Jack Rabbit, Texas-Photo Credit Chase Fountain

Burrowing Owl, Nevada - Photo Credit Tim Torrell

Eyed Trout Eggs, Tonto Creek Hatchery AZ - Photo Credit George Andrejko

Humpback Whales, Orca, Alaska - Photo Credit Sandstrom, Riley Woodford

 
 
 

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Aug 14

ON THE HORIZON - News from WAFWA: August 2020, Issue 24

A new website for WAFWA, sagebrush stakeholder engagement workshops, and results from this year's Lesser Prairie-Chicken aerial surveys. Find out about the latest efforts to conserve the lands, waters, and wildlife in the West.


Aug 11

Three Texas Parks and Wildlife Employees Perish in Helicopter Crash During ...

Three Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) employees died in a helicopter crash on Saturday, August 9 while conducting aerial surveys for desert bighorn sheep. Wildlife Biologist Dewey Stockbridge, Fish and Wildlife Technician Brandon White, and State Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. Bob Dittmar died in the crash on TPWD’s Black Gap Wildlife Management Area in Brewster County.

Read the full news release HERE

 

WAFWA news releases available at: http://www.wafwa.org/news/

Since 1922, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) has advanced conservation in western North America. Representing 24 western states and Canadian provinces, WAFWA’s reach encompasses more than 40 percent of North America, including two-thirds of the United States. Drawing on the knowledge of scientists across the West, WAFWA is recognized as the expert source for information and analysis about western wildlife. WAFWA supports sound resource management and building partnerships at all levels to conserve wildlife for the use and benefit of all citizens, now and in the future.

 

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Jul 22

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Director J.D. Strong Voted Pre...

At the recent annual Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Summer Meeting, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's Director, J.D. Strong was elected as the President of the organization.


Jul 21

WAFWA 2020 Award Recipients

The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) honored conservation professionals from several western states at their virtual award ceremony last week.


Jul 16

Aerial Surveys Document Stable Lesser Prairie-Chicken Population Trends

Biologists Note Annual Population Fluctuations, Emphasize Value of Improved Habitat


Jul 08

See you at the WAFWA Virtual Summer Meeting!

The WAFWA Virtual Summer Meeting will be July 8-10 and 13-14, 2020

Visit the WAFWA Summer Meeting page for more information.

Registration for the virtual event is now open! Visit the Registration page for details. 

Interested in sponsoring or exhibiting? Click here for more information. 

 

WAFWA's Summer Meeting is going virtual this year and we have a meeting schedule that is chock full of new events and sessions as well as our traditional meetings to get WAFWA business done. Check out the meeting program here

Check out the Know Before You Go Attendee Guide for resources on WAFWA's Virtual Summer Meeting. 

This year, we will have a WAFWA Plenary Session titled "The Fifth R: Resiliency in Uncertain Times". We all know about recruitment, retention, reactivation and relevancy, as it relates to our fish and wildlife resources. However, given climate change, the COVID pandemic, and other factors currently impacting our lives and our work, we need to turn our focus to resiliency, the Fifth R. The organizations you work for, are members of, or who you partner with, are all facing issues exacerbated by current conditions or issues that they have never had to deal with before. One key to effectively managing the impact of those issues may be our resiliency. 

Another new topic at this year's meeting will be focused on illegal turtle trade. The "Stolen Turtles: The Program of Illegal Trade in Turtles at Local, Regional, National, and International Scales" Workshop will introduce the issue of illegal turtle trade through presentations on the global turtle trade to Asia, illicit turtle trade and enforcement efforts within the United States, efforts to detect illegal shipments, and housing and repatriating confiscated animals. The workshop will include a panel discussion after the talks to focus on needs and solutions. 

 

Hope to see you virtually at the WAFWA Summer Meeting!


Jul 01

WAFWA Seeks Input on Strategies to Conserve the Sagebrush Country

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 30, 2020
Contact: San Stiver
san.stiver@wafwa.org

The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA), with its conservation partners, invites those living, working or invested in the sagebrush ecosystem to participate in an online, on-demand workshop through July 27. Organizers goals are to identify innovative, voluntary and collaborative strategies that address sagebrush conservation challenges. 

Sagebrush, a pungent, woody shrub found in arid areas of the western United States, is the namesake of an extremely endangered ecosystem.  Sagebrush landscapes are home to more than 350 species of wildlife, some of which are completely dependent on sagebrush for food and cover.  Before settlement, sagebrush likely occurred on over 96 million acres across 13 states and 3 Canadian Provinces. The current distribution is about 60 million acres and much of what remains has been impacted by invasive plants or human infrastructure. The loss and degradation of areas formerly dominated by sagebrush has contributed to declines in wildlife that depends on sagebrush, including iconic western species such as mule deer, and other species which have been petitioned for listing under the Endangered Species Act in the past such as greater sage-grouse and pygmy rabbits.

The Sagebrush Executive Oversight Committee (Sagebrush EOC), comprised of leaders of Federal Land Management and Natural Resource Agencies and State Wildlife Agencies, was formed to coordinate conservation activities for sagebrush.  The Sagebrush Conservation Strategy is being developed under the direction of the Sagebrush EOC to provide a guidance document for the management of sagebrush landscapes.  A critical component of this Strategy is input from stakeholders on conservation actions that address challenges to the ecosystem and that would be actively supported in local areas across the landscape.

The online workshop (https://sagebrushconservationworkshop.participate.online/) extends a series of virtual workshops convened in May, where over 100 stakeholders developed promising, potential actions to address sagebrush conservation challenges across the West. During the virtual workshops, scientists, landowners, land managers, industry leaders, communicators, and community members focused on conservation challenges related to wildfire, invasive weeds, land use, conifer expansion and mining and energy through informational presentations and breakout work sessions. The current online workshop offers an opportunity to solicit additional feedback on actions identified during the May workshops, and invites the public to offer other conservation actions to be considered for inclusion in the final strategy.

You can participate in identifying approaches to conservation of sagebrush by clicking on the link  (https://sagebrushconservationworkshop.participate.online/) and evaluating proposed actions or identifying new ones.  The site will be open from June 30 through July 27th. “Sagebrush conservation requires essential partnerships. We believe engaging sagebrush community members who are closest to the problem will lead to successful, barrier-busting approaches.” - Tony Wasley, Director of Nevada Department of Wildlife. For more information on the online workshop, or the development of the Sagebrush Conservation Strategy, please contact San Stiver, WAFWA, at san.stiver@wafwa.org.

Since 1922, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) has advanced conservation in western North America. Representing 24 western states and Canadian provinces, WAFWA’s reach encompasses more than 40 percent of North America, including two-thirds of the United States. Drawing on the knowledge of scientists across the West, WAFWA is recognized as the expert source for information and analysis about western wildlife. WAFWA supports sound resource management and building partnerships at all levels to conserve wildlife for the use and benefit of all citizens, now and in the future.

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Jun 10

WAFWA's Summer Meeting is Going Virtual!

Learn about the upcoming virtual WAFWA Summer Meeting. 


Jun 02

ON THE HORIZON - News from WAFWA: June 2020, Issue 23

Restoring burrowing owl habitat, similarities between COVID-19 and wild sheep disease pandemics, and the new WAFWACHAT.org. Find out about the latest efforts to conserve the lands, waters, and wildlife in the West.


Jun 02

Webinar: Why is Sagebrush Country on Fire?

Read more about an upcoming sagebrush webinar. 


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