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2024 Pennsylvania Fish & Wildlife Diversity Forum

Moving conservation forward in the next decade

March 7-8, 2024
Ramada Inn Conference Ce​nter
1450 South Atherton Street, State College, PA 16801
Registration is now closed.

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Your role is vital. You, as a conservation partner, are crucial to success of the Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan (PA WAP) and, through this invitation-only  2024 Pennsylvania Fish & Wildlife Diversity Forum, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission are grateful for your input on the 2015-2025 Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan ​and, looking ahead, seek your recommendations as to how the 2025-2035 PA WAP can further advance at-risk species conservation.

Facilitated breakout groups: Through facilitated breakout groups, you will have opportunities to provide your critical input to conserve Pennsylvania's at-risk species and their habitats through 2035.​

Plenary session speakers: The plenary session will set the stage for facilitated breakout groups, featuring opening remarks by Tim Schaeffer, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Natural resource managers from the Commissions will provide insightful overviews of Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN), their habitats, and examples from two decades of positive PA WAP conservation impact across the state.

Poster session: Network with conservation colleagues during the Thursday evening poster session and social.

Door prizesThe event will culminate on Friday afternoon with a drawing for door prizes. Many thanks to several partners for their door prize contributions! (must be present to 'win'.)



Scott Weidensaul is the author of nearly 30 books on natural history, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist Living on the Wind and his latest, the New York Times bestseller A​ World on the Wing. Weidensaul is a contributing editor for Audubon and writes for a variety of other publications, including Bi​rd Watcher's Digest (BWD) and Living Bird. He is a Fellow of the American Ornithological Society and an active field researcher, studying saw-whet owl migration for more than 25 years, as well as winter hummingbirds in the East, bird migration in Alaska, and the winter movements of snowy owls through Project SNOWstorm, which he co-founded. A native of Pennsylvania, he and his wife now live in New Hampshire.

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Contacts: If you have questions, please reach-out to Diana Day, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission ( or Cathy Haffner, Pennsylvania Game Commission (


The Pennsylvania Game Commission and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission may take photographs to document this event. The agencies may use images for official purposes in presentations, reports, fact sheets, the Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan, on agency websites or other digital platforms; names of individuals appearing in the photograph will not be included. Your participation in this event is your acknowledgement and acceptance of the use of your photo by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. If you have questions, please see Diana Day or Cathy Haffner.​​

Partial funding for this project has been provided by the federal State & Tribal Wildlife Grants Program administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Northeast Regional Office.

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