The Wildlifer
Issue 365 | AUGUST 2010


Image Winifred B. Kessler, Director of Wildlife, Fisheries, Ecology, Watershed, & Subsistence Management, U.S. Forest Service Alaska Region (retired), has been elected Vice President of The Wildlife Society. After serving one year as Vice President, Wini will serve one year as President-Elect, and will be installed as President in 2012 when she will become the second woman president in TWS history. Congratulations, Wini!

Also elected were Jack Connelly, Principal Wildlife Research Biologist, Idaho Department of Fish and Game (Northwest Section Representative) and Karl J. Martin, Chief, Wildlife and Forestry Research Section, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (North Central Section Representative). Don Yasuda, Wildlife Biologist, Strategic Decision Support Cadre USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region, was re-elected to a second term as Western Section Representative.

We sincerely thank outgoing Northwest Section Representative Ellen Campbell, outgoing North Central Section Representative Alan Crossley, and Immediate Past President Thomas M. Franklin for their dedicated serviced on TWS Council. Many thanks also to Bruce Thompson, John H. Schultz, Bill Standley, and A.J. Krall for their willingness to serve the Society by running for office.

All eight of the proposed changes to the TWS Bylaws were approved, including one that expands the Code of Ethics and makes it apply to all members, and one that establishes a “New Professional” membership category in order to offer reduced annual membership dues to individuals in entry-level positions.

Special thanks to our Ballot Validation Committee members, George Allen and Betty Ackerson for volunteering their time to tabulate and validate the results.

The Wildlife Society blog

THE Wildlife Society?

Bruce Leopold
Bruce Leopold
TWS President
I have stated on a few occasions (to Council, to the Membership) that we need to strive to be The Wildlife Society rather than A Wildlife Society. I was thinking about this issue a few days ago while visiting TWS Headquarters during my most recent “quarterly visit”, which was my last visit as President (a bit emotional to say the least).

I see, with every visit, a staff extremely dedicated to making our professional society, THE Wildlife Society, the “go to” place whenever there is an issue regarding wildlife. I see it regarding our publications, website, policy activities, provision of member services and unit services, format of our annual conferences, etc. I see Council, all volunteers, not paid one dime for their time in service as members of our Governing Board, work tirelessly to make this society, THE Wildlife Society. And lastly, but not least, our Executive Director, who I swear, eats, drinks, sleeps, and dreams of THE Wildlife Society!!! Even when they are on vacation, they are still checking emails and responding to issues that have arisen. But, this isn’t enough. And this is what wakes me up about once a week, remarkably always between 2:20 and 2:30 am!!!

If what people tell me is true, many of you can relate to this phenomena, but perhaps at a different time. Dr. Robert Brown, while he was Head of the Wildlife and Fisheries Department at Mississippi State University, once told us (the faculty) that “what makes a professional is that he/she takes his/her work home with them”!! If this is indeed the metric, then I am truly surrounded by Professionals!!! However, much more is needed for us to be THE Wildlife Society: that professional organization where legislators, policy makers, school teachers, city or county administrators, school children, bird watchers, hunters, trappers, fisher-people, even the paper delivery person, come to when there is an issue pertaining to our wildlife resources.

Deadline extended for Assistant Director of Government Affairs Job Application

Due to the recent power outage at TWS, the deadline for applications for the Assistant Director of Government Affairs position has been extended until August 10.

This position is under the direction of TWS’ Director of Government Affairs and Partnerships. The successful applicant will communicate with state and federal natural resource agencies, national conservation organizations, congressional staff, wildlife professionals, and TWS subunits and membership. The Assistant Director of Government Affairs will work to advance TWS policy positions, disseminate information about wildlife policy and TWS policy activities through articles in TWS publications and other venues, and research wildlife policy issues to provide advice and support to the Director of Government Affairs, the Executive Director, and TWS Council.

For more details and application instructions click here.

A tram is going up the mountains in Snowbird, Utah. Photo: Registration for The Wildlife Society Annual Conference is now open. Register now and save money with early bird registration discount. You can register online or download the registration form and mail or fax it to TWS.

Wondering how to justify your attendance at the Annual Conference? Check out the Justification Toolkit, which provides tips on how to justify the expense of the conference along with a form to calculate the ROI of the conference as well as an example letter for a justification letter to your supervisor.

With over a dozen field trips being offered in conjunction with the Annual Conference this year, there is a trip for everyone. Check out all the field trips and register for a trip at the same time you register for the annual conference.

Think you have some great shots? Enter your photographs in the Annual Conference Photo Contest. Categories are:

  • Flora (Stuff that photosynthesizes)
  • Mammals (Warm and Fuzzy)
  • Birds (Feathers and Beaks)
  • Fish, Amphibians, Reptiles, and Invertebrates (Slimy and Scaly)
  • Landscapes and Still Life (Stuff that does not breathe)
  • Human Dimensions (People and Wildlife, Education and Outreach, Urban Interface Challenges)
  • Creative and Clever (Humorous or Composite/Artistically-altered Images)

For more information visit the conference site .

