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ARCHIVE 2018 Annual Meeting

The 2018 Utah Chapter of The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting will be March 21-23 in Vernal, UT. The conference will be held at the Uintah Conference Center, 313 E 200 S, Vernal, UT 84078.

Meeting Theme: Fire and Ice of Wildlife Management- Life In An Arid Landscape

There will be prizes for best talks, posters, and photos!

View the meeting agenda here.

2018 Guest Speakers 

Dr. Christopher (Kit) O’Connor- US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station
Dr. Robert Gillies- Utah Climate Center Information
Ashley Kijowski- Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Program

Lodging 

Quality Inn
1684 West Hwy 40
Vernal, UT 84078
(435) 789-9550
Block Name: Wildlife Society; Total Rooms Blocked: 55 double beds, $79/night*
Cutoff Date: March 9th for reservations

or

Holiday Inn Express
1515 W. Us Highway 40
Vernal, UT 84078
(435) 789-4654
Register Online: Utah Wildlife Society Conference Marc 2018
Block Name: UWS; Total Rooms Blocked: 20 standard rooms, $83/night+tax*
Cutoff Date: March 7th for reservations
(*Note: Special group rate is valid two days before and after event dates of March 21 -23)

For general registration click here

$60 early bird

$85 late (After March 2nd)

Student and retiree registration: 

$40 early

$55 late (After March 2nd)

Single-day registration at $35

Banquet meal (Thursday, March 22nd)- per person $20
Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin
(***NOTE: We’ve asked about side options for Gluten Free and/or Vegetarians and will include this on the registration page)

***Remember to register early because early registration prices are only
valid until March 3rd, 11:59 PM.***

2018 Field Trips (March 21st) in the a.m. = Free

Utah Field House Museum Tour
Bighorn Sheep Viewing
Bison Tour- Book Cliffs
Sage-grouse Trapping (night)

Call For Abstracts, Papers, Posters

We invite submissions of contributed papers and posters on topics of wildlife science, management, ecology, conservation, education, or policy for the annual meeting of The Utah Chapter of The Wildlife Society March 21-23, 2018.

The deadline for abstracts is February 23, 2018

Participants will be accepted based on their technical merit, relevance, and/or contribution to our knowledge. Participants will be notified of abstract acceptance by March 2, 2018.  Papers and posters could present results from completed studies or works in progress. (1) Complete applications will include a properly formatted abstract (see link below: Abstract Format Guidelines) of no more than 300 words and (2) a completed cover sheet (see link below: 2018 Paper and Poster Cover Sheet). Formatting guidelines must be followed or your application will be returned for revisions. Please name attachments UTTWS_2018_YOURLASTNAME and email your submissions to Keeli Marvel: keeli.marvel@gmail.com. PowerPoint presentations must be Office 2007 compatible and be brought on a flash drive.

Abstract Guidelines
2018 Paper and Poster Cover Sheet

AWARDS NOMINATIONS

Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their accomplishments? Nominations are now being accepted for the following:

  1. Award of Excellence
  2. Award of Merit
  3. Conservation Achievement Award
  4. Certificate of Appreciation

For more details on each award and to nominate someone you know, submit their information here.

Deadline to submit award nominations is February 23, 2018. 

ANNUAL PHOTO CONTEST
Enter to win our Annual 2018 Photography Contest! Prizes will be awarded to contest finalists.
Information and Rules:
Photos will be accepted in the following categories:
(1) Wildlife Species
(2) Scenery
(3) Biologists at Work
1. Photos MUST be printed 8 x 10 inches in size and unframed.
-Contestants may enter up to 3 photographs per category.
-Awards for “Best In Category” and “Best Overalll” will be voted on by the membership at the Annual Meeting
– Prizes will be awarded at the banquet.
*****Photos must be submitted at the registration desk at the annual meeting
***Amateur photographers only, please. Questions can be addressed to Keeli Marvel: keeli.marvel@gmail.com

Scholarships/Grants In Aid

The Utah Chapter of The Wildlife Society (TWS) offers Grants-in-Aid for graduate and undergraduate research. Students last year received a combined $4,500 and will again this year!

1st place-$2,000, 2nd place- $1,500, 3rd place- $1,000

Deadline to apply is February 23, 2018. Please send completed proposals to: brock_mcmillan@byu.edu

(***To review guidelines see the Grants In Aid page)


ARCHIVE 2014 Annual Meeting

Congratulations to our Paper and Poster Winners from the 2014 Annual Meeting!

The Poster Competition:
1) Jace Taylor
2) Rusty Robinson
3) Jacob Hall

Student Oral Talk Competition:
1) Lucas Hall
2) Eric Freeman
3) Kyle Neihring (not sure on spelling)

Professional Talk Competition:
1) Dave Dahlgren
2) Ben Sutter
3) Jason Cox

The 2014 annual meeting will take place on March 19-21 at the Lexington Hotel and Conference Center in Saint George, Utah.

Register Online! Follow the link below in the registration section below.

See the Spring Newsletter for more conference details.

For the complete 2014 Utah TWS Program Click Here

Schedule of Events:

Schedule2014

Call for Papers:

We invite a submission of contributed papers and posters on topics of wildlife science, management, ecology, conservation, education, or policy for the annual meeting of The Utah Chapter of The Wildlife Society. The deadline for abstracts is February 20, 2014. Participants will be accepted based on their technical merit, relevance, and/or contribution to our knowledge. Papers and posters could present results from completed studies or works in progress. Complete applications will include a properly formatted abstract of not more than 300 words and a completed cover sheet. Click here to download the application cover sheet and abstract example . Email completed abstracts to abstracts@uttws.org.

