2019 Annual Meeting

*Important Update Regarding Government Shutdown:  Our 2019 Annual Meeting is on!  We have an excellent program for you.  We hope and anticipate that the federal government will re-open by the start of our meeting.  However, in the meantime, we are proactively figuring out a plan — just in case.  We’re in the process of reaching out to our federal attendees to see if second authors, etc. can present on the behalf of any federally employed presenters. We also have a long wait list of people who’d like to present papers.   If you are a federal employee who is signed up to attend or present at our meeting – please reach out to us with your non-fed email address so we can connect with you.  Note, our Tenaya Lodge room block expired on January 11th so any rooms that are cancelled going forward will be resold by the Tenaya Lodge at their high nightly rates.   If you have a room to cancel or dates you are releasing, please consider passing them on to someone from our waiting list rather than cancelling through the hotel.  Email candace.renger@gmail.com to be hooked up with our wait list.

Have you Experienced Last-Minute Loss of Personal or Employer Travel Funding?  TEN Annual Meeting Travel Grants Just Added  The Western Section is providing ten last-minute travel grants for the 2019 Annual Meeting at the Tenya Lodge. Each grant provides up to $400 in reimbursable travel funding (ex. transportation, lodging, meals, etc.) for individuals who are currently registered for the meeting and have experienced last-minute loss of personal or employer travel funding. Applications will be accepted thru February 1 on a first-come, first-served basis.  The TWS-WS Board of Directors has a desire to help federal workers impacted by the Federal Shutdown, but note these grants are not limited to federal workers.


  • Current member of the Western Section
  • Currently registered for the annual meeting in Fish Camp
  • Have had a last minute loss of personal or employer travel funding and would otherwise not attend the meeting.
  • Recipients must attend the meeting and submit travel receipts (not exceeding $400) after the meeting.

To apply, please email your request along with a short summary of why you are eligible for this funding to Richard.Burg@wildlife.ca.gov.

Note the Wamona entrance to Yosemite National Park is open during the shutdown to guests of Tenaya Lodge (plus locals, employees and those with lodging reservations inside the park) during the hours of 9am-6pm.  This is great news!  The roads are currently R1″ which means tire chains or snow tires are required.  Yosemite Ski & Snowboard is open.  Tenaya Lodge ice rink is open.  The park requires (and makes sure!) that all cars are carrying tire chains during periods of unsettled weather.   Bring chains from home and avoid backtracking to buy chains in the foothills.

66th Annual Meeting of the Western Section of The Wildlife Society

Fellow wildlifers, please join us at the 2019 annual meeting of our section to be held at the Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite in Fish Camp, California.   We have a wonderful slate of activities, networking events, and professional paper sessions scheduled that we are sure you will not want to miss.

Our theme and plenary session topic this year is “Death And Taxas: Extinction and Speciation During the Anthropocene.”  We find ourselves faced with death, the plight of declining to extinct taxa, the discovery of new taxa, and the rediscovery of taxa thought to be extinct. Extirpation, recovery, extinction, and rewilding: one thing they have in common is humans, one thing that differentiates them is the passage of time. To reach extinction, to resort to rewilding, means we’ve waited too long. In the Anthropocene, time is money, and the costs to rebuild a species from genes and spare parts can be exponentially greater than those necessary to manage a species in decline.  These are sobering thoughts in trying times, but the challenges are not insurmountable. Even as science marches forward, there is still time to remember the past so that we are not condemned to repeat it. These are the questions we’ll be exploring, using case studies from the past – the elephant seal, California condor, Xerces blue butterfly – to inform crises in the present – Sierra Nevada red fox, Lange’s metalmark butterfly, mountain yellow-legged frog.

TWS meetings provide many opportunities!    Present your research, learn from others, learn about the society, and network.  We hope you are able to join us to establish future collaborations, generate new ideas, and reinvigorate your enthusiasm for wildlife conservation as well as make new friends and colleagues.  We hope you will share your time with us and help us build a stronger Western Section of TWS.

Matthew Bettelheim, TWS-WS President-Elect
2019 TWS-WS Annual Meeting Chair
Certified Wildlife Biologist, Science Writer, Natural Historian, AECOM Employee