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Upcoming Virtual Workshops

  • Drone Applications for Biologists, April 15-16, 22-23, 2021 : This 4-day Expert Series virtual workshop is designed to provide an overview of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technology, regulations and image analysis in support of drone applications to biologists. We’ll discuss geospatial technologies for monitoring and mapping natural resources with hands-on experience on practical examples. To reduce Zoom fatigue, the workshop is taught in two parts. Instructors: Sean Hogan, Andy Lyons, David Bird, Debbie Saunders, Ann McKellar, Steve Goldman, Stephen Earsom. Register here. More information here . CURRENTLY WAITLISTING
  • California Rare Bumble Bees, May 4, 2021: This virtual workshop will address the ecology, best management practices, identification, known ranges, and survey methods for rare California bumble bees. Instructor: Rich Hatfield, The Xerces Society. Register here. More information here. CURRENTLY WAITLISTING
  • West Coast Sea Turtles, May 13, 2021. Sea turtles are among the world’s most popular and charismatic species, yet the public remains unaware of their presence in California, let alone along the western states all the way up to Alaska. This 1-day virtual workshop will feature the top biologists in West Coast sea turtle conservation and biology, and will address regulation, data collection, population structure, and the recent listing of the leatherback sea turtle. Lead Instructors: Robin LeRoux, Tina Fahy, NOAA. Register here. More information here.
  • The Bird Course, June 5 & 12, 2021. Join Drs. David Bird and Rodger Titman for a one-of-a-kind virtual opportunity to acquire a great deal of knowledge about birds with no pressure. Two jam-packed Saturdays, a week apart, will delve into everything ornithological, from how feathers work to how birds do it. Participants will come away with a basic understanding of how birds work, behave, and fit into ecology. Register here. More information here


  • The 2020 Annual Report of the Western Section of TWS has been published — read it here
  • In-Person Workshops Postponed Due to Covid19:  In an abundance of caution, we have temporarily paused our in-person workshop planning through the end of 2020 due to Covid19.  In the meantime, we’re working on developing online workshops.  More information coming soon!  Be sure to sign up HERE to receive email updates about upcoming workshops, trainings and Western Section news.

Watch our new video! 

Meet the Western Section Board – Be Part of Something Wilder!

Link to video on YouTube

Digital Access to 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting — Available to Meeting Registrants through July 31, 2021

Did you miss the meeting and do you want access to digital content? It’s not too late to register!  You may purchase digital access to the meeting platform — All on-demand content will be available until July 31, 2021. To register – sign up here. ($50 members/$95 non-members).  Link to more information on digital content available


DIVERSITY COMMITTEE FILM: Link to Diversify Wildlife Film  

We started this project because as a group we felt that, while the wildlife field has become increasingly diverse over the past few years, we still have a lot of work to do before we are truly diverse and inclusive. Our goal for this film is to show varying perspectives that people have on the wildlife field and the role that diversity plays within it. At the same time, we want to inspire youth to get involved in the wildlife sciences. We want aspiring scientists to be able to watch this film, see themselves potentially doing fieldwork, and be interested in environmental and wildlife issues. For this reason, we thought it would be a great idea to show what people are working on and the interesting wildlife species that they are working with. Our film showcases undergraduate students, graduate students, and professional biologists who represent different ages, genders, ethnicities, and life experiences. They also come from different backgrounds and have varied interests in the wildlife field, such as hunting, citizen science, field research, and public outreach or education. But they are all wildlife biologists, and are all passionate about helping the environment and diversifying the wildlife community.

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