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Saturday, February 23

1:30pm CST

Bird Migration Around Chicago: Spatial and Temporal Variability
Nearly all bird species in the Chicago region are migratory. But migration is not monolithic: different species and guilds migrate at different times and in different parts of the region. This talk focuses on landbird migration, documenting its variability and considering how it affects our management of the landscape.


Douglas F. Stotz

Field Museum

Saturday February 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm CST
rms. 33, 34

1:30pm CST

Bison and People on the Northeast Illinois Prairie
We often have a preconceived notion of the pristine, bison-covered prairie, awaiting the arrival of Native Americans who centered their life around the herds until Euro-Americans arrived and extirpated both bison and Indians, while destroying the prairie. But is this accurate? What do the data and archaeology say about this narrative of the prairie, people and bison in Northeast Illinois?


Joe Wheeler

Archaeologist, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

Saturday February 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm CST
rm. 22

1:30pm CST

Building Green Connections in Your Community
Get creative with your connections. We often overlook many "outside the box" opportunities to collaborate with the local entities in our towns. When missions overlap, why not partner instead of compete? The Glen Ellyn Park District has worked with schools, service groups, churches, libraries, businesses, village commissions, and non-profits to offer environmental stewardship and educational opportunities.


Renae Frigo

Naturalist, Glen Ellyn Park District

Saturday February 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm CST
rm. 47

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.

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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

1:30pm CST

Community Outreach and Chicago Park District Nature Centers
Do you find it challenging to differentiate “outreach” and “marketing” while developing Community Outreach? Are you interested in finding new ways to engage volunteers or be of service to the community? Hear from Chicago Park District Nature Centers on new, practical approaches to community engagement. Learn about outreach strategies for field trips and timebanking as a method to foster exchange.


Teishetta Daniel

Chicago Park District
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Amaris Alanis Ribeiro

Center Director, North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago Park District
The North Park Village Nature Center is a public facility with 46 acres of nature preserve, open 7 days a week, and provides year-round programs that serve more than 50,000 yearly visitors. Amaris is experienced in environmental science education, coordinating community engagement... Read More →

Saturday February 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm CST
rm. 51

1:30pm CST

Conservation Areas Mapping in the ON TO 2050 Regional Plan
For the ON TO 2050 Plan, CMAP developed a conservation areas map to help stakeholders pursue policies that advance regional goals for conserving natural resources and their ecosystem services. The session will present the map, which provides spatial data on natural resources that is easy to understand and use, reflective of local priorities, and based on data that is regionwide and regularly updated.

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Brian Daly

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

Saturday February 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm CST
rms. 55,57

1:30pm CST

Converting to Prairie with Everyone Watching
When very public areas are converted from lawn to prairie, a process has begun which takes patience, public education, a different kind of maintenance, and sometimes has setbacks. Hear about common mistakes, avoidable pitfalls, strategies, and celebrated success. Sites discussed include wetlands, city parks, a golf course, brownfield conversions, and the presenter’s 7’ by 10’ curbside butterfly garden.

In this session Mike Nowak will interview Eric S. Anderson and live stream the interview on Facebook.


Eric S. Anderson

Ecologist, Cardno, Inc


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm CST
rm. 21

1:30pm CST

Evaluating Youth Environmental Awareness and Stewardship Programs: the Why and the How
Youth environmental programs are widespread but rarely evaluated systematically. How do we know how well they worked? What is their ability to change knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors? Participants will explore these questions using participatory tools, and learn how findings can be used to both improve implementation and advocate for funding. We will use examples from a pilot program in Markham, IL.

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Debra Williams

Community Outreach Coordinator, The Nature Conservancy/IBP
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Vidya Venkataramanan

Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University
Come talk to me about program evaluation, public health, community engagement and community-based research, and how all of this connects to the environment!

Saturday February 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm CST
rm. 46

1:30pm CST

Everything Soil I: Forest Soils
Soil is an amazing paradox: both alive and not alive, taking centuries to form while being very dynamic. In this presentation, I will describe the processes that created Illinois soils and highlight the organisms that shape them, with a particular focus on trees. Finally, I will demonstrate how oak ecosystem soils are altered by two common restoration techniques – prescribed fire and overstory thinning.

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Meghan Midgley

Soil Ecologist, Center for Tree Science, The Morton Arboretum
As the Soil Ecologist at The Morton Arboretum, Meghan Midgley studies plant-soil interactions in a changing world. Specifically, she aims to understand how interactions among plants, microbes, and soil mediate ecosystem-specific responses to environmental changes. Her research encompasses... Read More →

Saturday February 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm CST
rms. 23-32

1:30pm CST

Lake Michigan Bluff and Ravine Restoration
Conservation Land Stewardship, LLC has restored habitat along the Lake Michigan shoreline on bluffs and ravines utilizing fire, herbicides, and revegetation techniques. This presentation will highlight some of these interesting projects.

