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Saturday, February 23
 

9:00am

10:15am

Adventures with Endangered and Formerly Endangered Plant Species rms. 33, 34Stephen Packard Amphibian Community Dynamics, Health, and Stress Response to Oak Woodland Restoration rm. 21Allison Sacerdote-Velat An Exploration of Wildlife-Inspired Awe rm. 47Dr. Jonathan Hicks Artecito: Art Creation that Deepens Environmental Understanding rms. 54, 56, 58Eduardo Camacho • Luis Crespo • Alma Dominguez • Ali Schneiderman Birds in the Garden: Tips for Creating and Enjoying a Bird Oasis rm. 45Pam Karlson Creating a Forum to Discuss Urban Green Space Through the Lens of Community Health and Safety rms. 40, 41Forrest Cortes • Dan Fulwiler • Jennifer Idrovo • Gladiz Nava • Adela Perez • Julia Vega Empowering Youth, the Culturally Relevant Way! rms. 52, 53Nataly Hernandez • Robb Telfer • Si Yuan Ye • Angelique Acevedo • Hannah Huang • Julian Lara • Yoalix Melendez • Justin Tran • Karina Garcia • Aasia Mohammad Geology of the Chicago Region rms. 23-32David Dolak • Lorrie Ward Identification of Shorebirds and Their Distribution in the Chicago Area rm. 44Geoff Williamson Oak Ecosystem Restoration: Using Historical Forest Dynamics to Inform Management for a Resilient Future rm. 22M. Ross Alexander • Christine Rollinson • Bethany Zumwalde Shinrin-yoku: Connect with the Wild Things in Nature and You rm. 46Jodi Trendler Social Media: The Modern Digital Ecosystem rm. 50Amy Calhoun SPLIT SESSION: Inspiring Help and Community Engagement / The Friends of Cook County Forest Preserves rms. 55,57Patrcia Hayes • Eriko Kojima • Radhika Miraglia • Hillary Peters The Climate Reality Project: Climate Advocacy in the Midwest rms. 42, 43Lucia H Whalen The Fruits of Our Labor rm. 51Kelly Schultz Urban Ecology on Chicago's South Lakefront rm. 48Alyssa Ayen • Luis Cabrales • Jacob Campbell • Nataly Diaz • Michelle Giles • Brittany Janney • Jackson Yow • Monica Zakariya You Don't Know What You've Got 'Til Its Gone—Protecting the Natural Land of Illinois rm. 49Arthur Pearson

11:15am

Advocating for Bird-Friendly Buildings in the Chicago Area rms. 54, 56, 58CARL GIOMETTI • Claire Halpin • Annette Prince • Allison Sloan Bumble Bee Biology, Identification, Decline, and Conservation rms. 23-32Brittany Buckles • Stephanie Frischie • Terry Miesle • Alan J. Molumby • Tomasz Przybylowicz Chicago Nature: Spreading the Good Word rm. 48Mike MacDonald Dismantling Climate Deniers' Arguments rm. 45Julie Sacco Effective Use of Social Media for Stewards and Conservation Organizations rm. 44Brian Basilico • Jim Cudney • Caitlynn Martinez-McWhorter • April M. Williams Implementing Regional Standardization of Ecological Restoration Practices: Working together to train volunteers in invasive species management and leadership rms. 40, 41Kurt Dreisilker • Trinity Pierce Lessons on Propagating Rare Plants rm. 21Luke Dahlberg • Kelly Schultz • Rob Sulski Models of Early Childhood Education on Public Lands rm. 49Robin Cline • Jessica Fong • Emilian Geczi • Eileen Prendergast • Teresa Weed PHNRC - How We Created a Successful Stewardship Organization rms. 55,57John Kamysz • Edward Madden • Seth Marcus • Jill Moskal • Dana Sievertson • agnes wojnarski Programa ProTEJA: A Partnership for the Conservation of Nature and Empowerment of Communities rm. 51Amanda Benitez • Gregoria Marquez • Silvia Montoya • Maria de Jesus Garcia • Maria de Lourdes Martinez • Maria Herrera • Ana Ruiz Perez • Ali Schneiderman SPLIT SESSION: Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Outreach / Lake Michigan Meteorite Hunt (The Aquarius Project!) rm. 46Marc Fries • Jennika Greer • Mark Hammergren • Philipp Heck • Greg Hitzroth • Shane Larson • Philip Willink SPLIT SESSION: Assessing The Chicago Area’s Contribution to Broader-scale Grassland Bird Conservation Efforts / The Effects of Bison Reintroduction on Grassland Bird Nest Success in Tallgrass Prairie rm. 22Heather Herakovich • Jim Herkert SPLIT SESSION: Keeping Crown Vetch, Teasel and Purple Loosestrife at Bay at a High-Quality Preserve / Callery Pear: The Invasive Trojan Horse rm. 47Patrcia Hayes • Eriko Kojima SPLIT SESSION: Secretive Marsh Birds in the Big City / Cook County's Swamp Chicken… AKA the King Rail rms. 52, 53Anastasia Rahlin • Charles Rizzo SPLIT SESSION: The Past, Present, and Future of TreeKeepers / Project Quercus: Conserving Oaks on Private Land in McHenry County rm. 50Lisa Haderlein • Al De Reu SPLIT SESSION: Wetland Birds and Hybrid Cattail Invasion / Nature Boardwalk: A Naturalized Ecosystem for Native Chicago Wildlife / Is Urbanization Impacting the Sex Ratio of Painted Turtles in Lake County, IL? rms. 42, 43Kurtis Himmler • Jazmin Rios • John Vanek The Tallgrass Prairie: Grocery Store, Apothecary, and Love Shop rms. 33, 34Cindy Crosby

