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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

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.

May Meeting Minutes


May meeting minutes are now available! You can find them here.

Topics included budget, investments, board retreat planning, developing a strategy for the Legislative Liaison, upcoming workshops, and introducing Jonah, the new Student Chapter Liaison.

Workshop: Radio Telemetry

Interested in gaining some skills on a tried and true method for tracking wildlife? The Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society at Oregon State University is holding a workshop to teach the basics of radio telemetry tracking. Learn the equipment, the science, and practice how to use both! Register through 123 signup:

Where: Oregon State University, Nash Hall, Room 32, Corvallis Oregon

When: April 4 – 6, 2014

Cost: $40 for students $75 for everyone else

Workshop Schedule

April 4th6:30 – 9:00 PM (Nash Hall, Room 32)
April 5th 8:30 – 11:30 AM (Nash Hall, Room 32)
April 5th 12:30 – 4:00 PM (Avery Park)
April 6th 8:30 – 2:45 (Avery Park)
April 6th3:00 – 4:00 PM (Nash Hall, Room 32)

Details: Workshop will be instructed by Chris Kochanny, Wildlife Telemetry Consultant with Sirtrack, Lotek, and Biosonics Telemetry. A certificate in Radio Tracking Technologies and Techniques will be awarded upon successful completion. Lunch is on your own Saturday and Sunday. Snacks will be provided during breaks. Transportation is not provided. Dress according as this is a rain or shine event.