85th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference

Hilton Omaha

The 2020 North American Wildlife & Natural Resources Conference will be held March 8-13, 2020, at the Hilton in Omaha, Nebraska.. The address is 1001 Cass Street, Omaha, Nebraska, 68102, and you can visit their website for more information.

The Conference Steering Committee is currently seeking proposals for the four Conference Special Sessions and ideas for plenary keynote speakers are also welcome. Read this article to learn how to submit a proposal.

Check back here in October 2019 for information on discounted group rates for 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.