12:30pm

Environmental Protection Through Stand-up Comedy rms. 33, 34Ryan Anderson • Nick Lucas Evidence-based hope for the future: The human population bottleneck & conservation reserves as re-wilding centers rm. 22Ray Dybzinski From a Cup to the Community: How Monarch Butterflies Have Migrated Into the Hearts of Chicago Families rm. 49Liza Fischel • Sean Shaffer Hackmatack NWR - Case Study rm. 48Steven Byers • Vince Mosca Interpreting Nature through Song rm. 51Diane Greening Lessons of Past and Future rm. 44Elwood Dumke • Renee Gracon • Stacey Libra Many Hands Make Light Work: A Zone Concept for Habitat Restoration Projects rm. 21Matthew Bucher • Matthew Evans • James Hensel • Peter Kim • Eriko Kojima • Linda Masters • John McMartin • Stephen Packard • Stephanie Place • Sai Ramakrishna • Russell Sala • Paul Swanson Music and Nature: Facilitating a Nature Jam rms. 40, 41Adam Kessel One Earth Film Mini-Fest: Media for Conservation and Social Change rms. 54, 56, 58Ana Garcia Doyle Plant Love Stories LIVE@Wild Things rms. 52, 53Mallika Nocco • Rebecca Barak Prairie Reverie: What Does the Word Prairie Mean in Post-prairie Illinois? rm. 45Jack Shouba Telling The Conservation Story - Best Practices In Traditional and Social Media rm. 46Stacina Stagner • Gelasia Croom • Brandon Hayes • Vera Leopold The Epic of the Chicago Bioregion rm. 47Jacob Speer Vibrant Communities—People & Nature; A Listening and Engagement Session rms. 42, 43Mark Bouman • lorena lopez • Laura Milkert • Laura Reilly

1:30pm

Bird Migration Around Chicago: Spatial and Temporal Variability rms. 33, 34Douglas F. Stotz Bison and People on the Northeast Illinois Prairie rm. 22Joe Wheeler Building Green Connections in Your Community rm. 47Renae Frigo Busse Muskie rm. 50Michael Feldmann • Steve Silic Community Outreach and Chicago Park District Nature Centers rm. 51Teishetta Daniel • Amaris Alanis Ribeiro Conservation Areas Mapping in the ON TO 2050 Regional Plan rms. 55,57Brian Daly Converting to Prairie with Everyone Watching rm. 21Eric S. Anderson • Mike Nowak Evaluating Youth Environmental Awareness and Stewardship Programs: the Why and the How rm. 46Debra Williams • Vidya Venkataramanan Everything Soil I: Forest Soils rms. 23-32Meghan Midgley Lake Michigan Bluff and Ravine Restoration rm. 49Joe Krischon • Dave Neu Linking Ecosystems, Crossing Boundaries: The Barrington Greenway Initiative rms. 52, 53Kevin Scheiwiller Native Seed Mix Design rm. 44Kaitlyn O'Connor Protecting Piping Plovers in the Great Lakes rms. 42, 43Sarah Saunders Restoring Landscapes at Scale rm. 45Chip O'Leary • Troy Showerman SPLIT SESSION: Spring Peepers: A Voice for Habitat Restoration / Biodiversity Research and Monitoring at LUREC (Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus), Woodstock, IL rms. 40, 41Dr. Roberta Lammers Campbell • Susan Lawrence • Stephen Mitten What's So Funny About Chicago Wilderness? rm. 48Vijay Bhargava Wild Zones: Redesigning Chicago’s Landscape Ordinance rms. 54, 56, 58Conor O'Shea

