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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.


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.


2015 Joint Annual Meeting: Common Ground, Common Goals, Common Solutions Schedule

Greetings ORTWS and OSAF Members! The schedule for our upcoming Annual Meeting is provided below. We will update this schedule with changes as more events get locked in.

2015 Joint Annual Meeting: ORTWS and OSAF
Common Ground, Common Goals, Common Solutions
April 29 – May 1 2015
Hilton Eugene

For special lodging rates, book via Hilton Eugene here: JAM 2015 Lodging Reserve your room by April 14 to lock in these rates!


April 29th Wednesday

7:30 AM – Registration Opens

8:00 – 12:00 PM Workshops CANCELED

12:00 – 1:00 Buffet Lunch (purchasable add on)

1:00 – 2:30 PM Plenary Session 

Reframing the debate:  Popular Support for Active Forest Management in a Changing Climate

John Audley, President of Sustainable Northwest

Has Science Become Just About Irrelevant in Informing Policy Debates? 

Robert T. LackeyProfessor of Fisheries at Oregon State University

Scientists in natural resources, environmental science, ecology, conservation biology, and similar disciplines are collectively slipping into a morass that risks marginalizing the contribution of science to public policy.  Advocating personal positions on ecological policy issues has become widely tolerated as acceptable professional behavior and is even encouraged by a substantial fraction of the scientific community.  Public confidence that scientific information is technically accurate, policy relevant, and politically unbiased is central to informed resolution of environmental policy and regulatory issues that are often contentious, divisive, and litigious.  Especially, scientists should watch for the often subtle creep of normative science (i.e., information that appears to be policy neutral, but contains an embedded preference for a particular policy or class of policies).  Failing to do so risks marginalizing the essential role that science and scientists ought to play in informing decisions on important public policy questions.

2:30 – 3:00 PM – Networking Break

3:00 – 4:30 PM Communicating Science to the Public Symposium

  • 3:00 – 3:30 – Liz Cawood from Cawood, Liz will be discussing the importance of communicating science to the public, the power of the message, and strategies for being effective.
  • 3:30 – 4:00 – Bruce Cappelli from Cappelli Miles will share strategies for using traditional media methods
  • 4:00 – 4:30 Allison McCormick and Pat McCormick from am:pm will discuss creative nontraditional media methods

5:30 – 7:00 PM – Student Mentor Mixer

7:00 – 11:30 PM – Poster Session and Welcome Reception 

April 30 Thursday

8:00 – 5:00 PM – All day concurrent sessions on wildlife and forestry! There will be something for everyone.

  • 8:00 – 9:30 AM – Concurrent Sessions (draft schedule here: Session Details)
  • 9:30 – 10:00 AM – Refreshment and Networking Break
  • 10:00 – 12:00 PM – Concurrent Sessions (draft schedule here: Session Details)
  • 2:00 – 12:30 PM – Buffet Lunch
  • 1:00 – 2:30 PM – Concurrent Sessions (draft schedule here: Session Details)
  • 2:30 – 3:00 PM – Refreshment and Networking Break
  • 3:00 – 5:00 PM – Concurrent Sessions (draft schedule here: Session Details)

5:15 – 6:15 PM ORTWS Business Meeting, OSAF Business Meeting

6:30 – 9:30 PM – Awards Banquet 

May 1 Friday

7:00 – 8:30 AM – Alumni Breakfast – wear your school colors proudly! SAF President Bob Alverts will speak
9:00 – 4:00 PM – Field tours! These are included in the registration cost, as is a brown bag lunch

Tour 1 – Forests Forever

  • Private Timberland Visit – common ground, goals, solutions in forestry and wildlife management
  •  Private Timberland visit – Carbon Studies related to residual material following logging
  •  Forests Today and Forever: Visit an FTF site where middle school students learn about forestry and wildlife management and interactions.

Tour 2 – Restoration

  • Oak restoration theme – visit several local sites related to oak restoration including conifer removal projects.
  • Gravel pond reclamation – visit several sites that address: How can you get ecological uplift from abandoned gravel pits? How do you create side channel habitat?
  •  Prairie restoration theme – visit several local sites and talk about restoration research results, best practices, incorporating vernal pools for amphibians/Streaked Horned Lark/Meadowlark habitat.

Tour 3 – Working for Raptors

  • Cascades Raptor Center Work Party – Work party at the Cascades Raptor Center in S. Eugene. Help construct protective enclosures for birds in rehabilitation and tour this well known facility.

Tour 4 – Wildlife and Forestry

  • Long Tom Watershed Tour – Visit sites on the Long Tom Watershed that includes wildlife and forestry themes.
  •  Invertebrate theme – visit several sites focusing on invertebrate species including Wilama Restoration Project’s pollinator meadow in Alton Baker Park.
  •  Cogeneration Facility Tour – Depending on time, visit a cogeneration facility utilizing forest residuals to create power.

Tour 5 – Birds and Birds

  •  Fern Ridge birding trip and habitat management tour.
  •  Cascades Raptor Center Tour

TWS-WA Hosting Happy Hour

TWS-WA’s Membership Committee is beginning a series of events for chapter members to have fun, meet other members, network, and engage non-members. These events could be anything from happy hour to hiking to volunteering, and the first one is happy hour! Joine TWS-WA Thursday, October 16, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at McMenamins on the Columbia in Vancouver (1801 SE Columbia River Dr., Vancouver, WA 98661).  If you are in the Vancouver-Portland area please join us for this event!

Thank you and we hope to see you on the 16th!