The Wildlifer
Issue 362 | MAY 2010

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What’s Happening & How Far Do We Go??

Bruce Leopold
Bruce Leopold
TWS President
I have two main issues that I want to talk with you about in my May “Podium”. The first is to summarize some major accomplishments Council approved during its spring meeting. The second is more serious, and it concerns the second part of the title of this essay, “How Far Do We Go as a Society”.

Council was very busy in Milwaukee this spring and I think that you will be very pleased with what we accomplished. The first action was to modify our position concerning our Certified and our Associate Wildlife Biologists®. Council voted unanimously to extend the deadline for AWBs and CWBs to join TWS and pay their dues to December 31, 2010. Also, any member whose employment depends on being a CWB may request an exemption from Council to not require them to be a TWS member and pay dues.

Likely, the most significant decision by Council was to reactivate the Wildlife Society Bulletin. Yep, that’s right, it’s coming back. We still stand by the decision of the former Council (I was on that Council) who discontinued it. It was indeed the right thing to do at the time. Membership was at an all time low and getting lower, regardless of all attempts to avoid it, the Bulleti kept “morphing” back to being another peer-reviewed journal.


TWS Provides Suggestions for Improving Biomass Crop Assistance Program Rule
TWS Encourages Support for The Chesapeake Clean Water and Ecosystem Restoration Act
TWS Supports America’s Commitment to Clean Water Act
TWS Submits Comments Opposing Road Corridor Through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge
TWS Thanks Senators for Championing Natural Resource Adaptation
Opposition to Border Wall Legislation
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The Wildlife Society recently released the names of 15 early-career wildlife professionals selected to participate in the annual Leadership Institute. Established in 2006, the Leadership Institute is designed to provide continuing education and professional development through presentations, collaborative exercises with peers, leading seminars, and studying how to provide effective and responsible leadership in the field of natural resources.

The experience culminates at TWS’ annual conference, held this year in Snowbird, Utah, where participants engage in activities such as mentoring students and attending Council meetings. The Leadership Institute continues to grow in popularity and, as many current leaders are set to retire in the next decade, provides an important service to the health of the profession.

  • Elizabeth Ball, Missouri Department of Conservation
  • Jami Belt, National Park Service (Glacier National Park)
  • Kristina Boyd, U.S. Forest Service, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks
  • Bridget Collins, USGS Contractor/Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
  • Kent Fricke, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas
  • Martin Grenier, Wyoming Game and Fish Department
  • Elizabeth Johnson, Alabama Wildlife Federation
  • Rickey Jones, Kleinfelder West, Inc.
  • Emily Just, Pennsylvania Dept of Conservation and Natural Resources
  • Shauna Marquardt, Missouri Department of Conservation
  • Margaret Pepper, USDA-Wildlife Services
  • Annaliese Scoggin, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
  • Mackenzie Shardlow-Jeffress, University of Idaho/National Park Service (Upper Columbia Basin Inventory and Monitoring Network)
  • Lindsay Smythe, U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service (Kofa National Wildlife Refuge)
  • Walter Veselka, West Virginia University
The Wildlife Society 17th Annual Conference is taking place in picturesque Snowbird, UT October 2 - 6. Please make plans to join us on Sunday, October 3, at 1 pm for the Plenary session “There’s More to Diversity Than Just the Wildlife.”

Biodiversity is indeed critically important regarding our wildlife populations and their habitats. But, given the demographic trends of the population of the United States, diversity of the workforce of natural resources biologists and managers also is critically important. It’s important to recognize that this issue extends to not just race, but culture, as wildlife resources and their habitats are viewed and valued differently by the cultures of our global society.

The plenary speakers and topics are:

  • Trends and Issues – Why is a diverse workforce in Natural Resources so important?– Roel Lopez, Texas A&M University
  • Past and Current Strategies - What has worked, what hasn’t?- Columbus Brown, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Integrating Cultural Differences - Jeanne Jones, Mississippi State University,
  • Diversity- A Young Professional’s Perspective - Seafha Blount, University of Arizona,
  • The Future- What Must We Do, Seriously!! - Dana Sanchez, Oregon State University,
  • Concluding Remarks - Bruce D. Leopold, President, The Wildlife Society

Following the plenary, 2009 Aldo Leopold Memorial Award recipient, Ronald Labisky will deliver the Leopold Address and we will announce the winner of the 2010 Leopold Award Winner. The afternoon concludes with the installation of new members to the TWS Council followed by the Awards Ceremony, Members Meeting, and Welcome Remarks from the 2011 Pittsburgh Meeting Committee.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Wildlife Society Annual Conference provides unparalleled opportunities for information sharing, discussion, professional development, and networking to wildlife professionals in North America. In Snowbird we expect more than 1,500 attendees from federal, state, and provincial agencies as well as from universities, natural-resources consulting companies, and conservation organizations.

Conducting the TWS Annual Conference takes substantial human and financial resources, so please consider making a donation to support the effort. Cash donations of any amount will be greatly appreciated. We also welcome donations of merchandise suitable for a silent auction. For additional information, visit the conference website.

 TWS Executive Director/CEO, Dr. Michael Hutchins with Dr. Dorthy Prisco, Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Delaware Valley College Commencement.
TWS Executive Director/CEO, Dr. Michael Hutchins with Dr. Dorthy Prisco, Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Delaware Valley College Commencement. Credit: Delaware Valley College

TWS Executive Director/CEO Michael Hutchins gave the commencement address to an audience of over 2,000 faculty, students and their families gathered this May at Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture in Doylestown, PA.

