Virginia Chapter: Annual Meeting

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Annual Meeting

The 2019 Annual Meeting of the Virginia Chapter of The Wildlife Society will be held in Waynesboro, VA from Monday, February 4 through Wednesday, February 6, 2019.  Please register before January 21, 2019 to take advantage of reduced registration costs.

The 2019 meeting features workshops, presentations, networking events and a field trip. The Chapter is providing professional development opportunities through three workshop offerings:

1) Introduction To Program R For Natural Resource Professionals

Learn how to download R and R Studio, review descriptive statistics in excel, explore excels data analysis add-ins, learn to switch between R and excel, data manipulation in R, explore tools for descriptive statistics in R, and finally end with data analysis using regression methods – from simple linear regression to generalized linear models – and data visualization tips and tricks.

2) Handling, Restraint And Sample Techniques For Wildlife In The Field

Wild animal restraint and handling techniques are not as well known for field settings compared to captive settings. Field biologists, veterinarians and government regulatory agencies require humane treatment and proper care of free-range wildlife. The objective of the workshop is for you to learn how to capture, restrain, and handle wildlife in the field. This workshop will include photos, videos, and hands on experience of appropriate methods used to capture and restrain commonly encountered wildlife species. Discussion will include the importance of learning and developing skills to ensure the well-being of both you and the animal. We will also discuss field-sampling techniques for research purposes

3) Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems

Unmanned aerial systems (aka drones) are new and accessible tools with many potential uses in natural resources management. The objectives of this workshop are to provide participants with background information on UASs and an overview of what you need to know before purchasing and deploying a vehicle and completing the necessary regulatory steps to flying. We will provide examples using various vehicles, sensors, and software.

Please note that workshop registration closes on 01/11/2019.

Back by popular demand, we are offering a field trip to the Wildlife Center of Virginia a hospital for native wildlife located in Waynesboro, VA, approximately 10 minutes from the Best Western. On Wednesday February 6 from 1:00-2:30 you will get a behind-the-scenes look at how WCV operates. The tour includes a look at the state-of-the-art hospital and care facilities as well as outdoor facilities that house patients nearing release and education animals. You will hear about the veterinary process, the rehabilitation process, education programs and on-going research at the center. What better way to close out the meeting!

New this year, we’ll be holding a silent auction to benefit student scholarships and chapter needs.  Please contact Tamara ( if you have items or experiences you would like to donate.

You may register for the meeting by following this link to our Eventbrite site. The meeting and lodging will be at the Best Western Plus in Waynesboro. Details for arranging lodging are provided in the attached document. Please note attendees are responsible for arranging their own lodging.

The general meeting agenda will be:

Mon Feb 4th
12:00 – 5:00 pm Registration open
1:00 – 5:00 pm Workshops
7:00 – 9:00 pm Welcome Reception and Poster Review
Tues Feb 5th
8:00 – 9:00 am Registration
8:00 am – 12:00 pm Presentations
12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch provided
1:30 – 5:00 pm Presentations
6:00 pm Dinner and Awards
Wed Feb 6th
8:00 – 10:00 am Presentations
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Chapter Business Meeting
1:00 – 2:30 pm Field Trip to Wildlife Center of Virginia

We hope to see you all in February in Waynesboro!

For a list of past meeting minutes, please visit the News page.