The Wildlifer
Issue 380/381 | NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2011

IN THIS ISSUE
Aldo Leopold Winner Announced
President’s Podium
Policy News
The Wildlife Society Bulletin: A Key Component of Wildlife Literature
2011 Conference News
2012 Call for Award Nominations
News from Headquarters
News from Subunits
Related Wildlife News
Meetings of Interest

THE WILDLIFE SOCIETY HONORS KENNETH P. BURNHAM
Kenneth Burnham receives the Aldo Leopold awardThe Wildlife Society’s highest honor, the Aldo Leopold Award, was bestowed upon Kenneth P. Burnham at TWS’ 18th Annual Conference in Waikoloa, Hawaii, on November 6, 2011. Until his recent retirement, Dr. Burnham held the rank of Senior Scientist within the Federal government, one of only four such positions in the Biological Resources Discipline of the U.S. Geological Survey.

He began his career as a statistician for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and later as an area statistician for the USDA-Agricultural Research Service in the southeast United States. During the mid-1970s through the late 1980s, Dr. Burnham’s research centered on developing open capture-recapture models, new statistical approaches for estimating population size under the closure assumption, and line and point transect sampling and analytical techniques.

Dr. Burnham’s early research produced a wide variety of statistical methods used by ecologists around the world. These methods had a profound impact on the science behind numerous monitoring programs, including the northern spotted owl, endangered desert tortoise, endangered fish on the Colorado River, salmon passage through hydro-dams on the Columbia River, and assistance in planning and conducting the 2000 U.S. Census, just to name a few. Dr. Burnham’s scientific contributions have had an enormous impact on a wide range of management and research programs in numerous countries across the globe. 

See all the awards from this year's Annual Conference.


PRESIDENT’S PODIUM    
 Paul KrausmanMy Agenda for 2012
As Tom Ryder passed me The Wildlife Society’s presidential gavel during our Annual Conference in Hawaii earlier this month, I appreciated the honor—and the challenges—that I was about to inherit as your new President. Former Presidents like Ryder and those before him have kept TWS moving forward, and with your help I will continue moving the Society in the right direction.

The first thing I want to do is express my gratitude to the members of TWS for supporting me. To be the President of this organization is humbling, and a position I take seriously. I also want to let you know what I hope to accomplish in the coming year, which marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of The Wildlife Society. This bully pulpit in the Wildlifer will allow me to stay in touch through what I’m going to call “The President’s Podium.” 

I have observed TWS operations for years, and while on Council had the opportunity to better understand our process of governance, which at times is slow. I also realize that attempts to accomplish too much as President can be hindered by the multiple routine activities that must be accomplished to keep our Society running. I therefore plan to focus on the following four intertwined goals: 1) making sure that the day-to-day operations of the Society run smoothly; 2) enhancing publications; 3) increasing international involvement; and 4) emphasizing the importance of habitat.

The Day-to-Day
TWS Council works with Executive Director Michael Hutchins to determine the Society’s overall goals, which Hutchins and his staff then work to achieve on a day-to-day basis. Though I will certainly work with staff, I believe they do an excellent job and I do not intend to try and micromanage their activities. Instead I’ll spend most of my time trying to advance the goals and mission of TWS on a broad scale. This involves establishing committee responsibilities and assigning members to committees; providing input on position statements and technical reviews; addressing member concerns; developing the agenda for our next Annual Conference: and dealing with the scores of other issues that come up unexpectedly. In addition, I will follow the lead of the past two Presidents and make periodic trips to Bethesda to interact with staff in group and one-on-one sessions.

Publications
Our publications are the life-blood of the organization. The Journal of Wildlife Management, Wildlife Monographs, and the Wildlife Society Bulletin are our peer-reviewed journals and are certainly among the best and most-influential in the wildlife science and management fields. I hope to promote these journals, work with staff to increase subscriptions to the newly re-launched Bulletin, and work with Council to make all journals widely available to all wildlifers. I’d like to start by encouraging you all to subscribe to the Wildlife Society Bulletin. Brought back by popular demand, it has fewer than 1,000 member subscribers so far, and we need three times that many to make the publication fiscally viable.

In addition to the peer-reviewed journals, The Wildlife Professional, as our member magazine, has been a huge success, and I encourage you all to read it and write for it about your work. I also hope to increase the number of books that TWS publishes. The new Techniques Manual and the revised Human Dimensions text are already scheduled for publication through Johns Hopkins University Press.  Others in the pipeline include a book series that already has several manuscripts in production, and a textbook on wildlife management and conservation, which I envision as a text that will be updated regularly, similar to the Techniques Manual.

