Apply for the TWS Leadership Institute Class of 2020!

Apply for the TWS Leadership Institute Class of 2020!

The Wildlife Society (officious National Chapter) is now accepting applications for the Leadership Institute Class of 2020. The deadline to submit applications is March 16 by 11:59 p.m. EST.

Leadership Institute participants engage in a series of activities to develop and expand their leadership skills. The program begins in May and concludes at The Wildlife Society’s 27th Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky in October. Participants will receive complimentary registration and a travel grant to attend the conference.

The Leadership Institute is geared toward early-career professionals, typically two to three years out of undergraduate or graduate school, who are currently working full-time in a wildlife professional position with demonstrated evidence of leadership potential. Applicants must be members in good standing with TWS and a chapter or section of TWS. Preference will be given to individuals who are currently designated as an Associate Wildlife Biologist or Certified Wildlife Biologist, or have submitted such an application to TWS.

Throughout the six-month program, participants will engage with Leadership Institute alumni and TWS Council mentors, work collaboratively to understand a wide array of leadership styles and perspectives, develop stronger written and verbal communication skills and learn how to better navigate the conservation field.

“The connection with other young professionals and leaders at the forefront of The Wildlife Society was one of the most valuable aspects to me,” said Stephanie Ferrero, a member of the Leadership Institute class of 2013. “The top leaders of The Wildlife Society inspired me to do all I can to make a positive difference for conservation. The classmates I had in the Leadership Institute broadened my views on how to tackle challenges that face wildlife.”

Applicants should submit application materials  to by March 16.

Learn more about The Wildlife Society’s Leadership Institute.

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University of Montana students get involved with community outreach!

University of Montana’s Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society is at it again!  Check out these articles about their outreach efforts with the Flagship program as they work with local school children in and around Missoula, as well as their involvement in the Phillipsburg area with this year’s annual Hunter Mentorship program!

Flagship program

Hunter Mentorship program

Grants available for wildlife projects through Montana Audubon

Grants Available for Wildlife Projects through Montana Audubon

Each year Montana Audubon awards grants from the Audubon Wildlife Fund of Montana, a permanent endowment. Audubon Wildlife Fund grants support education and research projects that benefit wildlife in Montana. Preference is given to projects benefiting nongame wildlife and their habitats. If you are considering applying for an Audubon Wildlife grant for 2019, click here: Montana Audubon Wildlife Grants.

Applications are due on December 14!

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2018 Fall Newsletter

We hope everyone has had a good fall, and is ready for winter.  Although the annual meeting is still a few months away, it will be here before we know it!  Liz and the board are working hard to plan the meeting, and the call for abstracts, registration, and other announcements should begin arriving in your inbox soon. As a reminder we are still looking for nominations for the secretary and president elect positions as well as awards and proposals for small grants. If you are interested in running or know anyone who maybe interested, please let us know.

Details on this and more can be found clicking here:  2018 Fall Newsletter

Podcasts from the Northwest Section coming soon!

Podcasts from the Northwest Section coming soon!

Oregon TWS is producing a natural history/conservation podcast entitled Northwest Nature Matters. The podcast will entail interviews with resource experts in various disciplines…largely focusing on the greater Pacific Northwest area (broadly interpreted). The goal is to reach a broader segment of the public in addition to our colleagues and friends.

Some last details are being finalized on their website (hosted by the Oregon Wildlife Foundation) and will be ready to publicly launch on December 3rd

Stay tuned, as we get more details and updates, we will pass them along to you!

University of Montana Student Chapter Update

University of Montana Student Chapter Update

Greetings from UM!

Our Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society has had a very active fall. We have students volunteering around the community apple picking to discourage bears with the Great Bear Foundation; rolling barb wire with the Backcountry Horsemen at the Blackfoot-Clearwater Game Range; spending their weekends at Hunter Check-stations with the FWP biologists; and, a new activity of teaching in an afterschool program called Flagship.

