The WCTWS hosts two annual events open to members and non-members.
The winter meeting, usually held the first week of March, includes presentations and posters by professionals and students. The event also includes an evening social and presentation of Chapter awards. The winter meeting location alternates between north/central Wisconsin and the Madison area.
The Chapter also hosts a 1-2 day technical training in Sept/Oct each year which allows attendees to gain practical experience on the selected topic. Past topics have included: wildlife damage management, how to inventory and monitor wildlife, wildlife diseases, and working with the media & conflict resolution, and conservation decision making and planning.
2020 Winter Meeting
SAVE THE DATE! WCTWS Annual Meeting February 25-27, 2020
All TWS, Wisconsin Chapter, and Student Chapter members are invited to participate in the upcoming WCTWS Annual Meeting at the Hotel Mead in Wisconsin Rapids on February 25-27, 2020.
We also are spreading our wings and inviting nonmembers to participate in two concurrent symposia on Herpetofauna and Ruffed Grouse (see symposium descriptions below) on February 25 with hopes that participants see the benefits of becoming members of WCTWS.
The Annual Meeting will provide tremendous opportunities to see old friends and network with fellow members, students, and new acquaintances. Highlighted social opportunities include the Tuesday Evening Social, Morning and Afternoon Breaks, Lunches, Fundraiser, and Annual Awards Banquet. The Opening Plenary Session this year will focus on professionalism and gender equity issues, which is particularly timely, considering the recent articles on gender equity in The Wildlife Professional (see article below). At the Issues Subcommittee meetings (Climate Change, Deer Management, Farm-Wildlife, Forestry, Furbearer Issues, Wolf Management), you will be able to meet with members of common interest and have an opportunity to move the needle on issues of your choice. At the WCTWS Annual Business Meeting you will be able to meet with over 100 WCTWS members and consider new issues for the Board and membership to address. Last, but not least, you will be able to participate in several Contributed Poster and Paper Sessions to catch up on current issues, research, and management techniques.
WCTWS 2020 Annual Meeting Tentative Schedule
February 25, 2020
9:00 am – 4:00 pm Concurrent Symposia on Herpetofauna and Ruffed Grouse
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Tuesday Evening Social, Poster and Vendor Displays
February 26, 2020
8:30 am – 11:00 am Opening Plenary Session
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Issues Subcommittee Meetings
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Concurrent (2-3) Contributed Paper Sessions
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm WCTWS Annual Business Meeting
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Wednesday Evening Social, Fundraiser, and Annual Awards Banquet
February 27, 2020
8:00 am – 12:00 pm Concurrent (2-3) Contributed Paper Session
WCTWS Winter Meeting Symposia Summaries
Get Off that Log (and come to our Ruffed Grouse Symposium)!
By Jason Riddle, Acting Past President
As part of the 2020 WTWS Winter Meeting, we will be hosting the Upper Midwest Ruffed Grouse Symposium. It will occur on February 25th, which is the first day of the Winter Meeting. The primary objective of the meeting is to identify the regional status, management, and research needs of ruffed grouse.
We will have morning and early afternoon talks, followed by a couple of hours of breakout sessions in which we would develop a brief statement that summarizes the current status, management, and research needs in our region. We also hope to publish this statement along with extended symposium abstracts in The Passenger Pigeon. We are anticipating attendees and speakers from Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. We already have a commitment from Dr. Benjamin Jones, President and CEO of the Ruffed Grouse Society & American Woodcock Society, to speak at our event. We hope to see as many of you in attendance as possible! If you have any questions, please contact members of the Steering Committee: Chris Pollentier (Christopher.Pollentier@wisconsin.gov), Mark Witecha (Mark.Witecha@wisconsin.gov), Jon Steigerwaldt (Jons@ruffedgrousesociety.org), or myself (Jason.Riddle@uwsp.edu).
By Jennifer Summers, Program Development Specialist, Wisconsin Center for Wildlife, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Opening day of The Wisconsin Chapter of The Wildlife Society’s (WCTWS) 2020 meeting features an all-day Herpetology Symposium dedicated to research, management, and ecology of midwestern herptiles. Andrew Badje (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources [WDNR]) and Jennifer Summers (Wisconsin Center for Wildlife) are organizing a symposium dedicated to providing an opportunity for herpetologists to meet, collaborate, present research, and discuss current affairs in herpetology.
The symposium will include thirteen presentations, including invited speakers from around the state, and contributed abstracts. The symposium will conclude with a panel discussion. The proceedings will be published after the symposium in an appropriate publication (e.g. WDNR Research Report).
We invite anyone interested in presenting their research to submit an abstract online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WCTWS2020. If you have any questions about the symposium, please contact Jennifer Summers at email@example.com or Andrew Badje at Andrew.Badje@wisconsin.gov. Students welcome! Posters will be presented during the opening evening social. Participation in the symposium is included with the meeting registration fee. This symposium is open to anyone with an interest in research and ecology of herptiles in the Midwest. Hope to see you there!
Incoming TWS President to Kick Off Plenary at Winter Meeting
By Jennifer Merems
Carol Chambers, current President-Elect of The Wildlife Society, will be joining us in Wisconsin Rapids this February as part of the Plenary session. Carol is currently a Professor in Wildlife Ecology at Northern Arizona University (NAU) School of Forestry. Carol’s research focuses on habitat relationships of charismatic microfauna including bats, small mammals, and diurnal breeding birds. Throughout her education and career, Carol noticed the lack of women faculty in wildlife and forestry and following the lead of a mentor at Oregon State University, she helped initiate gatherings for women students at NAU. She also helped start a women’s network with The Wildlife Society called Women of Wildlife. Carol is co-editing a book on Women in Wildlife Science: Building a Diverse Future targeting an audience of wildlife professionals, professors, and students in public and private sectors.
As wildlife ecologists, we understand the importance of diversity in our ecological communities and our work strives to protect the natural diversity of species. Carol believes that protecting diversity and the uniqueness of species and individuals does not end when we leave ‘the field’ but is also necessary in our profession. In Wisconsin Rapids, Carol will give us 1406 Reasons Why Diversity is Important an enlightening tale on the importance of representing the full range of human qualities and attributes in our profession. The parallels between human and wildlife diversity are many, and like diverse communities of wildlife, diverse groups of people raise different questions; questions that drive science, and that move science forward. Just as we recognize and correct for our biases in our work, we must recognize our bias in the office and create connections, take action, and be allies to underrepresented groups in to advance our understanding of wildlife ecology and management. We drive science forward when “we” represents all of us. We couldn’t be more pleased to have Carol joining us in Wisconsin Rapids to ask and answer, as Leopold did whether “…the Globe can remain stable without the deliberate retention of diversity. All I can say is I doubt it.”
A big thanks to Tim Van Deelen and his lab for their leadership and financial support in planning this year’s plenary session.