2:10pm

Birds as a Connection to Nearby Nature rm. 49John Cawood • Lillian Holden Building a Vibrant Stewardship Community: Our Adventures at Somme rms. 54, 56, 58Eriko Kojima Climate Change: A Tale for Our Time rm. 46Cynthia Linton • Gregory Rajsky Conservation@Home – Going Beyond Our Borders rms. 52, 53Nina Baki • Val Kehoe Foundation of the Prairie: Soil Biology and Function rm. 22Elizabeth Bach Frogs and Toads of the Chicago Region rms. 33, 34Matt Hokanson From Prairies to Rain Gardens: Climate Change Adaptation for Chicago Wilderness Grasslands rm. 47Abigail Derby Lewis • Katherine Moore Powell • Douglas F. Stotz Grant Funding Options for Illinois Natural Areas from Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation rms. 55,57Brekke Bounds • Jolie Krasinski Measuring the Sustainability Benefits of Urban Agriculture: A Case Study rms. 40, 41John Zahina-Ramos Of Oak Trees and Little Animals rm. 21Thomas Simpson Restoring Multi-Layered Habitat in a Migrant Bird Hotspot rm. 44Judith Pollock • Jeff Skrentny • Derek Ziomber The Battle for Our Wetlands: How to use Warrior Sedges to Fight Against Wetland Invasives rms. 23-32Kevin Scheiwiller The Nuts and Bolts of Community Engagement rm. 51Annette Anderson The Prairie Sings to Me: City Poets Write of the Country rm. 50Paul Durica The State of Chicago Wilderness Grasslands and their Management rms. 42, 43Jim Herkert • Daniel Suarez Where Do Blue-spotted Salamanders Spend the Summer? rm. 48Karen Glennemeier Wild Indigo Nature Explorations: A Model Framework for Building Culturally-Resonant Programs in Collaboration with Communities of Color rm. 45Sanaa Green • Charmeise Jackson • Carina Ruiz

2:50pm

Beetles, Spiders and Mites Oh-My: An Introduction to Entomology and its Use in Restoration and Educational Efforts in Chicago Wilderness rm. 22J. Cristian Martinez Bobcat—Illinois' Native Cat rms. 23-32Christopher Jacques • Jennifer Kuroda Broadening the Base: Community Outreach and Engagement rms. 42, 43Nina Baki • Brandon Hayes • Mila Marshall Climate Change in the Chicago Area rm. 47Jim Angel • Jerome McDonnell Good News and Bad News rm. 49Tricia Bethke • Claudia Boothe • Piper Hodson • Eleanor Schumacher Is the Glass Half Full? The Science and Art of Science Communication rm. 44Maggie Warren Living on the Edge: Rare Plants in Ravine, Bluff, and Dune Communities rm. 46Daniella DeRose • Gretel Kiefer Love Warblers? Give Lots of Love to LaBagh! rm. 48Jeff Skrentny People, Places, and Prehistory: The Environment(s) of Metro Chicago rm. 45Clare Tolmie SPLIT SESSION: Innovative Partnership for Habitat Restoration on a Regional Scale / Transforming a 2-Acre Sedge Meadow Surrounded by Buckthorn into 90 Acres of Excellence with No Budget: It’s Called Yonder Pr... rms. 54, 56, 58Karl Gnaedinger • Melissa Grycan • Kim Kreiling • Lauren Umek The Impact of Public/Private Partnerships rms. 55,57Shelley Davis • Mike Nowak The Impact of the Approach rm. 50Debra Williams The Power of Art to Engage, Inspire & Inform rms. 52, 53Barbara Cooper • Christine Esposito The Vanishing Native Shrub Layer rms. 33, 34Kelsay Shaw Urban Dune Restoration (Re-creation) rms. 40, 41Alison Anastasio • John Henry Drake • Edward Warden • Ann Whelan Wilding the Pavement for Nature Play rm. 51Will Hudson • Christina Martin • Lea Schweitz Winter Tree and Shrub Identification rm. 21Rebecca Collings