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Joe Krischon

Project Manager & Consultant, Conservation Land Stewardship, LLC
I have worked in ecological restoration for over 10 years and I am passionate about biodiversity conservation and finding more harmonious ways for humans to create & adapt their systems within nature.
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Dave Neu

Project Developer, Conservation Land Stewardship, LLC
I am a natural resources program and organization leader serving for over 30 years in both government and non-profit roles. My work has included native prairie and wetland restorations, wildlife management, public outreach and education, strategic partnerships, and planning.As Project... Read More →

Saturday February 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm CST
rm. 49

1:30pm CST

Linking Ecosystems, Crossing Boundaries: The Barrington Greenway Initiative
The Barrington area is at the heart of 4 counties, 6 villages, and 2 townships all with disconnected conservation plans. By forming a strategic partnership between county forest preserve districts and multiple conservation non-profits, the Barrington Greenway Initiative is making headway towards connecting and restoring thousands of acres of natural area. Learn who we are and what we are doing!


Kevin Scheiwiller

Restoration Manager, Citizens for Conservation

Saturday February 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm CST
rms. 52, 53

1:30pm CST

Native Seed Mix Design
Learn more about native seed mix design for ecological restoration from industry experts at Prairie Moon Nursery. We will go over species selection, site considerations, seeding rates, grass-to-forb ratios, seed sources, establishment trends, and more.


Kaitlyn O'Connor

Prairie Moon Nursery
Ask us about native plants for gardening or restoration!

Saturday February 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm CST
rm. 44

1:30pm CST

Protecting Piping Plovers in the Great Lakes
The shores of the Great Lakes were once home to nearly 800 pairs of Piping Plovers, a small shorebird. Today, about 75 pairs remain. Learn about research on these birds, current recovery efforts, and recent nesting attempts in the Chicago area. Color-banding has given us the opportunity to get to know individuals - hear a few stories about plovers that the researchers have come to know well!


Sarah Saunders

National Audubon Society

Saturday February 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm CST
rms. 42, 43

1:30pm CST

Restoring Landscapes at Scale
The Forest Preserves of Cook County has set a goal of restoring 30,000 acres of natural lands to ecological health. How we turned that goal into an action plan and began restoration on the ground at scale is explored. Some early results are in and lessons learned are presented.

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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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Troy Showerman

Resource Project Manager, Forest Preserves of Cook County
Troy has more than 8 years of professional experience in ecological and habitat restoration, project management, and environmental consulting. As an ecological contractor, he has worked with private landowners, corporations and businesses, park districts, and forest preserve districts... Read More →

Saturday February 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm CST
rm. 45

1:30pm CST

SPLIT SESSION: Spring Peepers: A Voice for Habitat Restoration / Biodiversity Research and Monitoring at LUREC (Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus), Woodstock, IL
Spring Peepers: A Voice for Habitat Restoration
Susan Lawrence, Northern Illinois University
Spring Peepers are small treefrogs; their populations are highly fragmented in NE Illinois. To evaluate ponds, abiotic and biotic parameters were measured at sites with and without Peepers throughout NE Illinois. Canopy openness and emergent vegetation were all significantly higher at sites with Peepers in summer. Management efforts that open canopies above ponds are beneficial for Peeper populations.

Biodiversity Research and Monitoring at LUREC (Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus), Woodstock, IL
Stephen Mitten and Dr. Roberta Lammers Campbell, Loyola University Chicago
We present the results of biological research and monitoring projects at LUREC the past 6 years.


Dr. Roberta Lammers Campbell

Curator Emerita, Loyola University Chicago
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Susan Lawrence

Northern Illinois University

Stephen Mitten

Loyola University Chicago

Saturday February 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm CST
rms. 40, 41

1:30pm CST

What's So Funny About Chicago Wilderness?
Everyone knows that restoration is serious work, right? But all work and no play doesn’t just make a restorationist dull, it kills the potential for discovery and flexibility. Learn how to lighten up with a professional improv group who will help you improve your workday effectiveness through fun and effective warm-up exercises that actors use to stay alert and in-the-moment. Have fun out there!


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm CST
rm. 48

1:30pm CST

Wild Zones: Redesigning Chicago’s Landscape Ordinance
This presentation will summarize a fall 2018 graduate landscape architecture design studio at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that imagines new opportunities for urban wildlife in Chicago’s municipal landscape ordinance.


Conor O'Shea

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Saturday February 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm CST
rms. 54, 56, 58