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2017 Winter Newsletter
Volume 44, Issue 1
Welcome to the new WY-TWS newsletter! Here at the Wyoming Chapter, we are striving to update and modernize our communications to you, our members. We hope you enjoy the new look and find it easy to navigate. Of course, we are open to suggestions for improvements, which can be directed to

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Story Behind the Photo - Mark Gocke 
It's always a treat to happen upon a red fox, but especially in the wintertime when it adds a splash of color to what's often a mostly black and white more

President's Corner

Message from President Holly Copeland:

Greetings esteemed colleagues and friends,

The role of science to inform decision-making has never felt more important than right now. Unfortunately, too often it is misused or ignored. A recent example is the sage-grouse game farms bill, which was passed by the Wyoming legislature this legislative session. Two small-scale studies were cited as evidence that sage-grouse game farming could work. more

Interagency Spotlight: Bat Monitoring - Brian Zinke
Winter is often a slow time for most field biologists – unless you work with bats, that more
Science Committee Update - Dan Thompson
Richard Feynman once said, “No government has the right to decide on the truth of scientific principles, nor to prescribe in any way the character of the questions investigated. Neither may a government determine the aesthetic value of artistic creations, nor limit the forms of more
The Plight of the Sagebrush Songbirds: A Limerick
- Lindsey Sanders, Scholarship Recipient

Out in the vast sagebrush sea
On the natural gas fields
The Jonah and the more
Congratulations to Dr. Merav Ben-David, professor of wildlife ecology and management at the University of Wyoming, for being named the new editor-in-chief of Wildlife Monographs! It is such a tremendous honor, and we are proud to have a member of our Chapter representing us so well on a national level. Learn more about Dr. Ben-David's new appointment...
Upcoming Events
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The March for Science demonstrates our passion for science and sounds a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. The mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter. It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted. Three marches are planned for Wyoming - Click HERE to find a march near you!
TWS Council Report

Review the latest TWS Council Report from CMPS Section Representative Bob Lanka.
Scholarship Announcement:

The WY-TWS is offering three $100 scholarships for members who would like to apply for their certification!

Being a TWS Certified Wildlife Biologist (CWB®) means you have:
Increased job potential
Increased credibility
Recognized training & expertise
An unsurpassed network of expert colleagues
Changing of the Guard

After 7 years as newsletter editor, Eric Maichak has decided to rest his typing fingers and step down as newsletter editor. Under Eric's watch, the newsletter has been transformed into arguably the best state chapter newsletter in this part of the country. He's consistently put out a publication that our Board and society members have enjoyed and been proud of. If you see Eric, shake his hand and thank him for his service. It's dedicated professionals like Eric that make our society great. And Eric, from the current Board, thank you!
Brian Zinke succeeds Eric as newsletter editor, with this his inaugural issue. He has some mighty big shoes to fill, but is up for the challenge!
Browse links to recent literature pertinent to Wyoming's wildlife...
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Photo Credits (from top):
Red Fox by Mark Gocke
Cave and snowshoeing by Laura Beard, Brian Zinke
Greater Sage-Grouse - Brian Zinke
Bird Nest - Lindsey Sanders
Dr. Ben-David by Mike Lockhart
Moose on Road - Mark Gocke
Wintery Scene - Brian Zinke
Journals - TWS national website
Lama trip by Brian Zinke
Mug and books by Brian Zinke

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