Nongame Wildlife Conference July 23-24 in Auburn

The Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) announces
the Third Alabama Nongame Wildlife Conference will be held at the School
of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences building at Auburn University on July
23-24, 2012. Sessions will be held on the following species groups:
Mammals, Birds, Reptiles/Amphibians, Fishes, Crayfishes, Snails and
Mussels.
 
It has been 10 years since the Second Alabama Nongame Wildlife
Conference was held by WFF. During that landmark meeting, more than 140
participants were involved in discussions on the status, distribution,
habitats of, and priority designation for, each species group. Annotated
lists of all vertebrate and some invertebrate species (mussels and
aquatic snails) and/or subspecies in Alabama were developed and
published.
 
WFF Nongame Wildlife Coordinator Mark Sasser says that information
produced by the last conference needs to be updated. “Since 2002, the
status of many of these species has changed. To maintain healthy and
diverse populations of wildlife in our state, we need to reassess many
of these species,” he said. “Committees have been formed and leaders
assigned who are experts in their fields to assist us with this
important scientific review.”
 
Other sponsors of the conference include Auburn University, the
Alabama Wildlife Federation, The Alabama Chapter of the Wildlife
Society, Birmingham Audubon Society, Alabama Ornithological Society,
Weyerhaeuser and Sybil and Carroll Deschaines.
 
Attendees are encouraged to pre-register for the conference, which
is open to the public. Registration is $40 before July 9, after which
the fee increases to $50. For registration information, visit
http://www.outdooralabama.com/nongameconference. Along with
pre-registration, attendees are asked to confirm their attendance on the
Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Facebook page under “Events.”
 
For additional information about the conference, contact co-chairs
Mark Sasser or Steve Rider, WFF, 64 N. Union St., Montgomery, AL  36104;
(334) 242-3469 or (334) 844-8978.
 
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
(ADCNR) promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s
natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine
Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater
Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com .

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