New Native Fish Workshop! Travel Awards! Call for Nominations!
AFS Cal-Neva Newsletter
29 April 2019
Why You Should Attend the AFS-TWS Meeting in Reno!

It will be historic! The first joint meeting of the AFS and The Wildlife Society. Two joint plenary sessions. Four field trips. Six plenary sessions total. Fifteen continuing education courses. Over 90 symposia. Over 2,000 oral and poster presentations. Up to 4,000 attendees. And with the all-inclusive Welcome Social on Sunday evening, the Tradeshow and Poster Networking Event on Monday, the Student-Professional Mixer on Tuesday, and an evening of Associated Networking Events on Wednesday, this will be one amazing opportunity to make the connections that can shape your work or even change how you pursue your education and career!
April President's Message

When I sat down to write my message for this newsletter, I had a bit of writer's block. Those that know me know it's a fairly rare occurrence that I can't think of something to say. Then it occurred to me that the reason I was having trouble is that we have so much going on right now, it's hard to comment on any one thing.
Of course, the AFS/TWS Joint Annual Meeting in Reno this September is drawing closer by the minute. Calls for abstracts have now closed, and registration opens at the beginning of May. We've received a high volume of abstracts, which should provide a wide variety of options for attendees to select from. Our ExComm members have been hard at work with Society and TWS helping to establish the meeting program, plan continuing education courses, plan local events, develop the Skinner Raffle, and much more. Thank you to all of our ExComm members and volunteers who are helping with this significant effort.

Read more from Steve here
Pinot and Pikeminnow: 2nd Annual Native Fishes Workshop

Undaunted by Mother Nature's incessant assault on our first attempt at a second annual native fishes workshop, the Native Fishes Committee is planning the "Second Annual Native Fishes Workshop" highlighting the Russian River.  This workshop will include talks on a spectacular array of charismatic species including Sacramento pikeminnow, Hitch, Russian River Tule Perch, and Pacific lamprey.  The second day of the workshop will include kayaking/canoeing/snorkeling "The" river running through wine country. The event will be held on August 5th and 6th, 2019.

Get more information about the workshop here
AFS Cal-Neva Semi-Annual Travel Awards 2019

The AFS California-Nevada Chapter (Cal-Neva) is announcing the 2019 Semi Annual Travel Award. The Semi Annual Travel Award provides monetary awards for deserving applicants to support their attendance at the American Fisheries Society and The Wildlife Society 2019 Joint Annual Conference but may also be used to support attendance at other conferences, annual meetings, or workshops. Travel support of up to $750 will be made available for up to two successful applicants for the 2nd half of 2019.  
Take charge of your fisheries future - Call for Officer Nominations! By May 15

Do you want to boost your career? Grow your leadership skills? Expand your network? Gain satisfaction in contributing to fisheries? Make friends and eat sushi?
Then take charge of your fisheries future!  Consider nominating yourself (or another Cal-Neva AFS member) for a position as a Chapter officer. We have 2 positions up for election. See the position duties here.
  • President - 3-year cycle (President-Elect, President, and Past President)
  • Treasurer - 2-year term
Officer benefits during term include registration fees waived for Chapter Annual Meetings and membership covered (if needed). For President, travel and registration covered for Western Division and Annual Society meetings, and Western Division leaders retreat. 
We meet monthly for Executive Committee meetings (followed by sushi!).
Schedule for elections is as follows:
  • Nominations will be accepted until May 15. Please send nominations to All nominees must be an active member of AFS. Nominees should submit:
    • Short candidate statement explaining their background and qualifications
    • Photo with the candidate statement
  • Candidate statements and voting instructions will be sent to the Chapter membership via email May 16.
  • Voting by electronic ballot will begin on June 15 and end on June 30.
  • New officers will assume their duties at the general membership meeting, which this year will be at the joint Annual Meeting with AFS-TWS on October 1, 2019.
If you have questions, please contact Ramona Swenson (Nominations and Bylaws Chair, 2016 President) or any current Officer .
Renew membership save $200 at Annual Meeting

If you have not yet renewed your AFS membership, now is the perfect time!

Members can save up to $200 on Annual Meeting registration. We encourage you to join to receive member prices. And remember to check off as a Cal-Neva member so you're connected to Chapter news. 
Do it today! Since membership is on the calendar year, there's no benefit for delay. Renew and take advantage of all the Society benefits now including online journals.

For all the fee details go here
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