Meetings and Events

OFWIM Conference 2017

Sunday, October 1 – Thursday, October 5
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Choo-Choo-sign This year’s conference will be held on the banks of the Tennessee River. The famous Chattanooga Choo Choo will be our conference hotel and meeting space. There is plenty to see and do including Rock City, Lookout Mountain, Ruby Falls, and so much more!

Travel Information

Chattanooga is about two hours southeast of Nashville and two hours north of Atlanta at the intersection of I-24 and I-75. You have a choice of two airports: Nashville International or Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International. There is also the Chattanooga Airport with a limited number of flights in and out.

River Bridge The hotel is served by a free trolley service which provides access to many dining and entertainment options. Nearby attractions include Big River Grille, Sticky Fingers, 212 Market, and Puckett’s. A list and area map will be provided.

Travel Grants for 2017

Excited about our 2017 Conference in Chattanooga? Need help with expenses? As in previous years, OFWIM will offer a limited number of travel grants to help current or retired professionals attend our conference and annual meeting. Grant recipients will be eligible for reimbursement of conference-related expenses up to $500, plus waiving of the conference registration … Continue reading Travel Grants for 2017


Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Our January 2017 newsletter is now available! Check it out for a recap of our 2016 Conference at Ponca State Park, Nebraska. And make plans to attend OFWIM’s 2017 Conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


A Gathering in the Heartland

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, … Continue reading A Gathering in the Heartland


2016 Award Winners

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 Student Scholarships 2016 – Kayla Key, University of Missouri Columbia 2015 – Daniel Walker, University of Tennessee Best Poster Jeanette Jones, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Tennessee’s Update to the Protected … Continue reading 2016 Award Winners


Meet Our New Officers

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.  


We Survived Another Conference!

More than 50 members and guests attended our 2015 Conference and Annual Meeting in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. Speakers shared information on wildlife tracking, mapping, and ways to best make use of all the data that our fish and wildlife organizations collect.


Notes From Our 2014 Conference

  Approximately 60 members and guests attended our annual meeting in Flagstaff, Arizona. Attendees shared more than 40 posters and technical presentations, and we had fine weather for field trips to natural and historic sites. Highlights included a keynote presentation by Dr. Michael Shafer on possible new ways of powering wildlife tracking devices, and a … Continue reading Notes From Our 2014 Conference



Information on Past Meetings