The Wildlifer
Issue 383 | FEBRUARY 2012

IN THIS ISSUE

Ruminations from the Executive Director
TWS Celebrates Its 75th Anniversary
Policy News
Annual Conference News
International Wildlife Management Congress
News From Headquarters
Subunit News
Related Wildlife News
Meetings of Interest

RUMINATIONS FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

This paper was presented by TWS Executive Director and CEO Michael Hutchins during the Plenary Session organized by 2010-2011 TWS President Tom Ryder at the 2011 TWS Annual Conference in Waikoloa, Hawaii.
   
The Wildlife Society: Past, Present, Future

When President Ryder asked me to give this presentation, I jumped at the chance because I knew it would provide me with a rare opportunity to spend some time pondering where our  organization has been, where it is now, and where it may head in the future. It is, of course, easy to document the past and present, but exceedingly more difficult to predict the forces that might shape an organization’s future. That being said, I believe that there are some trends in place that might give us an inkling of what the future might hold.
   
First, let’s briefly consider the past. The Wildlife Society was known initially as the Society of Wildlife Specialists, an organization that was launched in 1936 at the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Washington, DC. A year later, in St. Louis, Missouri, the group adopted a constitution and bylaws and changed its name to The Wildlife Society.

TWS was born in a time of great economic and environmental concern. The “dirty thirties,” as the decade came to be known, was a time of deep economic depression, but also a time of unregulated hunting and the great dust bowl. In the preceding decades, the country had seen the loss of the passenger pigeon, and the near extinction of the once ubiquitous wolf and bison. This was also the beginning of widespread habitat alteration and fragmentation on our continent brought on by a rapid expansion of settlement, transportation and industry.

Leaders of the fledgling American conservation movement, such as Aldo Leopold and J.N. Ding Darling, saw the need for a wildlife profession— a cadre of highly trained individuals who could use the results of science to better manage and restore our nation’s wildlife heritage and habitats. It was during this time of environmental crisis that TWS emerged as a professional and scientific society. Its early focus was primarily on game management, as unregulated hunting and over-exploitation were major issues of the time. The society disseminated information about these and other relevant issues through the Journal of Wildlife Management — also founded in 1937 — and other publications. Through the years, TWS also helped students and professionals share information through conferences, working groups, chapters, sections, and other venues that expanded the network of wildlife professionals.

TWS reached its historical membership peak of 9,600 in 1996, but between 1997 and 2006, TWS hit a rough patch with rapidly falling membership and budget deficits. By 2005-2006, membership had dropped to around 7,500 and was still falling. It took a Herculean effort and some hard decisions by TWS Council, staff, members, and partners to turn the situation around. 

Which brings us to the present... Today’s TWS is a much different animal than it was just five short years ago. Membership in our organization reached record numbers in 2010 and again in 2011, going over 10,477, a 39.7% increase from 2006.

The first step in this remarkable transformation was to rebuild the organization’s membership services, and bring the Society into the 21st century, particularly with regard to its communication technology. Staff and Council then started hitting the road, meeting and interacting with the membership in a concerted way for the first time in nearly a decade. We attended numerous section and chapter meetings and other wildlife conferences to raise awareness about TWS and its service to members and the profession.

We also improved all aspects of TWS’ publications, both print and electronic. For example, we upgraded and improved TWS’ computer infrastructure, rebuilt the TWS Website, launched a new member magazine, The Wildlife Professional, and digitized all of the organization’s legacy publications and made them available online. 

TWS’ peer reviewed journals, The Journal of Wildlife Management and Wildlife Monographs, have been reformatted and moved from Allen Press to Wiley-Blackwell to improve their global reach. We also recently re-launched the Wildlife Society Bulletin as an online, peer-reviewed journal for wildlife practitioners. 

TWS’ book publishing has been moved to Johns Hopkins University Press, with improved production value, advertising, and distribution. First out the gate will be the seventh edition of the Wildlife Techniques Manual. Edited by Nova Silvy, it is now a fully-revised and expanded two volume set. This will be followed by many others including the second edition of the Human Dimensions of Wildlife Management edited by Dan Decker, Shawn J. Riley, and William F. Siemer, and Wildlife Management: Contemporary Principles and Practices, edited by Paul Krausman and James Cain. 

