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Sunday, January 28
 

7:00am

Conference Registration Desk Open
Sunday January 28, 2018 7:00am - 7:00pm
TBD

8:00am

Workshop. Beginning Your Professional Journey (For Students Only)
Organizers: Jim Schneider and John Loegering, Michigan State University; University of Minnesota, schne181@msu.edu; jloegeri@umn.edu 

Fee: $25

Note: 
Includes buffet lunch

Intended Audience: early career students; early graduate students; and undergraduate students

Overview: This workshop’s purpose is to address the needs of undergraduate Fisheries and Wildlife students to prepare for their first post-baccalaureate position, whether as a graduate student or employee. The  workshop will consist of four sections: Resumes and Professional Correspondence; Academic and Employer Panels; Networking;  and Interviewing. The workshop will include lecture, interactive discussion, small group exercises, and individual work.

Sunday January 28, 2018 8:00am - 4:30pm
TBD

8:00am

Workshop. Introductory Fisheries Analyses with R
Organizer: Derek Ogle, Northland College, dogle@northland.edu

Fee: $25 professionals; $10 students

Note: 
Includes buffet lunch

Intended Audience: Students or Professionals; Intermediate-level

Overview: Use of R for typical fisheries anslyses. Topics will include data wrangling, summarization, and graphing in the context of estimating and comparing mortality rates, growth rates, condition (weight-length), and size structure. A case-study lecture format (real data and typical workflow, including assigning ages with an age-length key) followed by hands-on exercises will be used. Participants will be expected to be familiar with the very basics of R (command line, packages, etc.).

Sunday January 28, 2018 8:00am - 5:00pm
TBD

9:00am

Workshop. Midwest Leadership Workshop Series
Organizer: Pat Lederle, North Central Section of the Wildlife Society, MAFWA; lederlep@michigan.gov

Fee:
$50 for TWS Members; $80 for non-members

Note:
 Includes buffet lunch

Intended Audience:
All Invited

Overview:
The objective of this workshop is to provide leadership training opportunities for all natural resource students and professionals. Recognizing that everyone is a leader within different organizational levels, we will emphasize developing leadership skills, tools, and experiences that are practical and applicable. Instructors will provide perspectives on issues such as: Collaborative governance and decision making; Time management in an era of shifting priorities and paradigms; Decision making and problem solving within the context of complicated issues; leadership scales; leaders at home, the office, community, and the profession; Learners, mentors, and leaders and changing responsibilities as your career evolves. The focus will be on organizational decision making and communication for leaders, ideas on projecting leadership regardless of position, and group exercises and discussions to explore and provide feedback on real life leadership challenges in a natural resource management context. 

Sunday January 28, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm
TBD

9:00am

Workshop. Conflict Resolution in Fish and Wildlife Management
Sponsored by the Wisconsin Chapter of The Wildlife Society

Organizer: Scott Hygnstrom, Wisonsin Chapter of The Wildlife Society, shygnstr@uwsp.edu

Fee: WISCONSIN CHAPTER TWS DISCOUNT:  $25 - Wisconsin Chapter of TWS member (professionals); $10 - Wisconsin Chapter of TWS member(students);  $50 professionals (non-member);  $20 students (non member)

Note: 
Includes buffet lunch

Intended Audience: students and professionals

Overview: This one-day interactive workshop will provide insights and ideas for resolving conflicts in the world of managing people and wildlife. The workshop will cover definitions, an Eight Step Conflict Resolution Process, exercises in communication (asking open-ended questions, looking for underlying concerns), small group activities, roll playing, and practice in negotiating through real-world scenarios.  The workshop will be facilitated by award-winning author and mediator Harry Webne-Behrman who has served as facilitator for over 35 years.  

Sunday January 28, 2018 9:00am - 4:30pm
TBD

9:00am

Workshop. Wildlife Data Analysis Using Program R
Sponsored by the Wisconsin Chapter of The Wildlife Society

Organizer: Scott Hygnstrom, Wisconsin Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Scott.Hygnstrom@uwsp.edu

Fee: WISCONSIN CHAPTER TWS DISCOUNT:  $25 - Wisconsin Chapter of TWS member (professionals); $10 - Wisconsin Chapter of TWS member(students);  $50 professionals (non-member);  $20 students (non member)

Note: Includes buffet lunch

Intended Audience: Beginning through advanced students and professionals

Overview: This workshop will address management and analysis of wildlife data using Program R.  It will consist of 2 sessions: the morning session (9:00  – 11:30 am) will be an Introduction to Program R and will include R syntax (e.g., how to read and write R code, understanding types of variables and their uses, and how to reference data for analyses from complex data sets), data management (e.g., how to manipulate, merge, sort, and subset datasets), basic descriptive statistics (e.g., generated with key functions such as tapply and sapply), and R packages (e.g., finding, loading, and understanding the supporting documentation).  The afternoon session (1:00 – 4:30 p.m.) will be on Intermediate Program R that will focus on simulations and looping functions, user defined functions, and graphing.  Participants can bring their own computers and data sets, but they are not required.  

