We have an exciting three days planned for our 2019 Annual Chapter Meeting (http://chapter.ser.org/midwestgreatlakes/current-meeting/) that will include:
Keynote Presentation by Laura Jackson (University of Northern Iowa’s Tallgrass Prairie Center). Recruiting New Allies to Restore the Tallgrass Prairie Ecosystem.
Plenary Session on Pollinator Habitat Restoration at Multiple Spatial Scales. Sarah Foltz Jordan (Xerces Society), Seana Godbold (Iowa Department of Transportation), and Dana Kellogg (Linn County Conservation) will share their thoughts on pollinator habitat restoration in the Midwest at spatial scales ranging from regionally across the Midwestern United States to locally within Iowa.
Meeting Host Plenary Session on Small College – Big Project: The First Seven Years of the Prairies For Agriculture Project. Faculty, alumni, and students involved in Central College’s Prairies For Agriculture Project will give a “Posters in the Prairie” session describing results of research conducted during the first seven years of this long-term project. Topics to be discussed include mowing, droughts, bees, plant bullies, Monarch butterflies, and more.
Choice of one of four symposia: 1) Overcoming barriers to ecological restoration on farms for soil, water, and wildlife in the upper Midwest; 2) Incorporating fire research into land management and restoration work across the Midwest; 3) Innovative science communication to build connections in restorations; 4) Working lands: innovative framework to expand and improve ecological restoration in the Midwest
Choice of one of three workshops: 1) On-farm pollinator habitat restoration using organic site preparation methods; 2) Employing innovative quality assurance strategies in ecological restoration – a workshop on best practices in conducting quality control field checks during restoration monitoring; and 3) Introduction to identification of bees found within the Midwest.
59 Contributed Oral and Poster Presentations: We currently have presenters from 12 states (Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Virginia) and Canada who will share their experiences involving prairie, forest, savanna, stream, wetland, and lake restoration. Presentation topics include invasive species control, use of prescribed fire, evaluating restoration techniques, overviews of restoration designs, and more!
Choice of two of four field trips: 1) Prairie and Savana restoration at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge; 2) Restoration at the DeCook Bison Ranch; 3) 25 Years of Oak Savanna Restoration at the Snyder Heritage Farm; and 4) Marshall County Conservation Board Prairie STRIPS project site.
Social Events: Several social events are scheduled that include a student social on Thursday evening, a sponsorship reception on Friday, lunch on Friday and Saturday, breakfast on Saturday, and a no-host social on Saturday
Meeting updates will be periodically posted on our social media accounts and our Chapter website. We encourage everyone to join us to learn about recent research findings, novel restoration techniques, and the chance to socialize with your colleagues.
Pre-approved for 6 CECs under SER's CERP program.