The Western Section of the Wildlife Society

Monday: February 5
8:00am to 5:30pm Extinction or management of owls: the dilemma of the barred owl invasion in California* (Alexander 1)
1:00pm to 9:30pm Wilderness First Aid with Foster Calm* (Russian River Ballroom) (1-hour dinner break, on your own)
2:00pm to 5:00pm Registration Packet Production (Sonoma Mountain) New Time!
Tuesday: February 6
7:00am to 8:00pm Registration/Office (Sonoma Mountain)
8:00am to 3:00pm CA Bat Working Group (Alexander 2)
8:00am to 6:00pm Wilderness First Aid with Foster Calm* (Concludes) (Russian River Ballroom) (One-hour lunch break, on your own)
8:00am to 2:00pm Watershed Restoration Day with the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation* (Offsite)
8:00am to 2:00pm Western Section Executive Board Meeting (All members welcome) (Green Valley Boardroom)
8:30am to 5:00pm  4C’s: Cannabis Culture and Compliance in California * (Alexander 1)
Noon to 2:00pm Exhibit Hall Setup (Alexander 3/4)
1:00pm to 5:00pm Wildlife Biologist Construction Awareness Training (WildC.A.T.)* (Chalk Hill)
2:00pm to 5:30pm Story Circles Narrative Training DEMO DAY with Randy Olson * (Dry Creek Ballroom)
2:00pm to 8:00pm Exhibit Hall Open (Alexander 3/4)
4:30pm to 6:00pm U.S. Forest Service Biologists & Researchers Reception (Hospitality Suite #123)
6:00pm Official Annual Meeting Opening
6:00pm to 8:00pm Welcome Reception, Exhibit Hall, Photo Display (no-host bars open at 6pm, food served from 6:15-7:45pm) * (Alexander 2-3-4-Foyers)
Wednesday: February 7
7:00am to 6:30pm Registration/Office (Sonoma Mountain)
7:30am to 9:30am Breakfast Roundtable Discussion* (Breakfast served promptly at 7:30am) (Russian River Ballroom)
8:00am to 7:00pm Exhibit Hall Open (Alexander 3/4)
8:00am to 5:00pm Hot Drinks (Alexander 3/4)
8:00am to 10:00am Publishing and Peer-Reviewing Scholarly Papers: Process, Pitfalls, and Responsibilities
(Dry Creek Ballroom) New!
8:00am to 10:00am California Fisher Working Group Meeting (Chalk Hill)
10:00am to 1:00pm Northern Spotted Owl Interagency Working Group (CALFIRE, USFWS and CDFW staff only)  (Green Valley Boardroom)
10:00am to 11:30am Keynote Address & Dialogue (Alexander 1-2)
11:30am to 1:00pm Lunch break (on your own)
11:30am to 12:30pm Retirees Meeting, Bring Your Own Lunch (Hospitality Room 123)
Noon to 2:00pm  Poster Setup – Student Posters (Russian River Ballroom)
12:40pm to 6:10pm Scientific Concurrent Sessions:
   –  Alexander 1
   –  Alexander 2
   –  Dry Creek Ballroom
1:00pm to 5:00pm Speaker Practice Room (Green Valley Boardroom)
1:00pm to 2:00pm How *Not* to Give a Scientific Presentation (Chalk Hill)
2:00pm to 7:00pm Student Poster Viewing and Judging (Russian River Ballroom)
2:45pm to 3:05pm Afternoon Break (coffee/drinks and light snacks provided) (Alexander 3/4 & Foyer)
5:30pm to 6:30pm HSU Reunion (Hospitality Suite 123)
6:00pm to 7:00pm No-Host Cocktail Reception (Foyers)
7:00pm to 10:00pm Annual Members Banquet, Awards Ceremony, and Bucket Raffle* (Alexander 1-2)
Note: Those not registered for the banquet dinner may join us at 8pm for the Presentation, Awards Ceremony and Raffle Program.
Thursday: February 8
7:00am to 8:00pm Registration/Office (Sonoma Mountain Room)
7:00am to 8:00pm Exhibit Hall (Alexander 3-4)
7:00am to 2:00pm Hot Drinks (Alexander 3-4)
7:00am to 8:30am Coffee and Snacks with Student Poster Presenters (Russian River Ballroom) New!
