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Southeastern Wisconsin Conservation Summit convenes at Forest Beach

November 19, 2019  |  Topics: Events

From Western Great Lakes Bird & Bat Observatory

The third annual Southeastern Wisconsin Conservation Summit was held on Nov 1-2 at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve. The Summit is an opportunity for researchers, land managers, and others to talk about their on-going projects. This year’s event featured 27 speakers, presenting on diverse topics like remnant oak ecosystems, the Motus wildlife tracking system, Wisconsin’s Bumble Bee Brigade, reducing bird strikes on buildings, mapping stream habitat, amphibian decline, and mussel monitoring. [Eddee Daniel, Project Director of “A Wealth of Nature,” was among the speakers. See addendum below.]

More than 180 people attended the two-day event. New this year was outreach to students in the form of resume’ coaching and of break-out sessions where students could ask questions about professional development of people already working in conservation and environmental fields. More than 70 students took advantage of these opportunities.

The Observatory Board thanks everyone who attended, and especially those who shared their knowledge and expertise so generously. For making this year’s Summit possible, we also thank our Platinum sponsors, the We Energies Foundation, Milwaukee County Parks, and the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust; Gold sponsor Horicon Bank; Silver sponsors, Country Inn and Suites and Charter Steel; and Bronze sponsors, Thompson & Associates Wetland Services, Friends of the Cedarburg Bog, Sherpers, and the Milwaukee Area Land Conservancy.

Addendum: Eddee Daniel represented Preserve Our Parks at the conference and gave an update about the project, A Wealth of Nature. His presentation emphasized the many blog posts to The Natural Realm by our project partner organizations, including Mequon Nature Preserve, Milwaukee County Parks, Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, Waukesha County Parks, MMSD, and Waukesha County Land Conservancy. Click the links to read those blog posts.

This article was reprinted with permission from Western Great Lakes Bird & Bat Observatory Nov/Dec newsletter. WGLBBO is a partner organization to A Wealth of Nature. Photographs by Nancy Hintz.

Eddee Daniel is available to make presentation to your group or organization. For more information or to book a presentation, go to our “request a speaker” page.

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