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Wisconsin’s Wetlands: Biodiversity & Threats, Wisconsin Wetlands Association’s 11th Annual Wetland Science Forum

February 2-3, 2006, Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, Madison, WI


Detailed Program Now Available at: www.wiscwetlands.org/2006program.htm

“Early Bird” Registration Deadline: December 20, 2005

Registration form, tentative program and other details available online at: www.wiscwetlands.org/2006forum.htm

**The Nature Conservancy and Society of Wetland Scientists have made generous contributions to support student scholarships.  

    Email programs@wiscwetlands.org for more information and a scholarship application.


Join Wisconsin Wetlands Association and many other members of the wetland community for the 11th Annual Wetland Science Forum, a 2-day conference convening wetland researchers, consultants, agency staff, students, conservationists and other wetland enthusiasts from around Wisconsin and the Great Lakes Region.  Wisconsin’s Wetlands: Biodiversity and Threats is the theme of this 2-day conference, to be held February 2-3, 2006 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison.  Program highlights are noted below – visit our conference web pages for more details on these and other components of the conference program and to download a registration form



Plenary Session: Feb. 2, 9 am – 12 noon

Theme Overview

Don Reed, Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, and Jim Meeker, Northland College, will open the conference by summarizing biodiversity of and threats to different wetland community types in Wisconsin.

Keynote Address: Using Remote Sensing and GIS to Proactively Invigorate Wetlands Regulation Enforcement and Compliance

Charles Costello, Section Chief of the Wetlands Mapping Program of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, will give an overview of the MA Wetland Change Detection Project, which uses aerial image analysis to detect illegal wetland fills and enforce wetland protection regulations.  Charles will discuss how this technology can be adapted for wetland enforcement efforts in other states.

Banquet Dinner & Presentation: In Search of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker: Feb. 2, 6 pm – 9:30 pm

Jim Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of the Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center in Hastings, MN, will share his amazing experience as one of only seven individuals to have made a confirmed sighting of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker since 1944.  This woodpecker, the largest north of Mexico, inhabits bottomland hardwood forests in the southern U.S.  The recent expedition sighting these wetland-dependent birds, led by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is described in the April 19, 2005 issue of the Journal of Science.

* This ticketed event is open both to conference participants ($30) and the general public ($35). Purchase a banquet ticket with your conference registration or by calling WWA at 608-250-9971. 

Field Trips: Co-Hosted with Invasive Plants Association of Wisconsin: Feb. 3, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

·        Lake Wingra Wetlands: Invasive Species Management Planning and Control Efforts. With Friends of Lake Wingra.  Leaders: Jim Lorman, Steve Glass, Katy Wallace, Dick Lathrop, and Kelly Kearns.

·        Pheasant Branch Conservancy: A Case Study of Wetland Threats.  With Friends of Pheasant Branch. Leaders: Tom Bernthal and Pat Trochlell

·        Mitigation and Restoration: A Tale of Two Cherokee Marsh Projects.  Leaders: Perry Rossa, Cathy Bleser, Quentin Carpenter, and Russ Hefty


Wisconsin Wetlands Association encourages you to also attend Invasive Plants of Wisconsin's Wetlands: Identification and Management, which follows our conference on Saturday, February 4. This conference of the Invasive Plants Association of Wisconsin will feature practical information for wetland managers who are combating invasive plants. In addition to species-specific presentations emphasizing identification and control, IPAW conference participants may also attend an herbicide training workshop, learn about Cooperative Weed Management Areas, join field trips, and visit multiple displays and vendors.

Invasive Plants of Wisconsin's Wetlands: Identification and Management, Invasive Plants Association of Wisconsin
Saturday, February 4, 2006
Lussier Family Heritage Center, Madison, WI
For tentative program, registration, and other information, visit www.ipaw.org



Laura England

Outreach Programs Director

Wisconsin Wetlands Association

222 S. Hamilton St. #1

Madison, WI 53703

phone: 608-250-9971

fax: 608-287-1179



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