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Annual Meeting of the SER Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter

April 14, 2023 - April 16, 2023

$95 – $450

Please join us for the fourteenth annual meeting of the SER Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter.  Our goal is to reflect upon the joy of restoration, celebrate the long tradition of ecological restoration in the Midwest, and learn how new challenges are stimulating novel changes within the field. Our meeting agenda includes:

  • A keynote presentation: Featuring Curt Meine (The Aldo Leopold Foundation and Center for Humans and Nature) on The Courage of Our Connections: Restoration in Times of Rapid Social and Environmental Change.
  • An opening plenary session on A Confluence of People, Passion, and Place: The Past, Present, and Future of Ecological Restoration in Southern Wisconsin. Join us as Buddy Huffaker (The Aldo Leopold Foundation), Mike Mossman (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources – Retired), and Karen Oberhauser (University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum) recount the role of Southern Wisconsin in the origins of ecological restoration, how the region continues to be a leader in the field, and what we need to be thinking about so that we collectively create healthy and resilient communities for all people and all places.
  • A meeting host field tour titled A Journey in Time with the Aldo Leopold Foundation. The Leopold Center has organized a guided field tour with stops at the Leopold Shack, the second oldest prairie restoration in the world, and the 17.8 km2 Leopold-Pines Conservation Area
  • Two workshops: Designing Ecological Restoration Goals and Objectives to be Climate-Smart and Is the Enemy of My Enemy My Friend? Identifying and Reporting a Newly Arrived Garlic Mustard Specialist Aphid – Lipaphis alliarae
  • Three symposia: Monitoring and Managing Deer Impacts as Part of Ecological Restoration: Varying Challenges in Urban, Suburban, and Rural Natural Areas, Spreading the Love: Doing Restoration and Stewardship Outside of Large, Public Natural Areas, and Disturbance-Renewal Ecology: Restoration of Processes for Long-Term Ecological Integrity
  • Contributed oral presentation sessions: We currently have 38 presenters from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, New York, and Wisconsin who will share their experiences involving prairie, forest, stream, river, floodplain, and urban restoration.  Presentation topics include establishing restoration targets for urban lawns, ecological and social benefits of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, pollinator habitat restoration, and more!
  • Dedicated contributed poster session: We currently have 23 presenters from Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Virginia who will share their experiences involving prairie, forest, wetland, stream, and urban restoration.  Presentation topics include lepidopteran responses to forest restoration, fungi impacts on prairie restoration efforts, ecological restoration education, pre-project assessments of dam removal and stream restoration efforts, and more!
  • Choice of one from among four field trips: 1) Pines Wetland Restoration: Legacy and Opportunity; 2) Forty years of Restoration by the International Crane Foundation; 3) Roll on Baraboo. Roll on Again; and 4) Mąą Wakącąkra Healing of People and Place
  • A dedication ceremony for The Leopold Center
  • Social events: Several social events are scheduled that include a sponsorship reception on Friday April 14, breakfast on Saturday April 15, a boxed lunch on Friday April 14 and Saturday April 15, and a no-host social on Saturday April 15.


The Leapold Center
E13701 Levee Road
Baraboo, WI 53918 United States
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