Happy New Year everyone! With our 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) right around the corner, it’s time again for our annual Chapter and Student Travel Awards.
We are now accepting nominations for the 2017 Chapter Awards, which will be open until March 1, 2017.
Applications for Student Travel Awards to assist in attending the 2017 AGM are being accepted now until February 15, 2017.
Don’t delay, get those applications in soon!
Find more details about the awards on the Awards page, and check out the banner to the right for details on the upcoming AGM.
Mark your calendars! The Washington-British Columbia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society announces the 2017 Annual General Meeting to be held in Spokane, Washington on April 10-13, 2017. The meeting location is to be confirmed.
The WA-BC Chapter extends a special invitation to all AFS members and all fellow fisheries professionals in Washington and British Columbia, particularly Tribes and First Nations, to attend and participate in this conference.
For more information, please contact Tamara Knudsen, our upcoming WA-BC Chapter President Elect, at tamarak [at] spokanetribe.com.
More details will be posted as they become available.
We have a lot of exciting things planned for this conference and are looking forward to seeing everyone there!
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
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
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.
Sign up through the online AGM registration or at the registration booth at the conference.
As you know, the 2016 WA-BC Chapter Annual Meeting will be held in Lake Chelan, WA at Campbell’s Resort. The Steering Committee for the annual meeting has arranged a discounted rate at the resort. To make reservations, please call: (800) 553-8225 or (509) 682-2561. NOTE: Booking is NOT available online if you want to receive the discounted rate.
Reserve your room now under the reservation 310664 or American Fisheries Society to get a great rate!
More meeting details to come, so keep checking the AGM website for updates!
AGM Website: HTTP://AGM.WABC-AFS.ORG
Resort Website: HTTP://WWW.CAMPBELLSRESORT.COM/
The ExComm has decided on the theme for the upcoming chapter AGM:
“Building a Future for our Fishes”
It’s a far-reaching theme and we’d love to hear how you are working to help to ensure a bright future for a resource we’re all passionate about. Check out the call for symposia on the AGM website and send us your ideas for topics.
Be sure to check the website regularly for updates on all the exciting plans for the meeting! The link will always be conveniently available on the right sidebar, but you can also bookmark it now: http://agm.wabc-afs.org/
The Washington-British Columbia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society invites you to submit symposia ideas for the 2016 Annual General Meeting to be held in Lake Chelan, Washington, March 28 – 31, 2016.
Symposium organizers are encouraged to submit proposals, recruit presenters, solicit their abstracts, and direct them to submit their abstracts. Organizers are not required to recruit a full symposium at the time of proposal submissions. A symposium should include a minimum of 5 presentations. Time slots are limited to 20 minutes, but multiple time slots (i.e. 40 or 60 minutes) may be offered to keynote symposia speakers or wrap-up panel discussions.
FORMAT FOR SYMPOSIUM PROPOSALS
When submitting your proposal, please include the following:
1. Organizer’s information: Provide first and last name, affiliation, telephone number, and e-mail address of organizer. (More than one person can help organize a symposium, but we will only collect information from the lead person.)
2. Symposium title: Be brief but descriptive.
3. Description: Submit a brief (<300 word) abstract that describes your proposed symposium. Deadline for symposia submittals is Friday November 13, 2015.
4. Audiovisual requirements: LCD projectors and laptops will be available in every room. Please list special AV requirements, if any.
5. Special seating requests: Standard rooms will be arranged theatre-style. Please indicate special seating requests (for example, “after the break, a panel discussion with seating for 10 panel members will be needed”).
For more information, please contact Tamara Knudson at tamarak [at] spokanetribe.com, (509) 244-7031 or (509) 626-4413.