Wildlife Society to honor Flynn, Larsen with lifetime achievement awards

The Alaska Chapter of Wildlife Society will meet from April 13-17 in Juneau at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center, according to a press release this week from the society. A wide variety of sessions happening from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily during the week will include discussions on marine mammals, seabirds, resource selection modeling, alpine ecology and landscape and population genetics. In addition, Juneau-based state wildlife biologists Rod Flynn and Doug Larsen will be honored with lifetime achievement awards.

 

The meeting is being held jointly with the 14th Northern Furbearer Conference, which will focus on northern furbearing animals, such as marten and wolverines.

Registration is required for most sessions, the release stated, but the session Tuesday morning is open to the public. “Using objective science in the political world,” will feature several scientists sharing some lessons learned working in a variety of agencies and organizations. It will run from 8 a.m. to noon with a break.

The chapter banquet will be held Wednesday, April 15, and Juneau naturalist Richard Carstensen will be the guest speaker.

The Northern Furbearer Conference will be held on Thursday, April 16, with a workshop on noninvasive methods for monitoring furbearers on Friday, April 17.

Dr. Perry Barboza, of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will also be recognized for his contributions to wildlife science and student mentorship.

Full registration for the event is $225, $100 for students and retirees. Single day registration is available for $100. For more information, see http://twsalaskameeting.com or contact Scott Brainerd, Alaska Department of Fish and Game (scott.brainerd@alaska.gov) or Grant Hilderbrand, National Park Service (grant_hilderbrand@nps.gov)

The Wildlife Society is an international nonprofit scientific and educational association. Founded in 1937, members include scientists, wildlife managers, educators, students, and professionals who study and manage wildlife populations and habitat. There are about 200 members in the Alaska chapter, and the Juneau gathering is expected to draw about 100 people from across Alaska and Canada.

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