2024 Annual Meeting Schedule

All events are included in the meeting registration fee except those marked *Extra Fee

Monday, February 5

9:00am to 10:00amWestern Section Executive Board Continental Breakfast
10:00am to 5:30pmWestern Section Executive Board Meeting
1:00pm to 5:30pmSnake Symposium (Day 1 of 2), *Extra Fee
4:00pm to 6:00pmSouthern Sierra Nevada Fisher Working Group
7:00pm to 9:00pmRegistration Packet Production

Tuesday, February 6

8:00am to 5:00pmSonoma County Field Trips, *Extra Fee
8:30am to 5:30pmSnake Symposium (Day 2 of 2), *Extra Fee
8:00am to 5:00pmR Workshop, *Extra Fee
3:00pm to 8:00pmRegistration & Help Desk
1:00pm to 3:00pmExhibit Hall Setup
1:00pm to 3:00pmWildlife Society Certification Application Workshop/Q&A
1:00pm to 8:00pmStudy Lounge
3:00pm to 9:00pmExhibit Hall Open
4:00pm to 6:00pmCA Bat Working Group Meeting
4:00pm to 6:00pmStudent Quiz Bowl, Preliminary Rounds
4:00pm to 5:30pmChapter Leaders Meeting
4:00pm to 9:00pmFamily Room/Non-Gendered Bathroom
5:00pm to 8:45pmNo-Host Drink Station – Mingle and Munch
6:00pmOfficial Meeting Opening
6:00pm to 8:00pmWelcome Reception with Taco Bar & Wildlife Photo Slideshow, (Food Served 6-7:30pm)
7:30pm to 8:00pmDiversity Committee Meeting
8:00pm to 9:00pmStudent Quiz Bowl Finals
9:00pm to 11:00pmGroup Games – Make new friends and lasting memories! Join us for an evening of fun and games as students and professionals team together in rousing games of social deduction and charades that will leave everyone in stiches.

Wednesday, February 7

7:00am to 8:00amYoga, Stretch & Move!
7:30am to 6:30pmRegistration & Help Desk
8:00am to 9:45amBreakfast Roundtable -Facilitated by Lisa Fields, Shay Zanetti, Wendy Loeffler & Thea Wang; *Extra Fee
8:00am to 10:00amPublishing and Peer-Reviewing Scholarly Papers: Process, Pitfalls, and Responsibilities
8:00am to 10:00amCalifornia Fisher Working Group
8:00am to 5:00pmSpeaker Practice Room
8:00am to 10:00amPoster Setup Hours
8:00am to 7:00pmStudy Lounge
8:00am to 9:00pmFamily Room/Non-Gendered Bathroom
8:30am to 7:00pmExhibit Hall Open
8:00am to 9:45amBird Walk led by the SF Bay Chapter of TWS - Crane Creek (Meet in hotel lobby to carpool)
10:00am to 11:30amKeynote Address & Dialogue – California’s Estuaries in the Face of Climate Change
10:00am to 7:00pmPoster Viewing and Judging
11:30am to 1:00pmLunch Break, on your own
11:30am to 1:00pmRetirees Meeting
11:30am to 12:30amCDFW Sponsored Training - Practical Strategies to Embed Equity in Wildlife Management (Open to All)
12:00pm to 1:00pmStudent Lunch, Offsite (RSVP, Limited Space) https://user.tws-west.org
1:00pm to 5:30pmScientific Concurrent Sessions
1:00pm to 5:00pmHumboldt Marten Working Group Meeting
1:30pm to 6:30pmBlunt-Nosed Leopard Lizard Working Group Meeting
3:00pm to 3:30pmAfternoon Break
3:00pm to 4:30pmJob Recruiters - Hiring Event
3:10pm to 4:40pmInfo Session: Peace Corps Opportunities
5:30pm to 6:30pmCalifornia Wolf Update - What big population you have! - Kent Laudon, CDFW
5:00pm to 7:00pmNo-Host Drink Station – Mingle and Munch
5:00pm to 7:00pmHSU Alumni Meeting
7:00pm to 9:30pmMembers Banquet & Awards Ceremony, *Extra Fee, Sold Out!
9:30pm to 11:30pmWildlife Trivia – After Hours Social!

Thursday, February 8

7:00am to 8:00amYoga, Stretch & Move!
7:30am to 7:00pmRegistration & Help Desk
8:00am to 9:00pmPoster Viewing and Judging
8:00am to 12:00pmScientific Concurrent Sessions
8:00am to 9:00pmFamily Room/Non-Gendered Bathroom
8:00am to 7:00pmStudy Lounge
8:30am to 9:30am Breakout Session: Peace Corps for Mid-Career Professionals and Retirees
9:00am to 12:00pmHumboldt Marten Recovery Planning, by invite only
9:30am to 8:00pmExhibit Hall Open
10:00am to 10:30amMorning Break
10:30am to 11:30amBreakout Session: Peace Corps for Students and Early Career Professionals
12:00pm to 1:30pmLunch break, on your own
12:00pm to 5:00pmSpeaker Practice Room
12:00pm to 1:30pmWildlife Acoustics Lunch & Learn - Turning Sound into Discovery (FREE Lunch, Sign-Up HERE)
12:15pm to 12:45pmRaffle Drawing!
12:30pm to 1:15pmTWS-WS Conservation Affairs Committee Meeting
1:30pm to 3:00pmPlenary Session
3:00pm to 3:30pmAfternoon Break
3:00pm to 4:30pmJob Recruiters -- Hiring Event
3:00pm to 5:00pmSierra Nevada Red Fox Working Group Meeting
3:30pm to 4:30pmMembers Town Hall
3:30pm to 5:30pmCA Bat Working Group Working Session
4:30pm to 6:00pmStudent/ECP Mixer with Wildlife Professionals- Speed Networking Event
4:30pm to 5:30pmTWS-WS Professional Development Committee Meeting
4:30pm to 5:30pmTWS-WS Western Wildlife Committee Meeting
5:00pm to 9:00pmNo-Host Drink Station – Mingle and Munch
6:00pm to 8:00pmPoster Session Reception & Hors d’oeuvres (Food Served 6-7:30pm)
8:00pm to 9:30pmChapter Meetings
9:30pm to 11:30pmKaraoke – After Hours Social!

Friday, February 9

7:30am to 1:00pmRegistration & Help Desk
7:30am to 11:00amExhibit Hall Open
8:00am to 10:30amScientific Concurrent Sessions
8:00am to 1:00pmStudy Lounge
8:00am to 11:00amFamily Room/Non-Gendered Bathroom
9:30am to 11:00amPeace Corps Office Hours
10:30am to 11:00amMorning Break
11:00am to 12:30pmCapstone Presentation Kim Stanley Robinson
1:30pm to 3:00pmMeeting Planning Committee Wrap-Up Lunch (By Invite)