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WE'RE GOING VIRTUAL! PLEASE JOIN US!
The 81st Annual Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference will be held virtually, Monday, February 1 - Thursday, February 4, 2021. Please join us!

The theme of the 2021 Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference will be “Fostering Diversity”. In addition to the work natural resource professionals do to encourage species diversity in the habitats they manage, it is critical that we also foster diversity in participation in the outdoors among the people we serve and who work in our professional ranks. Our plenary session will feature Carolyn Finney, author of Black Faces, White Spaces, a seminal work on the roots of gaps in outdoor participation between white people and other ethnicities. Other plenary speakers will describe programs being used to close some of those gaps both among different ethnicities and genders.
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CONFERENCE UPDATES:
  • Registration Now Open! Online registration is now open. Group discount, early registration pricing options, and student and early-professional grants are available. Learn more. Please note: the deadline to apply for a grant is December 10, 2020.
  • Organized symposia schedule now available! Read symposium overviews.
  • Abstracts for presentations within a symposium, general oral presentations, and posters are all availalbe to review now.
  • Plenary Sessions & Presenters: Click here to check out preliminary details for the Plenary Sessions.
  • Workshops: We’re pleased to offer the following workshops on Thursday, February 4, 2021. There is no fee to attend, but pre-registration is required for participation in all workshops. Sign up will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis via the online registration form. Click here for more information.
  • Attention Students: Take advantage of the student/professional networking events and make connections with professionals, which can have a positive impact on your career. Click here for more information.
  • Schedule at a Glance: New details are being added regularly. Please check back for updates. Click here to view the schedule.
ABOUT THE VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies will hold its annual conference virtually. A virtual conference is the best way to engage, share and connect with our community during this challenging time. The annual conference is a key mechanism to advance our mission, and we hope that you will join us for an exciting and innovative virtual experience.

What will a Virtual Conference Look Like?
As we transition to an online event, we look forward to offering the same informative and timely content, and the unique opportunity for collaboration and connection with colleagues from across the region.

The virtual conference will include our regular offerings and opportunities for engagement, including Plenary Sessions, Awards Ceremony, Organized Symposia, On-Demand Oral Presentations, an e-Poster Gallery, and a virtual Trade Show!

Why Attend a Virtual Conference?
Cost Savings: Participants will save money on reduced registration fees as well as eliminate travel or hotel expenses. Volume discounts for agencies will also encourage more participation from professionals who have not been able to attend in the past.

Time Savings: Less travel time means more time to focus on the conference sessions and networking, and to handle other work and family responsibilities.

Sustainability: Eliminating travel and reducing the energy required for an in-person event, our virtual conference will have a much smaller carbon footprint. It will also avoid the large amount of waste that would typically be generated at an in-person event.

More Connections: A virtual conference will allow participants to connect with a larger audience, many of whom may have not attended due to cost and travel constraints.

More Knowledge: Participants will have access to the full schedule of meetings, either live or recorded, and can move easily between sessions. Networking Opportunities: A virtual environment will provide new opportunities to engage fellow attendees in real-time chat, and discussion forums.
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