About the Symposium

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

October 5-7, 2016

Partners across the Great Lakes will share current conservation thinking pertaining to the stopover movement and update existing stopover initiatives.

Overarching goal: Establishment of a regional migratory bird stopover initiative to provide a stopover conservation framework across the Great Lakes region.

Symposium objectives:

  1. Summarize all that we know about Stopover actions, accomplishments, and challenges in the Great Lakes Basin (Fig. 1.)
  2. Develop a concerted, long-term strategy to implement Stopover programs across the Great Lakes Basin that will elevate markedly the conservation emphasis of stopover habitat protection and acquisition.
  3. Identify local and regional cooperating institutions, organizations, and agencies to implement stopover programs as part of the Great Lakes-wide stopover initiative.

Fig.1. Map of the Great Lakes Basin

This event will be a prominent celebratory feature of the Centennial honoring the establishment of the first international Migratory Bird Treaty (which led to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918). The Migratory Bird Treaty, and three others that followed, form the cornerstones of our efforts to conserve birds that migrate across international borders. Visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website celebrating 100 years of migratory bird conservation to learn more about the Migratory Bird Treaty and Centennial celebrations.

Who Should Attend

We invite experts on migratory birds, stopover ecology, land protection, land management, and conservation education from the Great Lakes region and beyond to join us, including

  • Scientists from colleges, universities, and bird observatories
  • Federal and state agency scientists, educators, conservationists
  • Local government conservation staff
  • Tribal natural resource staff
  • Natural resource managers (public and private)
  • Land trust staff
  • Nature center staff
  • Staff of local, statewide, and regional non-profit conservation groups


Natural Heritage Conservation Program
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
P.O. Box 7921
101 S. Webster St.
Madison, WI 53707-7921

Phone: 608-264-8594
Email: kim.grveles@wisconsin.gov