Alpha Wildlife Summits 2021

Presenters Instructions & Guidelines 

Information for Presenters

You will be required to log into the Summit and be attending AT LEAST 15 minutes before your scheduled presentation time. Please ensure that your Zoom name matches the name submitted on the presentation. Five minutes before your presentation, through the Zoom Webinar Platform, the Host or Co-host will message you privately confirming your scheduled time beginning, in which case a response is required through the chat. At this time, you will be upgraded to a Panelist where you will prepare to give your presentation.

During the presentation, you will be enabled screen-sharing capabilities and therefore can access your PowerPoint or video clip that coincides with your presentation. Once you begin your timeslot, you will be asked to share your screen and begin your presentation. If there are any issues with audio or visuals, the Host will message you privately in the chat, so ensure that you are attentive of chat notifications. The Host will let you know when you have only 5 minutes left to present by both private chat and by microphone. Once your time period is over, the Host will switch off your microphone and the question period will start.

Your time of presentation stated in the below schedule involves a question period of 10 minutes. For example, if you have been allocated a 40-minute-long slot, this implies that you can present for 30 minutes, and you will have 10 minutes to answer questions. Do not attend to the Q&A submissions until the question period begins; questions will be moderated by the Host so that you may give your presentation without interruption. During the question period, you may stop sharing your presentation and answer the questions with your camera on.

There will be a 5-minute gap between presentations. During this time, the Host will post information about the upcoming speaker, i.e., your photograph, the title of your presentation, and the names of all the authors. Please send us your photograph and a short biography before November 22.

Please note that all co-authors can attend the Summit. Please provide us with individual email addresses in order for us to reach everybody with an invitation.

Presentations & Publications


All wildlife professionals wishing to give one or more presentations at the Video Summit and publish one or more papers are asked to email the title(s) of their presentation(s), the names of their co-authors, and a short abstract to gproulx@alphawildlife.ca by April 30th, 2021.

Authors will be informed about the acceptability of their presentation(s) soon after their submission. For all accepted titles, authors must submit their manuscripts by August 31, 2021. All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed. Acceptation or rejection of papers will be completed by October 1, 2021. Revisions of final papers will have to be completed by October 15, 2021. **Kindly note that nobody will be presenting at the Summit without having a paper duly accepted for publication.

Alpha Wildlife Publications will publish approved manuscripts before March 2022 in a book that will be universally and freely accessible via the Internet in an easily readable and printable PDF format. The manuscript style and format, and page charges, will follow those of the Canadian Wildlife Biology & Management (cwbm.ca) journal.

Themes to Consider

Theme I – Trapping and Wildlife Conservation

• Is trapping necessary to implement wildlife conservation programs and to resolve human-wildlife conflicts?
• Does trapping impact on species at risk?
• What are the criteria to justify a trapping season?

Theme II – Animal Welfare and Trapping

• What are suitable trap threshold acceptation levels (“humaneness”, capture efficiency and selectivity) and trap testing protocols?
• Which indicators and injuries should be used to detect poor animal welfare in animals captured in traps?
• How can stricter trap visit intervals be implemented?
• Should trap visit periods vary with target species and locations?
• Should sedatives be included in the development of restraining traps?

Theme III – Mammal Trapping Standards

• How can standards be developed and implemented worldwide?
• Should there be an international organization overseeing the implementation of standards?
• Should the trade of products resulting from trapping (e.g., fur market and by-products) be banned from countries which do not implement state-of-the-art trapping standards?

Please note that all presentations and papers must be original and based on factual information.

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