The Western Section of the Wildlife Society
Drone Technology and Regulation
A Workshop for Biologists
March 7 - 9, 2018
UC Hastings Natural History Reservation, Monterey Co., CA

Description This workshop is designed to provide an overview of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technology, regulations and image analysis in support of drone applications. It is targeted towards participants with little to no experience in UAS technology who are interested exploring practical applications of UAS. The workshop will give participants the ability to practice flight operations using two popular UAS platforms. Additionally, we’ll discuss geospatial technologies for monitoring and mapping natural resources with hands-on experience on practical examples.

Link to Workshop Flier
Instructors Dr. Sean Hogan, Academic Coordinator, Informatics and GIS Statewide Program
UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Dr. Andy Lyons, Program Director, Informatics and GIS Statewide Program
UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Special Guest Speaker
Dr. David Bird, Emeritus Professor of Wildlife Biology and Director of the Avian Science and Conservation Centre of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec
Coordinator/Contact Direct questions to Ivan Parr, workshops at
Meals & Lodging Meals
Our chef, internationally-travelling Julie Garren, will be providing cooked breakfasts and dinners for the group. Fixings will be provided for participants to make their own care packs for lunch. Julie is an expert in organic and vegetable-based meals, and can accommodate your special needs/preferences with advanced notification if you provide these to Ivan Parr at

Lodging at Hastings is an additional $60. Most lodging is dorm-style, and we have reserved the Hasting’s Cabin, Ranch House, School House, and Bunk House. A refridgerator and cooking facilities are present. Virtual tours of the buildings can be found here. A limited number of camping options are possible if requested through the Workshop Coordinator.

Outside Lodging
If you choose not to stay with us, the nearest lodging can be found in Carmel Valley and can be found here. As these options are limited, please be sure to book early! Please inform the workshop coordinator of your lodging plans when you register!
Registration Registration cost includes one participant spot for the class, in addition to meals at UC Hastings Reserve. We will travel to field sites in participant vehicles. Lodging and dinner provided by the workshop is optional.

The cutoff date for early registration is February 7, 2018. Registration is payable by check or credit card and must be received or postmarked by March 1st, 2018. Instructions for check payments are included below.
 Early Registration
(on/before February 7)
Late Registration
(after February 7)
Member, TWS Western Section $295 $325
Student/New Professional*
(maximum 2 registrants at this level)
*Must show proof of current registration at an accredited university, or graduation within 6 months of workshop date.

Lodging at Hastings Reserve $60

The maximum enrollment is 25, after which, a waiting list will be kept. A minimum of 16 participants must register by February 21 or the workshop will be cancelled and all registration fees will be returned.
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    • TWS-WS, attn: Drone Workshop
    • PO Box 6756
    • Albany, CA 94706

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Workshop Registration
Western Section member ($295)
Non-member ($345)
Student ($245) Student Registration spots already filled
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Lodging at the Hastings Reserve ($60)

TWS Western Section Membership
Standard ($30)
Standard - Supporting ($60)
Standard - Contributing ($90)
Student ($15)
Early Career Professional * ($15)
Retired Professional ** ($15)
Youth *** ($8)
Lifetime ($675), payable in one, two, or three installments
   Full amount ($675)
   Two installments ($337.50 ea)
   Three installments ($225 ea)
* Recently employed in entry level position or less than full time position or recently graduated and seeking employment.
** Retired from full time employment and paid standard dues for at least 3 years
*** 18 years old and younger

Chapter Membership
Central Coast Regular Rate ($10/year)
Central Coast Student Rate ($5/year)
Hawaii ($5/year)
North Coast ($10/year)
North Coast ($20/3 years)
Nevada Regular Rate ($10/year)
Nevada Student Rate ($5/year)
Sac-Shasta ($10/year)
S.F. Bay Area ($10/year)
S.F. Bay Area ($25/3 years)
San Joaquin Valley ($5/year)
So. California ($10/year)
Student Chapters
U.C. Davis ($15/year)
U.C. Davis ($5/quarter)
Humboldt State ($10/year)
Humboldt State ($6/semester)
UC Santa Barbara ($5/year)
Univ Nevada Reno* ($6/semester)
Univ Nevada Reno** ($10/semester)
Cal Poly SLO ($30/year)
Cal Poly SLO ($15/quarter)
San Francisco State University ($10/year)
San Francisco State University ($6/semester)
* TWS National Members
** not TWS National Members

TWS National Membership
Regular ($81)
New Professional ($51)
Student ($41)
Retired ($41)
Family ($125)
International ($59)
International Student ($29)
Online access to the Journal of Wildlife Management and the Wildlife Society Bulletin are free for TWS National members. Printed version of JWM is available for a fee.
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Tax-deductible donation to the Western Section of The Wildlife Society   $

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Cancellation and Refund Policy: To receive a refund of conference and workshop registration fees, we must receive your cancellation no later than 14 days before the first day of the event. There will be no refunds due to inclement weather, Federal budget issues, furloughs or other events beyond the control of TWS-West. All refunds are subject to a $50 processing fee. Requests for refunds must be submitted in writing, either by mail or e-mail. Refund requests received within 14 days of the start of the conference will not be processed regardless of personal or professional emergency, and no refund after that date is available. However, registration may be transferred to another individual for a $25 transfer fee.

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