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. 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 Patrol, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.