesy YUKON CONSERVATION SOCIETY

2020 Gerry Couture Stewardship Award presented

Wildlife biologist Norman Barichello has been awarded the 2020 Gerry Couture Stewardship Award by the Yukon Conservation Society (YCS).

By Whitehorse Star on December 15, 2020

Wildlife biologist Norman Barichello has been awarded the 2020 Gerry Couture Stewardship Award by the Yukon Conservation Society (YCS).

The $1,000 prize is awarded annually for outstanding personal dedication to natural resource conservation and management in the Yukon.

This is the 11th year the award, which was announced Monday, has been presented.

Barichello spent a lifetime pursuing conservation, as a biologist, First Nation advisor, naturalist guide and educator.

He has spent more than 30 years working with the Kaska Dena of the Yukon and B.C., and in particular the Ross River Dena.

Barichello has participated in studies of grizzly bears, polar bears, wolves, Dall sheep, mountain goats, caribou and gyrfalcons.

He recently published a natural history book: Gyrfalcon: The One Who Stays All Winter.

Coral Voss, the executive director of the YCS, presented the medal and award to Barichello.

“I am honoured to have the opportunity to recognize Norman for his extraordinary lifetime of efforts on behalf of the wild places and all of those creatures who live in these places,” Voss said.

Barichello said he feels “honoured to have been selected for the Gerry Couture Stewardship Award in the company of so many people who have committed their lives to conservation here in the Yukon.

“In my journeys, I have been fortunate to have learned from many elders and others who have dedicated themselves to conservation here in the Yukon – Dave Mossop, Don Reid, Katarzyna Nowak and Hillary Cooke, to name a few, as well as the late Bob Frisch and Gerry Couture,” Barichello added.

Selection of the recipient for the award is made by “the inspiration of Gerry Couture’s fearlessness, creativity, innovation, and ‘curmudgeonliness,’” the YCS said.

Couture was a respected member of the Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board and the Yukon Salmon Committee.

He also worked as YCS’ mining analyst until 2009, and as a commercial pilot, homesteader, trapper, commercial fisherman, and placer miner.

Comments (7)

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Philip Merchant on Dec 18, 2020 at 11:56 pm

Richly deserved Norm, A lifetime of dedication to conservation. Your recent book Gyrfalcon: The One Who Stays All Winter is one of the finest pieces of natural history writing I have read. Thank-you so much for your work. An honor to know you. Philip Merchant

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Donald Reid on Dec 17, 2020 at 9:58 am

Congratulations, Norman! You are so deserving of this award with your decades of dedication to conservation, and your perseverance and vision.

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Eleanor Millard on Dec 17, 2020 at 9:46 am

Congratulations, Norm! I am so happy to see this award recognizes not only your years of work with the Yukon Government, but more especially your independent initiatives and commitment to the Yukon's wildlife, its future and its First Nations. Well deserved!

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Bob Hayes on Dec 16, 2020 at 12:39 pm

Congratulations Norman, my good friend. I am so pleased you are recognized for your contribution to Yukon conservation.

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Alan & Kathleen Palmer on Dec 16, 2020 at 10:36 am

As always, we are so very proud of Norman's achievements, dedication and hard work over his many years in the North, love you Norman, Uncle Alan & Aunt Kathleen.

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Sheepchaser on Dec 16, 2020 at 9:44 am

Now that’s a northern hero! Thank you for the dedication to knowledge and understanding. Such a breath of fresh air!

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comen sense on Dec 15, 2020 at 8:56 pm

Norm is a noble person who deserves this more than words can describe him. Thanks for the special effort you give to all Yukoners.

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