2017 Best in Show image “Mountain Sentinel.” ©Harkins

A wide variety of special events and activities support additional networking and engagement at the Annual Conference.

Thank you to our Special Events sponsors for making these opportunities possible.



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.

A Wild Idea – Human Stories from the Wildlife World: The Inclusion Diversity Equity and Awareness Working Group is committed to promoting the voices of underserved groups within the Society and the wildlife profession. As an alternative to the standard conference sessions, which are based on dominant culture traditions, we propose a symposium focused on storytelling, a tradition that precedes western science and belongs to all cultures. Our proposed session will be a venue for sharing stories that celebrate the diverse human identities and experiences involved in wildlife conservation. This naturally inclusive format provides the opportunity for contributors to reveal the full human experience behind the endeavors of wildlife professionals.

Careers with Federal Agencies: During this panel discussion, representatives from the U.S. Forest Service, USDA Wildlife Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Land Management will highlight career pathways and experiences in their respective agencies. Attendees will hear first-hand accounts of federal government employment and easily compare and contrast opportunities.This session is a one-stop shop for students, early career professionals or anyone who has an interest in careers with the federal government. BLM-logo

US Forest Service


Certification Application Assistance: If you’re qualified to become an Associate Wildlife Biologist, but are having trouble with your application, or need help getting started, stop by the Certification Application Assistance session. TWS staff and Certification Review Board Members will be on hand to answer questions. Check the conference schedule for times and location.





Conservation Affairs Network: The Conservation Affairs Network engages and unifies the efforts of The Wildlife Society, its 200+ units, and more than 11,000 members to advance wildlife conservation policy issues at the national, regional, and local levels. The Network creates a venue for streamlined communication, collaboration, and cooperation on policy matters important to wildlife professionals. Wildlife professionals now have an effective method for bringing their valuable and crucial perspectives into the policy process, to the betterment of wildlife conservation.






Leadership Institute (by invitation): The Leadership Institute is an annual course which provides leadership training to a select group of promising TWS members. It consists of intensive activities and mentoring relationships that prepare participants for leadership positions, both in their workplace and in TWS. During the conference, LI participants meet for private workshops, as well as a reception that is open to all TWS members. This is a great way to learn more about the program and mingle with program alumni and TWS staff.






Member Climate Change Roundtable: Join the newly-formed TWS Climate Change and Sustainability Committee as they host an open discussion on the topic for TWS members. This event will feature participation from several TWS Working Groups, including the Climate Change and Wildlife Working Group.



Members Meeting & Spokane (2022) Conference Preview: More information to come.  



Native Student Professional Development Program: TWS believes that one of the most effective ways to support Indigenous wildlife students is to give them the opportunity to attend TWS’s annual conference. Up to 10 individuals will be selected to attend this year’s conference as part of the program, which includes complimentary registration, conference mentorship, one-year TWS & NPWMWG membership, stipend for trainings, wildlife career panel discussion, networking events, exclusive workshops, and engagement with TWS leadership.


Photo 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 members and conference attendees will vote on category winners plus a Best in Show! Click here for more information.





Pub Trivia Night: Join us for this unique event to help wind down the 2021 Annual Conference! From the same organizers as the annual Quiz Bowl, this roughly two-hour event is open to all attendees. We hope you’ll have a beverage of your choice nearby as you tackle challenging questions about wildlife ecology, taxonomy, policy and recent events along with some general wildlife trivia (following Quiz Bowl tradition, you can probably count on at least one Monty Python question sneaking into the mix!). We dare you to “enter the room” for a challenge!







Resume Review Sessions: 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. Check the schedule for resume review times, and please bring a copy of your resume to participate in this opportunity.





Innovation Center, Sponsor Spotlight & Tradeshow: Our brand new Innovation Center will feature exceptionally relevant sessions that highlight the connection between our sponsors and trending contemporary issues in wildlife conservation and management. And don’t forget to stop by the Sponsor Spotlight and Tradeshow to meet with industry leaders and learn more about what they can do for you!




Student Chapter Leaders Lunch (by invitation): This luncheon, organized by the Student Development Working Group, is an opportunity for student leaders from around North America to connect and share ideas with leaders from other chapters. Participation is limited to three representatives (students and/or advisors) per student chapter. Contact Mariah Simmons with any questions at MSimmons@wildlife.org.




Student Roundtable with the Editors (by invitation): Join the Editors-in-Chief from each of The Wildlife Society’s three peer-reviewed journals for an engaging two-way discussion on publishing in scientific journals and the future of our very own publications. Don’t miss this chance to gain valuable insights about getting published while contributing ideas that could help shape the landscape of TWS journals for years to come. This roundtable is hosted by Wiley.



Wiley Publishing
TWS Awards Reception: Stop by to congratulate your peers and colleagues for being recognized as leaders in our industry!  



Wildlife Film Festival: The University of Idaho’s Fish & Wildlife Film Festival is dedicated to enhancing knowledge and stewardship of wild nature, including fish and wildlife, the wild landscapes they depend on, and the communities that they sustain. This year’s festival will be offered as part of the conference in collaboration with TWS as a way to share these amazing wildlife stories with more people than ever before. The film festival challenges filmmakers at all levels, from K-12 students to university students and professionals, to develop and share dynamic films that excite and engage for the benefit of nature and natural resources.


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