The Wildlifer
Issue 378 | SEPTEMBER 2011

IN THIS ISSUE
President’s Podium
2011 Conference News
Policy News
News from Headquarters
News from Sections
Related Wildlife News
Meetings of Interest

RYDER'S RAMBLINGS

 This will be my last missive as President of The Wildlife Society. It’s been a rapid year, but one of the most humbling and gratifying experiences of my career.

As I pen these words, I’m in Barcelona, Spain attending a meeting of the International Union of Game Biologists with President-elect Paul Krausman and John Bissonette from Utah State University. We traveled across the “Big Water” to begin what I hope will be an ongoing dialogue with our European wildlife colleagues on behalf of TWS.

If you tried to tell me I’d be in Europe doing wildlife “stuff” when I started my career, I’d have said you were crazy. As a state regional wildlife biologist most of my life, this type of opportunity is rarely possible for folks in similar positions. However, this trip is only one of a myriad of personal and professional opportunities I’ve been afforded through my participation in TWS.

The Society has been a huge part of my life since I read a wetlands article in The Journal of Wildlife Management by some guy named Paul Errington from Iowa almost 36 years ago. There was something about that plain gray cover and the hieroglyphics logo that hooked me for life (oh yeah, the quality of the article helped, too). As I later learned, Errington was one of the early members of TWS and a great wetlands ecologist to boot!  Needless to say, I’ve been active in TWS one way or another from that day forward.

Over the intervening years, I’ve had the great honor to serve on multiple TWS committees at all levels of the organization: as President of the Wyoming Chapter and Central Mountains and Plains Section, as Section Representative to Council for six years, and on TWS’ Executive Committee for the past three years. Through these endeavors, I’ve learned much concerning interpersonal dynamics, parliamentary procedures, and leadership—skills with direct applicability to my “paying job.”

It’s difficult to enumerate the incredible number of other professional benefits the organization has provided to me. The countless presentations, seminars, and workshops I’ve attended at TWS meetings helped increase my understanding of wildlife and their habitats. The articles I’ve been fortunate enough to publish in JWM, WSB, and The Wildlife Professional made me become a better writer and thinker. Similarly, the hundreds of articles I’ve read from these same publications have enabled me to obtain a much broader perspective of the issues facing the profession and provided the technical understanding to better manage the resources I’ve been responsible for. In fact, I give great credit to TWS for all of the professional advancements I’ve attained with the Wyoming Game & Fish Department, up to and including my recent promotion to Assistant Chief of our Wildlife Division last month.

On the personal front, my involvement in TWS has allowed me to develop a wonderful network of friends—people I never would have met otherwise.  I’ve gained friendships with folks across the U.S. and Canada and from all segments of the profession. We’ve shared many trials and tribulations through the years, but in all these experiences, our shared love of the Society and wildlife resources have provided a solid foundation to help us get up and fight another day.

What I’m trying to say in my rambling fashion is that TWS means a lot to me. It should mean a lot to you, too. I beg you to take advantage of the benefits that being a member of this organization provides. If a small town Iowa kid like me can become President of The Wildlife Society, think what you can achieve. Especially you students and young professionals out there—dream big, set personal goals, and go after them. Through TWS, you’ll get the tools and help you need to reach them. And along the way you’ll make a huge difference for the wildlife resources we all care so passionately about.

Thank you for trusting me as your President these past 12 months. Keep fighting the good and just fight, ‘cause there’s a lot ridin’ on it.

2011 CONFERENCE NEWS

Conference Program Planner
With a month until the Annual Conference, the Program Planner is the perfect site to view conference sessions and events and create a personal conference itinerary that you can access at any time. Click here to start planning.

Quiz Bowl
Has your team registered for Quiz Bowl? If not, there’s still time to register. Please contact Michelle Bogardus at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it and put “Quiz Bowl Registration” in the subject line and list which college or university you will represent. The Quiz Bowl will take place Tuesday, November 8. Click here to access the complete list of student quiz bowl rules, including team eligibility.

