Please Join Us!

2021 Conference Theme: The Outdoors are Better Together

Sunday, October 17 - Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Roanoke, Virginia

Virginia Department of Wildlife ResourcesConference Host: Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources

Make Plans Now to Join Us! Your adventure awaits at the 75th Annual SEAFWA Conference, hosted by The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, and in the Top Adventure Town – Roanoke, VA from October 17 – 20, 2021.  Hiking, biking, and kayaking will be all around you in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains while connecting to colleagues and friends at the “Up on the Roof” Welcome Social, or at the 1932 Grandin Theater Night Out where you will feel outside!  The Go Outside Festival will be in town too, just a walk from the Hotel Roanoke to discover the air dogs, lumberjacks, fly fishing, kayaking, live music and so much more...

So, let’s get together and get outside because “The Outdoors are Better Together.” 

We are designing this meeting to be a hybrid event to allow those unable to travel to have access to content, live-streamed sessions, as well as a variety of other ways for all participants to engage and connect with colleagues in the natural resources community. We’re offering flexible registration options for either in person or virtual only, or both! View the agenda

We look forward to collaborating onsite as well as online and providing opportunities for connection and professional development. We hope you will join us to engage, share and connect with your colleagues in the natural resources community.

Watch the 2021 Conference promotional video! 

General Event Inquiries

Delaney Meeting & Event Management
(802) 865-5202

Conference Updates

Dragons Tooth View with Hiker

COVID-19 Readiness: Keeping You Safe & Healthy at The Southeast Fish & Wildlife Conference

As of 9/14/2021

On behalf of the Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies and The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, we are excited to hold our first hybrid event. Our concern for attendee health and safety is our top priority. To that end, we are implementing the following guidelines for anyone in attendance in Roanoke, Virginia. 

These guidelines are subject to change if new guidance is issued on, before, or during the Annual Conference by the State of Virginia, the City of Roanoke, or the CDC.

Safety Guidelines for In-Person Attendance:

  • Vaccination is required to attend this conference in person. Show proof of vaccination when you check in at the Conference Registration Desk. A paper copy or photo on your phone will be accepted. We will not retain any copies of this certificate.
  • Masks are recommended in all indoor meeting and event spaces. Masks will be required for group transportation (i.e., on the bus) to and from any offsite venues.
  • Social distancing will be adhered to, when possible, in meeting spaces, meal spaces, and in group transportation.
  • Daily temperature checks will be required when entering the meeting room.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the Conference Registration Desk.
  • You will be required to sign a COVID-19 Conference Waiver when you register.
  • If you experience COVID symptoms during the conference, please remove yourself from all conference activities and spaces. Please contact Meg Boera at Delaney Meeting & Event Management ( SEAFWA will let other attendees know if there’s a positive case, but will maintain strict confidentiality.

Refund Policy and Risk-Free Registration:

Due to the uncertainty in our times, cancellations for any reason will be refunded until October 1st for 2021. Cancellations occurring from October 2nd to October 8th will be refunded minus a $50 administrative fee. However, cancellations after October 8th will not receive any refund due to obligations that SEAFWA will have committed to with caterers and event contractors. 

In-person registrations may be converted to virtual attendance prior to October 8th with a refund provided reflecting the registration rate difference.  However, after October 8th, no refund of the rate difference can be provided. Virtual registrants may also switch to in-person attendance by paying the registration rate difference applicable at the date the switch occurs.

Important Dates

  • Call for Submissions for Organized Symposia: Closed! 
  • Call for Papers for oral, posters, and peer-reviewed manuscripts: Closed! 
  • Deadline to submit all abstracts (individual speakers within a symposium, general oral, posters, and peer-reviewed papers): Closed! 
  • Deadline to submit peer-reviewed manuscripts: Closed! 
  • Notifications of acceptance will be sent by mid-August, and the schedule will be posted online by end of August.
  • Deadline to submit requests for Affiliated/Committee Meetings: September 6th
  • Hotel Accommodations: Reservations must be made by September 24 in order to receive the group rate.
  • Early Registration Discount: Register by October 1st to save $.

Scenic Photos Provided by Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge

Thank You To Our 2021 Conference Sponsors


Brandt logo

VT | Outreach & International Affairs Center for Organizational and Technological Advancement Virginia Tech logo

US Fish & Wildlife Service logo


Fish Brain Logo   Kalkomey logo

USDA Forest Service logo    National Wild Turkey Federation logo Conserve. Hunt. Share.


Airgun Sporting Association ASA logo Aspira logo The Wildlife Society logo NIC Outdoor logo USGS science for a changing world logo

Timmons Group logo National Archery in the Schools Program NASP logo Metal Shark USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services

Archery Trade Association ATA logo Ducks Unlimited Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation RMEF logo  Green Top logo Est. 1947  Voss Signs. Your Message. Your Way. Where You Need It. logo 


Safe Boats International logoSmart Cop logo Appalachian Power National Deer Association

Canadian partners of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan