Connecting Science and Management Through Communication

Meeting Dates: February 25 – March 1, 2019

Meeting Location: Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, Washington


The Washington Chapter of The Wildlife Society, the Society for Northwestern Vertebrate Biology, and NW PARC invite you to submit abstracts for presentations and posters, workshop concepts, mini-symposia proposals, and ideas for other facets of the program.  All topics in wildlife, vertebrate biology, habitat management, conservation, and application of research findings to conservation and management practices are welcome. We strongly encourage all students to present Posters or Oral talks.

Registration is LIVE! Please register at:

Early registration closes January 25th. Registration rates for all categories (excluding workshop fees) will increase after January 25th.


Room rates expire Jan 25th

RESERVATIONS: Make your reservations by calling the toll-free Central Reservations Department at 1-866-941-9653 by Friday, January 25, 2019. They must identify themselves as members of the Group, with Reservation # 902WILDLIFE. All reservations must be guaranteed by the individual and accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card. Each individual has up to 7 days prior to arrival to cancel with a fee of 15% of your deposit. If you cancel 4-6 days prior to arrival, there will be a 30% fee, and 3 days or less of arrival, the deposit becomes non-refundable. Cancellation fees can vary by promotion and may be non-refundable at the time of booking.


Program Outline:

25 & 26 February – 2-day Chemical Immobilization Workshop.
26 February – Registration Opens, contributed talks, and workshops: 2nd day of Chemical Immobilization, Conservation Communication Workshop.

27 February – Plenary session, Contributed Sessions, IGNITE, Poster Session, and evening Social
28 February – Contributed papers, NW Bats, and invited sessions (marine mammals, banquet, awards, raffle and auction, and more).
1 March – Workshops: Natural Science IllustrationFederal Wildlife Law.  Field Trips TBD.


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 2018.


Request for Program Cover Artwork:

Attention artists, doodlers, and daydreamers! Pick up your pens, paintbrushes, or pencils and share your artistic talents at the meeting. We are currently accepting original artwork to grace the cover of our 2019 program.

  • Submissions should be of a size that can be reproduced on a portrait-oriented 8.5 x 11 in sheet of paper
  • Please submit your artwork before January 15, 2019 to
    • Subject line: 2019 Program Cover Art
    • Attach your submission as a JPG, PDF, TIFF or other file type
  • Meeting Chairs will select a winner from the submissions

For additional questions, or if you are interested in volunteering:

Contact the Steering Committee Chairs for each organization

Teal Waterstrat (, SNVB

Jessica Brown (, SNVB

Lisa Dowling (, WA TWS

Katy Weil (, NW PARC



Ignite presentation guidelines:

Want to present at the Conference but do not want to prepare a full presentation or poster?  These short to-the-point talks provide a great platform for people to quickly share project updates, notes from the field, or other important topics that don’t require a full 20-minute presentation.  IGNITE presentations are exactly 5 minutes and contain exactly 20 slides.  The slides advance automatically after each slide is displayed for 15 seconds.  IGNITE sessions have been well received at past meetings and are a fun way to get involved.

Oral presentation guidelines:

Oral presentations during regular sessions will be 20 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 STANDARD screen dimensions using MS Office 16 or earlier version to ensure 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 x 4 foot-wide area.   Please contact poster committee chair Teal Waterstrat at if you have additional questions about display boards and/or the size of your poster.