We have greatly improved and increased communication with TWS members through email blasts, three electronic newsletters: the monthly Wildlifer and Wildlife Policy News, and the weekly Wildlife Society Update, and TWS’ award-winning quarterly member magazine The Wildlife Professional. This is quite a change from 2005 when members only received The Wildlifer once every two months via snail mail.

We have also expanded our communication efforts into social networking on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. In addition, TWS’ blog Making Tracks has become a popular site to engage in provocative debate and obtain information on breaking news affecting wildlife management and conservation. Our emergence into these social networking venues increases TWS’ appeal to students and young professionals and its visibility as a credible source of information about wildlife management and conservation.

TWS’ annual conference has also been greatly improved, typically attracting some 1,500 plus delegates. In addition to our traditional offerings of symposia and poster sessions, we now also offer a career fair, panel discussions, working group meetings, more than 50 exhibitors, and numerous opportunities to socialize and network with colleagues.

TWS has expanded its government affairs and partnerships department and, consequently, its clout with policymakers. With the addition of an assistant director and associate, the government affairs department now has three employees and two rotating intern positions. This staff, along with the Executive Director/CEO, work hard to represent the voice of wildlife professionals in Washington, D.C. This is accomplished through meetings with legislators, testimony to congressional committees, and correspondence to key committees and agencies. Some of the hot-button issues we have focused on recently include climate change, spotted owl recovery, and invasive species control, including feral cats, pigs and horses.

In recent years, TWS has maintained existing partnerships and created new ones. In 2009, for example, we helped to launch the Coalition of Natural Resource Societies, a group representing more than 35,000 natural resource professionals from TWS, the American Fisheries Society, Society for Range Management and the American Society of Foresters. We also work effectively in partnerships with state, provincial and federal government agencies, tribes, universities, conservation NGOs and other professional and scientific and sporting societies. Such partnerships allow TWS to work with others to influence legislation or policy that affects wildlife and their habitats.

TWS seems to be doing well now, so should we just sit back and enjoy our success? Certainly not! The world is changing around us and if we hope to fulfill our mission and goals both now and in the future, we must be aware of and respond to emerging trends that have the potential to impact our profession. I see numerous areas where TWS can make a difference going forward, but due to time constraints, I’ll just mention a few here. Based on current trends, I believe that:

1. TWS will continue to improve its ability to educate key decision makers regarding wildlife management and conservation. 

Continued funding of conservation programs may become one of our greatest challenges in this time of shrinking government and fiscal restraint. There are also many policy challenges ranging from the impact of climate change and energy development on wildlife to the control of invasive species to endangered species recovery to habitat acquisition and protection, just to name a few.

Some people have argued that neither TWS nor individual scientists should be involved in policy discussions, as their job is solely to provide scientifically valid, but neutral, information to decision-makers. However, the TWS membership has thus far disagreed, consistently identifying TWS’ policy work as one of the organization’s most important membership services. Our profession must continue to promote science-based management and conservation. We cannot stand idly by or cede that role to animal rights or other non-science-based organizations, which have a very different and often highly unrealistic perspective on what our future should look like.

2. TWS will help to create and nurture the next generation of wildlife professionals.

Some 70% of leaders in our field are slated to retire in the next 10 years. TWS should, and in fact is, helping to create the next generation of wildlife professionals. Related to this challenge is the current lack of diversity in the wildlife profession. By the year 2050, the U.S. will be minority-majority nation, so conservation is unlikely to be successful unless we can diversify our own ranks.

TWS Council identified this as an important strategic priority in 2010 and Council and staff has done much to address it, working with federal partners and members. Some examples include the Leadership Institute, support for student conclaves, a state of the art on line mentoring system, a Blue Ribbon Panel on the Future of the Wildlife Profession and Its Implications for How We Train Wildlife Professionals, the Native American Professional Development Program, and a new diversity-focused scholarship/internship program that we will be administering for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. However, if we are to be successful, we will need to do more.

3. TWS will help educate the public and key decisions makers about the realities of wildlife management and conservation in a world dominated by human influences.

