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GLIN==> Fw: Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem Presentations Thursday, 11/01/01, in Chicago - You are invited

Posted on behalf of Rich Greenwood <Rich_Greenwood@fws.gov>

>               ABrown Bag@ Great Lakes Ecosystem Presentations
>       Noon - 2 p.m. November 1, 2001 - Lake Michigan Conference Room
>                     77 West Jackson Blvd.  Chicago, IL
> Stopover Sites:  A Critical Link for the Protection of Migratory Birds.
> Dave Ewert, Director of Conservation Science, The Nature Conservancy Great
> Lakes Program
> All of the hundreds of species and billions of individual migratory birds
> share at least three common traits:  they breed, migrate, and winter in
> different areas.  Habitat protection is therefore needed on the breeding
> grounds, at migratory stopover sites (both fall and spring migration) and
> on the wintering grounds.   Comparatively little attention has been
> to stopover sites so conservation strategies for stopover sites are poorly
> developed, especially for landbirds.   A framework has recently been
> developed to describe different types of stopover sites.  This framework
> will be described and then used to establish the foundation for a proposed
> study of stopover sites in greater Chicago, where stopover sites are
> to be in relatively short supply (and therefore of high conservation
> concern) because so much of the landscape has been urbanized or converted
> to agriculture.
> David Ewert is Director of Conservation Science with the Great Lakes
> Program of The Nature Conservancy and an Adjunct Associate Professor at
> Central Michigan University.  He received a B.S. (1970) from the
> of Michigan and  Ph.D. (1978) from The City University of New York.  Since
> receiving his Ph.D. he has taught at Central Michigan University, where he
> helped establish a program in Conservation Biology, and served as Director
> of Science and Stewardship for both the Iowa and Michigan chapters of The
> Nature Conservancy.  He has developed expertise in fire management,
> area management, and worked cooperatively with agencies, corporations and
> academic institutions on topics ranging from forest and invasive weed
> management to research programs focused on the ecology and distribution of
> migratory birds.  His post-doctoral research has been primarily in
> and the West Indies, where he has collaborated with faculty from Central
> Michigan University, Connecticut College and the International Institute
> Tropical Forestry on bird distribution relative to habitat and food
> availability during the winter and migration
> Nearshore Benthos Studies: Western Lake Erie; Ahead of the Others in
> Recovery?  Don W. Schloesser, Fisheries Scientist, Biological Resources
> Division of the U.S. Geological Survey, Great Lakes Science Center
> Sentinel indicator species are becoming increasing useful primarily
> they are easy to understand and generally cost less than biodiversity
> integrated indices. One sentinel taxon, burrowing mayfly nymphs, have
> recently returned to western Lake Erie and studies indicate that the
> was predictable based on the impact of dreissenid mussels and their
> to de-eutrophy waters in Europe. Several studies will be briefly described
> and a possible mechanism to predict future returns of nymphs to other
> waters in the Great Lakes will be discussed.
> Don W. Schloesser is a fisheries scientist with the Biological Resources
> Division of the U.S. Geological Survey at the Great Lakes Science Center
> located on north campus of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor,
> He received a B.S.(1974) and M.S.(1976)in fisheries and limnology from
> Michigan State University East Lansing, Michigan. For the past 25 years
> has performed habitat and fishery research aimed at protecting water
> quality and utilizing fishes of the Laurentian Great Lakes. His research
> interests have been intense and varied. He has published over 50
> peer-reviewed research papers and 30 reports, performed editorial duties
> for journals, and co-edited a book about exotic species. Through his
> expertise of zebra mussels Don has helped shape regional and national
> environmental policy concerning exotic species. Although Don is best known
> for his work with exotic species he has a broad research background
> including; macrozoobenthos, aquatic botany, fish predation, habitat
> restoration, water and substrate quality, taxonomy, and aerial
> In early 1990, Don predicted the return of burrowing mayflies to Lake Erie
> and has devoted much of the past decade to examining the return of
> burrowing mayflies to waters of the Great Lakes.
> An Update on the Status of the Great Lakes Piping Plover.  Jack
> Great Lakes Piping Plover Coordinator, Region 3 of the U.S. Fish and
> Wildlife Service.
> The Great Lakes population of the piping plover remains one of the most
> endangered species in the Great Lakes.  Although numbers continue to
> increase, recent counts identified only 32 breeding pairs.  In light of
> current status of the species, various federal, state and local agencies
> have come together to help recover the species.  A number of conservation
> and recovery activities are underway, along with continued recovery
> planning.  The current population status will be discussed, along with an
> update on recovery planning, research and critical habitat designation.
> Jack Dingledine received his B.A. in Biology from Hiram College in Ohio
> his Masters Degree in Wildlife Ecology from Michigan State University,
> where he investigated the effects of select forest management practices on
> non-game birds.  Before coming the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in July
> of 2000, he worked in private consulting on projects relating to
> species, contaminants and wetlands. He is currently located in East
> Lansing, Michigan and is the Great Lakes Piping Plover Coordinator in
> Region 3 of the Service.
> (See attached file: 11-01Presentations.wpd)