WELCOME

The New Mexico Chapter is an active affiliate of The Wildlife Society that is dedicated to promoting sound management and conservation of New Mexico's wildlife resources.  Membership is open to all professionals, students and lay persons interested in wildlife research, management, education and administration.  Our chapter works to maintain communication among wildlife professionals, encourages communication between those professionals and the general public, supports continuing education through grants, workshops and regional meetings, encourages student involvement in the wildlife profession, and actively participates in shaping management and conservation policy through letters, public statements and resolutions.
The Wildlife Society’s mission is to represent and serve the professional community of scientists, managers, educators, technicians, planners, and others who work actively to study, manage, and conserve wildlife and its habitats worldwide.

Your first year membership in the New Mexico Chapter will be free, then $8.00 a year thereafter.
NM-TWS Website: http://wildlife.org/NM/
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For detailed descriptions of announcements click on date or go to the Announcements tab

James Cain is the President of the Chapter.  Contact is jwcain@nmsu.edu or 575-646-3382

For website questions contact the Webmaster Brian Hanson at bhtwsnm@comcast.net

For wildlife related employment in NM, click on this Employment in NM

Joint Annual Meeting Schedule Feb 2015 (click on)

JAM First Call for Papers due November 15 (click on)

JAM Photo Contest

Submit up to 2 photos in each of 5 categories.  Click this for more information 2015JamPhotoContest

October 10, 2014 Announcements

President's Message - James Cain  (Sept 17, 2014) 2014 Summer Newsletter
Greetings,
As most of you know, the NM chapter will be hosting the 2015 Joint Annual Meeting (JAM). The Board has decided to hold the 2015 JAM in Las Cruces at the Hotel Encanto on 5–7 February 2015. It has been a long time since the JAM was held in southern New Mexico, and to my knowledge this is the first time it will be held in Las Cruces. The hotel has given us a great rate on a block of rooms, so be sure to reserve your room early (info on page 2). The Board is in the final stages of selecting a plenary theme and setting up workshops and field trips for the meeting, so keep an eye out for an announcement with this information in the near future. We are also still in need of some assistance with planning and execution of the meeting. If you would like to assist please contact me via email at jwcain@nmsu.edu.
We are currently in the process of revising our professional award nomination process to streamline the procedures. The goal is to make nominating someone less onerous and encourage more nominations of deserving chapter members. We will also be adding a student award this year that will be given out to deserving undergraduate or graduate students. More details will be forthcoming once we have finalized the process.
Some of you may have noticed a recent announcement that was sent out regarding some major changes to the format for the Best Wildlife Presentation Award competition for students at the Joint Annual Meeting (see details later in the newsletter). Dr. Jennifer Frey is leading the effort to increase the rigor, stature, and judging consistency for the best student presentation award. If you know of any students that are planning to present at the 2015 Joint Annual Meeting, please pass along this information and encourage them to apply for the new student paper competition.
The Southwest Section of TWS announced another round of the Wildlife Certification Scholarship Program (http://wildlife.org/SW/scholarships_grants) which covers part of the fees associated with becoming an Associate Wildlife Biologist® or Certified Wildlife Biologist® through TWS Certification Program. I would encourage those NM Chapter members who are also members of the SW Section to apply for the scholarship if they are interested in becoming certified through TWS.
The Board and I are here to serve the chapter and its membership, so feel free to contact me or one of the Board members and let us know how we can be of assistance.
Cheers,
Jimmy Cain
NM-TWS President
NM-TWS Website: http://wildlife.org/NM/
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Rain Harvesting for Wildlife Workshop October 20-22, 2014  pdfs - WaterAgenda     WaterRegister
The Pueblo of Sandia is hosting a hands-on rain catchment for wildlife workshop to give participants knowledge of how to install and utilize rainwater catchments.  Rain catchments can be utilized for wildlife, livestock, farming/AG, and even for your home.
The registration fee is $125.00; this fee will cover lunches, refreshments/snacks/drinks, workshop, and educational materials.  
•    Checks, PO’s, cash and money orders will be accepted
•    Check and cash payments can be made on the first day of the workshop
•    Make checks and money orders payable to: “Pueblo of Sandia”
•    Please send registration form and fee to:
Pueblo of Sandia
Attention: Timothy Smith w/environment department
481 Sandia Loop
Bernalillo, NM 87004
REGISTRATION FORM:
NAME: ______________________     ________________           
TITLE: _________________________________________
ORGANIZATION/TRIBE; ___________________________
ADDRESS: _______________________________________
________________________________________________
PHONE: ___________________       
EMAIL: __________________________________________
$ AMOUNT INCLUDED WITH REGISTRATION: _______________________
 

September 17, 2014 Awards  Call for Nominations:  The New Mexico Chapter of The Wildlife Society is soliciting nominations for the Outstanding Student Award and Wildlife Professional Award. These awards will be presented February 6th, 2015 at the Joint Annual Meeting of the New Mexico and Arizona Chapters of The Wildlife Society and the Arizona/New Mexico Chapter of the American Fisheries Society in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Please submit nominations by December 15th, 2014 to Quentin Hays, New Mexico Chapter of The Wildlife Society, 709 Mechem Drive, Ruidoso, NM, 88345 or electronically to Quentin.Hays@enmu.edu.  Click on this title for information  2014Awards

