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CONFERENCE SCHEDULE AT-A-GLANCE (as of 3/4/15)

AFWA = Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Meetings

MMFWA: National Military Fish & Wildlife Association

Sunday March 8, 2015

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The Wildlife Society Council Meeting
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Conference Registration Desk Open

Monday March 9, 2015

7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Conference Registration Desk Open
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Sage-grouse Executive Oversight Committee Meeting
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. NMFWA: Army Forestry Breakout Session
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The Wildlife Society Council Meeting
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Women’s Wildlife Conservation Network Luncheon, (invite only)
This event is a meet and greet for professional women in the wildlife field to meet one another. Seating will be randomized, and we will promote a few ways to get to know others at the table.

1:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

NMFWA: National Guard Conservation Committee Working Group

NMFWA: Navy Forestry Working Group

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. NAWMP Interim Integration Committee
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. AFWA CSA Task Force
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. NMFWA: Military Lands Working Group
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. National Flyway Council
5:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. NMFWA: Board of Directors Meeting (NMFWA Members Welcome)

Tuesday March 10, 2015

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Fellowship of Christian Conservationists
7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Conference Registration Desk Open
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
Sponsored By Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (invitation only)
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Atlantic Flyway Council
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Central Flyway Council
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Pacific Flyway Council
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Mississippi Flyway Council
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. American Wildlife Conservation Partners (AWCP) Meeting
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

WORKSHOP: Urban Wildlife Conservation in Cities and Suburbs: Pollinators, Agriculture and the Great Midwest

Protecting and restoring wildlife habitat in our cities and suburbs will be the focus of a half-day workshop on Tuesday, March 10 at the North American Wildlife and Natural resources Conference in Omaha, Nebraska. Of particular focus will be the role of pollinating bees, butterflies, and birds in at people’s homes and in maintaining community gardens and ensuring agricultural sustainability worldwide. Pollinator conservation has become a keystone focus for biodiversity conservation, urban sustainability, and agriculture. Urban areas can support pollinator habitat connectivity within ecological landscapes and serve as a refuge for species impacted by habitat loss. This session will bring together new partners in urban conservation and reunite colleagues working in this critical arena. Expand your networks and learn the very latest on monarch and native bee conservation(including a new Monarch campaign), urban agriculture and agricultural practices that support wildlife habitat, State Wildlife Action Plan pollinator conservation efforts, and creative funding approaches. Get a sneak preview of a newwebsite that will help gardeners and nature lovers to grow native plants for wildlife habitat! Sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service, National Wildlife Federation, Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. NMFWA: Welcome & DoD Policy Update
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. PARC Joint National Steering Committee Meeting
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Wildlife & Hunting Heritage Council Land and Water Conservation
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Black-footed Ferret Executive Committee
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. NMFWA: Annual Member Meeting
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON IMPLEMENTING LANDSCAPE-SCALE APPROACHES TO MITIGATION AND RENEWABLE ENERGY: LESSONS LEARNED

Over the last year, a number of NGO partners have hosted several workshops exploring the implementation of DOI Secretarial Order 3330: “Improving Mitigation Policies and Practices at the Department of Interior.” Please join Defenders of Wildlife, Natural Resources Defense Council, and The Wilderness Society as we return to the North American to continue the conversation. This roundtable builds off of those previous discussions, and participants are invited to ask and answer questions as we discuss: key themes and lessons learned from on-the-ground mitigation efforts, including examples of different regional approaches; strategies for effective stakeholder engagement and interagency coordination; and next steps for implementing the Mitigation Strategy Secretarial Report. Please join us to discuss your experiences with the specific challenges and steps to integrating science and policy at a landscape-scale for better mitigation of habitat values.

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. American Fisheries Society - Fisheries Administration Section
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch Sponsored by Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (invitation only)
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. AFWA: Finance Committee Meeting
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. NMFWA Break Out Sessions: Army, Air Force, National Guard, Navy and Marines
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. National Association of Fisheries and Wildlife Programs (NAUFWP)
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. BLM Partners Meeting: Presentation on Planning 2.0 BLM's Changes to the Land Use Planning Process
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

WORKSHOP: Women's Wildlife Conservation Network Workshop: Recruiting Women Natural Resource Leaders

Workshop Goal: Provide professional training to women to better position themselves for leadership roles in the conservation field.