Workshops
The Wildlife Society Annual Conference workshops offer concentrated learning opportunities on a variety of wildlife topics. Workshops take place on Saturday, November 4. Advance registration is required for all workshops. Attendance is limited, so be sure to register early. Click here for a detailed description of each workshop. Workshop participants must pay the appropriate workshop registration fees and must also register for the conference. If you already registered and you want to add a workshop, please e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Field Trips
The Hawaiian Islands are complex and fragile ecosystems with the highest number of endangered and threatened plant and animal species of any place on the planet. Learn about the various factors that influence these islands on exciting field trips led by experts. Click here for a complete list of field trips. Field trip participants must pay the appropriate field trip registration fees and must also register for the conference. If you already registered and want to add a field trip, please e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Photography Contest
The photo contest is always one of the highlights of the Annual Conference. This is a great opportunity to show your photos to your colleagues. The 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*)
•    New this year: Game Cam (Think TrailMaster and DeerCam)
For complete information on the photo contest visit here.

Earlybird Registration Ends Friday
Earlybird registration ends Friday, October 7. Register today and save on your conference registration.


POLICY NEWS

Position Statements

Take Action

TWS Comments on Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory Plan
TWS submitted scoping comments to the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) on the Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory plan during the public comment period in August 2011. TWS commended the USFS for updating this management plan and asked that they place more focus on the habitat needs of native wildlife while emphasizing that feral horses are a nonnative species that degrade native ecosystems. The revised plan aims to better manage wild horses and burros on the Devil’s Garden Plateau of Modoc National Forest. TWS commented that the determined Appropriate Management Levels (AMLs) of horses should be based on sound science and should reflect the number of individuals the habitat can support. Additionally, TWS recommended that the sex ratio used for management should favor stallions as it would be more effective in slowing herd growth. TWS noted that special care should be taken to prevent feral horses and burros from roaming outside the established territory into nearby Modoc National Wildlife Refuge land. The comments also expressed support for population suppression techniques such as gathers of wild horses, sex ratio management, and fertility control. Once finalized, the revised plan will guide feral horse management within the Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory for the next 15-20 years.

TWS Reviews AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia
TWS facilitated the submission of comments by the Society’s Wildlife Damage Management and Wildlife Diseases Working Groups to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) on their recently published draft Guidelines for Euthanasia. TWS applauded AVMA for much-improved changes to their guidelines and noted that the document recognizes the unique circumstances when working with free-ranging, wild animals. The working groups provided a number of comments to clarify language, include emerging issues and techniques, and encourage further collaboration between wildlife professionals and veterinarians on euthanasia guideline recommendations. TWS also thanked AVMA for providing the opportunity to share their expertise on this matter.

TRCP Issues Passport to Responsible Energy Development
The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP), of which TWS is a member, released a revision to its 2006 “FACTS for Fish and Wildlife” this month with updates to recommendations for balancing fish and wildlife needs with the development of energy resources. The revised document, “FACTS Revisited”, is part of the Passport to Responsible Energy Development (Passport) developed by TRCP. The principles in the Passport will improve the management of fish and wildlife habitats and speak for American sportsmen, a segment of the country’s population that is often overlooked when it comes to energy policy.

The FACTS acronym stands for Funding, Accountability, Coordination, Transparency, and Science. The Passport details 5 ways to improve each aspect of FACTS for wildlife as they relate to energy development. The goals for funding include ways to ensure funds are properly designated, secured, and are of substantial value to carry out conservation goals. Accountability, the document states, can be improved with a specific “conservation strategy” for each energy field or project, and by notifying the public and allowing comments on development projects.  Coordination can be enhanced by expanding across geo-political boundaries, among all affected stakeholders, and with a process for annual review. Transparency in energy development can be improved by informing the public of all proposed public land leases and development and by making all meetings related to public land use and energy development part of the public record.  Finally, the use of science in energy policy can be advanced through the utilization of science in all fish and wildlife management decisions; incorporation of science-based mitigation when making decisions about fish and wildlife management and energy development; establishment of a credible and qualified “science review team”; and the inclusion of science-based organizations in making management and development decisions. TWS also promotes the use of sound science in all wildlife management decisions.

Conservation Groups React to Letter on Wild Horse and Burro Management
TWS, along with partner organizations representing millions of hunters and wildlife conservationists across the nation, recently reviewed and reacted to a letter to Secretary Salazar regarding wild horse and burro (WHB) management. The letter, dated 28 July 2011, was signed by Congressman Grijalva and 64 other Members of Congress. TWS and the other collaborating organizations expressed concerns about the content of the letter as it pertained to the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. The groups are concerned that the Act’s mandate to manage WHBs in a manner designed to achieve and maintain a thriving natural ecological balance with all wildlife species on public lands is not being met due to “emotion and misinformation overriding good science and facts.”