We are also asking for nominations for students that qualify for a scholarship award, to be awarded February 2015

For students that need help getting to the Joint Annual Meeting see Student Travel Grant Award

To register http://www.eventzilla.net/web/event?eventzilla.net

48th JOINT ANNUAL MEETING
Arizona and New Mexico Chapters
The Wildlife Society
American Fisheries Society
Hotel Encanto, Las Cruces, New Mexico
February 5 -7, 2015
Room Rates (plus tax) are $ 88 for single or double occupancy
Hotel Reservations:
Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces
705 South Telshor Blvd
Las Cruces, NM 88011
575-522-4300
or 1-866-383-0443

For Exhibitor-Vendor Information for JAM see 2015Exhibitor-VendorJAM

Best Student Paper Guidelines Wildlife JAM 2015

August 25 board meeting - Planning for JAM (still need help); Chapter T-shirts?; Elections

August 22, 2014 Announcements

June 20, 2014 Announcements
1. Welcoming the Newly Discovered
2. Scientists discover effective way to screen bats in hibernation for white-nose syndrome
3. Obama Administration Unveils Notable Climate Change Plan
4. Share with Wildlife Accepting Project Proposals – Deadline August 1st, 2014
5. Experts Discuss New Climate Change Report
6. Senators want bison declared national mammal
7. Bird conservancy group sues U.S. over 30-year permits to legally kill eagles

May 23, 2014 Announcements

April 28, 2014 Board Meeting Notes

April 24, 2014 Spring Newsletter

April 11, 2014 Announcements

1. Please submit articles for the NM Chapter Newsletter to Ryan Walker by April 21st, 2014
2. Editorial: Doppler radar to alert drivers of wildlife is idea worth watching
3. Fences cause 'ecological meltdown'
4. Series of Bills Threaten Conservation in Kansas
5. Facing Climate Change in Forests and Fields
6. Intermountain West Joint Venture: Request for Proposals for FY 2014 Capacity Grants Applications due May 1st, 2014
7. Wildlife dividend: Guns, ammo have direct connection to conservation
8. Fungal disease fatal to bats spreads to half of US
9. Bureau of Reclamation Seeks Applied Science Project Applicants for Desert and Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperatives – Applications due May 13th, 2014

April 02, 2014 Board Meeting Notes

March 28, 2014 Announcements
1. Please submit articles for the NM Chapter Newsletter to Ryan Walker
2. Climate change: 2013 ranked 4th warmest year
3. Migration of Monarch Butterflies Shrinks Again Under Inhospitable Conditions
4. White House Announces 7 Regional Climate Hubs
5. Cities could be wildlife refuges of the future
6. A Crazy Ant Invader Uses Acid to Its Advantage
7. Obama to Propose Shift in Wildfire Funding
8. Jaguar gets new layer of US protection
9. FWS Finalizes Agreement to Protect Lesser Prairie Chicken
10. Obama Turns to Web to Illustrate the Effects of a Changing Climate
11. BLM Seeks Proposals to Reduce Wild Horse and Burro Populations
12. Call for Papers and Posters for National TWS Conference: April 25th 2014 Deadline

March 9, 2014 Announcements  - See our latest Chapter meetings (Feb 6 and 24) in the Meeting Minutes Tab

February 24, 2014 Welcome to the new Officers and governing board for the year 2014.  James Cain is the new president of the New Mexico Chapter of TWS.

January 17, 2014 Announcements
1. AZ/NM AFS/TWS Joint Annual Meeting – Wildlife Rehabilitation Workshop and Firearms Evidence Field Analysis Training
2. REMINDER: NM TWS Chapter Elections – Ballots Due February 4th, 2014
3. Announcement from PARC: 2014 is the Year of the Salamander
4. 2014 Summer Intern Program at the Arizona Game and Fish Department
5. U.S. Frog, toad and salamander populations plummeting, U.S. survey finds
6. One Million Protest Stripping Wolves of Endangered Listing
7. Soaring deaths of bald eagles in Utah attributed to West Nile virus
8. “Something Wicked This Way Comes”
9. Mountain lions in Santa Monica Mountains need more room, experts say
10. Aerial vaccine drops to combat rabies begins next week in Far West Texas

