Category Archives: Workshops

Forest Ecology/Management course – June 25-29, Corvallis, OR

This course on forest ecology will provide biologists and land managers with basic forest ecology and management knowledge and skills. While the course will be taught at Oregon State University, with daily, hands-on site visits to the nearby McDonald Forest, this will NOT be strictly a west-side forest class. The basics of forest ecology that are part of this course will apply to many forest types, and between case studies and opportunities for student engagement with specific forest issues they are dealing with, there will be ample opportunity to learn about and discuss application in a wide variety of forest types. Dr. McComb has a long career in researching and teaching forest ecosystems and the application of forest ecology in wildlife habitat management. This is a great opportunity to get hands on with a knowledgeable and excellent instructor! Tuition is waived for NPS employees!

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Resource Selection Function Workshop

The Oregon Chapter of The Wildlife Society is hosting a two and a half day RSF workshop, taught by Dr. Ryan Long from the University of Idaho. The workshop will be held May 23rd -25th, in Adair Village (Near Corvallis), at the ODFW Office conference room.

Topics will include:


  1. Attendees will need to provide their own laptop computers for completing workshop exercises.
  2. Computers will need to have the most recent versions of ArcGIS and R (64-bit) installed prior to the workshop:
    1. 21-day trial versions of ArcGIS are available for download:
    2. R: The following required packages should be installed in advance: lme4, MASS, and ruffit. The first two packages can be installed from CRAN. The ruffit package must be installed by running the following code in R:install.packages(“ruf”,repos=””).


May 23-25, 2018
Address: 7118 NE Vandenberg Ave, Adair Village, OR 97330.
REGISTRATION: $200; Boxed lunches available for $20.
Any questions, please contact ORTWS President Elect John Goodell

Full Course Description

Space-use decisions made by animals in heterogeneous environments can reflect a variety of important processes, including the acquisition and investment of energy, avoidance of mortality from predation or other sources, intra- and interspecific competition, and interactions with both natural and anthropogenic features of the landscape. Consequently, quantifying patterns of resource selection by animals can provide key insights into relationships among the environment, individual fitness, and population dynamics that are critical for making effective management and conservation decisions. Although powerful model-based approaches to quantifying resource selection have been developed in recent years, many managers and researchers continue to use outdated techniques that provide limited insight into complex wildlife-habitat relationships. The objective of this course is to provide participants with the skills and confidence necessary to proceed from a raw dataset of animal locations and habitat characteristics to a final resource selection function using modern modeling techniques. Course structure will consist of lecture modules in the mornings (roughly 30% of the course) focused on key elements of the background and theory of resource selection analysis, and hands-on computer labs in the afternoons (roughly 70% of the course). Some previous experience with ArcGIS and/or R statistical software will be helpful.

Course Topics

  • Lecture: Introduction to resource selection analysis
    • Central definitions and concepts (use, availability, selection, preference, etc.)
    • Spatial and temporal scale (1st through 4th order selection and the importance of daily and seasonal patterns of selection)
    • Sampling and study design (the various sampling schemes and units typically associated with resource selection studies)
    • Categorical data and selection ratios (2D vs. 3D selection ratios, selection ratios as the response variable in a modeling framework)
    • Modeling resource selection (advantages, disadvantages, goals, and steps)
  • Lecture: Logistic regression
    • The logistic model and classic logistic design
    • Difficulties of the classic approach
    • Mixed-effects logistic regression (with a discussion of conditional logistic regression)
  • Hands-on computer lab: Modeling resource selection using mixed-effects logistic regression
  • Lecture: Modeling use as a continuous variable
    • Resource utilization functions (RUFs; Marzluff et al. 2004, Millspaugh et al. 2006)
    • Negative binomial regression (Sawyer et al. 2006, 2007, 2009)
  • Hands-on computer lab: Modeling resource selection using the RUF approach
  • Hands-on computer lab: Modeling resource selection using negative binomial regression
  • Interactive presentation: Mapping predicted probability of use from an RSF across a landscape
  • Interactive presentation: K-fold cross validation

Instructor Contact Information

Ryan Long
Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences
University of Idaho
Moscow, ID 83844
Phone (office): 208-885-7225

Registration is open for the 2018 Joint Annual Meeting!

We are excited to announce that REGISTRATION IS OPEN for the 2018 Joint Annual Meeting at the Red Lion – Jantzen Beach in Portland, Oregon on February 13, 14, 15, and 16.

Regional Strategies Addressing Global Challenges for Wildlife and Habitat Conservation

Oregon Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Washington Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Society for Northwestern Vertebrate Biology, and Northwest Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation


  • Please visit our 2018 Joint Annual Meeting page to register and stay up to date with all that is happening at the meeting!
  • Plenary Speaker THOMAS LOVEJOY!
  • Detailed session and presentation schedule coming in December.

Workshops, Training Courses & Field Trips 

  • Training Course: Standard & Novel Amphibian Inventory & Monitoring Techniques
  • Field Trip: Amphibian Egg Mass Monitoring
  • Workshop: White-nose Syndrome / Pd Surveillance Best Practices Workshop
  • Workshop: Science Talk NW – Communication skills for wildlife professionals
  • Workshop: Data Wrangling – The basics of data analysis
  • Field Trip: Oregon Zoo Conservation Tour
  • Workshop: Native Bee Workshop

Photo Contest and Auction 

Help raise funds for the different organizations by entering our photo contest or donating items for the auction/raffle. Enter photos for the following categories: Birds, Mammals, Reptiles/amphibians, Other critters, Landscapes, Everything else. Visit the Joint Annual Meeting page for full details.

Have some great items you’d like to donate for the raffle/silent auction? Please email for more information. Your donation will be tax deductible.


Special Rates are available at the following hotels:

You will need to state you are part of the “2018 Joint Meeting” to reserve rooms for the special rates.

Fire, Water, and Forest Health Workshop, Oct 3


Linn County Fair and Expo Center, Albany Oregon, October 3rd 

The Emerald and Marys Peak Chapters are teaming up to provide a science workshop around the themes of Fire, Water, and Forest Health.

The registration fee is $95/person if signed up before September 25 and $120 after. The student registration fee is $50. Registration fee includes materials, breaks, and lunch.

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 ( for details!