Recovery and Resilience in a Pandemic & Climate Change World

Meeting Dates: April 24 – 29, 2023

Meeting Location: Great Wolf Lodge, Grand Mound, Washington

Further details and updates can be found at:


The Washington Chapter of The Wildlife Society, the Society for Northwestern Vertebrate Biology, and Northwest Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation invite you to submit abstracts for presentations and posters, workshop concepts, proposals for mini-symposia or panel discussions, and ideas for other facets of the program. This meeting will promote the sharing of information about new approaches to research, conservation, and communications and ways to promote resilience in the face of future challenges. All topics in wildlife, vertebrate biology, habitat management, conservation, and application of research findings to conservation and management practices are welcome. Other topics may include:

  • Wildlife values in human communities
  • Emerging technologies in conservation and management
  • Population dynamics and ecology of wildlife
  • Relationships of wildlife and their habitat
  • Application of research findings to conservation and management practices
  • Successful conservation programs and practices
  • Maintenance of habitat connectivity and ecosystem function in modified landscapes


Participants can earn Continuing Education Units for The Wildlife Society’s Certified Wildlife Biologist® Renewal/Professional Development Certificate Program.



April 24-25     Workshops – planned workshops include: live capture and handling, conservation communication, animal damage and conflict management, and traditional ecological knowledge.

April 26          Registration opens; Plenary session; Contributed talks & invited sessions; Evening social and poster session

April 27          Student mentoring breakfast; Contributed talks & invited sessions; Banquet, awards, raffle, and auction

April 28          Symposium; Contributed talks & invited sessions; Wildlife handling & chemical immobilization training (Day 1)

April 29          Wildlife handling & chemical immobilization training (Day 2); Field trips


We strongly encourage all students to present posters or oral talks.



No-cost lodging incentives (students) and registration fee reduction incentives (Early Career Professionals) will be available. Visit websites of the sponsor organizations for further information beginning mid-November 2022.

Request for Program Cover Artwork:

Attention, artists, doodlers, and daydreamers! Pick up your pens, paintbrushes, or pencils and share your artistic talents. We are currently accepting original artwork for the cover of our 2023 program.

  • Submissions should be portrait orientation and with minimum pixels of 2700 X 3600 (8.5” X 11”).
  • Please submit your artwork before January 31, 2023, to George Ritchotte at:

  • Subject line: 2023 Program Cover Art
  • Attach your submission as a JPG, PDF, TIFF, or other image file type
  • Meeting Chairs will select a winner from the

Are you a vendor, have general questions, or want to volunteer?

  • Interested vendors can direct inquiries to Alex Pavlinovic at:
  • Information about volunteer opportunities and general questions can be directed to the Steering Committee Chairs for each organization:

Alexander Pavlinovic (, WA TWS

Teal Waterstrat (, SNVB

Laura Sprague (, NW PARC

Volunteers are needed especially for social activities, technology interface, and volunteer coordination.


Oral presentation guidelines:

Oral presentations during regular sessions will be 15 minutes long, including 5 minutes for questions at the end of each talk. Oral presentations must be created using a MS PowerPoint file type (.ppt or .pptx) for PCs ONLY. Apple-based and other formats or file types will not be accepted. All PowerPoint presentations should be formatted for PowerPoint show (slide standard size 4X3) using MS Office 2016 to ensure the greatest compatibility with anticipated projection equipment and computer support. As always, give credit where credit is due by naming the image owner. If an image is copyrighted, please get permission from the image owner before using it.

Poster presentation guidelines:

Each poster should be contained within a 3-foot-high × 4-foot-wide area. If you have additional questions about display boards and/or poster size, please contact the program committee at:



Deadline for submission is December 1, 2022!

Please follow the abstract preparation instructions for the presentation type you submit. Incorrectly formatted abstracts will be returned for revision.

  • Email ALL abstract submissions to:
  • Include your presentation type (poster or presentation) in the email subject line

Abstract guidelines for posters and full-length oral presentations:

Abstracts must be formatted to SNVB standards (see below for details and an example) to facilitate publication of abstracts from oral presentations in the journal Northwest Naturalist. If you have questions, contact Alex Pavlinovic at:

  • Abstract Length: ≤ 250 words
  • Font: Times New Roman, 12‐point
  • Student Presenters: If you would like to be considered for Best Student Paper or Best Student Poster, let us know in the submission


Abstract Format (for posters and full-length oral presentations):

Presentation type—Specify on the first line either “Oral Presentation” or “Poster Presentation.”

Title—Capitalize the first letter of each substantive word (Title Case), Bold Face, and end with a period. Note that articles and prepositions are not capitalized unless they are the first word of the title. The second half of a hyphenated term is not capitalized.

Author name(s)—Follow directly after the title, standard face, and type in upper and lower case. Place an asterisk next to presenting author (need not be the first author).

Author address(es)Italicize. If authors have different addresses, follow each author’s name with the appropriate address; spell out street addresses, but use state or province acronyms, no comma between state and zip code, and include the name of the country if other than the United States or Canada; separate street address and email address with a semi-colon.

Abstract—New line, Indent. Single-space and type in upper and lower case. The abstract should summarize the paper with an emphasis on results and interpretation. Only small capitals and italics are retained, so please do not use boldface or any other non‐standard typeface in the body of the abstract. Leave only one space between a period and the start of the following sentence. Scientific names should be italicized and should accompany the 1st use of the Standard English Common Name. The first letter of each word for common names should be capitalized (e.g., Yellow-billed Cuckoo).


Abstract Example:

Oral Presentation

Monitoring American Marten on the East Side of the North Cascades of Washington. Danielle Munzing*, Washington Department of Natural Resources, 1111 Washington Street Southeast, Olympia, WA 98501;; William L Gaines, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests, USDA Forest Service, 215 Melody Lane, Wenatchee, WA 98801;

We used track plates to monitor American Marten (Martes americana) over two field seasons in 2003 and 2004, to test the efficacy of applying this technique to late-successional reserves on the east side of the North Cascades. We stratified our sample area into wet and…