Special Events

Image Credit: USFW Mountain-Prairie

Image Credit: USFW Mountain-Prairie

This year’s list of Special Events are full of opportunities for networking, professional development, and meeting up with old and new friends.

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

The 1,000 Reception (by invitation): This annual reception is limited to members of The 1,000 who are leading by example to preserve the heritage of TWS and create a brighter future that ensure that TWS is THE voice of wildlife science, management, and conservation for generations to come. The Wildlife Society Manitoba Chapter
Aldo Leopold Reception: Congratulate the newest recipient of the highest honor bestowed by The Wildlife Society and meet some of our past winners at this very special event.  


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Careers with Wildlife Services and US Forest Service: Listen to employees from these two agencies talk about their experiences and learn about career opportunities  


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Contributed Poster Sessions: View more than 100 contributed posters on a wide range of compelling topics. During the refreshment breaks, contributors will be present to discuss their research with attendees. USGS
Donors Breakfast (by invitation): This reception is limited to Donors, Sponsors, and Partners of TWS who have generously contributed to TWS during the past 12 months. Green Manitoba
Field Trip – FortWhyte Alive: Bison, Birds & People Experience: You’ll enjoy three distinct learning experiences when you visit FortWhyte Alive, including a bison safari, a birding experience, and an interactive discussion and demonstration on the indigenous people and culture.  


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Field Trip – International Polar Bear Research & Conservation Centre: Tour the IPBCC research laboratories, educational facilities and housing and quarantine for polar bears that arrive from the wild or from other facilities. CBFA
Field Trip – Oak Hammock Marsh Wildlife Exploration: This amazing 9,000-acre wetlands area is also the home of Ducks Unlimited, Canada–one of the Gold Sponsors of our Annual Conference–and attracts more than 100,000 visitors annually.  


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Ignite TWS: TWS is proud to present our second annual Lightning Round – a unique way to connect ideas, engage the audience, and elicit discussion about anything and everything we’re passionate about in the wildlife profession. BLM-logo
Journal Editor’s Lunch (by invitation): This annual luncheon is limited to TWS Journal editors so that they can collaborate face-to-face and discuss topics relevant to the future of the publications that they create for the TWS members. Wiley Publishing
The Latest in Wildlife Services Research: Learn about methods development and research from the National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC). Presenters will include Dr. Larry Clark, Director of the NWRC, Dr. Stephanie Shwiff, research economist, Dr. Travis DeVault, supervisory research wildlife biologist, Dr. Antoinette Piaggio, research molecular biologist, Dr. Brian Dorr, research wildlife biologist, and Dr. Aaron Shiels, biologist.  



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Leadership Institute Reception: This reception is open to all TWS members and is a great opportunity to learn more about The Wildlife Society’s Leadership Institute. Mingle with this year’s participants and program alumni, and talk to TWS staff who coordinate the program.  


Manitoba Social Networking Event: Kick back and relax at a traditional “Manitoba Social” conveniently located in the Delta Hotel. You’ll enjoy local food and drink, music entertainment and a raffle with exciting prizes conducted by our Manitoba Chapter.
Night at the Museum Networking Event: Join us for food, drink, and plenty of opportunities to network while you roam this wonderful museum that takes you on a journey from the early days of Manitoba. Ducks Unlimited Canada
Photo Contest: You’ve been taking fabulous pictures all year in the field and in your backyard. Now it’s time to share your images with the rest of us! ENBRIDGE
Plenary – Balancing Conservation & Development in the Final Frontier-Canada’s Boreal Forest: This plenary brings together some of the world’s most forward-thinking academic, non-profit, Indigenous, government, and industry leaders in Canadian Boreal Forest conservation and management to give their views on the future of Canada’s Boreal Forest.  





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Fort Whyte Alive

Plenary – Why Do Wildlife Matter?: In this Sunday morning plenary session, the four speakers will share why wildlife matter to them, and in so doing, will hopefully stimulate each of us to develop answers for our own personal situations. University of Manitoba
Quiz Bowl: This event pits teams of undergraduate students against each other to see who can rack up the most points answering questions ranging from taxonomy to wildlife management. visitRaleigh logo color - high-res
Resume Review Sessions: Bring your resume to our conference and have it reviewed by a wildlife professional.  Resume critiques will be on the spot, cold readings and participants will be matched with professionals on a first-come, first-served basis.  


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Retired & Life Members Gathering: This informal gathering is an opportunity for retired and life members of The Wildlife Society to get together and meet with TWS leadership.
Student Chapter Leaders Breakfast (by invitation): This complimentary event is a great opportunity for student leaders and other interested student chapter members to learn what other student chapters are doing. Breakfast is limited to three students per student chapter.  


Student-Professional Networking Event: This is THE networking event for students who are looking for mentors, for career advice, and for contacts at potential future employers. US Forest Service
Student Research in Progress Poster Session: Check out posters in the areas of wildlife science, management, conservation, education, human dimensions, or policy by undergraduate, M.S., and Ph.D. students.  


Wildlife Film Showcase – America’s Darling: The Story of Jay N. “Ding” Darling: America’s Darling depicts the true story of how a nationally-known cartoonist changed America by influencing Presidents, shaping landscapes and winning the hearts of people. The University of Winnipeg
Wildlife Film Showcase – Emptying the Skies: Based on a widely republished New Yorker essay by best-selling novelist Jonathan Franzen, Emptying the Skies exposes the rampant poaching of migratory songbirds in southern Europe.
Wolf Capital of the World Events and Sessions:
TRAVEL PRIZE: Attendees will receive one entry form for each Spirit Way Inc. hosted event they attend.

  • Introduction to the Wolf Capital of the World: Thompson, Manitoba sits in the heart of the boreal forest and is building a regional wolf economy. Surrounded by an unknown and unstudied number of wolves, a local organization is undertaking many wolf initiatives ranging such as public wolf art, youth education, GPS travel adventures, research opportunities, wolf exhibit development, Human Dimensions research, etc. Is there an opportunity for you?
  • Meet & Greet for Opportunities in the Wolf Capital of the World Region (by invitation): A chance to meet and mingle with some of the key players from Spirit Way, Inc. who are developing a wolf economy in northern Manitoba and striving for a Best Practices model in “all things wolf”. They want to meet researchers, partners, educators, instructors, funders, and wolf supporters. The region is huge and the opportunities are unlimited!
  • Developing a Canadian Wolf Centre of Excellence (an interactive work session): Hosted by world renown Human Dimensions facilitator, Dr. Alistair Bath, this session will ask questions and seek your input in developing a global Wolf Centre of Excellence in Thompson. What facilities, programs, research, internships, cultural experiences, management policies, etc. should be considered?  How should policies and programs be developed to be an example to the world of Best Practices in “all things wolf”?















Travel Manitoba

World Premiere Wildlife Film Showcase – The Private Lives of Wild Creatures: Robert Taylor photographed Private Lives long before the hoopla of tundra buggies and “The Polar Bear Capital of the World”. Drawing from Bob’s image archives, this film explores the art and science of Canada’s Arctic, boreal and prairie regions. FPAC_EF_colour

Thank you to the organizations who sponsored refreshment breaks.

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