All events are included in the meeting registration fee except those marked  *Extra Fee

All events in bold font will be livestreamed and recorded for online viewing after the meeting


Saturday, January 28

Virtual Career Saturday for Wildlifers and First-Time Conference Attendees
(Zoom Registration Link — Open to all, No cost)
10:00am to 11:00amIntroductions and Conference Run Down for First-Time Attendees, Students and Early Career Professionals
11:00am to 12:30pmWildlife Career Panel and Q&A
1:30pm to 2:30pmElevator Speeches Workshop
2:30pm to 3:00pmWrap-Up Discussion – Meet-ups in Riverside

Monday, February 6

12:00pm to 5:30pmWestern Section Executive Board Meeting (MR 8-9-10)
12:00pm to 5:00pmBurrowing Owl Symposium (Day 1 of 2) *Extra Fee (Raincross BCEF)
6:30pm to 8:30pmBurrowing Owl Training (Optional)  *Extra Fee (Raincross BCEF)
7:30pm to 9:00pmRegistration Packet Production (Exhibit Hall A)


Tuesday, February 7

7:30am to 8:30amYoga Stretch & Move Class (Lower Concourse)
8:30am to 12:30pmWestern Section Executive Board Meeting (MR 8-9-10)
8:00am to 5:00pmBurrowing Owl Symposium (Day 2 of 2) *Extra Fee (Raincross BCEF)
8:30am to 12:30pmFire as a Management Tool Field Trip *Extra Fee
9:30am to 5:30pmMGS Technical Advisory Group Meeting (MR 4)
11:00am to 1:00pmWallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing Tour and Lunch *Extra Fee
1:00pm to 3:00pmExhibit Hall Setup (Exhibit A)
1:00pm to 5:00pmWildlife Biologist Construction Awareness Training (WildC.A.T.) *Extra Fee (MR 5)
1:00pm to 5:00pmFrom the Mountains to the Sea: The History and Management of the Santa Ana River Field Trip *Extra Fee
3:00pm to 9:00pmExhibit Hall Open (Exhibit A)
3:00pm to 7:00pmRegistration & Help Desk (Exhibit A)
4:00pm to 6:00pmStudent Quiz Bowl, Preliminary Rounds (Exhibit C)
4:00pm to 5:30pmChapter Leaders Meeting (MR 3)
5:00pm to 8:45pmNo-Host Drink Station – Mingle and Munch (Exhibit A)
6:00 PMOfficial Meeting Opening
6:00pm to 8:00pmWelcome Reception with Fiesta Buffet – Wildlife Photo Slideshow – Cornhole Tournament – Games (Exhibit A)
8:00pm to 9:00pmStudent Quiz Bowl Finals (Exhibit C)


Wednesday, February 8

7:30am to 7:00pmRegistration & Help Desk
7:30am to 7:00pmExhibit Hall Open
7:30am to 8:30amYoga Stretch & Move Class with Kelly Holland
8:00am to 9:45amBreakfast Roundtable *Extra Fee
8:00am to 5:00pmSpeaker Practice Room
8:00am to 10:00amCA and SSN Fisher Working Group Meeting
8:00am to 10:00amPoster Setup Hours
9:00am to 10:00amWildlife Society Certification – Application Guidance
10:00am to 11:30amKeynote Address & Dialogue – Discussion on Free-Roaming Horses and Burros with Celeste Carlisle, Return to Freedom Wild Horse Conservation; Dr. Nicki Frey, Associate Professor at Utah State University, and Dr. Jim Sedinger, Emeritus Faculty at University of Nevada, Reno.
11:30am to 7:00pmPoster Viewing and Judging
11:30am to 1:00pmLunch Break
11:45am to 12:45pmTurning Sound into Discovery: Using Wildlife Audio Recorders as a Valuable Research Tool. Wildlife Acoustics Presentation and FREE Lunch — Register HERE
11:45am to 12:45pmHSU Alumni Meeting (MR 4)
1:00pm to 5:30pm

