2020 Conference

74th Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies

Monday, October 26 - Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Virtual Conference

Pricing was as follows: 

  • Professional Registration: $200 (early); $250 (late) 
  • Student Registration: $ 100 (early); $150 (late)

Conference Theme

Design for the Future: Connect, Cultivate, and Care

Design for the Future

Awards Presentation

Awards Presented at the 74th Annual Conference

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Click here to learn more about the awards and their past recipients. 

Program

The following schedule is subject to change (as of October 19, 2020). Please check back for updates.

Click on hyperlinked agenda items for additional details such as presentation abstracts! 

Please note: the meeting will be in the Central Daylight Time zone. 

Date Start Time (CDT) End Time (CDT) Event
Monday, October 26, 2020 24-Hour Access N/A

Poster Sessions

View posters at your leisure and ask questions of the presenter via the chat function.

Monday, October 26, 2020 24-Hour Access N/A

Oral Presentations

All sessions have been pre-recorded for you to watch at your convenience. Ask questions of the presenters via the chat function.

Monday, October 26, 2020 8:00 AM 12:00 PM Virtual Registration Desk/Open Office Hours for Questions
Monday, October 26, 2020 9:00 AM  12:00 PM 🎇 PLENARY SESSION
Monday, October 26, 2020 12:00 PM 1:00 PM

Virtual Trade Show: Visit with Exhibitors & Sponsors 

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about our participating exhibitors & sponsors and connect through their interactive booths. Be sure to visit the booth reps in their Video Chat channel during this designated time. Check to see if they have a "Giveaway" and play "Virtual Quest" for a chance to win a great prize!

Monday, October 26, 2020 1:00 PM 2:30 PM Leadership Lessons from Coach Pinkel: State Agency Directors and Invited Guests Special Session
Monday, October 26, 2020 1:00 PM 4:00 PM Fisheries Resources Committee Meeting  (Invite Only)
Monday, October 26, 2020 1:00 PM 5:00 PM Wildlife Resources Committee Meeting
Monday, October 26, 2020 1:00 PM 5:00 PM Forestland Resources Committee Meeting
Monday, October 26, 2020 1:00 PM 5:00 PM

MINRC Student Workshop

The Minorities in Natural Resources Committee (MINRC) is a Subcommittee of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) with the goal of exposing women and minority students to Natural Resource professions.  During the SEAFWA Conference, MINRC will conduct student workshops which will provide valuable career development information. Students will participate in round table discussions to share information on selected topics relevant to seeking employment in the natural resource field. A keynote speaker will motivate the students to continue their quest to reach their goals. There will also be a career fair for students to speak with professionals regarding employment opportunities.  The student workshops will be conducted online on Monday, October 26th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Monday, October 26, 2020 2:00 PM 4:00 PM SEAFWA Wildlife Diversity Committee Meeting (Invite Only)
Monday, October 26, 2020 2:00 PM 5:00 PM

Law Enforcement Chiefs Panel Discussion

Randy Doman - Missouri Department of Conservation
This is a live interactive session involving a panel discussion with Law Enforcement Chiefs from SEAFWA member agencies. The Law Enforcement Chiefs will discuss becoming conservation law enforcement officers in their respective states, issues affecting natural resources law enforcement, and provide an opportunity for conference attendees to ask any questions they may have to the panel. Anyone who is interested in a career in natural resources law enforcement, or conservation/natural resources in general, would benefit from attending this live, interactive session.
Panelists: Various LE Chiefs. Point of Contact - Chief Randy Doman and Deputy Chief Travis McLain

Monday, October 26, 2020 2:30 PM  4:00 PM Annual Meeting - Southeastern Section - The Wildlife Society
Monday, October 26, 2020 2:30 PM 5:00 PM Directors Business Meeting (Part 1)
Monday, October 26, 2020 5:00 PM 6:00 PM

