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2017 Western Division of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting

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University of Montana – University Center

32 Campus Drive

Missoula, MT 59812

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Meeting Registration

The ticket types and prices for the WDAFS 2017 meeting are as follows:

*Early registration fees will be available until April 21, 2017.

AFS Member rates apply to those currently registered as national AFS members (not just Montana Chapter affiliates). To become a member of the American Fisheries Society and save on meeting registration fees, go to: https://secure.fisheries.org/MemberResponsive/Membership_Applications/Join_Now_Links.aspx


Fish Trivia: Student and Professional Mixer

7:30pm Tuesday May 23rd in the UC ballroom

The UM Student Subunit of the MT Chapter will be hosting a student and professional mixer Tuesday evening starting at 7:30pm. Fish Trivia is a social event designed to get professionals and students to interact in an informal setting. The student professional mixer will occur for approximately one hour with the student social to follow. Light snacks and beer will be provided. Please sign up to participate in Fish Trivia Night on the second page of the registration process.


Additional Items

Registration for Continuing Education, Field Trips, and Montana Chapter Apparel (see descriptions below) can be found under the Additional Items section on the second page of the registration process. If you would like to register for these items using a different credit card than for the overall meeting registration, please contact wdafs2017.register@gmail.com for instructions.

Continuing Education Workshops

DESIGNING Beautiful FIGURES in R ($60 per person)

Instructor: Timothy Walsworth, a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Washington.

Workshop Description: Well-designed, eye-catching figures can improve the ability of your audience to grasp and remember the core concepts and results of your research. In this one-day workshop, we will explore how to design beautiful, impactful graphics using the base graphics system in the R Statistical Computing Language. We will cover basic principles of data visualization, customizing the basic plotting functions in R, producing multi-panel figures, and basic color theory. Participants can apply the concepts presented in this course to design more effective figures for their future publications and presentations. Participants should be familiar with the basic commands and syntax of the R programming language.

This will take place on Monday, May 22nd and will be a full day workshop.

'PUBLISH OR PERISH': Avoiding Common Pitfalls Before You Hit Submit ($30 per person)

Instructor: Vaughn Paragamian—a retired Fisheries Research Principal Biologist from Idaho Fish and Game, former Associate Editor for North American Journal of Fisheries Management, a Life AFS member, and currently a fisheries consultant.

Workshop Description: Preparing a manuscript for publication and getting it published is no easy task even for most seasoned veterans. The workshop is intended for the young and old novice at preparing a manuscript for journal submission. I specifically consider the manuscript organization, style guidelines, and what is expected in the Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, and References. The workshop will also consider the submission process including dealing with the editorial process and harsh reviews.

This take place on Monday, May 22nd and will be a half day workshop.

Basic Estimation of ABUNDANCE ($60 per person)

Instructor: TBD

Workshop Description: This workshop will discuss different methods for estimating abundance including: depletion/removal estimates, single-census closed population (Petersen-type) mark-recapture estimates, multiple-census closed population (Schnabel-type) mark-recapture estimates, simple open-population (Jolly-Seber) mark-recapture estimates. The workshop will specifically cover common biases in estimating abundance in fisheries management and research.

This take place on Monday, May 22nd and will be a full day workshop.

Field Trips

RAFT THE LOCHSA RIVER with Zootown Surfers! ($130 per person)

The Lochsa River (Idaho) is one of the best white water rivers in the world. The Lochsa is a designated National Wild and Scenic River, originating on the western slope of The Bitterroot Mountains, far into the wilds of the Clearwater National Forest. Every trip down the Lochsa is a true whitewater experience with many class IV rapids. Zoo Town Surfers have river professionals who will enhance your whitewater experience while maintaining the overall safety of your trip.

This trip will take place on Friday, May 26th and will be a full day excursion.

Tour the ICONIC BLACKFOOT VALLEY ($45 per person)

In the past 40 years, the Blackfoot Watershed has become a pioneer landscape, demonstrating the success of collaborative conservation. Join us for a tour starting at the site of the Milltown Dam removal and visit stream restoration projects across various scales and ownerships and private lands protected by conservation easements. We will be joined by representatives from local nonprofit organizations, state agencies and private landowners, all working together to preserve the valley and the Blackfoot River and its tributaries.

