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Annual Meeting

2024 ICTWS Annual Meeting

The 2024 joint annual meeting of the Idaho Chapter of the Wildlife Society, the Washington Chapter of The Wildlife Society, and Northwest Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation is being held at the Coeur d’Alene Resort (https://www.cdaresort.com/) on March 26-28.

Registration is NOW OPEN!

Register for the Joint Annual Meeting here.

Regular Registration rates will be available until February 29, 2024 (includes a free meeting gift)! If you have not already paid your annual dues, you can do so during check-out with your registration or on the chapter membership page. If you are unsure or have any questions about your membership status, please contact Ryan Walker (Treasurer, ictws.treasurer@gmail.com).

Hotel Information


Reservations are NOW OPEN!

Please call the Coeur d’Alene Resort reservations department at 888-965-6542 or online at https://reservations.travelclick.com/114393?groupID=4179052. Request the room block code from idahochaptertws@gmail.com. All reservations must be accompanied by a deposit for the first night’s room and tax, cancellations accepted up to 7 days prior to arrival without penalty. The North Wing and Park Tower rooms are $117/night and the Lake Tower rooms are $189/night. The last day to book rooms is February 25th!

Note: If you are having any issues making your reservation online, please call the resort’s registration desk

Plenary Speakers

  • Kristi Olney (Confederated Tribes of the Yakama Nation), Bison reintroduction in the Yakama Nation
  • David Leptich (Idaho Department of Fish and Game), Wetland restoration in northern Idaho
  • Rebecca Mccaffery (United States Geological Survey), Elwha Dam removal in Olympic National Park, WA
  • Christian Hagen, (Oregon State University), Shrub steppe restoration in the Great Basin


  • Bayesian Analysis for Beginners (Matt Falcy, U.S. Geological Survey, Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit)
  • Introduction to “R” (Matt Boone and Rob Ritson, Idaho Department of Fish and Game)
  • Human Dimensions: “So you want to design a Survey” (Kenny Wallen, University of Idaho and Idaho Department of Fish and Game)

Special Sessions (Invited Speakers)

  • Measuring Microclimates
  • Genomics
  • Beavers
  • Predator-Prey Interactions
  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Schedule at a glance (subject to change)

  • Tuesday, March 26
    • Workshops (all day)
    • Idaho Bat Working Group meeting (all day)
    • Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation meeting (all day)
    • Society for Northwestern Vertebrate Biology meeting (all day)
    • Opening Reception and Poster Session (evening)
  • Wednesday, March 27
    • Plenary: Restoration Works! Restoration Success Stories in Wildlife Conservation (morning)
    • General sessions (afternoon)
    • Special sessions (afternoon)
    • Student/Professional Mixer (evening)
  • Thursday, March 28
    • Breakfast with a Biologist (morning)
    • General sessions (all day)
    • Banquet and Fundraiser (evening)

We look forward to seeing you all in March in Coeur d’Alene!

Call for Abstracts

DEADLINE EXTENDED January 26th, 2024

We are accepting Contributed Papers for a wide range of wildlife topics. 

We invite abstracts for presentations and posters on all wildlife research and management, habitat management, conservation programs and practices, and application of research findings to conservation and management practices, including both completed work and work in progress.  

We strongly encourage students to present posters or oral presentations! All student presentations (full oral and poster) will be considered for “best presentation” and “best poster” awards.

Please follow abstract preparation instructions here.

Abstracts for Presentations and Posters are due January 26th, 2024

Accepted abstracts will be published in the Fall issue of the journal Northwestern Naturalist following the meeting, the open access flagship publication for the Society for Northwest Vertebrate Biology.

Contributed Paper Oral Presentations (Full Oral):  Maximum 20 minute presentation. Plan approximately 15-18 minutes for the presentation and 2-3 minutes to answer audience questions. PowerPoint presentations are encouraged but are not required.

IGNITE! Presentations:  These short, to-the-point talks provide a fun platform for people to quickly share project updates, notes from the field, or other important topics that don’t require a full 20-minute presentation. IGNITE! talks are 5 minutes long, and each slide in the presentation must advance automatically every 15 seconds (we will send a template and instructions if your abstract is accepted). Topics can be inspirational, funny, or informative, but all should strive to be engaging and entertaining.

Poster Presentations:  Topic is presented on a 4×4 foot or smaller poster. A formal poster session is provided for viewers and authors to ask and answer questions.

Abstracts for all oral presentations and posters must be submitted electronically as Microsoft Word documents by January 26, 2024.  Please follow abstract preparation instructions here.

Volunteer Opportunities: Assistance at the conference is always needed! Please consider volunteering some time to help your Chapter during the event. Whether you have a particular area you would like to help with or are willing to help in whatever capacity is needed, get in touch with one of the Steering Committee Chairs below and we will match your interest and availability with where assistance is needed.  

For more information, contact Steering Committee Chairs:

Miranda Reinson (vp.ictws@gmail.com)


Michelle Kemner (michelle.kemner@idfg.idaho.gov)


Supporting our annual meeting is a great opportunity to network and gain brand recognition and exposure among a diversity of wildlife professionals in Idaho and beyond. Your support reinforces your commitment to addressing regionally important conservation challenges and creates opportunities for future partnerships with professionals across the Northwest.

Sponsors enjoy a variety of benefits including printed logos in the meeting program, logos displayed during breaks, and recognition of support during the meeting, as well as table display space, and complimentary registrations.  All donations are used to ensure attendance affordability, especially for students, particularly considering the increased costs of hosting a joint meeting.  Any level of sponsorship is welcomed and greatly appreciated.

Click here for this year’s Pledge Form.

Feel free to reach to the Sponsorship Committee if you have any questions!

ICTWS Student Travel Awards

ICTWS has funds set aside to support up to 5 students ($300/ea) to offset costs associated with attending the 2024 Joint Annual Meeting! You must be a current student at an Idaho college or university pursuing a degree related to wildlife or natural resources AND have or obtain an ICTWS student membership.

Application forms can be found here.

Deadline for applications is February 16th and submitted to Laura Wolf (laura.wolf@idfg.idaho.gov).

Past Meetings

2023 ICTWS Meeting Program

2023 ICTWS Meeting Abstracts

2022 ICTWS Meeting Program 
2021 Executed Schedule of Events
2020 ICTWS Meeting Program
2020 ICTWS Meeting Abstracts
2019 ICTWS Meeting Program
2019 ICTWS Meeting Abstracts
2018 ICTWS Meeting Program
2018 ICTWS Meeting Abstracts
2017 Joint ICTWS and ICAFS Meeting Program
2017 Joint ICTWS and ICAFS Meeting Abstracts
History of Annual Meetings with Dates and Locations
2016 Joint ICTWS, WCTWS, SNVB, and NW PARC Meeting Program
2016 Joint ICTWS, WCTWS, SNVB, and NW PARC Meeting Abstracts