2014 Conference Archive

68th Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

Sunday, October 19 - Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa - Destin, Florida

Schedule

Please note: full abstracts will not be printed and are only available on this website. A detailed program agenda with presentation titles, authors, and scheduled times will be distributed onsite at the conference. {subject to change; as of 10/15/2014}  

Saturday, October 18
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Conference Registration Desk Open
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Minorities in Natural Resources Conservation (MINRC) Student Welcome Orientation
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Speaker Ready Room
Sunday, October 19
6:30 pm - 5:00 pm Directors Retreat 
7:30 am - 6:00 pm Conference Registration Desk Open
7:00 am -6:00 pm Speaker Ready Room
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Response, Research and Recovery Symposium
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Forest Land Resources Technical Committee
8:20 am - 3:00 pm Mottled Duck Ecology and Management in the Southeastern United States Symposium
8:20 am - 4:00 pm Shorebirds Symposium
8:30 am - 9:30 am Minorities in Natural Resources Conservation (MINRC) Student Gathering
9:00 am - 11:30 am USFWS / Fisheries Resources Working Group
9:30 am - 10:30 am Refreshment Break
9:30 am - 11:30 am Student Workshop
11:00 am - 6:00 pm Exhibit & Poster Set-up
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Fisheries Administrators Lunch 
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Student Field Trip to the Gulf Sentry
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Joint SEAFWA / SE-TWS Wetlands Wildlife Committee Meeting
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm Minorities in Natural Resources Conservation (MINRC) Business Meeting
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Human-Wildlife Conflict Symposium
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Components of Catch-and-Release Fisheries that Influence Management Actions Symposium
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Fisheries Resources Committee
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Wildlife Resources Committee
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Refreshment Break
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm SEAFWA Hunting, Fishing, & Wildlife Recreation Participation Committee Annual Meeting 
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm SE Section of TWS Executive Board Meeting
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Law Enforcements Chiefs Business Meeting
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Women in Conservation Reception
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Welcome Reception
Sponsored by National Shooting Sports Foundation, Brandt Information Services, Inc., and Lykes Bros. Inc.
Monday, October 20
7:00 am - 8:00 am Directors' Breakfast 
Sponsored by Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation
7:00 am - 8:30 am Breakfast with Exhibitors
7:00 am - 5:00 pm Conference Registration Desk Open
7:00 am - 5:00 pm Exhibits Open
7:00 am - 8:00 pm Speaker Ready Room
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Plenary Session
10:00 am - 10:30 am Refreshment Break
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Student/Mentor Lunch
{Advanced registration is required}
Sponsored by Florida Chapter of the Wildlife Society & Southeastern Section of the Wildlife Society
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch on Own
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Wildlife Administrators' Lunch 
Sponsored by Ducks Unlimited
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Directors' Lunch 
Sponsored by National Wild Turkey Federation
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Law Enforcement Wildlife Officer of the Year Luncheon
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Technical Sessions
Click the links below for abstracts.
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Hourly Static Display Tours of the Gulf Sentry Patrol Vessel
(1pm-2pm, 2pm-3pm, 3pm-4pm, 4pm-5pm)
Transportation provided to and from Hotel for attendees and family.
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm SEAFWA Legal Section (agenda)
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Wildlife Diversity Committee Meeting
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Wildlife Administrators' Meeting *
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm SEAFWA Annual Conference Committee
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Afternoon Break with Exhibitors and Poster Authors
Sponsored by National Archery in the Schools Program
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Poster Session {click here to review poster abstracts}
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm UF Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Alumni & Friends Social
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Student/Professional Mixer
Evening Dinner on Your Own
Shuttle from hotel front desk to Baytowne Restaurants and shops, 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday, October 21
7:00 am - 8:00 am Directors' Breakfast
Sponsored by Kalkomey
7:00 am - 8:30 am Breakfast with Exhibitors
7:00 am - 8:00 pm Speaker Ready Room
7:00 am - 3:30 pm Exhibits Open
7:00 am - 5:00 pm Conference Registration Desk Open
8:30 am - 11:30 am A FWC Static Display Tour
To include: an Aviation presentation, Gulf Sentry patrol vessel tour, dive team presentation and a law enforcement canine presentation.
Transportation provided to and from Hotel for attendees and family.
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Plenary Session
10:00 am - 10:30 am Refreshment Break with Exhibitors
Sponsored by Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch on Own
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Directors' Lunch *
Sponsored by Ducks Unlimited
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Minorities in Natural Resources Conservation (MINRC) Student After Action Meeting
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Hourly Static Display Tours of the Gulf Sentry Patrol Vessel
(1pm-2pm, 2pm-3pm, 3pm-4pm)
Transportation provided to and from Hotel for attendees and family.
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Technical Sessions
Click the links below for abstracts and agendas.
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Workshop: Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) and other International Treaties: Implications to State Fish and Wildlife
International treaties, agreements, and initiatives offer opportunities and challenges to state fish and wildlife agency management. They often supersede state authority and can limit how states manage wildlife adding unnecessary federal oversight and reporting requirements by state agencies. Added regulations and oversight that results from restrictions adopted through international treaties have had significant impact on state resources and management. Experience has demonstrated an enhanced knowledge of CITES in the agencies would significantly enhance the effectiveness of the state fish and wildlife agencies ability to manage the impacts of CITES. Protectionist viewpoints are becoming more prominent in international meetings and conventions. This combined with the substantial funding to support their agenda, has increased our need to better understand, engage and influence international actions. We encourage participation by wildlife and fish chiefs; Wildlife Diversity Program Managers; and staff level biologists that work on furbearers, fish, and herptofauna.
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Directors Business Meeting *
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm GCPO LCC Steering Committee Meeting
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm SEAFWA Legal Section (agenda)
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Invasive and Nuisance Committee
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm SARP Steering Committee Meeting
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Refreshment Break with Exhibitors
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm SEAFWA Human Resources Committee
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm SE Section of TWS Annual Business Meeting
3:30 pm Exhibitor and Poster Tear-Down
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Cocktail Reception
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Awards Banquet
Sponsored by University of Florida and USDA Forest Service
9:00 pm - 12:00 am Post Banquet Reception & Entertainment
Sponsored by Active Network
Wednesday, October 22
7:00 am - 10:00 am Conference Registration Desk Open
7:00 am - 8:00 am Breakfast
7:00 am - 9:00 am Speaker Ready Room
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Aquatic Habitat Restoration Symposium
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture Management Board Meeting
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Technical Sessions
Click the links below for abstracts and agendas.
8:30 am - 9:30 am Conference Hand-Off Meeting

