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Welcome to the Washington Chapter of The Wildlife Society!
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A BIG thank you to everyone that participated and attended the 2017 Joint Annual Meeting! We had another excellent year of presentations and workshops.
The 2018 Annual Meeting WA-TWS will be partnering with the OR-TWS. Details to follow soon.
The Spring 2017 Newsletter will be available on May 15th. The Fall 2016 Newsletter is now available for downloading in our News section.
Dave Brittell Memorial Scholarship
A scholarship opportunity is available to students in the Pacific Northwest. This scholarship was established to honor Dave Brittell, a man who loved wildlife, was dedicated to preserving tracts of land for future generations, and encouraged others to pursue their dreams. Dave Brittell’s passion as a wildlife biologist left a lasting impact on wildlife habitat and species in the Pacific Northwest region.
This scholarship may be used for tuition, books, or living expenses incurred while pursuing a degree in wildlife biology or a related natural resource field at a college or university in the Pacific Northwest. The award recipient must attend school on a full-time basis during the academic year of the scholarship. A scholarship in the amount of $1000 will be awarded and paid in the second term of the scholarship year, provided the student remains in good academic standing.
For more information on the application process and requirements please click here.
Submit a completed application and letters of recommendation to the address provided on the application no later than April 30.
If you have any questions please contact Diane Brittell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exciting News! WA is the 2014 Chapter of the Year!!
The Washington Chapter of The Wildlife Society was notified in June 2014 that it was selected for the 2014 Chapter of the Year Award bestowed annually by The Wildlife Society nationally!!
The formal announcement and presentation of the Award occurred during the Award Ceremony on Sunday, October 26, 2014 during the 21st Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society in Pittsburgh, PA. Harriet Allen, Blake Murden, and Bruce Thompson were present to accept the Award on behalf of the Chapter.
See the link below for more detailed information on this prestigious award here.
This is a tremendous honor to be selected from among the TWS Chapters for this recognition. The award recognizes accomplishments in promoting professional standards, enhancing knowledge and capabilities of professionals, encouraging and promoting resource stewardship and TWS goals, advocating sound information in wildlife policy decisions, increasing public awareness and appreciation of wildlife and the profession, and ensuring financial stability and growth of the Chapter. Highlights of Chapter accomplishments considered in the selection included:
- Professional Interaction Opportunities – organized the 2014 Joint Annual Meeting in cooperation with 4 other partners to enhance opportunities for broader technical content around a theme of “Enhancing Conservation Program Delivery Among Agricultural and Other Natural Resource Interests”. That partnership yielded a program including the 4th International Burrowing Owl Symposium, Raptors of the Northwest Symposium, special sessions of the Society for Northwestern Vertebrate Biology, and a special conservation communication workshop conducted by Northwest Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation. There were 10 other workshops conducted as part of the Joint Meeting.
- Enhanced Communication – established a Chapter social media contact, migrated the Chapter webpage away from Joomla, and successfully launched a Facebook page through our social media contact that has done an exceptional job keeping information updated and exciting.
- Student Benefits – encouraged students throughout the state through invitations and incentives to participate as committee members and attendees at the annual meeting, including a Student Mentoring Session, providing free lodging for up to 16 students, including free lunches and reduced registration costs, involving students as volunteers for staffing key functions during Chapter meetings, and providing 2 research and education grants totaling $4,500.
- Professional Development – established annual meeting components sufficient to provide 36.5 contact hours for the TWS Professional Development Program.
- Professional Engagement – prepared a statement for administrators with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife that encouraged about 300 staff to pursue leadership opportunities by participating in activities of professional organizations like The Wildlife Society.
- Partnerships – engaged in extensive partnering during most of 2013 and early 2014 to plan, coordinate, and conduct a Joint meeting with Society for Northwestern Vertebrate Biology, Northwest Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, the Global Owl Project, and Researchers Implementing Conservation Action. This partnership, the Steering Team, and 16 associated committees included members from state and federal natural resource agencies, conservation NGOs, tribal interests, educators, conservation districts, landowners, and lay practitioners. The product was a 5-day technical forum comprised of workshops, technical sessions, poster presentations, and field trips involving nearly 270 attendees from 14 States and 4 Canadian provinces.
- Information and Outreach – published 2 detailed and broadly informative Chapter Newsletters to inform members on an array of topics and perspectives from 5 regional representatives throughout Washington.
- Special Recognition – expanded Awards and Recognition during 2013 from 2 categories to 8 categories. The expansion provided opportunities for new recognition categories that include: Conservation Award, Stewardship Award, Partnership Award, Foresight Award, Outreach Award, and a Chapter Award.
- Recruiting Diversity – encouraged student participation and added a special component to meeting registration to provide financial incentives for new professionals (employed less than 3 years). These efforts yielded dividends with 58 students and 22 new professionals registered for the most-recent annual meeting. Overall participation in the meeting included 122 (45.2% of registrants) women attendees and at least 6 attendees with tribal affiliations.
- Financial Responsibility – Demonstrated long-standing fiscal solvency and healthy financial reserves for Chapter business exceeding $45,000,
Thanks to all Chapter members who worked to make those accomplishments possible and, in doing so, contributed to this recognition.