Call for Raffle & Online Auction Donations — Wildlife Biologist Gear Swap

Link to 2023 Online Auction:


All funds raised with the raffle and online auction program will be donated to support Western Section Student and Early Career Professionals Programs

We are soliciting donations from our members, partners and meeting attendees for our annual raffle, auction and used gear swap.  Please contact us if you are able to donate to the raffle or auction as it is very helpful for us to know ahead of the meeting what you will be donating.  No need to contact us ahead of time if you have donations for the gear swap — just bring what you have to our exhibit hall. 

Wildlife Biologist Gear Swap — If you have any field clothing or gear that you don’t need anymore – consider bringing it to Riverside to pass on to early career professionals and students just getting started with their careers.  Donated items should be in good/gently used condition and brought washed/cleaned.  Any items not removed from the table by 1pm Friday will be donated to a local thrift store. 

Thank you!

This Year, Donate You

Every year, we reach out to supportive individuals and organizations like you in search of auction/raffle donors to support our annual meeting. In the past, generous donations to the Western Section raffle and auction have allowed us to help support the educational and professional development of the next generation of wildlife biologists and managers. This year we are excited to announce that we are expanding the scope of our auction to include member-donated experiences and items for our auction.

If you are an illustrator, a painter, a knitter, an author, an outdoors person, or simply a Western Section member with something unique to offer your fellow wildlifers, we are reaching out to*you* to see if you would be interested in donating an experience or item. Maybe you are an avid birder who can share the art of birding by ear, or an outdoors person who can lead a guided hunt. Perhaps you can offer a weekend getaway in your family’s summer cabin or a chartered flight to an out-of-the-way fly-fishing destination. Paintings, signed books, a wildlife-themed knitted beanie, and a locally-gathered and home-cooked meal are examples of “hand-made” items that members would love to have. Goods crafted by hand with love and experiences to share with fellow wildlifers not only can help support the Western Section, but also can help forge new friendships between members along the way.

Please contact Raffle and Auction Chair Susanne Marczak if you have any questions or would like to donate an item to the raffle and/or auction.