2020 MT TWS Annual Conference
February 3, 2020 - February 7, 2020Free – $215
This Year’s Montana Chapter Annual Conference:
Private Lands Conservation: Where it Has Gone and Where it is Going
Our conference theme this year revolves around the multifaceted approach to habitat conservation on private lands and exploring the successes and failures from the past, what is currently working, and how those will help guide us into the future. Nearly two thirds of Montana is privately owned and working lands cover a large portion of that footprint, as agriculture and ranching/livestock production are continually the lead economic industries within the state. Additionally, Montana is home to a wide array of wildlife and habitats. These factors serve as perfect building blocks to work across private lands for the shared goal of conservation. Whether we are working on a grass restoration project, incorporating grazing infrastructure into expiring CRP to keep grass-based agriculture on the ground, modifying or removing fences to increase permeability of the landscape for migratory species, or layering a conservation easement on a working ranch, we need to effectively work with private landowners. Given the constant constraints on wildlife and wildlife conservation, it is important that we continually work together to keep our systems intact and improve where we can. This will ensure that we continue to keep our traditions alive and habitat viable in the “The Last Best Place”.
Feb 3 – 7, 2020, Butte, MT
“The Montana Chapter of the Wildlife Society sponsors a winter conference each year. The conference provides a forum for invited speakers and member presentations. Topics focus on those issues of particular importance or interest to Montana wildlife professionals. The 2020 Annual MTTWS Conference is set for February 3 – 7, 2020 at the Copper King Hotel & Convention Center, Butte, Montana.
Copper King Hotel & Convention Center
4655 Harrison Ave
Butte, MT 59701
Full Conference Registration for Members and Non-Members, as well as Student Registration, include:
- Student/Professional Mixer (hors-d’oeuvres and refreshments) – Wednesday night
- Awards Banquet Dinner -Thursday night
- Lunch – Thursday
Additional Mixer or Banquet tickets may be purchased separately.
Retired Member and Single-day Registrations do NOT include:
- Student/Professional Mixer
- Awards Banquet Dinner
- Mixer or Banquet tickets may be purchased separately
Book reservations online using this link: * Note: we are currently having problems with this link showing multiple room options (King bed, vs 2 queens, etc), so please call the hotel to book if you want something other than a room with 1 king bed. We are working on fixing this!
Please send us an email at email@example.com if you have problems using this link.
A block of 110 rooms has been set aside and is available for conference attendees at the block rate of $96/night, single occupancy, and $111 double occupancy, plus tax. These rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis, and will be held until January 15, 2020. After this date reservations will be based on availability and priced at the regular hotel rate. For reservations, call 406-565-5001 (mention “Montana Chapter of The Wildlife Society”).”
*Payment via PayPal allows you to pay with a logged in user Paypal account, or with a credit or debit card without a PayPal account.
* Early-Bird Registration ends Jan 15th ($135 members, $185 non-members); registration rates increase after this date ($165 members, $215 non-member).
* Registration for students and retired members stay at $55 and $65, respectively.
You may also renew your annual MT TWS membership – just add the correct membership to the cart before you check out.
Mineral Rights and Private Lands Conservation
Instructor: Zachary Zipfel, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
During this workshop, participants will take a look into surface and subsurface mineral rights and the complexities that they may add when working on easements or habitat projects on private lands.
Conservation Programs Training
Instructors: Catherine Wightman, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and Abby Dresser Ducks
This workshop continues on the foundation it built a few years ago and will provide a refreshing overview of how to utilize conservation programs with private landowners and provide new updates on existing programs as well as what has been rolled out over the last two years.
Banquet Speaker – Ryan “Cal” Callaghan
Ryan “Cal” Callaghan is Director of Conservation at MeatEater and host of the weekly podcast Cal’s Week in Review. Callaghan studied history and anthropology at the University of Montana before becoming a hunting and fishing guide on the outskirts of Glacier National Park, the Missouri breaks, the Frank Church and Bob Marshall wilderness areas. Callaghan was the first employee of the now MeatEater-owned technical hunting apparel company First Lite, where he established the brand’s conservation ethos which they are known for today. Callaghan is a member and national board member of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers.
For the plenary session this year we are proud to say that we have put together a group of individuals who are leading the charge in conserving Montana’s many habitats through some very novel approaches. Through scientific, holistic approaches that work cooperatively with private landowners the members of the plenary session are continually moving the conservation needle forward. We hope that you will join us as we hear about their individual approaches, what has worked and what has not, and where they think habitat conservation is heading in the future!
- Bob Sanders – Ducks Unlimited (Manager of Conservation Programs for Montana)
- Brian Martin – The Nature Conservancy (Montana Grasslands Conservation Director)
- Leo Barthelmess – Rancher Stewardship Alliance (President)
- Rick Northrup – Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (Wildlife Habitat Bureau Chief)
- Greg Neudecker – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program (MT State Coordinator)
Montana TWS Conference Welcome Reception
Tuesday, Feb 4th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Wild Movie Night!
Tuesday, Feb 4th, 9 – 11 PM
“Deer 139” follows University of Wyoming research scientist Sam Dwinnell and two friends as they hike, ski, and pack raft the path of the collared mule deer known as #139 for 85 miles through western Wyoming and learn to see the world differently in the process.
Go to https://www.deer139film.org/ [deer139film.org] for more info!
Newsletter editor’s note: I checked out the 2-minute sneak peek on their website and this film looks AMAZING
Do you like to doodle during classes or student chapter TWS meetings? Do you supplement your work-study income as a world-famous tattoo artist with her own show on cable TV? Do you like money and free stuff?
IF SO, please consider designing the cover for our 2020 Annual Conference program! It doesn’t HAVE to incorporate this year’s conference theme, but it’d be a lot cooler if it did. If we choose your submission, you’ll get $100 (WHAT) as well as free conference registration!
STUDENTS ONLY! Submit your masterpieces to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We STILL need your help! Board member and award nominations
It was recently brought to our attention that, according to our bylaws, we need at least 2 candidates to run for each open office. This year, the only opening is for President-Elect, for a three-year term. Finding candidates has been difficult in recent years. Serving as president of MTTWS can be a big commitment and is certainly challenging, but we’ve yet to hear of anyone who regretted their decision to run–you get to put together the highly-anticipated annual conference and choose the theme and guest speakers, network with some truly great professionals in our field, and lead a state full of passionate wildlife biologists toward building and thriving in this dynamic career. We realize the board has been dominated by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff in recent years, and we’d love for this to change! Please consider running for this office, and let Liz Bradley (email@example.com) know if you’re ready to take the plunge.
We’re also looking for award nominations! Check out the list of awards (Click Here!) [mttws.org] and start thinking about excellent professionals deserving of some recognition!