The Botstiber Institute For Wildlife Fertility Control Exists To Advance Effective, Sustainable Methods Of Wildlife Fertility Control



Upcoming Events

Thursday, December 5, 2019 @ 1 PM (EST)


This free webinar, Wild Equid Management – The Role of Fertility Control, is presented by The Botstiber Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control. The webinar will cover 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.

February 16 – 19, 2020


The BIWFC will participate in Pathways Africa 2020: Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conference and Training at the Brackenhurst Conference and Training Center in Limuru, Kenya from February 16-19, 2020. With the theme “Open the Door to Diverse Voices,” Pathways Kenya will consider the individual and organizational change required to create an environment for innovative, long lasting solutions to the complex crises of biodiversity loss and climate change and their impacts across Africa. The Botstiber Institute will sponsor a session during the conference titled “A Quarter Century of Using Elephant Immuno-Contraception to Control Population Growth.”

April 1 – 3, 2020


The BIWFC plans to participate in the International Conference on Human-Wildlife Conflict and Coexistence in Oxford, UK from April 1-3, 2020.  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. This interdisciplinary event seeks participation from presenters and discussants from fields such as ecology, animal behaviour, psychology, law, conflict analysis, mediation, peacebuilding, international development, economics, anthropology and others, to understand human-wildlife conflict through various viewpoints, learn from each other, and build new links and collaborations.

May 22 – 26, 2021


The BIWFC will sponsor the 9th International Conference on Wildlife Fertility Control from May 22 – 26, 2021 at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The goal of this conference is to convene leaders of the fertility control field and associated fields to present their most recent work and data, evaluate the needs of the field, and make concrete recommendations for future objectives. Check back for more information.

Recent Events

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.

Pathways 2019 Conference

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.      READ MORE.

SCC PZP Immunocontraception Conference

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.


WEBINAR – LIFE IN THE BIG SMOKE: Peri-urban Kangaroo Management Using Fertility Control 

This free webinar will provide an overview of the management challenges posed by peri-urban kangaroo populations and will review the current state of the field of fertility control as applied to free-living kangaroo populations.  Highlights include key technical and policy challenges that limit the more widespread use of fertility control to manage suburban kangaroo populations, current research directions, and the way forward. VIEW the webinar here.

International Urban Wildlife Conference

From June 1 – 5, 2019 the BIWFC hosted an exhibit and sponsored a symposium on “Fertility Control to Mitigate Human-Wildlife Conflicts” at the International Urban Wildlife Conference 2019 in Portland, Oregon.   Hosted by the Urban Wildlife Working Group of The Wildlife Society, this conference focuses on critical urban wildlife issues. READ MORE.

Past Events


The BIWFC hosted the Pennsylvania Deer Conflict Management Seminar on Monday, March 25 in Harrisburg, PA. This free seminar provided information on how to resolve deer problems in communities and neighborhoods while helping municipalities learn effective and sustainable ways to co-exist with deer and other wildlife.  Subsequent seminars are planned for the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh areas later in 2019 CLICK HERE to read more.

Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Fertility Control Workshop 

The BIWFC hosted a Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Fertility Control Workshop in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on November 8, 2018. This unique workshop convened researchers, professionals, and government officials to discuss the implementation of fertility control to manage free-roaming horses and burros.  To read more and to see speaker presentations CLICK HERE.

State of the Field Webinar

Wildlife Fertility Control to Mitigate Human -Wildlife Conflicts

The Botstiber Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control hosted a webinar exploring the major advances in the field of wildlife fertility control over the last 10 years. CLICK HERE to view the webinar.

BIWFC Video Crew Travels West to Film Wildlife 

To further advance the BIWFC goal of educating the public about fertility control as a wildlife management option, the Institute is producing a video about BIWFC and on-going wildlife fertility control efforts. Members of the BIWFC staff have recently traveled to Montana, Colorado and Assateague Island in Maryland to videotape wildlife for this project. READ MORE.

Urban Deer Fertility Control Workshop

This workshop was held in Tarrytown, NY on May 2, and included presentations from professionals on urban deer management planning, surgical sterilization project planning, immunocontraception research, and federal and state regulations. READ MORE.

8th International Conference on Wildlife Fertility Control

On July 18 – 21, 2017, the Botstiber Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control hosted the 8th International Conference on Wildlife Fertility Control in Washington, DC. The conference was a continuation of an international forum on research into the management of wildlife populations through contraception that began 30 years ago.  More than 100 attendees from 12 countries were in attendance.  READ MORE