This one day expert exchange organized by the Botstiber Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control (BIWFC) and the Luxembourg Ministry of the Environment, Climate and Biodiversity too place on January 17, 2024 in Luxembourg City. This meeting raised awareness about the use of fertility control to mitigate environmental impacts of birds and mammals in Luxembourg and in neighboring countries, and analyzed challenges and opportunities offered by this approach to managing wildlife. The first part of the day was dedicated to talks by experts in wildlife fertility control and wildlife management. The afternoon focused on discussions among attendees and experts about the use of fertility control to reduce the impacts of overabundant animals. Click here for more.
The BIWFC sponsored the 36th Annual Australasian Wildlife Management Conference from December 5-7, 2023 at Melbourne Connect in Melbourne, Australia. Between 100-200 delegates from across the field of wildlife management are expected to attend. The conference theme was CONSERVATION AMIDST CONFLICT which was explored through five related symposia and one open symposium for other wildlife management content and insights. Click here for more information.
BIWFC sponsored and exhibited at The Wildlife Society’s (TWS) 30th Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky from November 6 to 9, 2023. The TWS mission is “To inspire, empower, and enable wildlife professionals to sustain wildlife populations and their habitats through science-based management and conservation.” Conference attendees typically hail from all 50 U.S. states, several Canadian provinces, sovereign tribes, and beyond, and include researchers, executives, technicians, professors, land managers, decision-makers, policy analysts, statisticians, students, and more. For more information Click Here.
The BIWFC will served as a sponsor of the 2023 Animal Grantmakers Annual Conference held on October 22 – 25 in Philadelphia, Pa. This year’s theme was “All Together Now, A Declaration of Interdependence.” Click Here for more information.
The BIWFC served as a sponsor of the 2023 Penn Annual Conference on September 28 & 29 in Swarthmore, PA. This event is Pennsylvania Veterinary School’s annual continuing education conference, an educational, networking and social event. Lectures were given by many of Penn Vet’s board certified specialists as well as alumni and guest speakers from around the country. Click here for more information.
On September 21, 2023 BIWFC presented the webinar, “Gene Delivery Approach With Amh for Single-Dose Lifetime Contraception in Female Cats,” which examined at a recent study of a novel non-surgical contraceptive for female domestic cats. Webinar presenters included Philippe Godin, DVM, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Lindsey Vansandt, DVM, PhD, Director of the Imperiled Cat Signature Project at the Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Click Here to view the webinar.
The BIWFC sponsored the 13th European Vertebrate Pest Management Conference in Florence, Italy from August 28 – September 1. In addition BIWFC also hosted a session on fertility control which will be chaired by BIWFC Europe Director Giovanna Massei. Giovanna also served as a Plenary Speaker at the conference. This conference series brought together experts in vertebrate management and conservation, allowing them to share their expertise and the latest advances, and increase worldwide collaboration. Click Here for more information on the fertility control session.
The BIWFC served as a sponsor for the 2023 Taking Action for Animals (TAFA) conference in Springfield, Illinois from August 4 – 6, 2023. More than 125 Humane Society of the United States volunteers, advocates and animal welfare organizations from across the country gathered for one shared goal: to better the lives of animals and people alike. Click Here for more information.
The BIWFC hosted a workshop in Valencia, Spain at The Zoo & Wildlife Health Conference on Wednesday June 7, 2023 titled Challenges with Fertility Control in the Wild. Led by BIWFC Europe Director Giovanna Massei and Veterinarian and Member of the European College of Zoological Medicine Yedra Feltrer-Rambaud, this workshop allowed attendees to analyze criteria used to consider the use of fertility control to resolve human-wildlife conflict.
The BIWFC hosted a session titled Human Dimensions of Fertility Control to Mitigate Human-Wildlife Conflicts, at the 2023 Pathways conference in Fort Collins, CO from May 31 – June 3, 2023. BIWFC also served as a sponsor of this conference. Pathways: Human Dimensions of Wildlife is a conference and training program designed to address the myriad issues that arise as people and wildlife struggle to coexist in a sustainable and healthy manner. The 2023 conference was cosponsored by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA). Click Here for more.