Over 40 OFWIM members and other professionals attended our 2017 conference at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo. We had fine weather for field sessions and a full slate of posters and presentations that explored new ways of sharing fish and wildlife data with decision makers and the general public.
Congratulations to new officers installed at our 2017 Business Meeting:
President – Joe Kirby
President-Elect – Becca Scully
Member-at-Large – Karen Horodysky
In addition, MaryEllen Wickett was elected to a second term as Secretary. Service awards were presented to outgoing president Jeanette Jones (now serving as Past President) and outgoing member-at-large Becca Scully.
Our September pre-conference newsletter is now available. Read up for a list of presentation topics, details on field sessions, and a preview of the bonus map-making workshop. This newsletter also contains photos and brief bios of Executive Committee candidates for 2017-2018. Vote online or in person at the business meeting October 4.
Our 2016 Conference and Annual Meeting at Ponca state Park, Nebraska, was a great networking session, with members and guests from 17 states and one agency in Canada. The program included presentations by our 2016 Student Scholarship recipient, Kayla Key; as well as 2015 recipient Daniel Walker. Many attendees took home prizes from the raffle, which raised $250 for the scholarship fund. Visit the conference page for photos, proceedings, and an account of our almost-rained-out field trip to area conservation sites!
These individuals and organizations received recognition at OFWIM’s 2016 Conference and Annual Meeting:
2016 Innovation Award
Missouri Department of Conservation – Waterfowl Hunting Harvest Data
2016 – Kayla Key, University of Missouri Columbia
2015 – Daniel Walker, University of Tennessee
Jeanette Jones, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
Tennessee’s Update to the Protected Areas Database
Jeff Kopaska, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Factors Affecting Fishing License Purchase Patterns and Angler Retention Strategies in Iowa
Congratulations to new officers installed at our 2016 Business Meeting:
President – Jeanette Jones
President-Elect – Joe Kirby
Treasurer – Michael Barbour
Member-at-Large – Rebecca Scully
Service awards were presented to outgoing president Keith Hurley (now serving as Past President), outgoing treasurer Jay Kapalczynski, and outgoing member-at-large Joe Kirby.