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Western Section Stands with #BlackLivesMatter

An important letter from our President:   Link to Letter


    • We have extended the deadline to submit papers for the Poster Session to Friday, November 13th.  (You may also still submit a paper for an oral presentation at this time, however it will be placed on our waiting list and we will notify you if a space opens up.)   Link to Call for Papers
    • We are soliciting abstracts for (1) 15-minute oral presentations, (2) posters, and (3) student research in progress posters for the concurrent technical and poster sessions at the 2021 Annual Meeting.
    • The Western Section is committed to embracing and promoting diversity and inclusivity in our membership. We encourage and welcome participation by professionals and students of all backgrounds and orientations.


  • Advanced Acoustics Master Class, January 14-15, 2021: This Expert Series virtual workshop will guide participants in improving their acoustic bat data vetting skills on the SonoBat platform. We will focus on methods to differentiate call and sequence characteristics that support confident species identification, and those that indicate when not to assign a species identification. The format consists of lectures and hands-on data workshopping. Taught by Dr. Joe Szewczak. More information here. Please sign up here.


  • In-Person Workshops Postponed Due to Covid19:  In an abundance of caution, we have temporarily paused our in-person workshop planning through the end of 2020 due to Covid19.  In the meantime, we’re working on developing online workshops.  More information coming soon!  Be sure to sign up HERE to receive email updates about upcoming workshops, trainings and Western Section news.


  • TWS-WS Board OF Directors – Summer 2021 Board Meeting Update:  The Western Section Board successfully held their August Board meeting over Zoom on Saturday, August 29. With fun Zoom-themed BINGO to keep us engaged during our online meeting, the Board tackled a broad range of issues and decisions on behalf of our Section.

Link to highlights which include a discussion about diversity, equity, and inclusion; adapting our workshop program to respond to distance learning and meeting member needs; developing an Ombudsperson’s program; and planning a Fall Symposium.

DIVERSITY COMMITTEE FILM: Link to Diversify Wildlife Film  

We started this project because as a group we felt that, while the wildlife field has become increasingly diverse over the past few years, we still have a lot of work to do before we are truly diverse and inclusive. Our goal for this film is to show varying perspectives that people have on the wildlife field and the role that diversity plays within it. At the same time, we want to inspire youth to get involved in the wildlife sciences. We want aspiring scientists to be able to watch this film, see themselves potentially doing fieldwork, and be interested in environmental and wildlife issues. For this reason, we thought it would be a great idea to show what people are working on and the interesting wildlife species that they are working with. Our film showcases undergraduate students, graduate students, and professional biologists who represent different ages, genders, ethnicities, and life experiences. They also come from different backgrounds and have varied interests in the wildlife field, such as hunting, citizen science, field research, and public outreach or education. But they are all wildlife biologists, and are all passionate about helping the environment and diversifying the wildlife community.

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