If we want to retain some semblance of wildlife and nature in a world increasingly dominated by human influences, unprecedented levels of population and habitat management are going to be necessary. For example, we will need to control populations of destructive invasive species or populations of native species that have overshot their ecological carrying capacities, impacting entire ecosystems. We will also need to mediate human-wildlife conflict, including wildlife-related threats to human life and safety and to local, regional and national economies. Without such mediation, we risk losing broad support for wildlife conservation. Furthermore, we will need to adapt to climate change, perhaps even saving species through captive breeding or forced migration.

Unfortunately, this comes at a time when the general public’s attitudes towards wildlife appear to be changing; primarily due to the influence of non-science based animal rights organizations, popular media depictions, and the Nature Deficit Disorder. Instead of supporting science- and ecologically-based management, our nation seems to be moving toward a “no kill,” “hands-off,” “let them be” attitude towards wildlife. While perhaps well-meaning, such misguided approaches could ultimately prove to be a disaster for our native wildlife and their habitats.

Wildlife professionals must therefore pay much more attention to the human dimensions of wildlife management and conservation and also learn how to better engage and educate the public and key decision makers about these complex issues in a way that will help grow understanding.

4. TWS will continue to support the North American Model, but also move beyond its current limitations.

The North American Model is still an important aspect of wildlife conservation, but its primary focus on hunting and fishing does not allow for the broader, more holistic approach to wildlife and habitat management and conservation that is currently needed in our contemporary world. We must, as an organization, also focus on broader conservation concerns, such as threatened and endangered species recovery, invasive species control and many other aspects of our profession that are not a focus of the Model.

Perhaps TWS should consider adopting Leopold’s Land Ethic as a philosophical basis for what we do. In characterizing the ecologically based Land Ethic, Leopold said, "A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise."

TWS is already moving in the direction of Leopold’s Land Ethic as a philosophical basis for its approach to conservation, as it is vastly more holistic in its outlook and approach. We are no longer an association composed exclusively of generalist wildlife biologists with a primary focus on game animals, but rather one of a wide range of interdisciplinary specialists, all of which are contributing to wildlife management and conservation.

5. TWS will continue to expand its strategic partnerships and work with other like-minded organizations to counter the powerful forces that are arrayed against science-based wildlife and habitat management and conservation.

One of the themes of this plenary is cooperation. I see cooperation with other like-minded organizations as being essential for wildlife and habitat conservation, especially at a time when so many powerful forces are arrayed against us. At the same time, the conservation community itself has seemingly become more fragmented and less cooperative with one another. This must change. Our native wildlife and their habitats are under serious threat and matters seem to be getting worse rather than better. Organizations that have a vested interest in conservation must cooperate more intensively than ever before, especially in the legislative arena.

In my opinion, a powerful grand coalition would be between sportsmen’s and women’s groups and mainstream conservationists. If nothing else, both understand the need for management in a world dominated by human influences. And both have a vested interest in the maintenance of wildlife habitat and biological diversity. Together, their political clout could be formidable.

Those are just a few examples of how our organization might respond to current trends; however, I note that these suggestions are far from comprehensive, and I predict that TWS will continue to lead the way for conservation of wildlife and its habitats both now and into the future.

In conclusion, we have our work cut out for us, both as an organization and as individual wildlife professionals. I’d like to quote Aldo Leopold, who more than 80 years ago, summarized the significant challenge that lies before us: He said, "The privilege of possessing the earth entails the responsibility of passing it on, the better for our use, not only to immediate posterity, but to the unknown future, the nature of which is not given to us." Thank you for listening.


TWS CELEBRATES ITS 75TH ANNIVERSARY

TWS 75th Anniversary

As part of our 75th Anniversary celebration, each issue of the Wildlifer will feature articles on the history of the Society. In this issue TWS Past President and Chair of the History Committee John Organ shares Aldo Leopold’s 1940 prophetic view of the profession.

