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North America Section

SCB's North America Section represents much of the North American region, including Canada and the United States. However, Mexico is included within SCB's Latin America and Caribbean (LACA) Section.  The North America section is the largest of the Society's seven regional Sections. The North America Section has an active policy committee and dozens of 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. 

Find more information on the section's work at the SCBNA blog.


The 2016 North America Congress for Conservation Biology will take place in Madison, Wisconsin on July 17-20. For news on NACCB2016 as it becomes available, visit the SCBNA Blog.

The venue for NACCB2016 will be the beautiful Monona Terrace Convention Center, designed to be a “dream civic center” by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1938, connecting Madison’s capital square to the shore of Lake Monona.

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

2014 NACCB meeting in Missoula, MT

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.  

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 NACCB2012. 

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