TWS and its partners submitted comments and recommendations to Secretary Salazar in response to the letter. Comments in response to the letter focused on respective policy stances concerning castration and spaying of wild horses, the expedited use of SpayVac, and natural control of WHB herds by predators. The groups disagreed with the notion that it was possible to control WHB herds with predators such as mountain lions. TWS also disagreed with the statement that WHBs are treated inhumanely during gathers and in holding facilities and pastures. Strong disagreement arose in response to a suggestion that WHB gathers be halted pending a study of the program by the National Academy of Science. The groups extended their expertise in helping to achieve the Act’s mandate of a thriving natural ecological balance on public lands. 

TWS Urges Senate Support for Farm Bill Conservation Programs
TWS joined other conservation organizations in a letter to members of the Senate on 7 September 2011 regarding House-passed cuts to Farm Bill conservation programs in the Agriculture Appropriations bill (HR 2112). The collective group appealed to the Senate to restore funding for these critical private lands conservation programs, which include the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP), Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP), Grassland Reserve Program (GRP), the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), and the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentives Program (VPA-HIP). The letter emphasized that these programs assist farmers, ranchers and landowners in running economically sustainable operations while conserving important fish and wildlife habitat, safeguarding clean air and water, stabilizing topsoil, and enhancing recreational opportunities on private lands. The groups urged the Senate to consider the impacts of the House-passed cuts and to provide funding for these important conservation programs in their own Agriculture Appropriations bill.

UPDATED POSITION STATEMENTS

Final Position Statement: Animal Rights
A new statement on Animal Rights is now available. TWS recognizes the intrinsic value of wildlife, the importance of wildlife to humanity, and views wildlife and people as interrelated components of an ecological-cultural-economic complex. TWS supports regulated hunting, trapping, and fishing, and the right of people to pursue either consumptive or non-consumptive use of wildlife. Animal welfare philosophy, such as that endorsed by TWS, focuses on quality of life for a population or species of animals. It does not preclude management of animal populations or use of animals for food or other cultural uses, as long as the loss of life is justified, sustainable, and achieved through humane methods. In contrast, the animal rights view holds that it is wrong to take a sentient animal’s life or cause it to suffer for virtually any reason, even to conserve species or ecosystems or to promote human welfare and safety. The focused emphasis of animal rights proponents on individual animals fails to recognize the inter-relatedness of wildlife communities within functioning ecosystems and holds that protecting individual animals is more important than conserving populations, species, or ecosystems.

Revised Position Statement: Scientific Peer Review of Agency Decision Processes
A revised statement on Scientific Peer Review of Agency Decision Processes is now available. Peer review is an integral component of scientific research and publishing, and an important means of assuring sound information is conveyed. This idea has been translated in the policy arena through ‘scientific peer review’ – the review of in-house agency science, synthesis reports, or the body of science underlying management decisions, by scientific experts. While unbiased and rigorous scientific peer review is an important tool for decision makers, a poorly designed process can do more harm than good. TWS’s policy states that the peer review process should be flexible and free of political interference and influence. Reviewers should be selected based on scientific knowledge and objectivity, reviews should be based on an assumption of integrity, and uncertainty should be addressed with a science-based experimental management approach that allows for adaptation as knowledge increases.

Revised Position Statement: The Endangered Species Act
A revised statement on the U.S. Endangered Species Act is now available. The Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973 is a fundamentally sound and vital tool in the U.S.’s efforts to conserve biological diversity. To date, only 20 U.S. species have been declared recovered and removed from the List of Threatened and Endangered Wildlife. Most species are listed due to habitat loss and threats that require significant time, funding, and commitment to reverse at a point when populations have already reached critically low levels. Greater commitment and integration of federal, tribal, state, local, and private resources are necessary to increase the effectiveness of the ESA. A more effective ESA must be complemented by broader societal commitments to fully address larger sociocultural and socioeconomic issues that frequently drive species extinction, as well as recovery. TWS supports maintaining the firm statutory duties and strong substantive standards required under the ESA, as well as dedicated federal funding for surveys, monitoring, and adequate funding for building partnerships. TWS also supports the role of science in the development of recovery plans and encourages the expansion of proactive efforts to prevent listings.

