Call for Papers & Award Nominations

Posted by WAFWA on March 12, 2021

The Western Agencies Sage and Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse 32nd Workshop


The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Sage and Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse Technical Committee invites submission of oral presentations for the 32nd biennial workshop hosted virtually by Oregon, June 21-24, 2021. Presentations on research, ecology, and management of Gunnison Sage-grouse, Greater Sage-grouse, and Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse are welcome and encouraged. Papers discussing partnerships, landowner perspectives and human dimensions, and ecology of the sagebrush biome are also welcome. Pre-recorded oral presentations will be 15-minutes with additional time for questions (regular session) or 10-minutes with questions at the end of the session (lightning-round session).

Submission Deadline. Submissions will be accepted until April 30, 2021. Please submit abstracts as a word document attachment to Skyler Vold, Contributors will be notified of abstract acceptance by May 15, 2021.


The Robert L. Patterson Award recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations that have worked to conserve and manage Gunnison and Greater Sage-grouse and Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse. This award was established in honor of Dr. Patterson’s strong commitment to the conservation of sagegrouse and his pioneering work, The Sage Grouse in Wyoming, published in 1952. It is intended to be awarded biennially at the Sage and Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse Workshop.

Award Criteria:
To recognize individual(s) and organization(s) who have made significant contributions to sage and sharp-tailed grouse research, management or other support programs, which have enhanced the welfare of any of these three species. The contribution should be evidenced by a sustained effort over at least 10 years. The contribution may be related to research, management activity, promotion of an integrated program, or some combination thereof.

Selection Procedure:
The Awards Committee will be made up of a chairman and any additional members appointed by the Chairman of the Sage and Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse Technical Committee. Anyone can submit nominations to the Awards Committee, including members of the Awards Committee. Nominations will be submitted to the Awards Committee Chairman at least one month prior to the biennial Sage and Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse Workshop. Please view the Nomination Annoucement below for full details.

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