Electric Transmission 101 Workshop @ Duke Energy Environmental Center
Apr 26 – Apr 28 all-day

The workshop, organized by the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, is designed to train state fish and wildlife agency and federal agency personnel who are involved in the review and permitting of electric transmission line projects.  The workshop provides the opportunity for state and federal agency staff to meet members of the electric utility industry and gain an understanding of the planning and design process for electric transmission.

The objectives of the workshop are to:

  • Inform agency personnel about the electric transmission planning and design process
  • Help agency personnel understand how to effectively integrate into the electric transmission planning, design and permitting process
  • Facilitate communication with industry and the permitting authorities to design these projects to avoid and minimize impacts to fish and wildlife resources

The training course is based on the Electric Systems Short Course developed by the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service. The instructors will include staff from EEI, Avian Power Line Interaction Committee (APLIC), Duke Energy, North Carolina Wildlife Commission and FWS Region 4 personnel.

The workshop will be held at Duke Energy Environmental Center in Huntersville, NC (just north of Charlotte).  The course consists of three full days including a field trip to electric transmission line rights-of-way.  There is a room block at the Country Inn and Suites Lake Norman, Huntersville, NC (704-895-6565), with a room rate of $89.00/night for April 25th-29th.  Please make your reservations BEFORE APRIL 4th.  The room rate includes breakfast at the hotel, lunch will be provided all three days as well as a welcome dinner on Tuesday night.

Registration will be limited to 50 participants.  Registration fees are $75.00 for state and federal employees and $100.00 for industry and non-governmental organizations, and you will be able to register for the workshop until April 18th.  Please register at:

Travel assistance is available from AFWA for a limited number of state fish and wildlife agency personnel.  This would include airfare, hotel, per diem and registration.  Please contact Kathy Boydston ( 512-389-8522) as soon as possible if you require travel assistance.

May 23 – May 26 all-day

The annual conference and exhibition for the U.S. wind industry is heading to New Orleans. Hosted by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), WINDPOWER is the nexus of wind energy professionals who converge to generate actionable ideas for expanding the wind energy economy through technology, ingenuity, and collaboration.

WAFWA Summer Meeting
Jul 21 – Jul 27 all-day
ESA Annual Meeting
Aug 7 – Aug 12 all-day

ESA 2016 theme: Novel Ecosystems in the Anthropocene

With a rapidly changing climate, altered hydrological and nutrient cycles, dominance of large regions by agricultural and urban ecosystems, and massive movement of species to new continents, the Earth has entered a new epoch characterized by human influence. Understanding the basic principles of ecology will be more important than ever before, to predict how new combinations of species in new environments will develop into functioning, novel ecosystems.

Building on The Ecological Society of America’s 2015 Centennial meeting—Ecological Science at the Frontier—the 101st annual meeting will support sessions that explore how ecosystem structure and function respond to multiple drivers of change, how resource managers can cope with developing novel ecosystems, and potential benefits and problems that society will face as we progress into the Anthropocene Epoch.

AFWA Annual Meeting
Sep 11 – Sep 15 all-day
NASBR Meeting
Oct 12 – Oct 15 all-day

The North American Society for Bat Research (NASBR) is a society dedicated to the promotion and development of the scientific study of bats (Chiroptera) in all its branches, including conservation and public education. The society holds an annual meeting called the North American Symposium on Bat Research, usually in October, of professional bat researchers from throughout North America, with occasional attendees from Europe, Asia, Africa, and Central and South America.

The Wildlife Society Annual Conference
Oct 15 – Oct 20 all-day
Annual Meeting of the Raptor Research Foundation
Oct 16 – Oct 20 all-day
AWEA Wind Energy Fall Symposium
Nov 15 – Nov 17 all-day
Wind Wildlife Research Meeting XI @ TBD
Nov 29 – Dec 2 all-day
Wind Wildlife Research Meeting XI @ TBD

The biennial Wind Wildlife Research Meeting provides an internationally recognized forum for researchers and wind-wildlife stakeholders to hear contributed papers, view research posters, and listen to panels that synthesize the most recent wind power-related wildlife research. Academics, researchers, conservation scientists, consultants, federal and state officials, NGO representatives, and wind industry professionals come together every other year for this unique opportunity. The meeting is organized and presented by the American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI).

Help inform the agenda and location for the 2016 meeting by taking our 3-minute survey.

Read about the 2014 meeting here.