Dear ICTWS Members --
The 2017 Joint Meeting of the Idaho Chapter of The Wildlife Society and the Idaho Chapter of the American Fisheries Society is just a few weeks away! We look forward to welcoming you to a meeting packed with workshops and presentations. The program for the meeting has just been completed, so please take a moment to look it over. If you haven't already registered, there is still time. Online registration will close on February 17, 2017. After then, registration will need to be done at the meeting.
Last year we had a successful conference in Coeur d'Alene and this year looks to be another great conference for the Chapter! I'd like to extend my thanks to everyone on the Planning Committee for all their work putting it together. There are plenty of presentations to enjoy, working group meetings to participate in, posters, special symposia, and the annual business meeting to attend. Members please note this year, in addition to reviewing Chapter business, awards will be presented at the Chapter's Business Lunch Meeting on Thursday (lunch/meeting from 12 noon-2pm in the Hawk Room) rather than the Banquet. Be sure to attend!
Additional opportunities to socialize, relax, and network are at the reception Tuesday evening or the banquet on Thursday night where there will be raffles and a silent auction. Students and Professionals will get the opportunity to interact at the meeting with a student/professional mixer on Wednesday evening and resume review and interview feedback stations on Thursday. We strongly encourage everyone to attend and engage at the student-professional mixer; it is an important component of our overall efforts to mentor students as a community. See the 2017 Joint Meeting Program for details on any or all of these events.
Lastly, if you haven't already renewed your annual membership, please go to our Membership page. Maintaining your membership is a great way to show support for your profession and helps the Chapter continue to host meaningful annual meetings in the future.
Thanks and hope to see you in Boise!
Idaho Chapter of The Wildlife Society
2017 Annual Meeting
The 2017 meeting will be in Boise at the Boise Centre (formerly called the Boise Center on the Grove) on February 28-March 3, 2017. The annual meeting is being held jointly with the Idaho Chapter of the American Fisheries Society.
Meeting Changes to be Aware Of:
This year's 2017 Joint AFS/TWS Meeting will have several new components and a few changes from the norm to be aware of and participate in:
Monday, February 27
Idaho Bird Conservation Partnership - will meet on Monday, Feb 27th, from 1-5pm at the IDFG Headquarters Office Trophy Room. Location is 600 S. Walnut, Boise.
Tuesday, February 28
Volunteer and Moderator Coordinating Meeting - if you are signed up to volunteer, please attend the coordination meeting on Tuesday evening from 5-6pm, Room 410A, Boise Center East (the new addition).
Wednesday, March 1
Creature Crawl Fun Run - this 1.85 mile and 3.7 mile fun run will be held Wednesday evening from 5:15-6:15pm, starting at the Grove Plaza Fountain. For added fun, come in costume as your favorite creature; prizes are awarded for best costume in several categories!
Student Mentoring Mixer - held Wednesday evening from 6:30-10pm, this is an opportunity for students to interact with professionals of all positions and backgrounds. The purpose of the mixer is to benefit our future fish and wildlife managers and the focus is on the students; please make sure to attend and provide insights that can help them be more successful. There will be food and beverages provided, and a little bit of structure to help facilitate the mentoring process.
Thursday, March 2
Awards - will be presented this year at the Chapter's Business Lunch Meetings on Thursday (lunch/meeting from 12 noon-2pm). (AFS in Eagle Room, TWS in Hawk Room).
Resume and Mock Interview Feedback - will be held on Thursday from 10am-4pm. Professionals are on hand to provide tips and feedback to students on their resumes and to help them with basic interview questions.
Continental Breakfast - a lite breakfast will be available Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings from 7-8am in the Falcon Room.
Concurrent Sessions - as hard as we tried, we could not mix both organizations up throughout the meeting and make it work. So in general, fish related topics are presented in rooms in the old section of the Boise Center, and wildlife related topics will be in the new addition. *Note - Two fish based sessions, Genetics: Fish and Fish and Wildlife Interactions will be held in the new addition. See program for room details. Breaks will have little time for organizational mixing, but the continental breakfast, socials, and other times will find all of us together, so make sure to connect with your fish or wildlife counterparts!
Poster Viewing - posters will be set up on Tuesday from 3-8pm and will be available for viewing throughout the meeting. The formal Poster Session will be held on Thursday evening from 5-6:30pm, prior to the banquet. Sponsor Tables and Vendor Booths - will be located in the Falcon Room throughout the meeting.
Presenter Information for Posters, Oral Presentations, and IGNITE!
Thank you for participating in the 2017 Joint Meeting of the Idaho Chapters of the Wildlife Society and the American Fisheries Society. Please see the 2017 Presenter Guidelines for details on preparing your presentation.
Thank you for agreeing to moderate a session at our upcoming meeting! We are looking forward to a great meeting. Please see the Session Moderator Guide for instructions on ensuring your session runs smoothly.
Remember to renew your ICTWS Membership so you can vote at the Business Meeting and participate in officer elections!
The abstracts from the 2016 ICTWS Joint Conference have been published in the Northwestern Naturalist.
At the 2014 ICTWS meeting we had someone videotape both the plenary session on the history of the chapter as well as the "Working Together" symposium. These videos are now available to the membership via www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLt-O2UCcvHHEzU3HriTroEZ_bF9B3k91P.
There are 4 total videos. Two of the videos are from the Plenary and the other 2 are from the "Working Together" symposium. Please feel free to share this link with others who may be interested.