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Annual Meeting

Announcement: The 59th Annual Meeting of Illinois Chapter of The Wildlife Society, April 16-18, 2023 Champaign, IL


Sunday April 16 (evening) @ Forbes Natural History Building of Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) in Champaign, IL – check-in/social/reception (food and drink provided)

Monday April 17 (all day) @ i-Hotel’s Chancellor Ballroom in Champaign, IL – talks/poster session/banquet/silent auction/raffle (breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)

Tuesday April 18 (morning) @ i-Hotel’s Technology Room in Champaign, IL – ICTWS business meeting and TBD (breakfast provided)


We are happy to announce that registration for the upcoming ICTWS annual meeting is officially OPEN! Please use the link below to register for the meeting.

Register Here

  • IN-PERSON REGISTRATION IS DUE SUNDAY APRIL 9th (if you have dietary restrictions please try to register by April 2nd)


The ICTWS executive board is pleased to announce the call for student travel award applications to support student travel to the upcoming meeting. Applications are due April 2nd. Student travel awards will be capped at $300 per student and total funding will be limited to $1500 across all students – so definitely apply sooner rather than later. Students do not have to be a current ICTWS member and their registration for the meeting will automatically make them a member.  Please see the google form to apply and more details.




The 59th annual meeting will take place at  I Hotel & Conference Center (Monday and Tuesday) and Forbes Natural History Building of the Illinois Natural History Survey (Sunday reception). It is approximately a 5-minute walk between these two venues. Parking will be available free of charge at the i-Hotel even for those not staying at the i-Hotel. Parking at the Forbes Building is free on Sundays. Google maps directions to the INHS Forbes Natural History Building. Google map directions to i-Hotel and Conference Center.

i-Hotel and Conference Center

1900 South First Street

 Champaign, IL 61820


We have reserved a block of 30 hotel room at the i-Hotel. Please see below for details on booking, daily rates, block release dates, directions, and more.  To guarantee the block rate, please make your hotel reservations EARLY, no later than the block release date of the hotel (see below). Single night bookings are allowed.

Block rates for the nights of 4/16 (Sunday) and 4/17 (Monday):

Deluxe King Room (20 rooms @ $129/night)

Spacious Queen Room (10 rooms available @ $149/night)

Reservation Link:


Guest Password: 3!kta

To make reservations by phone call 217-819-5000 and use the block code above.

Block release date: March 17, 2023 (Friday). Block rate not guaranteed if booked after this date!

Terms and Conditions of Reservation: Cancellations of individual reservations are accepted until 24 hours PRIOR to arrival. Should cancellation occur after the cancellation deadline, up to 100% of the stay will be charged.


A mini-symposium about applications of drones will occur on Tuesday morning (18 April 2023). We have four presenters lined up and if weather cooperates we also plan to have a nearby field demonstrations with Q&A. The field component will offer participants real hands-on experience operating a drone!

• Morgan Henton (Olney Central College) UAV instructor

• Yun Zhao (UIS) Habitat mapping

• Scott Beckerman (USDA-APHIS) Wildlife Damage Management

• Ryan Cruz (Wildlifedrones) Radiotelemetry


Would you be willing to donate an item for a silent auction at this year’s annual meeting to help fund the ICTWS Student Travel Grant Program?  Please consider bringing an item or two to the annual meeting.  Looking forward to seeing your interesting finds!

Maureen Hurd ( is helping coordinate the silent auction and raffle. Questions can be directed to her.


This meeting will be offered in hybrid format!

Virtual participants can register at a reduced rate.

View a list of past ICTWS meetings, 1964 – 2021.

Annual Meeting Presentation Guidelines

Oral Presenter Guidelines
Poster Presenter Guidelines

Other Upcoming Meetings
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November 5-9, 2023 in Louisville, Kentucky