December 7 -9, 2021
The BIWFC will sponsor The Australasian Wildlife Management Society Conference held virtually December 7-9, 2021. The AWMS promotes the study and application of scientific wildlife management in the Australasian region, with members from Australia, New Zealand and around the world.
March 21-25, 2022
The Nordic Congress of Wildlife Research, will take place in Uppsala Sweden on March 21 – 25, 2022. This conference aims to bring together professionals to discuss challenging issues in wildlife ecology and management. They encourage a broad perspective, welcoming those in wildlife sciences, social sciences, and human dimensions of wildlife, as well as international contributions.
May 23 – 25, 2022
The BIWFC will host the 9th International Conference on Wildlife Fertility Control on MAY 23-25, 2022 at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, CO. 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.
Postponed Until May 2022
Pathways: Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conference in Bremerton, WA has been postponed until May 2022. Hosted by Colorado State University Department of Human Dimensions of Wildlife, this conference series aims to address the myriad of issues that arise as people and wildlife struggle to coexist in a sustainable and healthy manner. Its mission is to increase professionalism and effectiveness in the Human Dimensions of Wildlife Management field.
The BIWFC sponsored and attended The Wildlife Society’s 28th Annual Conference held virtually November 1-5, 2021. The virtual format aims to easily bring together North America’s largest gathering of wildlife researchers and managers, and offer over 1000 educational, training and networking opportunities.
The BIWFC sponsored the Animal Grantmakers 2021 Conference at the Institute for Human-Animal Connection at the University of Denver in Colorado on October 22 – 24, 2021. BIWFC also sponsored a session, “The Wild Horse & Burro Act of 1971: From Innovation to Crisis, and a Restorative Path Forward Utilizing Wildlife Fertility Control,” which included speakers: Mary Koncel, American Wild Horse Campaign, Dr. Douglas Eckery, National Wildlife Research Center & Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA); Michael Henio, Ramah Navajo Chapter; and Celeste Carlisle, Return To Freedom, Wild Horse Conservation & National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. Stephanie Boyles Griffin, Botstiber Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control Science and Policy Director served as moderator.
The BIWFC sponsored the virtual joint American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV)/European Association of Zoo and Wildlife (EAZWV) Conference in October and November. This annual conference provides a platform for the latest advances in zoo and wildlife health, welfare, conservation, and management.
The BIWFC hosted the webinar series, “Mitigating Wild Boar Conflict Around the World: The Potential for Using Fertility Control,” for three consecutive Thursdays in June 2021. This workshop series included 18 speakers and covered such topics as Human Dimensions of Wild Pig Management, Perspectives and Challenges from Around the World, Modelling and Populations Surveying, Tools and Implementation, and Research and Development of Fertility Control Agents. CLICK HERE to watch all three webinars.
In May 2021 The BIWFC staff attend the virtual International Urban Wildlife Conference. Hosted by the Urban Wildlife Working Group of The Wildlife Society, this conference gathered scientists, urban planners, city officials, and educators to discuss wildlife and natural resources in urban environments.
The BIWFC hosted the webinar “Providing ecological and social context for elephant immunocontraception: a case study in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa” with Paul Cryer, Ecologist and Coordinator of the African Conservation Trust’s Applied Ecology Unit on April 15, 2021. This presentation reviewed the setting in which elephant immunocontraception has been applied within Ithala Game Reserve, a community-owned provincial protected area in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. CLICK HERE to watch the webinar and/or the PowerPoint presentation.
As part of BIWFC’s 5th anniversary celebration in 2021, we are pleased to announce our next grant cycle with new and expanded grant categories! On February 4, 2021, Monique Principi, BIWFC’s Managing Director, and Stephanie Boyles Griffin, BIWFC’s Science and Policy Director presented a “Pre-Applicant Informational Webinar” in which they reviewed the new grant guidelines and instructions, the LOI and grant application timelines, and answered questions. CLICK HERE to view the webinar and/or the Powerpoint.
In this webinar, BIWFC Grant Recipient Dan Salkeld, Research Scientist II at Colorado State University, discussed results of an investigation into the potential of an immunocontraceptive – GonaCon – to humanely and sustainably manage prairie dog populations by reducing breeding success. Three matched pairs of sites were used in this study – one site where adult female prairie dogs were vaccinated with GonaCon, and one site where a sham vaccine was administered – in Fort Collins and Denver, Colorado. CLICK HERE to view the webinar.
This webinar features Dr. Anthony DeNicola, President of White Buffalo, Inc., presenting data on his six surgical sterilization sites with open populations (not fenced or island environments) in California, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Virginia, and New York. From 2012 to 2020, Dr. DeNicola and his team sterilized 493 deer via tubal ligation and ovariectomy. View the Webinar HERE.
The BIWFC sponsored the Free Roaming Equids and Ecosystem Sustainability (FREES) Summit in Cody, WY on October 6 – 8, 2020. This Summit was a hybrid meeting – consisting of both on-site and virtual presence. FREES seeks to enhance communication and engage diverse stakeholder groups to achieve the goal of “healthy herds on healthy rangelands.” The theme of the 2020 Summit was “Connecting the Dots.” CLICK HERE to see the presentations.
The BIWFC sponsored a symposium titled “Fertility Control to Mitigate Human-Wildlife Conflicts“ at the TWS Virtual Conference from September 27 through October 1, 2020. Our symposium included 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.