EVENTS

The BIWFC aims to stimulate vital discussion, collaboration and networking by sponsoring and participating in worldwide wildlife events. 


UPCOMING EVENTS

* indicates events taking place outside the United States


WEBINAR: Wildlife Fertility Control for One Health: Case Studies to Manage Overabundant Animals”

 February 16, 2024, 12 PM, USA ET

The American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians (AAWV), the WDA Wildlife Veterinary Section (WVS) and The Wildlife Society Wildlife Disease Working Group (TWS WDWG) have the pleasure of announcing the next Trilateral Wildlife Health Webinar Series, on February 16, 12 PM USA ET. This webinar features BIWFC Director Giovanna Massei and BIWFC Advisory Board Chair Stephanie Boyles Griffin.
Human-wildlife conflicts occur where the environmental or economic impacts of wildlife on human activities are considered unacceptable. In these instances, local populations of animals are referred to as “overabundant”. Reducing these conflicts involves interventions that affect wildlife, people and the environment, reflecting the One Health concept that acknowledges the interconnection between people, animals and their shared environment. In this webinar we will highlight the One Health concept in the context of human-wildlife conflicts and present case studies on fertility control applications and integrated population management. Click here for more information.


WEBINAR: TOO MANY? EIGHT REASONS TO INVEST IN WILDLIFE FERTILITY CONTROL

FEBRUARY 27, 2024 – 10 AM, EST / 3 PM, UTC

Presented by Dr. Giovanna Massei, Director, BIWFC Europe, University of York

As human populations increase and urbanization expands, human-wildlife conflicts are growing. Concurrently, public attitudes are shifting from traditional “wildlife management” to “coexistence,” particularly where the density of the human population is relatively high. This webinar will present case studies where fertility control has been implemented as an alternative to or complementary to culling. Dr. Massei will discuss opportunities and challenges associated with the use of fertility control to manage wildlife and free-roaming livestock and conclude with a list of reasons to invest in this area.  Click here for more information and to register.


* 1st Workshop on Wildlife Fertility Control in Europe

June 17 & 18, 2024, University of York, York, UK 

— REGISTRATION OPENS 1/8/2024 —

BIWFC Europe will host a workshop on fertility control and wildlife coexistence in Europe on the campus of the University of York, in York, UK, on June 17 and 18, 2024.  This two day workshop will illustrate and promote discussions on practical examples and applications of wildlife fertility control in various European contexts. The first day will be dedicated to talks on wildlife fertility control in relation to zoonotic diseases, rewilding, non-native species, urban and rural areas, and national parks. The second day will focus on group discussions on opportunities and challenges of implementing wildlife fertility control for different species across a range of contexts.  Click here for more information.


Recent Events


* FEW: Scientific Exchange on Fertility Control, Environment and Wildlife

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.


* Australasian Wildlife Management Conference

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.


The Wildlife Society’s 30th Annual Conference

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.


Animal Grantmakers Annual Conference 2023 

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.


Penn Annual Conference 2023

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.


WEBINAR: GENE DELIVERY APPROACH WITH AMH FOR SINGLE-DOSE LIFETIME CONTRACEPTION IN FEMALE CATS

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.


* European Vertebrate Pest Management Conference 

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.


Taking Action for Animals

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.


* EAZA Zoo and Wildlife Health Conference

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.


PATHWAYS 2023 – Managing Wildlife in an Era of Mutulism

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.