Revised Position Statement: Feral and Free-Ranging Domestic Cats
A revised statement on Feral and Free-Ranging Domestic Cats is now available. Feral and free-ranging domestic cats are exotic species in North America. A growing body of literature strongly suggests that domestic cats are significant predators on native wildlife and serve as vectors for several diseases that can have significant effects on the health of humans, wildlife, and domestic animals. TWS supports the humane elimination of feral cat colonies, passage of local and state ordinances to prohibit the feeding of feral cats, and educational programs that inform the public of the damage feral cats inflict, the importance of keeping pet cats indoors, and encourage owners to neuter or spay their cats. TWS also pledges to work with the conservation and animal welfare communities to educate the public about the impacts of free-ranging and feral cats on native wildlife.

TAKE ACTION

Urge Your Senators to Consider Funding for White-Nose Syndrome in Bats
White-Nose Syndrome (WNS), a disease affecting hibernating bats across the eastern U.S., was first documented in New York in 2006 and has killed millions of bats since. WNS presents itself as a fungus that forms on the muzzle and other parts of the affected bat, alters normal behavioral characteristics, and ultimately leads to death. There has been recent progress in raising public awareness of the disease, particularly in the political arena. The House Natural Resource Committee's Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs held an oversight hearing on 24 June 2011 titled "Why We Should Care About Bats: Devastating Impact White-Nose Syndrome is Having on One of Nature's Best Pest Controllers." Efforts of Bat Conservation International (BCI) to obtain funding to address WNS in the House’s FY12 DOI-EPA Appropriations budget failed, but BCI was encouraged by the mention of WNS under the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Ecological Services section of the bill. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies has yet to mark up its own FY12 bill but Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) plans to ask for funding to combat WNS.

Opportunity for action: Contact a senate subcommittee member and urge them to consider funding to combat WNS. A list of the subcommittee members can be found at: http://appropriations.senate.gov/sc-interior.cfm

More information on WNS can be found at: http://www.fws.gov/whitenosesyndrome/about.html


NEWS FROM HEADQUARTERS

Membserhip Renewal
For a majority of members, your membership will be up for renewal in the coming months, now is a great time to renew and insure that you do not interrupt any of your member benefits. You can renew using the secure TWS online membership center

Combined Federal Campaign – Attention Federal Employees!
The Wildlife Society is again approved as one of the Best Charities in America and participating in the U.S. Government’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). This program encourages charitable giving among federal employees by making it easy! Federal employees choose the nonprofit group(s) to which they want to make a contribution and how much they want to donate each pay period. The government deducts that amount from your paycheck and forwards it to the appropriate charity. If you are a federal employee, please consider donating to The Wildlife Society (CFC #10247). CFC numbers may change each year, so please look for our name (Wildlife Society) in the Combined Federal Campaign list of National Organizations. Contact your personnel office for assistance in signing up this fall. Thank you!

Member Investors’ Campaign
Our appreciation and thanks to all the donors that made a contribution to support the TWS 75th Anniversary Video Project:

Platinum Producer
Collins L. Cohran, Oracle, Arizona
Carl R. Frounfelker, Brownsville, OR, in honor of his father Clayton R. Frounfelker, Jr.
Rick and Mary Guenzel, Laramie, WY
Merrill L. Petoskey, Lewiston, MI, in honor of his beloved wife Jean H. Petroskey

Gold Producer
Dave Klein, Fairbanks, AK

Silver Producer
Clifford L. Bampton, Pittsboro, NC, in memory of his brother Theodore B. Bampton
Mr. & Mrs. Russell E. Train, Washington, DC
Don Yasuda, Diamond Springs, CA

Bronze Producer
Reginald H. Barrett, Orinda, CA
Paul A. Brewer, Toledo, IL
Bob Brown, Raleigh, NC
Robert D. Browne, Cary, NC
Roger Bumstead, Albuquerque, NM
Kenneth P. Burham, Ft. Collins, CO
Jack Capp, Ft. Collins, CO
James E. Cardoza, Falmouth, MA
Alan Crossley, Madison, WI
Shirley Ann Downing, Jefferson City, MO
Erik Fritzell, Grand Forks, ND
Jay F. Gore, Missoula, MT
Bradford B. & Elizabeth Green, Houston, TX, in memory of Dr. Lytle Blankenship - Mentor and Friend
Ted W. Gutzke, Driscoll, ND
Dennis A. Hagg, Kansas City, KS
Carol S. Hale, Yankton, SD, in memory of her mother Helen Smith (encouraging me in my education and career)
Wini Kessler, Prince George, BC, CANADA
Howard S. Lewis, Plainfield, IN
L. Jack Lyon, Missoula, MT
Gary M. Matson, Milton, MT
William Olson, Gilroy, CA, In memory of Faye Olson
Bucky Owen, Orono, ME
Terry L. Palmisano, Anacortes, WA
Richard E. Pillmore, Ft. Collins, CO
Roger A. Post, Fairbanks, AK
Gary H. Spiers, Stauton, VA, in memory of Henry S. Mosby, Professor of Wildlife Management and one of the nicest people I ever met
John D. Rogner, Elgin, IL
Dan Svedarsky, Crookston, MN
Ray C. Telfair II, Whitehouse, TX - in memory of my parents Raymond Clark Telfair & Mrs. Jessie Mae Beasley Telfair
Joseph H. Vaillancourt, Durham, NH
Alasdair McLeod Veitch, Norman Wells, NT CANADA
W. Alan Wentz, Germantown, TN