🎇 Women in Wildlife Conservation Network’s Virtual Happy Hour at SEAFWA

  • Who: All invited! (you don’t have to identify as female!)
  • Purpose:  Network with others attending SEAFWA.  
  • Description: Come hang out with colleagues and meet new friends in an informal gathering hosted by the Women in Wildlife Conservation Network. Bring your favorite libation and/or snack food.  We will provide the opportunity to break out into small groups and have enlightening discussions or just hang out.  Hope to see you there!  
  • Mission: The mission of the Women in Wildlife Conservation Network is to empower and inspire women in the natural resources and conservation community; to provide a venue to share and learn from all genders; to help women aspire to and succeed in leadership positions; and to welcome all women into the conservation field.
Monday, October 26, 2020 5:30 PM 6:30 PM

🎇 Sponsor Trivia Social

Grab a cold beverage and take time to visit with our top-level sponsors. Each sponsor will have a trivia question related to geography in the southeast. Answer all of the questions correctly and be entered to win a camping package from Bass Pro Shops- valued at $1,000! Use your new camping gear to visit some of the cool places you will discover in the trivia questions.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

24-Hour Access N/A

Poster Sessions

View posters at your leisure and ask questions of the presenter via the chat function.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 24-Hour Access N/A

Oral Presentations

All sessions have been pre-recorded for you to watch at your convenience. Ask questions of the presenters via the chat function.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 8:00 AM 12:00 PM Virtual Registration Desk/Open Office Hours for Questions
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 8:00 AM  12:00 PM Directors’ Business Meeting (Part 2)
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 8:00 AM  12:00 PM Symposium 1: Current and Future Challenges In Chronic Wasting Disease Management
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 8:30 AM 11:30 AM Legal 1 Presentations
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 8:30 AM 12:00 PM Live Q & A for On-Demand Sessions:
  • FISHERIES #1; 8:30 - 8:50 AM
  • FISHERIES  #2; 9:00 - 9:20 AM
  • FISHERIES #3; 9:30 AM - 9:50 AM
  • WILDLIFE #1 10:00 AM - 10:20 AM
  • WILDLIFE #2; 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • MARKETING/R3/COMMUNICATIONS; 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 8:45 AM 12:00 PM Law Enforcement 1 Presentations
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 1:00 PM  2:00 PM MINRC Students After Action Meeting (for students and professionals)
Tuesday, October 27. 2020 1:00 PM 2:30 PM Directors’ Business Meeting (Part 3)
Tuesday, October 27. 2020 1:00 PM  3:00 PM Legal 2 Presentations
Tuesday, October 27. 2020 1:00 PM 5:00 PM Symposium 2: One Health for Natural Resources in The Age of Covid 19 (Part 1)
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 2:00 PM 5:00 PM Symposium 3: The Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS): Recent Progress - Future Directions
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 2:00 PM 5:00 PM Law Enforcement 2 Presentations
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 5:00 PM  6:00 PM

Virtual Trade Show: Visit with Exhibitors & Sponsors 

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about our participating exhibitors & sponsors and connect through their interactive booths. Be sure to visit the booth reps in their Video Chat channel during this designated time. Check to see if they have a "Giveaway" and play "Virtual Quest" for a chance to win a great prize!

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 6:00 PM  7:00 PM 🎇 Awards Presentation
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 24-Hour Access N/A

Poster Sessions

View posters at your leisure and ask questions of the presenter via the chat function.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 24-Hour Access N/A

Oral Presentations

All sessions have been pre-recorded for you to watch at your convenience. Ask questions of the presenters via the chat function.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 8:00 AM  12:00 PM Symposium 4: Wildlife Conservation on Private Lands
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 8:00 AM  12:00 PM Symposium 2 Continued: One Health for Natural Resources in The Age of Covid 19 (Part 2)
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 10:00 AM 11:30 AM Law Enforcement 3 Presentations
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 12:00 PM 1:00 PM

A Professional Journey Panel for Students

Join us for an interactive panel with state agency Directors and students as the Directors share their professional journeys, and students can ask them questions about their path to the top of their field.
Moderated by Paul Johansen, SEAFWA President.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 12:00 PM 1:00 PM

Virtual Trade Show: Visit with Exhibitors & Sponsors 

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about our participating exhibitors & sponsors and connect through their interactive booths. Be sure to visit the booth reps in their Video Chat channel during this designated time. Check to see if they have a "Giveaway" and play "Virtual Quest" for a chance to win a great prize!