Conference Registration:

Register Online at: https://www.regonline. com/uttws_2014 after reading the notes below.

Please Note:
– We will not provide receipts. You will need to print a receipts off the registration site.
– Please double, and triple check your payment info before submitting your registration, most of the problems with registration last year involved credit card number errors, and wrong names for billing info.

Field Trip Information:

Lytle Ranch Birding:
Led by Rick Fridell. Optional Tuesday (March 18) night stay at the Lytle Ranch ($12.50 additional fee, paid separately from annual meeting registration) followed by birding at 10am Wednesday (March 19) Morning. Limited to 24 People. You do not have to stay the night at Lytle ranch to participate in the morning field trip.

Tour of Red Cliffs Desert Reserve:
Ann McLuckie, Wildlife Biologist with the Utah Division of Wildlife, will lead a tour in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. We will look at tortoise shelters, and, hopefully, observe a desert tortoise. We will discuss desert tortoise natural history, translocation efforts, impacts of wildfires, the UDWR monitoring program and future challenges. Meet at the UDWR Washington County Field Office in Hurricane (by Quail Creek State Park at 451 N SR 318) at 9:30 on Wednesday morning (March 19), and caravan to the tortoise habitat by 10 am. Limited to 15 people.

Accommodations:

There is a block of rooms reserved for the Wildlife Society at the Lexington Hotel and Conference Center for $80 per night – 850 S Bluff St St George, UT 84770. To reserve a room, call 1-800-457-9800 and tell the desk you are calling for the Wildlife Society block. There is not a provision for online reservations.

The alternate hotel is Abbey Inn – 1129 S Bluff St St George, UT 84770, we will have more reservation information shortly.


ARCHIVE 2013 Annual Meeting

Utah Chapter of the Wildlife Society Annual Meeting:
“Basic Biology, Modern Technology:
Moving Management into the 21st Century”

20–22 March 2013, Ruby’s Inn, Bryce Canyon N.P.

Click here to download the full program for event schedules and abstracts.

2013 meeting

Registration:

Register online at https://www.regonline.com/uttws_2013Bryce-hoodoo-copy-600x399

Call for Abstracts:

We invite submission of contributed papers and posters on topics of wildlife science,management, ecology, conservation, education, or policy for the annual meeting of The Utah Chapter of The Wildlife Society. Deadline for abstracts is February 20, 2013. Participants will be notified of abstract acceptance and scheduling by March 5, 2013. Papers and posters will be accepted based on their technical merit, relevance, and/or contribution to our knowledge. Papers and posters could present results from completed studies or works in progress. Click here for complete application instructions and submission form.

Field Trips:

Sign up for field trips along with your conference registration, you can also return to the registration to add a field trip (https://www.regonline.com/uttws_2013). All field trips are on the morning of Wednesday 20 March 2013.

Sage Grouse Viewing:

Travel to several sage grouse lek site locations and view sage grouse strutting/mating from 0700 until 0900, meet at 6:15 AM. We will carpool to locations to minimize disturbance at Lek’s. Be prepared to carpool as minimizing vehicles is a must. Trip is Weather and access dependent / subject to cancellation.

Time: Wednesday March 20. Meet at 06:15 AM.
Meeting Location: Subway parking lot @ Jctn. of U.S. hwy 12 and Hwy. 63.
Logistics: Bring 4×4 vehicles for best access. Bring binoculars, spotting scope, camera, and Very warm clothing / hats / gloves.
Contact: Meet with Jake Schoppe / USFS at parking lot for directions. Contact number 435-691-1313.

Rim Walk:

Join Park Rangers at Bryce Canyon National Park for a guided hike among the hoodoos. Learn about the park’s geology, history and what wildlife species are living in this unique environment. Weather and snow-depth dependent.

Time: Wednesday March 20, 9:00 AM to Noon.
Meeting Location: Sunset Point Overlook
Logistics: Bring sturdy hiking boots, trekking poles and traction support for your shoes (Yaktrax are available for purchase at the park’s Visitor Center). The park will provide snow shoes to all participants.
Contact: Sarah Haas, Bryce Canyon Biologist, at 435-834-4753.

John’s Valley or Bryce Valley raptor viewing tour:

A pre-tour scouting trip will be made to see where the best opportunity to view raptors would be, John’s Valley or Bryce Valley. The tour will begin at 9:00 am and go to approximately noon. We will start at Ruby’s Inn and go north through John’s Valley and into Black Canyon and then return to Ruby’s (about 60 mile round trip). OR We will go down into Bryce Valley area where there is also good raptor viewing and return to ruby’s by noon (about 30 mile round trip).

Time: Wednesday March 20, 9 AM to approximately noon.
Meeting Location: Ruby’s Inn
Logistics: Folks need to provide for their own transportation. We will see what is needed for vehicles when we meet. No hiking would be required for these trips.
Contact: Terry Tolbert at 435-826-5607.

Accommodations:

This year’s conference will be based out of Ruby’s Inn. We have a block of rooms reserved for Wednesday, March 20th and Thursday, March 21st. Each room has two queen beds and is $60 per night plus a 12.3% tax.

To book the rooms in the block use the Ruby’s Inn website at www.bryceres.com/rubys. Put in the dates for the conference – March 20 and 21. In the field that says “Special Rates” choose Group/Block and in the blank put the code 42G. This will show the available rooms in the block. If you wish to reserve rooms by phone, call Ruby’s Inn at 866-866-6616 and ask for the Wildlife Society block.

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