January 02, 2014 Newsletter  (NM news, SW section, national news, student chapters)
President’s Message
It doesn't seem possible that the year has come and gone already. But it has and the New Year is almost upon us. It was a relatively quite year for the New Mexico Chapter. The big news is that the New Mexico Chapter bid to host the 24th National TWS Conference in 2017 and won. For those of you who don't remember, New Mexico hosted the 1st Annual Conference in 1994. The 24th Annual Conference will be held in Albuquerque at the Convention Center. With all the hotels, restaurants and things to do within walking and easy driving distance from the Convention Center, I believe we will be able to make the 2017 conference one of the best.
Speaking of conferences, it is time to start thinking about our Joint Annual Meeting. The upcoming 2014 JAM will be held February 6-8 at the Hon-Dah Resort in Pinetop, Arizona. The AZ/NM Chapter of the American Fisheries Society will be our host. Information about the meeting and a link to online registration may be found at (http://www.aznmfishsoup.org). The final call for abstracts has been issued. The deadline to submit abstracts is January 10th. This year's JAM will feature a Student Quiz Bowl. I am very excited about the Quiz Bowl. It is an excellent way for our student chapters to get more involved in JAM and is an event intended exclusively for them! I hope we can get all of our New Mexico Student Chapters to put together a team. Our Student Chapters have a few years to practice before the National Conference in 2017. I would be proud if our Student Chapters could make a strong showing at the 2017 Conference.
Looking forward into 2014, there are a couple of things on the horizon that will affect our membership. The National TWS is restructuring it's Governmental Affairs program into what will be called the Conservation Affairs Network. The Conservation Affairs Network will do all the same things that the old Governmental Affairs program did, but is designed to operate through a group of interconnected Conservation Affairs Committees (CAC). The Nation TWS is also actively developing and promoting the Women in Wildlife (WOW) program. Both the New Mexico Chapter and Southwest Section have committed to actively participating in these processes and hope to make our CAC and WOW groups an example for other Chapters and Sections to follow. You will hear more about both of these efforts at the 2014 JAM in Pinetop.
Finally, but certainly not least – it is time to vote for your board members. New Mexico does not have a very big membership. We must rely of the active participation of all our members. We recently posted the election notification on our new website (http://wildlife.org/nm) and sent this information out to our membership with our announcements. Please take the time to cast your vote.
Regards,
Bob Osborn, President NM Chapter

December  24, 2013 Announcement
NM Chapter Elections for 2014
 It’s time to vote, and/or write in individuals (including yourself) for Chapter positions for 2014. Those holding present office are encouraged also.  Only active members of the NM Chapter may vote.  You may also vote at the Joint Annual Meeting in Arizona February 6, 2014.  Those individuals who were nominated are described below.
Submit your vote by February 4 on-line at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1G8SxdJnuYF0nc-NCvDHPkkH8CGVLWJzj7iS0UrP... or by filling out the below and send to the Chapter President, Bob Osborn by email to -  robert.osborn@state.nm.us or mail to Robert Osborn, Private Land Program Manager, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504. We usually have sparse nominations so please participate.
Please write in individuals in the blanks below, new names are acceptable also.
(nominations and bios are below):

President Elect ______________________________________

Secretary___________________________________________

Treasurer___________________________________________

Board Member 1______________________________________
Board Member 2______________________________________
Board Member 3______________________________________

Nominated President Elect - Quentin Hays (current board member)
Nominated Secretary – Ginny Seamster (current Secretary)
Nominated Treasurer – Dan Collins (current Treasurer)
Nominated board members includes –
Pam Herrera-Olivas (current board member)
Krysten Zummo (new candidate)
Kristin Madden (new candidate)

Duties of the positions follow
President Elect
shall assume the duties of the President in the absence or upon the inability of the President to serve, and shall perform any duties assigned by the President. The President Elect shall succeed as President the year following their term.
Secretary shall be responsible for the files and records of the Chapter. The duties also include the recording of the minutes of meetings, correspondence, and the issuance of meeting minutes.
Treasurer shall be responsible for the funds of the Chapter, shall submit complete financial reports to the last meeting of the person's term of office and the maintenance of the membership rolls.  Duties also shall include the receipt and disbursement of funds.
Board Members shall attend and participate in Executive Board meetings; notify the President of any items to be considered for meeting agendas; perform tasks and assume duties as directed by the President and consider being a chairperson of committees.

Quentin Hays for President Elect
I am currently an Assistant Professor of Science and Natural Resources at Eastern New Mexico University in Ruidoso, where I spearheaded the creation of a new Student Chapter of TWS in 2012. I have a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana and a M.Sc. in Biology (Ecology and Evolution) from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. In addition to my teaching and administrative duties at ENMU, I own and operate a small biological consulting firm: Bosque Wildlife and Habitat. I have worked with biologists on the Lincoln National Forest since 2009 to design and implement systematic surveys for threatened, endangered and sensitive species of various taxa on Forest lands. I am also heavily involved with the Collaborative Forest Restoration Program (USFS) in the state of New Mexico. Additionally, I have led and continue to lead pre-construction baseline wildlife studies for wind energy projects in New Mexico, Arizona and Texas, as well as other private sector studies. In 2011, along with biologists from Bat Conservation International and the Lincoln National Forest I received the Wings Across The Americas (WATA) award for Bat Conservation.
I have worked for many different institutions, agencies, organizations and companies including
The University of Alaska-Fairbanks; University of Montana; University of Washington; Smithsonian Environmental Research Center; United States Forest Service; Idaho Department of Fish and Game; Ducks Unlimited; Audubon Society; Wildlife Conservation Society; Bat Conservation International; Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc.; Tetra Tech, Inc.; and GeoSystems Analysis, Inc.
My wildlife studies and work have taken me from Montana to Maine, Alaska to Louisiana, Jamaica to New Zealand and beyond. I am a Master Bird Bander (USGS), a certified Type II Firefighter (Wildland), a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician and hope to complete my application for Certified Wildlife Biologist® status this year. I feel that my involvement with the New Mexico Chapter of the Wildlife Society will help provide opportunities for the students I advise at the ENMU Chapter, and will continue to expand my involvement in wildlife science and management in New Mexico.