The Wildlife Profession in 1940 as viewed by TWS President Aldo Leopold

TWS president Aldo Leopold addressed the Society at its annual meeting in conjunction with the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference on March 18, 1940. Leopold gave a “State of the Profession” speech to the assembled members. Looking back from 2012, we will see the prophetic vision we have come to associate with Leopold, and also recognize many elements that continue to challenge us today. Here are some excerpts:

“Some fear that we are getting too much research and not enough management into our journals… I do not share this view… Until we know more it is proper that a high proportion of our professional effort should go into research.”

“One of the weak points in our profession is the low proportion of private employment… I think there are more opportunities in private practice than we foresee.”

“It is encouraging to note that one erstwhile orphan, innocent of economic utility, is no longer high-hatted by his useful conservation cousins. I refer to rare species.”

“The research program pays too little attention to the history of wildlife, and our system of publications makes no provision for historical monographs. We do not yet appreciate how… important it can be in the appraisal of contemporary ecology.”

“One problem which now faces the profession is how to organize extension... Why do so many universities spend most of their wildlife funds and use their ablest men in training professional managers when the greater need is for wildlife courses for the general student body and for prospective teachers?... These are problems of educational policy far wider than our own profession, but the speed and skill with which they are solved will depend in large degree on the statesmanship of wildlife managers.”

“One of the ironies frequent in history is a group of men attempting one thing and accomplishing another. We are attempting to manage wildlife, but it is by no means certain that we shall succeed, or that this will be our most important contribution to the design for living. For example, we may, without knowing it, be helping to write a new definition of what science is for.”

“Our job is to harmonize the increasing kit of scientific tools and the increasing recklessness in using them with the shrinking biotas to which they are applied. In the nature of things we are mediators and moderators, and unless we can help rewrite the objectives of science our job is predestined to failure.”

“Our profession began with the job of producing something to shoot… We find that we cannot produce much to shoot until [members of society] change their ideas about what land is for. To change ideas about what land is for is to change ideas about what anything is for.”

The concern Leopold expressed over disconnect between research and management led to the creation of the Wildlife Society Bulletin in 1973. Concerns continued to arise over a sense that the Bulletin and the Journal of Wildlife Management were too similar, resulting in the discontinuation of the Bulletin in 2007 and the creation of The Wildlife Professional magazine. Protests ensued, and the Bulletin was reincarnated as an online journal in 2011.

Private sector employment for wildlife biologists is broad and diversified in contrast to the early years of the profession that Leopold described. Land management firms and private individuals hire wildlife biologists to manage wildlife for hunting, to restore rare species, and to ensure extractive uses comply with environmental regulations. Many environmental consulting firms provide services to private individuals and corporations in planning and environmental review and compliance. In the southeastern U.S., a number of private wildlife consulting firms specialize in developing land management programs for private land holdings to enhance hunting opportunities.

There are numerous non-governmental wildlife organizations that focus on advocacy, policy, science, or some combination of the three. Depending upon the mission of the organization, a wildlife biologist employed in this realm could be immersed in legal court actions, working the halls of the U.S. or state capitol buildings, or designing and implementing field research investigations.

Leopold’s observations came at the tail end of the Dust Bowl era, and that experience underscored his plea to change our thinking about the land. Today, wildlife professionals continue to be challenged in their duties by short term perspectives of others on what land should be used for. Energy extraction, human development, certain agricultural practices are just some of the challenges we face in wildlife conservation. Add uncertainty related to climate change effects to the list and it is daunting indeed. The profession has responded with greater emphasis on landscape ecology and broader geographic focus with initiatives such as State Wildlife Action Plans and Landscape Conservation Cooperatives.  

Much of the science that underpins these approaches has been vetted through our journals, and the diversity of taxa featured continues to increase. Symposia, workshops, and roundtables at our Annual Conference have been catalysts for providing focus on technical needs. Our technical reviews, position statements, and advocacy from our Government Affairs program have provided needed support. The evolution of our profession is mirrored in the changes in our professional scientific society. The Wildlife Society not only provides services and products; by way of coalescing all segments of the profession it provides vantage from which to gain perspective. It is that perspective that can help us address the challenges of the future.

Leopold added the following to his report: “In its external trappings of printed knowledge, our profession has attained in four years a maturity which might well have taken a decade… Thus we started to move a straw, and end up with the job of moving a mountain.”

