Category Archives: Mentoring

Article about Wildlife Biologists and Zoologists in Oregon

See the article posted by the State of Oregon for interesting information related to Wildlife Biologists in Oregon.  Good information for early professionals and those considering the wildlife profession.


Leadership Institute

Hello Wildlifers! Here is a note from National:

TWS is currently accepting applications for its Leadership Institute. The Institute’s goal is to facilitate development of new leaders within TWS and the wildlife profession. The Institute will recruit 10-15 promising early-career professionals for a series of intensive activities and mentoring relationships. The focus will be on exposing the participants to the inner workings of TWS and increasing the number of active leaders in TWS and the wildlife profession. From May until October, participants will engage in a series of activities to develop and expand their leadership skills. Institute members will attend the TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (October 16-21, 2015) and participate in various activities, including mentoring and leadership workshop sessions. The Institute is free, and participants receive free registration and a travel grant for the conference.

Participation in the Institute is geared toward early-career professionals, individuals 2 to 3 years out of school (either undergraduate or graduate school), currently working full-time in a wildlife professional position, and with demonstrated evidence of their leadership potential. Also eligible are more recent graduates who have shown strong evidence of their leadership potential and those who are working while concurrently pursuing a graduate degree. All applicants must be dues-paying members of TWS and a Chapter or Section of TWS. The application deadline is March 27, 2015. Visit for more information (click on ‘Next Generation’).

Please share the attached announcement with your networks. I’m happy to answer any questions folks have about the Institute.




For more information visit National’s website or contact Laura:

Laura Bies
Director of Government Affairs
The Wildlife Society
5410 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814
301.897.9770 x308
301.530.2471 (fax)

Join a Bio Blitz – with a property or your skills!

Bio Blitz – just what is that? If you Google it a bunch of interesting tidbits pop up, going back to 2007 and further. Indeed, Portland Parks and Recreation held a Bio Blitz in Forest Park in 2012 (here’s a video). According to National Geographic,

A BioBlitz is a 24-hour event in which teams of volunteer scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to find and identify as many species of plants, animals, microbes, fungi, and other organisms as possible

ORTWS Conservation Affairs is working to coordinate some Bio Blitz activities around the state. Are you spending too much time in the office?  Help us all get more time in the field with critters! We are looking for locations and surveyor skills! Professionals and students alike are encouraged to participate, getting out to look for the wildlife we love, cross training on a species we might not get to work with, and honing skills. Property managers will benefit from a much more intensive inventory of species than a general assessment can yield.


The first step is to gather a list of your skills and properties in need. If you have a great wildlife survey skill that you are willing to share and/or have property that you would desperately like to have surveyed let us know! Please send your name and information to your conservation affairs co-chairs Todd Mabee and Leslie Bliss-Ketchum.