7:00am to 4:00pm Student Poster Viewing and Judging (Russian River Ballroom)
7:30am to 8:30am Western Wildlife Planning Meeting (Chalk Hill)
8:10am to 12:20pm Scientific Concurrent Sessions:
– Alexander 1
– Alexander 2

– Dry Creek Ballroom
9:00am to 5:30pm Speaker Practice Room (Green Valley Boardroom)
10:15am to 10:35am Morning Break (includes hot drinks and light snacks) (Alexander 3/4)
10:30am to 12:30pm Resume Workshop: A Beginner’s Guide: The Basics of a Resume, C.V., and Interview Skills (Chalk Hill)
Noon to 1:30pm Lunch break (on your own)
12:20pm to 1:00pm CDFW Ecoregional Climate Adaptation Strategies (current CDFW staff only) (Green Valley Board Room)
12:30pm to 1:30pm Chapter Leaders Meeting (For up to two designated Board Members from each TWS-WS Student and Professional Chapter) (Chalk Hill)
1:30pm to 3:00pm Plenary Session: Communicating Science (Alexander 1-2)
The plenary session lineup includes former bio prof turned filmmaker turned science communicator Randy Olson, retired CSU Chico professor and science presentation guru Jon Hooper, UC Davis post-doc vlogger and YouTuber Mike Gil, and doctoral candidate in Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley Sara ElShafie.
1:30pm to 3:30pm Resume Critiques (By appointment, Hospitality Suite 123)
3:00pm to 3:15pm Afternoon break (Coffee/tea provided) (Alexander 1-2)
3:15pm to 4:15pm Member Engagement Committee Meetings (Alexander 1-2) New!
– Diversity Committee
– Conservation Affairs Committee
– Student Affairs Committee
– Mentoring Committee
– Professional Development Committee
– Member Communications Committee
3:15pm to 5:45pm Southern Sierra Fisher Working Group Meeting (Chalk Hill)
4:15pm to 4:30pm Snack Break (Dry Creek Ballroom)
4:30pm to 6:00pm Annual Business Meeting and Members Forum (Dry Creek Ballroom)
— Mariah Simmons, Unit Services Coordinator, The Wildlife Society
5:30pm to 6:00pm Poster Setup (Alexander Ballroom)
6:00pm to 8:00pm Professional and Student Poster Reception (and Silent Auction, which ends at 7pm New Time! (Light hors d’oeuvres provided to all meeting registrants) (Alexander Ballroom, Foyers)
8:00pm Exhibit Hall Closes New Time!
8:00pm to 9:30pm Chapter Meetings (students, please attend your local Professional Chapter meeting)
–  CA Central Coast, Chalk Hill
–  Hawaii, Alexander Foyer
–  Nevada, Alexander Foyer
–  North Coast, Russian River Ballroom
–  Sac-Shasta, Dry Creek 2
–  SF Bay Area, Dry Creek 1
–  San Joaquin, Hospitality Suite 123
–  Southern CA, Green Valley Boardroom
Friday: February 9
7:00am to 12:30pm Registration/Office (Sonoma Mountain Room)
7:00am to 11:00am Hot Drinks (Alexander Foyer)
7:00am to 8:30am Student-Professional Mixer and Breakfast (advance signup required) (Dry Creek Ballroom) New Time!
8:10am to 1:00pm Scientific Concurrent Sessions:
–  Alexander 1
–  Alexander 2
–  Alexander 3-4
8:40am to 9:30am Elevator Speech Training (Dry Creek Ballroom) New!
8:30am to 11:00am Wildlife Career Symposium and Graduate Student Speed Round w/ Elevator Speeches (Russian River Ballroom) New!
8:30am to 10:30am Resume Workshop: Advanced Resume, C.V., and Interview Skills (Chalk Hill)
8:30am to 11:30am Career Fair and Recruiters (Dry Creek Foyer)
10:15am to 10:35am Morning Break (hot drinks and light snacks provided) (Alexander Foyer)
11:00am to 12:00pm Job Interview Panel (Chalk Hill)
11:30am to 2:00pm Resume Critiques (By appointment, Hospitality Suite 123)
12:30pm to 2:30pm Sierra Nevada Red Fox Working Group (Chalk Hill)
1:00pm to 2:00pm Meeting Planning Committee Wrap-Up (Green Valley Boardroom)