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What’s New:

Join us for our December 7th board meeting – Click here for the agenda – we are looking for nominations for a variety of positions, including President-Elect. Click here for position descriptions! And be sure to visit our “Become Involved In the SJVC” survey link!

 Announcing Conference Grants for Students and Early Career Professionals

The San Joaquin Valley Chapter of The Wildlife Society is offering up to 5 travel grants for $850 each to cover registration, travel and lodging costs for the Annual 2024 Western Section Conference for Chapter members! This is a fantastic opportunity to attend a great meeting, with many networking and educational opportunities. If you are interested in applying please submit the following qualifications to Lori Bono at lori.bono@wildlife.ca.gov by December 8, 2023:

  1. Be a current San Joaquin Valley Chapter member (only 5 bucks to join);
  2. Submit proof you are a current student or have graduated within the last three years (ex. school transcripts);
  3. Submit a brief summary of yourself;
  4. Apply by December 8, 2023; and
  5. Keep all receipts for reimbursement (i.e. registration, lodging, and gas).


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

We have an April 2023 newsletter available here.

Complete Volumes of the Western Section’s 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 TWS (international) 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.

News from our members:

Petros Chrysafis helps Californians ‘like the wildlife they live with’ by taking a unique approach to deterring livestock killings. Click here for the story!


The San Joaquin Valley Chapter is planning an urban kit fox workshop in 2024 – stay tuned.


eMammal Snapshot USA: Camera Study in the Sierra Nevada

During 2019 and 2020 Petros Chrysafis participated in eMammal’s Snapshot USA. Snapshot USA is a nationwide effort to obtain camera trap data from all 50 states and from a variety of habitats. Petros represented Central California by setting up camera traps in some of the most representative habitats present in the area. Linked here are published works as a result of the research efforts. He was a recipient of a chapter student research grant and we are excited to share his progress!