Highlights from the NJAWR 2007 Annual Conference

The NJAWR annual conference was held on Saturday, March 31, at Princeton University. It was co-sponsored by the Princeton University Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and attendees seemed to thoroughly enjoy the rich environment Princeton’s campus had to offer.

This year’s theme, Conserving Our Natural Resources, opened with keynote speaker Lawrence Niles from the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey. Larry worked for many years with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, and shared his knowledge and forecasts regarding our state’s conservation programs.

Dr. Felecia Niebojeski assisted Dr. Andrew Major from the Raptor Trust with a 2-hour anatomy workshop. Workshop participants were given a basic knowledge of anatomy and normal parameters of health for both avian and mammal species through the use of cadavers.

Mari Donovan, the 2007 Scholarship winner, shared her thoughts about the conference: “There is so much more to be learned from the experiences of others than I could ever have gleaned from a text book. I truly enjoyed and benefited from the conference and look forward to next year. Thank you so much for all the effort that goes into making the conference such a wonderful experience.”