Southern California, one of the most intensively urbanized regions in the world but also a biodiversity hotspot, provides a fitting backdrop for the fourth International Urban Wildlife Conference sponsored by the Urban Wildlife Working Group of The Wildlife Society. The goal of the meeting is to bring together wildlife scientists, wildlife managers, land use planners, educators, and others who are interested in and concerned about urban wildlife to share the latest science, conservation efforts, and management challenges from a diverse range of urban settings. Wildlife species in urban areas present unique and significant conservation challenges, sometimes vexing human conflict and management issues, and incredible opportunities for outreach and education about wildlife to large audiences. The scientific study of urban wildlife is a fascinating and still relatively young, but fast-growing field. All of this will be on display in San Diego next June, join us!
Call For Abstracts
The program committee is soliciting abstracts for oral presentations and posters to be submitted by January 20, 2017.
We are also accepting proposals for organized symposia. Half-day symposia will consist of 10 talks, so proposals should include as many as 10 committed speakers. Shorter symposia of 5 talks (1/2 session) may also be proposed. Anyone interested in organizing a symposium should also contact the program committee chair, Bob McCleery, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Potential topic areas for presentations or symposia may include:
- Ecology of wildlife in urban areas
- Taxonomically oriented sessions, e.g., ungulates, carnivores, small mammals, songbirds, raptors, waterfowl, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, fish
- Conceptually oriented sessions, e.g., roads and urban wildlife, disease and urban wildlife, predator-prey interactions in urban wildlife, etc.
- Improved conservation of and coexistence with urban wildlife through urban planning, landscape architecture, and wildlife-friendly development
- Planning for wildlife in urban areas
- Wildlife-friendly landscape architecture
- Wildlife-friendly urban development
- Creation and management of open space in urban areas
- Connectivity for wildlife in urban areas
- Management of human-urban wildlife conflicts
- Unique methods/approaches to conflicts
- Population control for urban wildlife
- Hazing/aversive conditioning of urban wildlife
- Individual species of particular interest or concern, e.g., white-tailed deer, Canada geese, beavers, coyotes, raccoons, crows, gray squirrels, bats, etc.
**Symposia on particular species could include both ecology and management