Executive Producer
Sarah A. Bucklin, Casper, WY
Whisper R. Camel, Montana Chapter of The Wildlife Society
Diana L. Hallett, Hartsburg, MO, In memory of T. S. Baskett, mentor
Ellie Horwitz, Concord, MA
Matina Kalcounis-Rueppell, Greensborgo, NC
Dale W. May, Hampton, CT
Paul B. Santavy, Jackson, WY
Charlie Thomas, Eugene, OR
Bruce T. Trindle, Norfolk, NE

Associate Producer
William E. Berg, Bovey, MN
Leslie Bliss-Ketchum, Beaverton, OR
Lynn Braband, Rochester, NY
Peter L. Dalby, Marble, PA
Glen Dickens CWB, Tucson, AZ
Duane & Lisa Diefenbach, Belafonte, PA
Eileen Dowd-Stukel, Pierre, SD
George Feldhamer, Carbondale, IL
Raymond P. Gibson, Portola, CA
R. Joseph Hamilton, Walterboro, SC
Joe W. Hardy, Winchester, TN
Richard Hoppe, Portage Lake, ME
Julie D. Jeter, San Antonio, TX
Dale A. Jones, Helper, UT
James G (Jim) King, Juneau, AK
Gerald D. Kobringer, ND Game & Fish Department
John T. Mcnerney, Davis, CA, In memory of son Garrett Thomas Mcnerney
J. Michael Meyers, Athens Georgia, inhonor of Ernie Provost 90th Birthday
Charles M. Nixon, Monticello, IL
Robert E. Rolley, Baraboo, WI
Sanford D. Schmnitz, Las Cruces, NM
Linn W. Shipley, Montesano, WA
Willie Suchy, Charlton, IA
Ralph H. Town, Brookings, SD
Larry W. VanDruff, Cazenovia, NY, In memory of Daniel Q. Thompson - Major Professor
Carl G. Wilcox, Napa, CA
Carl W. Wolfe, Republican City, NE
Katrina Wohlfarth, Whitehorse, Yukon

Other
Steve Boyle, Montrose, CO
Collins L. Cochran, Sacramento, CA
Charles T. Cushwa, Lynchburg, VA
Henry D. & Margery A. Jordan, Wilmington, NC, In Memory of Gregory Stein Kraus
Seungsook Lee, San Leandro, CA
Drew Romans, Brookeville, MD
Doris A. Rusch, Fort Atkinson, WI
Lee Webb, Grants Pass, OR
Dr. Gary C. White, Laporte, CO

If you haven’t donated yet for the 75th Anniversary video, it’s not too late.  You can donate online here.

 

NEWS FROM SECTIONS

Complete archive of Transactions of the Northeast Section of The Wildlife Society and Northeast Wildlife available online
The Northeast Section of The Wildlife Society (NE TWS) and The Pennsylvania State University are pleased to announce a complete archive of Transactions of the Northeast Section of The Wildlife Society and Northeast Wildlife is available online. This project was undertaken by NE TWS and Penn State as part of the Penn State Libraries Digitized Collections. The Transactions and Northeast Wildlife are available to the general public at no charge. The collection can be viewed at http://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/digital/ne_tws.html.
The archives are searchable by key word or can be browsed by date range or by the complete collection.

