The Wildlifer Newsletter – October 2010

Issue 367 | OCTOBER 2010

Douglas Johnson
Douglas H. Johnson at the Annual Conference Award Ceremony. Photo: TWS

The Wildlife Society bestowed the Aldo Leopold Award on Douglas H. Johnson in recognition of his contributions as a scientist, educator, and visionary leader in the field of wildlife research and management. Johnson received the Society’s highest award on October 3 during the Annual Conference in Snowbird, Utah.

Johnson has devoted his career to the application of statistics to wildlife conservation and has spent more than four decades working for the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, where he now serves as research statistician and senior scientist. He has been a long-time active member of TWS, has chaired the Biometrics Working Group and twice received TWS Publication of the Year Awards for papers in The Journal of Wildlife Management.

He also received the prestigious Meritorious Service Award in 2000 and the Distinguished Service Award in 2006 from the U.S. Department of the Interior.


Taking the Time to Communicate

Each year at TWS’ Annual Conference, I have the privilege of sharing some of my experiences with the gifted young professionals who participate in our Leadership Institute. One of the issues we discuss is the importance of effective communication, because leaders can’t be successful without an ability to communicate their vision and goals.

The frenetic nature of the modern, interconnected world makes it even more critical that wildlife professionals take the time to communicate effectively with key decision makers in government, the public, and the media, and with their own communities. Because communication is so fundamentally important, I’d like to summarize how TWS headquarters communicates with staff, Council, membership, and the world at large.

Read the rest of this column and share your thoughts on our blog.


* Wildlife Concerns Raised in Early Stages of Desert Wind Energy Projects
* The Wildlife Society Urges Protection of Special Sites in National Petroleum Reserve
* TWS Signs On to Sporting Groups ’ Letter on America’s Great Outdoors
* TWS Comments on Department of Interior’s Proposed Scientific Integrity Policy
* TWS Submits Comments on Petition to Regulate Lead Ammunition
* The Wildlife Society Releases New Publication: The Public Trust Doctrine (PTD) Technical Review
* Take Action: Comment on USFWS Review of Gray Wolf Protection
* Take Action: Support Funding for the National Fish Habitat Action Plan


Approximately 1400 attendees, guests, and exhibitors trekked to the beautiful mountains in Snowbird, Utah to enjoy a top-notch scientific program and network with colleagues. We had over 50 exhibitors for the trade show and 9 organizations represented at the Career Fair.

The Plenary session on diversity in the wildlife profession entitled “There’s More to Diversity Than Just the Wildlife” included informative and moving presentations from minority members Columbus Brown, Roel Lopez, Jeanne Jones, Seafha Blount, and Dana Sanchez. Ron Labisky, 2009 Aldo Leopold Award Winner, concluded the program a presentation entitled “Strong Professional Headwinds: Some Thoughts to Ponder.”

The Welcoming Night BBQ Reception, an Oktoberfest-themed student-professional mixer, and a New TWS Member Pizza Party Reception provided a perfect setting to get reacquainted with old friends and colleagues and meet new ones.

Field trips provided attendees the opportunity to get out and enjoy the magnificent views and wildlife in Snowbird, and Humboldt State University retrieved the Quiz Bowl Champion title from last year’s champs, Texas A&M University.

See the conference online photo album and share the photos with your friends and colleagues.

2011 conference News

Hawaii Sunset on the Big IslandCome to Hawaii with The Wildlife Society!

You heard that right – TWS 18th Annual Conference is taking place at the Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island of Hawaii between November 5 and 10, 2011. TWS had to move the conference from Pittsburgh since the hotel we reserved has major construction delays and we would lose one third of our meeting space.

The Hilton Waikoloa Village will provide an incredible meeting experience to our attendees and The Big Island of Hawaii has 11 different ecosystems on the island. Start making plans to attend!

Submission Deadline: January 14, 2011

Proposals for workshops, symposia, panel discussions, breakfast roundtables, and special poster sessions are invited for the 18th Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society. Proposals should focus on topics of wildlife science, management, conservation, education, or policy within the broad theme of Excellence in Wildlife Stewardship through Science and Education.

For details on how submit your proposal and other information, read the entire Call for Papers online.

TWS Fellows -2010. Photo by K. Rasmussen
President Bruce Leopold and 2010 TWS fellows at the Annual Conference Award Ceremony. Photo by K. Rasmussen.


TWS was proud to honor many distinguished members during the annual conference. Our congratulations to this year’s award winners:

