The Wildlifer

Issue 352 | July 2009

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President's Podium

Tom  FranklinYour Council and senior staff are meeting this week to chart a future course for The Wildlife Society that we hope will meet your needs and expectations. With your help, we recently approved a strategic plan for TWS. The staff has been working diligently with the membership to implement it. The plan includes 9 programmatic goals in the areas of wildlife management and conservation; government affairs and partnerships; publishing and information resources; meetings; membership recruitment and retention; professional development, certification and ethics; public affairs and education; marketing and development; and administration and finance. Under these goals, we have 31 specific objectives and a series of action plans to carry them out. The strategic planning process we are following allows us to achieve consensus and provides the “sideboards” that keep us all moving in a consistent and productive direction.

We are very much aware, however, that the biological and social factors and events that affect us all in our professional and personal lives are dynamic and that much change has occurred in the months since the strategic plan was approved. For example, a national election has changed the way the federal government is addressing environmental and conservation issues like climate change, energy development, and public lands management. And the economy has taken a nosedive that is affecting employers and employees alike.

So Council will meet in Chicago to evaluate the effectiveness of our ongoing programs, re-evaluate our objectives, and make mid-course corrections where needed. Some of the challenging issues that we will tackle include:

  • How can we achieve a more unified organization that benefits TWS members at all levels?
  • What role should TWS play in international affairs?
  • How can we organize TWS staff to better serve members?
  • What new publications are needed to serve member’s information needs?
  • What new information technologies can we use to advance scientific wildlife knowledge?
  • How can we use our new Student Liaison to Council position to help Council better meet student needs?
  • How can we more effectively promote the use of wildlife science in public policy decisions?
  • How can we find agreement on policy issues to conserve wildlife populations and habitat in a politically charged environment?

These are a few of the issues that Council will be grappling with on your behalf. You may be assured that your representatives are doing their level best to find the common ground on which we can build an even more successful future for The Wildlife Society. We will be sharing the results of our deliberations with you and look forward to your input. The Society will be as strong and successful as the members make it.

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Policy News

Climate Change Legislation Passes House
TWS joined eight conservation and sportsmen’s groups in successfully urging a passing vote on 26 June for H. R. 2454, America’s Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. The bill, which was passed by the full House of Representatives later that day with a vote of 219 to 212, takes necessary steps to mitigate the threat of climate change on our natural resources through the establishment of the Natural Resources Climate Change Adaptation Fund. The Fund provides revenue to federal and state agencies for conservation and restoration projects to help safeguard fish and wildlife species, their habitats, and the ecological processes surrounding them.

The coalition stressed the importance of creating and supporting offset programs within the legislation that both strengthen and complement the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the conservation of fish and wildlife. Following House approval, the bill moves to hearing and mark-ups the Senate.

Societies Team up to Address Federal Employee Participation in Professional Societies
On 8 June, TWS teamed with six other professional societies to request a meeting with John Holdren, Director of the Executive Office of Science and Technology Policy, to discuss solutions to the limitations on federal employees participation in non-governmental organizations. The request was submitted as a follow up to an initial letter sent to President Obama regarding the issue in early May.

Many federal agencies prohibit employees from participating in professional and scientific organizations or create conditions that virtually make it impossible to serve on the boards of these groups, based on inconsistent and possibly incorrect interpretation of federal conflict of interest rules. Full participation in professional societies is an important part of professional development and allows the exchange of information and ideas. The objective of the meeting with Director Holdren is to discuss the possibility of developing a government-wide set of standards to guide federal employee participation on the boards of scientific and professional societies.

Cuts to USDA Conservation Programs Opposed
In a 3 June letter to the Senate Committee on Appropriations, TWS united with twelve sportsmen’s and conservation organizations to state opposition to the budget cuts for six 2008 Farm Bill conservation programs proposed by the administration for FY 2010. The Wetlands Reserve Program, the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program, the Conservation Reserve Program, the Healthy Forest Reserve Program, the Grassland Reserve Program, and the Conservation Stewardship Program have all been targeted for reduction from the previous year’s funding levels.

Conservation programs for private landholders play an integral role in sustaining fish and wildlife, including preserving wetlands, improving wildlife habitats, providing assistance to farmers and ranchers to address natural resource concerns, and restoring and enhancing forest ecosystems, to name a few. The projected cutbacks would undermine the success of these programs and place significant limitations on their extent and effectiveness. The letter emphasized the importance of these programs and asked that the Committee maintain funding at levels originally set in 2008.

