Call for Papers

Call for Papers

The deadline for submission of both Oral Presentation and Poster abstracts is Thursday, October 26, 2017 

We are soliciting abstracts for posters and 20-minute oral presentations for the concurrent technical and poster sessions.  Abstract content should be related to technical session topics listed below, but additional topics may be entertained if sufficient presentations are submitted.  Presentations may consist of either final or interim original research results.  The conference program and session chairs will evaluate submitted abstracts to determine final concurrent session topics.

All papers associated with the general meeting will be presented Wednesday afternoon through Friday morning, February 7 to February 9, 2018.  In general, presenters should expect to speak for no more than 17 minutes, allowing for an introduction and limited Q&A after each presentation.  

Concurrent Technical Session topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Wildlife and Climate Change
  • Ecology and Conservation of Amphibians and Reptiles
  • Ecology and Conservation of Birds
  • Ecology and Conservation of SeabirdsDSC 4989
  • Ecology and Conservation of Shorebirds
  • Ecology and Conservation of Mammals
  • Wildlife Techniques and Technologies
  • Endangered Species Recovery
  • Wildlife Health and Disease Ecology
  • Wildlife and Renewable Energy
  • Communicating Science to Diverse Audiences
  • Urban Wildlife Management
  • Genetic Techniques in Wildlife Research and Management
  • Wildlife and Managed Forests
  • Wildlife, Pollution, and Ecotoxicology
  • Conservation Banks and Easements
  • Public Policy and Wildlife Management
  • Human Diversity and Wildlife Conservation

Note:  Session titles may be added or changed at a later date based on papers received.  If a group has the desire and sufficient participants to create a unique session please contact the program chair (Jeff Davis,

Check back here in early December for an updated list of final technical sessions and the talk schedule.

Two poster sessions will be held at the 2018 Annual Meeting.  Both poster sessions will be held on Thursday, February 8, 2018.  The first will be a morning poster session with coffee/hot drinks and a continental breakfast buffet from 7-8:30am.  The second will be an evening poster session from 6-8pm with hors d’ouevres and a no-host bar.  Presenters are asked to be available at their poster at one or both of these poster sessions to discuss their work with interested viewers. Posters should be set up on Wednesday between Noon and 2pm.  They will be available for viewing Wednesday afternoon through the Thursday evening poster reception.  Posters should be no more than 44” tall by 44” wide.  Display boards will be provided.  Posters should be removed on Thursday evening at 8pm.

Oral and Poster Presenters are expected to pay the conference registration fee and cover their own travel and lodging expenses.

Abstract Submission Process:

Please submit abstracts electronically by filling out the interactive form on the Section website at:

The deadline for submission of both Oral Presentation and Poster abstracts is Thursday, October 26, 2017.  

Abstracts should not exceed 200 words and must adhere to format and layout elements provided in the example below.  Indicate whether the paper will be an oral presentation or a poster, and if an oral presentation, indicate your preferred session.  

Student presentations may be eligible for cash awards.  Students must indicate their intent to compete for these awards.  Additional eligibility information available at

Oral and Poster Presenters are expected to pay the conference registration fee and cover their own travel and lodging expenses.  See the Western Section website for registration and other conference information.  

We will review the submitted abstracts and will notify the submitters of their status by December 4, 2017.  Thank you, in advance, for your time and effort in the submission process.

Abstract Example:

Preferred Session:  Ecology and Management of Shorebirds

Type of paper:  Oral presentation

If a student, indicate if you intend to participate in the Student Judging.

Paper Title:  Status and Habitat Use of Long-Billed Curlews in the Central Valley in Fall

David Shuford, PRBO Conservation Science, 3820 Cypress Drive #11, Petaluma, CA 94954,, (415) 868-0371×310; Co–authors: Gary W. Page; Gary M. Langham; and Catherine Hickey

Abstract: The long-billed curlew (Numenius americanus) – a large shorebird of conservation concern at the continental level – is a migrant and winter resident in California’s Central Valley, where it concentrates primarily in agricultural lands. Despite recent estimates of the size of the curlew’s North American breeding population, little is known about its abundance and habitat needs at migratory stopovers and wintering areas. To help fill these gaps, we coordinated three broad-scale surveys of curlews in the central and southern portions of the Central Valley in fall and winter in 2007-2008 and a more comprehensive survey of the entire Central Valley in August 2009. On the latter survey, we recorded 20,775 curlews in 197 flocks. In all years in autumn, the vast majority of curlews were found in irrigated croplands, primarily alfalfa and irrigated pastures, during this otherwise arid season. More frequent surveys at the local level in Solano County and more recent radio-telemetry studies indicate that some curlews shift their distribution from fall to winter. More work on fine-scale habitat preferences and movements in the Central Valley is needed to aid in the conservation of this at-risk shorebird.

Call for Session Chairpersons:

We are seeking individuals who are interested in volunteering to serve as the chairperson for the technical sessions. The session chair will help select abstracts to accept and coordinate with presenters. They will moderate the technical session at the conference. If you are interested, please contact President-Elect and Meeting Chairperson:  Jeff Davis,