Sunday January 28, 2018 9:00am - 4:30pm
TBD

12:00pm

Exhibitor Set-up
Sunday January 28, 2018 12:00pm - 6:00pm
TBD

12:00pm

Speaker Ready Room
Sunday January 28, 2018 12:00pm - 6:00pm
TBD

1:00pm

Workshop. Building Capacity for Fish and Wildlife Health Programs
Organizers: Lindsey Long, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, lindsey.long@wisconsin.gov;  Barb Bodenstein, USGS National Wildlife Health Center;  Michelle Carstensen, MN DNR; Tami Ryan,  WI DNR; Kelly Straka, MI DNR

Fee: $25Intended Audience: natural resource agency professionals and other interested persons

Overview: The workshop will focus on the Fish and Wildlife Health profession and the importance of having dedicated Fish and Wildlife Health programming within a natural resource agency. Not all state or federal natural resource agencies have Fish and Wildlife Health programming and those that do may have dedicated branches, sections and multiple staff whereas others may only have one dedicated staff person. This workshop will showcase the why, how, and what of natural resource agency Fish and Wildlife Health programs. This will include experiences with working within the fish/wildlife/human health interface, fish and wildlife disease field diagnostics and surveillance, database applications, emerging disease collaboration, contaminants, and results of management actions. These shared experiences and lessons learned along the way will help inform how natural resource agencies may establish or enhance their own Fish and Wildlife Health programs.

Sunday January 28, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
TBD

1:00pm

Workshop. Healthy Lakes Initiative with an Emphasis on Habitat Restoration Best Practices
Organizer: Pamela Toshner, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, pamela.toshner@wi.gov

Fee: $25

Intended Audience: All Invited

Overview: Wisconsin's Healthy Lakes initiative, launched in 2013, is a statewide effort to protect  and improve lake health by increasing lakeshore property owner participation in habitat restoration and runoff and erosion control projects.  Healthy Lakes includes information and education, technical assistance, and funding for five best practices suitable for typical lakeshore properties.  The best practices include fish sticks, 350 ft2 native plantings, diversion, rock infiltration, and rain gardens.  Healthy Lakes interest continues to grow with 407 best practices being funded on 56 lakes to date, not including do-it-yourselfers.  The workshop will cover the following topics:  Healthy Lakes overview, including grant funding; social science – what makes lakeshore property owners tick and get ticked; and an emphasis on the lakeshore habitat restoration best practices fish sticks and native plantings, including science/research and technical implementation.  There should be ample discussion time.  Visit www.healthylakeswi.com to learn more.

Sunday January 28, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm
TBD

1:00pm

Workshop. Managing, Sharing, and Using Avian Data for Conservation, Management, and Research
Organizer: Katie Koch, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, katie_koch@fws.gov

Fee: $25

Intended Audience: Applicable to students and professionals; use of a personal laptop desired

Overview: This half-day training will provide participants with the knowledge and hands-on experience using the  Midwest Avian Data Center to initiate a new project, enter and edit data, download and analyze available datasets, and use  available decision support for real-time bird conservation and management questions or developing hypotheses for research.

Sunday January 28, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm
TBD

6:00pm

Featured Event! Welcome Social
Sunday January 28, 2018 6:00pm - 10:00pm
TBD
 
Monday, January 29
 

7:00am

7:00am

7:00am

Speaker Ready Room
Monday January 29, 2018 7:00am - 6:00pm
TBD

8:00am

10:00am

12:00pm

Lunch Break on own
Monday January 29, 2018 12:00pm - 1:20pm
TBD

1:00pm

Wild Jobs Café
Be sure to stop by the Wild Jobs Café on Monday and Tuesday during posted hours for the opportunity to interact with potential employers, meet students and professionals in your area of interest, and get expert advice to help advance your career. Sign up for scheduled workshops will be onsite.

Monday January 29, 2018 1:00pm - 4:30pm
TBD

1:00pm

Poster Set-up
Monday January 29, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm
TBD

1:20pm

3:00pm

Coffee Break
Monday January 29, 2018 3:00pm - 3:20pm
TBD

3:20pm

5:00pm

Student / Professional Networking Mixer
Come join us for light hors d’oeuvres and conversation! This casual event will provide a unique opportunity for students to meet, ask questions, and network with fish and wildlife professionals from around the region.

Monday January 29, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
TBD

5:00pm

Time on Own
Monday January 29, 2018 5:00pm - 11:00pm
TBD
 
Tuesday, January 30
 

7:00am

7:00am

Speaker Ready Room
Tuesday January 30, 2018 7:00am - 6:00pm
TBD

8:00am

10:00am

10:00am

Wild Jobs Café
Be sure to stop by the Wild Jobs Café on Monday and Tuesday during posted hours for the opportunity to interact with potential employers, meet students and professionals in your area of interest, and get expert advice to help advance your career. Sign up for scheduled workshops will be onsite.

Tuesday January 30, 2018 10:00am - 3:30pm
TBD

10:20am

12:00pm

Lunch Break on own
Tuesday January 30, 2018 12:00pm - 1:20pm
TBD

1:20pm

3:00pm

3:20pm

6:00pm

 
Wednesday, January 31
 

7:00am

7:00am

Speaker Ready Room
Wednesday January 31, 2018 7:00am - 9:00am
TBD

7:00am

Conference Registration Desk Open
Wednesday January 31, 2018 7:00am - 11:00am
TBD

8:00am

10:00am

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors
Wednesday January 31, 2018 10:00am - 10:20am
TBD

10:20am

10:20am

Exhibitor Teardown
Wednesday January 31, 2018 10:20am - 1:00pm
TBD

12:00pm

Conference Adjourns
Wednesday January 31, 2018 12:00pm - 12:00pm
TBD