Renew by April 30 and Win a Kindle
Renew your TWS membership by April 30th and you will be entered to win one of three Kindle Fire HD Tablets. Even if you just renewed, you can renew for next year, lock in the current membership rates, and be eligible to win the Kindle. You can renew online at http://wildlife.org/R34KE. Winners will be announced in the May issue of The Wildlifer.
Amazon and The Wildlife Society
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Ducks Unlimited Honors TWS Members with Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards
TWS was well represented at the Ducks Unlimited (DU) March 29 award breakfast at the 78th Annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Arlington, Virginia. Two long-time TWS members received one of Ducks Unlimited’s highest honor, the 2013 Wetland Conservation Achievement Award, which recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the restoration and conservation of North America’s wetlands and waterfowl habitat. New executive director, Byron “Ken” Williams (22-year TWS member), received the award in the Federal Employee category and Dr. James D. Nichols. (42-year TWS member) received the award in the Research/Technical category. Congratulations to both!
Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences Conference (MANRRS)
TWS Diversity Coordinator Courtney Stackhouse attended the MANRRS meeting in Sacramento, CA, on March 21-23, 2013. She participated in the career fair, manning a booth and speaking to students. MANRRS is an opportunity for people of color interested in and studying science (mostly animal-science and various biologies) to get together, share ideas and network. MANRRS is intensely student-oriented, with not only undergraduate and graduate poster sessions and presentations but also a sharp focus on professional development and life skills. This year there were workshops on appropriate workplace behavior, dressing for success, financial management, resume writing, behavioral interview skills, undergraduate to graduate school transition workshops and a career fair.
MANRRS has a commitment to creating a pipeline of qualified people of color interested in working in natural resources. In line with this commitment is the ongoing Jr. MANRRS program which is focused on STEM-oriented high school students. These students have some of their own conference programming but also have access to the life skills and professional development workshops mentioned above as well as the career fair, allowing high school students to comingle among the undergraduate and graduate students. This creates an informal space for students to ask questions of one another and to feel a sense of community, as well as a casual expectation of attending college and clear indication of the potential for success there.
Ron Sieg, 62, died April 1st, 2013 at Flagstaff Medical Center in Flagstaff, Ariz., following a long battle with cancer. Ron had recently retired after 12 years as Arizona Game and Fish Department Regional Supervisor in Flagstaff.
Old TWS-L Listserv to Close End of April
TWS will shut down the old TWS-L listserv at the end of April. All current listserv subscribers are encouraged to join the new TWS Google Group. The old platform is no longer allowing new subscribers to sign up, nor is it successfully sending messages to all recipients. Google Groups, however, will allow us to better manage communication and membership. Unfortunately, due to platform restrictions, TWS will not be transferring subscribers over to the Google Group; individuals must sign up on their own. If you need help, contact Jeremiah Patterson, TWS Web Producer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.