Dan Collins for Treasurer
I am currently employed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Region 2 Migratory Bird Office in Albuquerque, NM as their Migratory Game Bird Coordinator. I deal with the management, assessment, and surveying of all migratory game birds within Region 2 (Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona) as well as participate in both the Central and Pacific Flyways. I have degrees in Biology from Greensboro College (B.S.), Natural Resource Management from Sul Ross State University (M.S., “Ecology of a Badger (Taxidae taxus) population on the Chaparral Wildlife Management Area, Texas”), and Wildlife Ecology from Stephen F. Austin State University (Ph.D., “Moist-soil managed wetlands and their associated vegetative, aquatic invertebrate, and waterfowl communities in east-central Texas). I previously have worked for the USFWS out of the Pacific Flyway Office (Wildlife Biologist), Arkansas Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (Fire Management Technician), Mississippi State University (Mourning Dove Field Technician), Utah State University (Gunnison Sage Grouse Field Technician), and Sul Ross State University (Gamble’s Quail Field Technician) to name a few.  I have strong interests in migratory and upland game bird management, wetland ecology and management, and habitat management.  I currently have two projects in New Mexico dealing with the Rocky Mountain Population of Sandhill Cranes and Interior Population of Band-tailed Pigeons with the hopes to develop several more here in the state of New Mexico. I look forward to engaging the New Mexico conservation community further by serving as an officer of the NM Chapter of The Wildlife Society.

Ginny Seamster for Secretary
I am an ecologist by training and am currently employed as a post doctoral research scientist at New Mexico State University working on a project funded by the South Central Climate Science Center that entails developing models of climate change effects on multiple species of greatest conservation need within New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The results of the project will be incorporated into the New Mexico Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool being developed by Natural Heritage New Mexico and New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. I have a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences and a B.S. in Biology, both from the University of Virginia. I was born in Farmington, New Mexico and grew up in Santa Fe. I am especially interested in the conservation biology and ecology of mammalian predators, particularly felids. However, my ultimate goal is to do work that contributes to the conservation of key habitats, ecosystems, and biodiversity. My graduate research involved a non-invasive genetic survey of the coyote population at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge and an evaluation of the effects of woody plant encroachment on the base of the coyote food chain. Before starting my current position, I worked as a GIS Analyst at the Trust for Public Land. Collaboration among state and federal agencies, non-profits, universities, and other entities is crucial to the success of landscape-scale conservation efforts. The Wildlife Society provides excellent forums for individuals from different backgrounds to meet, share ideas, and set up collaborations on projects relating to the conservation and management of wildlife. I have been a member of The Wildlife Society since 2010 and I am also a member of the Ecological Society of America. I served as Secretary for the New Mexico chapter of The Wildlife Society in 2013. I would like to continue my involvement with the chapter and TWS events, including the AZ/NM Joint Annual Meeting in 2015.      

Pamela Herrera Olivas for board member (current board)
I have been employed as a Wildlife Biologist with the Bureau of Land Management for 16 years starting as a SCEP (Student Career Experience Program) student. I completed a Master’s thesis in Elk/Livestock interactions with New Mexico Highlands University/Taos Field Office (TAFO). I worked as a Natural Resource Specialist for two of the years on the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail. I also worked for the Albuquerque District Office, as the Threatened and Endangered Species program lead for 3 years. My main duties as a wildlife biologist for the TAFO are the Habitat Stamp Program Coordinator, and to support the range, fire, and forestry programs. I am currently responsible for coordination between programs with input into project design and implementation to benefit wildlife species while making sure wildlife objectives are being met. I have been working with the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish and other specialists on habitat improvement projects to benefit mule deer.
During my time with the Bureau, I have served as Riparian Coordinator and Team Lead for our Riparian Habitat Management Plan and preparer of the Southwestern willow flycatcher Plan. I am also actively working with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Trust for Public Land on land acquisition projects to protect habitat for wildlife on public lands.  I currently Co-Chair the Mora Valley Merriam’s Chapter of the National Turkey Federation (NWTF) and am a committee member for the Hermits Peak Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF), am Treasurer of the Sangre de Cristo Livestock Association and member of the Los de Mora Cooperative. I am a 2012 recipient of the RMEF National
Habitat Enhancement Award for work accomplished within my field office on the Taos Plateau.
Learning about the current research and projects that are occurring within my field I feel, will help me grow professionally. I look forward to being a part of the NM Chapter of the Wildlife Society.