Broadening Our International Reach
My third agenda item is to fortify the international involvement of TWS.   I think increased international awareness of wildlife issues worldwide will be beneficial for all involved and we can reach out to other countries while learning from their experiences.  We have made a promising start by scheduling the IV International Wildlife Management Congress for 9-12 July, 2012 in Durban, South Africa. More information can be found about the Congress at IWMC2012.org. Council has also approved the continuation of international congresses every three years or so. In addition, TWS has made great strides in renewing our interaction with the International Union of Game Biologists, a union of game managers and hunters from Europe and Russia. We are also working hard to collaborate with colleagues from Mexico and include them in Society activities

Focus on Habitat
Finally, I hope to continue the battle for wildlife habitat. Over a century ago, North Americans saw big game, birds, and other wildlife populations decline or even vanish, and realized something had to be done immediately. The result was the greatest successful conservation experiment in the history of the world, contributing to the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. Ecologically, we are at the same hazardous place today with wildlife habitat disappearing and being altered at unprecedented speed. Biologists will likely never understand the biology of all wildlife completely, but we do know that without habitat, wildlife as we know it and our quality of life will suffer.

At a minimum, TWS needs to promote the retention of federal and state laws to conserve habitat on public and private lands. The future of habitat will largely depend on how agencies conserve it, and we need to work with private landowners toward that goal. As such, TWS needs to communicate the critical role wildlife biologist’s play in ensuring sustainable populations of wildlife, and work to strengthen laws to conserve wildlife—not just endangered species, but all wildlife. Finally, I hope to encourage TWS to continue to work with other groups that promote habitat conservation and to support the development of a wildlife habitat system for the U.S. to serve as a model for other countries.

None of these goals will be accomplished in a year, but if we continue to work on them and keep TWS in the game, we will be doing what is right for wildlife and society. I have already talked to many of you about these ideas and look forward to engaging all of you in our collective efforts to conserve our wildlife resources. Thanks for your involvement with TWS. I look forward to an exciting future for wildlife.

Paul R. Krausman, President
The Wildlife Society   


POLICY NEWS

Diverse Coalition Urges Against Disproportionate Cuts to Conservation
America’s Voice For Conservation, Recreation and Preservation, a broad coalition of groups, held an event on October 31, 2011 to acknowledge a letter signed by over 1,000 diverse organizations, including TWS. The letter, sent on July 6, 2011 to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), reminded Congress that disproportionate cuts to conservation would not balance the budget and would have economic impacts in the future. The press event was timed to influence the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (Super Committee) before making their final budget recommendations in late November.

The coalition consists of National Wildlife Refuges, National Parks, and groups representing conservation, history, and sportsmen’s interests for millions of members with very diverse political backgrounds. All unite behind the belief that natural resource conservation, outdoor recreation, and historic preservation, and investments in them, is vital to the future of our great nation.

The letter asks that conservation, recreation, and historic preservation programs not bear an inordinate burden of cuts in an attempt to balance the budget and reduce the deficit. The coalition urged Congress to address the federal deficit while still investing in critical conservation, recreation and historic preservation programs in 2012. The groups also expressed willingness to engage in a process with lawmakers to find further savings in spending and review the budgetary benefits of these programs.

Conservation Groups Write to Protect Grasslands in Farm Bill
In a letter sent on October 7, 2011 TWS, along with other conservation groups, urged the Senate and House Agriculture Committees and the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to recognize the importance of grasslands to the economy, wildlife, and the American way of life when considering changes to farm bill programs as part of any deficit reduction plan. The groups emphasized the importance of grasslands for livestock, hunting and recreation, and habitat – especially for rapidly declining grassland bird species. The letter explained that investments in grasslands through conservation easements and working lands conservation programs benefit all Americans through the ecological services provided by these ecosystems such as flood mitigation, water filtration, and carbon sequestration. 
 
Also detailed in the letter were four farm bill priorities, which the supporting organizations believe are critical for the health and survival of America’s grasslands. The priorities include: 1) soil and wetland conservation compliance provisions for crop insurance subsidies; 2) ending public incentives for converting native grassland to cropland; 3) ensure a strong grasslands component within working lands conservation programs; and 4) maintain funding for easements on native grasslands. The groups asked that these policies be protected in the budget process, and that Congress stand up for grasslands and the many people who depend on them. 

Conservation Partners List Priorities for 2012 Farm Bill
TWS, along with hunting and angling conservation partners, wrote to Senate and House Agricultural Committee leadership on October 24, 2011 thanking them for their stated and demonstrated support of agricultural and wildlife conservation. The groups explained six priorities for the 2012 Farm Bill, which is under scrutiny for budget cuts by the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction and up for reauthorization in 2012.