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 1:00 PM 4:00 PM Hunting, Fishing & Wildlife Recreation Participation Committee Meeting
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 2:00 PM 4:00 PM Symposium 2 Continued: One Health for Natural Resources in The Age of Covid 19 (Part 3)
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 2:00 PM 5:00 PM

Professional Development Workshop: Creating a Welcoming Workforce (Hosted by MINRC).  All welcome to attend

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 2:00 PM 5:00 PM Symposium 5: A State’s Role In Stepping Down Large-Scale Conservation Planning: A Look At The Work Being Done In Missouri

 

 

Special Symposia

The following organized symposia will be offered as part of the technical program. 

1. CURRENT AND FUTURE CHALLENGES IN CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Organizers: Jasmine Batten, Wildlife Health Program Supervisor, Missouri Dept. of Conservation, jasmine.batten@mdc.mo.gov; Jason Isabelle, Missouri Department of Conservation

Overview: Infectious diseases are increasingly recognized as one of the biggest threats to wildlife conservation. In recent decades, chronic wasting disease (CWD) has emerged as one of the greatest challenges wildlife managers face, with potentially far-reaching ecological, economic, and social consequences. Further, potential human health risks are unknown, but research to date on CWD prions and experience with other prion diseases has lead human health officials to recommend taking a prudent approach in minimizing human exposure. In the decades since CWD was first described, significant strides have been made towards understanding the biology and ecology of this disease, but progress towards the development of effective communication and management strategies has been slow. Progress has been further complicated by political pressures, shifting constituent demographics, and communication and information barriers. Chronic wasting disease prevention and response efforts are highly varied across states and regions, resulting from differences in landscape and cervid population characteristics, length of time CWD has been in a population, existing regulatory frameworks, public relations, political climate, and available agency resources. Despite these differences, common challenges to managing the disease have emerged. This session will explore several of these challenges, including addressing issues associated with carcass movement and disposal; communicating effectively with the public and maintaining hunter support of CWD regulations and management actions; managing CWD across geopolitical boundaries; and managing the disease at the confined and free-ranging wildlife interface. Exploring lessons learned to date could help states already struggling with CWD explore potential solutions and allow states yet to detect the disease to be better prepared for future CWD response.

Theme: wildlife disease management challenges; chronic wasting disease

2. A STATE'S ROLE IN STEPPING DOWN LARGE-SCALE CONSERVATION PLANNING: A LOOK AT THE WORK BEING DONE IN MISSOURI 

Organizers: Thomas Bonnot, Assistant Research Professor, University of Missouri, bonnott@missouri.edu; Nate Muenks, Natural Resource Management Planner, Missouri Department of Conservation

Overview:  The natural resource field has increasingly focused on a long-term, landscape-scale approach to conservation to address global change—one that emphasizes coordination among partners and understands the necessity of engaging private landowners. States have been critical partners in these approaches given their ability to establish and manage conservation reserves and protected areas and access programs that support habitat conservation on private lands. And states are supported in their efforts by regional partnerships that focus on landscape conservation design to help guide partners in their planning with production of information, tools, maps, and strategies to achieve landscape goals. Therefore, this symposium will focus on the interaction of Missouri’s role as a state at stepping down regional to landscape-level planning and carrying out conservation across landscapes.