Plenary

An Enriched North American Model of Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation
The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation (NAM) is a retrospective conceptualization of the development of some elements of wildlife conservation in North America. The NAM primarily focuses on game species, with consideration of some habitats and other species. The NAM includes seven tenets, forming the core of the model and now often used to evaluate the appropriateness of actions impacting wildlife conservation in North America. The NAM is important, especially within the context of our conservation history, but is incomplete to carry our professions and society into a new conservation horizon. In this plenary session, we will discuss the NAM, the breadth and depth of our conservation future, and constructive approaches to enriching wildlife and fisheries conservation through expansion of the NAM in biological, social, economic, and political realms.

Emcee: E.J. Williams, American Bird Conservancy  

Monday, October 20, 2014
8:15 am Welcome and Introductory Comments
Nick Wiley, Executive Director, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and Richard Corbett, Chairman, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
8:30 am The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation: A Primer
John Organ, U.S. Geological Survey, and Shane Mahoney, Conservation Visions, LLC
9:00 am A New North American Model of Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation, What If ... 
David T. Cobb, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, and Fred Harris, North Carolina Wildlife Federation
9:30 am The 21st Century Myth of the Non-commercial User
Mark Damian Duda, Responsive Management, Inc., and Rob Southwick, Southwick and Associates, Inc.
10:00 am The Democracy of Hunting, and Recreational and Commercial Fishing
Ken Haddad, American Sportfishing Association
10:30 am International Wildlife and Fisheries Resources – All Species Conservation
Ron Regan and Deborah Hahn, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
11:00 am Unintended Consequences: Challenges of Exotic and Over-abundant Species
Nils Peterson, North Carolina State University, and Michael Nelson, Oregon State University
11:30 am - 12:00 pm The Future Legitimacy of Taking Wild Life
Manley Fuller, Florida Wildlife Federation

 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
8:00 am Welcome to Day 2 of the Plenary Session
Nick Wiley, Executive Director, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
8:05 am The Alchemy of Science and Wildlife Policy
Becky Humphries, National Wild Turkey Federation
8:30 am Expanding Our Recognition of Wildlife Diversity
Mike Harris, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
9:00 am The Passion Conversation: Understanding, Sparking and Sustaining Word of Mouth Marketing
Robbin Phillips, Brains on Fire, Inc.
9:45 am Value Judgments: Who Decides Which Species Prevail? 
Larry Nielsen, North Carolina State University
10:15 am The Critical Role of the Private Landowner 
Steve Jester, Partners for Conservation, and Bill Sproul, Kansas Rancher and Partners for Conservation
10:45 am The Economic Challenges of Our Conservation Future
Brian Yablonski, Vice-Chairman, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission
11:15 am - 12:00 pm Leadership Challenges, Conservation Charges - Q&A Panel Discussion
Kipp Frohlich, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; Chris Smith, Wildlife Management Institute

Symposia

Shorebirds - Sunday, October 19
8:00 am - 5:00 pm As our coastline is one of our most rapidly-changing and vulnerable landscapes, careful management, monitoring, and protection of coastal-dependent species is critical to their resilience. For this reason, a symposium focused on shorebird and seabird conservation is especially fitting to this year's conference theme of “Managing for Resilience and Adaptability.” We bring you a full day of presentations by shorebird and seabird experts from throughout the southeast region, covering a breadth of topics. You will hear how species and managers are adapting to changing habitats, learn about research designed to improve species and habitat management, and find out about the conservation programs that are working to ensure these species' sustainability into the future. 

