2023 Schedule of Events

North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference

For more than 80 years, WMI has administered the North American Wildlife and Natural Resource Conference. The North American Conference sessions, workshops and more than 150 separate meetings and functions, serve as the annual forum to set conservation policy in North America.
When: Monday, March 20- Friday, March 24, 2023
Where: St. Louis, Missouri
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DEI in Practice Webinar [Part 2]: Black Outside

Alex’s familial connection to the outdoors inspired him to connect deeply with nature. This foundational love and connection to nature led him to envision a program which radically transforms outdoor spaces and programming to a beacon of joy and liberation for Black youth- later to be known as Black Outside, Inc. Since 2019, Black Outside, Inc has collectively served over 500 youth from across the U.S. and is one of the largest black founded outdoor organizations in America.  Alex will talk about (re)connecting black/African American youth to the outdoors. We’ll also explore how to move the needle on diversity in the outdoors and ensure our youth have safe and equitable spaces outside.
When: March 29 @ 2-3:30PM Eastern
Where: Virtual
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Scales and Slime: Exploring the Roles of Amphibians and Reptiles [Project WILD Webinar Series]

Amphibians and reptiles, collectively known as herpetofauna, are oft forgotten or overlooked taxa. Learn about the importance of herpetofauna for ourselves and for our ecosystems as well as neat adaptations, life cycles, and facts about these fascinating creatures. This talk will also cover the Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) and how to promote herpetofaunal conservation within your ecosystems.
When: April 5, 2023 - 3:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Where:  Virtual
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2023 State & Tribal Wildlife Grants Fly-in

Inform your members of Congress of the importance of the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program.
When:  Tuesday, April 11- Wednesday, April 12, 2023          
Washington, DC
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Win-Win Opportunities: Nature-based solutions to help people and wildlife [Project WILD Webinar Series]

Fish, wildlife, and plants provide services that benefit people, such as food, clean air, drinking water, and shade on a sunny day.  Proper management of these natural resources can help us address some of the problems we are facing today, such as climate change. Using nature to address societal problems is known as “Nature-based Solutions” and these win-win situations provide benefits to both people and animals. In this webinar, Jacob will explain how flowers, beavers, and oysters are some of our best allies in the effort to adapt to climate change.​​​​​​
When: April 12, 2023 - 3:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Where: Virtual
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How Soil Health Impacts a Greater Ecosystem [Project WILD]

We all understand soil helps grow the food we eat, but healthy soils impact water, air, and wildlife resources across the landscape. Learn how different farming practices play a role in conservation, and what you can look for next time you are driving through the countryside.
When: April 26, 2023 - 3:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Where: Virtual
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Invasive Species Policy and Biology: Patterns in Eastern US State Laws & Opportunities for an Integrative Database Using AI Technology [Webinar]

State-to-state regulations on introduced and invasive species can vary considerably on the landscape. To examine patterns and continuity concerning what and how invasive species are regulated, the Invasive Species Working Group at Virginia Tech has compiled data on legal and regulatory frameworks for introduced and invasive species for 21 eastern US states. With this data, they are working to develop a comprehensive database that will serve as a hub for invasion science and policy. They aim to integrate next-generation data system architecture and artificial intelligence (AI) models needed to build a sustainable, informative, and accessible data delivery system.
When: April 27, 2023 @ 3PM ET
Where: Virtual
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Northeast Fish & Wildlife Agencies Conference

The annual Northeast Fish & Wildlife Conference attracts over 500 natural resources professionals in the fields of wildlife biology, fisheries and fisheries management, outreach and education, and law enforcement. The event provides opportunities for education, discussion, and exchanging of ideas. Highlights include: a Plenary Session & Awards Ceremony, Concurrent Technical Sessions & Special Symposia, Poster Session, as well as Social & Networking Events.
When: Sunday, April 30 – Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Where: Hershey, Pennsylvania
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40th Annual Project WILD Conference

Project WILD's Annual Meeting is held for Project WILD state coordinators.  This year the conference will be held on the beautiful campus of Alaska Pacific University. Enjoy four nights and 5 days on a campus where you just might wake up to a moose outside your window! Fly into Anchorage airport. APU is seven miles from the airport.
When: Monday, May 15- Friday, May 19, 2023
Where: Anchorage, Alaska 
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Pathways 2023 Conference: Managing Wildlife in an Era of Mutualism

Pathways: Human Dimensions of Wildlife is a conference and training program designed to address the myriad issues that arise as people and wildlife struggle to coexist in a sustainable and healthy manner. The mission is to increase professionalism and effectiveness in the Human Dimensions of Wildlife Management field. We invite you to join us in this critical wildlife conservation effort.
When: Wednesday, May 31- Saturday, June 3, 2023
Where: Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
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Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies 2023 Summer Meeting

The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) represents 24 states and Canadian provinces, an area covering nearly 3.7 million square miles of some of North America’s most wild and scenic country, inhabited by over 1,500 premier wildlife species.
When: Sunday, July 9 - Friday, July 14, 2023
Where: Santa Fe, New Mexico
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113th AFWA Annual Meeting

The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies will host the 113th AFWA Annual Meeting at the Marriott, Hyatt and Telus Center in Calgary, Alberta, September 23-27, 2023. This annual event provides a forum for conservation leadership and brings together more than 700 leaders from fish and wildlife agencies and conservation groups from all 50 states, U.S. Territories, Canada and Mexico in order to discuss conservation policy and management issues and accomplishments. Attendees include key decision makers in the field of fish and wildlife, including; directors, assistant directors, program managers, and others involved in fisheries, wildlife habitat, law enforcement, legal affairs, industry, as well as public affairs (information and education). 
When: Saturday, September 23- Wednesday, September 27, 2023
Where: Calgary, Alberta (Canada)
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