Monday, September 7, 2009

Watchable Wildlife Conference

The 18th Annual Watchable Wildlife Conference will be held at the Golden Inn in Avalon, New Jersey, October 6-8, 2009.

The conference is sponsored by Watchable Wildlife, Inc., New Jersey DEP's Division of Fish & Wildlife, New Jersey Division of Travel & Tourism, New Jersey Audubon Society, Conserve Wildlife Foundation, and the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions.

The Watchable Wildlife Conference is the premier meeting of wildlife and tourism professionals in North America.

Holding the conference in New Jersey this year provides a great opportunity to participate in detailed sessions , which demonstrate how local communities and businesses can capitalize on the wildlife tourism trend. This conference is a rare chance to meet and talk with national and New Jersey's leading wildlife managers, business owners, authors and tourism marketing professionals in the field of wildlife/nature tourism.

This year's focus will be Nature Tourism as an Economic Stimulus: Keeping it Local. Speakers at this year's conference include Peter Dunne, Author and Director of the Cape May Bird Observatory, Michael G. Ensch, Chief of Operations & Regulatory for the US Army Corps of Engineers, and Steve Atzert, US Fish and Wildlife Service Refuge Manager, Edwin B. Forsythe NWR.

Recent reports show people are traveling to their National Parks, State Parks and local natural areas more than ever. Now is the time to learn how to benefit from your community's natural capital. Please join us in Avalon for the Watchable Wildlife Conference and pass the word along about this special event in New Jersey!

The Golden Inn Hotel & Conference Center will be the host site. Reduced conference rates including government per diems have been arranged. For more information visit the Golden Inn site at . Conference registration is $350 and includes most meals. A special one-day rate of $125 for professionals and $90 for students is available.

Visit the conference website at for more information and to register.