The six priorities include: 1) Sufficient baseline funding to ensure continued program effectiveness for programs such as the Conservation Reserve Program, Wetlands Reserve Program, Grasslands Reserve Program, and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program; 2) Prioritize projects that address issues raised by state, regional, and national conservation initiatives; 3) Ensure that native prairies, rangelands, and grasslands are protected and that agricultural use is compatible with wildlife priorities; 4) Ensure the long tradition of partnerships between USDA, private landowners, and conservation partners which improve program delivery and reduce taxpayer costs; 5) Consolidate programs to enhance conservation outcomes, not as a way to impose additional cuts; and 6) Enhance access to quality habitat for hunting, angling, and wildlife dependent recreation. Programs such as Voluntary Public Access and the Habitat Incentive Program stimulate rural economies and ensure affordable access to outdoor recreation.

The letter requested that the Agricultural Committees continue the legacy of conservation while working within budgetary constraints, and ensure wildlife remains a co-equal conservation priority with soil and water throughout the conservation title. Farm bill agricultural conservation programs provide habitat for fish and wildlife, air and water quality, reduce soil erosion, increase opportunities for outdoor recreation, reduce regulatory burdens on farmers and ranchers, and increase financial returns to rural communities. 

TWS Signs on to National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act Fact Sheet
On October 25, 2011 TWS joined other wildlife conservation partners in signing on to a fact sheet developed by Defenders of Wildlife on behalf of the Wildlife and Borderlands Coalition detailing the threats to federal lands and wildlife conservation posed by the National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act (H.R. 1505). Despite actions by TWS urging opposition to this bill it was recently passed through the House Natural Resources Committee. The bill would explicitly exempt U.S. Customs and Border Patrol from complying with dozens of environmental laws within 100 miles of U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada. 

Among the greatest threats posed by this bill is the exemption from landmark environmental legislation such as The Wilderness Act of 1964, National Forest Management Act, Endangered Species Act, and the National Environmental Protection Act. The bill disregards requirements to protect critical habitat for endangered species by forgoing the intra-agency consultation process, giving U.S. Customs and Border Patrol the final say regarding which impacts to imperiled species are allowed. The proposed legislation would also allow the Department of Homeland Security to build facilities, construct roads, and patrol by vehicle on previously protected lands, allowing for the degradation of water quality, habitat fragmentation, and migration interruption.

The fact sheet maintains that this is a serious overreach of power and a significant threat to environmental quality and wildlife conservation. Other threats are also introduced in the fact sheet, such as amendments to the Senate Homeland Security Authorization Act (S. 1546) and the House Homeland Security Authorization Act (H.R. 3116).

TWS Signs on to Invasive Species Fact Sheet
On October 31, 2011 TWS signed on to a fact sheet published by the National Environmental Coalition on Invasive Species (NECIS) which explains the economic costs imposed by invasive species. The fact sheet describes the current sub-par management of invasive species – with federal, state, local, and private landowners expending scarce resources to control harmful invasive species, while many invasive species are still being sold legally to the public. NECIS outlines a strategy to save money by stopping the introduction of species that pose a high risk to the economy, environment, and human and wildlife health. 

2,500 non-native species have been imported to the U.S. in the last decade, with 300 of those being potential invaders or presenting a disease risk. NECIS urges modernization of the injurious wild animal import program with risk assessment screenings of species in trade and those proposed for future trade. Many find the Lacey Act, which has listed 18 taxa as injurious, too small, too reactive, too slow, and inadequate to ensure proper protection from invasive species. 

Invasive species cost the U.S. approximately $35 billion annually while only $500,000 is spent to prevent invasions. The Federal government has spent $120 million for the control of Asian carp alone. NECIS suggests a prevention program modeled after the current risk assessment screening programs of other countries that would cost $2-3 million a year. This cost would be internalized through user fees since importers of invasive species do not currently pay to mitigate the externalities associated with non-native species invasions. NECIS urges a risk assessment program that would be worth $84,000-$141,000 per species, and cost between $1,200 and $12,000 per species.

TWS Comments on Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan
TWS responded to the public comment period for the draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and Environmental Impact Statement for Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). TWS supports the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) preferred alternative which suggests proactive management plans to restore the native ecosystems found at Sheldon NWR. The CCP details conservation strategies for the next 15 to 20 years and focuses on ways to improve the refuge for wildlife, ecosystem services, and visitor uses. The preferred alternative also suggests the removal of Sheldon NWR’s wild horse and burro (WHB) population within 5 years. The removal of the refuge’s WHB population will benefit many species by increasing the provision of ecosystem services and will promote the original purpose of the refuge – to protect and conserve the American pronghorn.

TWS recommended consultation with wildlife professionals when creating specific management plans, and the creation of management strategies that can be quickly implemented to address wildlife disease or invasive species threats. Furthermore, TWS advised the FWS to include a public outreach and communication strategy to help explain the need for WHB gathers and the conservation goals these practices can achieve. 

