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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.


With the health and safety of our members in mind, and in light of the recent declaration of a national emergency by President Trump and instructions issued by Governor Gavin Newson to limit large gatherings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the San Joaquin Valley Chapter of The Wildlife Society will be postponing our annual Natural Communities Conference, originally scheduled for Thursday March 26, 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Members have the option of applying their registration costs toward the future postponed event, however we recognize that some may not have the ability to attend at a later date. As such, if you would like to receive reimbursement for your registration costs, please contact Linda at For those who donated funds to sponsor the event, if you would like to receive a refund please also send your request to Linda. Please allow a minimum of two weeks after submitting your request for response and reimbursement.

The Chapter’s Executive Board is in active discussions regarding a future date for the conference. The postponed event will likely be held in late July or the first week of August. Information regarding the postponed event will be distributed to our members once it has been settled. As with this month’s event, the Chapter’s Executive Board recognizes that this pandemic is dynamic and because of that we will be actively monitoring federal and state recommendations regarding how to curb spread of the virus as it relates to the future postponed event.

We wish all of our members health and wellness!

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 .

Alternatively, you can see what’s been posted by going to: