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2020 Utah Chapter of The Wildlife Society Meeting

We regret to inform you that the annual meeting for the Utah Chapter of The Wildlife Society that was planned to be held in Moab March 24 through March 26 is cancelled. The meeting is being canceled due to concerns over the coronavirus and travel bans that have been put in place by organizations within the state to prevent the spread of the virus. Additionally, Governor Herbert announced today that gatherings of more than 100 people should be avoided starting March 16.

Here is some important information related to the cancellation of the meeting:

  • The Utah Chapter will reimburse your registration (excluding membership dues) and banquet costs. You should see an email notification and refund in approximately 48 hrs.

  • If you booked a room at Red Cliffs Lodge or Archway Inn, please cancel your reservation as soon as possible. Archway Inn will not be charging a cancellation fee. Red Cliffs Lodge is charging a one night cancellation fee. For DWR employees that reserved rooms at Red Cliffs, the Directors Office is working on a solution to deal with cancellation fees. More information will be coming tomorrow on how those fees will be handled by DWR.

  • The meeting will not be rescheduled this year, but it will likely be held in Moab next year.

We are incredibly sorry for the inconvenience that this has caused everyone. A huge thank you to all the presenters that submitted abstracts, members that submitted nominations, sponsors that donated generously, and to the folks that helped prepare for what would have been an outstanding meeting. We hope those planning to participate this year will consider presenting in 2021.

Please contact us with additional questions and concerns. Further details are included on the annual meeting page.

The Utah Chapter of TWS Board


Thank you to everyone that attended the 2019 UT Chapter of The Wildlife Society Meeting March 20-22, 2019 in Springdale, UT

Congratulations to our 2019 award winners.

Award of Excellence: Dr. Terry Messmer
Award of Merit: Covy Jones, Mary Pendergast, Kendall Bagley
Certificate of Appreciation: Cooper Farr

Congratulations to the winners for the 2019 paper and poster winners.

Best Professional Paper was awarded to Janice Gardner for Rapid stream-riparian assessment: An effective method for monitoring and assessing stream health

Best Student Paper was awarded to Ethan Hammer for Remote camera surveys to inventory and monitor wildlife in Cedar Breaks National Monument

Best Poster was Sydney Lamb (1st) for Bambi, how fat is your mother
Heather Shipp (Tie 2nd) for Monitoring rare plant species and habitat use by ungulates in the Tushar Mountains, Utah
Danielle Finlayson (Tie 2nd) for An inventory and assessment of natural springs in Utah’s Great Basin: Factors associated with wildlife diversity

Congratulations to our 2019 student scholarship winners!!!!

Sydney Lamb from BYU ($2,000) for her work on Maternal effects on fawn survival in Northern Utah
Emma Doden from USU ($1,500) for her work on Comparing resident and translocated beaver ecology at stream restoration sites
Hailey Wayment from USU ($1,000) for her work on Greater sage-grouse responses to livestock grazing in semi-arid sagebrush rangelands

Photo contest winners were:
Wildlife: Daniel Kimball
Landscape: Jason Wood
Biologists at Work: Jason Wood

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