TWS Comments on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan
On November 15, 2011 TWS submitted comments on the draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and Environmental Impact Statement for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). TWS expressed support for management alternative E, which recommends three wilderness study areas (WSA) for designation as wilderness, including the coastal plain WSA.  The coastal plain is often considered for potential energy resource development. TWS recommends the coastal plain be left in a wilderness state in order to preserve these wildlife resources and habitats, and also to provide a natural laboratory for the study of climate change impacts on ecosystem functions. TWS supports alternative C as a sound alternative, which would recommend the coastal plain WSA for designation as wilderness.

TWS also recommended strengthened and detailed step-down management plans for the greatest threats to the Arctic NWR – climate change, invasive species, and wildlife disease. Step-down plans should be determined collaboratively with wildlife professionals to create strategies that can be implemented quickly to prevent wildlife disease or invasion by non-native species. Additionally, TWS offered the expertise of its members to the FWS in developing the final CCP and implementing conservation practices. 

TWS Urges President Obama to Postpone Consideration of Draft Gas Drilling Regulations
On 21 November 2011 TWS sent a letter, along with other sportsmen conservation organizations and businesses from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, urging the President to postpone the consideration of draft shale gas drilling regulations proposed by the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC). The organizations included in the letter represent tens of thousands of members who care about the valuable resources that contribute to local sporting businesses in the Delaware River Basin region. 

The groups feel that the DRBC is moving too quickly through the process without evaluating the cumulative impacts of drilling, or identifying the appropriate mitigation measures. One of the main sites for drilling is the Upper Delaware Basin which touts world class trout streams, a variety of game species, and diverse habitats to support wildlife. Groups emphasize that drilling must not occur in this area until baseline data is collected and impacts to wildlife are fully assessed. The letter also discusses impacts to small businesses that rely on the business brought in by outdoor recreationists, anglers, and sportsmen and women from surrounding states. 

TWS Presses President and OMB to Finalize Snake Rule
On November 17, 2011, TWS and National Environmental Coalition on Invasive Species (NECIS) partners drafted a bill for Senator Nelson (D-FL), asking the President to direct the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to complete its review of a rule proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) that would list the non-native Burmese python andeight other giant constrictors as prohibited “injurious species” under the Lacey Act. A letter of similar nature was also sent to President Obama November 22, 2011, signed by many members of the Florida Congressional Delegation. This rule has been in the making for five years and awaiting release by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) within the OMB since March 2011.

On December 9, 2011, TWS and other conservation organizations directly urged OIRA to swiftly complete its review and allow the FWS to issue and implement this rule. A number of other measures have been taken to expedite this process, including a bipartisan letter sent from Members of Congress to the President, a letter from Florida Governor Rick Scott, and consistent support for the snake rule from Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. 

TWS Releases 2012 Policy Priorities
TWS is pleased to announce its 2012 policy priorities, which are based on 2011 priorities and the ten most pressing issues in wildlife management, as determined by TWS council and subunit leaders.  The 2012 policy priorities are as follows:
•    Climate Change and Adaptation
•    Endangered Species and Recovery
•    Energy Development and Wildlife
•    Strategic Conservation Planning
•    Federal Employee Participation in Professional Societies
•    Invasive Species Prevention and Management
•    Wetlands Conservation
•    North American Model/ Public Trust Doctrine

Read more about these priorities and recent action TWS has taken.
 
POLICY STATEMENTS

Final: Global Climate Change and Wildlife
TWS is pleased to release its final position statement on Global Climate Change and Wildlife. The position statement provides background on climate change issues, their causes, and outlines the policy of TWS regarding global climate change. Few scientists question the role of humans in exacerbating recent climate change through the increase in emissions of greenhouse gases.  Human activities that contribute to warming include the burning of fossil fuels, slash and burn agriculture, methane from animal husbandry, and land use changes. 

Potential effects of climate change include increased invasive exotic species, the potential for increasingly stressed ecosystems, habitat shifts, loss of coastal habitat, and an increase in generalist species. The policy of The Wildlife Society regarding global climate change is as follows: 1) mitigate the accumulation of atmospheric greenhouse gases; 2) Increase the ability of wildlife and wildlife habitats to adapt to a changing climate; and 3) increase climate change outreach activities.

