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2014-2015 Winter-Spring Travel Grant Awards Available!

Two travel grants are available to assist Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society members (wildlife professionals and students) in attending a training opportunity, meeting, or conference that will be valuable to their education and career.

Eligibility: Applicants must be members of the Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society (CCTWS). Applicants who have never received a CCTWS travel grant will be given preference over previous grant recipients. Previous grant recipients who received their funding >12 months before the application period are given preference over applicants who recently received the CCTWS grant.

Application: Type up a ½ to 1-page description of the meeting, telling the CCTWS Board the goals of the conference or training and describing how you would like to use this experience for your occupation or education. Be sure to convince the Board that this meeting would be a valuable contribution to your employment or education as a wildlife professional. Also, explain your need for funding to attend the conference or training. Outline any other support you have and how much funding you need from CCTWS. Include your name and contact information (phone number and email).

Deadline: Email your summary to Stephanie Ferrero ( by October 15, 2014. The Awards Coordinator and CCTWS Board will select 2 winners for winter/spring. The winners will be notified by October 31, 2014. Another two travel grants should be available for next summer/fall.

Requirements: Recipients must submit their travel receipts to show how the grant was used and a ½ to 1-page summary of the training, meeting, or conference they attended within one month of their trip. The summary should explain how this experience benefited the recipient’s education and career. Recipients must also report how CCTWS funding was used. Failure to submit this information on time will result in disqualification from future CCTWS travel grants.

2014 Summer-Fall and TWS Conference Travel Grant Awardees

The 2014 Summer-Fall travel grant recipients are:

Andrew Don Carlos will be attending the North American Congress for Conservation Biology (NACCB) in Missoula, Montana this summer.  He will be speaking at a symposium by the Social Science Working Group of the Society for Conservation Biology.  The theme of this session is “Informing Integrated Approaches to Addressing Human-Wildlife Conflict through Social Science.”  Andrew will share about his dissertation work on mitigating human-coyote interactions in the Denver Metropolitan Area.   He represents a team of co-authors from CCTWS.

Sarah Garza will be attending the International Wildlife Disease Association Conference in Tamaya, New Mexico this summer.  Her research is through the United States Department of Agriculture.  She is studying expansion of feral swine populations and the potential for associated disease transmission.  Sarah hopes to further develop her project and sharpen her research skills at the conference.

The 2014 TWS Conference travel grant recipients are:

Wendy Lanier is a CCTWS student member who is pursuing her Masters degree in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University.  She will be presenting at the upcoming Wildlife Society Annual Conference.  Her talk will be on boreal toad and amphibian conservation in the southern Rocky Mountain States.  Wendy plans to be involved with the conference symposium, field trip, and networking events.  She plans to search for career opportunities at the conference.

Toryn Schafer is a CCTWS undergraduate student member who has been very active with the Colorado State University Student Chapter.  She was Treasurer in 2011, has attended three Western Student Conclaves, and frequently volunteers with fundraising events.  Her honors thesis work is on black bear dens in Aspen, CO with Dr. Stewart Breck, USDA-APHIS.  She will be presenting her research at The Wildlife Society Annual Conference.  This presentation will be her first time speaking at a professional conference.  Toryn looks forward to networking at the conference and learning more about current wildlife research..

Congratulations to Andrew, Sarah, Wendy, and Toryn!  We look forward to hearing what you learn through these professional development activities.

Northern Wild Sheep and Goat Council Symposium

The Northern Wild Sheep and Goat Council held their 19th Annual Symposium in Fort Collins on June 2-5, 2014. Click here for the symposium program, abstracts, and meeting information.


 The Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society was established in 1973 as the state affiliate of the international organization, The Wildlife Society.  Its 350+ members are educators, students, administrators, research scientists, consultants, resource managers, and wildlife law enforcement officers from all over Colorado.  The mission of the Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society is to promote wise conservation and management of all wildlife resources in Colorado by serving and representing wildlife professionals.