* Chapter of the Year: Missouri Chapter
* Student Chapter of the Year: Texas A&M University – Kingsville Student Chapter
* Student Chapter Advisor of the Year: Frank Ammer, Frostburg State University
* Donald H. Rusch Memorial Game Bird Research Scholarship: Meadow J. Kouffeld
* Diversity Award: Minorities in Natural Resources Committee of the Southeaster Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
* Jim McDonough Award: John J. Moriarty
* Conservation Education Award: AFWA’s North American Conservation Education Strategy and Conservation Leaders of Tomorrow
* Wildlife Publication Awards:
o Editorship: Maurice Hornocker and Sharon Negri for Cougar: Ecology and Conservation,
o University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London. 2009.
o Book: Perry Barboza, Katherine L. Parker, and Ian D. Hume for Integrative Wildlife Nutrition, Springer-Verlag, Berlin Germany. 2009.
o Article: Katherine C. Kendall, Jeffrey B. Stetz, John Boulanger, Amy C. MacLeod,
o David Paetkau, and Gary White for “Demography and genetic structure of a recovering grizzly bear population.” Journal of Wildlife Management 73:3-17. 2009. The Wildlife Society.
o Monograph: James W. Cain III, Paul R. Krausman, J.R. Morgart, Brian D. Jansen, and Martin P. Pepper for “Responses of desert bighorn sheep to removal of water sources.” Wildlife Monographs 171. 2008.
* Caesar Kleberg Award for Excellence in Applied Wildlife Research: Michael R. Conover
* TWS Fellows: DeeCee A. Darrow, Dan Svedarsky, Daniel J. Decker, Thomas Decker, Steve Demarais, William G. Minser III, Bruce C. Thompson, Marti Kie
* Special Recognition Service Award: Gerald A. Bartelt
* Honorary Membership: Stanley A. Temple

Conference Recognitions
In addition to the above awards, President Bruce Leopold recognized the following members for their service to the Society:

* Tammy Fletcher, John Kimball, and Michael Wolfe – 17th Annual Conference Arrangements Committee Co-Chairs
* Terry Messmer – 17th Annual Conference Program Committee Chair
* Robert L. Carey. – Certification Review Board Member, 2004 – 2010
* Emily Jo Williams – Certification Review Board Member, 2005 – 2010

Best Student Papers and Posters
Our thanks to all the volunteer judges for their help in making this portion of the 2010 conference a success!

* Best Student Paper: Lindsey Rich, University of Montana, for “Using hunter surveys to monitor wolf pack abundance and distribution in Montana.”
* Best Student Poster: Elizabeth St. James, Mississippi State University for “Effect of hunting frequency on duck abundance, harvest, and hunt quality in Mississippi.”

Best Student Research-in Progress Posters
This year several categories were added to the research-in-progress poster awards. The winners are:

* Best Undergraduate Research-In-Progress Poster: Julia Nawrocki, Ball State University
Title: Relationship of Carapace Size to Major Claw Size in Male Fiddler Crabs
* Best Master’s Research-In-Progress Poster: Cody McKee, University of Nevada-Reno
Title: Effects of water manipulation on habitat selection and demography of mule deer in Mojave
* Best Ph.D. Research-In-Progress Poster: Clay Buchanan, University of Wyoming
Title: Identification of elk disturbance risk response and driving mechanisms in a natural gas development field
* Best Overall Research-In-Progress Poster: Clay Buchanan, University of Wyoming
Title: Identification of elk disturbance risk response and driving mechanisms in a natural gas development field

Quiz Bowl winners with President Tom Ryder

Annual Quiz Bowl: Humboldt University won the 13th Annual Student Quiz Bowl. (Pictured above with TWS president Tom Ryder). Texas A&M University was the runner up.

Combined Federal Campaign – Attention Federal Employees!

If you are a federal employee, please consider The Wildlife Society in your charitable giving. Look for our name (Wildlife Society) in the Combined Federal Campaign list of National Organizations – we are #10247. Contact your personnel office for assistance in signing up this fall. Thank you!

Donations to TWS Online Mentoring Program
Our sincere thanks to the following members who have generously contributed to make the TWS Mentoring Program a success.

* Jan E. Dizard
* Louis E. Huffman
* Jeremy Lynn Jackson
* Douglas H.Johnson
* Kimberly Johnson
* Kevin J. Kritz


Northeast Section Call for Award Nominations

The Wildlife Society Northeast Section seeks nominations of the John Pearce Memorial Award, the P.F. English Memorial Award and Certificates of Recognition. For more information, including eligibility and nomination procedures, please visit the NE Section website or contact Shelley Spohr at

Call for Presentations for Biodiversity Without Boundaries 2011
The conference will be held on May 8-12, 2011, at the Arbor Day Foundation’s Lied Lodge and Conference Center, Nebraska City, NE.

Deadline: November 5, 2010.

Biodiversity Without Boundaries’ sessions are organized around the core activities of biodiversity conservation: Science, Technology & Tools, and Planning & Leadership. More information is available on the conference site.


2011 International Urban Wildlife Management and Planning Conference – Hosted by The Wildlife Society’s Urban Wildlife Working Group and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, this gathering of researchers, practitioners, planners, architects and designers will be held on May 22-25, 2011, at the Hyatt on Ladybird Lake, Austin, Texas . Details at:

The 20th Eastern Black Bear Workshop will be held May 1-4, 2011, at Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Watch for an updated agenda and further details at

Central Mountains & Plains Section 2011 Meeting has been scheduled for August 23rd-25th, 2011, in Gering, Nebraska.

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One Response to The Wildlifer Newsletter – October 2010

  1. If only we had more people take the time to learn how to protect land and animals, we may have a chance yet. Too many people have abused our resources and consumed too much. Congratulations to Mr. Johnson for his hard work.


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