TWS Annual Conference ready to go live

The Wildlife Society’s 28th Annual Conference is coming up Nov. 1-5. The virtual conference will feature lots of live content for wildlifers to learn and network. Here are just a few of the live offerings. To register, visit

Opening Plenary

Tuesday, November 2, 12-2 p.m. EST

Guest speakers Dan Riskin and Carolyn Finney launch the conference with an eye toward diversity. Best known as a host on Animal Planet and Discovery Canada, Riskin will explore what happens when diverse groups work together. Finney will speak on The N Word: Nature, Revisited (An Imagined Conversation with John Muir).  Her work aims to develop greater cultural competency within environmental organizations and institutions.

Aldo Leopold Keynote Address

Friday, November 5, 12-12:45 p.m. EST

2020 Aldo Leopold Memorial Award recipient John Organ will deliver this year’s keynote address. A TWS past president, fellow and honorary member, he is recognized for his contributions to the wildlife profession as a scientist, administrator, educator, philosopher and mentor.

Panel Discussions

Panel Discussions will be held live and recorded for on-demand viewing. Here are some highlights. Find more here.

Over a Century of Conservation and Partnership: America’s National Wildlife Refuge System

The National Wildlife Refuge System is the largest, most diverse network of conservation lands in the world, and it offers many opportunities to conserve at-risk species and manage native wildlife populations along multi-use principles.

WOW – Recognizing Microagressions and Activating Inclusion

Panelists will focus on identifying microagressions and discuss how to avoid “microresistance” and offer “microaffirmations.”

Wildlife Vocalizations: Celebrating One Year of Stories Passion, Ingenuity, Tenacity and Perseverance

Wildlife Vocalizations are personal perspectives that amplify diverse voices in the wildlife profession. This session offers participants a platform to reflect on the last year, share experiences, discuss common themes and envision the profession’s future.


 Workshops will be live and require registration due to their limited capacity. Here’s a sampling. Find lots more here.

Active Learning in the Wildlife Classroom: Engaging Students Beyond the Field

Active learning has a long history in wildlife education, yet its strategies also work in lectures and virtual classrooms.

Ask a Biometrician

Participants can ask questions to qualified student or early-career biometricians. Participants will receive 45-minute, one-on-one consulting sessions to discuss their study systems and receive tailored advice.

Bystander Intervention Training

One way to reduce harassment is through “bystander intervention,” encouraging the community to stand up against unwelcome conduct.

Improv for Wildlifers

Improv requires the ability to listen carefully, think quickly and communicate clearly — and so does translating science to the public.

Live Q&As

On-demand sessions will be available any time during the conference, but each session will have an hour-long live Q&A with presenters at a scheduled time. For details, visit

We can’t wait to see you on screen at the conference!

Header Image: Plenary speakers Dan Riskin and Carolyn Finney launch the conference with a focus on diversity. Credit: Courtesy Dan Risk and Carolyn Finney