Game Dinner 2018 was a success! I’m glad I got to spend my last Game Dinner with some amazing people! Thank you to everyone who helped make this day a success! #PennState#PennStateTWS#TheWildlifeSociety#psuwildlife @agsciences @huntermangel @hinermankelly @ericmck27 @woolrichwarrior @kassidyklingler
I was able to get my “conservation batteries” recharged this week while attending the North Dakota Chapter of the Wildlife Society meeting. Even in a time where there is so much to be discouraged about - grassland conversion, climatic changes, larger and more simplified agricultural systems, and increased disconnect between people and the natural world to name a few - but a week surrounded by people who care so much, and remain so determined to not only tackle but defeat these issues is truly inspiring. And on top of that to begin to see a rise in the number of strong, independent, women scientists is icing on the cake.
But I would be remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to say thank you to a guy who has done so much, not only this week, but consistently to allow me to pursue this career, support me in my endeavors, and tolerate all of the rants, late nights, and passion that accompanies it. Thanks for everything @scottmclausen and GO NATURE!
Halfway through #TWSWest2018 and I’ve learned so much!!! Many thanks to @westerntws for putting this all together, it’s incredible how much good a meeting of the minds can do for young #biologists trying to enter the field. I’m so grateful I got to attend!!!! #TheWildlifeSociety#TWS
The Wildlife Society Annual Western Section Conference is here! February 7-9, 2018 in Santa Rosa, California. This conference is a great opportunity to network with the wildlife community, learn about the latest research, and discuss the current climate of conservation biology. Hope to see you all here! #wildlifesociety#thewildlifesociety#conservation#furtheringknowledge#biology
Think I am gonna get into birding
Species in order of appearance:
Eastern Bluebird (male)
Eastern Bluebird (female) and American Robin
Last but not least, Northern Saw-Whet Owl!
I am in training to be a project coordinator for the Northern Saw-whet owl banding project here at Purdue. So expect more owl pics in the near future 🦉 (we take volunteers out with us so if you are nearby and interested....)
Hi guys, our first club meeting of the semester is tomorrow at 5:45 in experimental sciences room 120! We are going to be discussing the Texas chapter of the Wildlife Society as well as other activities we will be doing this spring! If you are interested in going to TcTWS make sure you come to the meeting to sign up, this is the last chance!! #thewildlifesociety#naturalreaourcesmanagement#rangewildlifeandfisheries
Hi guys, our first club meeting of the semester is tomorrow at 5:45 in experimental sciences room 120! We are going to be discussing the Texas chapter of the Wildlife Society as well as other activities we will be doing this spring! If you are interested in going to TcTWS make sure you come to the meeting to sign up, this is the last chance!! #thewildlifesociety#naturalresourcesmanagement#societyforconservationbiology
Tonight at the brewery Dr. Sam Sweet from UCSB will be giving a presentation on how big wildfires have affected biodiversity in Southern California.
The Central Coast Chapter of the Wildlife Society has its annual business meeting starting at 6, with the presentation beginning shortly thereafter. Open to the public and free. Arrive early to get a good seat!
It’s internship season! For those in NRC or a related field, now is the time to look for summer internships. Internships are a great way to get involved and gain experience in your field. Available opportunities often will come through your Umass email at this time, and the ECO department’s webpage has some great resources (http://eco.umass.edu/for-current-students/career-links/)
Unsure how to apply or build a resume? Talk to your advisor, check out career services on campus (located in Goodell Hall) or reach out to one of our officers. Snag an internship? Feel free to post about it on our Facebook page to show wildlifers what’s out there. Good luck! 🐾
On the Remembrance Day long weekend, members of the student chapter had the opportunity to volunteer at the Northern Lights Wildlife Society. They helped to rebuild an enclosure for a young lynx, and got to interact with a variety of wild animals you normally couldn't get that close to.
Keep in mind that all of the profits from our calendar sales go back to this group to help keep them doing what they do best.
How to be an inconsiderate wildlife photographer - Lesson 1: do as these folks are doing and create a "WALL OF HUMAN" in a well trodden wildlife road. I encountered this scene this past Friday at #pocosinlakes wildlife refuge and while, yes, it was extremely aggravating on a photographic level to have inconsiderate photographers in the area, it was more deeply concerning to witness the impact on the wildlife. Sometimes one must bear witness in order to create something with a higher purpose. In bearing witness to this high level of stupidity, I was able to take a series of photos that exemplify how not to behave when photographing wildlife, including a very close encounter where these folks acted in egregiously wrong ways. It's going to make for a great article for the state chapter of the wildlife society newsletter that I co-edit. If anyone is interested in a copy of that article, please DM me your email and write "NCTWS article," and when it comes out, I'll email you a copy (FYI it could be a while). #higherpurpose#thewildlifesociety
This is a bit of an introspective post, so read on if you care.... Whenever I travel, I'm always drawn to nature, even when I'm in an urban landscape. But it was always an integral part of my childhood, and led to the profession I'm in today. One of the lasting thoughts I have from the Wildlife Society conference I attended in Albuquerque is the issue of diversity in the wildlife sciences (and really ecology in general) - of both gender and culture. As a caucasian male in the field, I'm one of many, and that's made me question what kind of role I should have moving forward in my career - I'm not one of the visible minorities that are under-represented in my field. I don't think I have an answer yet. But I like the word facilitate. Facilitate connections between young people and mentors who look like them. And also acceptance. Be accepting and welcoming of those who show an interest in the natural world, regardless of their background. Because exclusion- whether intentional or not - only serves to impede progress in our conservation and management goals.
A travel experience is 100% informed by your companions. Thank you infinitely to the crew of The Red Baron for making this trip side-splitting, collectively calming hysteria, and being an all around badass road crew. 💞 #TheWildlifeSociety#TWS#redbaron @lamillerrrr @abutler1397 @haley_keff