Symposium Schedule – DRAFT

Activities will take place at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center unless otherwise specified. Shuttle service will be available each day from Four Points Sheraton Hotel to SANC in the morning and from Schlitz Audubon Nature Center to Four Points Sheraton in the afternoon. Transportation to field trip locations will also be provided.

Now available for download – a quick guide of the Symposium Schedule including sessions, shuttle times, and field trips.

Day 1 – Wednesday, October 5

Check-in and Socialize (8:00-9:00 AM)
Coffee and Tea available

Opening Plenary Session (Auditorium)

WELCOME (9:00-9:15 AM)
Don Quintenz
Senior Ecologist
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

Sumner Matteson
Avian Ecologist, Wisconsin Stopover Initiative
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Title:  Restoration and Reciprocity: Finding common ground between scientific and traditional knowledges
Abstract: Traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) of indigenous peoples is increasingly being recognized by scientists and policy makers as a potential source of ideas for emerging models of sustainability, conservation biology and ecological restoration. TEK has value not only for the wealth of ecological information it contains, but for the cultural framework of respect, reciprocity and responsibility in which it is embedded. This talk will explore how TEK and the indigenous philosophies of reciprocity might guide the science of ecological restoration. The indigenous concept of the “honorable harvest” provides a framework for expressing reciprocity between land and people. Ecological restoration is a vital element in the exercise of reciprocity in which humans actively participate in the well-being of the land. Finding common ground between indigenous and scientific principles of restoration can couple the wisdom of TEK and the power of environmental science for shared goals of sustainability.

Dr. Robin Kimmerer
Distinguished Teacher and Professor
State University of New York, Center for Native Peoples and the Environment

Break (10:15-10:30 AM)
coffee, tea, treats

Topic: Overview of stopover work in the Great Lakes: stopover ecology, history of the work, threats to migrants and stopover habitat, and the need for future work

David Ewert, Ph.D.
Avian Conservation Scientist, Migratory Bird Program
The Nature Conservancy

Topic: Importance of education and outreach efforts and the benefits of ecotourism for establishing and protecting stopover habitats across the Great Lakes

Dr. Susan Bonfield
Executive Director
Environment for the Americas, Home of International Migratory Bird Day

Lunch (12:30-1:30 PM)
Catered on site; See lunch menus on the Social Programs page.

Topic: Celebrating 100 Years of Migratory Bird Conservation

Katie Koch
Migratory Bird Biologist
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Midwest Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership

Abstract – This year marks the centennial of the Convention between the United States and Great Britain (for Canada) for the Protection of Migratory Birds, signed on August 16, 1916. The resulting Migratory Bird Treaty, and the three others that followed, form the cornerstones of our efforts to conserve birds that migrate across international borders. Celebrating the Centennial of the first Treaty allows us to bring together those who have contributed to its success. The four broad goals of the centennial are to create awareness about the importance of migratory bird conservation, promote key actions to help birds, increase support for migratory bird conservation, and expand opportunities for engagement in migratory bird related recreation. Throughout 2016, the US Fish & Wildlife Service will work with partners to enhance the conservation of migratory birds by advancing these four goals. Together, we will develop a series of strategies and actions to launch Midwest bird conservation into the next 100 years.

Symposium Framework (1:50-2:00 PM)
Core Planning Team

Working Group Sessions Begin (2:00-5:00 PM — Auditorium, Classroom #4, and Conference Room)

Stopover Protection and Management

Session Facilitators:  Craig Thompson, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Jane Anklam, West Wisconsin Land Trust

Planning Team:  Kim Grveles and Diane Packett, Wisconsin Stopover Initiative; Jane Anklam, David Ewert, and Craig Thompson

Topic: An overview of TNC work in Canada with a specific focus on Ontario and highlighting land protection and restoration work on Pelee Island in Lake Erie and around the base of Long Point on the north shore of Lake Erie.

Mhairi MacFarlane
Conservation Science Manager, Ontario Region
Nature Conservancy of Canada

Topic: New Tools for Conservation Planning

Katherine Kahl, Ph. D.
Conservation Policy & Practices Specialist
The Nature Conservancy

Panelists:  Jane Anklam; Mhairi McFarlane; Katherine Kahl; Shawn Graff, Great Lakes Regional Director, American Bird Conservancy; Mike Grimm, Conservation Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy-NE Wisconsin; and Daniel Suarez, Program Associate-Restoration, Audubon Great Lakes

Research and Monitoring − Midwest Landbird Migration Monitoring Network (MLMMN)

Session Facilitators:  Amber Roth, Assistant Professor of Forest Wildlife Management, University of Maine and Coordinator, MLMMN and William P. Mueller, Director, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory, and MLMMN Steering Committee Member
Planning Team:  Amber Roth, William P. Mueller, Katie Koch, and Bryan Lenz, Chief Scientist, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory

The Midwest Landbird Migration Monitoring Network (MLMMN) invites anyone interested in landbird monitoring and research to join us to discuss implementation of the Network’s research goals over the next two years. The focus of the workshop will be development of research projects involving scientists, conservation groups and agencies, bird observatories, citizen science programs, and anyone else with an interest in collecting, analyzing, and synthesizing data toward understanding migratory habitat connectivity, movement patterns, and demographic/fitness characteristics of migrating landbirds.

MLMMN SOS Workshop Agenda at a glance.

