This year's program is ready! For a downloadable pdf version, click this link: TWS AK 2023 Program

 One Health Approach to Human Interactions with, and uses of, Wildlife (Part II)
April 10th – 14th, 2023

Our 2023 Meeting will be in person in Fairbanks, but we’ll also have a virtual option! Stay tuned for more details about registration soon.

The 2023 annual meeting will be held at the Westmark Hotel in downtown Fairbanks.

We have rooms blocked!

Use the promotion code WS2023 to get a discounted room rate.




Registration is closed!

BUT if you’d like to attend virtually, just email us at 

twsalaska (at) gmail (dot) com!





In Person Attendance

  • Full Conference TWS member* – $200
  • Full Conference Non-member – $275
  • Retiree TWS member* – $100
  • Retiree Non-member – $175
  • Student TWS member*  or Non-member – $50
  • Student presenter – FREE (Still need to register)
  • Extra Banquet ticket – $50

Remote Attendance (Virtual)

  • Full Conference TWS member * – $100
  • Full Conference Non-member – $150
  • Retiree TWS member* – $75
  • Retiree Non-member – $100
  • Student TWS member* or Non-member – Free (Still need to register)

Continuing this year! We are offering a flat rate for organizations or groups based on the number of attendees, in person or remote. This rate does not include a banquet ticket. 

  • 50+ registrants: $1500
  • 26-49 registrants: $1000
  • 1-25 registrants: $750

Please contact us at twsalaska (at) if you would like to take advantage of these discounted group rates.

*To benefit from the members-only rate, you must be a member of The Wildlife Society. You can join on the national TWS website. The registration page offers the option to Add a Chapter, which is where you can select the Alaska Chapter.


Joining us virtually? Follow the instructions below:

To join the meeting, you must first download the free Zoom software or application for mobile and tablet devices. Once you have downloaded the software or app, simply click the invitation link and enter the password that will be provided to you.

Don’t have a reliable Internet connection? No problem! We will provide all participants with a toll-free conference number so you can call-in using your phone.


System Requirements

The Zoom software for desktop should work on most recent computers (2010 or newer). An Internet connection of 1 Mbps or faster is recommended. Detailed requirements are offered below. You can also test your network connection and system requirements.


On a PC

  • Internet Explorer 9, Mozilla Firefox 34, Google Chrome 39 (JavaScript enabled) or the latest version of each web browser
  • Windows XP, Windows Server 2008 or later
  • Cable modem, DSL or better Internet connection (1 Mbps or faster)
  • Dual-core 2.4GHz CPU or faster with 2GB or more of RAM


On a Mac

  • Safari 6, Firefox 34, Google Chrome 39 (JavaScript enabled) or the latest version of each web browser
  • Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or newer
  • Cable modem, DSL or better Internet connection (1 Mbps or faster)
  • Intel processor with 2GB or more of RAM


On an iPad, iPhone, Android or Windows mobile device

  • Download the free Zoom app from the Apple App Store, Google Play, or Windows Store.



Zoom has a helpful FAQ page. For questions related specifically to this meeting, please contact us.


If you are looking for financial assistance to get to this year’s meeting, please use this form to submit your travel grant request. In the request, you will be able to list how much you would like to receive.


The Awards Committee for the Alaska Chapter of The Wildlife Society strives to recognize professional excellence and conservation achievement.

Please think of colleagues you consider deserving and consider a nomination for one or more of the three categories.

Send nominations to twsalaska (at) by Friday, March 24, 2023.

Nomination Process


  • The nomination must be from current Alaska Chapter member(s)
  • The nominee does not have to be a current or former Alaska Chapter member
  • The nomination should fit on a single page (excluding the letter of recommendation) and should include:
    • The name of person submitting and date
    • The name of the nominee with current and past conservation-related employment, and professional affiliations (as best known)
    • A brief description (<200 words) of achievements related to the award category
    • One letter of recommendation (1 page, 1 side) from another colleague or collaborator (who does not have to be a Chapter member) that includes the name of person making the recommendation and date
  • The nomination period opens after the annual meeting and closes 2 months prior to the next annual meeting.



Student Wildlife Conservation Award

  • Individual or team achievement in research or management
  • Distinguished service to the Alaska Chapter or UAF Student Chapter


Wildlife Conservation Award

  • Outstanding professional achievement during the preceding five years by individual or team in research or management
  • Lifetime achievement for excellence in professional accomplishments over at least 20 years (may be received only once)
  • Distinguished service to Alaska Chapter
  • Distinguished service to students or young professionals


Humorous Award

  • Good natured roasting for an embarrassing event presented at the banquet; recipient name and year are added to object that is re-awarded each year
  • Award name suggestions? (e.g., Colorado Chapter has a “blown blunderbuss” award)

Past Wildlife Conservation Award Recipients


Tom Paragi, Wildlife Conservation Award (Lifetime Achievement)

Amanda Droghini, Wildlife Conservation Award (Distinguished Service)


Dr. Jerry Hupp, Wildlife Conservation Award (Lifetime Achievement)

Alex Prichard, Wildlife Conservation Award (Outstanding Professional Achievement)

Matthew Cameron, Student Wildlife Conservation Award


John Neary, Wildlife Conservation Award (Lifetime Achievement)

Dr. Travis Booms, Wildlife Conservation Award (Distinguished Service to Students or Young Professionals)

Jesika Reimer, Wildlife Conservation Award (Outstanding Professional Achievement)

Shelby McCahon, Student Wildlife Conservation Award

Jeff Wagner, Student Wildlife Conservation Award


Dr. Audrey Magoun, Wildlife Conservation Award (Lifetime Achievement)

Charles B. “Rick” Johnson, Wildlife Conservation Award (Lifetime Achievement)


Dr. Layne Adams, Wildlife Conservation Award (Lifetime Achievement)

Jim Dau, Wildlife Conservation Award (Lifetime Achievement)

Dr. John Trent, Wildlife Conservation Award (Lifetime Achievement)

Elise Stacy, Student Wildlife Conservation Award

Mary Whalen, Wildlife Conservation Award (Distinguished Service)

Dr. David Gustine, Wildlife Conservation Award (Outstanding Professional Achievement)


David James – Wildlife Biologist, Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Kevin White – Wildlife Biologist, Alaska Department of Fish and Game


Dr. Perry Barboza – Professor of Biology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

Rod Flynn – Wildlife Biologist, Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Doug Larsen – Wildlife Biologist, Alaska Department of Fish and Game


Dr. Dave Yokel – Wildlife Biologist, Bureau of Land Management, Fairbanks


Dr. Erich H. Follmann, Professor of Zoology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks


We offer several levels for sponsoring our annual meeting.

See our Sponsorship / Vendor agreement for prices and options.


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Curious about our past meetings? You can view past programs and read notes from our annual Business Meeting on our Documents page.


A huge thanks to the members of the Conference Organizing Working Group for overseeing this year’s planning of the Chapter’s Annual Meeting: Alex Lewis, Alex Pavlinovic, Alex Prichard, Amanda Zuelke, Ashlynn Nakvinda, Chris Krenz, Christi Heun, Elise Stacy, Jeff Stetz, Jeff Wagner, Kaiti Ott, Kim Jochum, Kimberlee Beckmen, Kristin Denryter, Luke Rogers, Max Goldman, Michael Guttery, Nate Svoboda, Nick Fowler, Roy Churchwell, Ryan Mollnow, Shawn Crimmins, Tessa Hasbrouck, Tim Peltier, and Tom Paragi.

The Alaska Chapter of The Wildlife Society is a non-profit organization of professional wildlife biologists dedicated to excellence in wildlife stewardship through science and education.