Starved Rock State Park

Annual Meeting

The 60th Annual Meeting of Illinois Chapter of The Wildlife Society, April 14-16, 2024 Starved Rock Lodge, Utica, IL

AGENDAclick here for the meeting agenda

Sunday April 14 (Evening) @ Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center in Starved Rock State Park, IL – check-in/social/reception (drinks and light food provided)

Sunday Workshop (Afternoon): Moist Soils Management, Classroom and Site Visit (click here for workshop flyer)

Monday April 15 (all day) @ Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center in Starved Rock State Park, IL (breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)

Tuesday April 16 (Morning) @ Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center in Starved Rock State Park, IL – ILTWS business meeting, Telemetry Symposium, and Workshop (breakfast provided)

Tuesday Workshop (Afternoon): Telemetry Workshop, hands-on experience attaching and tracking animals (more information to come)


Registration is open until April 7th (preferred registration by 15 March to help ILTWS plan)

Register Here

Professional Registration – $185

Student Registration – $100

Retiree Registration – $100


To assist with student travel, the Chapter will grant student travel assistance grants to graduate or undergraduate students enrolled full-time at a University or College in Illinois.  A total of $1,500 is available for the 2024 grant program, with the maximum award up to $300 per student.  Student travel awards are intended to assist students in attending the conference and may not pay for the entire cost of attendance. Priority will be given to students who do not have  other means of conference attendance support (i.e. grant funding, institutional support). To apply click here


Abstract submission is open until March 20, 2024. Please upload your abstract here


The 60th annual meeting will take place at the Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center located within Starved Rock State Park.

Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center

One Lodge Lane

Oglesby, IL 61348

GPS: 41.3191202, -88.996302


We have reserved a block of rooms at the Starved Rock Lodge. 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 4/14 (Sunday) and 4/16 (Monday):

Hotel Wing – Two Queen Beds (13 rooms @ $165/night)

Lodge Wing King Bed (10 rooms available @ $155/night)

Lodge Wing Two Full Beds (12 rooms available @ $155/night)

Reservation Link: Indicate “Illinois Chapter of The Wildlife Society”

To make reservations by phone call 815-667-4211 and use the block code above.

Block release date: March 14, 2024 (Saturday). 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.

Alternative lodging is available at The Fairfield Inn and Suites, Ottawa, IL ($139/night)

Book your group rate at The Fairfield Inn and Suites for IL Chapter of the Wildlife Society You will find the information for your online reservation link below. If you have questions or need help with the link, please do not hesitate to ask. We appreciate your business and look forward to a successful event. Last day to book: 14 March 2024


Would you be willing to donate an item for a silent auction at this year’s annual meeting to help fund the ILTWS 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.


View a list of past ILTWS meetings, 1964 – 2024.

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