The Wildlife Society (TWS), founded in 1937, is an international non‐profit scientific and educational association dedicated to excellence in wildlife stewardship through science and education. Student chapters of TWS annually compete in Wildlife Conclaves held in different regions of the United States. These events are hosted by different student chapters and universities each year. This year Frostburg State Univeristy will host the 2010 Southeastern Wildlife Conclave.
Conclaves provide an opportunity for students to compete for their schools in an academic quiz bowl that is focused on questions related to wildlife management and conservation. Additionally, conclaves provide students with hands‐on training in the wildlife and conservation field. There are individual field competitions that are both intellectually and physically challenging to students. Some of these include shooting sports, archery, tree and plant identification, and orienteering.
In addition to the competitions, there are also workshops and field trips available to all students. These help expose students to management techniques and activities that are underway across the southeastern United States. These workshops and field trips are usually conducted by members of a state or federal agency that have wildlife conservation projects underway across the state. Previous conclaves have included trips to captive deer facilities, wildlife disease laboratories, wildlife rehabilitation centers, federal refuges and state management areas, and many other destinations.
Another very important aspect of a wildlife conclave is the opportunity it provides for students to network and build professional relationships with students and faculty from other academic programs, and with working professionals in the wildlife management discipline. The opportunity to attend and participate in a wildlife conclave has tremendous educational and professional value for students that will be tomorrow’s wildlife conservation leaders