At this highly engaging workshop, recruiters will offer their insights into the process they use for recruiting conservation leaders and how women candidates can avoid common stumbling blocks. Both women and men are encourage to attend.

These recruiting leaders will speak specifically to issues that they have encountered first hand, emphasizing those that are critical to women wishing to advance in their field. Examples include the common ways women undersell themselves, how women can more effectively describe their accomplishments, how to manage brand (LinkedIn profile, bolstering resume) negotiating equitable compensation, do’s/don’ts during the interview, and overall recommendations for how women can empower themselves to be stronger candidates for leadership roles.

Following speaker presentations, workshop participants will break into smaller groups to review and practice the tips and tools presented by the recruiters.

Agenda

1:00 p.m. Opening Remarks - Jodi Hilty, Ph. D., Consulting Ecologist

1;20 p.m. Perspective From Recruiters - Kara Teising, Partner and Practice Lead, Non-profit & Jackie Mildner, Isaacson, Miller, Inc.

2:00 p.m. Discussion and Questions with Recruiters - Facilitated by Naomi Edelson, National Wildlife Federation

2:30 p.m. Overview of Breakout Groups - Recruiters

2:45 p.m. Hands on Breakout Groups; practice and discussion on successful interviewing and negotiation skills - Facilitated by Carolyn Enquist, USGS

3:45 p.m. Discussion on major findings in breakout groups

4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks; opportunity to talk with Recruiters - Facilitated by Jodi Hilty

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. AFWA: Wind Energy Committee Meeting
2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Exhibitor Set-up
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Coffee Break
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. AFWA Directors' Forum (invitation only)
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Forest Service Get Wild Partners Meeting
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. LPC Range-Wide Planning Update
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. National Cooperators' Coalition Meeting
4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

NMFWA Concurrent Sessions:

  • Bird Conservation & Mission Support
  • Imperiled Species Recovery
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Colorado State University Alumni Reception
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. AFWA: Directors Meet & Greet Reception (invitation only)
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Author's Meeting - State Wildlife Management Book (invitation only)
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Welcome Reception! Supported by Nebraska Game & Parks Commission
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. National Military Fish and Wildlife Association Welcome Mixer (offsite)

Wednesday March 11, 2015

7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Conference Registration Desk Open
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
Sponsored by National Wild Turkey Federation (invitation only)
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Exhibits Open
8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. 80th North American Wildlife & Natural Resources Conference Plenary Session
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Coffee Break with Exhibits
Sponsored by Sustainable Forestry Initiative
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. WMI Special Sessions:
  1. Conservation Controversies: Avoiding a House Divided
  2. The Business of Conservation: Converting Consumers to Customers
  3. Planning for Species Sustainability: Avoiding the Need to List Under the ESA
  4. The Evolution of Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. NMFWA: Board of Directors Meeting
12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. Wildlife Management Institute's Conservation Administrator's Luncheon (invitation only; ticket required, non-transferable)
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

AFWA Committee Meetings:

  • Annual Meeting/Awards
  • Education Subcommittee
  • Science & Research
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

AFWA Committee Meetings:

  • Agriculture Conservation
  • Bird Conservation Part 1
  • Invasive Species Committee
  • Executive Committee (1:30-5:00 p.m.)
  • Fish & Wildlife Trust Funds
  • Lead and Fish & Wildlife Working Group (2:00 p.m. start time)
  • Legal Committee Business Meeting
  • Onshore Oil & Gas Subcommittee
1:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

NMFWA Sessions:

  • Bat Conservation (1:00-2:30 p.m.)
  • Conservation Tools (2:45 - 3:45 p.m.)
  • BASH, Air Operations & Conservation: Thinking Outside the Box (4:00-5:45 p.m.)
1:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

NMFWA Meetings:

  • Conservation Law Enforcement Working Group Meeting (1:00-2:00pm)
  • DOD Bird Conservation Planning Meeting (2:15-3:45 p.m.)
  • DOD Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Implementation Workshop (4:00-5:45 p.m.)
1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Prairie Pothole Joint Venture Management Board
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Coffee Break with Exhibits
Sponsored by Ruffed Grouse Society
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

AFWA Committee Meetings:

