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Northern Michigan University Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society

2014 Midwest TWS Student Conclave

When: April 11-13th, 2014

Where: Bay Cliff Health Camp; Big Bay, Michigan

Cost of Attendance: $75 per student

Welcome!
Welcome fellow fisheries and wildlife students. We would like to invite you to join us for the 2014 Midwest TWS Student Conclave. We are very excited to offer you the opportunity to join us for a weekend of networking, skill-building and professional development. This year's events workshops will include, but are not limited to, trapping and radio telemetry, electrofishing, woodcock mist netting, field techniques skills competition and Quizbowl, as well as a student research poster session, mini workshops/seminars including wilderness first aid and wolf management in Michigan and a bonfire social. We hope to see you there! Registration cost includes five meals, from dinner Friday to breakfast on Sunday, 2 nights of lodging, and a t-shirt. Check in will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday and departure will be at noon on Sunday. We will also be holding a raffle drawing on the first night.

Registration Deadline: March 5th, 2014

The Upper Peninsula is unpredictable during the month of April. We could have conditions that

are 60s and sunny, or we could have 3 feet of snow! As the conclave date gets closer we will keep you updated on weather as the event approaches, however, please plan for the worse and hope for the best!

To prepare please plan to pack:


Sleeping Bag or warm bedding Warm clothes! Layers work best. Warm and waterproof footwear Hats/Gloves Headlamps/flashlights Field guides Binoculars Notebooks for workshops Water bottles/ camelbacks Poster (if participating in the poster session)

Rain or Shine, we have a good time!

Events:
Trapping and telemetry Electroshocking (weather dependent) Woodcock Mist Netting (weather dependent) Student Research Poster Session Photography Contest Field Techniques Skills Competition Quiz Bowl Mini Seminars o Wilderness First Aid o Wolf Management in Michigan o Women of Wildlife roundtable* o Natural Resources Education/ Interpretation* o Wildland Firefighting and Prescribed Burns* *Tentative o

There is no such thing as

bad weather, just bad clothing.

Camp Facilities:
Camp: Bay Cliff Health Camp is a year-round, nonprofit therapy and wellness center for children and adults with physical disabilities. During the off season, the camp is open for varying events like our conclave! Cabins: Depending on the number of participants we have attending, the cabins will be heated. The cabins consist of bunk beds and people will need to be sure to supply their own bedding. Bay Cliff rules are that males and females cannot share a room. Student chapters will be lodged within the same cabin but separated by floors. Bathrooms: All of the bathrooms are full bathrooms with showers. They are located within the cabins. Dining Hall: All meals at Bay Cliff are served family style. Platters and bowls of piping hot food are brought to your table by hoppers and are passed around the table. Camp Rules: Bay Cliff is a non-smoking, alcohol free, environment. No exceptions. For attendees that would like to socialize and have a casual drink in the evenings, there are two taverns in the town of Big Bay that are either a short drive or moderate walk away from the camp facilities.

Directions:
Coming from the south on U.S. 41 or M-28 [East U.P., L.P., OH, IN, etc.] Highway 41 & 28 funnel into downtown Marquette and become Front Street. Take Front Street to Washington Street and turn left on Washington. Drive 2 blocks (the second stop light) on Washington and turn right (before Citgo Gas) on Fourth Street. Follow Fourth Street 2 or 3 miles until it comes to an end (Fourth Street becomes Presque Isle Avenue as you pass Subway and the Superior Dome). At the end of Fourth/Presque Isle, turn left on Hawley Street (Hawley Street is also County Road 550). Stay on County Road 550 all the way to Big Bay (approx. 26 miles).

Coming from the west on U.S. 41 or M-28 [West U.P., WI, MN, IL, IN, MO, IA, etc.]: At the Wal-Mart/Target stoplight, turn left onto Wright Street. Stay on Wright Street for 2 or 3 miles until you come to the second traffic light (which is by Northern Michigan University). Turn left onto Sugarloaf Avenue. At the end (stop sign) of Sugarloaf Avenue, turn left. Stay on County Road 550 all the way to Big Bay (approx. 26 miles).

Poster Session
A research poster session will take place on Friday night. If you are interested in participating in this presentation, have each student indicate on the student registration Students must bring their own posters, backing, and clips to hang-up. A limited amount of hanging materials may be available for use. Posters should be no larger than 4ft by 3ft. Please submit abstracts along with registration. Posters will be turned-in upon arrival at the Conclave.

Photograph Contest
The photograph contest will take place on Friday night during the same time as the poster session. There is an entry fee of $1 per photograph. Each member may submit one photo per each of the five categories. The categories include: wildlife, plants/fungi/protists, natural landscape, field work, and yourself doing something wildlife related. All pictures must be taken by the individual submitting the photographs, with the exception of the doing something wildlife related photo. Photographs that have already been submitted in previous Conclaves are not eligible.

Field Techniques Competition


A field techniques competition will take place Saturday morning. Up to five members may compete in this competition. A limited number of field guides will be available to use; however, teams are strongly encouraged to bring their own field guides.

Quiz Bowl
A Quiz Bowl competition will take place Saturday night. Up to five members may compete with one being an alternate. Up to two graduate students at the masters level are able to be part of the team. Ph.D. students are not eligible to compete.

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