Call for Candidates – Vice President

The Washington-British Columbia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society is currently inviting candidate statements for the position of Vice President on the Executive Committee. Ever think about developing and refining your leadership skills? Or maybe just giving a little back to an organization that does so much for students, professional development and natural resource conservation? Then now is a great time to get more involved and help the chapter chart the course into the future.

The Vice-President position is a four-year progressive commitment, serving the first year as Vice-President, the second year as President-Elect, the third year as President, and the fourth year as Past-President.  During this term of service the Chapter will provide the member an opportunity to represent the Chapter at both a Western Division and Society meeting. Upon completion of the presidential series members are awarded Life Membership to the American Fisheries Society.

The election will run June 1 to June 15, and term will begin in concert with the Society officer transition (September). Further detail and a description of duties the position carries out can be found in our bylaws (http://wabc-afs.org/about-us/bylaws/). Feel free to contact current or recent officers to find out what their experience was like.

Candidate statements are due by 5:00 pm Pacific time on Friday, May 13. Please email your nominations to Matt Klungle, past-president (Matthew.Klungle [at] dfw.wa.gov). Nominations should contain a brief written statement that includes the position you are nominating for, your background, why you want to serve on the Executive Committee, and what vision you have for the Chapter. These statements will be made available to the Chapter membership for use in voting. Please also include a photograph of yourself (jpg format) that can be used for the election.  Contact Matt Klungle, Nominating Committee Chair, at the above email address if you have any questions.

Call for Student Volunteers

We need volunteers for the Washington-British Columbia American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting! Volunteers are needed for registration desk, AV during sessions, Spawning Run, and anything else we need a body!! Student volunteers receive free registration into the meeting and a great opportunity to witness the interworking of putting together a professional meeting. Please wait to register at the door and we will take care of the cost! If you have already registered we will reimburse your registration cost. We will need student volunteers Monday March 28th starting at 1:30PM until Thursday March 31st 3:00PM. Send me, Alix Blake, your dates available (and time block if necessary) and preferred job.

Deadline for student volunteer sign-up is March 18th

Volunteer Jobs

Registration Desk: Help people check in and on site registrants. Sell T-shirts and answer questions!

AV: Assist the moderator and presenters load their presentations onto the laptop, setup the next talk and keep track of time.

Spawning Run: Assist Brittany starting the spawning run and directing people to the event.

Floaters: A couple of student to answer questions and assist the meeting organizer as needed.

Alix Blake, alix.blake [at] spokanetribe.com (509) 389-1905

Announcing 2nd Continuing Education Workshop for Chapter AGM

We are now offering a 2nd Continuing Education workshop at the 2016 Chapter AGM.  Details below:

Level A Fish Passage Assessments at Freshwater Culverts
Cost = $30
When: 1 – 3 PM, Thursday March 31

Workshop: This introductory course provides an overview of the culvert barrier assessment protocols described in WDFW’s 2009 Fish Passage Barrier and Surface Water Diversion Screening Assessment and Prioritization Manual. This nationally used publication provides science-based assessment methods for evaluating various instream features, including a ‘Level A’ and ‘Level B’ barrier analysis for culverts. Participants will learn how to assess fish passage conditions through culverts using the Level A standardized data collection procedures. Learning will occur in the classroom and through hands-on field training. The Level B hydraulic analysis will be introduced, but is not fully covered in this short course. Each attendee will receive a Level A Barrier Analysis Training Certificate of Completion.

Presenter: Justin Zweifel is the Fish Passage Inventory and Assessment Unit Coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Within the Habitat Program, the Fish Passage Inventory and Assessment Unit includes 10-16 full-time staff working statewide to collect field data on fish passage and screening features. Justin is the agency lead for fish passage training events which are regularly attended by representatives from federal, state, and local governments, tribes, and various conservation groups.

http://agm.wabc-afs.org/continuing-education/

Sign up through the online AGM registration or at the registration booth at the conference.

 

5th International Conference on Natural Channel Systems

The 5th International Conference on Natural Channel Systems is taking place September 26 & 27, 2016, in Niagara Falls. This conference intends to explore natural channel systems science and applications, as it relates to the rehabilitation of stream corridors.  It will bring together practitioners, scientists, academics, and policy makers in the sharing of knowledge and innovative ideas. Call for Abstracts is NOW OPEN.

They are soliciting leading edge and topical oral and poster presentations in the following streams:

  • Current Science and Understanding
  • Applied River Management and Rehabilitation
  • Governance, Asset Management and Education
  • What We Have learned / Knowledge Sharing

See details at http://www.naturalchannels.ca and in the flyer below:

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