  • Human Wildlife Conflict
  • Ocean Resources Policy
  • Outreach Subcommittee
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. National Wildlife Federation Reception (invitation only)
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. National Flyway Council
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Forest Service Wings Across the Americas Conservation Awards
6:15 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. NMFWA: Awards Banquet & Hall of Fame Induction (offsite)
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. BLM/Forest Service Joint Awards Reception
8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Boone and Crockett Club Spring Meeting Dinner (invitation only)

Thursday March 12, 2015

7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Conference Registration Desk Open
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Breakfast (Invitation only) Sponsored by Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Woodcock Task Force
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Exhibits open
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Boone and Crockett Club Spring Meeting (invitation only)
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Collaborative Interstate Working Group for Greater Prairie-Chickens and Sharp Tailed Grouse
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. NBCI Management Board Meeting
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

AFWA Committee Meetings:

  • Diversity Subcommittee (10:30 am end time)
  • Forestry Working Group (9:30 am end time)
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

AFWA Committee Meetings:

  • Teaming with Wildlife
  • Federal & Tribal Relations
  • Fisheries & Water Resources Policy
  • Legal Committee Working Group
  • Waterfowl Working Group
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. AFWA Regional Coordinators Meeting
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. NMFWA Working Group Meetings:
  • Herpetology Working Group (8:00 - 9:00 a.m.)
  • Invasive Species Working Group (9:15 - 10:30 a.m.)
  • Pollinators Working Group (10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. NMFWA Sessions:
  • Panel: So You Want to be a Contractor (8:00 - 9:30 a.m.)
  • Using Genetic Tools to Enhance Natural Resources Management on DoD Lands (9:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Coffee Break with Exhibits
Sponsored by Isaak Walton League of America, Inc.
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. WAFWA Executive Committee - Executive Session (invitation only)
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

AFWA Committee Meetings:

  • International Relations Committee
  • Law Enforcement
  • National Grants Committee
  • EQIP & CSP Working Group (9:30 a.m. start time)
  • Legislative Federal Budget
  • PIF Shorebird Waterbird Working Group
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch Sponsored by National Rifle Association (Invitation Only)
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

AFWA Committee Meetings:

  • Amphibian and Reptile Subcommittee
  • Farm Bill Easements Working Group
  • Resident Game Bird Working Group
  • WNS Executive and Steering Committee Meeting
1:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

NMFWA Technical Sessions:
Addressing Climate Change in INRMPs; (1:00 - 3:00 p.m.) State Partnerships, Wildlife Action Plans, and INRMPs (3:15 - 5:15 p.m.)

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Partners in Flight Council Meeting

1:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. NMFWA Working Group Meetings:
BASH Working Group (1:00 - 2:00 p.m.); Bat Working Group (2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.); Fish and Wildlife Recreation Working Group (3:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.)
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

AFWA Committee Meetings:

  • Education, Outreach & Diversity Committee
  • Energy & Wildlife Policy
  • Executive Committee (2:00 p.m. start time)
  • Hunting & Shooting Sports Participation
  • Leadership & Professional Development
  • Sustainable Wildlife Use (2:00pm start time)
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Coffee Break with Exhibitors
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

AFWA Committee Meetings:

  • Public Access Working Group
  • Fish & Wildlife Health
  • Migratory Shore & Upland Game Bird Working Group
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. AFWA Legal Strategy Reception (invitation only)
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership Reception (invitation only)
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. National Fish & Wildlife Foundation/U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Awards Reception
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. NMFWA: Show & Tell Reception, Photo Contest and Silent Auction
8:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. National Conservation Leadership Institute Reception (invitation only) – OFFSITE

Friday March 13, 2015

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast sponsored by Ducks Unlimited (invitation only)
7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Conference Registration Desk Open
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

AFWA Committee Meetings:

  • Bioenergy Working Group
  • Bird Conservation Part 2
  • Technology & Data Committee
  • Wildlife Resources Policy
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

AFWA Committee Meetings:

  • Angler & Boating Participation (9:00 a.m. start time)
  • Threatened & Endangered Species Policy
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Exhibits Open
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. NMFWA Field Trip: USACE Missouri River Recovery Program & Offutt AFB Zebra Mussel Remediation (offsite)
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Coffee Break with Exhibitors
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

AFWA Committee Meetings:

  • CRP Working Group
  • Climate Change
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Midwest Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Executive Committee Meeting
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch Sponsored by the American Sportfishing Association (invitation only)
1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Business Meeting
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. * WMI Pub Night (OFFSITE - Old Mattress Factory)