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May 2017 ORTWS Board Meeting Snapshot!

ORTWS board members were hard at work during the May meeting in La Grande, Oregon. Meeting minutes coming soon!


Job Announcement: Restoration Ecologist

The Institute for Applied Ecology is hiring a restoration ecologist, start date as soon as possible. See the link below for more information.

ORTWS 2017 Annual Meeting Registration NOW OPEN!

Join us for the 2017 Annual Meeting: Conservation Collaboration across Multiple Scales at the Pendleton Convention Center February 8-10.

Get your Early Registration in! (closes January 18)

This is looking like a fantastic meeting. We always have pretty good meetings, but having had a sneak peek at the abstracts submitted I’m telling you all – this will be a fantastic meeting! Check out the draft schedule here.

For those that have others at your office pay for registration, it’s easiest to register yourself, then forward the invoice to your admin to pay online via paypal, by mail-in check, or by contacting our treasurer (me!). If you are an ORTWS member please log in with your email address to register! If you don’t know your password just reset it, and please use the same email where you get all of our ORTWS news.

For non-ORTWS members, join first and then register to get some great cost savings. This gets you the Member Rate, which is substantially lower than the non-member rate.


Oxford Suites

Promo Code: ORCWS. YES IT HAS A “C”.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

Promo Code: Oregon Wildlife

Best Western

No code, just tell them you’re with TWS!

ORTWS 2017 Annual Meeting Schedule


Program Schedule can be downloaded here

The general schedule (see below). Note times may adjust slightly, but this gives a general idea of “The Meeting”. Here are some general concurrent session topics that have been submitted so far; not all submissions are listed (yet!).

Wednesday, Feb 8

8:00 – 4:30: Registration Open
Associated Meetings:
8:00-10:00: ODFW Research: Mule deer
9:00 – 11:00: Oregon Raptor Monitoring
9:00 – 12:00: Pacific Birds/Intermountain West Joint Venture
10:00 – 12:00: ODFW Solar Energy/Wildlife Mitigation
10:00 – 12:00: USFS Biologist Meeting
10:00 – 12:00: ODFW Research: Elk
12:00 – 1:00: Past Presidents’ Lunch (invitation only, sorry!)
1:00 – 2:30: Plenary Session
2:30 – 3:20: Break and Refreshments
3:20 – 5:00: Concurrent Sessions
5:30 – 7:00: Student and Early Professionals Mentor Social
6:30 – 11:00: Welcome Reception

Thursday, Feb 9

7:30 – 4:30: Registration Open

7:00 – 8:00: Beverages
8:00 – 10:00: Concurrent Sessions
10:00 – 10:20: Break and Refreshments
10:20 – 12:00: Concurrent Sessions
12:00 – 1:00: Lunch (provided with registration)
1:00 – 2:40: Concurrent Sessions
2:40 – 3:00: Break and Refreshments
3:00 – 5:00: Concurrent Sessions
5:00 – 6:30: ORTWS Business Meeting
6:30 – 11:00: Social Hour and Banquet
SPECIAL FEATURE! 9:30 – 11:00: Bluegrass/Old Time Jam. Adjacent to the banquet, bring your instrument and join right in!

Friday, Feb 10

Friday is a day of Workshops and Field Trips!

8:00 – 12:00: Occupancy Modeling. Multispecies occupancy models are a useful tool for research and conservation projects. This workshop will introduce multilevel models; compare multispecies models to single species analogues; explore examples from both observational and experimental studies, including study design and sampling and with a focus on herpetofauna; demonstrate implementation in the R software platform; and discuss statistical inference about parameters and derived quantities from both frequentist and Bayesian perspectives. Workshop will focus on a worked example (stored in a R workspace) to understand manipulation of model output, including discussion and presentation of model summaries in tables and graphics. Workshop will provide data and code to run a multispecies model outside the workshop. Workshop content is designed to interest individuals with a broad range of familiarity with both occupancy models and R software. Participants will need to have R loaded on their computer prior to the workshop, although successful participation in workshop does not require a computer. 15 participants maximum

9:00 – 12:00: Wildlife Habitat Planning. Wildlife Habitat Planning workshop with the National Wildlife Federation. This workshop will focus on helping participants inventory and develop a site plan for their own property, or other small area they would like to target with habitat enhancements. 40 participants maximum.

9:00 – 12:00: Museum Tour (Off-site). Celebrate the history of our native peoples with this guided tour at the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute. Led by Bobbie Conner, director of the institute, you will also get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Curatorial Facilities. This is a unique opportunity to engage with our tribal heritage that not many get to see! 30 participants maximum. Meet at the museum.

47106 Wildhorse Boulevard
Pendleton, Oregon 97801

Blue Mountain Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Tour. Two slots, 8:00-10:00 and 10:30-12:30. Wildlife Rehabilitation is a challenging and often forgotten side of wildlife management. Blue Mountain Wildlife Rehabilitation has been at the front lines of lead poisoning to Oregon wildlife. Join Lynn Thompkins at her facility to hear the realities of rehabilitation and rescue. 20 participants maximum per time slot. Meet at the Center. All fees will be donated to Blue Mountain!

Blue Mountain Wildlife
71046 Appaloosa Lane
Pendleton, OR 97801

HR 5650 Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

Following the recent recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish and Wildlife Resources, Congressman Don Young (R-AL) and Congresswomen Debbie Dingell (D-MI) have introduced the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R. 5650) in the House of Representatives on July 6.
If passed, the legislation would dedicate $1.3 billion in federal funds annually to state conservation programs – a development holding significant promise for funding ODFW and the Oregon Conservation Strategy.