20th Annual Conference of the Wildlife Society
I recently attended the 20th annual conference of The Wildlife Society (TWS), which met at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee.
TWS is an international group of more than 10,000 scientists, managers, educators, and technicians who study and conserve animals and their habitats throughout the world. This year’s conference was attended by more than 1,300 wildlife professionals and graduate students. There were more than 600 technical presentations that reported new information for topics such as behavior, ecology, and genetics.
VMNH Research Associate Ray Dueser (who retired from Utah State University) also attended the conference. He presented the results of our work that uses computer models to study movements of raccoons on the Virginia barrier islands. I presented the results of our fieldwork on these islands that allowed us to observe and document evidence of movement by individual animals. VMNH Research Associate John Porter (who's at the University of Virginia) is also collaborating with us on both of those projects.
In addition to learning about “who’s doing what” by going to their presentations, I was able to talk to other scientists between sessions and during coffee breaks. I met several new colleagues and we made tentative plans to collaborate on research projects that I hope to write about in the coming months.