This trip will take place on Monday, May 22nd and will be a full day excursion.

FISH Rock Creek (No registration cost, but pay your way: share gas for carpooling, food, and fishing license)

Rock Creek is one of the finest trout streams in Western Montana featuring multiple species including native westslope cutthroat and bull trout along with wild rainbow and brown trout. But it’s the legendary salmon fly hatches each spring that make Rock Creek a destination fishery, with solid hatches of mayfly and caddis occurring consistently throughout the year. Join a local volunteer from the Westslope Chapter Trout Unlimited or Montana AFS for a day of fishing on Rock Creek or other local water if conditions warrant. Note that May is an unpredictable month for fishing conditions but the scenery and company are guaranteed. Participants will need a valid Montana fishing license along their own fishing equipment and (clean) wading gear. Contact Casey Hackathorn with Trout Unlimited at chackathorn@tu.org if you have any questions.

Licenses, flies and local information are available from the following retailers:

The Missoulian Angler Fly Shop

The Trailhead

The Kingfisher Fly Shop

Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop

Blackfoot River Outfitters

Rock Creek Fisherman’s Mercantile

Online at Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks

This trip will take place on Monday, May 22nd and will be a full day excursion.

Flathead Lake Biological Station Facility, SCIENCE AND BOAT TOUR ($40 per person)

The Flathead Lake Biological Station at the University of Montana is an ecological research and education center on Flathead Lake in the Rocky Mountains. For over 100 years, they have conducted courses and led limnological research focused on the Crown of the Continent ecosystem. This trip includes a tour of the biological station and a boat ride on Flathead Lake.

This trip will take place on Monday, May 22nd and will be a full day excursion.

GLACIAL LAKE Missoula & BISON RANGE Tour and Wildlife Viewing ($40 per person)

About 12,000 years ago, the valleys of western Montana lay beneath a lake nearly 2,000 feet deep. Glacial Lake Missoula formed as the Cordilleran Ice Sheet dammed the Clark Fork River just as it entered Idaho. The rising water behind the glacial dam weakened it until water burst through in a catastrophic flood that raced across Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Over the course of centuries, Glacial Lake Missoula filled and emptied in repeated cycles, leaving its story embedded in the land which will be revealed throughout the day. Combine this with a natural history tour of the National Bison Range for ample wildlife and flower viewing. Wildlife viewing opportunities include bison, elk, white-tail and mule deer, antelope, bighorn sheep, black bear, coyote, and over 200 species of birds, including eagles, hawks, meadowlarks, bluebirds, ducks and geese.

This trip will take place on Monday, May 22nd and will be a full day excursion.

Jocko River Restoration on the FLATHEAD INDIAN RESERVATION AND MISSION TRIBAL WILDERNESS ($40 per person)

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) govern and manage Flathead Indian Reservation resources including water, air, fish, wildlife, and roads. This full-day field trip includes tours and field talks by CSKT Natural Resource staff. Stops will include cutting-edge highway mitigation projects/wildlife crossing structures, river restoration projects, and a discussion on the Mission Mountains Tribal Wilderness.

This trip will take place on Monday, May 22nd and will be a full day excursion.

Montana Chapter Apparel

T-shirts and ball caps with Montana Chapter logo are for sale. The deadline for ordering is May 1st, 2017.

T-shirts ($23.00 each)

100% cotton and Sport-Tek t-shirts have the Montana Chapter logo on the back and front, left.

Cotton T-shirts

100% preshrunk cotton t-shirts, Ash Grey is a cotton/poly blend (99/1).

Sizes: XS*-5XL

Colors: White, Maroon, Charcoal, Ash Gray, Navy Blue, Light Blue, Forest Green, Texas Orange, Light Pink

*XS = Youth XL

Sport-Tek T-shirts

Lightweight and breathable 100% polyinterlock t-shirts.

