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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.



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.


2016 Annual Meeting Schedule


Our meeting schedule is still in the works, but right now here is a rough outline! If you would like to present, please see our Call for Papers!


7:30 – 4:30: Registration Open

7:30-12:00: OPEN for Associated Meetings. Contact Autumn Larkins regarding meeting space
12:00 – 1:00: Past Presidents’ Lunch (invitation only, sorry!)
1:00 – 2:00: Plenary Session
3:00 – 4:30: Concurrent Sessions
5:00 – 7:00: Student/Young Professionals Mentor Social
7:00 – 11:00: Poster Session and Welcome Reception


7:30 4:30: Registration Open

8:00 – 12:00: Concurrent Sessions
12:00 – 1:00:- Lunch (provided with registration)
1:00 – 4:30: Concurrent Sessions
5:00 – 6:00: ORTWS Business Meeting
6:00 – 11:00: Social Hour and Banquet


Friday is a day of Workshops and Field Trips! Field trips are included in your registration, the workshop is an add-on.

8:00 – 2:00: Seaside or Ecola Beach Clean Up. Do some good in the community and get in some beach combing! Gloves, sharp containers, and trash bags provided. Note weather is unpredictable, so be prepared for cold, rain, and all the gnarliness the Oregon Coast has to offer.

9:00 – 12:00: Ecola State Park Salamander Scavenger Hunt. Join our intrepid amphibian specialists on a jaunt into Ecola looking for squirmy, wiggly, adorable yet slimy salamanders! Species known to be there include western red-backed salamander, Dunn’s salamander, coast giant salamander, Columbia torrent salamander, ensatina, and the ubiquitous rough-skinned newt. Sallies we hope to find include Clouded salamander. Bring gloves and clothes for moist, raining forest. Some off-trail exploration is highly likely!

8:00 – 2:00:¬†Communicating Environmental Topics Within and Without. Ever have to speak to a group of contentious stakeholders or get put “on the spot” for a public meeting? Ever have your supervisor just not “get it”? This workshop is the first step in getting your message out! With guest speaker Michael Fraidenburg, learn how to assess your audience and figure out what words will help them see your point. Fee: $15.

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!

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