85th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference

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Notice to North American Wildlife and Natural Resource Conference Attendees

Following our pledge to keep attendees of the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference apprised of any information relevant to COVID-19, we were alerted March 19 that a guest of a conference attendee recently tested positive for COVID-19. This guest roomed at the Hilton Omaha between the dates of March 10 and March 13. The Wildlife Management Institute has been advised that the only Conference-related event attended by the individual in question was the Welcome Reception on March 10.

We encourage everyone to follow CDC guidance on how to monitor your health and identify COVID-19 symptoms. Additionally, please review the CDC’s recommendations on how to protect yourself from contracting COVID-19.

If we learn of any additional information related to potential COVID-19 exposure to conference attendees, we will forward it as soon as possible.

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.