The beginnings of the Transactions of the Northeast Section of The Wildlife Society can be traced back to the 11th New England Game Conference held in Boston, Massachusetts in 1939. Followed by the proceedings from the Northeastern Fish and Wildlife Conference, the Transactions came about as NE TWS matured and assumed the task of publishing the proceedings from the technical program of the conference of the Northeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (NEAFWA). This relationship between NE TWS and NEAFWA continued through the early 1990s. In 1992, NE TWS began publishing peer-reviewed articles in Northeast Wildlife as annual volumes independent of the annual conference. Northeast Wildlife was published until 2004 when the difficulties of publishing a peer-reviewed journal based on volunteer efforts forced NE TWS to cease publishing.

The Transactions have been available in private collections and among university libraries in the northeastern U.S., but nowhere has there been a complete collection of all the Proceedings, Transactions, and Northeast Wildlife available in one location. The intent of this collaboration between NE TWS and The Pennsylvania State University Libraries is to make available, to the general public and academia, a repository of the proceedings and publications to benefit the conservation of fish and wildlife resources.

Southwest Section and Texas Chapter Joint Meeting
A  joint meeting of the Southwest Section of The Wildlife Society (SWS) and the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society (TCTWS) will be held February 23-25, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. The hotel and meeting site is the Radisson at Fossil Creek.  The theme for the 2012 meeting is “The North American Model, Is It Still Relevant?” There will also be a special session sponsored by the SWS entitled “Wildlife Research and Management along the Southwest Border.” For additional information on the meeting visit the Annual Meeting page of the TCTWS website. Abstracts are now being accepted for the technical paper and the poster presentation. In addition to the plenary session, the meeting will offer technical paper sessions, and an expanded poster presentation session for students (undergraduate or graduate) and wildlife professionals. Abstracts should be submitted via the abstract submission website, tctws.tamu.edu/. Deadline for receipt of abstracts is 30 November 2011.
 

RELATED WILDLIFE NEWS

Desperately Seeking Stable, 50-Year Old Landscapes with Patches and Long, Wide Corridors
Conservation corridors are a promising intervention to mitigate habitat fragmentation and allow wildlife to shift their geographic ranges in response to climate change. Conservation scientists and managers have little evidence that corridors will work because most corridor research has been conducted at small spatial extents (< 150m corridor length), in landscapes where the matrix is a natural land cover (e.g., grassland corridors in forest matrix), and using response variables (short-term movement) weakly related to long-term gene flow and demographic persistence. To remedy this, we are testing the ability of long (0.5 to 100 km), wide (> 100 m) corridors to maintain gene flow and demographic stability among populations embedded in human-modified matrix.  We need your help to identify suitable landscapes. Please visit docorridorswork.org for more information on our project, and to suggest landscapes for our research. We offer a small finder’s fee to those who suggest sites eventually used in our analysis. Contact: Dr. Andrew Gregory, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it 1 928 523 2167
  

MEETINGS OF INTEREST

2011 Organization of Wildlife Planners Workshop: Being Accountable in Changing Times
Hosted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
November 8-10, 2011
Cerveny Conference Center, Camp Weed, Florida

How do we measure effects and demonstrate successful outcomes when dealing with issues like climate change, energy development, invasive species, and demographic changes?  This workshop will help you develop new, creative ways to measure agency performance and demonstrate enhanced accountability in an era of diverse and changing issues and changing constituencies.  Training will include examining methods of performance measurement, exploring climate change adaptation as a test case for developing performance measures, and testing creative approaches to other large-scale issues facing your own agencies, such as energy development, invasive species, and urban growth. For more information: Dave Chadwick, President-elect, Organization of Wildlife Planners, Colorado Parks and Wildlife; This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Symposium on the Assessment and Management of Environmental Issues Related to Eucalyptus Culture in the Southern United States
Co-sponsored by the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc. (NCASI) and the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station
February 22-24, 2012
Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina
Information and Registration: eucalyptusenvironmental.org

At this symposium, experts from within and outside the U.S. will share their data, experiences, and perspectives on key environmental issues related to eucalyptus culture. Symposium sessions will address invasiveness, water use and quality, biodiversity, and fire risk and will include a panel discussion on management approaches and information needs in the southern U.S.  Following the symposium will be a field trip to observe local Eucalyptus plantations and research.  Symposium attendees are eligible for up to 15.5 hours of Category 1 Continuing Forestry Education Credit from the Society of American Foresters.  There is an open Call for Posters to be presented at the Symposium and a Call for Papers to be published in a special issue of the International Journal of Forestry Research. Symposium participation is not required to submit written papers.


Remember 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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