Scientific Concurrent and Poster Sessions

Call for Papers:   

Abstract acceptances were emailed out at 8:30am PST on November 29th.  Presenters, please check your email for more information.  The call for papers has now closed, however 

We are soliciting abstracts for posters and 20-minute oral presentations for the scientific technical sessions at the 2023 Annual Meeting of the Western Section of The Wildlife Society. Abstract content should be related to the technical session topics listed below, but additional topics may be entertained if sufficient presentations are submitted. The conference program committee will evaluate the submitted abstracts to determine the final concurrent session topics and technical session program. Oral and Poster Presenters are expected to pay the conference registration fee and cover their own travel and lodging expenses. See the Western Section website for registration rates and other conference information (coming soon in September, 2022).

Please know that submitting an abstract does not imply acceptance or guarantee a place in the program. Some submitted papers or posters will likely not be accepted because they may not be suited to the conference, encounter scheduling problems, or have other issues. Decisions to accept or not accept papers or posters are solely the responsibility of the Program Committee. The committee expects that your co-authors are aware of and have approved this abstract. 

We will announce our 2023 scientific technical session program schedule by December 2, 2022 and will notify all who have participated in the Call for Papers of their status at this time. Thank you, in advance, for your time and effort in the submission process. Sometimes our abstract acceptance emails end up in spam folders so please check your spam folders if you do not see our notification email by this date.

Note: Session titles may be added or changed at a later date based on papers received. If a group has the desire and sufficient participants to create a unique session please contact the program chair (Randi McCormick,

Oral Concurrent Sessions:  

Oral presenters may choose to participate either in-person or live virtually. There are limited spots for virtual presentations. All papers associated with the oral concurrent sessions will be presented from Wednesday afternoon through Friday morning, February 8 to February 10, 2023. Those who are presenting virtually will give their talks live over Zoom at their scheduled time. The concurrent sessions will be livestreamed through our meeting app so that virtual attendees can view the sessions. Oral sessions will also be recorded and uploaded to the meeting app after the meeting for online viewing for several months following the meeting.

Poster Presentations:  

Poster presenters must attend the Riverside meeting in-person. Poster presenters will set up their posters in the Riverside Convention Center Foyer on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 between 8-10am. Display boards will be provided. Posters will be available for viewing Wednesday afternoon through Friday morning during the Annual Meeting. A poster session and reception will be held Thursday, February 9, 2023 from 6-8pm. Poster presenters must be available at their poster at this time to discuss their work with interested viewers. All Poster presenters must also upload a .pdf image of their poster to the meeting app by Wednesday (February 8, 2023) at 10am for online viewing by remote meeting attendees.  An optional 3-minute video summary of the poster may also be uploaded. Posters should be no more than 44” tall by 44” wide and should be taken down on Friday (February 10, 2023) by 12:00pm.

Potential Concurrent Technical Session Topics:
  • Conference Theme Session – Community Science: Opportunities and Challenges
  • Conference Theme Session – Broadening Participation through Communication & Collaboration
  • Conference Theme Session – Future Directions in Wildlife Science & Conservation
  • Canines in Wildlife
  • Conservation Planning and Environmental Challenges
  • Ecology and Conservation of Amphibians and Reptiles
  • Ecology and Conservation of Birds
  • Ecology and Conservation of Mammals
  • Ecology and Conservation of Invertebrates
  • Endangered Species: Planning for Recovery
  • Justice, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Human Dimensions in Wildlife Conservation and Management
  • Impacts to Lands and Wildlife from Recreation
  • Innovation in Wildlife Science, Conservation, and Management
  • Inputs and Methods for Conservation Planning & Ways to Measure Success
  • JEDI Session (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Landscape-level Wildlife Management
  • Other
  • Public-Facing Projects
  • Pacific Islands Conservation
  • Public Policy and Wildlife Management
  • Waterfowl
  • Wildlife and Climate Change
  • Wildlife and Forest Management Policy
  • Wildlife Conservation and Habitat Management in Nevada
  • Wildlife Diseases and Pathology
  • Wildlife, Pollution, and Ecotoxicology
  • Wildlife and Renewable Energy
  • Wildlife Professionals: Agency Coordination and Collaboration
  • Wildlife Professionals: Consultant Case Studies
  • Wildlife Responses to Fire and Post-Fire Restoration/Recovery
  • Wildlife Techniques and Technologies
Abstract Submission Instructions:

Abstracts should not exceed 200 words and must adhere to format and layout elements provided in the example below. Indicate whether the paper will be an oral presentation or a poster, and if an oral presentation, indicate your preferred session. 


Preferred Session: Ecology and Management of Shorebirds 

Type of paper: Oral presentation

If a student, indicate if you intend to participate in the Student Judging program. (See below for more information on this program.)

Paper Title: Status and Habitat Use of Long-Billed Curlews in the Central Valley in Fall

  1. David Shuford, PRBO Conservation Science, 3820 Cypress Drive #11, Petaluma, CA 94954,, (415) 868-0371×310; Co–authors: Gary W. Page; Gary M. Langham; and Catherine Hickey

Abstract: The long-billed curlew (Numenius americanus) – a large shorebird of conservation concern at the continental level – is a migrant and winter resident in California’s Central Valley, where it concentrates primarily in agricultural lands. Despite recent estimates of the size of the curlew’s North American breeding population, little is known about its abundance and habitat needs at migratory stopovers and wintering areas. To help fill these gaps, we coordinated three broad-scale surveys of curlews in the central and southern portions of the Central Valley in fall and winter in 2007-2008 and a more comprehensive survey of the entire Central Valley in August 2009. In the latter survey, we recorded 20,775 curlews in 197 flocks. In all years in autumn, the vast majority of curlews were found in irrigated croplands, primarily alfalfa and irrigated pastures, during this otherwise arid season. More frequent surveys at the local level in Solano County and more recent radio-telemetry studies indicate that some curlews shift their distribution from fall to winter. More work on fine-scale habitat preferences and movements in the Central Valley is needed to aid in the conservation of this at-risk shorebird.

Competition for Student Awards at the TWS Western Section Annual Meeting:  

The Western Section of The Wildlife Society is pleased to offer six cash awards for students who speak in an oral session or present a poster at our annual meeting. “Student” is defined as any individual, any age, who is currently enrolled or has received a degree within six months of the meeting date from any high school, accredited college, or university (not limited to those within the Western Section). From high school to post-doc, we welcome your participation! 

The value of the cash awards varies slightly, based upon the number of students in the competition. In general, the more students who compete, the more cash we award! Please be sure to indicate when you submit your abstract whether you intend to compete in the student judging competition. It is your responsibility to express your intent to participate. By participating in the competition, you will receive positive remarks and constructive criticism from the judges (typically at least three), telling you what they liked and how you can improve your next presentation.  Link to more informationat 8:30am PST