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​​Friday Concurrent Session 8
60 minutes

April 12, 2019 ~ 2:45-3:45 pm

Agenda subject to change.

Water & Land Health - Friday, 2:45-3:45 pm

Wetland Restoration at Pheasant Creek Conservancy            

In this session, we will outline the history and lessons learned from over 20 years of restoration and management activities conducted by the Friends of Pheasant Branch in the wetlands of Pheasant Branch Conservancy. We will explore the connections with restoration of prairie and oak opening communities and the story of making connections with the community of Middleton and the surrounding area. Recent monitoring data will be used to assess the effectiveness of invasive plant control and vegetation management to maintain a sedge meadow plant community in the face of shrub invasion, reduce reed canary grasscover and increase species richness and floristic quality at the Frederick’s Springs, maintain a population of round-leaved monkey flower by pulling watercress from the springs area, and control mixed cattail populations that are spreading through sedge meadow and marsh. Observations and stories will be offered that sketch the dynamics of building and maintaining connections with the users of the Conservancy and the entities in the City of Middleton and Dane County responsible for its management. 
Presenter: Tom Bernthal, Wetland Ecologist, President, Pheasant Branch Conservancy

Lake & River Organization Capacity - Friday, 2:45-3:45 pm

Capacity at a Statewide Scale            

2019 is the 15th anniversary of the Wisconsin Citizen-based Monitoring (WCBM) Network, a statewide stakeholder collaboration designed to improve Wisconsin's natural resource citizen science efforts by providing communications, resources, and recognition. Since 2004, the WCBM Network has offered volunteers, practitioners, educators and others involved in citizen science, opportunities for networking and resource sharing. It hosts conferences, offers funding and equipment lending opportunities, and promotes and encourages cross-promotion of projects and partner organizations. Members of the citizen-based monitoring community use those resources to study, manage and protect Wisconsin’s plants, animals and waters. Learn about the history and accomplishments of the WCBM Network, what resources it offers, ongoing work and how to get involved. 
Eva Lewandowski, Citizen-based Monitoring Coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Chad DuChateau, Conservation Program Manager, Wisconsin Conservation Corps

People & Policy - Friday, 2:45-3:45 pm

From Data to Action: Citizen Engagement            

Description coming soon 
Presenter: Peggy Compton, Water Action Volunteers Baseline Monitoring and Outreach Coordinator, Division of Extension

Updates & Developments - Friday, 2:45-3:45 pm

Starry Stonewort Management Updates            

In this session, we will discuss the management techniques attempted in southeastern Wisconsin to control starry stonewort. Four different lakes with differing management techniques will be highlighted in this session: Green Lake in Washington County (barrier treatment with chemicals), Little Muskego Lake (extended fall and winter drawdown), Pike Lake (no management of any kind) and Wind Lake (large-scale spring treatment).  We will also discuss the role of social capital in the implementation of these projects. 
Presenter: Heidi Bunk, Lakes Biologist for Southeast Wisconsin, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Ecology & Natural History - Friday, 2:45-3:45 pm

Birdscaping Your Shoreline Property            

Learn how to increase the variety of birds on your shoreline property by growing native plants offering birds their natural habitat and a yearlong smorgasbord of berries, nuts, seeds and insects. By doing so, you can play a vital role in preserving and enhancing native communities that support not only birds, but also other wildlife including butterflies, bees, and bats. You become a steward of your piece of earth and pay forward its diversity and beauty to future generations. 
Presenter: Mariette Nowak, Author & Past Director of Wehr Nature Center, Milwaukee County



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