Draft: Workforce Diversity within the Wildlife Profession
TWS recognizes that due to the multicultural nature of the society in which we work, the recruitment and inclusion of a diverse workforce is paramount. The future of biological diversity requires the conscious engagement of all people, regardless of their nationality, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, spiritual views, or social status. Wildlife management can benefit from diversity within the wildlife profession as diverse perspectives and skills provided by a diverse array of individuals can result in the strengthening and improvement of approaches to research. Furthermore, by engaging a greater proportion of the population we enable ourselves to manage more effectively wildlife resources, ecosystems, and human communities. 
This draft position statement Workforce Diversity within the Wildlife Profession is open for member comment until February 15, 2012. Please view the full position statement when drafting comments. Please send comments to: Christine Carmichael, Government Affairs Associate, The Wildlife Society, 5410 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814, or via email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Draft: Wolf Restoration and Management in the Contiguous United States
TWS has drafted a position statement that addresses wolf conservation and management in the contiguous U.S. which provides background information on current and past conservation measures and a summary of legislative actions pertaining to the wolf’s listed status. Other considerations are also included, such as the role of advocacy and the role of science in wolf management. As stated in the draft, TWS believes scientific expertise and data should be clearly distinguished from advocacy positions and different human values in debates about wolf conservation.

This draft position statement on Wolf Restoration and Management in the Contiguous United States is open for member comment until February 15, 2012. Please view the full position statement when commenting. Please send comments to: Christine Carmichael, Government Affairs Associate, The Wildlife Society, 5410 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814, or via email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

TAKE ACTION

Comment on Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park’s non-native ungulate management plan
A draft plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Protecting and Restoring Native Ecosystems by Managing Non-Native Ungulates in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is open for public comment. The new management plan for non-native ungulates will guide management activities over the next 15-20 years. The EIS consists of five alternative management plans, including a no-action alternative. The ecosystems of the Hawaiian Islands are extremely vulnerable to the effects of non-native ungulates, which, in the park, include mouflon sheep (Ovis musimon), pigs (Sus scrofa), sheep (Ovis aries), goats (Capra hircus) and small numbers of feral cattle (Bos taurus). These animals cause loss of vegetation, wildlife habitat degradation, population decline of native species, and the deterioration of watersheds and cultural resources. 

Additional information can be found on the planning website. Written comments can be submitted online or by mail to: Cindy Orlando, Superintendent, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, PO Box 52, Hawai‘i National Park, HI 96718 through January 20, 2012.

Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Effort Solicits Scoping Comments
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service plan to prepare Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) and Supplemental EISs to incorporate greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) conservation measures into land use and land management plans. The agencies have announced the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues concerning the conservation of the greater sage-grouse. 

Comments can be submitted in writing until February 7, 2012 to either the Eastern or Western Region Project Managers:

For further information or to have your name added to the BLM’s mailing list, please contact Chuck Otto, Eastern Region Project Manager, by phone at (307) 775-6062, or e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Brian Amme, Western Region Project Manager, by phone at (775) 861-6645, or email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Support an International Arctic Fisheries Agreement
A significant portion of the central Arctic Ocean contains international waters that are not currently governed by any specific international fisheries agreement or regulations. The sea ice that once covered this region year-round has begun melting, leaving open water in up to 40% of these international waters and making commercial fishery in the central Arctic Ocean possible.

Help protect this ecosystem by signing a letter, calling on Arctic governments to develop a precautionary management system for central Arctic Ocean fisheries that postpones fishing activity until the biology and ecology of the region is understood well enough to inform scientifically sound catch levels. A management system must be put in place to protect these fisheries from exploitation before the sea ice retreats further and before fishing begins.
 


THE WILDLIFE SOCIETY BULLETIN: A KEY COMPONENT OF WILDLIFE LITERATURE
Guest Editorial from Wildlife Society Bulletin 9999:1; 2011; DOI: 10.1002/wsb.90

The Wildlife Society BulletinKnowledge is power and wildlife professionals need to be informed about all aspects of wildlife biology, the habitats wildlife depend on, and how humans impact and interact with wildlife. The Wildlife Society contributes to this effort through it’s peer-reviewed publications (i.e., books and journals: Journal of Wildlife Management, Wildlife Monographs, and the Wildlife Society Bulletin). Being unfamiliar with these publications places wildlife professionals at a distinct disadvantage when addressing contemporary issues in wildlife management and conservation.

In 2005, one of these publications, the WSB was discontinued for a variety of reasons. In short, TWS Council and staff discontinued publication of WSB because of financial, personnel, and membership turmoil, among other issues. At that time, membership and non-dues revenue were down and declining rapidly, and Council and staff decided that something bold was needed to reverse that negative trend.

The Wildlifer, TWS’ member newsletter, was the only publication members received with basic dues and that was not considered adequate to maintain current members or to recruit new members. Thus, the WSB was, among other things, discontinued to make way for TWS’ member magazine, The Wildlife Professional and to allow TWS to upgrade its computer communications technology and social networking capabilities. That decision was made amid protests from some members.

