|8:00 a.m.||Registration and continental breakfast|
|9 - 9:45 a.m.
||Keynote address: Following Flames from Prairie Bluffs to Blackwater Pines by Dr. Lytton John Musselman, Professor of Botany at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va.|
|9:45 – 10 a.m.||Break|
|10 – 10:45 a.m.||Concurrent Sessions (see list below). Three presentations run concurrently.|
|10: 45 – 11 a.m.||Break|
|11 – 11:45 a.m.||Concurrent Sessions (see list below). Three presentations run concurrently.|
|11:45 – 12 p.m.||Break|
|12:00 – 1:30 p.m.||Lunch|
|1:30 – 2:15||Concurrent Sessions (see list below). Three presentations run concurrently.|
|2:15 – 2:30||Break|
|2:30 – 3:30||Concurrent Sessions (see list below). Three presentations run concurrently.|
|3:30 – 6:00||Social hour, cash bar, Auction and raffle close at 4:30|
|6:00 – 7:00||Dinner banquet. This will consist of a pasta bar and a chocolate fountain.|
|7:00 – 8:00||Chapter updates and awards – social hour.|
10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
- Timber Rattlesnakes and Hill Prairie Management in Northeast Iowa, presented by Greg Schmidt, Private Lands Biologist, Iowa DNR.
- Prairie and Woodland Restoration Compared, presented by Stephen Packard, author of Tallgrass Restoration Handbook: for Prairies, Savannas and Woodlands.
- The Wisconsin Monarch Collaborative: A Proactive, Non-Regulatory Approach to Species Recovery presented by Brenna Jones, Conservation Biologist, Wisconsin DNR.
11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
- Turtles in Trouble: How to help local turtle populations, presented by Rebecca Christoffel, President, Snake Conservation Society & co-director of Turtles for Tomorrow.
- Restoring Conservative Species: Where ecology, economics and mythology collide, presented by Scott Weber, Bluestem Farm.
- Southwest Wisconsin Grasslands Network- engaging private landowners with impactful promotion of grasslands for wildlife, water, farms and communities, presented by Cindy Becker, Southwest Grasslands Network Coordinator, Driftless Area Land Conservancy.
1:30 – 2:15 p.m.
- Prairie Butterflies and Moths: identification, natural history, and management, presented by Armund Bartz, Driftless Area Ecologists, WI-DNR.
- Exploring Methods and efficient timing for control of invasive plants, presented by Jared Urban, WI-DNR State Natural Area Volunteer Coordinator.
- Biodiversity strategies: How staff, stewards, advocates and educators can build a culture of conservation, presented by Stephen Packard, author of Tallgrass Restoration Handbook: for Prairies, Savannas and Woodlands.
There will be two concurrent panel discussions between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.
Planting Seeds: Using programs and social media to foster a love of prairies among all generations.
Panelists will be:
- Martha Querin-Schultz, TPE Southwest Chapter Board Member and Social Media Administrator.
- Gary Eldred, TPE Director Emeritus and one of the founders of The Prairie Enthusiasts.
- Amy Chamberlain, TPE Empire-Sauk Member, and Moely Prairie Site Volunteer/Social Media Coordinator.
Common problems and solutions among conservation organizations
Panelists will be:
- Carol Abrahamzon, Executive Director, Mississippi Valley Conservancy.
- Cindy Becker, Blue Mounds Area Project (BMAP).
- Executive Director, Driftless Area Land Conservancy.
- Chris Kirkpatrick, Executive Director, The Prairie Enthusiasts.