Call for Papers and Posters

Call for Papers and Posters

Abstracts Due by Friday, October 26, 2018

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 6 to February 8, 2019. 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:

  • Ecology and Conservation of Amphibians and Reptiles
  • Ecology and Conservation of Mammals
  • Ecology and Conservation of Birds
  • Ecology and Conservation of Invertebrates
  • Ecology and Conservation of Bats
  • Ecotoxicology & Cannabis
  • Wildlife Techniques and Technologies
  • Wildlife Professionals: Agency Coordination & Collaboration
  • Wildlife Professionals: Consultant Case Studies
  • Wildlife Professionals: Trials in Research & Academia
  • The Anthropocene: Decline & Extinction
  • The Anthropocene: Speciation & Hybridization
  • The Anthropocene: Pathogens & Invasive Species
  • The Anthropocene: Recovery & Re-Wildling
  • Other

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 (Matthew Bettelheim,

A poster session will be held on Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 7-9pm with hors d’ouevres and a no-host bar. Presenters are asked to be available at their poster during the poster session to discuss their work with interested viewers. Posters should be no more than 44” tall by 44” wide. Display boards will be provided.  Posters should be set up on Wednesday between 2-4pm. The posters will be available for viewing starting Wednesday afternoon through the Thursday evening poster reception.  Posters should be removed on Thursday evening at 9pm when the poster session ends.

Abstract Submission Process:

The deadline for submission of both Oral Presentation and Poster abstracts is Friday, October 26, 2018.

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

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.

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 (coming soon).

We will review the submitted abstracts and will notify the submitters of their status by December 3, 2018. Thank you, in advance, for your time and effort in the submission process.

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

W. 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.

Competition for Student Awards at the TWS Western Section Annual Meeting:

The Western Section of The Wildlife Society is pleased to offer six cash awards for students who speak in an oral session or present a poster at our annual meeting. “Student” is defined as any individual, any age, who is currently enrolled or has received a degree within six months of the meeting date from any high school, accredited college, or university (not limited to those within the Western Section). From high school to post-doc, we welcome your participation!

The value of the cash awards varies slightly, based upon the number of students in the competition. In general, the more students who compete, the more cash we award!

Please be sure to indicate when you submit your abstract whether you intend to compete in the student judging competition. It is your responsibility to express your intent to participate. By participating in the competition, you will receive positive remarks and constructive criticism from the judges (typically at least three), telling you what they liked and how you can improve your next presentation.