Utah Chapter: Annual Meeting

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Annual Meeting

The 2018 Utah Chapter of The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting will be March 21-23 in Vernal, UT. The conference will be held at the Uintah Conference Center, 313 E 200 S, Vernal, UT 84078.

Meeting Theme: Fire and Ice of Wildlife Management- Life In An Arid Landscape

There will be prizes for best talks, posters, and photos!

View the meeting agenda here.

2018 Guest Speakers 

Dr. Christopher (Kit) O’Connor- US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station
Dr. Robert Gillies- Utah Climate Center Information
Ashley Kijowski- Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Program


Quality Inn
1684 West Hwy 40
Vernal, UT 84078
(435) 789-9550
Block Name: Wildlife Society; Total Rooms Blocked: 55 double beds, $79/night*
Cutoff Date: March 9th for reservations


Holiday Inn Express
1515 W. Us Highway 40
Vernal, UT 84078
(435) 789-4654
Register Online: Utah Wildlife Society Conference Marc 2018
Block Name: UWS; Total Rooms Blocked: 20 standard rooms, $83/night+tax*
Cutoff Date: March 7th for reservations
(*Note: Special group rate is valid two days before and after event dates of March 21 -23)

For general registration click here

$60 early bird

$85 late (After March 2nd)

Student and retiree registration: 

$40 early

$55 late (After March 2nd)

Single-day registration at $35

Banquet meal (Thursday, March 22nd)- per person $20
Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin
(***NOTE: We’ve asked about side options for Gluten Free and/or Vegetarians and will include this on the registration page)

***Remember to register early because early registration prices are only
valid until March 3rd, 11:59 PM.***

2018 Field Trips (March 21st) in the a.m. = Free

Utah Field House Museum Tour
Bighorn Sheep Viewing
Bison Tour- Book Cliffs
Sage-grouse Trapping (night)

Call For Abstracts, Papers, Posters

We invite submissions of contributed papers and posters on topics of wildlife science, management, ecology, conservation, education, or policy for the annual meeting of The Utah Chapter of The Wildlife Society March 21-23, 2018.

The deadline for abstracts is February 23, 2018

Participants will be accepted based on their technical merit, relevance, and/or contribution to our knowledge. Participants will be notified of abstract acceptance by March 2, 2018.  Papers and posters could present results from completed studies or works in progress. (1) Complete applications will include a properly formatted abstract (see link below: Abstract Format Guidelines) of no more than 300 words and (2) a completed cover sheet (see link below: 2018 Paper and Poster Cover Sheet). Formatting guidelines must be followed or your application will be returned for revisions. Please name attachments UTTWS_2018_YOURLASTNAME and email your submissions to Keeli Marvel: keeli.marvel@gmail.com. PowerPoint presentations must be Office 2007 compatible and be brought on a flash drive.

Abstract Guidelines
2018 Paper and Poster Cover Sheet


Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their accomplishments? Nominations are now being accepted for the following:

  1. Award of Excellence
  2. Award of Merit
  3. Conservation Achievement Award
  4. Certificate of Appreciation

For more details on each award and to nominate someone you know, submit their information here.

Deadline to submit award nominations is February 23, 2018. 

Enter to win our Annual 2018 Photography Contest! Prizes will be awarded to contest finalists.
Information and Rules:
Photos will be accepted in the following categories:
(1) Wildlife Species
(2) Scenery
(3) Biologists at Work
1. Photos MUST be printed 8 x 10 inches in size and unframed.
-Contestants may enter up to 3 photographs per category.
-Awards for “Best In Category” and “Best Overalll” will be voted on by the membership at the Annual Meeting
– Prizes will be awarded at the banquet.
*****Photos must be submitted at the registration desk at the annual meeting
***Amateur photographers only, please. Questions can be addressed to Keeli Marvel: keeli.marvel@gmail.com

Scholarships/Grants In Aid

The Utah Chapter of The Wildlife Society (TWS) offers Grants-in-Aid for graduate and undergraduate research. Students last year received a combined $4,500 and will again this year!

1st place-$2,000, 2nd place- $1,500, 3rd place- $1,000

Deadline to apply is February 23, 2018. Please send completed proposals to: brock_mcmillan@byu.edu

(***To review guidelines see the Grants In Aid page)

Past Annual Meeting Programs

2017 Annual Meeting

2016 Annual Meeting

2015 Annual Meeting

2014 Annual Meeting

2013 Annual Meeting

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