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2024 MT TWS Annual Conference
February 6 - February 9$40 – $330
“Cultivating Respect for Nature without Destroying What We Seek”
February 6-9th, 2024
Copper King Convention Center, Butte, America
Registration for the conference is open! Early Bird Registration savings ends January 5th! If you register by the Early Bird deadline, you’ll receive a complimentary hoodie with our logo and your choice of critter as part of your registration. Artwork is compliments of John Kuntz! Thanks John!!
When you order your hoodie, you’ll have the option between green and navy. See pictures below for an idea of color. Please note, if you choose “Tall” for size, the color will be similar, but not the same as what’s pictured below.
Full conference registration for members, non-members, students, and retirees includes:
- Welcome Reception – food and refreshments (Tuesday night – February 6th)
- Student/Professional Mixer – food and refreshments (Wednesday night – February 7th)
- Awards Banquet Dinner – plated meal and refreshments (Thursday night – February 8th)
- Lunch – Thursday, February 8th
To renew your MT TWS Membership Click Here!
Workshops this year include:
Now you see them, now you don’t: using occupancy models for wildlife management. Click here to register for the workshop
Tuesday, February 6th, 9AM-3PM.
Dan Walsh, University of Montana. In this workshop, participants will learn the statistical underpinnings of occupancy models and how they can be used to answer wildlife management questions. The course will be presented from a Bayesian perspective. We will also provide a laboratory session where participants will be able to gain experience creating and making inference from occupancy models. The workshop will conclude with an open session where participants can work with their own data and be able to ask questions of the instructors.
Wildlife Tracks & Sign: A skill set for noninvasive wildlife monitoring. Click here to register for the workshop
Tuesday, February 6th, 9AM-3PM.
Sara Lamar, Swan Valley Connections. Identification of wildlife tracks and sign is a practical skill set for wildlife biologists that isn’t often formally taught in wildlife biology programs. Correctly interpreting tracks and sign can not only confirm an animal’s presence but also reveal behavior, habitat use, inter and intra-species interactions, and more. This workshop will cover common gait patterns, foot morphology, scat identification and common sign such as scent marking and feeding behavior. We will spend a few hours in the classroom building foundation knowledge and then apply these skills in the field for the rest of the afternoon. Snowshoes will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own if preferred.
Burnout, stress, and why science says they matter: What modern neuroscience can teach us about the physiology of stress, its concerning consequences, and practical solutions. Click here to register for the workshop
Wednesday, February 7th, 8-10AM
Anna Rapson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Modern neuroscience reminds us that our brains are malleable and its elasticity has a longer trajectory than what was once believed. Therefore, there is no set point; we can change our brains, and the way we live our lives, whenever we choose. Evidence indicates overall health and happiness are not only impacted by external experiences, but also by our internal relationship to stress, thought and behavior patterns, and emotional and nervous system regulation.
This workshop will draw upon neuroscience and the science of mindfulness to learn practical, evidence-based tools to manage common work-life struggles with issues such as:
- Impacts of stress on the brain and the body
- Managing stress so it doesn’t become chronic stress
- Expectations that may contradict with what is realistic and sustainable (self or supervisor imposed)
- Burnout – how to catch it and what to do with it
- Imposter Syndrome – how to work with self-doubt and/or comparative judgment
- Work-Life balance – how to keep work from leaking into your off-time or sleep-time!
- Dealing with a difficult or tense work environment
- How to identify and change patterns that ultimately contribute to dissatisfaction and disappointment
Lead-free Ammunition in Montana: Current Research, Outreach, and Opportunities. Click here to register for the workshop
Wednesday, February 7th, 10AM-12PM
Michael McTee, MPG Ranch; Hannah Leonard, Sporting Lead-Free; Vince Slabe, Conservation Science Global; Kate Stone, MPG Ranch; Robert Domenech, Raptor View Research Institute; Adam Shreading, Raptor View Research Institute; and Brian Busby, Raptor View Research Institute.
Hunters are increasingly going lead-free, whether to reduce lead exposure in wildlife, eliminate lead fragments in game meat, or gain a desired ballistic performance. Wildlife biologists and conservation professionals stand on the front lines of this topic, so it is important we understand the nuances behind this sometimes controversial issue. In this workshop, participants will rotate through stations centered around 1) the problem of lead poisoning in wildlife, 2) the ballistics of lead-free bullets, and 3) effective messaging. This Montana-focused workshop will be a fantastic opportunity to network and help spread the awareness of lead-free ammunition across the state.