86th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference

After receiving nearly four hundred responses to the recent North American Wildlife and Natural Resource Conference delivery survey from you, our conference community, it is abundantly clear that the 2021 Conference must be implemented virtually. As we have said many times in the past, the North American is a meeting by, and for, the conservation professionals who attend it. The Wildlife Management Institute and our conference partners will always defer to the needs of the conference attendees, and we want you to know that we have heard you.

As this will be the first virtual delivery of the North American Conference in its 106-year history, there is much to be done and we will greatly need your ideas and opinions. In the coming months, we will be soliciting your input on various aspects of the conference delivery, so please keep an eye on your inbox as we all work together to make sure the 2021 conference continues its legacy of North American conservations leadership. For now, hold March 8-12, 2021 open on your calendars, and expect more from us soon.

About the Conference

For more than 80 years, WMI has administered the North American Wildlife and Natural Resource Conference. The North American Conference sessions, workshops and more than 150 separate meetings and functions, serve as the annual forum to set conservation policy in North America.

Conference attendees include the administrators of federal, state and provincial wildlife and other natural resource agencies, college and university program leaders, heads of leading private conservation organizations, and other managers, scientists, researchers, officials and students of natural resources. The conference is a regular gathering of professionals to learn and exchange ideas, through a formal program, related meetings and other scheduled business, social and educational events.

The conference format is designed so that attendees leave with

  • A better understanding of the origins, complexities and likely solutions to current conservation issues, and
  • A better sense of the need for and the methods to achieve coordinated, cooperative management of the continent's wildlife.

The "North American" is outlined annually by a Conference Program Committee, chaired by WMI. As many as 20 different agencies and private organizations have participated in helping set the agenda of the North American. In addition, agencies and organizations schedule more than 150 meetings and functions to overlap and occur in conjunction with each conference.