Click here for a schedule of presentations and abstracts within the Shorebird Symposium.

Contact: Naomi Avissar, 863-648-3200, Naomi.Avissar@MyFWC.com

 

Mottled Duck Ecology and Management in the Southeastern United States - Sunday, October 19
8:00 am - 5:00 pm The mottled duck (Anas fulvigula) is one of only a few non-migratory Anatidae in North America and its range is restricted primarily to the southeastern United States. This species’ sedentary nature and relatively restricted distribution make its ecology and management unique. During the past decade the amount of research and conservation effort focused on mottled ducks has been high and many projects are on-going. The purpose of this symposium is to bring together people interested in the mottled duck in order to share results of science and management and to discuss past, current, and future conservation efforts. It is hoped this symposium will be a springboard for future work on this distinctive duck. 

Click here for a schedule of presentations and abstracts within the Mottled Duck Ecology and Management in the Southeastern United States Symposium.

Contact: Ron Bielefeld, 561-722-1574, Ron.Bielefeld@MyFWC.com

 

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Response, Research and Recovery - Sunday, October 19
8:00 am - 12:00 pm The first panel will discuss response efforts and lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Panelists from wildlife response efforts, law enforcement, natural resource response planning, and overall response effort will share their insight. A second panel will discuss restoration in the aftermath of a large-scale disaster. The panelists will provide information on watershed planning processes, coordination across various funding sources, fisheries research and restoration projects, cross-state coordination, and large scale restoration planning. 
Contact: Kelly Samek, 850- 617-9452, Kelly.Samek@MyFWC.com

Response Efforts to a Large-scale Disaster

  • Kipp Frohlich, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Lt. Col. Greg Gibson, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Mike Sole, Vice President for State Governmental Affairs, Florida Power & Light Company
  • Stephanie Madson, Deputy Regional Environmental Officer, Environmental Planning & Historic Preservation Branch, FEMA (invited)
  • Kelly Samek, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission - Facilitator

Restoration in the Aftermath of a Large-scale Disaster

  • Darryl Boudreau, Nature Conservancy
  • Linda Walker, US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Tom Kelsch, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (invited)
  • Kelly Samek, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission - Facilitator

 

Components of Catch-and-Release Fisheries that Influence Management Actions - Sunday, October 19
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Marine and freshwater fisheries information will be presented on how hook type, barotraumas effects, tools to reduce barotraumas, handling mortality, fishing tournaments, and high voluntary release rates influence management decisions by regulatory agencies. 

Click here for a schedule of presentations and abstracts within the Components of Catch-and-Release Fisheries that Influence Management Actions Symposium.

Contact: Keith Mille, 850-617-9633, Keith.Mille@MyFWC.com

 

Human-Wildlife Conflict - Sunday, October 19
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Human-wildlife conflict management and mitigation has emerged as one of the premier challenges for fish and wildlife agencies and covers a wide range of native, non-native and exotic species and a variety of settings from rural farm areas to the urban core of major cities. From feral hogs in Texas, to nutria in Louisiana, coyote issues all over the southeast, pythons in the Everglades, and to bears at the wildland–urban interface in Florida, the issues are multi-faceted, complex and often require inter-disciplinary approaches to human-wildlife conflict management.

Click here for a schedule of presentations and abstracts within the Human-Wildlife Conflict Symposium. 

Contact: Alex Gulde, 850-617-9652, Alexander.Gulde@MyFWC.com

 

Aquatic Habitat Restoration - Wednesday, October 22
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Fish and wildlife aquatic habitats are under continual threat of alteration by human activities. Habitat losses and degradation due to these activities are critical issues that must be addressed to secure fish and wildlife populations across the Southeastern U.S.A. The development of programs and partnerships to conserve and restore aquatic habitats has rapidly evolved over the last decade. This symposium provides an opportunity for leading experts in the restoration of freshwater and marine habitats to (1) highlight habitat restoration techniques; (2) discuss challenges faced in their specific habitats and how they are overcome; (3) discuss the importance and role of developing partnerships to complete restoration projects; and (4) provide an overview of restoration for specific aquatic habitats across SEAFWA states. 

Click here for a schedule of presentations and abstracts within the Aquatic Habitat Restoration Symposium.

Contact: Wes Porak, 352-800-5014, Wes.Porak@MyFWC.com