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2014 Annual Wildlife Symposium

February 28, 2014
9:00 am  to  4:00 pm

The California Central Coast Chapter of the Wildlife Society is pleased to offer this professional symposium of presentations by wildlife professionals from Monterey, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara Counties on wildlife species found in those counties. Topics include updates on current projects, research, and techniques.


8:30am-9:00am – Registration, Coffee, Tea, and Snacks

9:00am – Presentations

Noon – Lunch served (included for pre-registered folks)

1:15pm – Presentations

4:30pm-7:00pm – No Host Happy Hour Social


  • Complete the attached form and mail with check payable to “CCCC The Wildlife Society”
    c/o Terra Verde
    3765 South Higuera Street, Suite 102
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
    (mail before February 20, 2014 to guarantee lunch and symposium materials)
  • Bring completed registration form with check or cash on the morning of the symposium (no guarantees for lunch for onsite registrants)


  • Current Central Coast Chapter Members: $25 (membership renewal date after March 31, 2014)
  • Not a current chapter member: $35 (but for registering we will include one year of chapter membership)
  • Cal Poly Chapter Members: $5
  • Other Students: $10

Time Title Presenter
8:30 am Registration
9:00 am Opening Remarks Wayne Vogler
9:10 am Connecting Wildlife Across the State: Caltrans Statewide Efforts Nancy Siepel
9:30 am Non-invasive Genetic Survey Methods for Endangered Giant Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys ingens) Dou Yang
9:50 am Persistence of California Red-legged Frogs in Central California Despite Evidence of Long-term Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis Infection Dr. John LaBonte
10:10 am Float Like a butterfly: Monarch Movement between Coastal California Overwintering Sites Jessica Griffiths
10:30 am Break
10:50 am Comparison of Mammal Track Survey Methods Jim Lowery
11:10 am Steelhead of the Big Sur River, a Healthy Population with Potential for Improvement Ethan Bell
11:30 am Special Topic U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
11:50 am Lunch
1:20 pm Chapter Business Meeting Wayne Vogler
1:40 pm What’s the Deal with Eelgrass in Morro Bay and Why Do We Care? Jennifer Nix
2:00 pm Protecting the San Joaquin kit fox on the California Valley Solar Ranch Robyn Powers
2:20 pm Break
2:40 pm Which are Endangered: White Sharks, Marine Mammals, or Humans? Peter Howorth
3:00 pm Relationships between Pre and Post Fire Plant Community Dynamics with Burn Severity using Normalized Burn Ratio and Normalized Difference Vegetation Index Amelia Olson
3:20 pm Projects, Programs, and Partners Involved in Steelhead Trout Recovery Efforts on the Central Coast Stephanie Wald & Aleks Wydzga
3:40 pm Pocket Mice of the Central Coast Bill Vanherweg
4:00 pm Closing Remarks