Krysten Zummo for Board Member
Krysten became an active member of The Wildlife Society in 2009 while studying for her Bachelor’s degree at the State University of New York at Cobleskill.  She began taking on leadership roles as an undergrad where she served as the student chapter President and coordinated the 2011 Northeastern Wildlife Conclave.  She soon became involved with the Student Development Working Group as Secretary, Newsletter Editor, Awards Committee Chair, and now Treasurer.  This past year she was accepted into, and completed, The Wildlife Society’s Leadership Institute.  As a part of the Institute, she was encouraged to continue building leadership skills through becoming involved with local chapters and sections of The Wildlife Society.  Although she is new to New Mexico, she has a vast amount of experience within The Wildlife Society and would love to become more involved with the New Mexico Chapter as a board member.  It is her personal goal to create better connections between state chapters and their respective student chapters in order to increase student activity and retention in the society. If elected board member, she will move this goal forward while getting to know and assisting in the activities of the New Mexico Chapter.
Education:
B.T. Wildlife Management from the State University of New York at Cobleskill
M.S. Wildlife Science (In Progress) from New Mexico State University
Employment History:
Graduate Research Assistant, New Mexico State University, August 2013-Present
Avian Demography Crew Leader, Oregon State University, May 2013-August 2013
Instructional Support Assistant, State University of New York at Cobleskill, May 2011-May2013
Avian Field Technician, United States Forest Service, May 2010-August 2010
Avian Technician, Missouri Department of Conservation/University of Missouri, May 2009-August 2009
Environmental Steward, Suffolk County Parks Department, May 2008-August 2008
TWS Activities:
Associate Wildlife Biologist®, The Wildlife Society, May 2011-Present
Treasurer, Student Development Working Group, October 2013-Present
Member, Leadership Institute, May 2013-October 2013
Awards Committee Chair, Student Development Working Group, October 2012-Present
Newsletter Editor, Student Development Working Group, October 2012-Present
Secretary, Student Development Working Group, October 2011- October 2012
Student Chapter Co-Advisor, State University of New York at Cobleskill, May 2011-May 2013
Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award, New York State Chapter of The Wildlife Society, 2011
Coordinator, Northeastern Conclave, 2011
Co-Chair, Fish and Wildlife Festival, State University of New York at Cobleskill, 2011
Chair, Fish and Wildlife Festival State University of New York at Cobleskill, 2009, 2010
Student Chapter President, State University of New York at Cobleskill
Member, The Wildlife Society, 2009-Present
Member, New York State Chapter of The Wildlife Society, 2009-Present
Member, New Mexico State Chapter of The Wildlife Society, 2013
Member, Southwest Section, The Wildlife Society, 2013
Attendee, The Wildlife Society Annual Conference, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013
Attendee, New York State Chapter of The Wildlife Society, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Attendee, Northeast Association of Fish Wildlife Agencies Conference (host of the Northeastern Section Meeting), 2010, 2013
Other Professional Affiliations:
American Ornithologists Union, 2011
Ducks Unlimited, 2012

Kristin K. Madden for Board Member  
Kristin is the Bird Program Manager and migratory game bird biologist for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. She has a Master’s degree in wildlife biology/environmental studies and conducted her research on nest-site aggression in Cooper’s hawks in Albuquerque. She chaired the TWS Wildlife Disease Working Group subcommittee  to provide comments on the National Wildlife Health Center Strategic Science Plan in 2011 and taught the basic wildlife rehabilitation course at the 2012 JAM. Kristin has been an avian biologist and wildlife rehabilitator in New Mexico for over 16 years and is a former Clinic Director for Wildlife Rescue Inc. of New Mexico. Kristin and her husband live in Albuquerque with their dog and assorted birds. Their son is a sophomore at NM Tech.  Professional affiliations:
The Wildlife Society, Wildlife Disease Working Group, Central Flyway Waterfowl and Webless Technical Committees
Intermountain West Joint Venture Sandhill Crane Habitat Conservation Working Group, New Mexico Burrowing Owl Work Group
Raptor Research Foundation, International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council.
Kristin Madden
Bird Program Manager
Wildlife Management Division
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
One Wildlife Way
Santa Fe, NM 87507
505-476-8161
kristin.madden@state.nm.us

December 10, 2013  National TWS certification
Do you know about the National wildlife biologist certification program for TWS?  For example, you need to be a member and it requires new certification every 10 years?
Go to - http://www.wildlife.org/certification/program
For more information about the Certification Program at The Wildlife Society, or to obtain the certification logo for use by current AWBs and CWBs, please contact:
Katherine Edwards, Professional Development Coordinator, katie.edwards@wildlife.org, (301) 897-9770 ext 303

December 4, 2013 Board Meeting Notes Nov 19
See attached. Highlights - Albuquerque selected for 2017 National TWS meeting; Officer elections; Jam 2014, Conservation Affairs Committee.

December 3, 2013 JAM announcement
The AZ/NM Chapter of the American Fisheries Society is proud to be hosting the 2014 Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) with The Wildlife Society in Pinetop, AZ Feb. 6-8, 2014.  Registration for the meeting is now open.  Early registration for professionals ends Dec. 20th, 2013.  Follow the link below to register!
https://www.regonline.com/register/checkin.aspx?MethodId=0&eventsessionI...
We are also accepting our 2nd Call for Papers. Additional meeting information will be available soon at http://www.aznmfishsoup.org/.
We hope to see you in Pinetop, AZ!

