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Annual Meeting

The Montana Chapter of the Wildlife Society sponsors a winter conference each year.  The conference provides a forum for invited speakers and member presentations.  Topics focus on those issues of particular importance or interest to Montana wildlife professionals.


FEB 19th -23rd at the Copper King Hotel
Butte, Montana

Theme: “Telling Our Story– Lessons Learned”


2018 Conference Schedule



JAN 10th: Early registration ends
JAN 26th: Abstract submission deadline

Download Abstract Guidance and Template

Abstracts should be sent to: Kelvin Johnson

JAN 19th: 2018 Awards Nominations are due

The Awards committee is seeking nominations for the following awards:

  • The Distinguished Service Award is presented annually for cumulative, past, current, and/or continuing achievements in wildlife conservation. This is typically acknowledgment of accomplishments over a career.
  • The Biologist of the Year Award is presented annually for significant achievements in wildlife conservation anytime during the five years immediately preceding the award presentation.
  • The Bob Watts Communication Award is presented for significant communication in media such as professional publications, popular wildlife articles, books, movies, or videos that have a relatively wide audience.
  • The Wildlife Conservation Award is given to an individual or non-governmental organization for past, present, or ongoing efforts that enhance wildlife conservation in Montana.

Please send your nominations to Brendan Moynahan at

JAN 20th: Hotel Reservations under the TWS room block closes

You can reserve your room for the conference at the Copper King Hotel by calling 406-565-5001 and letting them know you are there to attend The Wildlife Society Meeting to receive the block rate.


Conference Volunteers Needed

We are looking for volunteers to help our conference be a success! Just contact one of the Montana TWS board members and we’ll find a place for you.  Opportunities include:

  • conference materials set-up
  • concurrent session moderators
  • student presentation and poster judges
  • registration table
  • and more!
Slide Show Photos Wanted

We would like to take advantage of the large screen that is available at the banquet room of the hotel, so we are putting out a call for pictures, pictures and more pictures!  Tell your story from this past year (or maybe from years past even!) and send in some action pictures of you, your colleagues or others at work.  Anything from things that you are proud of, to the utmost failures, or perhaps, some of those things that show why we do what we do!  We would like to put together a slideshow that everyone can enjoy when settling for our banquet.

Please send your photos to Kelvin Johnson at  If possible, include the names of who is in the picture, so we can label the photo.  Thank you!!



2017 Montana Chapter Business Meeting Minutes

2016 Montana Chapter Business Meeting Minutes

2015 Montana Chapter Business Meeting Minutes

2014 Montana Chapter Business Meeting Minutes

2013 Montana Chapter Business Meeting Minutes



2017 – Helena, March 6-10.
Theme: Habitat – The Science, Art and Politics of Conserving It
Click here to view the conference program.

2016 – Missoula, February 23-26.
Theme: Wildlife Restoration: Celebrating Conservation Success and Facing Future Challenges
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2015 – Helena, February 24 – February 27.
Theme – Wildlife Disease: Challenges for Research & Management in the 21st Century
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2014 – Bozeman, March 3 – March 7.
Theme – Splitting the Baby? Public Trust, Multiple Use, and Current Policy in Wildlife Management
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2013 – Whitefish, February 25 – March 1.
Theme – Wildlife and Change: The Influence of Climate, Politics, and Social Dynamics on Wildlife Conservation and Management
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2012 – Great Falls, February 27 – March 2.
Theme – 50 Years of Partnerships: What have we learned and where are we headed?

2011 – Missoula, February 22 – February 25.
Theme – Multiplying Human Impacts Bordering Open Space: Challenges for Wildlife Habitat and Connectivity Protection

2010 – Helena, February 22 – February 26.
Theme – Biologists without Borders: Cross-Boundary Wildlife Management

2009 – Kalispell, February 9 – February 13.
Theme – Adapting Fish and Wildlife Management to Human Demographic Change in Montana (AFS and TWS)

2008 – Missoula, February 25 – February 29.
Theme – Northwest Connections: Our Wildlife Populations in the Face of Climate Change, Human Population Growth, and Energy Development

2007 – Bozeman, February 6 – February 9.
Theme – Developing Energy and Sustaining Natural Systems – How do we do it?

2006 – Helena, February 21 – February 24.
Theme – Protecting the Public Trust: Wildlife and Their Habitat

2005 – Helena, February 28 – March 3.
Theme – The Influence of Politics on Wildlife Management

2004 – Bozeman, February 23 – February 26.
Theme– Restoration Ecology

2003 – Lewistown, February 24 – February 28.
Theme – Wildlife in the 21st Century

2002 –February 25 – February 28.
Theme – Sharing Space with Wildlife: What it takes to get along

2001 – Butte, February 27 – March 2.
Theme – Wildfires

2000 – Great Falls, February 22 – February 25.