The TWS ‘‘shakeup’’ (i.e., new TWS Executive Director/CEO, new publications, new publisher, new Council members) had many wondering how things would work out. Predictions of further declines in membership, and lost membership due to the elimination of one of our flagship publications were rampant. Fortunately, in retrospect, TWS Council made the right decisions and the changes ultimately proved to be advantageous. We do not know if there was a single factor that turned things around but the combined efforts (including the establishment of The Wildife Professional and other membership services) to reverse the tide worked and worked well. Membership in TWS is at record levels (more than 10,500 in 2011 vs. 7,500 in 2005), annual meetings are setting records, and recognition of TWS is increasing in the U.S., Canada, and globally.

As a result of this and other outside fund-raising, finances were also much improved and it was time to get WSB back in the literature. Council decided to re-establish WSB as a peer-reviewed journal for wildlife practitioners in 2010, and publication was resumed in early 2011 under the capable leadership of Editor-in-Chief Warren Ballard and his dedicated editorial staff and associate editors. It has now been nearly a year since WSB has been back in circulation after a 5-year hiatus. The editorial staff has outlined the positive aspects of the publication in the first three issues with accuracy and passion. At least two articles were widely featured in the popular press, thus, indicating public interest in the Bulletin.

In summary, WSB provides information to wildlife professionals that is directly applicable to the management and conservation of wildlife and other natural resources in North America and worldwide. The WSB is all that it was (only better), all that has been advertised (only more), and those who protested its demise are very pleased that the publication is once again a TWS staple. Yet, we are perplexed as to why fewer than 1,000 individuals have so far subscribed to WSB. When TWS Council, Staff, and our new publishing partner Wiley Blackwell developed the financial plan for the road back for WSB, we predicted that 3,000 subscriptions would be needed to make it financially viable.

We all thought this would be an easy goal to reach because of: 1) the vigorous protests heard when it was shut down; 2) the previous subscription level of 3,135, which was in place before the journal was discontinued; 3) increases in TWS membership; and 4) the lower cost of subscription and production. We are all surprised at the low level of subscriptions, especially due to the lower cost. The only objection we have heard is that WSB is published exclusively in electronic format and many older members prefer to receive hard copies. However, most academic publications are moving to electronic, searchable formats and we need to accept this trend. In the future, TWS may be able to offer electronic and hard copies for a fee as is done with the Journal of Wildlife Management, but it would be much more difficult (and expensive) to start with hard copies and then try to convert to electronic publication.

In our opinion, TWS offers numerous advantages to members and the publications alone are worth the costs; members are losing out by not reading WSB. Over the next year, there will be increased emphasis on promoting and advertising TWS publications, especially the WSB where subscriptions are needed to sustain publication. It would be a shame if TWS Council had to discontinue this valuable publication again due to financial considerations. If you have suggestions that you think would increase subscriptions please share them with the editorial staff and Council. In the meantime, we ask that you encourage your colleagues and institutions to jump aboard. We encourage all TWS members to subscribe to JWM and WSB to be informed wildlife professionals and to submit articles for publication to share your knowledge and expertise with others. That is how our profession and TWS will continue to advance.

Paul R. Krausman, President
The Wildlife Society
Michael Hutchins, Executive Director/CEO
The Wildlife Society


HAWAII CONFERENCE A GREAT SUCCESS!

Hawaii Conference Logo18th Annual TWS Conference – By the Numbers
Close to 1,400 people registered for The Wildlife Society Annual Conference which took place in November. When we include guests, we had more than 1,800 attendees. The Annual Conference featured two general sessions, 205 contributed papers, 200 invited symposia speakers, 12 special posters, 105 student research-in-progress posters, and more than 250 contributed posters. The recordings are available for download from the TWS Live Learning Center (https://tws.sclivelearningcenter.com). The login information is your email address and last name (for those who registered for the conference). TWS members who did not attend the conference can access all the recorded sessions for $200.

TWS Awards
TWS was proud to honor many distinguished members during the annual conference. Our congratulations to this year’s award winners. Visit our awards page for a complete listing of all awards and their recipients.

Student Chapter of the Year
Presented to the outstanding chapter and student chapter to encourage and recognize exceptional achievements. This year’s recipient is the Missouri Western State University Student Chapter.

Student Chapter Advisor of the Year
Presented to recognize exceptional mentorship of a TWS student chapter. This year’s recipient is Jacqueline Frair, State University of New York, Syracuse.

Excellence in Wildlife Education Award
This is a new award celebrates exemplary teaching and will contribute to the improvement of wildlife education by honoring individual faculty members engaged in undergraduate and/or graduate wildlife-related education. The first Excellence in Wildlife Education Award was given to Henry “Rique” Campa.

Donald H. Rusch Memorial Game Bird Research Scholarship
Assists a graduate student studying upland game bird or waterfowl biology and management. This year’s recipient is Erik Blomberg, University of Nevada, Reno.

