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Schedule at a Glance
The following schedule is subject to change (as of January 11, 2021). Please check back for updates.

All meetings will take place in Central Time.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2021
24-Hours
Available On Demand
Sessions for General Contributed Fisheries, Wildlife and Human Dimensions
8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Central Time
Plenary Session I
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Central Time
AFS-Minnesota Chapter Business Meeting (Invite Only)
10:45 AM – 12:30 PM
Central Time
Joint Winter Business Meeting of the Centrarchid, Esocid, and Walleye Tech Committees
12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Central Time
Concurrent Organized Symposia
  • S-01: Coregonids in the Great Lakes Region: Resiliency, Rehabilitation, and Range Reduction (Part 1)
  • S-02: Effects of System Change on North American Percid Populations (Part 1)
  • S-03: Local Government Engagement around Public Land Ownership
  • S-04: Using Section 10 of the Endangered Species Act to Conserve Species and Avoid Future Listings
  • S-05: Wildlife Conservation in the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (Part 1)
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Central Time
ePoster Gallery and Virtual Trade Show
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2021
24-Hours
Available On Demand
Sessions for General Contributed Fisheries, Wildlife and Human Dimensions
8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Central Time
Plenary Session II
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Central Time
North Central Division of the American Fisheries Society Annual Business Meeting
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Central Time
Minnesota Chapter of TWS
12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Central Time
Concurrent Organized Symposia
  • S-01: Coregonids in the Great Lakes Region: Resiliency, Rehabilitation, and Range Reduction (Part 2)
  • S-02: Effects of System Change on North American Percid Populations (Part 2)
  • S-05: Wildlife Conservation in the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (Part 2)
  • S-06: Changing the Agricultural Landscape with Cover Crops
  • S-07: Forestry and Wildlife Intertwined
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Central Time
Student & Professional Networking Event
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2021
24-Hours
Available On Demand
Sessions for General Contributed Fisheries, Wildlife and Human Dimensions
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Central Time
Concurrent Organized Symposia
  • S-08: Modelling, Spatial Prioritization, and Decision Support Tools for Coldwater Fish Management in the Midwest
  • S-02: Effects of System Change on North American Percid Populations (Part 3)
  • S-09: Neonicotinoid Insecticides: Evaluating Impacts to Non-target Taxa and Management Practices to Limit Effects (Part 1)
  • S-10: The Future of Aquaculture in the Midwest Region: Barriers and Opportunities (Part 1)
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Central Time
MAFWA R3 Technical Working Committee Meeting (Part 1; Continued on Feb. 4)
During these two half-day meetings, the MAFWA R3 Technical Working Committee will be discussing and looking into COVID-19 impacts in outdoor recreation participation (specifically related to angling, boating, hunting and the shooting sports) along with innovations and success stories related to reaching audiences in a time where in-person programming was limited or cancelled. Exploration into the R3 professional’s role in diversity, equity, and inclusion in outdoor recreation will also be discussed along with the incorporation of actionable steps in regards to retaining a more diverse participant base for individual states, organization/industry partners and the region as a whole moving forward through planning, coordination and multi-state grant initiatives.
Intended Audiences: Agency, Industry, and NGO professionals with recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) related job duties. Natural Resource Students interested in pursuing a career working in education, outreach, marketing, and human dimensions related work.
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Central Time
Urban and Community Fishing Technical Committee
12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Central Time
Concurrent Organized Symposia
  • S-01: Coregonids in the Great Lakes Region: Resiliency, Rehabilitation, and Range Reduction (Part 3)
  • S-11: Upper Mississippi River Bottomland Forests: Birds and Habitats
  • S-09: Neonicotinoid Insecticides: Evaluating Impacts to Non-target Taxa and Management Practices to Limit Effects (Part 2)
  • S-12: Urban and Community Fishing Programs: Working to Create Opportunities Close to Home
  • S-10: The Future of Aquaculture in the Midwest Region: Barriers and Opportunities (Part 2)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Central Time
Past Presidents Social (Invite Only)
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Central Time
"Use of Copper Bullets for Deer Hunting"; Video Demonstration and Discussion - cosponsored by MNTWS & Wildlife Toxicology Working Group
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Central Time
Awards Celebration
Grab a snack and a beverage and join the celebration honoring winners of the TWS and AFS Awards and The Janice Lee Fenske Memorial Award. We’ll also announce the Photo Contest Winners! Learn more about the awards being presented.
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Central Time
AFS/TWS Joint Out in the Field GLBTQ+ event

This event is to foster support and community to GLBTQ+ wildlife and fisheries students and professionals. The event will consist of 2 parts:
  • Part 1 begins with an informational meeting about the initiatives unfolding in TWS and AFS for GLBTQ+ issues. Allies are welcome to this first portion of the meeting.

  • Part 2 will be a meeting with GLBTQ+ fish and wildlifers only; we appreciate the support from allies, but the intention is to create a fully safe space for GLBTQ+ attendees. The purpose of creating this space is to show support for each other, network, share experiences, and to identify places to make positive change to our societies and workplaces.
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Central Time
Trivia Night!
A fun and engaging networking event. Grab a drink and something to eat and test your fish and wildlife knowledge against colleagues! We'll be presenting trivia questions and you will compete for bragging rights!
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2021
24-Hours
Available On Demand
Sessions for General Contributed Fisheries, Wildlife and Human Dimensions
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Central Time
Concurrent Workshops
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Central Time
MAFWA R3 Technical Working Committee Meeting (Part 2; Continued from Feb. 3)
During these two half-day meetings, the MAFWA R3 Technical Working Committee will be discussing and looking into COVID-19 impacts in outdoor recreation participation (specifically related to angling, boating, hunting and the shooting sports) along with innovations and success stories related to reaching audiences in a time where in-person programming was limited or cancelled. Exploration into the R3 professional’s role in diversity, equity, and inclusion in outdoor recreation will also be discussed along with the incorporation of actionable steps in regards to retaining a more diverse participant base for individual states, organization/industry partners and the region as a whole moving forward through planning, coordination and multi-state grant initiatives.
Intended Audiences: Agency, Industry, and NGO professionals with recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) related job duties. Natural Resource Students interested in pursuing a career working in education, outreach, marketing, and human dimensions related work.
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Central Time
Concurrent Workshops
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