At least one plenary or keynote session will be offered daily at this year’s Joint Conference!

MONDAY, SEPT 30, 10:10–11:50 a.m.

Joint Plenary: Communicating Sustainable Use of Fish and Wildlife

As society continues to become more urbanized, the general public has become less and less connected to the natural world and to activities in the outdoors, particularly hunting and fishing. This session will be focused on communicating concepts of sustainable use, and how science-based management, including use of our renewable fish and wildlife resources, are critical for continued conservation success.

Featured Speakers:

Rebecca “Becky” Humphries
Chief Executive Officer, National Wild Turkey Federation
The Circle of Life in Today’s World
Zeb Hogan
Research Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Reno
Host of Nat Geo WILD’s Monster Fish television series
Shane Patrick Mahoney
President & CEO, Conservation Visions Inc.
Animal Sentience and Human Empathy: Navigating the Increasingly Complex
Future of Sustainable Wildlife Use

THURSDAY, OCT 3, 10:10–11:50 a.m.

Joint Plenary: Communicating Conservation to Diverse Audiences

How do we communicate conservation messages to an increasingly diverse society with a concomitant diversity of views on natural resource management? How do we find messages that resonate? This challenge goes beyond specific topics, such as sustainable use. In recognition of the diversification of society, and its attitudes about wildlife and fisheries conservation, and the increased diversity of our own professions, this plenary will focus on communicating conservation messages to diverse audiences.

Featured Speakers:

J. Drew Lanham
Professor, Clemson University Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation
What is Wild? A Treatise on Socially Significant Spelling and a Poetic Journey
into the Depths of Why Conservation Matters More As Mission than Career
Scott A. Bonar
USGS Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (AFS President Elect)
Make a Difference. Communication Techniques No Biologist Should Be Without
Serra Hoagland
USDA Forest Service Liaison Officer (Biologist)
Breaking down our silos for all our relations