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2019 Annual Meeting

Details for the 2019 Idaho Chapter of The Wildlife Society Meeting are coming together! The meeting will be held in Boise from March 19th through March 21st, 2019. The theme for the 2019 conference is Leaping into Leadership: Creating Conservation’s Future. See below for a general outline of the meeting events.

  • March 18th – Idaho Bird Conservation Partnership Meeting
  • March 19th – Workshops (Principles of Productivity, Drone, and up to two others), Working Group Meetings (Idaho Bat and Idaho PARC), Student/Professional Mixer (Social)
  • March 20th – Plenary and Special Sessions, Paper and Poster Presentations, Business Meeting, Banquet
  • March 21st – Paper and Poster Presentations

Meeting Theme Details: This year’s meeting will focus on the ‘changing of the guard’ and the opportunities to follow for professionals in the wildlife field. Over the last several years we have seen a multitude of retirements and as a result….many promotions and many new faces coming into the state. Now is the time to reflect on the challenges that face our newcomers, the role of leadership in the wildlife field and the opportunities that exist for growth in the years to come. We all fear change but we all can embrace the prospect to evolve our career, improve personal growth and further the mission within the wildlife field. We hope you will join us this March for another great conference in Boise!

A draft copy of the program is now available – 2019 ICTWS Meeting Program

As in the past, abstracts are not included in the program but are ready for download – 2019 ICTWS Meeting Abstracts


Online registration for the meeting has closed. If you would like to register, please contact Kara Campbell, Chapter Treasurer, at or call 208-770-3790. After contacting her, checks or cash can be mailed to:

Kara Campbell
2885 W. Kathleen Ave.
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815

Checks can be made out to ICTWS

Costs for registration and extras can be viewed in the program by clicking on the 2019 ICTWS Meeting Program link.

Call for Abstracts

Deadline is February 1, 2019 for the 2019 Meeting being held in Boise, Idaho. See the complete announcement for call for abstracts.

Presenter/Moderator Info

Materials and details for presenters and session moderators will be available in the weeks leading up to the annual meeting.


The room block held at the government rate ($94/night) at the Grove Hotel for the 2019 annual meeting has been filled. Please try this link if you would like to see if any rooms are available in the small block of rooms we arranged at Hotel 43. Hotel 43 is directly across the street (9th Street) from the Boise Centre where the conference is being held. Folks will likely still need to show their government ID at the time of check in. Please use the following link to make your reservation at this establishment or call them at 208.342.4622 and request a room in The Wildlife Society Courtesy Rate block: Hotel 43 Reservations – The Wildlife Society Courtesy Rate

See the descriptions of the various workshops being offered at this year’s meeting:

‘How to Give and Effective Professional Presentation’ Ever wonder what it takes to put together a show stopping presentation and to deliver it with style? Then join ICTWS three time awarded best presenter, Dr. Jon Horne, who will provide his insight on how to make and deliver an awarding winning presentation!  The workshop will cover the dos and don’ts of giving a presentation suitable for any professional venue.  Such material will cover slide set up, color schemes, graphs, body language and all the ins and outs to go with it.   Plan on interactive participation and perhaps even some one-on-one with Dr. Horne to help work on a current presentation, so come prepared to learn!

‘Principles of Productivity: How to Identify and Stay Focused on Accomplishing the Most Important Things at Work and at Home.’  Does your professional or home life seem to be so busy that you can’t accomplish the things that you know are most important? Would you like to improve your effectiveness as a conservation or management project leader and provide better evidence to stakeholders that you are accomplishing your objectives or learning from your mistakes? Would you like to learn principles and tools that will help you identify and focus on doing things that will lead you most efficiently towards success? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you will benefit from this half-day workshop. Participants will learn and apply some of the fundamental principles undergirding strategic planning paradigms in conservation, business, and a host of other fields. These principles include the establishment of a vision, using the Pareto Principle (i.e. the law of the vital few) to informing your actions, identifying barriers, developing an accurate conceptual map of the situation, prioritizing actions, defining what success looks like, and monitoring for effectiveness and outcomes. Get lots of sleep the night before, because this will be a fast-paced workshop comprised of both instruction and application in breakout groups. Participants are encouraged to come with sufficient information and ideas that they can begin to apply these concepts to their home life, career aspirations, or conservation/management project. Essentially, this workshop is aimed at increasing your self-leadership and project management skills.  This workshop is being put on by Dr. Quinn Shurtlif who is a wildlife biologist and conservation coach who helps individuals and teams understand and implement a process known as the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation.

‘Eye in the Sky – Utilizing UAS (drone) Technology for Effective Natural Resource Management’  This jam packed workshop is being co-hosted by Dr. Jason Karl, from the University of Idaho and Sr. Wildlife Research Biologist, Dr. Scott Bergen, from Idaho Department of Fish and Game.  Both individuals and some invited speakers will bring a breadth of applied knowledge of drones in the natural resource field. This workshop seeks to inform and detail some of the uses of current UAS technology for the purposes of resource management. This is not an accreditation course for participants to pilot drones. Rather, this workshop is for the purposes of detailing the management needs for successfully using UAS technology within a scientific framework to acquire information across a wide breadth of possible uses. It will also strive to develop an understanding of how data collected with this newer technology can provide information to resource managers, as well as offer a guide for collecting and processing the data within a scientific-management framework. The workshop is designed to move this developing field past the “Gee whiz-golly isn’t technology wonderful” phase and into an understanding of how this technology can be used to effectively inform management (although plenty of “eye-candy” will be included within this workshop). To do so, the workshop will cover topics of how drones operate and detail their operational procedures within field conditions so that managers understand the logistic capacity of UAS. Procedures for processing and analyzing UAS acquired data using Structure From Motion methodologies will be covered and participants will use open source platforms on image data previously acquired using “Open Drone” resources of the University of Idaho. Invited speakers will share their work using UAS technology to count Salmon nesting locations (reds), vegetation and habitat analysis (veg classification and 3-d estimation), hyper-spectral analysis (plant species identification), LIDAR (vegetation ht.), and census/estimation of Prairie Dog colonies.

Past Meetings

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