Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society

CCTWS 2015 Annual Meeting

The Colorado Chapter of TWS will hold it's annual meeting from February 4-6, 2015 at the Doubletree Hotel in Grand Junction, Colorado. See our meeting webpage for detailed information regarding abstract submission, agenda, workshops, venue and lodging, and on-line registration.

Highlights of this year’s upcoming conference include:

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

The full workshop and plenary agenda can be found by clicking HERE and to make it easy, everything has a single deadline: January 23, 2014.

Click HERE to visit our 2015 CCTWS Annual Meeting webpage.

Call for Award Nominations

Awards to be presented at the chapter meeting in February 2015 include:

Douglas L. Gilbert Award for Outstanding Achievements in Wildlife Sciences, Professional Achievement in Wildlife Administration, Professional Achievement in Wildlife Research, Professional Achievement in Habitat Management, Honorary Chapter Membership, Allen E. Anderson Award for Outstanding Wildlife Undergraduate Student, Chapter Service Award, Meritorious Service Award, and last but not least, the Blown Blunderbuss Award

For more details on awards, visit our Awards page. Nominations are due to Eric Bergman ( by January 23, 2015.


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Call for Management, Research, and Education Small Grant Proposals

Each year, CCTWS provides small grants for management, research, and education projects. Proposals for 2015 are now due by January 23, 2015. Visit our Small Grants page for more information.

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.