June 1 – 30, 2020
Originally planned to be held in Jacksonville, FL, in April, the 2020 International Wild Pig Conference was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A virtual conference will occur in its place. BIWFC Board Members Giovanna Massei and Doug Eckery were accepted to present. Their presentations, along with others, will be available online beginning June 1, 2020.
July 24 – 27, 2020
After evaluating the ongoing Covid-19 crisis in Washington, DC and around the country, Conference directors have decided to cancel the face-to-face version of the Taking Action for Animals (TAFA) conference, which was to be held in Washington, DC, July 24 – 27, 2020. They will instead shift to hosting this event virtually and will announce new fall dates soon. Visit the TAFA website for more information.
September 27 – 30, 2020
The BIWFC will attend and present at the International Conference on Human-Wildlife Conflict and Coexistence in Oxford, UK from September 27-30, 2020. BIWFC Science and Policy Director Stephanie Boyles Griffin and BIWFC Advisory Board Member Giovanna Massei will present “The Other Side of Human-Wildlife Conflicts: A Global Perspective on Fertility Control to Manage Overabundant Wildlife.” The Conference will bring together representatives from several major sectors, including governments, NGOs, intergovernmental organizations, academic and business sectors, and indigenous and local communities, to discuss and debate insights and solutions for human-wildlife conflict management.
September 27 – October 1, 2020
As a result of the uncertainty surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, TWS has decided to suspend this year’s in-person event in Louisville, Kentucky, in favor of a fully virtual experience. The BIWFC will sponsor a symposium titled “Fertility Control to Mitigate Human-Wildlife Conflicts“ at the TWS Virtual Conference which will take place from September 27 through October 1. Our symposium will include presentations from Doug Eckery, of the USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, Paul Griffin, of the Bureau of Land Management, Lyn Hinds, of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Dan Salkeld, of Colorado State University, and Anthony DeNicola, of White Buffalo, Inc. CLICK HERE for more information about our symposium.
The BIWFC will sponsor the 9th International Conference on Wildlife Fertility Control from May 23 – 26, 2021 at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This conference is a continuation of the international forum on the use of fertility control methods to address human-wildlife conflicts. The conference brings wildlife professionals from a range of disciplines together to share the latest information on research, tools and applications, issues and challenges, and promote dialogue among a diverse audience. For more information CLICK HERE.
WEBINAR – An Update on Native and Recombinant Zona Pellucida Immunocontraceptives in Donkeys in the Caribbean
The Botstiber Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control hosted this free webinar which reviewed the progress researchers at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM), University of Pretoria, and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research have made regarding the safety and efficacy of Zona Pellucida vaccines in donkeys. The webinar was presented by Dr. Hilari French, Associate Professor of Theriogenology at RUSVM. CLICK HERE to view the webinar.
The BIWFC sponsored a symposium titled “A Quarter Century of Using Elephant Immunocontraception to Control Population Growth” at the Pathways Africa 2020: Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conference and Training in Limuru, Kenya from February 16-19, 2020. The symposium included presentations on the history of immunocontraceptive use in elephants, field applications in South Africa and Asia, novel concepts, and a filed manager’s perspective. CLICK HERE to read more.
This free webinar, Wild Equid Management – The Role of Fertility Control, was presented by The Botstiber Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control. The webinar covered the challenges associated with managing wild horses and burros on our public lands and the role that fertility control could play in managing the herds in a more effective, humane and sustainable way.
View the Webinar HERE.
AFS & TWS 2019 Joint Conference
The BIWFC attended the American Fisheries Society (AFS) & The Wildlife Society (TWS) 2019 Joint Conference in Reno, Nevada from September 29 through October 3. More than 4000 people attended this joint conference at the Reno-Sparks Conference Center which offered educational and networking sessions for wildlife and fisheries professionals, educators, students, and influencers.
The BIWFC sponsored, and presented a session, at Pathways 2019: Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conference and Training at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado. The BIWFC session, “Fertility Control to Mitigate Human-Wildlife Conflicts,” included presentations by: Audrey Delsink, Humane Society International, South Africa, Cheryl Asa, Association of Zoos and Aquarium Management Center Advisory Board, Celeste Carlisle, Return to Freedom, National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board, United States, Claire Wimpenny, Australian Capital Territory Government, Australia, Dan Salkeld, Colorado State University College of Natural Sciences and Biology, and Giovanna Massei, Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), UK.
The PZP Immunocontraception Conference, funded with a BIWFC grant and hosted by the Science and Conservation Center in Billings, Montana, gathered representatives from various government agencies, NGO’s, tribal communities, sanctuaries, universities and international delegates who work at controlling wildlife populations with PZP Immunocontraception. They discussed successes, failures, and struggles encountered in their PZP fertility control projects. In addition, researchers, who are advancing PZP technology, discussed and updated the attendees on the current and ongoing research and shared what the future of fertility control may hold. CLICK HERE to READ MORE and/or VIEW the PRESENTATIONS