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Annual Meeting of the Central Mountains and Plains Section of The Wildlife Society

Past Meetings

2023 Annual Meeting – held jointly with the Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society and the Utah Chapter of The Wildlife Society at Grand Junction, CO, March 8-10.

2022 Annual Meeting – held jointly with the Kansas Natural Resources Conference and the Kansas Chapter of The Wildlife Society

2021 Annual Meeting – Virtual Meeting with Utah Chapter of The Wildlife Society

2020 Annual Meeting – Virtual Conference from Wyoming

A huge thank you to the Wyoming Chapter of The Wildlife Society for hosting the 2020 joint Annual Meeting of WY-TWS and CMPS. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this was a virtual, one day, free conference – for the first time in our Section’s and WY Chapter’s history! Special thanks to Daly Edmunds and Jerod Merkle (WY-TWS Board) for orchestrating our seamless Zoom conference – 4 poignant presentations, Chapter and Section business meetings, and a fun version of our traditional Quiz Bowl! The virtual platform allowed us to invite prominent, accomplished, and impactful speakers from across North America. Sincere thanks to presenters Wini Kessler, Selma Glasscock, Joshua Rapp Learn, Vivianna Ruiz Guiterrez, and Tony Goldberg for their perspectives. We also presented annual awards and announced Board election results. Visit the WY-TWS and CMPS websites for details.

2019 Annual Meeting – Connecting Landscapes for Wildlife

Heartfelt thanks to the North Dakota Chapter of The Wildlife Society for hosting the CMPS Annual Meeting August 22-24 in Bismarck, ND. The theme of “Connecting Landscapes for Wildlife” was a relevant and timely topic for all CMPS states. The meeting included a poster session and social, a plenary session, presentations in three categories (prairie potholes, human dimensions, and grasslands), and a CMPS Annual Business Meeting luncheon. Participants also enjoyed a quiz bowl social, banquet, awards presentations, and lively fundraiser. The meeting concluded with a wonderful field trip into the heart of North Dakota’s prairie potholes region.

2018 Annual Meeting – Grassland Ecology: Conservation in an Altered Landscape

Genuine thanks to the Nebraska Chapter of The Wildlife Society (NETWS) for hosting the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Central Mountains and Plains Section in Kearney, NE.  The meeting included oral presentations, a student poster competition, business meetings, a field trip to the Rowe Sanctuary, a quiz bowl competition, an awards banquet, and a fund-raising auction.  Prescribed Fire was the topic of a student-professional workshop hosted by NETWS in cooperation with the Great Plains Fire Science Exchange.  A total of 125 participants enjoyed the three-day event.

2017 Annual Meeting – Precision Conservation: The Interface of Wildlife, Agriculture, and People

Sincere thanks to the South Dakota Chapter of The Wildlife Society for hosting the CMPS Annual Meeting February 27-March 1 in Oacoma, SD.  This meeting offered the opportunity for stewardship and networking between wildlife professionals from all aspects of management throughout South Dakota and surrounding states.  The theme addressed a broad array of wildlife management issues that are contemporary and relevant to all wildlife professionals, and provided the ability to talk about wildlife through social, agricultural, and legislative viewpoints.  The agenda was full of engaging talks on various recent and ongoing wildlife research projects and, of course, was a great opportunity for our many professionals to catch up with friends and former co-workers.  A silent and live auction and raffle generated considerable funds for both organizations, and provided a good bit of laughs for those who attended.  We hope to use the positive feedback and lessons learned from the 2017 joint CMPS and SDTWS meeting to model other jointly-held meeting in the future to maximize opportunities to Society members.

2016 Annual Meeting – Seeing Wildlife through the Trees: Challenges and Conservation of Forests and Wildlife

Many thanks to the Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society for hosting the CMPS Annual Meeting “on the mountain” August 8-11 in Steamboat Springs, CO. We appreciate the efforts of the planning committee, and the generosity of the meeting sponsors and those who donated items to the fundraising auction. Over 100 wildlife professionals and students attended the meeting to enjoy two workshops, a diversity of presentations and posters, several outstanding field trips, the CMPS Annual Business Meeting luncheon, and some lively social events.

2015 Annual Meeting – Grassland Strongholds: Biodiversity and Management

Thanks to the Kansas Chapter of The Wildlife Society and Kansas State University for co-hosting the CMPS Annual Meeting August 10-13 in Manhattan, KS. The meeting was a big success! There were 99 registrants who enjoyed two days of paper and poster sessions; a day of workshops on R and FRAGSTATS; three evening socials; and field trips to notable, local tallgrass prairie landscapes.

Proceedings from CMPS Annual Meetings



To view proceedings from 1956-2012 visit our Google Drive.

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