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What’s New:


An Introductory Guide to the Plants of the Southern San Joaquin Valley

We have a March 2018 newsletter available here.

Complete Volumes 1-4 of the Western Section’s new journal, Western Wildlife, are now available as a single publication: click here to access.

Jeff Davis and others have researched the history of the San Joaquin Valley Chapter of The Wildlife Society. Jeff consolidated his findings into a summary table, available here, dating back to 1966.

It’s time to renew your membership! Perhaps you renew through the national TWS or with the Western Section. If not, you may use the Membership Form and send it to us with the ridiculously small $5 annual fee.

The Transactions of the Western Section of the Wildlife Society is available here (years 1966-2010). The Transactions has been renamed to Western Wildlife and is available here.


Planned 2018 Workshops and Events

2018 Natural Communities Conference

The San Joaquin Valley Chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its annual Natural Communities Conference Thursday March 29, 2018, at Hodel’s Country Dining, 5917 Knudsen Drive, Bakersfield, CA. This one-day conference offers the opportunity to hear  the latest research and management of species within the San Joaquin Valley and surrounding areas, network, and catch up with fellow biologists. More details, including registration, are included on the following announcement.

Spring 2018 Blunt-Nosed Leopard Lizard Workshop

The date for this year’s Blunt-nosed Leopard Lizard workshop has been set! Please save date for Friday, May 18th and Saturday, May 19th. A series of lectures by species experts and practitioners will be held on Friday the 18th at Hodel’s Country Dining in Bakersfield. The following day workshop participants will be guided through survey methods and data collection in the field, and have the opportunity to see Blunt-nosed Leopard Lizards. More information regarding registration will be released in the coming weeks.

SJV Wildlife Discussion Forum

The purpose of SJV Wildlife is to promote sound stewardship of wildlife, plants, and habitats in the San Joaquin Valley by facilitating communication among scientists, managers, consultants, educators, regulators, technicians, planners, and others. Postings should relate to wildlife, plants, or habitats within the San Joaquin Valley or surrounding foothills and mountains, an area encompassing nine counties: Stanislaus, Merced, Mariposa, Madera, Fresno, San Benito, Kings, Tulare, and Kern.

Suggested topics for postings and discussion include the following:

• Activities, workshops, presentations, conferences, and events;
• Grant opportunities;
• Job announcements, including research assistantships and postdocs;
• Research updates;
• Published papers;
• Survey techniques and protocols;
• Data collection and management;
• Data analysis methods;
• Status, distribution, and seasonal occurrence;
• Natural history observations;
• Habitat preservation and management;
• Species and habitat maintenance, enhancement, and restoration;
• Recovery plans and goals;
• Field equipment;
• Technology;
• Management effectiveness; and
• Proposed or enacted projects, actions, or policies that could affect species or habitats.

To join the forum, send a blank email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Alternatively, you can see what’s been posted by going to: