PBI's Director of Field Operations, BJ Kirschhoffer, talks to attendees about maternal den studies at The Wildlife Society annual conference.

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10/30/2015 2:43:05 PM

PBI Helps Organize Symposia at The Wildlife Society Conference

Polar bears, wildlife, and climate change—now that's our kind of gathering! 

Last week, Polar Bears International staff joined 1,500 wildlife professionals and students at The Wildlife Society (TWS) Annual Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This year's theme was "Why Do Wildlife Matter."

PBI took a leading role at the conference, organizing two featured symposia in collaboration with the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Center at the Assiniboine Park Zoo: They focused on:

  • Wildlife and a Changing Climate: Research & Management Challenges
  • A Polarizing Icon: Research and Management of the Polar Bear

"We brought together 19 presentations with one session focused on both polar bear research and a second, more broadly on wildlife and a changing climate," said Geoff York, PBI's senior director of conservation. "If attendance was a good indicator, they were among the more popular sessions for conference attendees. Both also generated discussions among presenters that I hope continues and ultimately inspires new ideas and collaborations."

In addition to creating networking and learning opportunities, and providing professional and career development, these conference like these often create opportunities towards creating a better future for wildlife and their habitats—which in turn creates a healthier world for people.

Founded in 1937, the mission of TWS is "To inspire, empower, and enable wildlife professionals to sustain wildlife populations and habitats through science-based management and conservation." 

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