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What’s New:


An Introductory Guide to the Plants of the Southern San Joaquin Valley

We have a December 2019 newsletter available here.

Complete Volumes 1-6 of the Western Section’s new journal, Western Wildlife, are now available as a single publication: click here to access.

Jeff Davis and others have researched the history of the San Joaquin Valley Chapter of The Wildlife Society. Jeff consolidated his findings into a summary table, available here, dating back to 1966.

It’s time to renew your membership! Perhaps you renew through the national TWS or with the Western Section. If not, you may use the Membership Form and send it to us with the ridiculously small $5 annual fee.

The Transactions of the Western Section of the Wildlife Society is available here (years 1966-2010). The Transactions has been renamed to Western Wildlife and is available here.


Planned 2019 Workshops and Events
2019 Natural Communities Conference 
Thursday, March 28, 2019  

This one-day conference was an opportunity for biologists conducting research, management, regulation, and conservation activities for natural communities and biota in the San Joaquin Valley Chapter area to exchange information, ideas, results, and progress of their work. The conference was set in a casual and informal environment.

Program and Abstracts

Spring 2018 Blunt-Nosed Leopard Lizard Workshop

The Blunt-nosed leopard lizard workshop was a huge success.  On Friday, 18 May, 2018,  we had lectures by species experts and on Saturday, 19 May, nearly 40 students and 8 instructors, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife staff, conducted surveys on the Semitropic Ecological Reserve.  The Reserve is approximately 14,900 acres. Vegetative communities are primarily non-native grassland shadscale scrub and alkali sink scrub. Each team detected anywhere from 1 to 4 blunt-nosed leopard lizards, with handling demonstrations by Department staff.  We thank everyone who attended, and hope everyone had a great time. View a slideshow of workshop photos on the Workshops page.

SJV Wildlife Discussion Forum

The purpose of SJV Wildlife is to promote sound stewardship of wildlife, plants, and habitats in the San Joaquin Valley by facilitating communication among scientists, managers, consultants, educators, regulators, technicians, planners, and others. Postings should relate to wildlife, plants, or habitats within the San Joaquin Valley or surrounding foothills and mountains, an area encompassing nine counties: Stanislaus, Merced, Mariposa, Madera, Fresno, San Benito, Kings, Tulare, and Kern.

Suggested topics for postings and discussion include the following:

• Activities, workshops, presentations, conferences, and events;
• Grant opportunities;
• Job announcements, including research assistantships and postdocs;
• Research updates;
• Published papers;
• Survey techniques and protocols;
• Data collection and management;
• Data analysis methods;
• Status, distribution, and seasonal occurrence;
• Natural history observations;
• Habitat preservation and management;
• Species and habitat maintenance, enhancement, and restoration;
• Recovery plans and goals;
• Field equipment;
• Technology;
• Management effectiveness; and
• Proposed or enacted projects, actions, or policies that could affect species or habitats.

To join the forum, send a blank email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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