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February 2016
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Be a part of Cal-Neva's 50th Annual Meeting! 

Early registration discounts were extended, and are good through today, there are two travel grants up for grabs, and the week's activities have shaped up to be much more than just another conference!

  WDAFS Meeting_ Reno 2016

Critical information regarding the business of scheduling your trip to Reno!
  • ADDITIONAL TRAVEL FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE!  If you have delayed registration pending funds, apply for the Cal Neva-sponsored travel grantApplication period is open through March 1, 2016!   Any member of the AFS who is active in fisheries, environmental sciences and management, or related aquatic disciplines is eligible to apply.  Two awardees will be selected based on academic qualifications, professional service, and reasons for attending the meeting.  Travel support of $500.00 will be made available to each successful applicant.
    (Click here for Part I,  and Click here for Part II)
    ** BOTH parts of applications must be complete, and submitted no later than 5:00PM PST to Shawn Acuna.  For additional questions, or to submit your application, e-mail Shawn Acuna, or call (310) 938-7966
  • Book your stay at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino or call (775) 789-2000.  Be sure to mention WDAFS 2016 to receive the special rate for meeting attendees!
  • Cal Neva is entirely volunteer-run- this means you!  The networking opportunities are valuable, and it may help legitimate business travel, should your employer ask.  Contact Patrick Crain or Jane Sullivan to see how you can help!
  • Set up your personal or corporate donation to Cal Neva to assist in the addition of special events, extra meeting benefits, student outreach, and other important society endeavors.  We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, all cash contributions and donations are tax deductible - contact Felipe La Luz or Jim Bowker for more information!

    Continuing Education (Monday, March 21, 2016)

  • Section 7 Endangered Species Act Consultation:
NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) presents information for Federal agency biologists and permitting specialists, project applicants, and consulting biologists on the process and context for Section 7 consultations under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for project effects to federally listed anadromous fishes. NMFS will provide an overview of the ESA Section 7 and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) essential fish habitat (EFH) consultation processes, including a description and checklist of the necessary information required in a biological assessment (BA) to initiate Section 7 consultation for a project action with a Federal nexus.


Instructor: Erin Strange NMFS California Central Valley Office Section 7 Coordinator erin.strange@noaa.gov 916-930-3653 Erin has been a federal agency fishery biologist in California and Oregon for 22 years working with all facets of ESA regulation relative to anadromous fishes. Erin has handled a wide variety of Section 7 consultations on both large and small projects and now serves as the Section 7 Coordinator for NMFS' California Central Valley Office.  Cost $25 


  • Fish Passage:
Anadromous fishes, such as salmon, trout, lamprey and sturgeon, are not only key features of ecosystem function, but are vital aspects of our heritage, culture, economy, and health. As they utilize both freshwater and marine environments, these fish are concurrently subjected to the multiple stressors of an increasing human population, facing habitat degradation and fragmentation. Many non-anadromous fish also make significant migrations, including catostomids and cyprinids, have faced similar impacts.

Of the many stressors facing migratory fishes, one of the most profound and understated is human-caused barriers to their natural migration. In California alone there are over 29,000 barriers to anadromous fish migration, blocking access to at least 75% of their historic range.

This 1-day workshop will introduce participants to the field of fish passage, a subsidiary of the broader stream restoration community drawing on a diverse array of traditional disciplines such as civil engineering, hydrology, geomorphology, biology, and ecology. The workshop will provide participants a working framework to approach fish passage projects, including fish screening, with a practical and working emphasis on lowhead (less than 10 meters) barriers at road crossings. We will cover several aspects of fish passage in this course, ranging from barrier assessment to design to construction.  Cost $50  8 AM to 5 PM


  • Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tagging:
Oregon RFID presents PIT tag classes and antenna workshops for customers and new users. It is a full day event with an introduction to PIT tag technology and how to setup a monitoring site with an emphasis on antenna construction. The presentations are suitable for beginners as well as experienced users. Instructor: Warren Leach Oregon Radio Frequency Identification warren@oregonrfid.com Cost $50, 8 AM to 5 PM


  • R for biologists:
Instructor, Kevin Ceder, is an Ecosystems Analyst with Cramer Fish Sciences (CFS). Kevin has over 10 years of experience using R as his primary data management and analysis tool and excels in providing R programming solutions. He has provided R training and coaching to a diverse clientele. With CFS, he is a lead environmental statistician, helping clients visualize the complex relationships between land management activities and the affected environment. Kevin spent 15 years as a biometrician and was involved in many projects to evaluate the effects of forest growth and management on ecosystem outputs. He has worked for several research cooperatives to develop mathematical simulation models addressing growth and yield of young managed forests, wildlife habitat management, and wildfire risk assessment. Cost $50  8 AM to 5 PM