Seventy-five years after forming The Wildlife Society, we are now faced with the job of moving a planet.

 

Historical photos needed

Do you have a historical photograph that shows an aspect of TWS history and its members? If so, please share it with us. We are compiling photographs and mementos for future publication in TWS journals and for use at the 2012 TWS annual conference. Please send any material you would like to share to Yanin Walker at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . Thank you.


POLICY NEWS

Invasive Species Coalition Applauds New Forest Service Policy
On January 31, 2012, The National Environmental Coalition on Invasive Species (NECIS), of which TWS is a member, wrote to U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Chief Tom Tidwell to thank the agency for recently adopting the National Forest System Invasive Species Management Policy. This new policy provides the framework for a future of strong invasive species control, including more effective design management practices and expanding upon efforts to eradicate or control existing invasive species and their associated damages. Additionally, the policy calls for the creation of a Handbook which will more clearly outline how the policy will be implemented in individual Forest Service units. This action is necessary to protect national forests and grasslands from the vast threats posed by invasive species. TWS looks forward to working with the USFS and other agencies on future invasive species management policies. 

Sportsmen Coalition Comments on Solar Energy Development Plan
On January 27, 2012, TWS and other organizations, including many involved in the Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development (SFRED) coalition submitted comments on the proposed Supplement to the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Solar Energy Development in Six Southwestern States (SPEIS), published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Department of Energy (DOE) on October 28, 2011. The comments only address new information that has been updated since the coalition commented on the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (DPEIS) in April 2011.

Within their comments, the groups conveyed issues, concerns, and recommendations that were raised during their “Sportsmen Speak on Solar” forum held in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 30, 2011. The coalition recommends that state and federal fish and wildlife agencies work together to set appropriate mitigation goals, wildlife corridors, create a review process, fill in scientific/knowledge gaps, and establish exclusion areas that protect sensitive species and their environmental needs, including sage-grouse, mule deer, and bighorn sheep. The comments also outline the need to increase outreach and community involvement, impose stricter deadlines, strengthen scientific elements, or limit the permitting scope all together.

Comments Submitted on Feral Cat Management in Fort Worth
On January 19, 2012, TWS submitted a letter to the City of Fort Worth, Texas, expressing opposition to the implementation of any regulation that would authorize the establishment or maintenance of feral cat colonies within the city limits, or use of trap-neuter-release (TNR) programs to control feral cat populations. Fort Worth held a series of public meetings in January to seek input on potential city regulations and ordinances to address the city’s growing feral cat problem. TWS further urged the city to pass and enforce ordinances that would prohibit the public feeding of feral cats, ban the release of unwanted pets or feral cats into the wild, and allow appropriate authorities to humanely eliminate feral cat colonies. In the letter, TWS pointed to research that shows the failure of TNR to adequately control feral cat populations and the negative impacts of such programs on the welfare of cats and wildlife alike.

Virginia Senate Committee Urged to Oppose Bill Allowing Trap-Neuter-Release
On February 1, 2012, TWS urged the Virginia Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources to oppose Senate Bill 359, which would allow the establishment of trap-neuter-release (TNR) programs in Virginia and would exempt program participants from legal responsibilities of cat ownership. TWS is concerned about the effects of implementing TNR as the accepted method of feral cat control in Virginia because of the serious harm it poses to native wildlife and potential negative effects on human health. Feral cats are non-native predators that prey on native wildlife and can be a vector for spreading diseases and parasites to human and wildlife populations. On February 8, 2012, The Virginia State Senate passed SB 359 by a vote of 31-8. The bill is now expected to move into the House for consideration.  

TWS Comments on Sage-grouse Conservation Measures
On February 7, 2012, TWS provided comments on the USFS/BLM Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to Incorporate Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Measures into Land Use Plans and Land Management Plans. In 2010, the species was designated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) as a candidate species for listing under the Endangered Species Act. TWS’ comments included suggestions to create a more complete preliminary issues list, including, but not limited to, the addition of topics such as wild horse and burro management, wildfire management, placement of fences, cell towers, and other related tall structures, and sagebrush management programs (mechanical and chemical). Additionally, TWS urged the agencies to create a more comprehensive preliminary plan through the exclusive use of peer-reviewed literature and better coordination of sage-grouse related research efforts between state, university and federal entities. 

