The Wildlife Society’s Annual Conference is widely regarded as the largest and most important technical meeting for wildlife professionals and students in North America, perhaps the world. Each year, the conference provides roughly 1,000 educational opportunities for attendees in the form of scientific symposia, workshops, trainings, poster sessions, panel discussions and more. Topics span the full range of wildlife conservation, management, and research topics. 

This November, we will convene our 29th Annual Conference live and in-person in Spokane, Washington. The location is the perfect place to gather wildlifers for a week of learning, networking and engaging with peers and colleagues from across North America and beyond. Our last two conferences in the Pacific Northwest have drawn over 2,000 attendees. Early indications are that attendance will be strong this year as well. We hope you will consider joining us for this exciting return to our traditional format. Here’s a little bit about what you can expect. See you in November!


  • Over 1,100 educational opportunities through:
    • Plenary
    • Keynotes
    • Symposia
    • Contributed oral presentations
    • Panel discussions
    • Contributed posters
    • SRIP posters
    • Workshops & trainings
    • Innovation Center

Hilary Tompkins addresses the attendees during a plenary session 


Attendees make connections during a refreshment break at the Annual Conference


  • Meet representatives from various employment sectors at the Student-Professional Networking Event
  • Join alumni groups, TWS org units and more for associated receptions
  • Mingle with all conference attendees during refreshment breaks
  • Chat with vendors and presenters and at Trade Show & Poster Networking Events
  • Connect with other attendees and the broader wildlife community through the conference mobile app and social media


  • Stay informed at The Wildlife Society’s Fall Council Meeting
  • Pose your questions to TWS leadership at the Annual Members Meeting
  • Contribute your expertise at TWS Working Group Meetings
  • Test exhibitors’ products and services in our Members Activity Center & Trade Show
  • Participate in Student Activities, such as student presentation awards, resume review, career planning educational sessions and networking opportunities.

Members engage in a working group meeting during the Annual Conference

Please review our guidelines for professional behavior at the conference