Tuesday, April 15, 2021 @ 11:00 AM (EDT)
The BIWFC will host 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 Thursday, April 15 @11:00 AM (EDT). This presentation will review 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 for more information and to REGISTER for this webinar.
MAY 25-27, 2021
The BIWFC will attend the Virtual International Urban Wildlife Conference. Hosted by the Urban Wildlife Working Group of The Wildlife Society, this conference brings together scientists, urban planners, city officials, and educators to discuss wildlife and natural resources in urban environments.
September 19 -21, 2021
The BIWFC will attend Pathways: Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conference in Bremerton, WA September 19-22, 2021. 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.
Postponed Until Spring 2021
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” at the International Conference on Human-Wildlife Conflict and Coexistence in Oxford, UK in 2021. 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.
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.
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.
The BIWFC served as a sponsor of the Taking Action for Animals (TAFA) virtual conference on September 19 and 20, 2020. In addition BIWFC also sponsored a virtual exhibit booth at the conference where staff members were able to connect with many attendees via live chat and text as well as share information about wildlife fertility control around the world.
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.
BIWFC hosted a free webinar, PZP-22: Multi-Year Reversible Contraception for Wild Horses and Deer, which addressed the development, assessment and application of PZP-22 controlled release vaccine as a management tool with a focus on wild horses and deer. The webinar was presented by John W. Turner, Jr. PhD, Professor of Physiology engaged in teaching and research at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Allen Rutberg, PhD, Director of the Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy and Research Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. CLICK HERE to view the webinar.
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 view the presentations and photos.