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2020 CCTWS Annual Meeting

February 5th – 7th in Fort Collins, Colorado

Check back for a tentative agenda and updates!  Featured events at the conference will include:

  • Plenary session addressing challenges and opportunities of emergent technologies and emergent wildlife issues
  • Workshops
  • Contributed papers, poster presentations, IGNITE session, and photo contest
  • Welcome social and awards banquet




The meeting will be at Fort Collins Hilton (425 West Prospect Road, Fort Collins, Colorado 80526).

Attendees may start booking their reservations by calling 970-482-2626 and requesting the 2020 Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting room block, with the group code AWL.  Guests will have until January 15th to make their room reservations at the discounted room rate.  If reserving your room online, please click HERE.


Please consider giving an oral presentation (traditional format), poster presentation, or IGNITE presentation at this year’s meeting!  We invite you to present on the topics of wildlife research, ecology, management, conservation, education, or policy at the 2020 annual meeting of the Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society.  All topics are welcome, and we strongly encourage students to present.  All student presentations will be considered for the “best presentation” and “best poster” awards. For a call for submissions and additional information on formatting and topics, please click HERE. For an abstract submission form for any format of presentation, please click HERE. Please download and save the fillable abstract submission form PDF and then email it to Marcella Tarantino ( The abstract submission deadline HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JANUARY 10, 2020. For more information, please contact Marcella Tarantino (


For the final meeting agenda, please click HERE.

Wednesday February 5

8:00 am – 12:00 pm        Camera Trapping and Non-Invasive Sampling Workshop

8:00 am – 12:00 pm        Bat Bioacoustics Workshop

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm        Lunch on your own

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm          Wildlife Disease Symposium

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm          Wildlife Acoustics Equipment and Software Workshop

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm          Internal Meetings for USFWS Colorado Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and USFS Wildlife Biologists

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm          Opening Networking Reception, Location TBD (sponsored by Backcountry Hunters and Anglers)

Thursday February 6

7:00 am – 8:00 am           Student Networking Breakfast

8:00 am                              Wildlife Photo Contest

8:00 am – 12:05 pm        Plenary Session: Emerging Topics in Wildlife

12:05 pm – 1:45 pm        Business Meeting and Lunch for all CCTWS Members

1:45 pm – 4:15 pm          Emerging Wildlife Technologies and Solutions

4:20 pm – 5:15 pm          IGNITE Session

5:15 pm – 6:15 pm          Poster Session and Happy Hour

6:30 pm – 10:00 pm        Banquet, Awards, and Auction

Friday February 7

8:30 am – 11:50 am        Contributed Papers

11:50 am – 12:00 pm      Student poster and paper awards


The 2020 CCTWS Annual Meeting will include several workshops:

Camera Trapping Workshop FULL will be Wednesday February 5 :00 am – 12:00 pm. This workshop requires a fee with meeting registration, is limited to 25 participants who must preregister, and requires use of a laptop with Microsoft Access 2007 or newer.  This workshop will include the benefits of camera traps for wildlife monitoring, how to organize and manage photos in Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Photo Database, and how to manage photographs to analyze camera trap data focusing on Microsoft Access databases. This workshop is full and registration is now closed.

Bat Bioacoustics Workshop will be Wednesday February 5 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.  This workshop is free and open to all.  The workshop will include a introduction to bat acoustic monitoring and how it works, examples of how acoustic monitoring data can be used, and equipment demonstrations for Wildlife Acoustics, Petterson, and Anabat equipment.

Wildlife Acoustics Equipment and Software Workshop will be Wednesday February 5 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.  This workshop is a hands-on training session in bat bioacoustics tools. This is a rare training opportunity for researchers just starting or already involved in using acoustics to monitor bats. During this comprehensive session, Wildlife Acoustics’ staff will host a hands-on workshop to teach participants the features and set up of the Song Meter SM4BAT, Song Meter Mini Bat and Echo Meter Touch 2. Participants will also learn how Kaleidoscope Pro can be used to process large and small datasets to produce quantifiable outputs.


Information will be updated as it becomes available.


We invite you to submit a photograph at the 2020 annual meeting of the Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society, to be judged by popular vote.  Photographs can be from work or recreation, and categories include Amphibians, Reptiles, and Fish; Birds; Invertebrates; Mammals; Game Camera; Human Dimensions; Landscapes and Still Life (including flora); and Creative/Comedic.  Each conference attendee may submit up to three photographs and there is no fee to submit a photograph.  Winners will receive a prize.

To submit a photograph, please print your photograph in an 8 x 10” format and drop it off at the registration table when you check in for the conference, and bring a submission form.  Label the back of the photograph with the following information: category, photograph title, entrant’s name, phone number, and e-mail.  Photographs cannot be framed or displayed on a mat board.  Please also send a digital copy to Marcella Tarantino at, with a filled-out submission form, found HERE.


Interested in sponsoring an event?  Please contact CCTWS President Jesse McCarty (


Early bird registration is now CLOSED. You may register in person at the meeting. Registration will include options for your association with the Colorado Chapter of TWS (member, student or retired member, or non-member), banquet meal choice (chicken balsamico, salmon filet, or roasted squash), and workshop choices. We are offering 2 concurring morning workshops: 1) Bat Acoustics – free to attend, or 2) Camera Trapping Database – registration is now FULL. For the afternoon, we are offering 2 free concurring events: 1) Wildlife Disease Symposium or 2) Bat Bioacoustic Tools training session sponsored by Wildlife Acoustics from 1-5. You will also have the option to add an extra banquet ticket as well.

Trouble registering or need more information? Please contact April Estep for more information.