Sharon Lashway
AZ/NM AFS Secretary-Treasurer

CALL FOR PAPERS 2014, Joint Annual Meeting FS and TWS

Pinetop, Arizona  February 6 - 8, 2014
at Hon-dah Resort - Casino and Conference center, www.hon-dah.com
REGISTRATION INFORMATION WILL BE ONLINE SOON
http://www.aznmfishsoup.org/
FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS
We are now accepting abstracts, FIRST CALL to be submitted by November 22nd.
The Program Committee for the 2014 JAM invites abstracts for contributed oral presentations and posters. The program will include a plenary session, contributed papers and a poster session on fisheries and wildlife related topics. We expect a wide range of topics from the diverse fishery and wildlife resources found within Arizona and New Mexico. Presentations may include completed projects and works in progress.
We urge students to attend and are particularly interested in student presentations. Several awards will be given for “best papers”. The AZ/NM Chapter of the American Fisheries Society will present a “Best Student Paper” and “Best Student Poster” award for graduate and undergraduate students presenting papers/posters in the fisheries field. The AZ and NM Chapters of The Wildlife Society will present a “Best Student Paper” and “Best Student Poster” award for graduate and undergraduate students presenting papers/posters in the wildlife field.

November 22, 2013 Announcement
NM Chapter Elections for Joint Annual Meeting Feb 6-8, 2014
It’s time to nominate individuals for Chapter positions for 2014.  Please nominate deserving NM Chapter members by December 20, including yourself.  Those holding present office are encouraged also.  Submit your nominations to the Chapter President Bob Osborn by email to -  robert.osborn@state.nm.us or mail to Robert Osborn, Private Land Program Manager, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504.  We usually have sparse nominations so please participate.
We are electing the following positions
President Elect
Secretary
Treasurer
And 3 Board Members

Each candidate should consider providing
a. Name.
b. Education.
c. Employment history.
d. Wildlife Society activities.
e. Other professional affiliations.
f.  Why the person would be a good fit for the position.

Duties of the positions follow
President Elect shall assume the duties of the President in the absence or upon the inability of the President to serve, and shall perform any duties assigned by the President. The President Elect shall succeed as President the year following their term.
Secretary shall be responsible for the files and records of the Chapter.  The duties also include the recording of the minutes of meetings, the maintenance of the membership rolls, correspondence, and the issuance of meeting minutes.
Treasurer shall be responsible for the funds of the Chapter, and shall submit complete financial reports to the last meeting of the person's term of office. Duties also shall include the receipt and disbursement of funds.
Board Members shall attend and participate in Executive Board meetings; notify the President of any items to be considered for meeting agendas; perform tasks and assume duties as directed by the President and consider being a chairperson of committees.

 

November 8, 2013 ANNOUNCEMENTS
Check out the chapter on Facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Wildlife-Society-New-Mexico-Chapter/1...
1. NM TWS Awards – Applications due December 15th - Professional; Biodiversity Scholarship; Travel to Joint Meeting
2. AZ/NM AFS/TWS Joint Annual Meeting – First Call for Papers – Abstracts due November 22nd
3. Playa Lakes Joint Venture Solicits Habitat Conservation Proposals for the 2014 ConocoPhillips Grant Program – Applications due December 6th
4. Wildlife handling courses by GWR in ID, MT, MI, and TN
5. IPCC climate report: human impact is 'unequivocal'
6. Wyoming wildlife crossings labeled success
7. Studies, states seek to halt mule deer population decline
8. Climate change blamed for plight of wolves on Isle Royale
9. What do Ugly Animal Contests Tell Us about Conservation?
10.Report: Wildlife Refuges Create $2B for Economy

November 4, 2013 Announcement
Wildlife Related Agencies in New Mexico are summarized that includes websites and phone numbers

September 20, 2013 Announcements
1.Mexican Gray Wolves Gain Protection in Arizona, New Mexico
2.Deadly Diseases Could Strike Bighorn Sheep
3.Wildlife biologists investigating mass elk deaths
4.Report: U.S. fish won’t survive warmer water
5.Lawsuit challenges use of GMO crops and pesticides in U.S. wildlife refuges
6.Wildlife officials plan to crush 6 tons of illegally trafficked ivory
7.ENMU Student Wildlife Society hosts second annual Beast Feast
8.A quest to save the snow leopard
9.How Is Colorado Flooding Affecting Birds and Other Wildlife?
10.Fungal Faces of Death
11.Volunteers wanted to serve on Habitat Stamp Program Citizens Advisory Committee–applications due October 5th

September 18, 2013 announcements
Renae Held is looking for articles/announcements for the NMTWS newsletter.  We hope everyone had a great summer and are interested in hearing about your activities (outreach, management, research, etc.).  Also, please let us know of any upcoming meetings or workshops that you think our membership may be interested in.  Please send your info to rheld@hotmail.com by September 27, 2013.

