The Wildlife Society

About the Club

Western's Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society is part of a national professional organization who's mission  is “To inspire, empower, and enable wildlife professionals to sustain wildlife populations and habitats through science-based management and conservation.”  Our chapter actively participates with local, state, and federal wildlife & land management agencies to assist with projects like the Lynx Reintroduction program in Colorado, landscape conservation work, and Gunnison Sage Grouse data collection.  We present various speakers and offer opportunities to attend several professional wildlife conferences throughout the year.
We also like to use wildlife biology as a great excuse to get outside & enjoy the beauty that the Gunnison Valley has to offer with hikes, rafting trips, snowshoe tours, and field trips to view wildlife throughout Colorado!

Come hang out with us in the nerd cave

You don't have to be a Wildlife Biology Major to enjoy all of the fun activities and exciting opportunities that The Wildlife Society has to offer. From a membership on the Campus Student Chapter level  to membership on the National level, there's something for everyone who appreciates wildlife in The Western State student chapter of The Wildlife Society. Drop-in to one of our meetings or attend one of the many presentations and events we host throughout the academic year! Better yet take the reins and be part of the action. Become a member and gain experience networking, working in the field, and organizing or being a part of fundraisers and club events.

Current Events

Contact Marcel Such to be added to email list for upcoming news and events

Past Events

Past events of the 2015-2016 school year

Colorado Fourteeners Initiative Trail Maintenance work; Uncompahgre Peak, Hinsdale County (August 2015)

Our member Dan hard at work high above treeline

Orient Land Trust Brazilian free-tailed bat outflight; Saguache County (September 2015)

on our way to the collapsed mine where the bats reside

One Rock Dam for Gunnison sage-grouse habitat restoration; Gunnison County (October 2015)

members of The Wildlife Society and Tri-Beta work together to improve Gunnison sage-grouse habitat

Crayfish boil (October 2015) 

eating away at an invasive species fresh from Blue Mesa Reservoir

Lynx presentation and snow-tracking internship (click FileLynx19NOV15_Final.pptx  for access to the powerpoint from the evening)

Lynx internship
Congratulations to Erin Twaddle and Dustin Hannasch for getting the snow-tracking internship for the 2016 field season!!!! 

Mentors program educational field trips (November, December 2015)

President Dustin Hannasch teaching kids about rabbits out at Hartman rocks

Resume and USA jobs workshop

job workshop flyer

Ridgway hut trip January 16-18

7 members made the trek to the Ridgway hut (Amy Harmon is taking the picture)

Snow-tracking workshop January 23, 2016

snowtracking with CPW

Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society 2015 Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs,
February 3-5

Yellow Billed Cuckoos and the surveys in Western Colorado for them by Jason Beason Tuesday February 23rd
yellow billed cuckoo


March 12 Sandhill Crane Festival
We enjoyed presentations from wildlife professionals, witnessed Sand Hill Cranes in the thousands and saw a one-man play depicting Aldo Leopold. We had a great time doing everything! 

sandhill crane festival

Colorado Plateau Spring Break Conservation Work March 21-25

10 of our members took an alternative approach to Spring Break. While many college students party over the break, our club decided to give back and perform some spring restoration work along the Vermillion Cliffs National monument. We helped improve spring habitat for wildlife species who utilize the valuable water oases in the desert environment along the base of Vermillion Cliffs. We did so by pulling invasive species of plants, planting and transplanting native plant species, improving water bars to decrease erosion, and various other habitat improvement activities. The club saw plentiful wildlife in person as well as from pictures on game cameras set-up at the springs which we went to. We saw: bobcat, desert bighorn sheep, rabbits, coyotes, birds, bats, rattle snakes, collared lizards (and many other lizard species),  mule deer, tadpoles, and many macroinvertebrates. This was an incredible opportunity and we had fun while working with The Grand Canyon Trust. For more information on springs restoration work check out the brochure from The Grand Canyon Trust detailing the various restoration work activities: PDF iconSpring restoration in the Colorado Plateau.pdfSpring restoration in the Colorado Plateau.pdfSpring restoration in the Colorado Plateau.pdfSpring restoration in the Colorado Plateau.pdfSpring restoration in the Colorado Plateau.pdfSpring restoration in the Colorado Plateau.pdfSpring restoration in the Colorado Plateau.pdfSpring restoration in the Colorado Plateau.pdfSpring restoration in the Colorado Plateau.pdf

Buck Ranch Grand Canyon overlook
TWS Alternative Spring Break 2016

Kane Ranch circa 1877
Willow transplanting on our Alternative Spring Break Trip 2016

Biology Bonanza Friday April 1, 2016

We spent the afternoon with a ton of kiddos at the Gunnison Elementary/middle school. We have put this on for many years in order to showcase science to young students. The Bonanza consisted of hands-on exhibits and stations in order to allow kids the opportunity to get hands-on experience with science. Student chapters of Tri-Beta, The Wildlife Society, and The Chemistry Club contributed to the success of the event with activities such as Bio-Bingo, animal tracking, juice cells, Pinecone bird-feeders, and marshmallow/twizzler DNA helix construction.

April 11 "Our Canyonlands" Directed by Justin Clifton film Screening

A film which outlined some of the pressing environmental issues facing the lands adjacent to Canyonlands National Park. This film screening was in response to The trip taken by our student chapter to The Grand Canyon with The Grand Canyon Trust. It was a night aimed at informing students about the various issues and stakeholders near Canyonlands. 


Student Membership in the Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society is only $10.00
Membership forms are available in Hurst Student Center room #137

Student Membership on the National Level is an additional $41.00 and includes a subscription to The Wildlife Professional  Quarterly Magazine.
National Membership forms are available in the Hurst Student Center 137, or online at:

Being a member opens up opportunities for scholarships, jobs, and networking. Being a member also allows you to hold an officer position. Holding an office gives students invaluable experience in your undergraduate career to organize events, manage people, and to meet biology professionals in The Gunnison Valley and state/nationwide. Also when we travel to events and conferences,  as a paid member of our chapter,  most of our travel expenses are covered by funds provided by The Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society, The Inter-Club Council out of Western State Colorado University, and fundraising efforts by the chapter. We certainly are a grateful club for the support from our state chapter and from the willingness of our school and community to help promote our mission. 

National/State Chapter Websites

  The Wildlife Society Official Website

Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society Official Website


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Meeting information


The Wildlife Society meets every Tuesday at 7:00pm in Hurst Student Center room #137


Useful Links


 Texas A&M Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Science Job Board

National Chapter of The Wildlife Society Job Board

USA Jobs


Colorado Parks and Wildlife 

WSCU events calendar



Boredem busters

Reddit science (/r/science)

Mind-bending "pop science" Podcasts from Radiolab

Contact Information

President, Marcel Such

Vice President:  Erin Blair
​Secretary: Haley Barnard
Treasurer: James Antley 

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Pat Magee                   

backpacking and doing trail work on one of Colorado's most iconic 14ners Uncompahgre Peak (14,308')