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Joint Meeting of the Indiana American Fisheries Society & the Indiana Chapter of The Wildlife Society

February 12, 2018 @ 11:00 am - February 13, 2018 @ 12:00 pm

We are pleased to invite you to the 2018 joint AFS-TWS conference, themed “Restoration through Collaboration”.  The conservation community has recently faced many challenges and even some set-backs locally and across the nation.We will address some of the challenges we face in Indiana, what needs to be done to overcome them, and remind ourselves of the much larger impact we can have when we work together, especially when times are tough. As Indiana’s fish and wildlife professionals, we hope we will all be encouraged to continue to work together, expand our partnerships and community support, and to think BIG about conservation. Also, we look forward to highlighting some of the groundbreaking conservation and restoration work that continues to be accomplished in Indiana, despite our many challenges. Finally, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Indiana Chapter of The Wildlife Society and we look forward to celebrating it. We hope to see you all there!

Ben Miller and Drew Holloway – IN AFS President/President-Elect
Sam Whiteleather and Anthony Sipes – ICTWS President/President-Elect

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Early Bird registration deadline is January 24Register online.


Book Lodging Now! (Discounted rate available through 1/15/18). 
Holiday Inn-City Centre | 515 South Street, Lafayette, IN  47901

A block of rooms has been reserved at a discounted rate of $120. Please remember that the last day to get this discounted rate is 1/15/18, after this day the rate is no longer available.

Use this link Indiana American Fisheries Society to make online reservations (Code: AFS) or call 1 – 800 – HOLIDAY (465 – 4329) and mention you are booking for IN AFS.


Call for Papers

Podium presentations will be scheduled for 20-minute time slots: 15 minutes for presentation followed by 5 minutes for questions. Moderators will strictly enforce the time limit. Podium presentations will be limited to PowerPoint format.

To stimulate scientific conversations between authors and attendees, meeting organizers highly encourage submission of poster presentations. An interactive poster session is planned for Tuesday evening. Posters will be displayed on boards (36” x 44”) in landscape format with traditional poster guidelines.

Students may elect to have their presentations judged in either the Best Student Podium Presentation or the Best Student Poster Presentation. ICTWS will also be selecting a presentation for the Best Paper Award.

Submit abstracts based on results from completed and/or ongoing fisheries and wildlife research/management projects as a Microsoft Word document directly to Drew Holloway (dholloway@msdeng.com).

Abstracts should include: (1) a statement of objectives, (2) a brief description of methods, (3) principal results, and (4) conclusions and/or management recommendations. Each submitted abstract should have a short, but descriptive, title and should list author names and affiliations. The presenting author should be identified and their contact information should be provided. Students that seek to compete in the Best Student Podium or Best Student Poster presentation should indicate this with their submission. In the event we receive too many podium presentations please indicate if you would be willing to present a poster instead. Presentations that highlight collaborative natural resource projects or species and habitat restoration are strongly encouraged.

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Plenary Speaker

Mary McConnell is the State Director for the Indiana Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and has been with the Conservancy since 1992. During her tenure she has been actively engaged in various land protection activities including acquisitions, land use strategies, partnership building, dealing with local, state and federal governmental agencies and helping to promote sound conservation practices in Indiana and beyond. She was named State Director in 1999. Under Mary’s leadership, the Indiana Chapter of The Nature Conservancy has pioneered cutting edge conservation strategies that have been replicated around the world. She strongly advocates international partnerships and cross-boundary knowledge sharing.


Conference Facility: Franklin L. Cary Camp, McAllister Scouting Center, 6286 State Road 26 East, Lafayette, IN 47905.  Located within more than 125 beautiful wooded acres bordering on the Wildcat Creek, Cary Camp teems with all kinds of wildlife and provides an excellent canoeing and fishing area on the Wildcat Creek. McAllister Scouting Center is the main building at Cary Camp.

Dinner and Social: The Historic Lafayette Theater, 600 Main Street, Lafayette, IN 47901. Located in the heart of downtown Lafayette and walking distance from lodging accommodations.  The Lafayette Theater has anchored the Lafayette and West Lafayette cultural and entertainment scene for almost 100 years.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

TWS– Anthony Sipes (Asipes@dnr.in.gov)
IAFS – Drew Holloway (dholloway@msdeng.com)


February 12, 2018 @ 11:00 am
February 13, 2018 @ 12:00 pm


Franklin L. Cary Camp
6286 State Road 26 East
Lafayette, 47905
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