Our current education outreach officer, Jonathan Karlen, came into the semester with the goal to get our students more involved with our community’s youth. He has arranged our students to visit different Flagship elementary or middle school programs to teach 2-hour Bear Safety and Wildlife Jobs classes. Our TWS members are engaging the younger students with an activity-based program which features inert bear spray demonstrations, hands-on skull and skin inspection, PIT tag reading, and even a telemetry scavenger hunt! This has been a fun new opportunity for our students and we are happy to be inspiring future wildlife conservationist.

Coming up, in a partnership with the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Student Chapter, we are hosting a program called Hunter Mentorship. The mission of Hunter Mentorship Program (HMP) is to provide the opportunity for natural resource pre-professionals to learn about the culture, ethics, and practice of fair-chase hunting on public, private, and block-management lands in Montana. We take students who are new hunters or just observers and pair them with experienced Montana hunters for a weekend. The group will travel to a cabin in Philipsburg where food and lodging is free to all participants. This is the fourth year of HMP, which was started by UM doctoral candidate James Goerz, and the TWS students are very excited to participate.           

Our group appreciates the support and interest of the Montana State Chapter! We have an enthusiastic group of undergraduate students who would be thrilled to assist with wildlife related projects, so keep us in mind if you ever need some extra hands. GO GRIZ!

Megan Robbins


UM Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society

2018 young students
Telemetry with Flagship students
2018 Tree
Discouraging bears!
2018 classroom
Skulls and Skins with Flagship students
Removing fences on the Blackfoot Clearwater WMA

National TWS Council Policy Priorities Committee seeks input for Wildlife Society policy priorities!

National TWS Council Policy Priorities Committee seeks input for Wildlife Society policy priorities!

Timeline: Due by October 25, 2018

The National TWS Council Policy Priorities Committee has reached out to our Montana Chapter to solicit input into The Wildlife Society’s policy priorities for the period of January 2019 – January 2021.

This TWS Council establishes specific policy priorities to strategically focus TWS engagements in policy. These priorities are established for a 2-year cycles, and the committee has been tasked with recommending a new list of TWS policy priorities for the period January 2019 – January 2021.

They are very interested in hearing what our Montana Chapter believes are the one or two most important policy related topics for TWS to engage in the next two years. Before we respond to their request, our Montana Chapter executive board would like to hear your thoughts and input. Do you have any issues you would like to have considered as a national priority?

As you consider this request please keep in mind that appropriate TWS policy priorities should directly affect wildlife professionals and their work, encompass issues being considered by political and administrative leaders that will have national and possibly an international impact, and be an issue where TWS can fill a leading role. For reference, the 2017-2018 priorities are shown below.

If you have any issues you would like to have considered, please email your ideas to Kelvin Johnson:, or any of the Montana Chapter board members by October 25.


Wildlife Society Policy Priorities for 2017-2018 

  1. Empower wildlife professionals:
    1. Work to enhance the Lacey Act to prevent the spread of invasive species and wildlife disease.
    2. Work to ensure the Endangered Species Act retains science as the foundation for decision making while advancing meaningful and reasonable modifications that enhance its effectiveness in conserving at-risk native wildlife and ecosystems.
  2. Enable wildlife professionals:
    1. Work to advance the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish & Wildlife Resources recommendations to fund state efforts to conserve the full array of fish and wildlife species.
    2. Work to advance conservation titles within the farm bill.
  3. Assist wildlife professionals:
    1. Work cooperatively with federal and state managers and the public to meet and sustain appropriate wild horse and burro management levels.
    2. Work to advance the conservation of wild sheep in the USA and Canada by promoting policies that incorporate current science and strategies to minimize the potential of disease transmission from domestic sheep.

MT TWS has launched a new website

Please take a moment to visit and see our new site layout.  We’ll be adding additional content in the future- including archives, position announcements for jobs in our fields, as well as pertinent news and listings of events.

Our new site will also allow our members to register for our annual meeting online, with online submission of materials as well.  We’re doing our best to provide the most up-to-date content and information to our membership!