Evening Events – Welcome Reception, Poster Reception & Trivia/Raffle & More!

Tuesday – Welcome Reception

  • Tuesday, February 7:  6:00 – 8:00pm (food served 6-7pm)
  • In Person
  • Included in meeting registration at no extra cost

Join us in Riverside to kick-off the Annual Meeting and make connections with friends, colleagues and fellow participants.  Featuring icebreaker games, a Wildlife Photo Slideshow, and a Wildlife T-Shirt Contest. 

    • A fiesta buffet dinner is included in the meeting registration fee and will be served along with a no-host bar. (Menu: Southwest Caesar and Black Bean Mango Salads; Chicken Fajita, Mexican Rice and Charro Beans; And Stuffed Churros.  Special diets accomodated with advance notice by January 20th.)
    • Wear a Wildlife T-Shirt!  Prizes awarded for the best shirts in several categories. 
    • Tuesday evening will also once again launch our annual wildlife photo slideshow.  Submit your photos and enter to win a $100 REI Gift Card!    Link to instructions

Wednesday Members Banquet and Raffle – Plus after hours Wildlife Trivia, Karaoke, Games and More!

  • Wednesday, February 8:  7:00pm to 9:00pm
  • In Person
  • Extra Fee, $20.  Limited Space Available
  • Menu:  Whatcha Smokin’ Buffet – House smoked & dry rubbed meats: Tri Tip, Bone-In Quarter Chicken, and Turkey Breast. Creamy Pimiento Mac n’ Cheese, Sweet Dijon Baked Beans, Roasted Garlic Yukon Mashed Potatoes, Classic Caesar Salad, Watermelon Cucumber Feta Salad and, Fire Roasted Corn Salad. Served with Classic Sweet, Spicy Carolina Mustard and Riverside Hot Sauces; Buttermilk Biscuits, Apple Crumble Pie with Cinnamon Whip, and Smore’s Brownies & Blondies. Also includes Coffee, Tea, Decaf and Iced Tea.  

Enjoy a casual, relaxing evening reconnecting with your colleagues and friends while making new connections over a good meal at the annual meeting members banquet.  During the banquet, a buffet this year, we will celebrate and recognize individuals, groups, and chapters for their achievements and accomplishments with our Western Section Awards.  If you haven’t previously attended a Western Section banquet, now’s the perfect time to start a new tradition. 

Banquet Schedule:
5:30-7:00pm – No-Host Cocktail Bar
6:45pm – Doors Open for seating
7:00pm  – Buffet Open
7:45pm – Awards and Recognitions (All meeting attendees welcome to join us at 7:45pm for the Program.  Extra seats will be available.)
8:30pm – Raffle

After Hours Social & Games

  • Included in meeting registration.  No extra fee
  • In Person
  • Three Activities to Choose From:
    • (1) Trivia Night
    • (2) Games
    • (3) Karaoke

TRIVIA –  Join us Wednesday night  for some fun (and fierce!) competion – wildlife trivia with prizes!  

GAMES –  Want to socialize in a smaller group? Head over to the Game Room for some fun activities! Play charades, Pictionary, and Head’s Up. There will also be a table dedicated to sharing funny, interesting, or poignant stories. There will also be other tables with games like Bananagrams, Code Names, Exploding Kittens, and more!

KARAOKE – Back by popular demand!  Feel free to join us after trivia or games – we’ll be singing and having fun until midnight!


Thursday – Poster Session and Reception

  • Thursday 6:00-8:00pm (food served 6:30-7:30pm)
  • Included in meeting registration at no extra cost

An in-person poster session and reception will be held on the evening of Thursday, February 9th.  Authors will be available at their poster display to answer questions about their posters. The food and drink will be hosted by the Riverside Convention Center.  They are providing “Tastes of Riverside” hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets to each person attending the event with a choice of citrus themed cocktails, craft beer, wine or non-alcoholic fruit spritzers.  Posters will be available for viewing starting Wednesday morning through Thursday end of day.  For more information on poster presenter guidelines, click here

Posters may also be viewed virtually before, during and after the meeting on the Whova meeting app.  Virtual attendees may use the Whova app to ask poster authors any questions they have about their research.