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Written by: Nancy Moncrief
Monday February 10, 2014

I recently attended the annual conference of the Virginia Chapter of The Wildlife Society (TWS), which met at the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center in Front Royal, Virginia.

The Virginia Chapter of The Wildlife Society met at the Northern Virginia 4-H educational Center in February 2014.

Biologists from throughout Virginia were in attendance.  Not surprisingly, the largest contingent represented the state agency charged with monitoring and managing wildlife populations in Virginia, the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.  There were also quite a few professionals from federal agencies such as US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Department of Agriculture, and the Smithsonian Institution.  Other attendees included students and faculty members from universities including Radford University, Virginia Tech, Bridgewater College, and Ferrum College.

The program included 29 presentations on topics ranging from measures of genetic variation and reproductive success to population demographics and conservation actions. VMNH Research Associate Ray Dueser presented an update on our studies of raccoons that inhabit the Virginia barrier islands.

Dr. Raymond D. Dueser at the 2014 conference of the Virginia Chapter of The Wildlife Society, presenting results from collaborative research with VMNH Curator of Mammals Dr. Nancy D. Moncrief.

Like other conferences, I attended this meeting in order to network with other biologists in Virginia, discuss my ongoing projects, and plan future collaborations.

Tags: Biology, Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Dr. Nancy Moncrief, Mammals, Raccoons, Research and Collections, Research Associate, The Wildlife Society