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Membership in the Illinois Chapter is open to anyone with an avid interest in wildlife and the general fields of ecology and resource management. Officers must, in addition, be members of the parent society. Download a membership application to ICTWS.

Dues in the Illinois Chapter are $10/year for regular membership and $5/year for student membership. You may pay your dues via PayPal.



The major function of the Illinois chapter is the annual two-day conference held in various locations within the state. This conference brings together members for the dual role of a business meeting and a forum for invited and contributed presentations. Topics focus on wildlife issues of particular importance to Illinois and also more general wildlife themes relating to a larger geographical reference. Recent conference programs have dealt with waterfowl management, state-wide habitat conditions, furbearer management and effects of land-use agricultural practices. Other chapter functions include developing position statements, attending and co-sponsoring the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference and other resource-oriented meetings, commenting on projects and activities affecting wildlife, and developing a directory for identifying professional wildlife expertise located within the state.