Support for Clean Water Restoration Act
TWS and fifteen sportsmen’s and conservation organizations wrote to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, expressing support for The Clean Water Restoration Act of 2009 (S.787). The legislation is an amendment to the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (also known as the Clean Water Act) and would restore critical protection to the nation’s rivers, lakes, wetlands, and streams while respecting private property rights and long-standing Clean Water Act exemptions for agriculture and forestry. The Clean Water Restoration Act was also introduced in 2007 in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, but did not move out of committee.

Groups Show Support for Hunting Heritage Protection Act
The Hunting Heritage Protection Act (S. 1348) would require Federal public land, not including national parks and monuments, to be open to access and use for hunting unless it poses a national security or public safety threat. It would also call for Federal lands to be managed in a way that supports, promotes, and enhances hunting opportunities to the maximum extent practicable.

TWS and 28 conservation and sportsmen’s organizations wrote to Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and co-sponsors to express their support. Hunting is a key wildlife management tool, contributes more than $76 billion in revenue to the US economy each year, and is an important tradition for over 13 million Americans over the age of 16. However, loss of access to land for hunting purposes has contributed the decline of active hunters since the 1990s. The passage of S. 1348 will ensure the growth and future of this important activity.

Conservation Groups Support Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act
TWS joined multiple conservation organizations on 15 June to express support for S. 690, a bill to amend the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA). The proposed legislation, introduced by Sens. Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Mike Crapo (D-ID), was designed to strengthen the NMBCA and assist in supporting increased partnership programs directed at conserving migratory bird species. It would increase the authorized funding under the Act for fiscal year 2010 through fiscal year 2015. In a Senate Environment and Public Works committee meeting, the letter of support was referenced and submitted to the public record. In this meeting S. 690 was favorably approved by the Committee and forwarded on to the full Senate for a vote.

TWS Supports Duck Stamp Increases
On 9 June, a coalition of conservation and sportsmen’s groups submitted a letter of support to House Committee on Natural Resources Chair Nick Rahall (D-WV) and Ranking Member Doc Hastings (R-WA), regarding the Migratory Bird Habitat Investment and Enhancement Act, H. R. 1916. The bill, if approved, would provide a revised schedule for price increases for the Duck Stamp, a fundamental tool for supporting wetland management and conservation.

Since 1934, the Federal Duck Stamp Program has generated over $700 million for the purchase or lease of waterfowl habitat. The purchasing power of the stamp’s revenue has been in steady decline, and the cost of the federal duck stamp has not increased since 1991. H. R. 1916 would increase the cost of the duck stamp from $15 to $25 in 2010, raising much-needed funds to protect wetlands habitat. It has been referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans, and Wildlife, but was put on hold after Republicans filed amendments to limit the land acquisition authorized by the program.

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CONFERENCE NEWS
Annual Conference Registration
Many veterans of The Wildlife Society Annual Conference are probably waiting to receive the conference registration booklet in the mail. This year, working with the conference Sustainability Committee, we decided to forgo the production of the conference registration booklet and move our registration process online. All of the conference information including symposia and concurrent session schedules along with special events that were once found in the booklet, can now be found online.

To register online and save with the early registration discount offer, click here. If you prefer to register by mail or fax download a PDF of the conference registration form and send it to: The Wildlife Society, 5410 Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814, Fax 301-530-2471. Due to the current economic conditions facing many of us, TWS Council voted to freeze registration rates for members to 2008 levels.

Quiz Bowl
Calling all Quiz Bowl Teams! It is time to register your team for the TWS 2009 Quiz Bowl. Quiz Bowl is the fun and exciting event where teams from different schools compete in wildlife trivia. To ensure a space for your team, register your team now. To register, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it with your team and contact information. See the complete Quiz Bowl rules.

Travel
Good news for conference travel, we are currently in the midst of an airfare war. We recommend that you book your travel now to get some of the lowest airfares in years. TWS has a discount program with American Airlines, but we encourage you to check other airlines for the lowest available pricing. Kayak is a great one-stop site that provides airfares of all the different online travel sites.

