82nd North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference

March 4-11, 2017

Davenport Grand Hotel - Spokane, Washington

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.

The Steering Committee for the 2017 North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference has announced the event’s line-up of four concurrent Special Sessions scheduled to follow the Plenary Session on Wednesday, March 8.

ACCESS THE PROGRAM ON YOUR PHONE: Our event has gone mobile!

Attendees of the 82nd North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference need look no further than the screen of their own smart device to navigate the hectic pace of the upcoming conference week. With one quick and free download, conference-goers can access general information, daily meeting schedules, hotel maps, conference partner information, and exhibitor lists. Additionally, users can build a weekly meeting schedule that will send reminders to their device, and store personal notes in the handy “To-do” list function. Updates to the conference app will be made prior to and throughout the conference week so that users will have the most up-to-date information about meeting changes and other updates to the schedule.

Download “Guidebook” (for free!) from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store or the Android Marketplace. Once downloaded, open the app and select "ENTER PASSPHRASE," then enter “wmi2017" in the search field. 

Stop by the conference registration desk if you need assistance. A printed program, with the conference schedule will also be available at the registration desk, onsite.

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Traffic Update: Please be aware that Spokane will be hosting their annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 11th from 12-3PM. This will affect travel out of the Davenport Grand as the parade route comes over the bridge on Washington St., directly across from the Davenport; and in the past has traveled down Washington St. The city closes the streets of the parade route to vehicular traffic during the parade. Please keep this in mind as you make your travel plans on Saturday.