EAST ALTON, IL – Three National Great Rivers Research
and Education Center (NGRRECsm) staff members were among the experts
featured during the 2022 annual meeting of the Illinois Chapter of The Wildlife
The three-day meeting was held April
10-12 in the Commons on Lewis and Clark Community College’s Godfrey Campus. It
featured 18 talks and 20 poster presenters, who discussed topics pertaining to
wildlife monitoring and management, disease, ecology and more.
NGRREC had three staff, Phil Rathz, Jacob
Decker and Melissa Schindler participate in the poster session.
Decker, a recent Lewis and Clark
Community College (L&C) graduate and member of the NGRREC Habitat Strike
Team, won first place in the undergraduate student category for his poster
highlighting his research utilizing trail cameras, which he completed last
summer during his time as an NGRREC intern.
“It was my first ICTWS annual conference
meeting,” Habitat Junior Assistant Jacob Decker said. “Being able to present my
research poster, getting feedback and comments from other members was a great
The hybrid event incorporated both
in-person and virtual components for the first time, and hosted a total of 93
“We had a great turnout for this meeting”
said Justin Shew, the Illinois chapter’s president, and conservation program
manager at NGRREC. “It was great to hear from participants how impressed they
were with the campus and event space. A huge thank you to Brian McKinney,
L&C’s stage production technology coordinator for helping with the virtual
component. The hybrid option for the meeting would not have been a success
without his assistance.”
A dozen students will be awarded travel
grants from money raised at the silent auction to offset expenses associated
with attending this conference as well as next years, including registration
costs. Monetary prize awards were also given to four students, two oral
presenters and two poster presenters.
For more information on the Illinois
Chapter of The Wildlife Society, visit https://wildlife.org/illinois-chapter/ or contact Shew at email@example.com (618) 468-2843.
National Great Rivers Research and
Education Center (NGRREC℠)
in 2002 as a collaborative partnership between the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign and Lewis and Clark Community College, NGRREC is dedicated to
the study of great river systems and the communities that use them. The center
aspires to be a leader in scholarly research, education, and outreach related
to the interconnectedness of large rivers, their floodplains, watersheds, and
their associated communities.