At our Annual Conference, you’ll find that the wide variety of special events that are available to you create networking and collaboration opportunities that are unparalleled. Through these events, students, new professionals and seasoned wildlife professionals alike will find no shortage of options for connecting with peers and colleagues.

Members of The 1000 mingle during last year’s The 1000 Reception.

The 1000 Reception (by invitation)

This annual reception is limited to members of The 1000 who are leading by example to preserve the heritage of TWS and create a brighter future that ensures that TWS is the voice of wildlife science, management, and conservation for generations to come.


Aldo Leopold Reception

This is your opportunity to meet some of the living legends of the wildlife profession. Everyone is welcome to attend and chat with this year’s Aldo Leopold Award recipient, along with some of the previous recipients of The Wildlife Society’s highest honor.  Don’t miss out on this chance to talk with some of the greatest minds in wildlife science, management and conservation.


Poster Sessions

This year we’ve added dedicated poster sessions to the schedule each afternoon. View hundreds of posters on a wide range of compelling topics, including both contributed posters and Student Research in Progress posters by undergraduate, M.S., and Ph.D. students. The posters will be displayed in the Members Activity Center, and researchers will be present at their posters during poster sessions and refreshment breaks for discussion and questions.


Quiz Bowl

This year’s annual Quiz Bowl competition will run several days. Initial rounds will take place each afternoon Monday-Wednesday, with the Council Bowl and Quiz Bowl Finals scheduled from 5-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening in Ballroom AB at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland. All attendees, alumni and fans are encouraged to pack the auditorium and cheer on their teams in what promises to be an exciting finish!


Resume Review

If you’re a student or a new professional, be sure to take advantage of a resume review where experienced professionals can provide constructive feedback. Reviewers will be available Tuesday-Thursday in the Members Activity Center. Please bring a copy of your resume to participate in this opportunity.


Student Chapter Leaders Lunch

Student chapter officers can use this opportunity to meet over lunch and discuss and collaborate on issues important to all student members of TWS. The Student Development Working Group will lead facilitated discussion during the two-hour event. Seating is limited and only three representatives (students and/or advisors) per student chapter may attend. Please contact Mariah Simmons with any questions at MSimmons@wildlife.org.


TWS Heritage Committee and Retirees Meeting

The TWS Heritage Committee comprises all TWS Past Presidents, all Leopold Award Recipients, and all TWS Fellows. That’s nearly 200 influential TWS members! President John McDonald and Immediate Past President Bruce Thompson will host a meeting for any TWS Heritage Committee or dedicated retired members who attend this year’s conference.


Wildlife Photo Gallery and Contest

You’ve been taking fabulous pictures on your adventures throughout the year, and now it’s time to share your images with the rest of us! TWS-appointed judges will select winners in nine categories plus a Best in Show winner. But all conference attendees will have a voice as well by voting for their favorite photos to determine the People’s Choice winner.