  • State Research Permits and Federal Research Permits:
    Wanna get your permit in a hurry? Come to this workshop and meet THE person who can show you how to make it happen.  Cost $25  8 AM to 12 PM

Click here for the Schedule-At-A-Glance
Click here to register

Field Trips (Monday, March 21, 2016)


  • Lake Tahoe Science Tour
Join Heather Segale (UC Davis outreach and educator) as she walks you through the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center describing their research on Lake Tahoe. Also she will detail history of the Lake Tahoe fishery and changes to the food web.
Outside the research center, learn about recent stream restoration projects in Incline Village before continuing along the North Shore of the lake where you will meet local California State Parks environmental manager Dan Shaw. Dan will guide you to Kings Beach, the Lake Tahoe Rim Dam, the Truckee River, and Donner Lake where you will learn about programs to improve water quality, combat invasive species, and protect unique aquatic ecosystems.
Lunch stop will be in North Lake Tahoe (meal not provided).
Cost $30 for transportation costs.  8 AM to 5 PM


  • MS Dixie Scenic Tour of Lake Tahoe from Zypher Cove to Emerald Bay


Enjoy a beautiful mid-day scenic cruise across beautiful Lake Tahoe on the MS Dixie. The 520-passenger, award-winning M.S. Dixie II is the largest cruising vessel in South Lake Tahoe, and a local favorite. Considered one of South Lake Tahoe's most entertaining and affordable water activities, the M.S. Dixie II has been voted "Best Cruise in Nevada" by Nevada Magazine. This narrated Tahoe boat cruise offers non-stop photo opportunities to the crown jewel of South Lake Tahoe - Emerald Bay. As you cruise to, and back from Emerald Bay, you'll learn how it was formed and some of its fascinating history with a special video presentation.
Lunch and complete bar service are available for purchase.
Cost $30 for transportation costs, plus $55 dollar boat ticket.  10 AM to 3 PM


  • Lahanton Cutthroat Country Tour- Pyramid Lake and the Lower Truckee River


Experience the other beautiful lake in the Reno are, Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River. First drive down the lower Truckee River to meet with the Nature Conservancy and visit and tour their exceptional restoration site on the Lower Truckee River. Then continue on down the Truckee to visit Pyramid Lake. Pyramid is famous for its record setting Lahontan Cutthroat Fishery. On your way to the lake, local fisheries biologist Travis Hawkes (NDOW) will provide you with insightful history of the region and the Lahontan Fishery. Once arriving at Pyramid the Paiute Tribe Natural Resources team will give a presentation and tour of their hatchery facilities, if time permits you will also get to tour the Paiute Cultural History Museum.
Your driver will stop for to-go lunch in Reno before heading east down the Truckee.
Cost $30 for transportation  8 AM to 5 PM


  • Trout Unlimited Little Truckee River Restoration Tour and FISHING!!!


Join Tahoe Trout Unlimited's David Lass as he will guide you through their recent restoration efforts on the Little Truckee River. Dave is an expert on local fisheries conservation efforts and an outstanding fisherman. The Little Truckee River is an outstanding fishery and bring your own gear and CA fishing license to try your luck for a beautiful Rainbow or Brown Trout on the famed river.
Lunch will be picked up before heading up the Little Truckee.
Cost $30 for transportation 8 AM to 5 PM


Annual Meeting:  Socials  

Monster Fish Exhibit 
  • Monday March 21:  Welcome Social 6:00-8:30pm at the   Discovery Museum featuring the Nat Geo exhibit "Monster Fish:  In Search of the Last River Giants" by Dr. Zeb Hogan, National Geographic Fellow.


  • Wednesday, March 23: The Grand Social and Banquet
    6:00-10:00 PM in the Tahoe Room of the Grand Sierra Resort. We have a wonderful evening planned with a selection of great food, entertainment, and presentation of awards to deserving WDAFS members, including best student poster and oral presentation award winners.


Alex Muddy Smith The   Alex Muddy Smith Band will provide the soundtrack for the evening. Band members are long-time professional jazz musicians in the Reno area, who have recently joined forces to create a unique mix of music for your dining and dancing pleasure. From Sinatra Style Black Tie Favorites through the original rock sound of the 50s, 60s, and 70s this band is sure to fill the dance floor.