Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society

Moose Conference and Workshop

With the support of the Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society, Colorado Parks & Wildlife will be hosting the 49th annual North American Moose Conference and Workshop at the YMCA of the Rockies – Snow Mountain Ranch campus near Granby, Colorado from April 27th – 30th, 2015. Note that the deadline for the Call for Papers has now been extended to 2 March 2015. Early on-line registration is NOW available!  Click HERE to visit the 49th annual North American Moose Conference and Workshop webpage.

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Management, Research, and Education Small Grants

Each year, CCTWS provides small grants for management, research, and education projects. The 2015 awardees for small grants for Management and Research are Shannon Bowling for the "Kleweno Shrub Restoration Project" and Clayton BonDurant for the "Upper Gunnison Basin Riparian Restoration and Resilience Project Assessment". The 2015 awardee for the small grant in Education is Brian Magee for "Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship at the Oxbow Preserve in Durango, CO". Visit our Small Grants page for more information about CCTWS small grants and how to apply.

CCTWS 2015 Annual Meeting

The Colorado Chapter of TWS held it's annual meeting from February 4-6, 2015 at the Doubletree Hotel in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Highlights of this year’s conference included:

  • Science communication and spatial mark-recapture workshops
  • Two plenary sessions on recreation and wildlife interactions
  • Premiere of the ifilm “On the Wild Edge: Hunting for a Natural Life”

The agenda can be found by clicking HERE (updated Feb. 3, 2015) and abstracts are available by clicking HERE. Click HERE to visit the 2015 CCTWS Annual Meeting webpage. Awards presented at the chapter meeting in February 2015 included: Honorary Chapter Membership, Chapter Service Award, Meritorious Service Award, and the Blown Blunderbuss Award.

2014-2015 Winter-Spring Travel Grant Awardees

Apryle Craig is speaking and presenting a poster on her Master’s research at the Science for Parks, Parks for Science: The Next Century Conference at the University of California – Berkeley in March 2015.  This interdisciplinary conference connects research and management in natural resources, social science, and economics on National Parks.  Apryle plans to talk about how elk and habitat management affect songbirds at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.  Her poster will be on using citizen science in monitoring programs.  She aims to develop collaborations and learn about career opportunities at the conference.

Jillian Groeschel is planning to attend the Colorado Chapter of the Wildlife Society Annual Meeting in Grand Junction February 4th-6th, 2015.  She works as a biological technician for the Bureau of Land Management.  She anticipates learning about current wildlife management issues and efforts.  Jillian hopes to apply what she learns to future aquatic and terrestrial projects in Colorado.  She is going to network at the CCTWS meeting and pursue professional collaborations.

The Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife congratulates Apryle and Jillian!  Stay tuned for updates about what they learn during their professional development activities.

2014 Summer-Fall and TWS Conference Travel Grant Awardees

The 2014 Summer-Fall travel grant recipients are:

Andrew Don Carlos attended the North American Congress for Conservation Biology (NACCB) in Missoula, Montana.  He spoke at a symposium by the Social Science Working Group of the Society for Conservation Biology.  The theme of this session is “Informing Integrated Approaches to Addressing Human-Wildlife Conflict through Social Science.”  Andrew shared about his dissertation work on mitigating human-coyote interactions in the Denver Metropolitan Area.   He represents a team of co-authors from CCTWS. Read the report from his trip here.

Sarah Garza will be attending the International Wildlife Disease Association Conference in Tamaya, New Mexico this summer.  Her research is through the United States Department of Agriculture.  She is studying expansion of feral swine populations and the potential for associated disease transmission.  Sarah hopes to further develop her project and sharpen her research skills at the conference.

The 2014 TWS Conference travel grant recipients are:

Wendy Lanier is a CCTWS student member who is pursuing her Masters degree in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University.  She attended The Wildlife Society Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.  Her talk will be on boreal toad and amphibian conservation in the southern Rocky Mountain States.  Wendy was involved with the conference symposium, field trip, and networking events to identified career opportunities at the conference. Read the report from her trip here.

Toryn Schafer is a CCTWS undergraduate student member who has been very active with the Colorado State University Student Chapter.  She was Treasurer in 2011, has attended three Western Student Conclaves, and frequently volunteers with fundraising events.  Her honors thesis work is on black bear dens in Aspen, CO with Dr. Stewart Breck, USDA-APHIS.  She presented her research at The Wildlife Society Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.  This presentation was her first time speaking at a professional conference.  Toryn looks forward to networking at the conference and learning more about current wildlife research. Toryn won an award for best contributed paper by an undergradate. Read the report from her trip here.

Congratulations to Andrew, Sarah, Wendy, and Toryn!  CCTWS is glad to support our members learning through professional development activities.

Northern Wild Sheep and Goat Council Symposium

The Northern Wild Sheep and Goat Council held their 19th Annual Symposium in Fort Collins on June 2-5, 2014. Click here for the symposium program, abstracts, and meeting information.


 The Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society was established in 1973 as the state affiliate of the international organization, The Wildlife Society.  Its 350+ members are educators, students, administrators, research scientists, consultants, resource managers, and wildlife law enforcement officers from all over Colorado.  The mission of the Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society is to promote wise conservation and management of all wildlife resources in Colorado by serving and representing wildlife professionals.