Call for Papers - Abstracts are Due: Friday, October 29th

Please submit your abstract electronically:

We are soliciting abstracts for posters and 15-minute oral presentations for the concurrent technical and poster sessions. Abstract content should be related to technical session topics listed below, but additional topics may be entertained if sufficient presentations are submitted. The conference program committee and session chairs will evaluate submitted abstracts to determine final concurrent session topics. 

Presenters in both oral and poster contributed sessions will be able to choose either the in-person or the virtual option. All presenters will be able to change their presentation mode until January 2022 (subject to availability for the in-person posters which depends on available space). If you present a poster or oral presentation, you must pay the appropriate meeting registration fee.

Oral Presentations – Oral presenters may choose to participate either in-person or virtually.  All presenters will be asked to upload a pre-recorded video of their presentation two weeks before the meeting for online viewing ahead of the meeting.  Presenters attending in-person will give their talk live at the meeting, and for those participating virtually, we will play your pre-recorded video live in Reno during your session. All papers associated with the oral concurrent sessions will be presented from Wednesday afternoon through Friday morning, February 9 to February 11, 2022. There will be an interactive Q&A discussion at the end of each session and all presenters must participate either in-person or virtually.  The concurrent sessions and discussions will be streamed live through our meeting app so all registered attendees can participate in the interactive sessions.

Poster Presentations – Poster presenters may choose to participate either in-person or virtually.  All Poster presenters must upload a .pdf image of their poster to the meeting app two weeks before the meeting for online viewing. An optional 3-minute video summary of your poster may also be uploaded. All poster presenters will use the meeting app’s Q&A feature to respond to online questions about their poster.  For poster presenters participating in-person in Reno, a poster session and reception will be held Wednesday evening, February 9, 2022. In-person poster presenters must be available at their poster at this time to discuss their work with interested viewers. In-person poster presenters will set up their posters at the Peppermill Resort on Wednesday (2/9/22) between 1-3pm. Display boards will be provided.  Posters should be no more than 44” tall by 44” wide.  Posters will be available for viewing Wednesday afternoon through Thursday evening. Posters must be removed on Friday (2/11/22) by 1pm.  Note, physical display boards are limited so in-person presenters must reserve their space when they submit their abstract.  To inquire about changing your participation mode, you may email

Concurrent Technical Session Topics in Development:

  • Conference Theme Session – Mutualism (literal or figurative)
  • Conference Theme Session – Commensalism (literal or figurative)
  • Conference Theme Session – Parasitism (literal or figurative)
  • Conservation Planning and Environmental Offsets
  • Ecology and Conservation of Amphibians and Reptiles
  • Ecology and Conservation of Birds
  • Ecology and Conservation of Mammals
  • Ecology and Conservation of Invertebrates
  • Endangered Species: Planning for Recovery
  • Justice, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Human Dimensions in Wildlife Conservation and Management
  • Science Communication
  • Impacts to Lands and Wildlife from Recreation
  • Inputs and Methods for Conservation Planning & Ways to Measure Success
  • Multi-Benefit Projects
  • Pacific Islands
  • Public Policy and Wildlife Management
  • Waterfowl
  • Wildlife and Climate Change
  • Wildlife and Forest Management and Policy
  • Wildlife Conservation and Habitat Management in Nevada
  • Wildlife Diseases and Pathology
  • Wildlife, Pollution, and Ecotoxicology
  • Wildlife and Renewable Energy
  • Wildlife Professionals: Agency Coordination & Collaboration
  • Wildlife Professionals: Consultant Case Studies
  • Wildlife Responses to Fire and Post-Fire Restoration
  • Wildlife Techniques and Technologies
  • Other

Note:  Session titles may be added or changed at a later date based on papers received. If a group has the desire and sufficient participants to create a unique session please contact the program chair (Dr. Katie Smith,

Abstract Submission Process:

The deadline for submission of both Oral Presentation and Poster abstracts is 11:59pm PDT on Friday, October 29, 2021

Please submit abstracts electronically by filling out the interactive form on the Section website at:

Abstracts should not exceed 200 words and must adhere to format and layout elements provided in the example below. Indicate whether the paper will be an oral presentation or a poster, and if an oral presentation, indicate your preferred session. 

Oral and Poster Presenters are expected to pay the conference registration fee and cover their own travel and lodging expenses. 

We will review the submitted abstracts and will notify the submitters of their status by December 6, 2021. Thank you, in advance, for your time and effort in the submission process.



Preferred Session:  Ecology and Management of Shorebirds 

Type of paper:  Oral presentation

If a student, indicate if you intend to participate in the Student Judging.

Paper Title:  Status and Habitat Use of Long-Billed Curlews in the Central Valley in Fall

  1. David Shuford, PRBO Conservation Science, 3820 Cypress Drive #11, Petaluma, CA 94954,, (415) 868-0371×310; Co–authors: Gary W. Page; Gary M. Langham; and Catherine Hickey

Abstract: The long-billed curlew (Numenius americanus) – a large shorebird of conservation concern at the continental level – is a migrant and winter resident in California’s Central Valley, where it concentrates primarily in agricultural lands. Despite recent estimates of the size of the curlew’s North American breeding population, little is known about its abundance and habitat needs at migratory stopovers and wintering areas. To help fill these gaps, we coordinated three broad-scale surveys of curlews in the central and southern portions of the Central Valley in fall and winter in 2007-2008 and a more comprehensive survey of the entire Central Valley in August 2009. In the latter survey, we recorded 20,775 curlews in 197 flocks. In all years in autumn, the vast majority of curlews were found in irrigated croplands, primarily alfalfa and irrigated pastures, during this otherwise arid season. More frequent surveys at the local level in Solano County and more recent radio-telemetry studies indicate that some curlews shift their distribution from fall to winter. More work on fine-scale habitat preferences and movements in the Central Valley is needed to aid in the conservation of this at-risk shorebird.

Competition for Student Awards at the TWS Western Section Annual Meeting:  

The Western Section of The Wildlife Society is pleased to offer six cash awards for students who speak in an oral session or present a poster at our annual meeting. “Student” is defined as any individual, any age, who is currently enrolled or has received a degree within six months of the meeting date from any high school, accredited college, or university (not limited to those within the Western Section). From high school to post-doc, we welcome your participation! 

The value of the cash awards varies slightly, based upon the number of students in the competition. In general, the more students who compete, the more cash we award! Please be sure to indicate when you submit your abstract whether you intend to compete in the student judging competition. It is your responsibility to express your intent to participate. By participating in the competition, you will receive positive remarks and constructive criticism from the judges (typically at least three), telling you what they liked and how you can improve your next presentation.