Wisconsin Outdoor Communicators Assn.

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International Wolf Symposium will be held in the Twin Cities in October

Chad Richardson invites WOCA members to attend the 2018 International Wolf Symposium this October in the Twin Cities. The event is organized by the International Wolf Center.

There are three days of sessions (Oct. 12-14) presented by the world’s top wolf biologists. There are almost 100 sessions in all and some 400 biologists from across the world will be present.

One of the main sessions at the symposium is on Isle Royale, where 20 to 30 wolves will be reintroduced late this year or sometime next year. Another session is on Michipicoten.

Another plenary session is on wolf depredation on livestock. Dave Mech of the USGS is giving the closing address and is speaking at a few additional sessions. He has studied wolves for 60 years and is the world’s leading wolf biologist. He is the founder of the International Wolf Center.  DNR’s retired wolf expert, Adrian Wydeven is giving a talk during the session titled "Wisconsin’s Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Program: a Citizen Science Success Story."

The full agenda is here:


For more information, contact:  Chad Richardson, Communications Director, Office:  763-560-7374, Ext. 225, chad@wolf.org

Last call for Green Fire’s annual meeting

Saturday, September 8, Northern Great Lakes Visitors Center near Ashland, WI.

The Art of Effective Science Commuinications - Reaching Outside the Echo Chamber

Register at http://wigreenfire.org/annual-meeting/   .... Last call - Register by September 1.

Friday and Sunday field trips, Friday dinner and Big Top Chautauqua performance. Saturday meeting and "after party". 

It will be fun, interesting, and we will learn together. A great chance to connect with friends and colleagues in the beautiful Lake Superior area.  


Membership Renewals are Due!
We are lagging on membership renewals for 2018, so whether or not you plan to attend the 2018 conference, please download a membership renewal form  (available under "Memberships") and mail it with your annual $25 dues to Laurel Steffes.  Please remember you need an up-to-date membership to attend the conference.  You can enclose your membership renewal with your conference registration form. 

Thanks all for now,

Laurel Steffes, WOCA Secretary-Treasurer and newsletter editor.

Send WOCA newsletter contributions to Laurel.Steffes@gmail.com 

WOCA 2018 Annual Meeting

The WOCA 2018 Annual Meeting will take place July 20-22 at Trees for Tomorrow in Eagle River.  To download a PDF meeting registration form just click HERE.  To download a PDF file of the meeting agenda click HERE.

Members staying overnight at Trees for Tomorrow need to fill out a medical form for Trees for Tomorrow and attach it to the registration form. To download a copy of the form please check HERE.

Make plans now to attend the 2018 WOCA Annual Meeting at Trees for Tomorrow in Eagle River.  This is always a fun event and if you haven't attended one lately mark you calendar and download the registration form (above) to attend.  Lodging is available at Trees for Tomorrow.  You won't want to miss the Friday night cookout! 

If you know someone that is not a member but is an outdoor communicator, bring them along to enjoy the fun and maybe consider joining this great group of outdoor communicators.

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