Theme: landscape conservation planning state

3. THE SOUTHEAST CONSERVATION ADAPTATION STRATEGY (SECAS): RECENT PROGRESS - FUTURE DIRECTIONS 

Organizers: Mallory Martin, SECAS Coordinator, US Fish & Wildlife Service, mallory_martin@fws.gov; Rua Mordecai, Southeast Blueprint Coordinator, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Raleigh, NC

Overview: The Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy is directed toward a vision of connected lands and waters that support thriving fish and wildlife populations and improved quality of life for people.  In support of that vision, SECAS partners are using the framework and tools of the initiative to make significant conservation accomplishments.  Moreover, as a regional conservation initiative, SECAS is evolving in its governance and decision-making approaches, and is seeking to sustain its value for partners and determine strategic direction for the future.  In this symposium, we will demonstrate the most recent progress, updates, and refinements of the tools of the initiative and their application to relevant conservation decisions.  The symposium will also focus on the results and recommendations of a collaboration project examining the governance structure and future direction for the initiative.  A facilitated breakout session will engage attendees and participants in a structured discussion focusing on specific topics surrounding application of the products of SECAS and the appropriate directions for the initiative into the future.  The outcomes of the facilitated session will help inform recommendations to the SECAS steering committee on specific actions intended to sustain the initiative.

Theme: Collaborative Landscape Conservation

4. WILDLIFE CONSERVATION ON PRIVATE LANDS 

Organizers: Cody Rhoden, Small Game Biologist, KDFWR, cody.rhoden@ky.gov; John J Morgan; KDFWR; Mark Gudlin; TWRA; David Breithaupt; LDWF

Overview:  The states included in the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies are, on average, composed of 89% privately owned land. This land is where the vast majority of sportspeople recreate. It also holds the majority of critical habitat for threatened and endangered species in the southeastern United States. The role of state fish and wildlife agencies in managing this private land for wildlife is the key to conservation relevancy in the future. Currently, there is a lack of commitment by state fish and wildlife agencies in the southeast to meet the demands of private lands conservation. This symposium seeks to address successful state programs for private lands conservation along with novel solutions in an attempt to foster regional dialogue on the relevancy and critical importance of private land conservation in the United States. The format of the symposium along with the topics covered will be aimed at an audience of state fish and wildlife agency wildlife chief/director level participants.

Theme: Private Lands Conservation Critical Assessment

5. ONE HEALTH FOR NATURAL RESOURCES IN THE AGE OF COVID 19

Organizers: Sherri Russell, State Wildlife Veterinarian, Missouri Department of Conservation, Sherri.Russell@mdc.mo.gov; Rebecca O'Hearn, Jasmine Batten, Katrina Knott, Stuart Miller - Missouri Department of Conservation>

Overview:  One Health as a construct explores the interaction between ecosystems , animals and people using the lens of connection interdependence. For natural resource professionals the promotion and cultivation of healthy systems of soil, water, terrestrial landscapes, wildlife, aquatic species is day to day work.  This symposia will look at the explicit connections including sublethal exposure to toxicants, soils as part of health, Covid 19 and wildlife , movement as a driver of disease epidemiology and disease threats by taxa and a discussion of ticks a mover of disease and a threat to the enjoyment of the outdoors will be discussed.

Theme: Design for the future In the Age of Disease

Thank you to our 2020 Conference Sponsors!

Sustaining Level Sponsor

Sovereign Sportsman Solutions

Platinum Level Sponsor

Brandt Information Services

Gold Level Sponsors

USDA APHIS WS USFWS Ducks Unlimited

Silver Level Sponsors

Archery Trade AssociationNational Archery in the Schools Program  Forest Service Department of Agriculture Aspira NIC

Bronze Level Sponsors

  Kalkomey Timmons Group

Airgun Sporting AssociationSouthern Division AFSBass Pro Shops

Voss Signs The Wildlife Society SmartCOP

SEAFWA Virtual Conference

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the Southeastern Association of Fisheries and Wildlife Associations (SEAFWA) will hold its annual conference virtually. A virtual conference is the best way to engage, share and connect with the natural resource community during this challenging time. The annual conference is a key mechanism to advance SEAFWA’s mission, and we hope that you will join us for an exciting and innovative virtual experience.

What will a Virtual Conference Look Like?

As we move the annual conference online, we look forward to offering the same informative and timely content from presenters and the space to connect with members, sponsors, and exhibitors from across the region.