Scientific Concurrent Sessions

  • JEDI Session (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion)
  • War with the Newts? Interactions between Pacific coast newts and endangered amphibians.
  • Birds I: Owls
  • Mammals I: Ungulates
  • Mammals II: Bats
  • Reptiles and Amphibians I
  • Birds II
  • Professionalism and Ethics
3:05pm to 3:20pmAfternoon Break
4:30pm to 5:30pmForest Service Welcome Reception (Anyone welcome to attend)
5:30pm to 6:30pmStudent-Professional Mixer  
4:30pm to 11:45pmNo-Host Drink Station – Mingle and Munch
7:00pm to 8:30pmMembers Banquet  *Extra Fee In Person
8:30pm to 10:00pmWildlife Trivia & Raffle
10:00pm to 11:59pmKaraoke!


Thursday, February 9

7:00am to 7:50amBreakfast Roundtable *Extra Fee
7:00am to 7:00pmRegistration & Help Desk
7:00am to 8:00pmPoster Viewing and Judging
7:30am to 9:00pmExhibit Hall Open
8am to 12:30pm

Scientific Concurrent Sessions

  • Mammals III: Canids
  • Reptiles and Amphibians II
  • Addressing Conservation Challenges through Technology
  • Invertebrate Conservation
  • Reptiles and Amphibians III
  • Mammals IV: Mustelids
  • Birds III
8:00am to 5:00pmSpeaker Practice Room
10:05am to 10:25amMorning Break
12:30pm to 1:00pmCDFW Science Institute Team Meeting (By Invite Only)
12:30pm to 1:30pmLunch break
1:00pmOnline Auction Closes 
1:30pm to 3:00pm

Plenary Session – Challenge Accepted!  Confront Obstacles, Create Opportunities

  • Dr. Lisa Shipley, Washington State University — Conservation of the pygmy rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis);
  • Dr. Lisa “Cali” Crampton, The Kaua‘i Forest Bird Recovery Project —  Conservation of Hawaiian birds of concern;
  • Dr. Deana Clifford, CA Dept of Fish and Wildlife and UC Davis — Conservation of the Amargosa vole (Microtus californicus scirpensis).
3:30pm to 5:30pmSierra Nevada Red Fox Working Group Meeting
3:00pm to 5:00pmMembers Town Hall & Awards Ceremony with Celebratory Food & Drink
5:00pm to 6:00pm

Western Section Committee Meetings:

  • Professional Development Committee
  • Conservation Affairs Committee
  • Western Wildlife Committee
  • Students Committee
  • Diversity Committee
5:30pm to 9:15pmNo-Host Drink Station – Mingle and Munch
6pm to 8:00pmPoster Session & Hors d’oeuvres (PDF e-posters will be available for online viewing by virtual attendees. This event will not be livestreamed.)
8:00pm to 9:30pmChapter Meetings


Friday, February 10

7:30am to 1:00pmRegistration & Help Desk
7:30am to 1:00pmExhibit Hall Open
8am to 10:45am

Scientific Concurrent Sessions

  • Mammals V: Rodents / Lagomorphs
  • Challenges and Opportunities I: Species Recovery
  • Use of AI for Processing Camera Trap Images
  • Challenges and Opportunities II: Human Dimensions
10:45am to 11:00amMorning Break
11am to 12:30pm

Capstone Presentation with Joel Sartore, A TED speaker, National Geographic Explorer, and professional wildlife photographer.

Joel has spent decades documenting some of the rarest wildlife in the world and bringing the images and stories of these species to the public. And, with over 1.6 million followers on Instagram Joel’s wildlife photos recieve tens of thousands of engagements per day, introducing potentially obscure species to folks who might never learn of their existence. In his Capstone presentation on Friday, Joel will tell our Western Section about how he and other conservationists have Accepted the Challenge of wildlife conservation and science communication to be one of the most effective and well known wildlife photographers today.

1:30pm to 2:30pmMeeting Planning Committee Wrap-Up Lunch (By Invite)