The Western Section of the Wildlife Society
How to Work with Local Governments: A Workshop for Biologists
November 3 - 4, 2017
Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley, CA

Description Wildlife biologists are familiar in working within or alongside state and federal agencies, but knowing a local government's involvement in wildlife management is key. This 2-day workshop goes into the steps it takes to coordinate with municipal, county, special district, and joint powers authorities as a consultant, conservationist, agency biologist, or researcher. Instructor Ken Mierzwa brings decades of experience to the topic, covering everything from ethics to CEQA implications and more. We'll explore examples from Ken's own experience, and also bring in guest speakers from different entities and agencies.
Instructor Ken Mierzwa
Ken has more than 25 years’ studying endangered species, habitat restoration, conceptual design, permitting, and regulatory policy analysis. He is the author of several book chapters and papers on long-term habitat monitoring and reptile and amphibian conservation biology. Ken specializes on the environmental aspects of large infrastructure projects including airports, highways, bridges, rail and high speed rail, commercial development and wastewater facilities. Although his studies have taken him as far as Thailand, it’s in local government that Ken finds his niche. Ken was elected to three terms on the Ferndale, California City Council (2004-2013), and served as chair (2008, 2013) and vice-chair (2011) of the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District Board of Directors.

Ken received his degree at the Northeastern Illinois University, but currently lives in Eureka, CA. He is a senior ecologist and project manager for GHD.
Registration Registration cost includes lunch, training materials, and the museum entrance fee. It does not include museum parking ($8/day or $1 per hour) and other meals. All registrants must complete this secure online form.

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Member, TWS Western Section $250$295
Student/New Professional*
(maximum 3 registrants at this level)
*Must show proof of current registration at an accredited university, or graduation within 6 months of workshop date.

The maximum enrollment is 54 after which, a waiting list will be kept. A minimum of 17 participants must register for the workshop by October 20 or the workshop will be cancelled and all registration fees will be returned. If the workshop can be rescheduled, we will offer transfer to the alternate dates in the priority registrations were received. Registrants will be processed in the order received and successful registrants will receive workshop logistics and information once full payment is confirmed received.

Credit cards are accepted on-line. Instructions for purchase order or check payments are included as part of the on-line registration process.
Coordinator/Contact Direct questions to Ivan Parr,
Location The Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley’s public science center and museum, is located in the Berkeley Hills at one of the Bay Area’s most panoramic locations. The center includes a planetarium, live animals, 3-D theater, and a wide variety of exhibits. Its objective is to make scientific education available and understandable, particularly to youth.

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Workshop Registration
Western Section member ($295)
Non-member ($325)
Student ($200) 3 Registrations only

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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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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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