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Tuesday, February 22 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
General Session: A Deep Dive into the Multistate Wildlife Viewer Survey

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The Tuesday morning plenary presentation will be followed by three half-hour sessions that dive deeper into survey findings on issues that are particularly timely for wildlife agencies. Potential topics based on the final survey questions include:
  1. looking more closely at wildlife viewers’ current financial contributions to agencies and suggested strategies for engaging viewers through various funding mechanisms; 
  2. an analysis of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on viewing behaviors with consideration of the applicability of the R3 (Recruit, Retain, Reactivate) framework to wildlife viewers and prospects for retaining new participants post-pandemic; and 
  3. a focus on diversity and inclusion in wildlife viewing, with attention to differences in support for and barriers to viewing among underrepresented groups. 
Collectively, the plenary and following sessions will offer participants insight into the experiences of wildlife viewers and guidance on using this information to develop approaches for more meaningful and substantive engagement with this constituency across AFWA regions.

Speakers
avatar for Willa Chaves

Willa Chaves

Assistant Professor of Human Dimensions, Virginia Tech
Willandia Chaves is an Assistant Professor of Human Dimensions in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation. She is also Affiliated Faculty with the Global Change Center and the Center for Emerging, Zoonotic, and Arthropod-borne Pathogens. Her research includes urbanization... Read More →
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Dr. Ashley Dayer

Assistant Professor of Human Dimensions, Virginia Tech
Dr. Ashley Dayer is an Assistant Professor of Human Dimensions in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech and Affiliated Faculty with the Global Change Center. Her conservation social science research focuses on conservation behavior of wildlife recreationists... Read More →
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Kelsey Jennings

Master's Student, Virginia Tech
Kelsey Jennings is a master’s student in the Dayer Human Dimensions Lab in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech. Their research interests encompass the human dimensions of wildlife viewers and focus on how historically underrepresented groups engage... Read More →
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Emily Sinkular

Graduate Research Assistant, Virginia Tech
Emily Sinkular joined the Dayer Human Lab in the Spring of 2021 as a Master’s Student in Fish and Wildlife Conservation. Her research in the Dayer Lab focuses on a multi-state study of wildlife viewers.Emily spent much of her childhood in Germany, where she finished high school... Read More →


Tuesday February 22, 2022 10:30am - 12:00pm MST
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