WPACCThe third annual Western Pennsylvania Conservation Conference (WPACC) sponsored by the Western PA Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology will be coming up this fall on Saturday, November 7th, 2015. The event will be hosted at Clarion University of Pennsylvania from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with the theme of “Crossing Borders: Conservation through Interdisciplinary Science.” This theme will resonate throughout the conference starting with our keynote speaker and ending with our panel discussion, as we delve into the ties between ecological and laboratory work when dealing with conservation challenges.

The conference is an annual meeting of conservation stakeholders from across the region, including universities, government agencies, non-government organizations, and interested community members. The evening will feature a panel discussion, which will be free to the public, titled “Caught in the Headlights: the Ecological Tensions of the White Tailed Deer” focusing on the role of deer in Pennsylvania forests, as well as the effect of chronic wasting disease and hunting on their population.

A call for abstracts for both poster and oral presentations will be advertised in the fall. The cost for registration will be $25, including a buffet lunch. More information about the event will be available at www.westernpaconservationconference.com.