If you do decide to fly American Airlines, tickets may be purchased at www.AA.com or by calling 800-433-1790 and referring to Discount Code A4499AF. Attendees will receive a 5% discount off the lowest applicable published air fare for flights booked into Monterey (MRY), San Jose (SJC), and San Francisco (SFO). A ticketing fee of $20.00/ ticket will apply for any ticket purchased through an American Airlines Reservation Office, subject to change. For airport purchase the ticketing fee is $30.00/ticket, subject to change. The discount can be booked on-line for American Airlines and American Eagle flights only.

And while you are booking transportation, may we suggest that you also reserve your hotel. The Wildlife Society has negotiated discounted room rates at the Portola Plaza. Room rates start at $179/night. You can make reservations online. You can also call 866-711-1534 and say you are with The Wildlife Society Annual Conference. TWS has also negotiated discounted room rates at the Hyatt Regency Monterey. Room rates start at $169/night. You can make a reservation online or on the phone at 831-372-1234 and provide code g-WILD to the reservation agent. Please note that there is NO resort fee at the Hyatt if you book using our online form or code when calling in. Also, parking at the Hyatt is free.

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Biometrics Working Group Seeks Suggestion for Session at 2010 TWS Annual Conference
Do you have an idea for a biometrics session for the 2010 TWS conference in Snowbird, Utah – September 19-23? Current options include workshops, symposia, round tables, panel discussions, & special poster sessions. Please consider submitting a 1-2 page proposal describing your idea. The proposal should include a brief introduction discussing the importance of the topic, a short description of the session, and (for symposia and panel discussions) a list of potential speakers and/or topics. Please email your proposals to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it by August 31, 2009 so that the Working Group can discuss them at their business meeting in Monterey in September.

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NEWS FROM HEADQUARTERS

TWS Announces Elections Results
Paul Krausman, Boone and Crockett Professor of Wildlife Conservation, University of Montana,  Carol Chambers, Professor of Wildlife Ecology, Northern Arizona University,  Darren Miller Southern Environmental Research Manager, Weyerhaeuser Company, and Rick Baydack, Professor and Graduate Chair, University of Manitoba, win TWS elections. All bylaws changes have been approved. This year’s elections  conducted online for the first time doubled membership participation compared to the previous two years.

The Wildlife Society Announces a Professional-Development Program for Native American Students Interested in the Wildlife Profession
As a scientific organization for professionals who manage and conserve wildlife and habitats, The Wildlife Society (TWS) is increasingly concerned about the lack of ethnic and cultural diversity within the profession. Diversity is essential if the profession is to grow and meet the nation’s conservation challenges. To help address this concern, TWS is establishing a new professional-development program for Native American wildlife students.

The Native American community has enormous potential to enrich diversity within the wildlife profession. Tribal lands are important to a national strategy for fish and wildlife conservation, and Native American students are showing a growing interest in pursuing careers in wildlife. TWS has an active Native People’s Wildlife Management Working Group composed of wildlife professionals and students, tribal and non-tribal, who recognize native people’s cultural, spiritual, and biological connections to the land. TWS and the Working Group have been exploring ways to promote the early development of Native American wildlife professionals.

How the New Program Works
The Wildlife Society believes that one of the most-effective ways to support Native American wildlife students is to give them the opportunity to attend TWS’s Annual Conference—the largest gathering of wildlife professionals on the North American continent. The Society is therefore raising funds to enable Native American students to attend the 16th Annual Conference, to be held in Monterey, California, September 20-24, 2009. Individuals selected for this program will receive grants of $1,500 each to help cover registration fees, lodging, meals, and transportation.

Program participants also will receive a one-year membership in The Wildlife Society and become members of the Native People’s Wildlife Management Working Group. As TWS members they will receive our quarterly member magazine The Wildlife Professional, our monthly electronic newsletter The Wildlifer, discounts on TWS peer-reviewed publications such as The Journal of Wildlife Management, and access to the TWS website, blog, job board, and other online resources.

Eligibility: Candidates must be members of a Native American, First Nations, or Indigenous Tribe, and currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in a relevant academic discipline such as wildlife biology or ecology. Applicants must display a record of academic excellence and a strong interest in pursuing a career in wildlife management or conservation. Qualified applicants will be evaluated by a panel consisting of the Chair of the Native People’s Wildlife Management Working Group, two other working-group members, a TWS staff member, and representatives from other program partners including the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society.

