Category Archives: Outreach

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.


Forests Today and Forever – Volunteer to share wildlife with kids!

Call for Volunteers! Teach kids about forest wildlife alongside foresters at a tree farm! Forests Today and Forever needs help on the following dates:

October 2
October 6
October 7
October 13
October 15

See below for contact information to sign up!


FFD Volunteer Flyer F2015




CANCELED: Legislative Action! Meet with Representative Dan Rayfield


This event has been canceled due to low RSVP. If you are interested in seeing this event happen, please contact Vee Blackstone at


Join ORTWS for the next in our Legislative Outreach series. We are hosting a Meet and Greet with State Representative Dan Rayfield on Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 10:15 – 11:15 AM at Natural Grocers in Corvallis.

Dan is the representative for House District 16, covering Corvallis. To see a map of his district, click here. To find out more about Rep. Rayfield, visit his website here!

WHEN: Saturday February 21 10:15 – 11:15 AM

WHERE: 1235 NW 10th Street Corvallis, OR 97330

Why is this important? Rep Rayfield is the House co-chair of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Natural Resources. He and the Senate co-chair head up the committee that makes most of the budget decisions on natural resources issues, including wildlife management. The co-chairs of the full Ways and Means Committee make major decisions, such as how much money will go to natural resources budgets, and the subcommittee will then decide how that money is divided up.

So, letting Rep. Rayfield know that ORTWS is here to provide sound scientific information to help him with those decisions is a pretty big deal!

Meeting Agenda: Introductions around, Rep Rayfield will speak a bit, and ORTWS will inform Rep Rayfield about us and our membership, the Oregon Conservation Strategy, and our interests. Then we will have Q and A from the membership!

Please RSVP to Vee Blackstone at so that we can ensure a good, supportive turn out.  Our goal is to have at least 20 members there, and students are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Can’t make it but have a question? Sent it to Vee Blackstone and she will ask it for you!

ORTWS at the 7th Annual “In the Woods”

In the Woods 2014


On September 25 and 26, ORTWS attended the Pacific Logging Congress 7th “In the Woods” show. The show is an educational outreach program put on every year to teach school-aged children about sustainable logging in the Pacific Northwest. The show regularly plays host to over 2,000 children in 2 days. The Oregon Chapter of The Wildlife Society teamed up with the land owner (Port Blakely) to put on a display on wildlife and research.

We spent two mornings talking to kids from elementary to high school about wildlife management in Oregon, and how managed forests are a vital component to maintaining wildlife habitat. Using a collection of wildlife monitoring equipment and a skulls, antler and pelt collection, kids learned about local fauna and the wildlife management profession.


In the Woods 2014

 Photos courtesy of Jordan Benner, Oregon Forest Resources Institute

Member Forum Available

Hello Wildlifers!

As part of our new membership and event online service, we can now offer you a message forum! This is a members-only benefit. Many of us are spread far across the state, and with restricted budgets getting around to visit each other is more challenging. The member forum is a place to ask questions of fellow wildlife professionals and students; exchange information on gear, wildlife techniques, and species; share events of interest; and even to coordinate carpooling to those events!

Have you read a research article that would be helpful for other Oregon wildlifers to read? Post it!

Need someone to review your management plan? Ask!

There are also forums for our assorted committees to use; these are only visible to committee members.

Benefit of a forum over email:

  • Creates a searchable database of topics of interest to ORTWS members
  • Allows members to virtually “meet” each other and connect even if work has not brought them together
  • Conversations are open to multiple members rather than a set email list, allowing for more information exchange
  • Easier for students to learn directly from professionals
  • Provides wildlife students across the state a central place to discuss student concerns

To access the forum, simply log in to your member portal and click “Forums” on the main menu. You can also “subscribe” to a forum so that you receive a daily, weekly, or immediate email notifications alerting you to new posts and replies.