Diversity Award
Honors innovative programs and individuals that promote diversity in employment, academic enrollment, and membership. This year’s recipient is the Native American Professional Development Program, TWS.

Jim McDonough Award
Recognizes a Certified Wildlife Biologist making a significant contribution to the profession by being active in TWS locally and through program implementation and development of new techniques or approaches. This year’s recipient is Robert Lanka.

Conservation Education Award
Honors outstanding accomplishments in the dissemination of conservation knowledge to the public in the categories of writings, media, programs, and audio-visual works. This year’s recipients in the "writings" category are:

  • Book: Council for Environmental Education. 2010. Flying WILD: An Educator’s Guide to Celebrating Birds. Council for Environmental Education, Houston, TX.
  • Article: Nevada Department of Wildlife. 2007-2010. Southern Nevada Wild. Vol. (issue) 1(1) – 4(4)

Wildlife Publication Awards
Recognize excellence in scientific writing characterized by originality of research or thought and a high scholastic standard in the manner of presentation. This year’s recipients are:

  • Editorship: Thomas H. Kunz and Stuart Parsons for Ecological and Behavioral Methods for the Study of Bats. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD 2009.
  • Book: Carl H. Ernst and Jeffrey E. Lovich for Turtles of the United States and Canada. Smithsonian Books, Washington, D.C. 2010.
  • Article: Hawthorne L. Beyer, Daniel T. Haydon, Juan M. Morales, Jacqueline L. Frair, Mark Hebblewhite, Michael Mitchell, and Jason Matthiopoulos for "The interpretation of habitat preference metrics under use-availability designs." Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. 365:2245-2254. (This article appears in the Philosophical Transactions B issue entitled Challenges and opportunities of using GPS-based location data in animal ecology, compiled and edited by Francesca Cagnacci, Luigi Boitani, Roger A Powell and Mark S Boyce. The entire issue, including the winning article,  is available online.)
  • Monograph: Jonathan B. Cohen, Lawrence M. Houghton, James D. Fraser for "Nesting density and reproductive success of piping plovers in response to storm- and human-created habitat changes." The Wildlife Society Monographs, No. 173, August 2009.

Group Achievement Award
Recognizes an organization’s outstanding wildlife achievement that is consistent with and/or assists in advancing the objectives of The Wildlife Society. This year’s recipient is Maga Ta-Hohpi Waterfowl Production Area (WPA).

Caesar Kleberg Award for Excellence in Applied Wildlife Research
Recognizes those whose body of work, in both inquiry and discovery, has resulted in application of management and conservation on-the-ground. This year’s recipient is Karl Miller.

TWS Fellow
Recognizes members who have distinguished themselves through exceptional service to our profession. It is bestowed upon: Bruce Leopold, Michael R. McEnroe, Henry (Rique) Campa III, David J. Case, W. Daniel Edge, Robert Anthony, Selma N. Glasscock, William M. Block.

Special Recognition Service Award
Recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the wildlife profession. This year’s recipient is Larry Schwitters, Vaux’s Happenings Project Co-Coordinator.

Honorary Membership
Recognizes continuous outstanding service to any area of concern to The Wildlife Society. It is bestowed upon Dr. Theodore A. Bookhout.

Aldo Leopold Memorial Award

Honors distinguished service to wildlife conservation and is the highest honor bestowed by the Society. This year’s recipient is Kenneth P. Burnham.

Conference Recognitions
In addition to the above awards, President Tom Ryder recognized the following members for their service to TWS during the members meeting.

Bill Standley and Barry Stieglitz, 18th Annual Conference Arrangements Committee Co-Chairs
Jeanne Jones, 18th Annual Conference Program Committee Chair
Jim Peek, Certification Review Board Member 2007 – 2011
   
Best Student Papers and Posters
Our thanks to all the volunteer judges for their help in making this portion of the 2011 conference a success!
Best Student Poster: Sean Murphy, Black bear in the Big South Fork. Using non-invasive genetic sampling to evaluate long-term reintroduction success, University of Kentucky, KY.
Best Student Paper: Brittany Mosher, Avian community response to a recent mountain pine beetle epidemic, Montana State University, MT.
Best Student Research-in-Progress Posters:
Best Poster Overall: Serra Hoagland, M.S. student at UC Santa Barbara
Best PhD Poster: Jason Carlisle, Utah State University
Best Master's Poster: Joslin Heyward, University of Wyoming
Best Undergraduate Poster: Rebecca Doll, Western State University

Annual Quiz Bowl
Humboldt University defeated 12 other teams of undergraduate students from the U.S. and Canada to win the 14th Annual Student Quiz Bowl. Virginia Tech was the runner-up. 

