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Water and Aquatic Ecosystems [clear filter]
Saturday, February 23
 

11:15am CST

SPLIT SESSION: Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Outreach / Lake Michigan Meteorite Hunt (The Aquarius Project!)
Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Outreach
Greg Hitzroth, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and Illinois Natural History Survey 
Dumping aquariums, planting invasive species, transporting aquatic weeds on boats, and releasing live bait are ways people have introduced and spread aquatic invasive species (AIS). Outreach emphasizing changes in hobbyist behaviors is an effective way to mitigate AIS impacts. This presentation will focus on AIS prevention education efforts with an emphasis on the importance of partnerships.

Lake Michigan Meteorite Hunt (The Aquarius Project!)
Philip Willink, The Aquarius Project; Chris Bresky, Adler Planetarium; Marc Fries, NASA; Mark Hammergren, Adler Planetarium; Shane Larson, Northwestern; Philipp Heck, Field Museum; Jennika Greer, Field Museum
On February 6, 2017, a meteor streaked over Chicago, exploding into thousands of bits that rained down into Lake Michigan. In the first collaborative scientific effort among Adler Planetarium, Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and NASA, we are using weather radar, ROVs, and a specially designed magnetic sled to attempt to retrieve meteorites from hundreds of feet below the surface of Lake Michigan.

Presenters
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Jennika Greer

Field Museum
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Mark Hammergren

Adler Planetarium
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Philipp Heck

Field Museum
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Greg Hitzroth

AIS Outreach Specialist, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and Illinois Natural History Survey
Aquatic Invasive Species
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Shane Larson

Northwestern
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Philip Willink

The Aquarius Project


Saturday February 23, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm CST
rm. 46

1:30pm CST

Busse Muskie
In 2007, Muskellunge were introduced to the Main Pool of Busse Reservoir in order to provide the common angler with the opportunity to fish for a top predatory game fish in a local Forest Preserve fishing lake. Come learn with us as we dive into this unique urban setting of Muskie management, exploring the challenges and triumphs of population surveys, stocking, telemetry, and salvage operations.

Presenters
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Michael Feldmann

Fisheries Technician, Forest Preserves of Cook County
Hello! My Name is Mike Feldmann. I’m the Fisheries Technician for the Forest Preserves of Cook County. I have been with the Preserves for almost 5 years. I received my bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies from Northeastern Illinois University.  Before working with the Forest... Read More →
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Steve Silic

Chief Fisheries Biologist, Forest Preserves of Cook County
Steve Silic graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology in 2002, and a Master’s Degree in Molecular Biology in 2006. He has been with the Forest Preserves of Cook County since 2000, working at various FPCC Nature Centers, and... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm CST
rm. 50

2:10pm CST

Frogs and Toads of the Chicago Region
This presentation is about the 13 species of frogs and toads that exist in the Chicago Region. It talks about their mating calls, habitat and behaviors. It delves a little into the history of some species as well as the Calling Frog Survey protocols.

Presenters
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Matt Hokanson

Woods to Wetlands and Spring Creek Stewards


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:10pm - 2:40pm CST
rms. 33, 34

4:10pm CST

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 Days of Construction
Headwater Streams - An Aquatic Menagerie in your Neighborhood or Backyard
Ders Anderson and Laura Barghusen, Openlands
Headwater streams, those 2500+ small 1st and 2nd order creeks spread throughout the Chicago Wilderness region, are potentially full of hidden aquatic biodiversity just waiting for you to be the first to explore, discover, and report on. If you are restoring or stewarding terrestrial habitats, learn how to include the amazing aquatic biodiversity in those little creeks on your site.

Plum Creek Stream Restoration:  Lessons Learned from Six Years of Planning, Engineering, and Permitting that Led to Thirty Days of Construction  
Zach Taylor, Friends of the Forest Preserves; Josh Arrigoni and Aaron Feggestad, Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.; Chip O’Leary, Forest Preserves of Cook County
The idea was to restore 1,150 bank feet of Plum Creek by pulling back a heavily channelized and eroding slope, protecting banks, and creating in-stream pools.  Turns out it wasn’t that simple.  “I guess you can’t do stream projects in Cook County” was a phrase uttered by all.  Extensive and costly permitting coupled with ballooning cost had us considering options for returning grant money.

Presenters
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Ders Anderson

Openlands
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Josh Arrigoni

Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.
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Laura Barghusen

Aquatic Ecologist, Openlands
Laura Barghusen is an Aquatic Ecologist at Openlands, a non-profit located in Chicago that protects the natural and open spaces of northeastern Illinois and the surrounding region. Laura works to improve access to northeastern Illinois Water Trails and to encourage education and stewardship... Read More →
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Aaron Feggestad

Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.
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Chip O'Leary

Deputy Director of Resource Management, Forest Preserves of Cook County
Chip O’Leary is the Deputy Director for Resource Management at the Forest Preserves of Cook County. He has been a restoration ecologist in the Chicago Wilderness Region for 20 years. He has worked on large-scale prairie and wetland restorations and revitalization of oak savannas... Read More →
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Zach Taylor

Friends of the Forest Preserves


Saturday February 23, 2019 4:10pm - 4:55pm CST
rm. 46