September 04, 2013

Polytechnic campus to host wildlife symposium

Posted: September 04, 2013
cactus wren
Arizona's official state bird the cactus wren, is just one of many animals to call the Sonoran Desert home. The upcoming Wildlife First Symposium at the Polytechnic campus will discuss how we can bring about change for the benefit of these animals.

The Sonoran Desert sustains a myriad of exotic wildlife. Bobcats, Gila monsters, coyotes, javelinas, cactus wrens and more all call this vast stretch of arid, Southwestern land home. But, as is often the case in nature, great care must sometimes be taken to ensure the longevity of those animals.

This fall, the Arizona Chapter of The Wildlife Society will present the Wildlife First Symposium, sponsored by Arizona State University’s College of Technology and Innovation. The symposium is designed to gather like-minded conservation groups and the general public for the purpose of affecting change for the benefit of wildlife and public lands.

The event will feature numerous speakers from ASU, including Bill Miller, Eddie Alford and Dave Brown, as well as from various organizations such as the Arizona Elk Society, Arizona Game and Fish Department, Bureau of Land Management, The Center of Biological Diversity, Center for Native and Urban Wildlife – Scottsdale Community College, Maricopa Audubon Society, Maricopa County Parks, Rocky Mountain Research Station, U.S. Forest Service and Western Watersheds Project.

The event is set to take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 19, in the Aravaipa Auditorium at ASU’s Polytechnic campus. A networking mixer will follow, hosted by the College of Technology and Innovation, at 5 p.m., in the Startup Labs, Tech 199.

Seating is limited, so register now at http://www.aztws.org. Lunch is included for all early registrants.

The cost is free for students, $20 for the general public and $15 for Arizona Chapter of The Wildlife Society members.

For questions regarding this event, contact Jon Hanna at (480) 403-1913.