2011 Photo Contest Winners
Flora: (1st) Luke Eberhart Phillips, (2nd) Luke Eberhart Phillips, (3rd) Megan Schwender
Mammals: (1st) David Jachowski, (2nd) Audrey DeRose-Wilson, (3rd) Matthew Hillman
Birds: (1st) John Hayes, (2nd) Maggi Sliwinski, (3rd) Florent Bled
Herps/Fish/Invertebrates: (1st) David Jachowski, (2nd) John Hayes, (3rd) Bill Gould
Landscapes and Still Life: (1st) David Jachowski, (2nd) Nate Svoboda, (3rd) Luke Eberhart-Phillips
Human Dimensions: (1st) Jackie Hancock, (2nd) Aimee Kessler, (3rd) Nate Svoboda
Creative and Clever: (1st) Bridget Sousa, (2nd) Kurt Ongman, (3rd) Florent Bled
Game Cam: (1st) Matthew Hillman, (2nd) Debra De La Torre, (3rd) Matthew Hillman

People’s Choice:

  • Flora: Luke Eberhart-Phillips
  • Mammals: Rafael Bergstrom
  • Birds: John Hayes
  • Herps/Fish/Invertebrates: Bill Gould
  • Landscapes: Scott Hull
  • Human Dimensions: Luke Eberhart-Phillips
  • Creative and Clever: Kurt Ongman
  • Game Cam: Audrey DeRose-Wilson
Grand Prize for People’s Choice: Flora, Luke Eberhart-Phillips

Overall Grand Prize: Birds, John Hayes

Post-Conference Survey Winners
For those that attended the Annual Conference and responded to the post-conference survey, thank you. The winners of the Amazon Gift Certificates are Brittney Entsminger from Brookings, S.D.; Bill Giuliano from Gainesville, Fla.; and Mindy Rice from Fort Collins, Col.

TWS 2012 Annual Meeting Call for Proposals.

IWMC Call for Proposals.


2012 CALL FOR AWARD NOMINATIONS

The Wildlife Society's Awards Program honors individuals and groups who have made notable contributions to TWS and wildlife management and/or conservation. Please help us recognize deserving recipients by submitting your nominations for these awards. Refer to each award description for deadlines and instructions on preparing your nominations.

With the exception of the Wildlife Publication Award, send nomination materials to: The Wildlife Society - Awards Program, 5410 Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


NEWS FROM HEADQUARTERS


Tony PeterlePassing of a Wildlife Legend.
We are sad to report that a pillar of The Wildlife Society, Tony J. Peterle, passed away after minor surgery late on November 15; he was 84. Dr. Peterle was a TWS Past President, Honorary Member, Leopold Medalist, and twice Editor of The Journal of Wildlife Management. He initiated one of the first efforts to survey hunter participation and attitudes in the 1950s and also did pioneering work in wildlife toxicology in the 1960s. This latter work led him to testify before Congress in the early 1970s at hearings that resulted in the ban of DDT.

 


NEWS FROM SUBUNITS

New Jersey Chapter conducts tribute ceremony for Rich Guadagno
As part of its fall meeting, the New Jersey Chapter held a tribute ceremony for Rich Guadagno, who died as a hero on hijacked Flight 93 on September 11, 2001. Rich worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for 17 years and devoted his life to the conservation of natural resources. He was Refuge Manager of the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge (NWR).


RELATED WILDLIFE NEWS

Funding Available For Environmental Research And Development
The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) is seeking to fund environmental research and development in the Resource Conservation and Climate Change program area. SERDP invests across the broad spectrum of basic and applied research, as well as advanced development. The development and application of innovative environmental technologies will reduce the costs, environmental risks, and time required to resolve environmental problems while, at the same time, enhancing and sustaining military readiness. Pre-proposals from the Federal and non-Federal sectors are due by Thursday, January 5, 2012.  The SONs and detailed instructions are available on the SERDP website.


MEETINGS OF INTEREST

17th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Bat Diversity Network and the
22nd Colloquium on the Conservation of Mammals in the Southeastern United States
The meeting will be held at Lake Tiak O’Khata, in Louisville, MS, February 23-25, 2012. Abstracts are due by January 31, 2012. Visit the Southeastern Bat Diversity Network website for details.

68th Annual Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference
Sunday, April 15 through Tuesday, April 17, 2012, Charleston Marriott Town Center, Charleston, West Virginia. The conference theme is "Celebrating 75 Years of Success: A Partnership For America's Fish & Wildlife," and the plenary session will focus on major accomplishments of the Wildlife and Sport Fishing Restoration Program from state, federal and industry perspectives. Visit the Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference website for details and a call for papers.

Southwest Section TWS and Texas Chapter TWS 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. This will be the first meeting of the SWS since 2005. The theme for this 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.” The hotel and meeting site is the Radisson at Fossil Creek. Visit the Annual Meeting page of the TCTWS website for additional information.
 

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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