Urban Wildlife Ecology & Management:

An International Symposium on

Urban Wildlife & the Environment


University of Massachusetts, Amherst

June 21-24, 2009


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On this page we will try to keep you up to date on some of the most recent developments related to the Urban Wildlife Conference. Check back frequently to get the latest news.



Register Now!


It is not too late to register . . . to do so, go HERE.



Program Highlights


For details on conference registration/check in when you arrive, the Sunday evening social, the plenary session, etc., go HERE.



Program Schedule


The schedule for the sessions, oral presentations, and posters, plus all of the abstracts, is now available; to view a copy go HERE. (You will receive a hard copy when you check in at the registration desk.)


And for a quick look at the concurrent sessions and talks, go HERE. (You will also receive a hard copy of the Conference At-a-Glance schedule in your registration packet as well.)



Instructions for Presenters


Detailed instructions on how to prepare your talk are available HERE.



Special Session on Collaborative Research in Urban Ecology


The benefits of scientific collaboration among researchers can be numerous. Ultimately, these benefits are shared with the scientific community in the form of peer reviewed papers, dissertations or theses, and other products. In efforts to encourage and provide opportunities for researchers to foster collaborative relationships, we have organized a session focusing on projects open for collaboration. The Collaborative Research Symposium will be held during the morning concurrent session on Wednesday (the final day of the conference). If you are interested in collaborating with other researchers we encourage you to take part in this session. There are currently slots available for researchers to present information on projects. Presentations should be less than 12 minutes and include the objectives or goals of the study, specific questions being addressed, and provide a brief description of the methods being used. Additionally, there will be a facilitated discussion focusing on the current state of scientific knowledge of urban areas and wildlife. This town hall style discussion will focus on the following question, “How can we advance our knowledge of wildlife in urban ecosystems?” 



Display Tables or Booths


There are a limited number of display tables or booths available during the conference for any group wishing to provide materials or information about their organization or company. Conference Services can provide you with a table and chairs; please let them know if you will need access to an electrical outlet. The tables will be in a public area so valuables cannot be left unattended.


Cost is $30 per day. Contact Randy Krutzler at rkrutzler@mail.aux.umass.edu for more information.



Congratulations to the Registration Scholarship Recipients


The following 10 students received a conference scholarship in the form of registration waiver, complements of the Urban Wildlife Working Group of The Wildlife Society. Congratulations, and we look forward to seeing your presentations:


Luanne Johnson - Antioch University
Megan McLean - Antioch University
Marie-Anne Hudson - McGill University
Mike Madonia - East Stroudsburg University
Amanda Makkay - East Stroudsburg University
Susannah Lerman - University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Lisa Macki - Evergreen State College
Christine Stracey - University of Florida
Judy Metcalf - University of Louisville
Laurel Klein - UCLA


Regarding Conference Costs


We have done as much as we can to make this conference very affordable. For example:


-- Registration Fee: the full registration fee of $225 is lower than most conferences of this type, and your registration fee includes the Sunday evening social with a nice variety of finger foods, the Tuesday evening banquet, and of course all coffee breaks and registration materials.


--Student and Single Day Registration: reduced registration fees for students and those who only plan on being at the conference for a day.


-- Lodging: very low-cost dormitories within short walking distance of the campus conference center.


-- Parking: one free parking pass comes with each room reservation in the Campus Center Hotel; parking is free in the lot behind the North Residence Dormitories if you are rooming there; otherwise, parking is available at the very convenient Campus Parking Garage at the reduced conference rate of just $5 per day per vehicle.


We know these are tough economic times for everyone and that the ability to travel is impacted for many professionals, but we hope these reduced conference expenses make your attendance at this conference possible.



Professional Development Credits from The Wildlife Society


Conference attendees can be awarded up to 14 contact hours of Professional Development and Certified Wildlife Biologist Certificate credits through The Wildlife Society of North America. For more details on how to apply, go HERE.



Conference Organizing Committee


The conference organizing committee greatly appreciates your interest, participation, and help with the 2009 Urban Wildlife Ecology and Management Symposium! Let us know how we can serve you better (for duty and humanity!).





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