TAKE ACTION

Comment on National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy
Provide your input on the recently released National Fish, Wildlife, and Plant Climate Change Adaption Strategy. Prepared by federal, state, and tribal representatives, this document marks a historic step in helping decision makers and resource managers better plan for and reduce the impacts of climate change on native wildlife and the people and economies that depend on them.

Public comments on the draft will be accepted until March 5, 2012 and can be submitted online or by mail to:

Office of the Science Advisor
Attn: National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222
Arlington, VA 22203


ANNUAL CONFERENCE NEWS

Portland Annual Conference logoPortland Annual Conference Call for Papers
Now is a great time to submit your proposal for The Wildlife Society Annual Conference. The 19th Annual TWS Conference is taking place in Portland, Oregon, October 13-18. All contributed papers (oral presentations) will be scheduled for 20 minutes, which includes 15 minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes for questions. You can submit your paper online here.

 


INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT CONGRESS

IWMC logoCall for Proposals
The International Wildlife Management Congress is taking place in Durban, South Africa, July 9-12, 2012. The deadline to submit a proposal for the IWMC is midnight South African Standard Time on February 29, 2012.

 

 

The one paragraph abstract should briefly state:

  • Objectives: Indicate the purpose of the study or the hypothesis that was tested.
  • Methodology: Include the setting for the study, the subjects, the diagnosis or intervention, and the type of statistical analysis if appropriate
  • Results: Present the results of the study.
  • Conclusions: Briefly discuss the data and emphasize the significance of the results.

Complete information on submitting a proposal, including the presentation type (paper, poster, symposium, workshop, or panel discussion) is located here.



NEWS FROM HEADQUARTERS

TWS Spring Council Meeting
TWS Council will hold its Special Council Meeting on March 11-12, 2012, at the Hilton Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia. The meeting will take place during the 77th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference. Council meetings are open to the membership. More information.

Warren Ballard Scholarship
A memorial scholarship has been established in honor of Dr. Warren Ballard at Texas Tech University. Warren Ballard was Editor-in-Chief of The Wildlife Society Bulletin (WSB) until his death last month. The scholarship will be for graduate students who exemplify Warren's drive and commitment to the wildlife profession. Donations may be made online.
 
Mentorship Center
Have you had a chance to register for The Wildlife Society Mentorship Center? If not, now is a great time to do so. This state-of-the-art site is the perfect venue for a wildlife professional to mentor a student or new professional. It is also a great place for the next generation of wildlife professionals to find a mentor that can assist them as they start their career. Visit the site

Celebrating Our Wildlife Conservation Heritage
The Wildlife Society has received box loads of submissions for COWCH (Celebrating Our Wildlife Conservation Heritage). Through the hard-work of unpaid volunteer interns, we have been able to post more than 50 COWCH interviews online.  View The Wildlife Society Vimeo Channel located.

Two Tips for Protecting Yourself & Your Family
Often we fail to undertake long-range planning because we believe it’s a complicated process. Here are two easy-to-accomplish steps that can cost you nothing, take only minutes, that will yield tremendous benefits for you and your loved ones.

  1. Review your beneficiary designation forms. IRAs, 401Ks, life insurance policies and even brokerage and checking accounts all transfer at your death through a beneficiary designation form. Often these forms are completed at the time the account is created and never updated through the years and changes in our circumstances. Review each of your beneficiary designation forms and make sure the loved ones and charities you designated are correct or make changes, as needed. When you do, please consider a gift to The Wildlife Society by naming us a beneficiary along with loved ones. Click here for a description of the advantages to you of such a gift and our correct legal name.

  2. Don’t forget your online estate. In the 21st century, much of our lives are transacted online. But without login information, survivors must go to court for legal authority to gain account access. The process varies from state to state and may not always require a lawyer but almost always takes time. The problem isn't just limited to financial accounts. Don't forget about email, photos stored online, and social networking sites, including any blogs you may author. Letting a trusted family member know that you keep a list of user names and passwords with an attorney or in a safe-deposit box is an important additional tool to consider. 