3:30pm

A Photographic Journey of the Calumet Region rm. 44Susan Kirt Acoustic Ecology: A Socially-Engaged Sonic Arts Approach in Urban and Natural Environments rms. 42, 43Eric Leonardson Bird Conservation in the Forest Preserves of Cook County rms. 33, 34Jim Herkert • Stephen Packard • Judith Pollock • Laurel Ross Bridging the Gap Between Knowledge and Restoration Using Technology for Adaptive Management in the Fight Against Invasive Phragmites. rm. 49Will Overbeck Building A Weather-Ready Nation rm. 50Mike Bardou Cavity-nesting Birds in Chicago's Cemeteries rms. 52, 53Alexis Smith Chicago Urban Greenprint: Combining Social and Environmental Data to Determine Target Locations for Conservation in Cook County rm. 47Sarah Hagen • John Legge Discussing the New Illinois Fires Accomplished Map: What Gets Measured Gets Done rms. 54, 56, 58Dave Hoffman • Bill Kleiman Friends of the Chicago River: A Q&A on How to Build an Environmental Organization rms. 55,57Margaret Frisbie • Andrew Herrmann Healing People and the Planet rm. 46Dani Abboud • Catherine Game I Don't See as Many Butterflies as I Used To. Is This Statement Really True? rm. 22Allen Lawrance • Doug Taron iNaturalist Workshop rm. 45cassi saari Mosses of the Chicago Region: What Little We Know, and Where We Go rms. 23-32Edward Warden Oak Roots: Their Life From Acorn to Oak Tree rm. 21Connor Shaw On the Banks of the (Pre-Contact) Little Calumet rm. 48Melissa Baltus The Driftless Reader: Exploring a Literature of Place rm. 51Curt Meine Women in Conservation rms. 40, 41Melina Frezados

4:10pm

A Day in the Life of a Field Biologist rms. 33, 34Chris Benda Community Science - Stories from All-Star Bird Monitors rms. 40, 41Stephanie Beilke • Diane Hicks I love the Trash Forest: Invading Invaded Woodlands rms. 55,57Alex Enarson-Hering • Sol Hinami-Mayorga • Kathleen Soler People and Places: the Foundation for the Evolution of Ecological Restoration in the Midwest rm. 49Christian Lenhart • Rocky Smiley SPLIT SESSION: Baltimore Checkerspots Are Remarkable: Mark and Recapture Study and Habitat Restoration for One of the Iconic Butterflies in the Chicago Region / Using Radio Telemetry to Monitor Movements of Common... rm. 47Jared Bilak • Liza Lehrer • Jessica Prince • Gregory Rajsky • Tom Velat • Philip Willink SPLIT SESSION: Distribution of Flying Squirrels in DuPage County / White-tailed Deer in the Chicago Area rm. 21Brian Kraskiewicz • Michael Neri SPLIT SESSION: Habitat Potential of Post-industrial Landscapes / Novel Ecosystems : What's All the Fuss About? rm. 22Alison Anastasio • Thomas Simpson • Lauren Umek SPLIT SESSION: Headwater Streams - An Aquatic Menagerie in your Neighborhood or Backyard / Plum Creek Stream Restoration: Lessons Learned from Six Years of Planning, Engineering, and Permitting that Led to Thirty... rm. 46Ders Anderson • Josh Arrigoni • Laura Barghusen • Aaron Feggestad • Chip O'Leary • Zach Taylor SPLIT SESSION: How to Monitor 2500 Shrubs Planted by Volunteers in an Urban Forest Preserve—A Learning Experience / Rapid Floristic Quality Assessment as a Stewardship Tool rms. 52, 53Jamie Doherty • Mark Hauser • Linda Marton SPLIT SESSION: Pilot Study on the Importance of Patch Size to Urban Monarch Butterfly Larval Survivorship / Can Suburbs and Small Towns Save the Monarch Butterfly? / Monarch Moms: Cultures of Ecological Care in... rm. 45Mark Johnston • Alexis Winter SPLIT SESSION: Singing Insect Range Boundaries / Diversity and Ecology of Pollinator Flies in Chicago Area rm. 50Alan J. Molumby • Carl Strang SPLIT SESSION: Understanding Ecological Corridors Along the Chicago River System / Lessons Learned in Grassland and Wetland Restoration with a Bird Habitat Focus rm. 44Rebecca Collings • Andrew Donakowski • Linda Masters • Heidi Natura • Judith Pollock SPLIT SESSION: Writing Urban Nature: Engaging the City Landscape in the Field and Online / Beasts of the Page and Pavement: Natural History, Both Imagined and Real rms. 54, 56, 58Michael Bryson • Liam Heneghan • Gavin Van Horn The Bees of the Southern Lake Michigan Region and Their Ecological Significance rms. 23-32Laura Rericha-Anchor The Food System Chain Game rm. 51Rachel Kimpton Turning Buckthorn Into Toys and Kids Into Stewards rms. 42, 43Sean Shaffer • Sarah Sheldon Urban Symbiosis: A Discussion on the Impact of Natural Areas’ Stewardship on Human Communities rm. 48Forrest Cortes • Katie Flores • Carla Lents • Ann Whelan

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