The UM Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society Fundraiser – Beats, Brews & Beasts

The UM Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society Fundraiser - Beats, Brews & Beasts

WHEN: March 15, 2019 from 6pm-9pm
WHERE: The VFW bar in downtown Missoula!
DETAILS: We are selling tickets online for $16 ($20 at the door). A ticket will get access to food and silent auction; however, the bar is open to the public (we will receive a portion of drink profits). We will have music from the band “Rotgut Whines” and also a  dessert contest (see Facebook for details).
The UM Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society Fundraiser

2019 America’s Grasslands Conference

America’s Grasslands Conference: Working Across Boundaries

Preserving and Regenerating Our Natural Heritage Together

A conference co-hosted by the National Wildlife Federation, North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition, and North Dakota State University.

If you work on grasslands issues ranging from livelihoods, management, policy, research, conservation, education, or others, please apply to present your work and attend the 5th biennialAmerica’s Grasslands Conference!

2019 Call for Presentations!
Conference Date: August 20-22, 2019
Location: Bismarck, ND
Deadline for Abstracts: March 15, 2019

For more information about the conference, you can go to the link here: America’s Grasslands Conference

Elementor #1686

February 13, 2019


The Montana Fish and Wildlife Conservation Trust is pleased to announce they will be accepting applications for funding for 2019. The Trust will make available funding for projects that restore and conserve fisheries, wildlife and riparian habitat, enhance public hunting, fishing and recreational opportunities and improve public access to public lands.

The Trust will not commit funding for infrastructure unless it serves an integral function in the acquisition of publicly accessible lands or interest in lands.

The Trust will begin accepting proposals February 13, 2019. All applications must be postmarked no later than April 12. 2019 Applications may be requested by contacting the Trust at:

Montana Fish and Wildlife Conservation Trust
PO Box 1993
Helena, MT 59624
Phone: (406) 461-9524 8:00AM – 5:00PM


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The Wildlife Society (TWS) is currently accepting applications for its Leadership Institute Class of 2019. Leadership Institute is designed to engage participants in a series of activities to develop and expand their leadership skills. 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.

Click here for additional details.

Application deadline is March 24, 2019.

Elementor #760

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!

Elementor #653

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

WANTED! Bat observations to assist with disease surveillance


WANTED!  Bat observations to assist with disease surveillance



November is the beginning of the period when wildlife managers begin actively looking for white-nose syndrome (WNS) positive bats.  As the disease and the causative agent of the disease were detected in Wyoming and South Dakota last spring it is not unrealistic to believe it may spread to Montana this winter. Wildlife enthusiasts are key to early detection and your help is greatly appreciated!

Sick or dead bats found between the months of November and May should be reported….photos are helpful!  Bats with readily noticeable signs of WNS infection are of particular interest.  Signs of infection may include: 

  1. White or gray powdery fungus seen around the muzzle, ears, wing/limbs, and/or tail,
  2. Aberrant bat behaviors (bats found on ground inside or outside the hibernaculum, bats roosting near hibernaculum entrance, increased bat activity outside the hibernaculum during cold weather.)
  3. Two or more sick or dead bats found in the same general area, even without signs of infection are also of particular interest.

Staff from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the Montana Natural Heritage Program and land management agencies can assist in determining when bats need to be collected and how exactly to do that collection.  Further information about WNS can be found at ( and surveillance across the country can be found on the National Wildlife Health Center WNS page (

Key contacts :

  • Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Health Lab (406-994-6358)
  • Lauri Hanauska-Brown, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (o: 406-444-5209, c: 406-465-2917)
  • Dan Bachen, Montana Natural Heritage Program (o: 406-444-3586, c: 406-546-4302)
  • Bryce Maxell, Montana Natural Heritage Program (o: 406-444-3989, c: 406-461-1279

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!