The virtual conference will include our regular offerings and opportunities for engagement, including Plenary Session, Awards Ceremony, Organized Symposia, Oral & Poster Presentations, Trade Show, and Networking. Moving our in-person conference to a fully online format presents us with the unique opportunity to explore new tools for online collaboration and connection. 

Why Attend a Virtual Conference? 

Cost Savings: Participants will save money on reduced registration fees and no travel or hotel expenses. Volume discounts for agencies will also encourage more participation from professionals who have not been able to attend in the past.

Time Savings: Less travel time means more time to focus on the conference sessions and networking, and to handle other work and family responsibilities.

Sustainability: By eliminating the need for travel and reducing the energy required for an in-person event, our virtual conference will have a much smaller carbon footprint. It will also avoid the large amount of waste that would typically be generated at an in-person event (e.g. coffee cups, fliers, brochures). 

Expanded Attendee Base: A virtual conference will allow participants to connect with a larger audience, many of whom may have not attended due to cost and travel constraints.

Flexibility: Participants will have access to the full schedule of meetings, either live or recorded, and can move easily between sessions.

Networking Opportunities: A virtual environment will provide new opportunities to engage fellow attendees in real-time chat, discussion forums and one on one video

Conference Committee Contacts

Arrangements Chair Bruce Drecktrah (FIS) Bruce.Drecktrah@mdc.mo.gov
Graphic & Design Kat Lackman (FIS) Kat.Lackman@mdc.mo.gov
Registration Denise Bateman (DO) Denise.Bateman@mdc.mo.gov
Registration Kim Devine (RSD) Kim.Devine@mdc.mo.gov
Transportation Stephen Conway (D&D) Stephen.Conway@mdc.mo.gov
Vendor Trade Show Ben Havens (FIS) Ben.Havens@mdc.mo.gov
Vendor Trade Show Shelby Timm (RSD) Shelby.Timm@mdc.mo.gov
A/V Richie Jenkins (IT) Richie.Jenkins@mdc.mo.gov
A/V Lisa Lucas (IT) Lisa.Lucas@mdc.mo.gov
A/V Joe Kirby (IT) Joe.Kirby@mdc.mo.gov
Student Activities Sherri Russell (RSD) Sherri.Russell@mdc.mo.gov
Student Activities Heather Herigon (HR) Heather.Herigon@mdc.mo.gov
Student Activities Brad Farwell (FIS) Brad.Farwell@mdc.mo.gov
Director's Events Bruce Drecktrah (FIS) Bruce.Drecktrah@mdc.mo.gov
Sponsorship/Donations Theresa Hyland (PC) Theresa.Hyland@mdc.mo.gov
Program Chair Dawn Henderson (RSD) Dawn.Henderson@mdc.mo.gov
Law Enforcement Track Travis McLain (PRO) Travis.McLain@mdc.mo.gov
Law Enforcement Track Jason Dickey (PRO) Jason.Dickey@mdc.mo.gov
Legal Jenny Frazier (DO) Jenny.Frazier@mdc.mo.gov
Fisheries Track Jacob Westhoff (RSD) Jacob.Westhoff@mdc.mo.gov
Fisheries Track Eric Rahm (FIS) Eric.Rahm@mdc.mo.gov
Wildlife Track Dave Hoover (WIL) Dave.Hoover@mdc.mo.gov
Wildlife Track Tim Russell (WIL) Tim.Russell@mdc.mo.gov
O&E Justin McGuire (O&E) Justin.McGuire@mdc.mo.gov
O&E Becky Matney (O&E) Becky.Matney@mdc.mo.gov
Symposia Brian Schweiss (FOR) Brian.Schweiss@mdc.mo.gov
Symposia Tom Treiman (RSD) Tom.Treiman@mdc.mo.gov
Plenary Session Megan Halford (FIS) Megan.Halford@mdc.mo.gov
Poster Session Rebecca O’Hearn (RSD) Rebecca.O'Hearn@mdc.mo.gov
Poster Session Amy Meier (FIS) Amy.Meier@mdc.mo.gov