Taking care of these often overlooked steps can give you and your loved ones greater peace of mind and you will have started the New Year off right! For more planning tips, visit our website

Nominate a Colleague
Don’t forgetthe deadlines for TWS award nominations are coming up in March. If you know someone who deserves to be recognized, please take the time to nominate them for one of the many TWS awards.

Apply for TWS’ 2012 Leadership Institute!
The Wildlife Society is currently accepting applications for its 2012 Leadership Institute. The Institute will recruit 10-15 promising early-career professionals for a series of intensive activities and mentoring relationships, with the goal of facilitating development of new leaders within TWS and the wildlife profession. The focus will be on exposing participants to the inner workings of TWS and increasing the number of active leaders in TWS and the wildlife profession.

From May through October, participants will engage in a series of activities to develop and expand their leadership skills. Institute members will also attend the TWS Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon (October 12-17, 2012) and participate in various activities, including mentoring and leadership workshop sessions. The Institute is free, and participants also receive free registration and a travel grant for the conference.

Learn more about the Leadership Institute and how to apply.


SUBUNIT NEWS

Student Professional Development Working Group
The Student Professional Development WG just launched a new communication network for wildlife students! Check out the new OSCN of TWS. Sign up, get involved, and spread the word!

TWS Northeast Section Meeting
The Northeast Section will meet during the Northeast Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Annual Conference , April 15-17, 2012, at the Charleston Marriott Town Center, in Charleston, West Virginia. The Section Executive Committee meeting is scheduled for Sunday, April 15,  2 – 6 pm and the Members Meeting will be held on Monday, April 16 at 5 pm.

TWS Pennsylvania Chapter Meeting

Celebrating 75 Years of Wildlife Conservation: TWS and the Wildlife Restoration Program. March 16-17, 2012, Ramada Inn, State College, PA.

 


RELATED WILDLIFE NEWS

2012 Wild Felid Legacy Scholarship - Deadline March 30
The Wild Felid Research and Management Association (WFA) is offering two Wild Felid Legacy Scholarship to graduate students involved in wild felid research. Scholarship recipients are awarded $1,000 during summer and are recognized in the WFA's newsletter, Wild Felid Monitor. For complete information on the scholarship's purpose, administration, application criteria and application submission, please go to the WFA website. Application materials must be received by the Scholarship Chair by March 30. Questions can also be sent to WFA at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 



MEETINGS OF INTEREST

2012 Student Conclaves
Students, make plans now to attend one of the four conclaves this year.

  • Northeast Student Conclave, hosted by California University of Pennsylvania, April 13-15, 2012. Contact Frank Christopher at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.
  • Midwest Student Conclave, hosted by University of Central Missouri Student Chapter, April 14, 2012 at the Mingo National Wildlife Refuge. Contact Ashley Mertz at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information. Visit the Midwest Student Conclave website and read more information.
  • Southeastern Student Conclave, hosted University of Tennessee, March 15-18, 2012. Contact Dave Buehler at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.
  • Western Student Conclave, hosted by University of Idaho, March 9-12, 2012. Contact Cody Bear-Sutton at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

Joint TWS Texas Chapter/Southwest Section 2012 Meeting
February 23-25, 2012, Radisson at Fossil Creek, Fort Worth., TX
More information.

77th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference
March 12-17, 2012, Hilton Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia.
More information.

Workshop on Developing a Framework for an Undergraduate Degree in Natural Resource Science and Management

The workshop will take place on Saturday morning (8 am - 12 pm), March 24, on the campus of Colorado State University as part of the Biennial Conference on University Education in Natural Resources. No conference registration fee is required to attend the workshop only. More information.

9th Biennial Conference on University Education in Natural Resources
March 22-24, 2012, Fort Collins, Colorado at Colorado State University.
More information.

4th Human-Bear Conflicts Workshop
March 20-22, 2012, DoubleTree Hotel, Missoula, Montana.
More information.

First International Wolf and Carnivore Conference
October 23-24, 2012, Thompson, Manitoba, Canada.
More information.

25th Vertebrate Pest Conference
March 5-8, 2012, Monterey, CA.
More 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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