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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:

Wildlife Services’ special event showcasing research from their research center.
Join Wildlife Services during their special event, The Latest in Wildlife Services Research, to learn about methods development and research from the National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC). Presenters will include Dr. Larry Clark, Director of the NWRC, Dr. Stephanie Shwiff, research economist, Dr. Travis DeVault, supervisory research wildlife biologist, Dr. Antoinette Piaggio, research molecular biologist, Dr. Brian Dorr, research wildlife biologist, and Dr. Aaron Shiels, biologist. Learn more about this special event here.

Will you be one of the lucky winners?
Travel Manitoba, a Gold Sponsor of our Annual Conference, will be drawing the names of two conference attendees who will win a trip to either The Lodge at Little Duck or Sasaginnigak Lodge. All attendees are automatically included and the lucky winners will be announced during our Members Meeting on Tuesday morning between 9-10:30 a.m.


Early registration is running 14% ahead of last year’s Annual Conference in Pittsburgh where more than 1,500 attendees gathered. Invest in yourself and your future by registering today at our conference website.

Submit your wildlife photos to participate in this year’s Photo Contest!
Do you take photos of wildlife, as a hobby or as a professional? Have you wanted to showcase your work in a gallery setting, but haven’t had the right outlet? Look no further! Find out how to submit your photos at this year’s Annual Conference here and feature your work for everyone to see. The deadline is September 30, so don’t delay!

Act Fast! 
Our International Polar Bear Conservation Centre Experience is already sold out, and our Bison, Birds and People Experience and our Oak Hammock Marsh Wetlands Exploration are nearly sold out. More than 250 attendees have already reserved their spots. Don’t miss out on your opportunity. Learn more about these trips by clicking here!

Quantitative Approaches to Wildlife Disease is one of the many great symposia sessions available this year.
Organized by Robin Russell, Evan Grant, William Kendall, Michael Samuel, Dan Walsh (all from USGS) and David Miller (Penn State University), and supported by Biometrics and Wildlife Disease Working Groups. This session is structured to progress through the basic phases of disease epizootics from pre-emergence, to outbreak, to endemic infection, and mitigation/management. And cover topics such as quantitative techniques for disease detection and surveillance, monitoring on-going disease outbreaks, methods for exploring/evaluating disease dynamics, the application of decision theory to disease management programs, and much more! Get the details on this session here.

Don’t forget! 
You need a current passport to enter Canada, so make sure yours is up-to-date, as even expedited service takes a few weeks. Click here to learn more about the border regulations.

What to do in Winnipeg?
Be sure to carve out some personal time to enjoy the many sights and sounds of the city! Click here to read about the Top Ten Must Sees in Winnipeg. Personalized travel counseling is also available through our Gold Sponsor, Tourism Winnipeg, toll free from anywhere in North America (1-855-734-2489) or by email at

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: The Lodge at Little Duck is one of two fly-in lodges in Manitoba offering prize trips to registered attendees winning the draw at the 2015 TWS Annual Conference.
Image Credit: Courtesy of The Lodge at Little Duck.