Education, Outreach, and Ecotourism

Session Facilitators:  Dr. Susan Bonfield, Environment for the Americas, and Kim Grveles, Wisconsin Stopover Initiative

Planning Team:  Dr. Susan Bonfield, Kim Grveles, and Carl Schwartz, Bird City Wisconsin, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory, and Wisconsin Society for Ornithology

Title: Migratory bird educational resources available from the Environment for the Americas

Dr. Susan Bonfield
Executive Director
Environment for the Americas, Home of International Migratory Bird Day

Title: Bird City Wisconsin: Encouraging local conservation education and ecotourism

Carl Schwartz
Steering Committee Chair, Bird City Wisconsin
Board Chair, Western Great Lakes Bird & Bat Obervatory
Editor, The Badger Birder, Wisconsin Society for Ornithology

Abstract:  Carl Schwartz, who chairs the Bird City Wisconsin Steering Committee, will highlight how the prorgram has grown to recognize 99 communities and foster similar efforts in neighboring states, in part by using International Migratory Bird Day celebrations to raise awareness of migratory birds.

Title:  Wisconsin Stopover Initiative: engaging citizens and professionals in migratory bird conservation

Kim Grveles
Coordinator, Wisconsin Stopover Initiative
Avian Ecologist
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Title:  Birds and Windows | Building a safer community

Joanna Eckles
Bird Friendly Communities Manager
Audubon Minnesota

Abstract:  Bird-window collisions are an emerging issue in conservation and also in architecture and sustainability with ramifications in building management and operations. Collisions with windows kill hundreds of millions of birds annually in the US. This program will provide background on the problem, detail existing and potential solutions and discuss ways in which bird-safety can be incorporated into community planning.

SOS Social Mixer – Four Points Sheraton Hotel (Skylight and Crystal Rooms)

Day 2 – Thursday, October 6

Posters will be relocated from hotel to Schlitz Audubon Nature Center where they will remain on display until Friday noon.

6:30-9:30 AM (Optional)
Field Activities at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
(6:45-9:30 AM)

Early morning bird banding/bird watching, tour of Schlitz Audubon Nature Center facilities and its stopover habitat, meet with Schlitz Audubon Nature Center staff, live raptor education demonstration, and special showing of the documentary The Messenger. Visit the Field Trips page for more details.

Break (9:30-10:00 AM)
coffee, tea, treats

Working Group Sessions Continue (10:00 AM-5:00 PM) — Auditorium, Classroom #4, and Conference Room)

Education, Outreach, and Ecotourism

Title:  Urban habitats for all: Developing and managing urban habitats for wildlife and humans

Matthew Freer
Assistant Director of Landscape – Natural Areas
Chicago Park District

Abstract:   There are many interests in urban green space.  The Chicago Park District has been able to enhance and manage various parcels of our natural areas for both ecological health and human use.  Presenting three different projects in various stages of rehab and enhancement the session will provide examples of simultaneous improvement of wildlife habitat and amenities for human use.

Lunch (ready at noon, time may vary slightly for each working group)
Catered on site; See lunch menus on the Social Programs page.

SOS Awards Banquet (6:00-9:00 PM – Four Points by Sheraton Grand Ballroom)

  • Stopover Conservation Awards
  • Feature Presentation: Journey of a Thousand Lifers
  • Door prizes

Bill Volkert
Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources – Retired

Abstract: This is a presentation of an around-the-world trip that Bill and his wife Connie took from September 2014 through April 2015.  Traveling nearly eight months, they covered twelve countries from southern Africa to India and Southeast Asia, sighting more than 1,300 species of birds and over a thousand lifers.  They traveled 55,000 miles and took 35,000 pictures to capture their adventures.  This program provides an overview of their travels and some of the amazing wildlife and wild places they visited.  This truly was a trip of a lifetime.

Day 3 – Friday, October 7

Plenary Session (Auditorium)


Presentation of Working Group Results (8:30-9:30 AM)

  • short-term and long-term objectives for each track
  • related strategies and actions

Break (9:30-10:00 AM)
coffee, tea, treats

Funding the Work (10:00-11:15 AM)
Speakers and panelists will present sound ideas for funding strategies to help meet the goals set by each working group session.  Includes discussion of potential funding sources and strategies for raising funds plus time for Q and A.

Moderator: Rebeccah A. Sanders, Vice President and Executive Director, Great Lakes Audubon, National Audubon Society.

Introduction to panelists & raising funds (10:00-10:10 AM)

A quick primer to raising funds – what do you need to know (10:10-10:20)

Individual – Rebeccah A. Sanders
Non-traditional – Craig Thompson
Government – Katie Koch

Fundraising from the conference (10:20-10:50 AM)

Individual – Rebeccah A. Sanders
Non-traditional – Craig Thompson
Government – Katie Koch

Panel Discussion/Q & A (10:50-11:10 AM)

Wrap Up – Let’s go raise some funds! (11:10-11:15 AM)

Summary of Symposium (11:15-11:45 AM)

David Ewert, Ph.D.
Avian Conservation Scientist, Migratory Bird Program
The Nature Conservancy

  • Farewell message – tying it all together.
  • What has been accomplished over the 2.5 days.
  • Discussion of the importance of establishing regional alliances in advancing the Stopover mission across the Great Lakes Basin.
  • Envisioning the future of stopover conservation work.

Symposium ends at noon; lunch on own. Box lunches will be provided for field trip attendees only on Friday afternoon. See Field Trips and Registration for more information.

Optional afternoon field trips to local stopover sites will be scheduled on Tuesday, October 4 and Friday afternoon, October 7. Visit the Field Trips page for more information.