Bird City representatives should act now to attend the second annual Southeastern Wisconsin Conservation Summit. The two-day conference will take place at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve in Ozaukee County on Nov. 2-3, 2018, and registration is open now.
The two-day conference, organized by the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory, is designed to foster regional collaboration and networking by providing opportunities to meet and listen to the people who are conducting terrific conservation work in southeastern Wisconsin.
The 2018 summit will include more than 40 speakers -- including Chuck Hagner, the director of Bird City Wisconsin -- and focus on subjects of high interest to Bird City communities.
Topics on the agenda include Bird City Wisconsin as a model and inspiration, orchid conservation, phragmites control, stream-bank and bluff erosion, and Kirtland's Warbler recovery efforts.
Speakers will talk about monitoring deer populations, toxic algae in Milwaukee's Juneau Park lagoon, citizen-based monitoring of rusty patch bumblebees and other wildlife, and control of invasive plant species, as well as bird banding, Great Lakes shoreline conservation, bird collisions and urban architecture, the Monarch Collaborative, and more.
Representatives from local government agencies, the American Bird Conservancy, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Nature Conservancy, and other speakers will give 15-minute presentations grouped by theme into sessions that will allow time for questions from the audience.
Posters will also be displayed throughout both days of the conference. Attendees will have a chance to chat with poster authors during a 90-minute poster session on Friday afternoon.
Attendees will be able to continue their conversations and socialize from 6 to 8:30 Friday evening at the Iron Hog Saloon, a country-themed tavern and restaurant just a mile west of Forest Beach Migratory Preserve at the corner of Highways LL and P.
Registration is $25 a day ($15 for students). The fee includes morning coffee, lunch, and afternoon snacks.
The 2018 Southeastern Wisconsin Conservation Summit is sponsored by the We Energies Foundation and the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, with support from Thompson & Associates Wetland Services, LLC, and Conservation Strategies Group - Joanne Kline.