August 23 Announcements
1. Scientists Identify Key Fungal Species That Help Explain Mysteries of White Nose Syndrome
2. Prairie chicken tracked on 1,165-mile journey in Missouri, Iowa
3. Film Fakery: Does Shark Week Harm Conservation Efforts?
4. DOI Releases 2012 Economic Contributions Report
5. Will US Drones Fight Foreign Poachers?
6. Wildlife Officials Consider Lowering Mountain Lion Quota
7. Time for Plan B as Keystone XL and Northern Gateway pipelines stall
8. Rare bobcat spotted in Cape Cod
9. Letter to Congress Supporting Wildlife and Conservation Grant Programs (respond by Monday September 9th)

August 15, 2013 Board Meeting Notes

July 26, 2013 Announcements

1. Increased human-coyote conflicts in Metro Denver prompts study
2. Chimpanzees to be retired from medical research in U.S.
3. President Announces Climate Change Plan
4. Obama to launch major initiative to curb wildlife trafficking
5. The Native Plant Society of New Mexico 2013 Annual Conference Announcement
6. State of the Birds 2013 Report Released
7. Minn. wolf population falls; lower quota planned
8. Mexican gray wolf shot, killed in New Mexico
9. Three snow leopard cubs revealed at Marwell Zoo
10.BIOLOGISTS FIND OLDEST ENDANGERED JEMEZ MOUNTAINS SALAMANDER
11.Texas losing war on feral hogs

Announcements June 7, 2013
1. Governor signs wolf management legislation to support conflict prevention, expand compensation
2. Frog, toad and salamander populations plummeting, U.S. survey finds
3. Western Hummingbird Partnership – 2013 Request for Proposals
4. Restaurants Offering Lion Meat Are Causing Public Outrage
5. 89 bears killed to boost moose hunting in Western Alaska
6. Utah board OKs mountain goat introduction plan
7. States Strive for Balance Between Tiger Conservation and Tourism
8. Report: Birth control better for wild horses than BLM roundups
9. Migration no longer best strategy for Yellowstone elk, study finds

May 29, 2013 Board Meeting Notes

May 17, 2013
1.  New Wildlife Information Tool from USGS
2.  Utah unveils plan to conserve 90 percent of greater sage grouse population
3.  Hunter Allowed to Import Rhino Trophy into U.S. for First Time in 33 Years
4.  Bill would reauthorize volunteer programs at wildlife refuges
5.  US rejects EU claim of insecticide as prime reason for bee colony collapse
6.  How Michigan House vote leaves state a step closer to wolf hunt in Upper Peninsula
7.  Study shows human- wildlife microbe exchange and multidrug resistance in wildlife in protected areas in Africa
8.  Technology and the Tiger: DNA Study of Wildlife in Nepal
9.  Climate change already affecting UK wildlife
10.  Rise in Roadkill Requires New Solutions

April 19, 2013

1.  Please submit NM TWS Newsletter Items by May 17th
2.  REI’s Sally Jewell wins confirmation as Interior secretary
3.  President Requests $1.6 Billion In Fiscal Year 2014 For U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service
4.  Merlot vs. moose: Global war
5.  How Open Source Software Could Help Save Endangered Animals From Poachers
6.  Will Synthetic Biology Benefit or Threaten Wild Things?
7.  Russian forests and tigers left floored by illegal logging

April 15, 2013  NM Chapter President  Robert Bob Osborn sends email supporting funding for State & Tribal Wildlife Grants Program is the only federal program designed to prevent endangered species listings by conserving at-risk species identified in State
Wildlife Action Plans.  See below
Hello, my name is Robert Osborn. I am the President of the New Mexico Chapter of The Wildlife Society. I’m e-mailing you today to let you know that Congressmen Young, Grimm, Thompson and Kind are circulating a Dear Colleague Letter supporting “robust” funding for the State & Tribal Wildlife Grants program in FY14. I would greatly appreciate it if ___________________ would sign on to the letter this year. The deadline for signing on is Tuesday April 16th . Last year 110 members in the House signed the letter. The State & Tribal Wildlife Grants Program is the only federal program designed to prevent endangered species listings by conserving at-risk species identified in State Wildlife Action Plans. By signing on to this letter you will be supporting a program that is saving taxpayer dollars by preventing endangered species listings. I understand how difficult our fiscal situation is but this program has already been cut by 35% since 2010 so it has done its fair share to help reduce the deficit. Please let me know if your boss will be able to sign the letter. If you are able to sign
on, please contact Erik Elam in Congressman Young’s office at 202-225-5765 or Nicole Rohr in Congressman Thompson’s office at 202-225-3311. Thanks for your time.
Sincerely,
Robert Osborn

April 5, 2013 Announcements
1. Study: Big Cats Living in Urbanized Areas in India
2. Nature’s Drone, Pretty and Deadly
3. Ken Salazar to leave Interior with no regrets
4. Coyote control program proves popular in North Dakota
5. A Rewarding Road

March 18, 2013 President and Past President Message
Past-President 2012 - Ken Boykin
Well now it is over. JAM 2013. The 46th annual Joint Meeting. The first meeting in New Mexico since 2009. Hopefully all that attended enjoyed the meeting. I will let you be the judge if the meeting was successful. I will tell you that the membership of NMTWS spent a lot of time to plan this meeting and I want to acknowledge the planning committees efforts. The planning committee included Ty Allen, Jennifer Frey, Elise Goldstein, Kathy Granillo, Brian Hanson, Renae Held, Rachel Jankowitz, Shawn Knox, Esther Nelson, Bob Osborn, Leland Pierce, Virginia Seamster, Jim Stuart, Terri Thompson, Teri Waldron, Mark Watson, and Valerie Williams. If you attended the meeting, you may have seen these people running around accomplishing varying tasks. If you have not had a chance to thank them, please do the next time you see them. It was a pleasure working with them and I thank them for their efforts.
I want to thank the 2012 Board for their work. I want to thank outgoing board members Shawn Knox (Treasurer), Rachel Jankowitz (Secretary), and Teri Waldron (Board Member). They helped immensely during the year and did a really great job.
Good luck to the new board with President Bob Osborn, President-Elect James Cain, Treasurer Dan Collins, Secretary Virginia Seamster, Board Member Esther Nelson, Board Member Quentin Hays, and Board Member Pam Herrera-Olivas.
At the meeting we were fortunate enough to honor Marikay Ramsey as the Professional of the Year. I also want to acknowledge the recipients of the NMTWS biodiversity scholarship. Those recipients are Sarah Kindschuh, Kevin McCormick, and James Pitman. Congratulations to all.
Finally, I want to thank the membership and Board of NMTWS for allowing me to be your president. It was an honor.
Cheers,
Ken

