Annual Meeting Workshops and Events – All included in the meeting registration fee!

Virtual Career Workshop Saturday

Save the Date – Saturday, January 28th!  We will host many of our annual career builder workshops on “Student Saturday.”  We’ve heard from students they would rather have these workshops before the Annual Meeting so they don’t have to miss out on concurrent sessions and other Annual Meeting activities.  And so they can meet other students ahead of the meeting to develop a cohort.  All workshops will be recorded and available virtually to registered meeting participants on the Annual Meeting app for three months following the Annual Meeting. Register Here for the Zoom Link.  This event is open to anyone and there is no charge.

Yoga Stretch & Move with Kelly Holland

  • Tuesday AND Wednesday, 7:30-8:30am 
  • Free, all are welcome

Join us for a morning movement class to stretch our muscles and wake our bodies up! Nia blends the expressiveness of dance arts, the power of martial arts, and the wisdom of healing arts. This guided class will embody gentle and playful movements and graceful self-awareness. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music, and are adaptable to every age and fitness level. Come experience the joy of movement, and discover how Nia is expressive, healing, balancing, and powerful. Yoga mat is optional.

Bio: Kelly Fitzgerald-Holland holds a black belt in The Nia Technique, and has been teaching classes for over 18 years. She incorporates her other movement training, such as tai chi, yoga, and tribal-trance, into her classes. She creates a non-judgmental atmosphere in which to encourage, inspire, and support each individual’s pursuit of integrative body-mind-spirit awakening, healing, and empowerment.

Wildlife Society Certification – Application Guidance 

  • Wednesday — February 8, 2023:  9:00 -10:00am
  • Free, drop-in
  • Led by Kelly Holland (GEI Consultants) AND Rhys Evans (Vandenberg Space Force Base) – TWS Certification Review Board

Bring a draft of your application (ideally including college transcripts), or just bring questions. Ask how, why and when to apply to become an Associate or Certified Wildlife Biologist.  One-on-one discussion is our intent, but that will depend upon how many people show up!   This is NOT intended as a formal session, it’s casual conversation; you do not need to be present for the full hour (but it is probably going to be ‘first come, first served.)

Wildlife Acoustics Workshop — Turning Sound into Discovery: Using Wildlife Audio Recorders as a Valuable Research Tool —  Presentation and Lunch  

  • Wednesday — February 8, 2023:  11:45am  to 12:45pm
  • Led by Mona Doss, Wildlife Acoustics
  • Register Here through Wildlife Acoustics, FREE includes lunch.  Limited seats available, sign up by January 20th.

Sound analysis is increasingly becoming a valuable tool for biologists, environmental scientists and managers to survey and monitor wildlife populations. It is currently used to aid in resource management, habitat health assessment, regulatory compliance goals, animal behavior studies and even documenting the effects of climate change. Recording sound with a bioacoustics recorder is a reliable way to meet these project objectives. Bioacoustics is a non-invasive, cost-effective and an unbiased method for studying animal presence. Biologists all over the world have made the Song Meter platform the standard for bioacoustics recording with over 50,000 recorders deployed in 90 countries. This hands-on workshop will teach participants the features and set up of Song Meter Micro, Mini and Mini Bat recorders to monitor for birds, frogs, bats and other wildlife.

The workshop would come with a boxed lunch of your choice; the food options would be:

  • Oven roasted turkey with smoked gouda, arugula, tomato on a croissant
  • Roasted beef with smoked cheddar, arugula, tomato, sweet onion jam on a pretzel roll
  • Thai tofu with napa cabbage, bean sprouts, cilantro, peanuts, shredded carrots with thai sweet & spicy dressing wrapped in a cilantro jalapeno tortilla.

— All choices are served with pasta salad, bag of chips, cookie, & a choice of drink.