Category Archives: Workshops

Trapping Matters Workshop

Modern wildlife management was born from hunting and trapping needs, and trapping today is still needed for wildlife research, population management, and as a recreational activity that gets people outdoors and interested in wildlife. But times, they are a’changing, and controversies are arising around trapping. Many wildlife professionals shy away from trapping-related discussions because it is considered a controversial wildlife management technique. Yet, it is essential that wildlife professionals understand the diverse ways that regulated trapping provides environmental & social benefits.

This workshop will help you understand trapping in today’s times, learn to utilize trapping, and also how to talk about it with other wildlife professionals and the public. Participants will leave with scientifically sound information & be trained in skills that will make them effective communicators on this subject.

When: July 13 9-5

Where: Deschutes National Forest Supervisor’s Office, 63095 Deschutes Market Road, Bend, OR 97701

To register, log in to your member account! The event should be listed for you after you log in. You can also go directly to the registration page. This event is FREE thanks to a grant from the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation. Spots are limited, so sign up and secure your seat!

Note! Travel grants are available! Contact Bryant White (BWhite@fishwildlife.org) for details!

SAVE THE DATE! We are coming to Pendleton!

ORTWS 2017 Annual Meeting is making a long over-due trip to PENDLETON, OREGON!

Get your research ready and save the date! February 7-10, 2017. Note that Feb 7 is a Tuesday, and for most of us will be a “travel” day. Tentative start date of conference is Wednesday per our usual schedule.

If you have awesome ideas for symposia, field trips, or workshops that will suite our Pendleton location please bring them forward to our Annual Meeting planning committee.

Other things to start thinking about:

  • Donate a raffle item to support ORTWS grants!
  • Got some interesting research or field work going on? Make it a poster or presentation and help your fellow wildlifers learn techniques and ideas.
  • Elections! ORTWS is seeking a new treasurer to take over for Smaug – uh… we mean Vee. Get some budget experience to bolster that project management portfolio! Ability to use spreadsheets, the internet and email, learn Quicken, and lick stamps needed.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

Join ORTWS for our 50th Annual Meeting February 3-5 at the Seaside Convention Center!

Registration is now open! 

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. If you are an ORTWS member please log in with your email address to sign up! 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 and register at the same time! This gets you the Member Rate, which is substantially lower than the non-member rate.

A draft schedule is available, and our Call for Papers and Presentations is still calling! Plus Awards and Elections.

Crab dinner is for realz.

 

Hunting with Non-lead Ammunition: Preserving hunting and wildlife for Oregon’s Future

This workshop will provide Pacific Northwest hunters and wildlife professionals with an interactive forum to learn about and discuss the effects of lead ingestion on wildlife in Oregon, the ballistics of non-lead ammunition, and ways to reduce lead’s impact on wildlife. Panel discussions will provide participants with opportunities to share their experiences and contribute ideas towards a strategy to reduce the availability of lead from ammunition to wildlife in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Topics include:

  • Overview of lead and wildlife issues in other states
  • Current field research in Oregon
  • Hunter opinions, attitudes, and experiences
  • Ballistics and effectiveness of non-lead ammunition
  • Engaging hunters to help solve the problem

Agenda

9:00 am to 12:00 pm: Morning Session: Overview of wildlife exposure to lead from ammunition, challenges of changing to non-lead ammunition and performance of non-lead ammunition

9:00 – 9:05 Teri Dresler, Oregon Zoo
Welcome and introductions

9:05 – 9:10 Oregon Chapter of the Wildlife Society
Opening Remarks, introduction to morning session

9:10 – 9:35 Chris Parish, Peregrine Fund
Overview and personal experience of research and voluntary outreach in Arizona. Why should sportsmen engage in this issue?

9:35 – 10:00 Dana Sanchez, Oregon State University
Oregon hunter survey results

10:00 – 10:25 Eric Pederson, ballistician and firearms expert (formerly Barnes Bullets)
Ballistics of non-lead bullets

10:25 – 10:50 Murphy McHugh, shotshell ammunition expert (HeviShot)
Performance of non-lead shotgun ammunition

10:50 – 11:15 Break

11:15 – 12:00 Interactive Panel Discussion – Ballistics and terminal performance of non-lead ammunition
Leland Brown (Oregon Zoo), Kevin Christenson (USDA/APHIS), Murphy McHugh (Hevishot), Eric Pederson

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch & Door Prize Raffle Draw (Ventana Wildlife Society & High Desert Museum)

13:00 to 4:00 – Afternoon Session: Studies in the PNW, how to move forward

13:00 -13:10 Moderator,
Introduction to the afternoon session

13:10 – 13:25 Collin Eagles-Smith, U.S. Geological Survey
Overview: Exposure of avian scavengers to PB in Oregon

13:25 – 13:40 Jeremy Buck, USFWS
Preliminary Report: Blood lead levels in Golden Eagle chicks in E. Oregon

13:40 – 13:55 Garth Herring, U.S. Geological Survey
Preliminary Report: Ground squirrel shooting and potential lead exposure in breeding avian scavengers.

13:55 – 14:20 Break

14:20 – 14:45 Jim Akenson, Oregon Hunters Association
Over a Century of Hunting and Conservation and new paradigms for ammunition

14:45 – 15:05 Leland Brown, Oregon Zoo
Role of outreach and education

15:05 – 15:50 Interactive Panel Discussion, Going forward what is the best approach for Oregon?
Ron Anglin (ODFW), Paul Henson (USFWS), Chris Parish (Peregrine Fund), Scott Scherbinski (NPS), Steve Hagan (OHA)

15:50 – 16:00 Moderator
Closing remarks

Hunting with Non-lead Ammunition

Preserving hunting and wildlife for Oregon’s future:

An interactive workshop presented by the Oregon Chapter of the Wildlife Society & Oregon Zoo
November 20th, 2015 (9am – 4pm)

Oregon Zoo, Vista Room, 4001 SW Canyon Road, Portland, Oregon

This workshop will provide Pacific Northwest hunters and wildlife professionals with an interactive forum to learn about and discuss the effects of lead ingestion on wildlife in Oregon, the ballistics of non-lead ammunition, and ways to reduce lead’s impact on wildlife. Panel discussions will provide participants with opportunities to share their experiences and contribute ideas towards a strategy to reduce the availability of lead from ammunition to wildlife in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Topics include:

  • Overview of lead and wildlife issues in other states
  • Current field research in Oregon
  • Hunter opinions, attitudes, and experiences
  • Ballistics and effectiveness of non-lead ammunition
  • Engaging hunters to help solve the problem

Registration   $25 registration fee includes morning coffee, lunch, and afternoon coffee.

Full refund minus a $5 processing fee available if registration is cancelled prior to November 6, 2015

To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/nonlead

For more information, contact:
David Shepherdson: David.Shepherdson@oregonzoo.org;
Leland Brown: Leland.Brown@oregonzoo.org; or Todd Mabee: tmabee2@gmail.com