Applications: Submissions must include name, address, tribal affiliation, name of college or university, current level of study (undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate), field of study, and a copy of most recent report card, showing courses and grades. Mention any relevant extracurricular activities, memberships in societies, honors, or awards. Also include an essay (500-750 words) explaining why you’d like to participate, how this program might benefit your career development, and how your personal experiences or skills can contribute to the wildlife profession.

Deadline: Please email applications to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it no later than August 7, 2009.

TWS would like to thank the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Wildlife Refuge System, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (Wildlife Services program and Civil Rights Enforcement and Compliance unit), the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society, and the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs Natural Resources Program for their generous financial support of this worthwhile effort. With the help of these valued partners, TWS believes the wildlife profession will increase its diversity and benefit from the insights of Native American people concerned about the conservation of wildlife and wild lands.

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Making Tracks – TWS Blog
Don’t forget to check out the TWS blog! Keep up-to-date with the latest news and views on wildlife conservation management. Feel free to post comments. Find it at http://wildlifeprofessional.org/blog/

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MEMBER NEWS
Kenneth Mayer receives the Lee Gladfelter Memorial Award
In recognition of lifelong commitment to bowhunting efforts by a professional wildlife biologist, the Pope and Young Club presented the 2009 Lee Gladfelter Memorial Award to Kenneth Mayer, Director of the Nevada Department of Wildlife. In receiving the award, Ken mentioned that this was special and humbling because he had personally worked with Lee Gladfelter prior to his passing. In making the presentation, P&Y Conservation Chairman Mike Schlegel noted Ken’s years of service in the California Department of Fish and Game, his 11 years on the American Archery Council’s professional wildlife management team, his service on The Wildlife Society’s technical review committee “The Use of Bowhunting in Wildlife Management,” and his involvement in the 1st National Bowhunting Conference in 2001.

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SECTION NEWS
The Western Section Sponsors Natural Resources Communication Workshop
The workshop, to be held January 11-15, 2010 at California State University, Chico, is designed to help natural resource workers more effectively communicate with general as well as technical audiences through personal presentations using good visual aids. The workshop focuses on the use of computer-generated images created with Microsoft’s PowerPoint software. The workshop is practical-oriented and enhances participants' communication skills in planning, preparing, presenting, and evaluating presentations. Since many of the problems in natural resources management are people-oriented, more effective communication can significantly improve many management programs. Participants receive 1-unit CSUC Continuing Education credit; the workshop is worth 32 hours of continuing wildlife education credit through The Wildlife Society's Professional Development Program (Category II). The initial deadline for applications is October 30, 2009. Late applications are accepted (such applicants will become participants if the workshop is not yet full; otherwise, they will be placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations). The registration fee is $749. The workshop is limited to 16 participants. Since more applicants usually apply than there are spaces available, the registration fee is not due until an applicant has been officially accepted into the workshop (this occurs shortly after the October 30 deadline). To apply, send a letter, fax, or email describing: (1) your current position within your agency or organization, (2) how you will use the training, (3) any special reasons why you feel you should be chosen as a participant, and (4) if you already have official agency/organization approval to attend. In your application, include your address, phone number, fax number, and email. To apply or for more information, write or call: Dr. Jon K. Hooper, Dept. Recreation and Parks Management, California State University, Chico, Chico, CA 95929-0560; (530) 898-5811 or 898-6408; fax: (530) 898-6557; email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

