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Upcoming Virtual Workshops

  • 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
  • Career Builder Workshop Series, These events are MONTHLY and they are FREE!  From the first job to the last, professional development never stops. This series is Workshops and so much more meant to help our students find that first job, our early career professionals find that dream job, and our late career professionals find a venue to share their decades of knowledge! This series features a variety of presentations, workshops, and panels where folks who want help building their career can connect with people who have advice and opportunities to offer. But we also know that the connections that our Western Section members make are some of the most valuable benefits they get from being associated with our organization, so in addition to the more structured presentations, workshops, and panels that we offer as part of this series, we are also hosting more casual networking events we call fireside chats. Though these may have a theme, they are meant to be a discussion among peers as opposed to a group of presenters and a group of receivers.
  • 2022 Annual Meeting of the Western Section of the Wildlife SocietySave the date!  February 8-11, 2022.  Peppermill Resort, Reno, NV.  Call for Papers will open in the summer of 2021.

Watch our new video! 

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

Link to video on YouTube


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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