Monday, May 23, 2022, was the opening day of the 9th International Conference on Wildlife Fertility Control in Colorado Springs. The day began with registration, breakfast, and several presentations before the arrival of the Honorable Jared Polis, Governor of Colorado. Governor Polis spoke about the need for compassionate, humane methods in managing wild horse populations.
The Opening Plenary session included a presentation by David Jenkins, Assistant Director, Resources and Planning, BLM, U.S. Department of Interior, titled “Wild equid fertility control and stakeholder engagement.” Cheryl Asa, Advisory Board Chair, Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Reproductive Management Center, presented “Creating connections to increase acceptance and use of fertility control for wildlife population management.”
Throughout the day presentations were given in the following sessions: “Human Dimensions,” “Recent Research in Contraceptive Methods,” and “Advancement in Practical Applications.” There were 16 presentations with speakers hailing from the US, UK, Italy, Australia and Spain.
The Poster Presentation session took place in the evening of Day 1 providing another opportunity for attendees to share information as well as network. The presentations were followed by a reception featuring a lively virtual Q & A with Bestselling Author Mary Roach focusing on her book “FUZZ: When Nature Breaks the Law.” Click here for more photos of Day 1.