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North America Section

SCB's North America Section represents all of the North American region, primarily Canada and the United States.  It is the largest of the Society's seven regional Sections. The North America Section has an active policy committee and more than a dozen active local chapters. The North America Section plays an important role in collaborating with other science and wildlife interest groups based in North America, including collaborative meetings such as regional conservation symposiums and national transportation science conferences. 


Challenging Conservation Boundaries is the theme for the 2014 North America Congress for Conservation Biology. The meeting takes place 13-16 July 2014 in Missoula, Montana.

For up to date information on registration and other key dates, visit the NACCB website.

Check out the meeting plenary sessions, symposia, short courses, and workshops.

In July 2012, the North America Section held its first North America Congress for Conservation Biology (NACCB). Nearly 900 conservation scientists, students and professionals attended NACCB in Oakland, California. Bridging the Gap: Connecting People, Nature & Climate was the theme for the meeting, which featured dozens of social events and field trips, student awards, and a scientific program of more than 200 symposia, workshops, trainings, short courses and posters. 

USFWS displays seized items at NACCB NACCB attendees prep for presentations Europe Section Pres. Andras Baldi at NACCB

SCB founder and first president Michael Soulé spoke at the inaugural meeting in Oakland. Listen to his complete talk with author Mary Ellen Hannibal here (scroll to the 15 minute mark). You can also read his interview with Climate Watch, a blog from the public radio station KQED. Soulé talks biodiversity and urges young scientists to 'get out of the lab' and take a more proactive approach to conserving biodiversity.  

The North America Section is proud of the 2012 NACCB Student Talk Award Winners Jessica Junker, Justin Kitzes and Daniel Karp. Read more about the winning presentation here. Dozens of talks from NACCB are available for download for $10 a piece from Hungry Minds Recordings. Visit SCB's Flickr page to view photos from NACCB. 

The next North America Congress for Conservation Biology  will take July 13-17 at the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana. For general inquiries please email SCB2014

Follow the links in the sidebar or at the top of this page to learn more about the North America Section.