It’s Day 1 of sessions at The Wildlife Society’s 19th Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon. There’s a lot to look forward to today: We’ll have a number of talks on reptiles and amphibians, wildlife disease and toxicology, ecology and habitat relationships of birds, and mammal management and conservation. This year’s plenary session — scheduled from 1.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. in the Oregon Convention Center, Oregon Ballroom 201-202 — will explore TWS’s role in advancing the wildlife profession. Our esteemed speakers are Jack Ward Thomas, former chief of the U.S. Forest Service; Mamie Parker, fish and wildlife biologist and former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Director and Assistant Director; Jerod Merkle, Ph.D. candidate at Laval University in Quebec City; and Shane Mahoney, Executive Director of Sustainable Development and Strategic Science at the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Department of Environment and Conservation. And, after a day of well-researched and thought-provoking sessions and symposia, we’ll celebrate together at the TWS Welcome Reception, from 6 – 9 p.m. in the Oregon Ballroom.
There’s a lot ahead of us, so let’s get this day started!