TWS Video Competition Winners
The Wildlife Society is pleased to announce its inaugural video competition winners:
  1. When Owls Dream, by Amanda Moors
  2. Trapping Rio Grande Wild Turkeys in Texas, by Shawn L. Locke
  3. Meet a Fisheries and Wildlife Grad, by Marco Sanchez
Congratulations to all. To see all the videos entered in our first-ever contest, check out our Youtube Channel.

The Wildlife Society is pleased to announce that our Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) application has been accepted by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management again. The CFC is a workplace giving program where federal government employees can donate part of their income to charity. Not only were we approved by the federal government for charity status, we also received the “Best In America” Seal of Approval.

This seal of excellence is awarded to those charities in America that have demonstrated on an annual basis, through rigorous independent review, that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness. Less than 0.2% of the 1,000,000 charities in the U.S. are awarded this seal.

During the federal government’s annual fall employee CFC drive, please look for The Wildlife Society in the CFC giving-guide and encourage your colleagues as well!

Deadline extended to August 15 – apply today!

The Wildlife Society (TWS) in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and its National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) is seeking two interns for a one year period to work on the Department of Interior’s Youth in Natural Resource Careers initiative. This initiative has a core goal of developing youth with the appropriate skill sets and interests to become conservation professionals. One intern will be located at TWS offices in Bethesda, Maryland, and the other will be located at NCTC in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Click here for details.

The focus of the Wisconsin Chapter’s technical training session this year is wildlife disease. Their two-day training session includes wildlife diseases and health lectures, necropsies, and handling of suspected diseased carcasses. For detailed program information, please visit the chapter's website.

In addition to providing hands-on training to its members, the chapter provides multiple scholarships, policy outreach and education. The Wisconsin Chapter is also the 2009 TWS Chapter of the Year Award winner.

Join us in Snowbird, Utah for the 17th TWS Annual Conference being held October 2-6, and find out who the 2010 TWS award winners are.

Dr. John Crawford of Bend, Oregon, passed away July 11. Dr. Crawford served as associate editor of the Journal of Wildlife Management and was a 30-year TWS member. Read more
Ducks Unlimited Canada has launched a  new waterfowling web site. This site is dedicated to the hunter, with tips and tactics to help them be successful in the field. As well as a mapping tool that will assist in finding places to hunt for new and visiting hunters. The site will continue to develop and new material will be added as we get closer to the fall hunting season.

FINAL Call for ContributedPapers and Posters - Deadline Extended to August 16, 2010
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. We invite submission of contributed papers 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 and to submit your abstract (maximum 250 words) click here.

Albert W. Franzmann and Distinguished Colleagues Memorial Award
Alces has established the Albert W. Franzmann and Distinguished Colleagues Memorial Award in memory of Al Franzmann and others who have contributed to our knowledge and understanding of moose biology and management. The one-time award, valued at CDN $1,500, will be given annually to a graduate student entering or continuing in a Master’s or Doctoral program at a recognized university in Canada or the United States. See the Alces website for further information.

Sea Duck Joint Venture -- Solicitation of Proposals for Funding and/or Endorsement, FY2011
The Sea Duck Joint Venture is a partnership-based conservation program under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan that promotes the conservation of sea ducks by providing greater knowledge for effective management. Seed money for sea duck projects/studies will be available through the USFWS in FY2011. Proposals that advance the understanding of sea duck biology, ecology, and status are sought. Approximately $200,000 is available for new projects in FY2011. The complete RFP, proposal format, evaluation criteria, and other information are posted on Proposals must be received by September 29, 2010.

New edition of Guidelines to the Use of Wild Birds in Research
The Ornithological Council has completed a major revision of its peer-reviewed Guidelines, which now includes more methods covered, discussions and references. This publication is a must for researchers whose protocols for studies involving live vertebrates must be approved by an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to insure that those protocols use humane methods and minimize impacts. This revision was designed to facilitate the dialogue between researchers and IACUCs. A Spanish translation is underway. Guidelines can be accessed on BIRDNET.

Special Sessions Set for 76th North American
The 76th North American will be held March 14-19, 2011, at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri. The four concurrent Special Sessions will follow the plenary session on Wednesday, March 16. The Program Committee for next year’s North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference just announced the event’s Special Sessions. For detailed information on session content go to:

Power of Partnerships: A Bird Conservation Conference in the Northeast; October 19-21, 2010; Plymouth, MA; work with colleagues from a variety of disciplines to develop solutions to bird conservation issues through research, monitoring, management, and education. Conference details available at

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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