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Annual Meeting

2017 Annual Meeting

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The 2017 Idaho Chapter of the Wildlife Society meeting will be a joint meeting with the Idaho Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. The theme for the 2017 meeting is Common Grounds: Where Land and Water Meet. Join us for a week of education, collaboration, coordination, and camaraderie. Activities will include oral presentations, posters, special symposia, workshops, working group/committee meetings, society business meetings, reception, banquet, silent auction and raffles, and much more. Student activities include a professional/student mentoring mixer, a resume review station, and interview feedback station. With something for everyone, you won't want to miss this opportunity to learn about current research and management issues, network with your peers, and support future leaders within the fisheries and wildlife community!

The meeting will be held at the Boise Centre conference facilities in Boise, Idaho on February 28-March 3. Online Registration is now closed. Please register at the meeting.

A printable version of the pdf file2017 Joint Meeting Program is here.

Abstracts are not included in the Program. If you would like a copy of the abstracts please pdf filedownload or print these ahead of time, as you prefer. There will be a set of abstract copies set in a few spots around the Boise Centre for your reference during the conference, but they will not be available to take.


A smooth-running meeting depends on us all, and we have lots of options to fit your particular interest or skill set. These include:

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Anna Owsiak or Helen Neville.


Tuesday, February 28th

Meeting and workshop registration
AV Table Open
Idaho Bat Working Group
Vendor/Poster setup
AFS/TWS Joint ExCom meeting
Volunteer meeting
Welcome Social

Wednesday, March 1st

Continental breakfast
AV table open
Vendor and poster displays
Welcome and plenary
AFS committee meetings
Special symposia (Concurrent)
Creature Crawl run/walk
Student/professional mixer

Thursday, March 2nd

Continental breakfast
Meeting registration
AV table open
Vendor and poster displays
Contributed presentations
AFS/TWS separate business luncheons
Contributed presentations
Poster session
Banquet and fundraiser/auction

Friday, March 3rd

Continental breakfast
Meeting registration
AV table open
Contributed presentations
Best paper awards and closing remarks
AFS ExCom post meeting wrap-up

Special Symposia


Merging of Aquatic and Terrestrial Habitats -- Principles to Improve Success
Registration Limit: 50

This workshop will discuss the basic stream bank forces, selection and techniques of riparian planting that can make or break a successful riparian restoration project. We will discuss aquatic habitat needs and the influence vegetation has in providing quality habitat. Also covered will be the selection of the most appropriate plants, aquatic and terrestrial life preferences of vegetation, and the structure and composition of successful planting projects. Examples of implemented projects and techniques will be shown along with a discussion of lessons learned. After this morning session at the Boise Centre the class will conclude with an afternoon field trip to visit instream and riparian projects implemented on the Boise River in an urban setting. Transportation for the field trip will be provided. Presented by Jeanne McFall, PE, Roger Rosentreter, PhD, and final speaker TBD.

Registration Limit: 20

Ever wonder what happens to all those tissue samples that get shipped to Eagle Fish Health labs for processing? Welcome to this year's hands-on Aquaculture Committee Continuing Education Workshop at the Eagle Fish Health Lab and find out. IDFG Fish Pathologists will be leading class necropsies and dissections and preparing samples to take into the lab where IDFG microbiologists will demonstrate various tests and procedures involved in detecting fish pathogens. If time allows, we will discuss new updates to VFD treatments and tour the new wildlife health lab. Space is limited for this all-day workshop and we will only be able to offer this opportunity to 20 students, so sign up ASAP. Lunch is provided. Transportation to and from the lab is not provided (carpooling options will be available). Workshop location is 1800 Trout Road, Eagle, ID.

Introduction to Program R
Registration Limit: 50

Program R is a powerful, flexible, and free data analysis package that is seeing increasing use in fisheries and Wildlife. Learn how to import and export data, run common statistical tests, and graphically display results. Example datasets from both fishery and wildlife applications will be provided. This workshop will be presented by Brett Roper of the USFS National Stream and Aquatic Ecology Center, and Jon Horne of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Wildlife Research Section. This is an all-day workshop with a break for on-your-own lunch.

Amphibian Identification
Registration Limit: 50

The Amphibians of Idaho workshop, presented by Chuck Peterson of Idaho State University, will use live animals, preserved specimens, audio recordings, and slide presentations to show how to identify Idaho's amphibian species and learn about their distribution, habitat relationships, and activity patterns. This is a half-day, afternoon workshop.

Technical Manuscript Editing and Review - Surviving Peer Review
Registration Limit: 50

In this workshop, we'll review the basics of technical articles and then launch into an in-depth discussion of the peer-review process, roles and responsibilities of reviewers and editors, how constructive reviews can help authors achieve the goals of scientific writing, and recommendations for shepherding a manuscript through the revision and resubmission process. This is a half-day, morning workshop presented by Jesse Trushenski of Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Jesse is an associate editor for Fisheries as well as the North American Journal of Aquaculture.

Endangered Species Act (ESA) Overview and Section 7 Consultation
Registration Limit: 50

This workshop, presented by Janice Engel of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will provide an introduction to the ESA, its purpose and sections, and then focus in on the parts most relevant to partners and agencies - Section 7 consultation. We will explore the regulatory process to better understand how consultation works, and we'll provide a framework for hitting the mark when developing a Biological Assessment (the document for initiating consultation). This is a half-day, afternoon workshop.

Career Development Training
Registration Limit: 50

We will discuss information to include (and not to include) on a resume, the structure and visual appeal of a resume; as well as advice on applying for jobs, interviewing, and mentoring skills. This will be an afternoon presentation from 2pm - 4pm. The workshop is organized by the mentoring committee and the presentation will be provided by Jericho Whiting, Professor of Wildlife Ecology, BYU-I. This workshop will provide helpful information to help you get a job and will be followed up with a resume and mock interview booth available on a walk in basis the following day.

Student Activities

Online Registration is now closed. Please register at the meeting.

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