The Society

The Wildlife Society

Western Section of The Wildlife Society

For more than 75 years, The Wildlife Society has been influencing the future of wildlife and wild places for the benefit of generations to come.

Founded in 1937, the organization’s mission is “To inspire, empower, and enable wildlife professionals to sustain wildlife populations and habitats through science-based management and conservation.” The Wildlife Society enhances our members’ networking and learning opportunities, professional and career development, and provides numerous ways for them to get more involved in creating a better future for wildlife and their habitats.

Our nearly 10,000 members include:

  • Scientists, managers, educators, technicians, planners, consultants and others who manage, conserve, and study wildlife populations and habitats.
  • Students who are pursuing degrees and experience that will enable them to become the next generation of wildlife professionals.
  • Supporters who help spread the word and take action on important wildlife and habitat issues.

TWS is an international organization committed to addressing national and international issues that affect the current and future status of wildlife in North America and throughout the world. Through our Position Statements, you can learn more about our stance on important issues in the areas of wildlife health, biological diversity, habitats, harvesting and hunting, invasive species, energy development and climate change, and human dimensions.

The Society annually recognizes professional excellence, outstanding achievement, and highlights contributions to wildlife science and management through our Awards Program. The first TWS award (Honorary Membership) was bestowed on J.N. (Ding) Darling in 1938, just one year after the founding of TWS.

TWS Leadership Team

TWS is governed by a 13-member Council.

The Council is composed of four officers (President, President-Elect, Vice President, and immediate Past President), eight Section Representatives, one from each of TWS’s seven U.S. sections (Northeast, Southeastern, North Central, Central Mountains and Plains, Southwest, Northwest and Western) and one from the Canadian Section, and one Student Liaison appointed by the Student Development Working Group.

Officers are elected by the full TWS membership. Section Representatives are elected by TWS members living in that particular Section.

The senior staff at the organization’s headquarters in Bethesda, MD includes an Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer, Director/Editor-in-Chief of Publications and Communications, and the Director of Government Affairs.

Our Mission

The Wildlife Society is committed to a world where humans and wildlife co-exist. We work to ensure that wildlife and habitats are conserved through management actions that take into careful consideration relevant scientific information. We create opportunities for this to occur by involving professional wildlife managers, disseminating wildlife science, advocating for effective wildlife policy and law, and building the active support of an informed citizenry. The Sacramento-Shasta Chapter represents and serves members in the greater Sacramento Valley and interior mountainous region of Northern California.

Our mission is to represent and serve the professional community of scientists, managers, educators, technicians, planners, and others who work actively to study, manage, and conserve wildlife and habitats worldwide.

The members of The Wildlife Society manage, conserve, and study wildlife populations and habitats. They actively manage forests, conserve wetlands, restore endangered species, conserve wildlife on private and public lands, resolve wildlife damage and disease problems, and enhance biological diversity. TWS members are active across the United States, Canada, and Mexico, as well as internationally.

The products of The Wildlife Society include essential, practical, and objective information for wildlife professionals. We provide research, policy information, and practical tools in print and electronic forms, along with vibrant professional networks that allow solutions to wildlife conservation and management challenges to be anchored in science.

Sacramento-Shasta Chapter

The Sacramento-Shasta Chapter of The Wildlife Society serves 23 counties throughout the Sacramento Valley and interior mountainous region of northern California. Our region contains a staggering range of ecosystems including valley floor wetlands, oak woodlands, a diversity of montane forest types, high altitude alpine systems and great basin sagebrush scrub, to name just a few. Collectively, these areas support many hundreds of wildlife species from Swainson’s Hawk to Pacific Fisher to Pronghorn Antelope.

With some trepidation, we know that California will likely experience monumental ecological changes over the next century. The people of the State will have to decide how to balance conservation of a remarkable biodiversity with social factors such as rapid population growth, sustained economic prosperity, climate change and an ever increasing demand for water. It will be the role of our profession to provide the best scientific expertise possible to help Californians intelligently tackle this challenge.


University of California Davis Student Chapter

The Wildlife Society student chapter at UCD is a pre-professional student organization that connects students to opportunities and present research, learn more about animals and provides networking and training opportunities for future wildlife conservation and management fields. As a club, we also take field trips to various natural sites in the Davis area and interact with other student chapters. Graduates and undergraduate students welcomed. For more information visit the UCD Student Chapter website.


Other Area Chapters

Other Student Chapters

  • Humboldt State Student Chapter
  • San Francisco State Student Chapter
  • UC Santa Barbara Student Chapter
  • University of Nevada, Reno Student Chapter
  • Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Student Chapter
  • UC Berkeley Student Chapter