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To get involved with UND's Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society, please send an email to one of the officers (listed at the bottom of the page) and we will add you to the email list and keep you updated with everything that is going on. Check out the most recent issues of The Wildlifer newsletters and a new film by Sandbagger News at the links below.

March 2015     May 2015     January 2016

Sandbagger News Film: Meadowlark Whiplash: Why the State Bird of North Dakota is Leaving Home

Mission Statement

Our mission as the University of North Dakota Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society is to provide students with career-related skills, establish connections with professionals in the wildlife field, and give students the chance to share their skills with the Grand Forks community in the pursuit of wildlife education and conservation.



Our UND Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society participated in the 2017 North Dakota Chapter of the Wildlife Society Meeting this winter. Fourteen UND undergraduates and 6 graduate students were in attendance. UND students presented 9 posters and 4 oral presentations. Lucas Knowlton, current UND Student Chapter president, was awarded most outstanding UND undergraduate student, and Kristen Black was named the most outstanding UND graduate student award at the awards ceremony. In addition, Alicia Andes and Sami Swartz came in 2nd and 3rd place in the poster competition, respectively. Andrew Barnas placed 2nd in the oral presentations, followed by Kristen Black and Joshua Bruggman who tied for 3rd place. Congratulations to all of these students and all the other student participants who did a fantastic job representing our Biology Department and UND.


Above: Congratulations Kristen Black and Lucas Knowlton for their awards at 2017 NDCTWS!



Above 2 photos: Undergraduate student Sami Swartz (top) shows us how it's done, and graduate student Alicia Andes (bottom) taking no prisoners.


Above: Some of the fine art to be auctioned after dinner. Oh, and graduate students Joshua Bruggman (left) and Anna Schneider (right) hamming it up.



Above 2 photos: UND students unwinding after a day of wildlife science at 2017 NDCTWS.



Above: UND's Wildlife Biology Program was well represented at The Wildlife Society's 23rd (2016) Annual Conference in Raleigh, NC. In attendance were two faculty members, eight graduate students, and 7 undergraduate students. UND participants gave 12 presentations this year!


ducks 2016

Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge duck banding - Fall 2016


2016 game supper


                               Spring 2016 Annual Game Supper


2016 leadership

Spring 2016 - Congratulations to our UND TWS Student Chapter Officers recognized for Outstanding Student Leader Awards!


dome party 2016

                               Annual spring wildlife party at The Dome. 



Our UND Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society participated in the 2016 North Dakota Chapter of the Wildlife Society Conference this winter.  Twenty UND undergraduates and 6 graduate students were in attendance.  Students participated in a workshop led by Randy Olson, author of Don’t Be Such a Scientist, on science communication.  We had 3 oral presentations, 8 posters presented, and 1 video production.  UND student attendance at the conference resulted in several awards.  Tanner Stechmann was awarded most outstanding UND undergraduate student, and Alicia Andes was named the most outstanding UND graduate student award at the awards ceremony.  In addition, Nick Conrad (with co-authors John Palarski and Becca Kludt) won the most outstanding poster presentation and Nick Caswell (with co-author Alicia Andes) came in 3rd in the poster competition. Andrew Barnas won the most outstanding oral presentation and Becca Kludt placed 2nd in the oral presentations.  Lastly, undergraduates Will Beaton, Nick Sallen and Alex Aman presented their 15-minute conservation feature on Meadowlarks (click HERE for video link) that the chapter recognized. Congratulations to all of these students and all the other student participants who clearly represented our Biology Department and UND well.



                                                               Above: Congratulations Alicia Andes (left) and Tanner Stechmann (right)!



Above: Congratulations Nick Conrad (left) and Andrew Barnas (right)!  Awards presented Dr. Bill Jensen, NDGF Big Game Biologist (center).


TWS Winnipeg 2015

Congratulations to Sam Hervey and Shay Erickson who evaluated muskrat genetics and Nick Conrad and John Palarski who studied nesting blue-wing teal on their tie for 2nd place in the undergraduate poster session at the 2015 National Wildlife Society Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  In addition to the work on muskrats and teal that placed in the poster competition, we were a dominant school at the conference with 18 undergraduates and 5 graduate students (23 students total).  UND had 11 student presentations, including 3 oral presentations by graduate students, 1 poster by a graduate student, and 7 undergraduate posters.  These students all represented the University and the Department well. In fact, the incoming president, outgoing president, and the section representative to the National Chapter heard we were doing a group picture and asked if they could join so they could meet all of our students.  See above photo.  Moreover, Will Beaton, TWS Student Chapter Member and Newsletter Editor, filmed some of the experiences shared by students (click here).



The UND Wildlife Society won the UND Outstanding Student Organization of the Year award at the 2015 Annual Leadership Awards event (photo depicts members who accepted the award). The students were recognized (out of the 200+ student organizations on campus) for their tremendous work in community service, professional development, and leadership on campus. In addition to the student organization award, 6 Fisheries and Wildlife Biology students were recognized for their individual leadership at UND and beyond. They were Leila Mohsenian, Sam Hervey, Tanner Stechmann,  Amanda Saul, Kasen Christiansen, and Jeremy Benson.



23 undergraduates, 9 graduate students, 5 Biology Department faculty, and 1 faculty emeritus attended the 2015 North Dakota Chapter of The Wildlife Society annual conference on February 11-13 in Mandan, ND. Becca Eckroad was awarded the Most Outstanding UND Graduate Student Award and UND Student Chapter Treasurer, Amanda Saul, won the Most Outstanding UND Undergraduate Student Award. In addition, Ph.D. Student Alicia Andes won the Most Outstanding Student Oral Presentation Award. UND students and faculty presented 10 posters and 5 oral presentations during the conference. Students had excellent opportunities to network with professionals while working the registration table, helping with Chapter fundraiser events, and during the UND Alumni Social.


                                                                                                 Below: UND students staff the Registration Desk


Below: Auction Night!



Above: Congratulations Becca Eckroad (left) and Amanda Saul (right)!  


Above: Congratulations Alicia Andes!


Older Events

Below: Game Supper, April 2015

Game Supper 2015


Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge duck banding

 Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge public duck banding 1     Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge public duck banding 2 

At Aldo Leopold's Shack, October 2013

Aldo Leopold's Shack    

Ice Fishing, March 2013

ice fishing


Spirit Lake Wildlife Surveys, April 2014

Spirit Lake 1

Spirit Lake 2


Fisheries Days, October 2014

Fisheries Day 1

 Fisheries Day 2                    

Fisheries Day 4


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Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge Predator Scent Stations

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