Fieldwork is a critical part of wildlife research and management. Most University wildlife programs, state and federal wildlife agencies, consulting firms and non-governmental organizations have safety guidelines for those conducting fieldwork. Some offer training. Often there are required forms to fill out, checklists to tick off, and lists of supplies to round up. However, there is far more to safety in the field than making sure you have a first aid kit and snake chaps. Especially if you are a woman, person of color, disabled, part of the LGBTQIA+ community, or at an intersection of such identities. This panel discussion will delve into several field safety topics, in an inclusive way, offering diverse perspectives and discourse from an array of speakers. The session will include the spectrum of physical and environmental hazards, including working in foreign countries, and dealing with remote, harsh environments. It will also include a discussion of field safety as it relates to the people and cultures you work with and/or around. The end goal is to raise awareness of the multi-dimensional nature of safety in the field and ultimately to make the field a safer, less scary place for everyone.
Organizers: Kathy Granillo, USFWS, Sevilleta NWR, Socorro, NM
Supported by: Women of Wildlife, Ethnic Gender and Diversity, International Wildlife Management – WOW, IWMWG