International Urban Wildlife Conference


Hosted by San Diego State University and
The Wildlife Society's Urban Wildlife Working Group
San Diego, California, USA
June 4-7

Conference Events

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!


Thank you for coming to San Diego! See you in Portland in 2019.

See you in just 2 days!

We are excited to see everyone in just a few days. As we get closer to the conference we are trying to make sure everyone's questions are answered. Please check out our FAQ sheet above. See you soon!

Conference Program is now posted!

We are extremely excited about the program for IUWC 2017 coming up in just 6 weeks in San Diego. We have 4 concurrent sessions for all of Monday, Tuesday morning, and all of Wednesday, and there is a huge array of subjects, species, and cities represented. Among others, there are Sessions related to management, policy, urban biodiversity, and communication and education; other sessions focused on taxa such as white-tailed deer, large carnivores, herps, and coyotes; multiple sessions on both connectivity and disease; and for the first time a session focused on urban coastal areas. We have talks and posters from all over the country and the world, including from California and the west, but also from the east coast (New York, DC, the Southeast), the Midwest (e.g., Chicago, Madison), Texas, and internationally from places like India, Singapore, Japan, Canada, Sweden, and Australia. And we are covering animals from insects to bats to birds to tigers. As has been the case at past conferences, the biggest problem will not being able to be in multiple places at once!

Thank you to everyone that submitted abstracts and symposium proposals. This year we had more abstracts than we could fit into the schedule, but we also have a sizable poster session that will be great as well. If you are giving a talk, be sure to register right away if you have not already, because if you are not going to come for some reason, we need to know so that we can adjust the schedule and allow someone else to present. Thank you especially to Bob McCleery, Chair of the program committee, for all his work putting the great program together (especially since Bob will unfortunately be in Africa in June!).

Looking forward to seeing everyone in San Diego soon!

Call For Abstracts Extended

Good news! We have extended the deadline for abstract submissions to February 17th. So if you missed the first deadline, there is still time to be a part of the conference! Please see the original call below.

Travel Grants

The Urban Wildlife Working Group of The Wildlife Society (UWWG) makes funds available to students and international scholars to encourage their participation in the International Urban Wildlife Conference. These funds can be used for partial reimbursement of transportation, lodging, registration, and meal expenses. See application guidelines to learn more about travel grants and how to apply.

Call For Abstracts

The program committee is soliciting abstracts for oral presentations and posters to be submitted by January 20, 2017 February 17, 2017.

Oral presentations will have 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions.

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

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

Submit an Abstract or Symposium