Happy New Year, Wildlifers! As we enter our third quarter of socially-distanced learning, your chapter officers are hard at work planning engaging and informative events for you, no matter where you may be located at the moment.
For more information about this quarter’s events, including our annual Student-Professional Mixer, tune in to our Winter General Meeting over Zoom on Wednesday, January 20th. You can join the meeting by clicking the button below:
UPDATE: In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in accordance with directives from both UC Davis and the national level of The Wildlife Society, it is with great regret that we have cancelled this year’s Discover Your Niche conference. In these difficult times, we encourage you to place the utmost importance on the health of yourself and others. Please stay home as much as possible and practice responsible physical distancing in public spaces.
The Wildlife Society at UC Davis is proud to present the second annual Discover Your Niche Conference, our flagship event for wildlife professional development. Whether you’re interested in research, government, or private sector work, Discover Your Niche has the resources and opportunities for you!
We urge students and early professionals to take this amazing opportunity and learn more about the professional realm of wildlife and conservation. Join us on Saturday, May 2nd, 2020 for a day packed with workshops, presentations, and networking opportunities to meet people with similar career and research interests!
Don’t miss out on this once-a-year opportunity to jumpstart your wildlife career!
Hey Wildlifers! Our annual Student-Professional Networking Mixer will be happening on February 24th from 6-8pm at Steve’s Pizza. This is a great opportunity for anyone that wants to “speed-date” with professionals from the wildlife and environmental field, gain experience networking, and eat appetizers provided by TWS! You’ll have the opportunity to have conversations with and direct questions to every professional at the event.
The event is free to all members that have paid dues, other students interested should pre-pay $5 through venmo (@thewildlifesocietyatucd), or pay cash in person. Pizza and refreshments will be provided!
If interested, please RSVP by February 20th using this form. If you have any questions, email Breezy (email@example.com). We look forward to seeing you!
On Saturday February 16, fish enthusiasts from both AFS and TWS took a trip out to the Nimbus Fish Hatchery! There we learned about the life cycle of Chinook salmon and Steelhead trout, witnessed the migration of spawning Steelhead, learned about the hatchery process, and even got to feed juvenile fish! Thank you to the members of AFS for sharing all of the amazing fish facts and assisting in putting this event together.
On Sunday February 24, 2019 our members were given a guided tour of the mating grounds of the elephant seals. Año Nuevo State Park was a beautiful site with much to see. We were able to hike into their habitat and get within feet of adults seals and pups. It was amazing to be able to get so close to the seals and watch them interact with one another. They have an amazing hierarchical system and it was extremely interesting getting to watch their interactions!
-Christian Formaini, External Public Relations Coordinator
On January 21, 2019, our members caught a sunset at the top of Hutchison Parking Structure right on campus! It was a great way to end a relaxing three-day weekend and start our short week of school. There were quite a lot of people also enjoying the evening; the more the merrier! Many of us thought the sky looked prettier on the side facing away from the actual sunset because there seemed to be an ombre affect; turning the sky from blue to pink. If you’re interested in seeing more events like this please let the officers in your student chapter know!
– Beverley Loo, Internal Public Relations Coordinator
On Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 TWS members attended the Winters Salmon Festival! This event is a celebration of the return of Chinook salmon to Putah Creek for fall spawning. The Winters community comes together to educate on salmon biology and bring awareness to environmental topics to encourage public involvement in conservation. Children and families happily visit the many educational booths and overall it is an exciting and fun-filled afternoon!
Our TWS members volunteered to help with the guided tours of Putah Creek; we shared some general salmon biology facts and were able to chat with people with a wide variety of interest and knowledge in conservation. Although we did not see any salmon swimming up the creek, we did have the chance to see the effects of the current restoration projects that are improving the Putah Creek habitat. TWS plans to work with the Putah Creek Council to help with wildlife monitoring to track the progress of the restoration projects — stay tuned for more information on our monitoring project!
Other members participated in the ever important job of wearing salmon costumes to bring fun to the event! The costumes definitely brought a smile to the faces of all who encountered them and honestly we could hardly contain our own laughter as well! It was so much fun seeing children excited about salmon and our members had a great time too!
Thanks to all of the members who joined us at the Salmon Festival!
We held our first TWS social on October 6, 2018. The event was opened up to members of both The Wildlife Society (TWS) and the UCD Environmental Club in which 41 people, members and officers combined, attended. We spent the morning at a picnic site in Lake Berryessa. We set up blankets for a small breakfast-styled picnic and started off the social with a few ice breakers to get members to meet each other and their fellow officers. Afterwards, we broke up into where some members went birding, while others continued participating in ice breakers, playing board games, hammocking, and/or hanging out at the lake.
Something I really liked about the event was its location. I think I would like to continue having outdoor socials, as not only does it serve as a nice little nature-escape away from Davis, but it also allows members to participate in a variety of activities that would not be possible or not be as fun/inclusive in a more indoor/classroom setting. More than anything though, my favorite part from this Lake Day Social were our members. I spoke to many of them throughout the event and got to know the four that were in my carpool quite well. They are all such brilliant, kind hearted people and I am incredibly grateful that I had the opportunity to get to know them. I look forward to seeing their faces throughout the year!