Montana Chapter Annual Conference

“Pillars of success: The intersection between research, management and implementation”

February 23-25th, 2021

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Pillars of success: The intersection between research, management and implementation

This year’s MTTWS Conference theme is ‘Pillars of success: The intersection between research, management and implementation’.  Montana is a vast landscape with various social, economic, cultural and conservation needs.  To sustain our goals of sound wildlife management based on a foundation of science, it is clear that working cooperatively provides the greatest chance towards successful on-the-ground projects. How agency, academic, non-profit, landowner and tribal entities interact to find balanced solutions is integral in realizing our commitment to wildlife and the habitats where they exist. This theme will be obvious in the plenary session and will be sprinkled throughout the three-day conference.

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Abstract Submission for Talks and Posters is Live!

  • Submission deadline – Friday, February, 5 at 11:59 pm MT
  • Notification with links to upload/record talks will be sent on Feb. 12, this will include info on recording/uploading your presentation.
  • Presentations must be uploaded by Feb. 17th
    • Poster Presenters will upload a pdf of their poster and may record a short video/audio description of their poster
    • Oral Presenters will be able to upload a video file (MP4) or record their talk via their acceptance notification and will be assigned to a 30-minute panel discussion on Feb. 24 or 25th for a live QA session.

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Banquet Speaker

Mike Forsberg
Conservation Photographer based at University of Nebraska


Plenary Speakers

Deb Wambach
District Biologist, MT Department of Transportation

Randy Arnold
Region 2 Supervisor, MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Whisper Camel-Means
Wildlife Biologist, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

Marcel Huijser
Research Ecologist, Western Transportation Institute

Liz Fairbank
Corridors and Crossings Program Officer, Center for Large Landscape Conservation

Bart Morris
Owner, Oxbow Cattle Company


Workshop Information

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 1-3pm: Boone and Crockett History and Scoring Workshop. Dr. Josh Millspaugh, B&C Chair at University of Montana and Jim Williams, official B&C scorer. Learn the history of the Boone and Crockett Club and watch a live scoring demonstration.

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 3-5pm: Chronic Wasting Disease Workshop. John Thornburg, FWP Lead CWD Technician. Learn about CWD and watch a “live” sampling demonstration.

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1-3pm: Legislative Workshop. Amy Seaman, Montana Audubon and Nick Gevock, Montana Wildlife Federation. Learn about the legislative process, important wildlife-related bills in the 2021 session, and watch live sessions/committee meetings.

Thursday, Feb. 25, 9-11am: Self-Care and Compassion During Epic Adaptive Challenge. Michelle Doerr, Anavah Consulting. ($30 per participant.) We are experiencing a stressor (COVID19) that is unlike we’ve experienced before with an unknown future ending. Our brains and bodies are feeling a legitimate threat that must be processed. For ourselves and our teams to overcome this challenge, we need our conservation leaders to be at their best. Self-care is more important than ever. In this workshop, we will discuss the importance of self-care and our daily needs to process the current stressor. We will explore the range of emotions affecting us and our teams. Compassion and encouragement will be used as the focus to help us move to action. Expect this space to be safe to share your experience and acknowledge our fears in dealing with COVID19. You will walk away with tools to use for yourself and your team in navigating the near future with everyone’s health and wellbeing in mind.

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2-4pm: Climate Adaptability Workshop. Led by a panel of USGS climate experts. Learn about resources available to evaluate how climate change may impact Montana wildlife and habitats.

Business Meeting

As usual, MTTWS will have a business meeting at the close of the conference. If you have any agenda items to discuss, please e-mail Brett Dorak at 

Art Contest

Calling all creative types! Though we’re virtual this year, our program will still be printable and we’d like to make our online platform like…more interesting and stuff. If you’d like to submit a design for our program cover (preferably one that fits the conference theme), e-mail it to The winning artist will receive free registration and $100! STUDENTS ONLY.

Small Grants and Award nominations are now closed.



Nominee #1: Andrea Litt

Associate Professor, Dept. of Ecology, Montana State University

Originally from southeastern Wisconsin, Andrea received her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and M.S. from the University of Florida. She worked for The Nature Conservancy before earning a Ph.D. at the University of Arizona. She was a faculty member with the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville before joining MSU in 2011. Andrea and her students work to understand how animal communities and populations are influenced by various human activities, including invasive plants, altered disturbance regimes, and changes in land use.  She has worked on a variety of taxa–arthropods, herpetofauna, mammals, birds–selecting the taxonomic group that will best help to answer the question of interest. Through her work, she strives to collect information that can be used to develop practical solutions to ecological problems and help guide policy and management. Andrea really enjoys working with students and watching them as they develop into colleagues.

Nominee #2: Tammy Fletcher

Northern Region Wildlife Program Leader, U.S. Forest Service


Tammy Fletcher started her federal career with the BLM while working on her M.S. in Wildlife Science from New Mexico State University. She worked 13 years with the Bureau of Land Management in southeastern Utah. While in Utah, Tammy was president of the Utah Chapter of The Wildlife Society in 2008-2009, and in 2010 she was the chair of the coordinating committee for The Wildlife Society annual conference in Snowbird, Utah. In 2010 she transitioned to the U.S Forest Service as a Forest Wildlife Biologist in eastern Idaho for 5 years before moving to Missoula for her current position in 2015.

 In her free time, she enjoys traveling all over the world to scuba dive. While home, she enjoys hiking, mountain biking and kayaking with her dogs in the mountains and riding her motorcycle along scenic byways and highways.


Nominee #1: Jason Hanlon

Northern Great Plains Land Steward, The Nature Conservancy

Originally from Albuquerque, NM, after high school Jason Hanlon moved to Boston where he completed a 5-year electrical apprenticeship. He worked for 10 years as an electrician with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Not completely satisfied with his first career choice, he moved around a bit before coming to Montana to Attend the University of Montana, earning a degree in wildlife biology. While attending UM, Jason worked seasonally for TNC at the Matador Ranch in eastern Montana, after which TNC brought him on as a full-time team member in 2017. Working for TNC, Jason has contributed to numerous research and monitoring projects, ranch operations, stewardship efforts, and is currently a certified drone pilot flying drones for TNC. Headquartered at the Matador, he enjoys being outdoors and taking in all that the grasslands offer. 

Nominee #2: Heather Brower

Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist, Pheasants Forever

Heather Brower has been a Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist with Pheasants Forever in Scobey, MT since December 2017. Originally from Eastern Washington, she earned her B.S. in Natural Resource Science Emphasizing Wildlife Ecology and a minor in Forestry from Washington State University (2015).  After graduation she worked as a wildlife technician for 3 years working with Greater Sage-Grouse in Roundup MT, white-tailed deer in South TX, and Eastern Wild Turkeys in Northern Missouri. Now she works out of the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) office to find ways to improve wildlife habitat while helping keep farmers and ranchers profitable and on the land.  When not in the office, Heather enjoys bird hunting with her Brittany Spaniel and long-distance trail riding.