Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Annual Meetings

2017 The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • September 23-27, 2017

2018 Western Section Annual Meeting

  • Hyatt Vineyard Creek – Santa Rosa, CA
  • February 6-9, 2018

2019 Western Section Annual Meeting

  • Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite – Fish Camp, CA
  • February 4-8, 2019

Western Section Workshops and Events

Yosemite 2017 Student Conclave

Basic Camera Trapping for Wildlife Workshop

Chapter Events

California Central Coast Chapter

March 14 – Lecture Series and Social Hour in Monterey
Lecture will be presented by Patrick Robinson who serves as the Año Nuevo Reserve Director and works primarily on how marine predators make a living in the open ocean by attaching biologging instruments (e.g. time-depth recorders and satellite tracking tags) to free-ranging seals and sea lions.

When: March 14, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Where: University Center (Building 29), Room 101 4314 Sixth Ave, Seaside, CA 93955

**Additional Information: Be sure to purchase visitor parking permits ahead of time (https://store.csumb.edu/products/daily-parking-permit) or onsitehttps://csumb.edu/sites/default/files/images/st-block-147-1452298063713-raw-campusparkingmap.pdf).

March 18 – Field Trip to Diablo Canyon – Members Only

This field trip will tour the natural areas on the North Ranch property that are not accessible to the general public. This field trip will be led by biologist Kelly Kephart and will include amazing coastal views, stops at different habitat types, and discussion of their prescribed fire efforts. This is a family friendly event (strollers are not recommended), anyone under the age of 18 is free. Adults are a $15 fee and will include a CCCC TWS t-shirt! Registration is limited to the first 40 registrants, please sign up here for each individual attending (child or adult). **After you sign up you will be directed to fill out an encrypted registration form that will ask for your SS number. This information is required for access to the property. YOU MUST COMPLETE ALL PAPERWORK FOR THIS EVENT BY FRIDAY, MARCH 3RD TO ATTEND.

When: Saturday, March 18th
Arrival: 8:30 am
Departure: Approximately 12:30 pm (bring a sack lunch and enjoy on the public trail area)

Where: Diablo Canyon Rd, Avila Beach, CA 93424

Additional Information: Members of the Central California Coast Chapter only. Not a member? Sign up for $10/year here. Only 10 spots left!

April 8-9 – Workshop: Declining Aquatic and Semi-aquatic Herptofauna of the Central Coast
Back by popular demand this workshop will include presentations by Dr. Sam 
Sweet and Jeff Alvarez on rare and common species from the California central coast region. Species identification, survey protocols, and field methods will be emphasized. Early Registration will open in March for California Central Coast Chapter members. 

When: April 8 – 9.

Where: TBA.

**Additional Information: Limited to members of Central California Coast Chapter. Not a member? Sign up for $10/year here.

May 9 – Lecture Series and Social Hour in San Luis Obispo
Located at Petra’s (1210 Higuera St). We are currently looking for a speaker for this event – let us know if you or someone you know would be interested in presenting!

When: May 9

Where: Petra’s, 1210 Higuera St., San Luis Obsipo, CA. 93401

Call for Presentations due March 8th
The annual Natural Communities Conference is planned for March 23, 2017, in the Liberty Room of Hodel’s Country Dining, 5917 Knudsen Drive, Bakersfield, CA. This one-day conference offers the opportunity to hear the latest research and management of species within the San Joaquin Valley and surrounding areas, network, and catch up with fellow biologists. If interested in speaking, please send abstracts to erin.tennant@gmail.com by March 8th. Like last year, there will also be 5 minute summary talks. More info coming later.


San Francisco Bay Chapter

March 18 – 19 Intensive Tracking Workshop with Jim Lowrey

Tracking is an indispensable skill to the field biologist and nature enthusiast alike. While tracking is largely self-taught (i.e. requires a lot of individual practice no matter how else you learn it), there are distinct advantages to taking one or more classes or finding a mentor. We are extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with master tracker Jim Lowery to offer this one of a kind intimate, yet intensive, training which includes both classroom and field components. Register Here.

Where: UC Monterey Bay Education, Science and Technology Center, and Fort Ord Natural Reserve

Who: Our instructor will be master tracker Jim Lowery of Earthskills. For more information about Jim, you can check out his website here: Earthskills

Additional Information: See the Chapter Website for additional information and to register for the workshop.


Western Section Board Meetings

  • February 7, 9am – 4pm, at the 2017 Western Section Annual Meeting

Other Workshops/Events

ADVANCED BIRD BANDING WORKSHOP  – The Southern Sierra Research Station is offering an advanced bird banding workshop in the spring of 2017. The workshop will be located in the beautiful Kern River Valley in California. This advanced bird banding class is designed to help participants fine tune the banding skills they already possess and to advance their comprehension of molt strategies and ability to recognize molt limits and plumages on birds in hand. We will spend the morning mist-netting and banding birds, and in the afternoon will have classroom lectures and discussions. The workshop will be between April 10-14, 2017. Workshop cost is $850 with a $150 non-refundable down payment. Housing may be available at an additional cost on a first come, first serve basis. Places are limited so contact us soon (EM: micelleatssrs@gmail.com with name, address, and phone number or visit http://www.southernsierraresearch.org/Workshop/BirdBanding/).


The chair of our Professional Development Committee is Jessica Martini-Lamb (jesmartini@hotmail.com)  If you would like more information or if you would like to be a part of the planning of any of these workshops/symposia, contact the individual workshop’s organizer. If you would like to see a workshop offered on a particular topic or if you have an idea for a workshop that you would like to facilitate or chair, please contact Jessica.


If you are involved with the organization of such activities and would like an announcement posted here, please submit the information to “announcements” at “tws-west” dot “org”