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!
Three workshops and one of our field trips are completely full:

  • An Introduction to Bayesian Statistics
  • Analyses of Wildlife Telemetry Data with the rhr Package for R
  • Known-fate Survival Modeling and Assessments of Competing Risk
  • International Polar Bear Research and Conservation Centre Experience

Regulated Trapping: Essential for wildlife professionals to understand.
This year, we are offering 12 diverse workshops Saturday, Oct. 17, including a The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Trapping Matters Workshop. This workshop will help participants understand and better communicate benefits of regulated trapping and the many ways trapping contributes to wildlife management. Primary tools and techniques of trapping will be presented with specific emphasis on trapping Best Management Practices. Attendees will gain knowledge of public opinion data, focus group and human dimensions studies, effective communication measures to use when discussing this topic among varied audiences…and much more! Click here for more details.


To date, 49% of the total registered attendees are students. If you’re a professional or retired, come to the conference to share your knowledge and connections with them. Give back to the profession and help our next generation of wildlife professionals. Click here to learn more about this year’s conference.

Support women in wildlife!
Join fellow wildlifers, women and men alike, for this year’s Women of Wildlife (WOW) at Work panel discussion to address past, present, and future challenges and opportunities the panelists experienced or expect to experience that affect career development. Gain the perspectives of how these four diverse women navigated a career in wildlife, and learn about the ideas they have to benefit wildlife conservation and the wildlife profession overall, followed by an audience Q&A. Click here to see our complete list of this year’s panel discussions.

15 of our Working Groups are holding meetings at the conference…at least!
To find out which Working Groups are holding meeting this year, and when and where they will be convening, go to our Detailed Schedule and “filter” your search by hovering your cursor over “Filter by Track”, located at the top right corner, and click on “Working Group.” This will pull up a complete list of Working Group meetings.

Students, don’t forget to pack a copy of your resume for this year’s Resume Review!
Swing by the TWS Members Activity Center (RBC CC, 2EFGH) with a copy of your resume for our Resume Review sessions, being held Monday – Wednesday from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, where students can have their resumes critiqued on the spot by a wildlife professional on a first-come, first-served basis. Gain valuable input from experienced wildlifers that can help you in your future job search.

Emerging Topics in Aquatic Animal Health and Management is one of the many great symposia sessions available this year.
Organized by Katie Haman (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Austen Thomas, University of British Columbia), this session will explore emerging topics in aquatic animal health, management, and conservation, such as the importance of disease and health in these communities and ecosystems, the correlation of disease status and environmental conditions, the connection between human health and well-being to the health of fish and wildlife species…and much more! Get the details on this session here.

Council Meetings are open to all members!
Join us for one of our Council Meetings, held on the Friday, Saturday and Wednesday of this year’s conference. Click here to learn more.

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: Students get their resume reviewed by wildlife professionals at last year's Annual Conference.