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TWS at ESF The SUNY ESF student chapter of The Wildlife Society

TWS is a professional organization dedicated to "promoting excellence in wildlife stewardship through science and education." We are a very active chapter and hold regular biweekly meetings throughout the academic year focusing on wildlife related discussions, activities, and events.

All students are welcome to get involved with TWS, you do not have to be a wildlife major to join!

Becoming a due paying member enables you to participate in all club activities and take advantage of club supported travel to the Student Conclave and state chapter meetings and workshops. Dues can be paid by single semester ($10 each) or for the entire year ($15).

Here are just a few of the great reasons to get involved with TWS at ESF:

Job Opportunities—TWS is a great network to tap into for receiving job announcements, learning about different careers in wildlife, and even meeting potential employers. We often use meetings as a time to focus on concerns members have about job hunting, resume and cover letter writing, professional networking, tips for acing interviews, and how to tailor your education and experience to build the right career for you.

Quiz bowl—Put your wildlife trivia to the test! The ESF wildlife quiz bowl team successfully competes at state, regional, and national events each year. We practice biweekly during fall and weekly during spring. Beginners are encouraged to join in and sharpen their skills toward future quiz bowl glory! At the Wildlife Society's 2019 Northeastern student conclave, hosted in Maine, we won first place in quizbowl! We are always seeking new quizbowl participants to strengthen our team and expand participants knowledge of wildlife-related topics. Please contact us at twsatesf@gmail.com.

Beast Feast—Held in February each year, the Beast Feast is a potluck style event focused on sharing the bounty of wild harvested game and sustainably raised meat and produce found in New York. The faculty, staff, and students of ESF are invited to put their best recipes forward to compete for the coveted title of Best Beast at the Feast. We are looking for donations! If you have meat or things for the raffle/silent auction that you would like to donate, then please contact us at twsatesf@gmail.com!

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T-shirt contest—Each fall, TWS students get the chance to show off their artistic talents and vote for their favorite design. Winning designs will be paraded around campus for years to come!

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Speakers—Careers In Wildlife - Past speakers have included NYSDEC biologists, regional and national TWS officials, wildlife veterinarians, research biologists, and private sector wildlife professionals..

  • Fall—Careers In Wildlife - past speakers have included NYSDEC biologists, regional and national TWS officials, wildlife veterinarians, research biologists, and private sector wildlife professionals.
  • Spring—Careers in Wildlife- In 2019 we hosted several presentations by graduate and undergraduate students at the forefront of wildlife conservation. Topics included research on lemurs and leopards, and presenters shared advice on how our members could gain similar opportunities.

Certified Wildlife Biologist Program—The Wildlife Society offers an opportunity for students to receive a certification right out of college, given that they meet certain course or experience requirements. We have had information sessions about this program presented by Gordon Batchellor, NYSDEC Wildlife Bureau Chief and member of TWS's Certification Board.

Professional Meetings

  • Fall—TWS National Conference: Held annually in October, students have the opportunity to participate in workshops and discussions with experts in the field, attend professional research presentations, present their research at a student oriented poster session and support the ESF quiz bowl team at the national quiz bowl competition! This conference is a great opportunity to interact with prospective employers, graduate advisors, and other TWS student chapters. This year the Conference location is Raleigh, NC October 15-19, (2016).
  • Spring—New York Chapter Meeting: Each March, the wildlifers of New York gather to discuss current trends and new directions of wildlife research and management in New York State. Come meet the professionals from federal, state, local, non-profit, and academic institutions that keep New York's wildlife moving in the right direction and cheer on the quiz bowl team as they compete at the state quiz bowl championship!

Northeast Student Conclave—Held annually in April, Conclave is a unique opportunity to join other student chapters within the NE Section for a 3-day series of workshops, hands-on training, and activities and root on ESF at the regional quiz bowl championship!

Field Trips—TWS regularly organizes a variety of trips including

  • Elk viewing in PA (early fall)
  • Waterfowl and Hawk watching at Montezuma NWR and Derby Hill (spring and fall migration)
  • Duck banding at Montezuma NWR (fall)
  • Biodiversity surveys at the Adirondack Ecological Center
  • Page Wildlife Rehab Center in Manlius
  • Wolf Mountain Nature Center in Smyma
  • Tour of The Wild Center (spring)

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2021-2022 TWS Officers

President: Avi Schlecht
Vice President: Tom Klein
Treasurer: Madison Stevens
Secretary: Nathan Kettler
Executive Officer: McKenzie Hagenbuch
Executive Officer: Jacob Gallinger
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Cynthia Downs


Day: Every other Wednesday
Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Location: Baker 159

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