President - Bob Osborn
As I write this report, the 2013 Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) has just finished. You will find many photos and updates from the JAM within this newsletter. I won't dwell on the JAM, as out-going president Ken Boykin has provided an excellent summary. I would simply like to thank those that submitted presentations and posters and thank those of you who were able to attend. I also would like to thank Ken. Most of you don't realize how much work goes into hosting the JAM or how much time and effort Ken invested in pulling it off.
In the coming year, the Board will once again tackle revising the bylaws of our Chapter. This is a task that was put on the back burning as we prepared for the JAM. This is mostly a house keeping item. It is necessary to keep the Chapter and Chapter business running as smoothly as possible. The Board will be working closely with the National TWS during this process. Once the proposed changes are ready, we will send the propose bylaws out to you for a vote.
Additionally, the Board will be looking into the possibility of putting on another 1-day meeting, probably in the Fall. We will be looking for professionals and students to give presentations and posters. Start thinking about what you might be able to present! This will be an excellent opportunity for you to present your work. The 1-day meeting will also be more affordable for those of you on a tight budget.
One of the most important things a professional society can do is serve its members. But to accomplish this task we need feedback from you! Don't hesitate to contact myself or any other board member if you have ideas, questions, or comments. Most importantly – VOTE! Even if you don't have time to run for the Board or become more actively involved in the Chapter, voting is an import way you can participate and make a difference. Over the next year you will have the opportunity to voice your opinions on changes to the Chapter bylaws and who will represent you in 2014. The Board will search for ways to make voting as easy as possible. Please do your part when the time comes.
Finally, many of you may have experienced problems gaining access to our NM-TWS website. We are working to resolve these problems and hope to have the website back up and running again soon. As you are waiting, don't forget that you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter. These sites are still up and running and we will keep posting important notices on both.
All for now,
Bob Osborn, NM-TWS President 2013

March 22, 2013 Announcements
1. New Mexico Ornithological Society 51st Annual Meeting 27 April 2013
2. Federal Employees Free to Serve in Professional Societies
3. Toronto councilor wants ban on feeding coyotes
4. Sequestration slashes money from wildlife funds
5. The Challenge of Wolf Recovery

March 15, 2013 Announcements
1. Room To Roam Needed For Wildlife In The Southern Canadian Rockies
2. Discovery May Explain How Prion Diseases Spread Between Different Types of Animals
3. Deer die off puzzles wildlife officials
4. New Mexico Ornithological Society Research Grants - Deadline Extended to 27 March
5. Dozens of Species Given New Trade Protections
6. Monarch Butterfly Population Falls To Record Low, Mexican Scientists Say
 
Spring Newsletter March 2013 is available - Highlights
President Message
NM Environment Department Jemez River Water Quality
JAM summary - Marikay Ramsey - Professional of the Year; Biodiversity Scholarship Sarah Kindschuh, Kevin McCormick, James Pitman; Best Student Paper Brittany Oleson; Best Wildlife Poster Ashwin Naidu; Best in Show Photography Mark Watson.  (Thanks to Ken Boykin for leading this event)
Desert Bighorn Meeting Las Cruces April 17-20
 
March 12, 2013 Board Meeting

March 8, 2013 Announcements -
International wildlife crime busting,
New information on Chronic Wasting Disease,
Legislative decisions that will effect the moose and wolf populations in Montana,
Bad news for elk populations,
Info on an amphibian-killing fungus,
How the government sequestration may effect our parks and wildlife,
The outcome of gray wolf hunting season in Montana,
The state of the wildlife in Kansas,
Why the moose are declining in Minnesota,
Potential bounty hunting of Mississippi wild hogs,
Recent poll on America's view of our impact to wildlife.

February 9 - MEET the new board members for the NM Chapter.  See the box to the left "board members"  Bob Osborn is the new President.  Thanks to Ken Boykin and the 2012 board for their work.
 
The Joint Annual Meeting in Albuquerque Feb 7 - 9, 2013 was a huge success.
 
December 21, 2012 Announcement
1. Ornithological Grant Offer
2. Call for Papers at NM Ornithological Society Annual Meeting April 27 Silver City
3. Something for Snake Lovers
 
November 16, 2012 Announcements
A Columbus, Neb., biologist might have discovered the first wild colony of an endangered species since the Meeteetse find in 1981.
 
September 21, 2012 Announcements
Launch of the Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy's website!    www.amphibiansreptiles.org