Hot Off the Wire: Conference News ‘n Notes

Every week through early October, we’ll be bringing you the hottest news about this year’s conference, keeping you up-to-date and prepared as we approach Oct. 17-21 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Here’s the latest news:

Sold out!
Our room block at The Delta has already sold out, and less than 100 rooms remain in our discounted block at the Fairmont. To ensure you have a great conference experience and increase your networking opportunities, reserve your room at the Fairmont and enjoy great rates and free Internet service!

Richard Louv is confirmed to speak at this year’s Sunday morning plenary session, “Why Do Wildlife Matter?”
Don’t miss our opening plenary session starting at 9 a.m. to kick off our 22nd Annual Conference. Richard Louv, journalist, author of eight books, and recipient of the Audubon Medal will be one of our four featured speakers. To learn more about this session and our speakers, click here.

Wildlife Conservation’s Dilemma: Fur, Feather, Fins, Steel and People is one of the many great symposia sessions available this year.
Organized by Terry A. Messmer (Utah State University) and Michael J. Begier (USDA APHIS Wildlife Services), you’ll hear about a wide range of topics related to the struggles of wildlife agencies that are trying to balance serving traditional constituencies in the face of changing social perspectives among the general public and new wildlife professionals regarding regulated take. Get the details on this session here.


  • We’re kicking off this year’s conference with a Sunday morning plenary session at 9 a.m. followed by a lunch break and afternoon concurrent sessions. For the last few years the Sunday plenary has been in the afternoon, so don’t be late!
  • Opening and Closing events are complimentary with your Full Access badge!
    This year’s conference will open with a Sunday evening Night at the Museum Networking Event, and conclude Wednesday evening with a traditional Manitoba Social Networking Event.

The 22nd Annual Conference Detailed Schedule is available on our conference website.
Now, you can “filter” your search for specific categories, locations and dates by hovering and clicking on search options located at the top right corner. Additionally, read session and event descriptions and details by clicking on “more info,” and learn about plenary speakers by clicking on their photos.

The 18th Annual Quiz Bowl guidelines and information are now available online!
Watch schools compete in wildlife trivia Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 6 p.m.–12 a.m. or register your team to play by Friday, Oct. 9. Click the link above to learn how to enter. More than 20 teams competed last year in Pittsburgh!

Also Sold Out!
With an overwhelming response to this year’s conference, opportunities to participate are filling up fast! The following conference options are already full:

  • An Introduction to Bayesian Statistics Workshop
  • Exhibitor Booths
  • Program Guide Advertisement Space

Don’t Wait! If you haven’t registered yet, visit our registration page today! Hotels and flights are filling up fast as well.

See you in Winnipeg!

Header Image: A TWS conference quiz bowl team deliberates after being asked to identify the presented bird species.