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Annual Meeting Wrap Up

Hello Wildlifers, and Happy Spring!

We hope you enjoyed the February 2016  50th Anniversary Annual Meeting in Seaside, Oregon. ORTWS has been “marking our territory” in this state for 50 years, and looks forward to 50 more. Thanks to all 242 of you that attended and helped make it a great success!

The Program with Abstracts is now available for download here.

Here is the play-by-play!

We kicked off Wednesday morning with several associated meetings organized by various agency work groups. With deference and respect, the Past President’s luncheon was brought back by popular demand, and at least 25 past presidents joined us. Additional presidents may have sneaked in without announcing their esteemed history. We also honored ORTWS history with a panel discussion from our past presidents during the Plenary session. We hope you all enjoyed hearing some of the history, memories and evolution of our chapter.

The sessions began on Wednesday afternoon with a new format of “Reports from the Field”. This format encouraged presentations that included not only research, but reports from the field, effective collaborations, lessons learned, field briefings, field skills and techniques as well. We capped all presentations to 20 minutes (previous years were 30 minutes). This new format helped our chapter recruit a wider array of topics of expertise and hopefully promoted a better venue for the sharing of professional skills.

We held our ever popular Student Mentor session to bring students, young professionals, and experienced wildlifers together, and followed it up with the traditional Welcome Reception. This year our DJ came with a photo booth, and from the flashes it seemed popular. We hope everyone enjoyed and utilized this fun new feature. The sessions continued all day Thursday and we had some really great topics covered. Special thanks to The NW Section who sponsored an entire afternoon symposium, “Managing one Species to Benefit Another: Science, Ethics, and Policy”.

The Business Meeting sported the results of our elections with a new board taking hold of the gavel! Financials were discussed, and you can see assorted Treasurer reports here. The awards banquet featured a PowerPoint presentation of trivia that took a lot of effort by our President-elect Heather Bernier (and some others); judging from the feedback so far that effort was worth it! Our fundraising efforts through the silent auction and raffle raised nearly $1900 that will go towards our grants program, and thanks to the foresight of boards of years past, our investment returns enabled ORTWS able to award four scholarships! We were also honored to present all four of our special recognition awards and the two speaker awards.

On Friday we had several options for attendees which included a fantastic workshop: Communicating Environmental Topics and two field trips: Ecola Beach Clean-up and Salamander Scavenger Hunt – more on these events to come.

This meeting would not have been possible without the volunteer efforts of many individuals. Thank you to everyone who made this meeting a success!!!

– Autumn Larkins (VP) and Vanessa Blackstone (Treasurer)

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It’s Almost Time!

Hello Wildlifers!

Our 2016 Annual Meeting is almost here! Are you prepared to mark your territory in Seaside?

REGISTRATION

Online registration is closed, but you can still show up as a walk-in! If you’d like to make your check-in even faster, contact ortws.treasurer@gmail.com to settle any outstanding payments.

ELECTIONS

Cast your vote Wednesday for new board positions. You can review the candidates here. If you can’t attend Wednesday, download a ballot and send to ortws.secretary@gmail.com by Wednesday at noon.

PHOTO CONTEST

Bring your amazing pictures and enter to win fabulous prizes! Photos should be mounted on a firm backing – and bring a digital version for display on the ORTWS website or in future programs! If you don’t have time to print, bring the digital version along and for a printing fee we’ll take care of the rest.

RAFFLE AND AUCTION

Support our grants program and donate an item for the raffle or silent auction! Donations are tax deductible.

FIELD TRIPS

If you are going to the Beach Clean Up or Salamander Hunt, be prepared for the weather! There is a chance of rain, and for Salamanders foot gear that can get into streams might be a good idea (but aren’t required)-rubber boots, hip waders, etc.

WORKSHOP – Persuasive Speaking

Ever give a presentation or answer questions about your work and wish those listening could just “get it?” Join us with Michael Fraidenburg to learn the barriers that prevent logical data from convincing an audience, and ways to get through those barriers. There are still 5 spots open in our Communications workshop! Contact Vanessa Blackstone (ortws.treasurer@gmail.com) to reserve your seat.

Don’t forget to bring your photos to Seaside!!!

Winners will be announced at the Banquet on Thursday evening!
The Photo Contest is intended for amateur photographers and is limited to meeting attendees, so start thinking of which winning shot you are going to enter. Bring your photographs to the meeting and turn them in at the Registration Desk on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 before the Plenary Session begins. Entry fee is $2 per photo. Prizes will be awarded.

Photo Contest Rules
Photos must be taken by the participant.
Photos should fit into the following categories:
a. Landscapes/Habitats
b. Wild Birds
c. Mammals
d. Other Wildlife
e. People and Projects
f. Humor
g. Digital Artistry, “open”

Black-and-white and color prints will be displayed and judged by meeting participants.

Photos must be of an inoffensive nature. Photos must not be winners from previous TWS photo contests.
Print size: 5-in x 7-in minimum to 16-in x 20-in maximum.
Prints must be mounted on stiff backing or matted (or both).
There will be no glass over photos or any framing such as wood or metal.
Print your name, address, and category on the back of each photo.
Name of photographer must not be visible to the viewers.

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.

 

SAVE THE DATE: Marking our Territory 2016 Annual Meeting

The 50th Anniversary of ORTWS Annual Meetings is happening in 2016! “Marking our Territory” will take place February 3-5, 2016 at the Seaside Convention Center.

Expect lots of great throwbacks remembering our history. There is rumor of a crab feed and a past-presidents’ luncheon. Call for presentations should come out soon, with a focus on field notes in addition to research. Registration will open December 1-ish.

Note that ELECTIONS will happen, so if you’re interested in serving on the Board and helping to steer our ORTWS ship, contact us!