Sizes: XS-4XL

Colors: Grey Concrete, Maroon, Kelly green, Royal Blue, Sand (tan), Lime Shock

Ball Caps ($22.00 each)

Ouray Sportswear 100% cotton or 100% lightweight cotton ball caps with a velcro closure. Embroidery will be on the front, back and side. One size fits all/most.

Cotton Ball Caps

Colors: Cactus (Green), Navy Blue, Rust (Orange)

Embroidery Options: "Open" or "closed" Montana Chapter logo on front (right and left in the above photo, respectively).

Lightweight Cotton Ball Caps

Colors: Navy Blue, Khaki

Embroidery Options: "Open" or "closed" Montana Chapter logo on front (right and left in the above photo, respectively).

Montana Chapter 50th Anniversary SiliPint ($10 each)

16 oz. Sili-pint to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Montana Chapter.

Other Meeting Activities

Spawning Run

The Spawning Run will be held on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 7am. Spawning Run registration is available through Run Wild's website (https://www.runwildmissoula.org/runwild/index.php/ID/46aba60c/item/spawning-run-5k/fuseaction/rwm.clubRaces.htm). See the meeting webpage for more information.

Fish Printing

Instructor: Bruce Koike, a fish print artist from Newport Oregon first learned his art form while in graduate school at Oregon State Fish Printing Workshop University’s Department of Fish and Wildlife. He has been printing since 1990 and has had careers in fish husbandry at public aquariums, created and directed the NSF funded, Aquarium Science Technical Program at a community college, and served as a community college Interim President.

Workshop Description: The Japanese art of Gyotaku is at the intersection of science and art disciplines. Gyotaku translates literally into “fish rubbing” as this art form utilizes the actual (non-living) specimen. The 3-hour workshop will be focused on technique building by printing several species of fish.

The instructor provides the fish, acrylic paint, rice paper and other consumables. Participants should have a spirit of exploration and adventure. Workshop is limited to 18 individuals.

This workshop will take place Friday, May 26, 2017 in the Skaggs Building, room 230 (on-campus) from 9:00 a.m. until noon.

Cost: Professionals $80, Students $60, $20 non-refundable deposit requested. Balance due at the workshop (cash or check is appreciated). For questions or to RSVP contact Bruce directly by email:koike.bruce@gmail.com

Other Registration Information

If you would like to use multiple credit cards for your registration, please contact wdafs2017.register@gmail.com for instructions.

Invoices are available for agencies that cannot use credit cards. Registration fees will be invoiced at the regular rate.

If you would like to volunteer at th meeting, please fill out the Volunteer Form by clicking here.

FAQs

What's the refund policy?

Full refunds will be available until April 22, 2017. From April 23 until May 6, 50% of the registration fees will be available for refunds. After May 7 no refunds will be available.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. You just need to bring a valid piece of ID.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes. You can update your registration information until May 12. Please contact wdafs2017.register@gmail.com for help.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes. Please contact wdafs2017.register@gmail.com to transfer a registration fee.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

If you would like to transfer your registration fee to another person please contact wdafs2017.register@gmail.com. If you are registering another person, please add the name of the person attending the meeting to the question "What name would you like displayed on your name tag?" on the second page of the registration process.

I am an undergraduate student. Is there an option to volunteer at the meeting to cover the registration fees?

Yes. If you are currently enrolled as an undergraduate student you may have your registration fees waived in exchange for volunteering for 4 hours at the meeting. You still must register for the meeting prior to attending. Please contact wdafs2017.register@gmail.com for instructions on how register or with any questions about this process.

I am an undergraduate student and I have received a travel grant to attend the meeting. Can I also volunteer for 4 hours to cover the cost of registration.

Yes. Keep in mind you are required to volunteer in exchange for the travel grant (4 hours) AND to cover the cost of registration (4 hours). Therefore a total of 8 hours of volunteering would be required.

I am a member of the Montana Chapter but not the national AFS. Do member registration rates apply to me?

No, AFS Member rates apply to those currently registered as national AFS members (not just Montana Chapter affiliates). To become a member of the American Fisheries Society and save on meeting registration fees, go to: https://secure.fisheries.org/MemberResponsive/Membership_Applications/Join_Now_Links.aspx

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