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The purpose of the Wetlands Working Group is to provide a forum for TWS members with common professional interest to communicate, exchange information, facilitate continuing education and increase public awareness on matters and issues which impact, or may impact wetlands and associated wildlife species and to promote and enhance the responsible management of wetland resources through annual meetings, webinars, newsletters, scientific publications, and other forms of communication.


In order to increase student awareness and participation in the WWG, we are funding early registration conference fees for one student member of the WWG to attend the Annual TWS Conference. New and existing student members are encouraged to apply! Students interested in being considered for this award should email a CV and a brief cover letter discussing their interest in wetland research, management, and conservation to Phillip Stephenson (phillipleestephenson@gmail.com) by 19 October 2022. The winner will be notified if they are selected for this award by 31 October and will be reimbursed early registration costs for the 2022 TWS Conference. Applicants must be a member of the WWG by the application deadline. Attendance at the WWG annual meeting is recommended so that recognition of award receipt can occur.

What is the TWS Wetlands Working Group? 

The Wetlands Working Group of TWS is composed of wildlife and wetland professionals who are interested in developing solutions to wetland and water resource issues that are important to wildlife and humans.

Why have a TWS Wetland Working Group? 

It is recognized that we have numerous large-scale wetland and water resource issues that impact wildlife in a myriad of ways.  Yet, many of these issues are highly interdisciplinary with a substantial focus on hydrology, geomorphology, and water policy—issues which typically fall outside the realm of the TWS professional journals.  The impacts to international wildlife resources are immense, however, and future demands for water, with or without climate change, are expected to increase dramatically.  Furthermore, as wetland resources continue to decline in extent and/or quality, increased emphasis will be placed on efficient management of some wetlands and effective restoration of others to insure long-term sustainability and production of wetlands and their associated wildlife.

What are the objectives of the Wetlands Working Group?

1) Provide mechanisms for members interested in wetland conservation policy issues to discuss strategies and tactics for achieving responsible wetland management;

2) Provide mechanisms to help the wetlands conservation specialists within The Wildlife Society understand recent developments that impact our profession; and

3) Provide mechanisms (including, but not limited to, workshops, webinars, and conferences) to help biologists, managers, administrators, and policy makers keep abreast of the latest tools and perspectives in wetland conservation.