The 2018 North American Wildlife & Natural Resources Conference will be held in Norfolk, Virginia on March 26-30, 2018. Norfolk is a 400 year old port city and is home to the largest naval base in the world. There are many historic and African American heritage sites to explore, as well as interesting restaurants and entertainment venues. More information on Norfolk at www.visitnorfolk.com.
For this year’s North American Wildlife & Natural Resources Conference, it was necessary to split the room blocks evenly between two hotels. There were 250 rooms blocked at the Hilton The Main and 250 rooms blocked at the Marriott Norfolk. The hotels are located directly across the street from each other. All events will be held at the Hilton.
As of February 1, hotel rooms at both the Hilton and the Marriott are sold out on the main conference dates. There are still a few rooms available at a higher rate, and on the peripheral dates, the group rate may still be available. An overflow block has also been secured at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, 777 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA, 23510. The rate is $93 per night, plus tax. Please call 1-800-325-3535 and ask for the Wildlife Management Institute rate or register online.
Four special sessions will be held concurrently on Wednesday, March 28, directly following the conference's opening session that morning. You can find more information on each session below.
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.