In his address, Hutchins urged students to do what they love "as that is the secret to any meaningful career path." Hutchins said the world is "at a critical juncture in the history of humankind and its relation to nature" urged the graduates, regardless of their major, to take a personal interest in addressing one of the great challenges of our time: to "keep some semblance of our natural world and wildlife intact as we move forward toward an uncertain future."

The College's Animal Biotechnology and Conservation major is the largest on campus, and they also offer majors in Agronomy and Environmental Science, and in Biology. Despite its size, Del Val boasts a large and active TWS Student Chapter, and many students pursue advanced degrees in wildlife or fisheries. See article on commencement

Member News
 Rich Guenzel and his wife Mary accept the Berrendo Award from President-elect of The Wildlife Society Tom Ryder. Photo credit: Stan Harter/WGFD.
Rich Guenzel and his wife Mary accept the Berrendo Award from President-elect of The Wildlife Society Tom Ryder. Photo credit: Stan Harter/WGFD.

Long-time TWS Member and Wyoming Game and Fish Department wildlife biologist Richard J. Guenzel of Laramie received the 2010 Berrendo Award at the 24th Biennial Pronghorn Workshop held in Laramie.

This award is the most significant award offered through the Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies sanctioned Pronghorn Workshop and is given to an individual or a group of collaborators who have made noteworthy contributions to pronghorn management or research.

The award is named for a desert pronghorn that epitomizes the difficulty faced by all pronghorn.


2010 Wings Across the Americas Award for Bats
The U.S. Forest Service awarded the Southeastern Bat Diversity Network (SBDN) with the prestigious 2010 Wings Across the Americas Award for Bats during the 75th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference. SBDN is a network of biologists, land managers, and others interested in promoting bat conservation in the southeastern region of the U.S. and annually hosts Bat Blitz, an annual intensive multi-night survey of bats on federal and state agency lands. Dr. Darren Miller, Southeastern Section Representative on TWS Council and President of SBDN, accepted the award on behalf of SBDN. TWS has been well represented during Bat Blitzes with participation by Chapter and Section officers, staff, and members. The U.S. Forest service also awarded the following TWS members with individual awards for their vital role in Bat Blitz: Tim Carter (Ball State Univ.), Mary K. Clark (Moonlight Consulting), Matina Kalcounis-Rüeppell (Univ. of North Carolina at Greensboro), Dennis Krusac (U.S. Forest Service), Susan Loeb (U.S. Forest Service), Darren Miller (Weyerhaeuser Company), Blake Sasse (Arkansas Game and Fish Commission), and David Saugey (U.S. Forest Service). To learn more about SBDN or Bat Blitz, go to

71st Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference Call for ContributedPapers and Posters
The 71st Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota during December 12-15, 2010. The meeting will include exceptional plenary speakers, workshops, symposia, contributed papers as platform (oral) and poster presentations, and technical committee meetings. Submissions of contributed papers are invited on topics of fish and wildlife science, management, conservation, education, or policy. Abstracts will be available on the website, but proceedings will not be published. For details on submitting posters and papers see:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Two Funding Opportunities
The Wildlife Without Borders- Amphibians in Decline program will fund projects that conserve the world’s rapidly declining amphibian species. This program will support activities that address threats to frogs, toads, salamanders, newts, and caecilians that face an unprecedented threat of extinction. Funding will be made available for conservation of species with native ranges in countries with the greatest need for conservation funding. The Wildlife Without Borders- Critically Endangered Animals Conservation Fund will fund projects that conserve the world’s most endangered species. Critically endangered species are those that face an extremely high risk of extinction in the immediate future. Funding is limited to vertebrate species with natural habitat ranges in developing countries. The deadline for both programs is June 15, 2010. More information can be found at

Paul C. Weikel Memorial Award Call for Nominations
The Paul C. Weikel Memorial Award is the Organization of Wildlife Planners' (OWP) most prestigious honor and it is presented annually to a professional who makes significant contributions toward the improvement of fish and wildlife agency management. Criteria for the award includes:

  • Innovation: Contribution toward improvement or refinement of improved organizational management.
  • Effectiveness: Impact or benefits toward improved organizational management.
  • Transferability: Potential application to other areas of organizational management.
  • Implementation: Effectiveness in achieving intended change.
  • Comprehensiveness: Application of planning/organizational management principles taking into account the effects on the resource and publics the agency serves.

Nominations should include cover letter describing the individual's qualifying achievement/contribution for the award; a one-page outline on how the entry addresses each criterion for judging; and support documentation of the achievement and/or contribution. Any employee of any state or provincial fish and wildlife agency (regardless of current or past OWP membership status) who is interested in nominating a deserving candidate for consideration is asked to submit their nominee information by July 1, 2010 to: Mr. Dana Dolsen, Human Dimensions Coordinator, Paul C. Weikel Memorial Award 2010 Selection Committee Chair, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, PO Box 146301, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6301; Phone: 801 550-9623; FAX: 801 538-4709; This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Wildlife Disease Association is meeting in Puerto Iguazu, Argentina 31 May -4 June 2010. Information about the meeting is available here.

Don’t forget to check the TWS online calendar for a full list of meetings of interest from TWS Sections, Chapters, and Workings Groups, as well as from other organizations.

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