Conference includes special events you won’t want to miss

Registration for The Wildlife Society’s 25th Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, is now open! Visit for details, or register now by logging in to Your Membership and clicking on the Conference tab.

Among exciting plenaries, opening and closing night events and field trips, there are also tons of special events at the upcoming TWS Annual Conference that you won’t want to miss. These events, taking place throughout the week, provide unparalleled networking and collaboration opportunities, connecting students, new professionals and seasoned wildlife professionals. Check out some of them below.

The 1000 Reception (by invitation)

This annual reception is limited to members of The 1000 who are leading by example to preserve the heritage of TWS and create a brighter future that ensures that TWS is the voice of wildlife science, management and conservation for generations to come.

Aldo Leopold Reception

This is your opportunity to meet some of the living legends of the wildlife profession. Everyone is welcome to attend and chat with this year’s Aldo Leopold Award recipient, along with some of the previous recipients of The Wildlife Society’s highest honor. Don’t miss out on this chance to talk with some of the greatest minds in wildlife science, management and conservation.

Poster Sessions

This year we’ve added dedicated poster sessions to the schedule each afternoon. View hundreds of posters on a wide range of compelling topics, including both contributed posters and Student Research in Progress posters by undergraduate, masters, and PhD students. The posters will be displayed in the Members Activity Center. Researchers will be present at their posters during poster sessions and refreshment breaks for discussion and questions.

Quiz Bowl

This year’s annual Quiz Bowl competition will run several days. Initial rounds will take place each afternoon Monday through Wednesday, with the Council Bowl and Quiz Bowl Finals scheduled from 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Ballroom AB at the Huntington Convention Center. All attendees, alumni and fans are encouraged to pack the auditorium and cheer on their teams in what promises to be an exciting finish!

Resume Review

If you’re a student or a new professional, be sure to take advantage of a resume review where experienced professionals can provide constructive feedback. Reviewers will be available Tuesday to Thursday in the Members Activity Center. Please bring a copy of your resume.

Student Chapter Leaders Lunch

Student chapter officers can use this opportunity to meet over lunch and discuss and collaborate on issues important to all student members of TWS. The Student Development Working Group will lead facilitated discussion during the two-hour event. Seating is limited and only three representatives (students and/or advisors) per student chapter may attend. Please contact Mariah Simmons with any questions at

TWS Heritage Committee and Retirees Meeting

President John McDonald and immediate Past President Bruce Thompson will host a meeting for any TWS Heritage Committee or dedicated retired members who attend this year’s conference. The TWS Heritage Committee comprises all TWS past presidents, Leopold Award recipients and TWS fellows. That’s nearly 200 influential TWS members!

Wildlife Photo Gallery and Contest

You’ve been taking fabulous pictures on your adventures throughout the year, and now it’s time to share your images with the rest of us! TWS-appointed judges will select winners in nine categories plus a Best in Show winner. All conference attendees can vote for their favorite photos to determine the People’s Choice winner.

Header Image: Members of The 1000 mingle during The 1000 Reception in Albuquerque, New Mexico last year. ©TWS