2017 Pennsylvania
23rd Eastern Black Bear Workshop
          We are really excited about the upcoming meeting in 2017.  Please be sure to register HERE .

          The 23rd Eastern Black Bear Workshop (EBBW) will be hosted in April 2017 by the Pennsylvania Game Commission in the Laurel Highlands region of southwestern Pennsylvania. This area, situated atop the Allegheny Plateau, is home to approximately 1,300 black bear with several large public lands, a number of State Parks, and a variety of historic and cultural attractions. The website www.laurelhighlands.org provides a summary of things to see and do in the region.

Dates:  April 24-27, 2017

Location:   Antiochian Village Conference Center, 6 miles north of Ligonier, PA

Registration fee:
     Student          Before 4/1/17          After 4/1/17
     $120.00          $135.00                    $145.00

Lodging/meal package:  Includes 3 nights and 9 meals beginning with dinner on Monday through lunch on Thursday
     Single Occupancy          Double Occupancy          Triple Occupancy
     $404.49                           $316.20                              $286.77

To select a lodging and meal package, please visit the Antiochian Conference Center website HERE .

Nearest airports:  
1)  Arnold Palmer Regional Airport (LBE, 11 miles) at Latrobe, PA
2)  Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT, 69 miles) at Pittsburgh, PA

Limited airport transportation will be available for participants arriving on April 24 and departing on April 27. Availability and cost are detailed on the Antiochian Village website.

Agenda:  The 23rd EBBW will be a working session designed for biologists involved with black bear research and management. The agenda has not been finalized, but due to topics suggested at the end of the last Workshop, we plan to have sessions focused on human-bear conflict management, agency response and investigation of bear attacks, advancements in bear handling techniques, and disease in black bears.  Keep up to date with our evolving agenda HERE .

Posters:  A poster session also is planned. Poster abstracts showcasing recent work in black bear research will be accepted from July 1, 2016 through March 6, 2017. Details on poster guidelines and the required submission form are available HERE .


Mark Ternent                        Justin Brown
mternent@pa.gov                judbrow@pa.gov
(814) 625-3597                     (814) 863-8370