Women are scientists and adventurers, despite the many images of men dominating these fields. Our panel discussion starts with women who describe female approaches in the field, from leadership to safety issues, and the benefits of diversifying perspectives in a work environment. Our discussion then leads into a showing of the conservation-adventure film ?Deer 139? (https://deer139film.org/) which highlights a feminine way of interacting and connecting with landscapes and people. Samantha (Sam) Dwinnell, a wildlife researcher at University of Wyoming tracking mule deer, along with a team of storytellers and adventurers use the film as a way to share their story of fieldwork and highlight how women successfully collaborate and work together. This film helps serve as a model for creating a welcoming work environment without compromising achieving tasks, whether tasks are data collection, peak bagging, or deer wrangling. The film kicks the notion that femininity is without grit?indeed, the two are inseparable in much of the fieldwork that we all do. We close with a discussion, question and answer period to highlight opportunities for making a difference in the field.
Organizers: Carol Chambers, Northern Arizona University,Flagstaff, Arizona; Samantha Dwinnell,University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY; Kathy Granillo,USFWS,Socorro, NM
Supported by: Women of Wildlife, Ethnic and Gender Diversity Working Group