North Central Section Sponsors Cat Symposium at 2009 Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference
The North Central Section has a long history of sponsoring symposia at the Midwest Conference, and this is the first one that has focused on cats. Dr. Clay Nielsen of the Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory and Department of Forestry at Southern Illinois University Carbondale has organizeda symposium titled "Felid Ecology and Management in the Midwest" to be held at the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in Springfield, IL, during6-9 December 2009. Twenty-one presentations about 4 species (feral cats, bobcats, Canada lynx, and cougars) will be given at the full-day symposium, which is sponsored by the North Central Section of The Wildlife Society. For further details on the symposium contact Clay Nielsen at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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RELATED WILDLIFE NEWS
Alces Establishes Albert W. Franzmann and Distinguished Colleagues Memorial Award
Inspired by the passing of our beloved colleague, mentor and friend Al Franzmann in February, 2009, and to honour all of those who have passed on and have contributed to our knowledge and understanding of moose biology and management, Alces has established the "Albert W. Franzmann and Distinguished Colleagues Memorial Award." 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. The applicant’s research should be directed toward studies of the biology and management of moose within their circumpolar distribution or other ungulates or mammalian carnivores overlapping their range. The recipient of the award will be announced at the Annual North American Moose Conference and Workshop. For application details email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Donations to support the Albert W. Franzmann and Distinguished Colleagues Memorial Award should be made payable to Lakehead University Alces Account # 50-1606-2051 and be sent to: Dr. Arthur R. Rodgers, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Centre for Northern Forest Ecosystem Research, 955 Oliver Road , Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada P7B 5E1. Alces is not a registered charitable organization or incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation and cannot issue receipts for income tax purposes.

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North American Conference Special Sessions Set
The Program Steering Committee for the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference to be held March 22-27, 2010 in Milwakee, Wisc., has announced the event’s four Special Sessions.

Anyone interested in being a presenter at one of the Special Sessions (listed below), should contact the appropriate chair or co-chairs. For a complete description of the Special Sessions and contact information for the Sessions chairs visit wildlifemanagementinstitute.org

Ecosystem Service Markets: Funding Tools for Conservation
Co-chairs: Joshua Goldstein, Colorado State University and Matthew Dunfee, Wildlife Management Institute
This special session will provide information on established and emerging ecosystem-service markets and the role they are playing in the development of a national climate change policy. Speakers will also discuss tools that natural resource managers can use to quantify and value ecosystem services, as well as provide a framework whereby private industry can partner with agencies and NGOs to begin incorporating ecosystem service payments into local and national land stewardship programs.

Active or Passive Management of Public Lands: Implications to Fish and Wildlife Conservation and Recreation
Co-chairs: Rebecca Humphries, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Gary Kania, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation
This special session will address the challenges and opportunities to fish and wildlife conservation and related recreation from various land designations affecting habitat management and public access to public lands. It will probe land-designation decision-making processes needed to compare and balance projected short- and long-term impacts to fish and wildlife and to societal benefits from these land designations. The session, in part, will consider landscape and societal implications as a result of exclusionary federal land designations.

The Power of Partnerships in Bird Conservation: North America and Beyond
Co-chairs: Terrell D. Rich, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Kirk Nelson, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Speakers will address past successes and issues that lay the foundation for where bird conservation is today, but the main focus will be on what is needed to conserve birds and their habitats from Hawaii to Newfoundland and from the Yukon to Chiapas.

What Does Green Really Mean?
Co-chairs: Rob Manes, The Nature Conservancy, and John Emmerich, Wyoming Game and Fish
This special session will explore the effects of current and future green energy projects on fish and wildlife habitat and identify strategies to mitigate or minimize those effects. It will further address current policy and regulatory mandates driving the utility industry to invest in wind farms, biofuels technology, solar arrays and geothermal plants.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Urges You to Grab Your Camera and Get In the Picture!
The Fish and Wildlife Service launched a photo mosaic project online to encourage people to get outdoors this summer and take photos of their adventures. All digital photos can be uploaded directly online and will help compose an outdoor image to be revealed at the end of the summer. From a distance, the photo mosaic appears to be a single image, but closer examination reveals that it’s made up of thousands of smaller photos. Visitors to the Let’s Go Outside website can see the photo mosaic being built and locate their own images by using a unique code number. Photos will be accepted through Labor Day. 

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Human-Wildlife Conflict Coalition (HWCC) Training
Register today for the September 9-11, 2009, HWCC Conflict and Conservation training. Only a few spaces are still available for the last public training until later in 2010. So, if you want to be more effective in your conservation work this year, now is the time to transform how you deal with conflict in conservation! More information on the training and other HWCC events available at www.humanwildlifeconflict.org

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MEETINGS OF INTEREST

24th Vertebrate Pest Conference
The conference will be held 22-25 February 2010, in Sacramento, California. This conference is an educational event for discussing and exchanging information on human-wildlife conflicts. Abstract submissions are still being considered. Students are especially encouraged to submit, and are eligible for a $500 travel grant. See http://www.vpconference.org or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for details.

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

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