Hosted by Ivan Parr (Western Section Workshops Coordinator) and Elizabeth Meisman (North Coast TWS Chapter Rep and Co-Chair of Western Section Student Affairs)

  • September 2021John McNerney – Lissi Meisman and Ivan Parr interview John McNerney, the Western Section Treasurer and past president about his role as the city biologist for Davis, CA. John’s discusses his outlook on the future of the Section, along with his passion for the rare species of Davis – Swainson’s hawks, burrowing owls, and the infamous toads of Toad Town. Note that when John talks about “before his time” when Ivan lived in the City, he’s referring, generally, to pre-2010. The interview was recorded in late 2020.   Listen Here!


  • May 2021 – The UC Natural Reserve System is a network of protected land areas used for research and education. Join Heather Constable, University of Riverside Campus Admin Officer for the Natural Reserves; and Jen Hunter, director for Hastings Natural History Reservation in Monterey County, to learn more about the land, the research conducted there, and Jen’s heroic feats during the 2020 fires that consumed portions of Hastings Reserve. Link to Podcast


  • March 2021 – Get to know the Western Section Presidents (Interview with Dan Airola and Kelly Holland)Just before the conference, we interviewed then-President Kelly Holland and President-elect (now President) Dan Airola. The podcast will talk about the Kelly‚Äôs tenure during the difficult year of 2020 and what now-president Dan envisions for 2021. The Western Section Presidency involves a three-year service, with each President also serving as President-Elect and Past President.  Link to Presidents Podcast


  • January 2021 – Meet the 2021 President-Elect Candidates – 2021 President-Elect candidates for the Western Section of The Wildlife Society, Randi McCormick and Katie Smith, were interviewed for an episode of our new Western Section Podcast (hosted by Ivan Parr, Workshop Coordinator). Link to Elections Podcast